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The 1970 European Cup Final was a football match held at the San Siro, Milan, on 6 May 1970, that saw Feyenoord of the Netherlands defeat Celtic of Scotland 2-1 after extra time. Ove Kindvall's goal in the 117th minute meant the trophy was going to a Dutch club for the first time. It remains Feyenoord's only European Cup triumph. The match nearly never took place due to massive strikes throughout Italy during 1970 (The Italian FA backed down to ensure that their own clubs would be able to compete in further UEFA competitions). A match programme was never issued for this final; it is unknown whether one was ever printed.

1970 European Cup Final
Van Hanegem, Vrauwdeunt, Moulijn.jpg
Wim van Hanegem, Piet Vrauwdeunt, Coen Moulijn
Event1969–70 European Cup
After extra time
Date6 May 1970
VenueSan Siro, Milan
RefereeConcetto Lo Bello (Italy)


Route to the finalEdit

  Feyenoord Round   Celtic
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  KR Reykjavík 16–2 12–2 (A) 4–0 (H) First round   Basel 2–0 0–0 (A) 2–0 (H)
  Milan 2–1 0–1 (A) 2–0 (H) Second round   Benfica 3–3 (c) 3–0 (H) 0–3 (a.e.t.) (A)
  Vorwärts Berlin 2–1 0–1 (A) 2–0 (H) Quarter-finals   Fiorentina 3–1 3–0 (H) 0–1 (A)
  Legia Warsaw 2–0 0–0 (A) 2–0 (H) Semi-finals   Leeds United 3–1 1–0 (A) 2–1 (H)



Celtic went into the match as strong favourites, but despite Tommy Gemmell opening the scoring after 30 minutes, they were comprehensively outplayed by Feyenoord. The Dutch team's manager, Ernst Happel, ensured Celtic winger Jimmy Johnstone was double marked at all times, whilst the midfield trio of Franz Hasil, Willem van Hanegem and Wim Jansen dominated their Celtic counterparts. Rinus Israël quickly equalised from a free kick, but Celtic managed to hold on at 1–1 to force extra time. With just a few minutes of extra-time remaining, a long free-kick from the Feyenoord half was sent towards the Celtic penalty area. Celtic defender and captain Billy McNeil stumbled and misjudged the ball, and as he tried to recover he appeared to punch the ball away. Before the referee had a chance to award a penalty, Ove Kindvall reacted quickly, running on and chipping the ball over the advancing goalkeeper Evan Williams to seal a 2–1 win for Feyenoord.[1][2]


Feyenoord  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Celtic
Israël   32'
Kindvall   117'
Report Gemmell   30'
Attendance: 53,187
GK 1   Eddy Pieters Graafland
RB 2   Piet Romeijn   105+2'
CB 4   Theo Laseroms
CB 3   Rinus Israël (c)
LB 5   Theo van Duivenbode
CM 7   Wim Jansen
RM 6   Franz Hasil
LM 10   Willem van Hanegem
RW 8   Henk Wery
CF 9   Ove Kindvall
LW 11   Coen Moulijn
MF 15   Guus Haak   105+2'
  Ernst Happel
GK 1   Evan Williams
RB 2   David Hay
CB 5   Billy McNeill (c)
CB 6   Jim Brogan
LB 3   Tommy Gemmell
CM 4   Bobby Murdoch
CM 10   Bertie Auld   77'
RW 7   Jimmy Johnstone
CF 9   John Hughes
CF 8   Willie Wallace
LW 11   Bobby Lennox
MF 14   George Connelly   77'
  Jock Stein

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Season 1969-70". European Cup History. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  2. ^ Brogan, Tom. "Celtic 1970: European Cup Final v Feyenoord – The Dream Ends". State of the Game. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2015.

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