Rangers F.C. in European football

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Rangers played their first official match in competitive European football on 2 October 1956. This was a European Cup second round game against OGC Nice of France. The match ended in a 2–1 home victory for Rangers thanks to goals from Max Murray (Rangers' first European goal) and Billy Simpson.

Overview[edit]

Barcelona scoring against Rangers in a Champions League match at Camp Nou.

The club's first ever match against European opponents, however, was a friendly match against Austrian side First Vienna in the 1903–04 season during a tour of Austria and Czechoslovakia which resulted in six victories from six matches. They won the match 7–2.[1]

In season 1960–61, Rangers took part in the inaugural European Cup Winners Cup. In this season they became the second British club to reach a European final, (emulating Birmingham City who had reached the final of the Inter-cities Fairs Cup the previous year), eventually losing 4–1 on aggregate to Fiorentina. Rangers were also runners-up to Bayern Munich in 1966–67. However, they did go on to win the trophy in 1972 after defeating Dynamo Moscow.

The 1982–83 season saw Rangers play in the UEFA Cup for the first time. They defeated German side Borussia Dortmund in the first round but were knocked out in the following round by another side from Germany, 1. FC Köln. Over a quarter of a century after their first appearance they reached the 2008 UEFA Cup Final. They played Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg at the City of Manchester Stadium, but lost 2–0 after an exhausting season of football, where Rangers were aiming for four trophies, but ultimately ended up with only two - the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup.

Rangers became the first British club to appear in the UEFA Champions League, when in 1992 they defeated Leeds United in a tie dubbed the Battle of Britain due to the clubs being the respective champions of Scotland and England. In this, the inaugural season of the Champions League, the tournament was open only to national champions, with knock-out rounds leading to a group stage of eight teams in two groups of four, and only the winners of each group progressing to a one-off final match. Although unbeaten, Rangers finished second in Group A, one point behind French champions Marseille, who defeated A.C. Milan in the final. The French club were later involved in a match-fixing scandal and were stripped of their national title. It is not clear whether the group stage of the 1992–93 Champions League should be considered as a semi-final, given that the winners of each group went into the final, or as a quarter-final, given that it was contested by the last eight teams in the competition. However, Rangers' second-placed finish in their group made them one of the top four teams in that season's tournament – their highest ever finish in the UEFA Champions League and equalling their 1959–60 run to the semi-finals in its predecessor format of the competition, the European Cup.

Rangers became the first Scottish club to qualify from both the Champions League group stage in 2005–06[2] and the UEFA Cup group stage in 2006–07.[3]

Season 2011–12 was Rangers' 51st European campaign. However, as a result of the club's financial collapse that came at the end of that season, Rangers will not be eligible for participation in European competition until 2015-16.[4]

Matches in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Opposition Score
1956–57 European Cup Second Round France OGC Nice 2 – 1, 1 – 2, 1 – 3
1957–58 European Cup First Round France AS Saint-Étienne 3 – 1, 1 – 2
Second Round Italy A.C. Milan 1 – 4, 0 – 2
1959–60 European Cup First Round Belgium Anderlecht 5 – 2, 2 – 0
Second Round Czechoslovakia Red Star Bratislava 4 – 3, 1 – 1
Quarter-Final Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam 3 – 2, 0 – 1, 3 – 2
Semi-Final West Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – 6, 3 – 6
1960–61 Cup Winners Cup First Round Hungary Ferencvaros 4 – 2, 1 – 2
Quarter-Final West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 3 – 0, 8 – 0
Semi-Final England Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 – 0, 1 – 1
Final Italy ACF Fiorentina 0 – 2, 1 – 2
1961–62 European Cup First Round France AS Monaco 3 – 2, 3 – 2
Second Round East Germany ASK Vorwärts Berlin 2 – 1, 4 – 1
Quarter-Final Belgium Standard Liège 1 – 4, 2 – 0
1962–63 Cup Winners Cup First Round Spain Sevilla 4 – 0, 0 – 2
Second Round England Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 5, 2 – 3
1963–64 European Cup First Round Spain Real Madrid 0 – 1, 0 – 6
1964–65 European Cup First Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 3 – 1, 2 – 4, 3 – 1
Second Round Austria Rapid Vienna 1 – 0, 2 – 0
Quarter-Final Italy Inter Milan 1 – 3, 1 – 0
1966–67 Cup Winners Cup First Round Northern Ireland Glentoran 1 – 1, 4 – 0
Second Round West Germany Borussia Dortmund 2 – 1, 0 – 0
Quarter-Final Spain Real Zaragoza 2 – 0, 0 – 2[5]
Semi-Final Bulgaria Slavia Sofia 1 – 0, 1 – 0
Final West Germany Bayern Munich 0 – 1
1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First Round East Germany Dynamo Dresden 1 – 1, 2 – 1
Second Round West Germany 1. FC Köln 3 – 0, 1 – 3
Third Round Bye Bye
Quarter-Final England Leeds United 0 – 0, 0 – 2
1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Vojvodina 2 – 0, 0 – 1
Second Round Republic of Ireland Dundalk 6 – 1, 3 – 0
Third Round Netherlands DWS Amsterdam 2 – 0, 2 – 1
Quarter-Final Spain Athletic Bilbao 4 – 1, 0 – 2
Semi-Final England Newcastle United 0 – 0, 0 – 2
1969–70 Cup Winners Cup First Round Romania Steaua Bucharest 2 – 0, 0 – 0
Second Round Poland Górnik Zabrze 1 – 3, 1 – 3
1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First Round Germany Bayern Munich 1 – 1, 0 – 1
1971–72 Cup Winners Cup First Round France Stade Rennes 1 – 1, 1 – 0
Second Round Portugal Sporting Lisbon 3 – 2, 3 – 4[6]
Quarter-Final Italy Torino 1 – 1, 1 – 0
Semi-Final West Germany Bayern Munich 1 – 1, 2 – 0
Final Soviet Union Dinamo Moscow 3 – 2
1972–73 European Super Cup Final Netherlands Ajax 1 – 3, 2 – 3
1973–74 Cup Winners Cup First Round Turkey Ankaragücü 2 – 0, 4 – 0
Second Round West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 – 3, 3 – 2
1975–76 European Cup First Round Republic of Ireland Bohemians 4 – 1, 1 – 1
Second Round France AS Saint-Étienne 0 – 2, 1 – 2
1976–77 European Cup First Round Switzerland FC Zürich 1 – 1, 0 – 1
1977–78 Cup Winners Cup Qualifier Switzerland BSC Young Boys 1 – 0, 2 – 2
First Round Netherlands FC Twente 0 – 0, 0 – 3
1978–79 European Cup First Round Italy Juventus 0 – 1, 2 – 0
Second Round Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0 – 0, 3 – 2
Quarter-Final West Germany 1. FC Köln 0 – 1, 1 – 1
1979–80 Cup Winners Cup First Qualifier Norway Lillestrøm SK 1 – 0, 2 – 0
First Round West Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf 2 – 1, 0 – 0
Second Round Spain Valencia CF 1 – 1, 1 – 3
1981–82 Cup Winners Cup First Round Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 0 – 3, 2 – 1
1982–83 UEFA Cup First Round West Germany Borussia Dortmund 0 – 0, 2 – 0
Second Round West Germany 1. FC Köln 2 – 1, 0 – 5
1983–84 Cup Winners Cup First Round Malta Valletta F.C. 8 – 0, 10 – 0
Second Round Portugal F.C. Porto 2 – 1, 0 – 1
1984–85 UEFA Cup First Round Republic of Ireland Bohemians 2 – 3, 2 – 0
Second Round Italy Inter Milan 0 – 3, 3 – 1
1985–86 UEFA Cup First Round Spain CA Osasuna 1 – 0, 0 – 2
1986–87 UEFA Cup First Round Finland Ilves Tampere 4 – 0, 0 – 2
Second Round Portugal Boavista 2 – 1, 1 – 0
Third Round West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 – 1, 0 – 0[7]
1987–88 European Cup First Round Soviet Union Dynamo Kiev 0 – 1, 2 – 0
Second Round Poland Górnik Zabrze 3 – 1, 1 – 1
Quarter-Final Romania Steaua Bucharest 0 – 2, 2 – 1
1988–89 UEFA Cup First Round Poland GKS Katowice 1 – 0, 4 – 2
Second Round West Germany 1. FC Köln 0 – 2, 1 – 1
1989–90 European Cup First Round West Germany Bayern Munich 1 – 3, 0 – 0
1990–91 European Cup First Round Malta Valletta 4 – 0, 6 – 0
Second Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 0 – 3, 1 – 1
1991–92 European Cup First Round Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague 2 – 1, 0 – 1
1992–93 Champions League First Round Denmark Lyngby BK 2 – 0, 1 – 0
Second Round England Leeds United 2 – 1, 2 – 1
Group A France Olympique Marseille 2 – 2, 1 – 1
Group A Russia CSKA Moscow 1 – 0, 0 – 0
Group A Belgium Club Brugge 1 – 1, 2 – 1
1993–94 Champions League First Round Bulgaria Levski Sofia 3 – 2, 1 – 2[7]
1994–95 Champions League First Round Greece AEK Athens 0 – 2, 0 – 1
1995–96 Champions League First Round Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 1 – 0, 0 – 0
Group C Romania Steaua Bucharest 0 – 1, 1 – 1
Group C Germany Borussia Dortmund 2 – 2, 2 – 2
Group C Italy Juventus 1 – 4, 0 – 4
1996–97 Champions League First Round Russia Alania Vladikavkaz 3 – 1, 7 – 2
Group A Switzerland Grasshopper Club Zürich 0 – 3, 2 – 1
Group A France AJ Auxerre 1 – 2, 1 – 2
Group A Netherlands Ajax 1 – 4, 0 – 1
1997–98 Champions League First Qualifier Faroe Islands GÍ Gøta 5 – 0, 6 – 0
Second Qualifier Sweden IFK Gothenburg 0 – 3, 1 – 1
UEFA Cup First Round France RC Strasbourg 1 – 2, 1 – 2
1998–99 UEFA Cup First Qualifier Republic of Ireland Shelbourne 5 – 3, 2 – 0
Second Qualifier Greece PAOK 2 – 0, 0 – 0
First Round Israel Beitar Jerusalem 1 – 1, 4 – 2
Second Round Germany Bayer Leverkusen 2 – 1, 1 – 1
Third Round Italy Parma 1 – 1, 1 – 3
1999–00 Champions League Second Qualifier Finland FC Haka 4 – 1, 3 – 0
Third Qualifier Italy Parma 2 – 0, 0 – 1
Group F Spain Valencia CF 0 – 2, 1 – 2
Group F Germany Bayern Munich 1 – 1, 0 – 1
Group F Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 1 – 0, 4 – 1
UEFA Cup Third Round Germany Borussia Dortmund 2 – 0, 0 – 2[8]
2000–01 Champions League Second Qualifier Lithuania Zalgiris Kaunas 4 – 1, 0 – 0
Third Qualifier Denmark Herfølge BK 3 – 0, 3 – 0
Group D Austria Sturm Graz 5 – 0, 0 – 2
Group D France AS Monaco 1 – 0, 2 – 2
Group D Turkey Galatasaray 2 – 3, 0 – 0
UEFA Cup Third Round Germany Kaiserslautern 1 – 0, 0 – 3
2001–02 Champions League Second Qualifier Slovenia NK Maribor 3 – 0, 3 – 1
Third Qualifier Turkey Fenerbahçe 0 – 0, 1 – 2
UEFA Cup First Round Russia Anzhi Makhachkala 1 – 0
Second Round Russia Dinamo Moscow 3 – 1, 4 – 1
Third Round France Paris Saint-Germain 0 – 0, 0 – 0[9]
Fourth Round Netherlands Feyenoord 1 – 1, 2 – 3
2002–03 UEFA Cup First Round Czech Republic FK Viktoria Žižkov 3 – 1, 0 – 2
2003–04 Champions League Third Qualifier Denmark F.C. Copenhagen 1 – 1, 2 – 1
Group E Germany VfB Stuttgart 2 – 1, 0 – 1
Group E Greece Panathinaikos 1 – 1, 1 – 3
Group E England Manchester United 0 – 1, 0 – 3
2004–05 Champions League Third Qualifier Russia CSKA Moscow 1 – 2, 1 – 1
UEFA Cup First Round Portugal C.S. Marítimo 0 – 1, 1 – 0[10]
Group F Poland Amica Wronki 5 – 0
Group F Austria Grazer AK 3 – 0
Group F Netherlands AZ Alkmaar 0 – 1
Group F France AJ Auxerre 0 – 2
2005–06 Champions League Third Qualifier Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 2 – 1, 2 – 0
Group H Portugal F.C. Porto 3 – 2, 1 – 1
Group H Italy Inter Milan 0 – 1, 1 – 1
Group H Slovakia Artmedia Bratislava 0 – 0, 2 – 2
Last 16 Spain Villarreal CF 2 – 2, 1 – 1
2006–07 UEFA Cup First Round Norway Molde FK 0 – 0, 2 – 0
Group A Italy Livorno 3 – 2
Group A Israel Maccabi Haifa 2 – 0
Group A France AJ Auxerre 2 – 2
Group A Serbia Partizan Belgrade 1 – 0
Third Round Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1 – 2, 4 – 0
Fourth Round Spain CA Osasuna 1 – 1, 0 – 1
2007–08 Champions League Second Qualifier Montenegro FK Zeta 2 – 0, 1 – 0
Third Qualifier Serbia Red Star Belgrade 1 – 0, 0 – 0
Group E Germany VfB Stuttgart 2 – 1, 2 – 3
Group E France Lyon 3 – 0, 0 – 3
Group E Spain Barcelona 0 – 0, 0 – 2
UEFA Cup Third Round Greece Panathinaikos 0 – 0, 1 – 1
Fourth Round Germany Werder Bremen 2 – 0, 0 – 1
Quarter-Final Portugal Sporting Lisbon 0 – 0, 2 – 0
Semi-Final Italy Fiorentina 0 – 0, 0 – 0[10]
Final Russia Zenit St Petersburg 0 – 2
2008–09 Champions League Second Qualifier Lithuania FBK Kaunas 0 – 0, 1 – 2
2009–10 Champions League Group G Germany VfB Stuttgart 1 – 1, 0 – 2
Group G Spain Sevilla 1 – 4, 0 – 1
Group G Romania Unirea Urziceni 1 – 4, 1 – 1
2010–11 Champions League Group C England Manchester United 0 – 0, 0 – 1
Group C Turkey Bursaspor 1 – 0, 1 – 1
Group C Spain Valencia 1 – 1, 0 – 3
Europa League Last 32 Portugal Sporting Lisbon 1 – 1, 2 – 2[11]
Last 16 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0 – 0, 0 – 1
2011–12 Champions League Third Qualifier Sweden Malmö 0 – 1, 1 – 1
Europa League Play-off Qualifier Slovenia NK Maribor 1 – 2, 1 – 1

Record by country of opposition[edit]

  • Correct as of end of season 2009–10
Country P W D L Win %
Austria Austria 7 5 0 2 71.43
Belgium Belgium 6 4 1 1 66.67
Bulgaria Bulgaria 4 3 0 1 75
Cyprus Cyprus 4 3 1 0 75
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 6 3 1 2 50
Czech Republic Czech Republic 2 1 0 1 50
Denmark Denmark 6 5 1 0 83.33
East Germany East Germany 4 3 1 0 75
England England 12 3 3 6 25
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 2 2 0 0 100
Finland Finland 4 3 0 1 75
France France 25 7 7 11 28
Germany Germany 47 15 15 17 31.91
Greece Greece 8 1 4 3 12.50
Hungary Hungary 2 1 0 1 50
Republic of Ireland Ireland 8 6 1 1 75
Israel Israel 5 3 1 1 60
Italy Italy 23 6 5 12 26.08
Lithuania Lithuania 4 1 2 1 25
Malta Malta 4 4 0 0 100
Montenegro Montenegro 2 2 0 0 100
Netherlands Netherlands 18 7 3 8 38.89
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2 1 1 0 50
Norway Norway 4 3 1 0 75
Poland Poland 7 4 1 2 57.14
Portugal Portugal 12 7 2 3 60
Romania Romania 8 2 3 3 25.00
Russia Russia 10 6 2 2 60.00
Serbia Serbia 3 2 1 0 66.67
Slovakia Slovakia 2 0 2 0 0
Spain Spain 20 3 5 12 15.00
Sweden Sweden 2 0 1 1 0
Switzerland Switzerland 6 2 2 2 33.33
Turkey Turkey 6 2 2 2 33.33
Soviet Union USSR 3 2 0 1 66.67
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 7 3 1 3 42.85
Totals 293 124 70 99 42.32

P – Played; W – Won; D – Drawn; L – Lost

Honours[edit]

European honours of Rangers F.C.
Honour No. Years Runners-up
European Cup Winners' Cup 1 1971–72 1960–61, 1966–67
UEFA Cup 0 2007–08

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ White, John (2006). The Rangers Football Miscellany. Carlton Books. p. 10. ISBN 1-84442-158-9. 
  2. ^ "Rangers 1–1 Inter Milan". BBC Sport. 6 December 2005. 
  3. ^ "Auxerre 2–2 Rangers". BBC Sport. 23 November 2006. 
  4. ^ "Rangers’ SPFL status will not open door to Europe". The Scotsman. 1 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Rangers won on the toss of a coin
  6. ^ Rangers lost this match after a penalty shoot-out, only for manager Willie Waddell to point out to the referee that they had in fact won on away goals. [1]
  7. ^ a b Rangers lost on the away goals rule
  8. ^ Rangers lost the penalty shoot out, 1–3
  9. ^ Rangers won the penalty shoot out, 4–3
  10. ^ a b Rangers won the penalty shoot out, 4–2
  11. ^ Rangers won on away goals