1968â€“69 European Cup Winners' Cup
The European Cup Winners 'Cup in 1968/69 was the ninth playout of the European competition of the Football Cup Winners' Cup. 32 club teams participated, including 28 reigning Cup winner and four losing Cup Finalists ( Grazer AK, Altay Izmir, Girondins Bordeaux and FK Bor ). Defending champion AC Milan was not at the start, as he was / 69 qualifies as Italian champion for the higher doped European Champions Cup in 1968.
From Germany the DFB Cup winner took 1st FC Cologne, part of the GDR fdgb Cup winners 1.FC Union Berlin and Switzerland Cup Winners' Cup FC Lugano in the competition. Austria was represented by OFB - Cupfinalisten Grazer AK, as cup winners SK Rapid Wien participated as a concurrent national champion at the European Cup competition.
The final disputed Slovan Bratislava and CF Barcelona at the St. Jakob Stadium in Basel on 21 May 1969. Slovan Bratislava beat off surprisingly 3-2 and became the first Eastern European champions.
Scorer was Carl -Heinz Rühl from 1 FC Cologne with six goals.
The participants played as usual in pure Cup mode with return games the winner. Was there after two games Torgleichstand, the number of away goals scored decided ( away goals ). Was also equal in number to found a playoff place on neutral ground, since a penalty shootout was not provided. From the quarter- finals would be for commercial reasons tied score after two games - regardless of the number of goals scored away - also become a playoff necessary. The final was decided on one game at a neutral venue. If the score is level after extra time, a replay was scheduled, there was not yet provided in the final penalty kicks.
Given the events of the Prague Spring refused the Western European organizations to pit their representatives against the teams in the Eastern Bloc countries involved in the crackdown. The UEFA finally bowed to the pressure and declared contrary to its statutes, the draw for the first round to be invalid. A study conducted in camera replayed saw only games of that Eastern Bloc countries before one another, whereupon their associations withdrew their participation in the competition in protest. Were affected by this measure Dynamo Moscow (USSR ), 1 FC Union Berlin (GDR), Gornik Zabrze (Poland), Raba ETO Gyor (Hungary) and Spartak Sofia ( Bulgaria). From the reduced field of participants benefited in the second round of Torino and CF Barcelona, who entered each without a fight to the quarterfinals.
Repeated draw with division into East and West
The first legs took place from 18 to 20 September, the return matches on 2/3 October ( Reykjavik against Piraeus on 22 and Sliema against Rumelange on 29 September ) in 1968.
Byes due to the withdrawal of the Eastern Bloc teams: Spain 1945 CF Barcelona, Italy Torino
The first legs took place on 12-13. November ( Lyn against Norrköping on 31 October), the return legs on 27 November (Norrköping against Lyn on November 17 ) in 1968.
The first legs took place on 15./30. Januar/19. February and 8 March, the return legs on 19 / 8 February and 5./12. March 1969 instead.
The first legs took place on 2 / 9 April, the return matches on 19./23. April 1969 instead.