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The 1972 European Super Cup was a football match played over two legs between the winner of the 1971–72 European Cup and the winner of the 1971–72 European Cup Winners' Cup. The match was proposed by Anton Witkamp of De Telegraaf to decide who was the best club in Europe.[1]

1972 European Super Cup
on aggregate
First leg
Date16 January 1973
VenueIbrox Stadium, Glasgow
RefereeAlistair McKenzie (Scotland)
Attendance57,000
Second leg
Date24 January 1973
VenueOlympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
RefereeHans-Joachim Weyland (West Germany)
Attendance26,168
1973 (Official) →

HistoryEdit

In 1972, Witkamp proposed the idea to Jaap van Praag, the then president of Ajax, who were holders of the European Cup at that time. The idea was then taken to UEFA to seek official endorsement; however Artemio Franchi, the president of UEFA at that time, rejected the idea as the reigning European Cup Winners' Cup champions—Rangers—were serving a one-year ban at the time imposed by UEFA for the alleged misbehaviour of their fans.[1]

The match went ahead, but unofficially as a celebration of the Centenary of Rangers F.C.. The first leg was played on 16 January 1973 and the second on 24 January 1973. Ajax won the tie 6–3 on aggregate, beating Rangers both at home and away, 3–1 in Glasgow and 3–2 in the second leg in Amsterdam. Despite not being officially recognised by UEFA it is often regarded as the first ever European Super Cup match.

Match detailsEdit

First legEdit

Rangers  1–3  Ajax
MacDonald   41' Report Rep   34'
Cruyff   45'
Haan   76'
Attendance: 57,000
 
 
 
 
 
Rangers
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ajax
GK 1   Peter McCloy
RB 2   Sandy Jardine
LB 3   Willie Mathieson
CB 4   John Greig (c)
CB 5   Derek Johnstone   66'
CB 6   Dave Smith
RM 7   Alfie Conn   46'
CM 8   Tom Forsyth
CF 9   Derek Parlane
CM 10   Alex MacDonald
LM 11   Quinton Young
Substitutes:
MF 12   Tommy McLean   46'
MF 14   Graham Fyfe   66'
Manager:
  Jock Wallace
GK 1   Heinz Stuy
RB   Wim Suurbier
CM   Horst Blankenburg
CB   Barry Hulshoff
LB   Ruud Krol
DM   Arie Haan
CM   Gerrie Mühren
CM   Arnold Mühren
RF   Johnny Rep
CF   Johan Cruyff
LF   Piet Keizer
Manager:
  Ştefan Kovács

Second legEdit

Ajax  3–2  Rangers
Haan   12'
Mühren   37' (pen.)
Cruyff   79'
Report MacDonald   2'
Young   35'
GK 1   Heinz Stuy
RB   Wim Suurbier
CM   Horst Blankenburg
CB   Barry Hulshoff
LB   Ruud Krol
DM   Arie Haan
CM   Gerrie Mühren
CM   Johan Neeskens
RF   Sjaak Swart
CF   Johan Cruyff
LF   Piet Keizer
Manager:
  Ştefan Kovács
GK 1   Peter McCloy
RB 2   Sandy Jardine
LB 3   Willie Mathieson
CB 4   John Greig (c)
CB 5   Derek Johnstone
CB 6   Dave Smith
RM 7   Tommy McLean
CM 8   Tom Forsyth
CF 9   Derek Parlane
CM 10   Alex MacDonald
LM 11   Quinton Young
Manager:
  Jock Wallace

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "UEFA Super Cup - History". UEFA. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2008.

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