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UEFA is marking 50 years of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup Lisbon thriller heralds golden age.
The story whose latest thrilling chapter concluded in Istanbul last May began 50 years ago this weekend.
The first-ever match in the European Champion Clubs’ Cup (now the UEFA Champions League) was played on 4 September 1955. Lisbon’s Estádio Nacional was the setting, Sporting Clube de Portugal and FK Partizan of Belgrade the teams in opposition, and appropriately enough, the final score was 3-3.
The two sides were among 16 teams to sign up for the European inter-club championship, conceived by Gabriel Hanot, editor of French sports daily L’Equipe, and adopted by the newly-founded European football union, UEFA. Rather like today, when the old knockout tournament between Europe’s champions has morphed into a televised league of the continent’s élite clubs, the entrants included some teams that were not exactly their countries’ finest.
Sporting and Partizan were among that number, with RSC Anderlecht, AGF Århus, Djurgårdens IF, AC Milan, Real Madrid CF, Stade de Reims Champagne and SC Rot-Weiss Essen the seven title-holding sides from the 16 contestants. Sporting, Portuguese league winners in 1953/54 and still-reigning champions when the draw was made, were to finish third in 1955, while Partizan were only fifth-best in Yugoslavia in 1954/55.
Nonetheless, this first of eight first-round first-leg ties made fine viewing for the 30,000 spectators in Lisbon. Given the cast list, the show was bound to be good. Sporting boasted the prolific forward line of Jesus Correia, Manuel Vasques, Fernando Peyroteo, José Travassos and Albano Pereira, aka the ‘Five Violins’; the visitors included midfielders Branko Zebec and Milos Milutinovic along with star strikers Stjepan Bobek and Marko Valok.
Despite the windy conditions, João Martins gave Sporting an early lead which Milutinovic erased on the stroke of half-time. The latter player then put Partizan ahead on 50 minutes, before a sequence of three goals in 15 minutes. Quim equalised for Sporting, Bobek restored the away team’s advantage, but Martins restored parity 12 minutes from time.
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