The final saw Nottingham Forest of England defeat Hamburg of West Germany by a score of 1–0. There was, however, one memorable story still to be told. "But Brian Clough told us we didn't need to worry about the opposition. Every time I watch Liverpool now I look for the flags on the Kop, because there's a two-year gap in the dates. The store will not work correctly in the case when cookies are disabled. in European football, https://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/competitions/Statistics/01/85/99/80/1859980_DOWNLOAD.pdf, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1979_European_Cup_Final&oldid=977120158, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 7 September 2020, at 01:56. "Deep down we were scared," Birtles says. You keep your clean sheet and that helps the glory boys up front.”. While gradual ­domination by Premier League clubs has been the story of the Champions League's past few seasons, all-English ties have become commonplace only because four teams now represent England. Under the German, the club has an aura that suggests the club could dominate for years to come. The legendary custodian won the European Cup with the Reds in 1979 and 1980. Zbrojovka Brno 3–3 Wisła Kraków on aggregate. "The thing was I had no idea I would be playing until the last minute. "So when we scored again, cocky young thing that I was, I went up to him and said: 'Will two be enough then?' Under their maverick manager Brian Clough, Nottingham Forest–– a relatively small English provincial club–– had won European club football’s biggest prize, knocking out two-time defending champions Liverpool along the way. His team won the Champions League last season and look to be running away with the Premier League title race this time around. All Birtles remembers of the trip to Anfield is feeling incredibly nervous beforehand, yet being bizarrely relaxed by the presence of Bill Shankly on the team coach. Birtles remembers it well. "The competition should just be for champions, even the title gives that away, but it's all about making money now," he says. He’s got good midfield players and strikers who are quick, sharp and score goals. The 1979 European Cup Final was a football match held at the Olympiastadion, Munich, on 30 May 1979. Real Madrid 3–3 Grasshopper on aggregate. Back in February, Brian Clough had elected to spend the money that Forest had made from winning the league title in 1978 on a forward from Birmingham City. [4] The victory also meant that Forest became the first club that had won the European Cup more times than their domestic first division. The legendary custodian won the European Cup with the Reds in 1979 and 1980. Unfortunately, with two of their best players – midfielder Bo Larsson and defender Roy Andersson – already ruled out with injury and with their captain and key midfielder – Staffan Tapper – breaking his toe in training on the eve of the final, Malmö resorted to the same defensive tactics that Belgian team Club Bruges had used at Wembley in the final twelve months earlier. The win represented a third successive victory for an English side in the European Cup, after Liverpool's victories in 1977 and 1978. Forest, enjoying a great run of success under Brian Clough, had defeated defending two-time champions Liverpool in the first round. Former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Peter Shilton has told The Guardian that Brian Clough was not too dissimilar to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Thank goodness for ­Barcelona, that's what I say. Clough was a born winner and Shilton is right to use Klopp as an example of the modern-day equivalent. Clough instilled a belief in his players that they were the best in the world and it paid dividends during a trophy-laden period for the Reds. Liverpool v Nottingham Forest: D: 0-0: European Cup: 09-Dec-78: Liverpool v Nottingham … Dynamo Dresden won on penalties. Birtles says. That gap. Arsenal and United on the ­Saturdays, with a goal against Liverpool in the European Cup in between. Shilton’s comparison is interesting but with Liverpool on course for an invincible season, it’s easy to see where it comes from. In a way, it’s similar to us at Forest. He'd just say go out and play. Clough is comfortably Forest’s most successful manager and Shilton believes that Klopp is showing similar traits to the great man. Published by the Football League Paper, Johnstone Press Group, Shoot and many more. in European football, http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1979/10/06/pagina-30/1051919/pdf.html, https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52970612, "When Nottingham Forest retained the European Cup 40 years ago", "Aston Villa i Nottingham Forest, dva europska prvaka u 2. ligi", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1980_European_Cup_Final&oldid=977065181, International club association football competitions hosted by Spain, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 6 September 2020, at 18:31. Lee Clarke Former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Peter Shilton has told The Guardian … "After I'd scored Phil Thompson told me a ­single goal wouldn't be enough to take to Anfield," he says. "Unbelievable, isn't it?" Copyright © 2020 Collect Soccer. As September arrived and the first leg at the City Ground approached, ­Liverpool embellished their unbeaten start to the season with a 7-0 demolition of Spurs at Anfield, Terry McDermott completing the rout with one of everybody's favourite goals. When that happened, with Liverpool and Nottingham Forest paired without seeding in the first round of the 1978-79 competition, it was a shock to the whole country. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Back in the days of the old European Cup it was almost impossible for two English clubs to meet, as the only way it could come about was for one team to qualify as holders and another to enter as champions. Of course, right now the former Forest boss has one more European Cup to his name than Klopp and not until the end of his career can true comparisons be made between the two. "I enjoy watching the games, but with English teams ­meeting each other so often it's becoming a bit predictable. The 1978–79 season of the European Cup football club tournament was won by English champions Nottingham Forest in the final against Malmö FF. Trevor Francis scored the only goal of the match, as Nottingham Forest of England defeated Malmö FF of Sweden 1–0 to become European champions for the first time in club history. With neither of the finalists being one of Europe’s major clubs, Munich’s Olympiastadion was far from full for the Final, and the game itself was something of an anti-climax. "It's like Barnsley doing it. I didn't know whether I could believe him, but sure enough I was in, and I scored my first goal, so I stayed in for the next game, which was Manchester United. The competition had provided many great stories and had thrown up a final that no-one could have predicted when it had started the previous August. Omonia 2–2 Bohemians on aggregate. First published on Sun 26 Apr 2009 00.05 BST. "Drawing Liverpool didn't seem right. Grasshopper won on away goals. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. The 1978–79 season of the European Cup football club tournament was won by English champions Nottingham Forest in the final against Malmö FF. Goalkeeper Jan Möller, who had been solid up to this point, did not come out to clear the ball, and at the far post was none other than Trevor Francis to head the ball into the roof of the net. That was effectively the end of the match. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. The 1980 European Cup Final was a football match held at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain on 28 May 1980, to determine the champion of the 1979–80 European Cup. That was my first week. You just didn't. It may have been an unremarkable final, but the result certainly made for a remarkable overall story. If you clicked on a link to get here, the link is outdated. He always said that, he wasn't one for filling your head with tactics or warning you what opponents might do. The Liverpool edition is also available. The 1979 European Cup Final was a football match held at the Olympiastadion, Munich, on 30 May 1979. Just two years earlier, Forest had been in English football's second tier, and yet they now found themselves at the zenith of European club football. Lee is a Digital Football Journalist based in Nottinghamshire. All rights reserved. Partizan 2–2 Dynamo Dresden on aggregate. ", Inevitably, perhaps, Birtles thinks the modern arrangement has lost a ­little magic. Nottingham Forest 2-0 Liverpool 1978 European Cup - YouTube Despite constant pressure, the English side had still failed to score as first half injury time began, but then John Robertson, a man who was now one of the most feared wingers in European football, beat two Swedish defenders on the left hand side before whipping in a cross. "We thought we'd be going to Italy or Spain, somewhere a bit exotic," Birtles says. He was speechless. Arsenal and Manchester United meet in the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, with the possibility, ­Barcelona permitting, of the winners playing Chelsea in the final. With Malmö opting to sit back in defence for the duration of the match, the game was merely about whether Forest could break through. "In Europe a 1-0 defeat in a first leg away from home is not normally a bad result," Dalglish says. 'Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport amusingly summed up the event by claiming that "Forest showed how English teams can implement, Nottingham Forest F.C. The win represented a third successive victory for an English side in the European Cup, after Liverpool's victories in 1977 and 1978. Bohemians won on away goals. Same old same old? The 1980 European Cup Final was a football match held at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain[a] on 28 May 1980, to determine the champion of the 1979–80 European Cup. "Don't ask me how that came about," he says. Follow these links to get you back on track. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. He told the Guardian: “Jurgen Klopp’s not that different to Brian Clough. The final saw Nottingham Forest of England defeat Hamburg of West Germany by a score of 1–0. The Forest defence put up the shutters and the second leg stayed goalless. JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. The top scorers from the 1978–79 European Cup (excluding preliminary round) are as follows: 1978–79 All matches – season at UEFA website, European Cup results at Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1978–79_European_Cup&oldid=971880218, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, All scorers 1978–79 European Cup (excluding preliminary round) according to, This page was last edited on 8 August 2020, at 20:33. (Photo by Duncan Raban/Allsport/Getty Images). Nottingham Forest fan and Football League expert. Shankly must have come to our hotel or something, and we took him to the game. We had never played in the European Cup before, and it looked like we might be going out without even getting out of the country.". All rights reserved. Both Garry Birtles and Robertson missed good chances in the second half, but it did not matter, as Malmö never looked likely to score. Wisła Kraków won on away goals. In a frank and open discussion with the national newspaper, he was put to task on discussing the modern-day game and a comparison between Clough and Klopp quickly emerged.