1940 Mitropa Cup

The 1940 Mitropa Cup was the 14th edition of the Mitropa Cup and the last season played before the competition was interrupted by the Second World War. The competition would be resumed after the war under the name Zentropa Cup but by that time it was overshadowed by the newly formed European Cup[1] which included teams from all parts of Europe. Last season's champions Újpest FC were eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the competition. This edition is notable for being the first edition in which a team from Romania reached the final. Rapid București of Romania beat Hungária FC MTK Budapest of Hungary in the quarterfinals and got past Građanski Zagreb of Yugoslavia in the semifinals to get to the finals in which they were to play Ferencvárosi FC. The final was cancelled due to the Second World War.

Eight teams participated in the competition with Hungary and Yugoslavia each sending three teams and Romania sending two. However Czechoslovakia and Italy didn't participate because of the war.

Mitropa Cup 1940
Participating Nations
Number of clubs
Not awarded


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hungária FC MTK Budapest   1 - 5   Rapid București 1 - 2 0 - 3
BSK Belgrade   4 - 0   Venus București 1 - 0 3 - 0
Slavija Sarajevo   4 - 11   Ferencvárosi FC 3 - 0 1 - 11
Građanski Zagreb   5 - 0   Újpest FC 4 - 0 1 - 0


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Građanski Zagreb   0 - 01   Rapid București 0 - 0 0 - 0
BSK Belgrade   1 - 2   Ferencvárosi FC 1 - 0 0 - 2

1 A play-off was played on neutral ground in Subotica to decide the tie. The game ended in a 1–1 draw (a.e.t.). The winner was decided by drawing of lots, with Rapid București advancing to the finals.


The final between Rapid București and Ferencváros was scheduled to take place in July 1940. However, due to the events of World War II it was cancelled.


  1. ^ Dunmore 2011, p. 180


Dunmore, Thomas (2011). Historical Dictionary of Soccer. Scarecrow Press.

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