1971 European Cup Final

The 1971 European Cup Final was a football match between Ajax of the Netherlands and Panathinaikos of Greece on 2 June 1971 at Wembley Stadium. It was the final match of the 1970–71 season of Europe's premier cup competition, the European Cup. Ajax were appearing in their second final, having lost the 1969 final 4–1 to Italian team A.C. Milan. Panathinaikos were appearing in their first final.

1971 European Cup Final
1971 European Cup Final match programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event1970–71 European Cup
Date2 June 1971
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeJack Taylor (England)
The teams walk out before the final.

Both teams progressed through four rounds to reach the final. Ajax comfortably won all of their ties by two goals, except for their 5–1 aggregate victory against Swiss team Basel in the second round. Panathinaikos matches were close affairs, with the exception of their 7–1 aggregate victory against Jeunesse Esch of Luxembourg in the first round. Their quarter-final and semi-final victories were both won via the away goals rule.

Watched by a crowd of 83,179, Ajax took the lead in the 5th minute when Dick van Dijk scored. Ajax extended their lead in the 87th minute when a shot by Arie Haan deflected off defender Anthimos Kapsis and went into the Panathinaikos goal, giving Ajax its first European Cup victory by a score of 2–0.

Route to the finalEdit

Ajax Round Panathinaikos
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  17 Nëntori Tirana 4–2 2–2 (A) 2–0 (H) First round   Jeunesse Esch 7–1 2–1 (A) 5–0 (H)
  Basel 5–1 3–0 (H) 2–1 (A) Second round   Slovan Bratislava 4–2 3–0 (H) 1–2 (A)
  Celtic 3–1 3–0 (H) 0–1 (A) Quarter-finals   Everton 1–1 (a) 1–1 (A) 0–0 (H)
  Atlético Madrid 3–1 0–1 (A) 3–0 (H) Semi-finals   Red Star Belgrade 4–4 (a) 1–4 (A) 3–0 (H)



Ajax  2–0  Panathinaikos
Van Dijk   5'
Haan   87'
Attendance: 83,179
Referee: Jack Taylor (England)
GK 1   Heinz Stuy
SW 2   Velibor Vasović (c)
RB 3   Wim Suurbier
CB 4   Barry Hulshoff
LB 6   Nico Rijnders   46'
RM 7   Johan Neeskens
CM 8   Sjaak Swart   46'
LM 9   Gerrie Mühren
RF 10   Dick van Dijk
CF 11   Piet Keizer
LF 14   Johan Cruyff
DF 12   Horst Blankenburg   46'
MF 15   Arie Haan   46'
GK 13   Sies Wever [nl]
MF 5   Ruud Suurendonk [nl]
  Rinus Michels
GK 1   Takis Ikonomopoulos
RB 2   Yiannis Tomaras
CB 3   Giorgos Vlachos [el]
CB 4   Kostas Eleftherakis
LB 5   Aristidis Kamaras
DM 6   Frangiskos Sourpis
CM 7   Charis Grammos
AM 8   Totis Filakouris
RW 9   Antonis Antoniadis
CF 10   Mimis Domazos (c)
LW 11   Anthimos Kapsis
GK 13   Vasilis Constantinou
DF 14   Victor Mitropoulos
DF 15   Kostas Athanasopoulos [it]
DF 16   Mitsos Demetriou
MF 17   Dimitris Kaligeris
  Ferenc Puskás

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