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The 1961 European Cup Final was held at the Wankdorf Stadium, Bern on 31 May 1961, and saw Benfica play against Barcelona. This was the first final not to include Real Madrid, who had won the previous five finals. Benfica lifted the trophy for the first time, beating Barcelona 3–2.

1961 European Cup Final
Event1960–61 European Cup
Date31 May 1961
VenueWankdorf Stadium, Bern
RefereeGottfried Dienst (Switzerland)

Benfica midfielder Mario Coluna broke his nose in the eighth minute of the match; not wanting to risk further damage, when Domiciano Cavém put over a cross in the 55th minute, Coluna hung back outside the penalty area. The ball was cleared directly to him and he volleyed it home for Benfica's third goal of the match.[2]


Route to the finalEdit

  Benfica Round   Barcelona
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  Hearts 5–1 2–1 (A) 3–0 (H) Prelim. round   Lierse 5–0 2–0 (H) 3–0 (A)
  Újpesti Dózsa 7–4 6–2 (H) 1–2 (A) First round   Real Madrid 4–3 2–2 (A) 2–1 (H)
  AGF Aarhus 7–2 3–1 (H) 4–1 (A) Quarter-finals   Spartak Hradec Králové 5–1 4–0 (H) 1–1 (A)
  Rapid Wien 4–1 3–0 (H) 1–1 (A) Semi-finals   Hamburg 2–2
(Replay: 1–0)
1–0 (H) 1–2 (A)



Benfica  3–2  Barcelona
Águas   31'
Ramallets   32' (o.g.)
Coluna   55'
Report Kocsis   21'
Czibor   75'
GK 1   Alberto da Costa Pereira
DF 2   Mário João
DF 3   Germano de Figueiredo
DF 4   Angelo Martins
DF 5   José Neto
MF 6   Fernando Cruz
MF 7   José Augusto
MF 8   Joaquim Santana
FW 9   José Águas (c)
MF 10   Mário Coluna
FW 11   Domiciano Cavém
  Béla Guttmann
GK 1   Antoni Ramallets (c)
DF 2   Foncho
DF 3   Enric Gensana
DF 4   Sígfrid Gràcia
DF 5   Martí Vergés
MF 6   Jesús Garay
MF 7     László Kubala
MF 8   Sándor Kocsis
MF 9   Evaristo de Macedo
FW 10   Luis Suárez
FW 11   Zoltán Czibor
  Enrique Orizaola

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "UEFA Champions League – Statistics Handbook 2012/13" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. p. 129. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  2. ^ Simpson, Paul; Hesse-Lichtenberger, Uli (October 2005). Sleight, Hugh (ed.). "50 Things You Never Knew About... The European Cup". FourFourTwo. Teddington: Haymarket Consumer (134): 101. ISSN 1355-0276.

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