1972 European Cup Final

The 1972 European Cup Final was a football match held at De Kuip, Rotterdam, on 31 May 1972, that was contested between AFC Ajax of the Netherlands and Internazionale of Italy to determine the champion of the 1971–72 European Cup. Ajax defeated Inter by a score of 2–0 to claim their second successive European Cup victory, following their triumph in the 1971 final. Two second-half goals from forward Johan Cruyff provided the margin of victory for the Dutch side.

1972 European Cup Final
1972 European Cup Final match programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event1971–72 European Cup
Date31 May 1972
VenueDe Kuip, Rotterdam
Man of the MatchJohan Cruyff
RefereeRobert Helies (France)
Attendance61,354
1971
1973

This game is often said to be Total Football's greatest moment; Ajax dominated much of the game as Inter defended desperately with their catenaccio strategy.[1][2][3]

Route to the finalEdit

Ajax Round Inter Milan
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  Dynamo Dresden 2–0 2–0 (H) 0–0 (A) First round   AEK Athens 6–4 4–1 (H) 2–3 (A)
  Olympique de Marseille 6–2 2–1 (A) 4–1 (H) Second round   Borussia Mönchengladbach 4–2 4–2 (H) 0–0 (A)
  Arsenal 3–1 2–1 (H) 1–0 (A) Quarter-finals   Standard Liège 2–2 (a) 1–0 (H) 1–2 (A)
  Benfica 1–0 1–0 (H) 0–0 (A) Semi-finals   Celtic 0–0
(5–4 p)
0–0 (H) 0–0 (a.e.t.) (A)

MatchEdit

 
Mauro Bellugi & Piet Keizer

DetailsEdit

Ajax  2–0  Inter Milan
Cruyff   47'78' Report
Attendance: 61,354
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ajax
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Inter Milan
GK 1   Heinz Stuy
DF 3   Wim Suurbier
DF 4   Barry Hulshoff
DF 12   Horst Blankenburg
DF 5   Ruud Krol
MF 7   Johan Neeskens
MF 15   Arie Haan
MF 9   Gerrie Mühren
FW 8   Sjaak Swart
FW 14   Johan Cruyff
FW 11   Piet Keizer (c)
Manager:
  Ștefan Kovács
 
GK 1   Ivano Bordon
DF 2   Mauro Bellugi
DF 3   Giacinto Facchetti
MF 4   Gabriele Oriali
DF 5   Mario Giubertoni   12'
DF 6   Tarcisio Burgnich
FW 7   Jair da Costa   56'
MF 8   Gianfranco Bedin
FW 9   Roberto Boninsegna
MF 10   Sandro Mazzola (c)
MF 11   Mario Frustalupi
Substitutions:
MF 14   Mario Bertini   12'
MF 16   Sergio Pellizzaro   56'
Manager:
  Giovanni Invernizzi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Liew, Jonathan (27 November 2015). "From 2-3-5 to gegenpress: how football's tactical fads have come and gone". The Telegraph. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  2. ^ Siregar, Cady (13 December 2018). "What is Total Football? Famous tactics explained: the clubs, countries & players to use it". Goal.com. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  3. ^ "1972 final highlights: Ajax 2-0 Inter". UEFA.com. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2020.

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