1959–60 European Cup

The European Champions' Cup 1959/60 was the 5th edition of the competition. 27 club teams participated, including 26 national champion of the previous season with Real Madrid of the defending champion.

The participants played in the pure Cup mode (except for the final) round-trip games for the crown of European club football. Case of a tie, there was a playoff on neutral ground. With the exception of Real Madrid, Red Star Belgrade, Sparta Rotterdam, B 1909 Odense and BSC Young Boys had to start the clubs in the group stage.

The final took place on 18 May 1960 at Hampden Park in Glasgow in front of 135,000 spectators, the highest number of audience to this day in a European Cup final, instead. Real Madrid won 7-3 against Eintracht Frankfurt for the fifth time in a row the trophy. Scorer was Ferenc Puskas Real Madrid with twelve hits.

  • 3.1 decider

Preliminary round

The first legs were held until September 30, the return matches from September 16 to October 7, 1959 by August 26.

First round

The first legs were held until November 19, the return matches on 4 November to 3 December 1959 by October 21.


The games took place on 25 November/23. December 1959 instead.


The first legs were held from February 4 to March 9, the return matches on 2./16. March 1960 instead.


The match took place on 30 March 1960.


The first legs took place from 13./21. April and the return legs take place on 5th Mai/27.April 1960.


This game is one of the best games of all time. Sir Bobby Charlton gave the following opinion on the game from "My first thought was, this game is a hoax, cut a film, because these players were doing things that are not possible, not real, not human! " The former Danish UEFA President Ebbe Schwartz on the final: "The best of the previous five finals! These include yes two, which passed the harmony for the honor. " Even the former England international Jimmy Greaves, who watched the game together with the England team in Budapest in front of the TV screen, praising: "We have never seen anything like that. Real was like something from another planet. We have all followed with their mouths open. " The longtime manager of Manchester United, Alex Ferguson, then attended the game at Hampden Park at the age of 18 years. By his own testimony this game impressed him so much that he decided to pursue the profession of a footballer. The BBC repeated the game every year.

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