Cup Winners' Cup Trivia

  • Non-Cup Winning Finalists of the CWC
  • The CWC Jinx
  • Consecutive Participations
  • Domestically Worst Winners
  • Domestically Best Winners
  • Domestic Ties
  • Beating the Holders
  • Lower Level Teams in the CWC (link to different file)
  • Some Players' Records (link to different file)
  • CWC Records

  • Non-Cup Winning Finalists of the CWC

    As all of us know, the so-called Cup Winners' Cup was not contested by
    Cup Winners only.  What may not be quite as known, is that the Cup Winners'
    Cup was several times won by a team that hadn't won its domestic cup
    (or the Cup Winners' Cup) the previous season!  It has happened five times,
    and five more such teams reached the CWC final.
    The best "non-Cup winners" in the European Cup Winners' Cup:


    No fewer than five teams have won the Cup Winners' Cup in spite of not
    being domestic cup holders at the time.
    Fiorentina won the inaugural edition of the "Cup Winners' Cup" in
    1960/61 in spite of having lost the Italian Cup Final in 1960 to
    double winners Juventus.
    Rangers were the second team to achieve this, winning the 1971/72 edition
    after having lost the 1970/71 Scottish Cup Final to champions Celtic after
    a replay.
    Likewise, Anderlecht won the 1977/78 edition of the "Cup Winners' Cup" for 
    which they qualified by virtue of losing the Belgian Cup Final in 1977 to
    champions FC Brugge.  That was, by the way, the third time in succession
    that Anderlecht made the final of the CWC: they also won it in 1976, and
    in 1977 they fell to the CWC Jinx.
    Then, Dynamo Tbilisi won the 1980/81 edition although they had lost
    the Soviet Union Cup Final of 1979/80 to Shakhter Donetsk.  The reason
    here: the final was played after the deadline UEFA had set for registration;
    since both clubs were eligible for the UEFA Cup (based on the final table
    of the 1979 season, in which Shakhter had come 2nd and Dynamo Tbilisi 4th),
    they were simply "distributed" over the two cups before the final had been
    played; in the end, the final result (Shakhter 2-1 Dynamo) belied that 
    Finally, Barcelona won the 1996/97 edition after losing the 1996
    Copa del Rey against Atlético de Madrid, who took the Spanish double that 


    In the 1962/63 season, no Cup was played in Hungary, as indeed in the 4
    seasons before.  The UEFA accepted MTK as Hungarian entrant in the CWC;
    they had finished second in the league behind Ferencváros.  In the 1963/64
    CWC final, it took Sporting of Lisbon a replay to prevent the Cup going
    to Budapest.
    In 1966/67, Bayern München won both the CWC and the DFB-Pokal of West Germany.
    Since they had qualified for the CWC 1967/68 by winning it, the UEFA also
    accepted the entry of the losing finalists of the German Cup, Hamburger SV.
    It took Milan to eliminate both German participants, Bayern in the semi
    and HSV in the final.
    In 1978/79 another German non-Cup winner reached the final of the CWC:
    Fortuna Düsseldorf had lost the 1978 German Cup final to 1.FC Köln, who
    also won the Bundesliga.  Fortuna couldn't be stopped until the final, and
    Barcelona needed extra time to prevent them from taking the European trophy.
    FC Porto reached the 1983/84 CWC final after losing the 1983 final of the
    Portuguese Cup to double winners SL Benfica.  In the 83/84 CWC, they only
    succumbed to the Juventus of Platini, Scirea, Boniek and Rossi, after
    outplaying them for a good part of the final.
    In 1998/99, RCD Mallorca joined the club after losing the 1998 Spanish Cup 
    final to champions Barcelona; in the last CWC final, they fell 1-2 to Lazio.

    Third in the Domestic Cup

    As a last curiosity, SC Heerenveen played in the 1998/99 CWC despite not
    even having qualified for the Dutch Cup final 1998 - that was contested by
    Ajax and PSV, who both qualified for the 1998/99 Champions' Cup.  The two
    losing semifinalists played an additional "third place playoff" for the
    right to enter the CWC; Heerenveen beat FC Twente and reached the second
    round of the CWC, losing to Varteks Varazdin.
    In the 1998/99 season, there were two such semifinal losers playoffs for
    a place in the UEFA Cup 1999/2000: Bologna beat Internazionale for the 
    third place in the Italian Cup 1998/99, and Ankaragücü beat Sakaryaspor 
    for the third place in the Turkish Cup 1998/99.  While Ankaragücü fell
    to Atlético de Madrid in the first round, Bologna beat Zenit Sankt-Peterburg
    and Anderlecht before losing to eventual winners Galatasaray in the third round.

    The CWC Jinx

    Everyone has heard about the CWC jinx: no team ever managed to defend the
    trophy, although the previous winners reached the next final on no fewer
    than 8 occasions - and the teams that failed include some of the most
    prestigious of the continent, as the following list shows:
    Fiorentina:       winners in 1960/61, lost 1961/62 final to Atlético Madrid;
    Atlético Madrid:  winners in 1961/62, lost 1962/63 final to Tottenham Hotspur;
    Milan:            winners in 1972/73, lost 1973/74 final to 1.FC Magdeburg;
    Anderlecht:       winners in 1975/76, lost 1976/77 final to Hamburger SV;
    Ajax:             winners in 1986/87, lost 1987/88 final to KV Mechelen;
    Parma:            winners in 1992/93, lost 1993/94 final to Arsenal;
    Arsenal:          winners in 1993/94, lost 1994/95 final to Real Zaragoza;
    Paris St-Germain: winners in 1995/96, lost 1996/97 final to Barcelona.
    Since the CWC was discontinued after the 1998/99 edition, the jinx will never
    be broken.

    Consecutive Participations

    [With thanks to Martin Protzen's clubwise list of participations.]
    The Cup Winners' Cup rarely saw teams qualifying more than three times
    in a row.  Below all such occurrences:
     5 Cardiff City (1967/68-1971/72) 
       Reipas Lahti (1973/74-1977/78)
     4 Shamrock Rovers (1966/67-1969/70)
       Anderlecht (1975/76-1978/79)
       Barcelona (1981/82-1984/85)
       Dinamo Bucuresti (1986/87-1989/90)
       Dinamo Batumi (1995/96-1998/99)
     3 Olympiakos Pireus (1961/62-1963/64)     [withdrew from 1962/63 competition]
       Dynamo Zagreb (1963/64-1965/66)
       Galatasaray (1965/65-1966/67)
       Floriana (1965/66-1967/68)
       Standard Liège (1965/66-1967/68)
       Raba ETO Györ (1966/67-1968/69)
       Levski-Spartak Sofia (1967/68-1969/70)
       Górnik Zabrze (1968/69-1970/71)
       Steaua Bucuresti (1969/70-1971/72)
       Sporting (Lisboa) (1971/72-1973/74)
       PAOK Saloniki (1972/73-1974/75)
       Fortuna Düsseldorf (1978/79-1980/81)
       Swansea City (1981/82-1983/84)
       Rapid (Wien) (1984/85-1986/87)
       Glentoran (1985/86-1987/88)
       Barcelona (1988/89-1990/91)
       Sampdoria (1988/89-1990/91)
       Valur (Reykjavik) (1991/92-1993/94)
       Zhalgiris (Vilnius) (1993/94-1995/96)
       AEK (Athinai) (1995/96-1997/98)
       Lokomotiv Moskva (1996/97-1998/99)
    Dinamo Batumi and Lokomotiv Moskva had their series cut off because of the 
    discontinuation of the CWC in 1999, but would not have qualified for the
    1999/2000 CWC anyway.

    Domestically Worst Winners

    The worst finish a Cup Winners' Cup winner ever achieved in their domestic
    league in their winning season was 10th, by Manchester City in 1969/70:
    English First Division 1969/70
          10.Manchester City    42 16 11 15  55-48 43
    In the same season, Arsenal set the corresponding record for the
    Fairs' Cup.
    The second-worst finish, and the only one with a record under 50%, is that
    of Werder Bremen in 1991/92:
    German 1.Bundesliga 1991/92
           9.Werder Bremen      38 11 16 11  44-45 38
    West Ham United also finished 9th in the English league in 1964/65 with as
    English First Division 1964/65
           9.West Ham United    42 19  4 19  82-71 42

    Domestically Best Winners

    Only 5 clubs have won the Cup Winners' Cup in the same season as their
    domestic league: Dynamo Kiev did so on both occasions (winning the spring/fall
    Soviet Union leagues of 1974, 1975, 1985 and 1986 to go with their Cup
    Winners' Cups of 1974/75 and 1985/86), and Milan (1967/68), 1.FC Magdeburg
    (1973/74), Juventus (1983/84) and Everton (1984/85) all did so once.

    Domestic Ties

    If the winner of the Cup Winners' Cup didn't win its domestic league,
    the country in question usually got two representatives in the CWC, 
    and this occasionally led to meeting between clubs from the same country.
    All "domestic ties" in the Cup Winners' Cup:
    1963/64 England       Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United [2nd round, 2-0 and 1-4]
    1970/71 England       Chelsea v Manchester City [semif., 1-0 and 1-0]
    1979/80 Spain         Barcelona v Valencia [quarterf., 0-1 and 3-4]
    1988/89 Belgium       KV Mechelen v Anderlecht [2nd round, 1-0 and 2-0]
    1992/93 Germany       Werder Bremen v Hannover 96 [1st round, 3-1 and 1-2]
    1995/96 Spain         Deportivo La Coruña v Zaragoza [quarterf., 1-0 and 1-1]

    Beating the Holders

    Only 3 clubs managed to eliminate the holders from the Cup Winners' Cup
    on more than one occasion.  Barcelona won the Cup themselves on both
    occasions.  Two more clubs eliminated the Cup Winners' Cup holders from 
    European competition on 2 occasions.
    All clubs to eliminate the defending champions more than once (seasons in
    which they won themselves in bold):
     2 Anderlecht           (1977/78, 1989/90)     
       Atlético de Madrid   (1961/62, 1991/92)
       Barcelona            (1978/79, 1996/97)
    In addition FC Porto and Valencia each eliminated the CWC holders
    once from the Cup Winners' Cup and once from the Champions' Cup.
       FC Porto             (1983/84, 1986/87)
       Valencia             (1979/80, 1999/00)
    Most successful countries against the holders (within the CWC itself):
       Spain         7 eliminations (Atlético 2, Barcelona 2, Deportivo 1, Valencia 1,
                                     Zaragoza 1)
       Belgium       4              (Anderlecht 2, Mechelen 1, Standard 1)
       England       4              (Arsenal 1, Chelsea 1, Manchester United 1,
                                     Tottenham Hotspur 1)
       Italy         3              (Lazio 1, Milan 1, Sampdoria 1)
       East Germany  2              (Carl Zeiss Jena 1, 1.FC Magdeburg 1)
       West Germany  2              (Borussia Dortmund 1, Hamburger SV 1)
    The English league can claim a fifth case thanks to Cardiff City.
    No other country boasts more than one such elimination.

    CWC Records


    Highest win in one leg:

    1963/64, 2nd round: Sporting CP (Lisbon) 16-1 APOEL Nicosia (record for all European Cups)

    Highest aggregate win:

    1971/72, 1st round: Jeunesse Hautcharage 0-8 Chelsea Chelsea 13-0 Jeunesse Hautcharage Chelsea win 21-0 on aggregate (tie for record for all European Cups)

    Most goals in game:

    1963/64, 2nd round: Sporting CP (Lisbon) 16-1 APOEL Nicosia, total 17 goals (record for all European Cups)

    Most goals in tie:

    1976/77, 1st round: Levski-Spartak (Sofia) 12-2 Reipas (Lahti) Reipas (Lahti) 1-7 Levski-Spartak (Sofia) Levski-Spartak (Sofia) win 19-3 on aggregate, total 22 goals (record for all European Cups)

    Best come-backs:

    1961/62, 1st round: FC La Chaux-de-Fonds 6-2 Leixoes (Porto) Leixoes (Porto) 5-0 FC La Chaux-de-Fonds Leixoes win 7-6 on aggregate 1984/85, 1st round: FC Metz 2-4 Barcelona Barcelona 1-4 FC Metz [after 1-0 at 33'] Metz win 6-5 on aggregate 1985/86, quarterf.: Dynamo Dresden 2-0 Bayer Uerdingen Bayer Uerdingen 7-3 Dynamo Dresden [after 1-3 halftime] Uerdingen win 7-5 on aggregate

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