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1979 European Cup Final

The 1979 European Cup Final was a football match held at the Olympiastadion, Munich, on 30 May 1979 (the venue was decided in Bern by the UEFA Executive Committee on 27 September 1978).[2] Trevor Francis scored the only goal of the game seeing Nottingham Forest of England defeat Malmö FF of Sweden 1–0. The win represented a third successive victory for an English side in the European Cup after Liverpool's victories in 1977 and 1978.

1979 European Cup Final
Event1978–79 European Cup
Date30 May 1979
VenueOlympiastadion, Munich
RefereeErich Linemayr (Austria)


The competition had provided many great stories and had thrown up a final that no-one could have predicted when it had started the previous August. Unfortunately, with two of their best players – midfielder Bo Larsson and defender Roy Andersson – already ruled out with injury and with their captain and key midfielderStaffan Tapper – breaking his toe in training on the eve of the final, Malmö resorted to the same defensive tactics that Belgian team Club Bruges had used at Wembley in the final twelve months earlier. With neither of the finalists being one of Europe’s major clubs, Munich’s Olympiastadion was far from full for the Final, and the game itself was something of an anti-climax. There was, however, one memorable story still to be told. Back in February, Brian Clough had elected to spend the money that Forest had made from winning the league title in 1978 on a forward from Birmingham City. Clough made Trevor Francis Britain’s first £1 million footballer when he took him to Nottingham, but UEFA rules stipulated that he could not play European football for another three months. Therefore, the first game that Francis was eligible for was the final itself and, with Martin O'Neill injured and Archie Gemmill not selected by Clough, Francis was picked to play his first ever European club game, albeit out on the right wing.

Route to the finalEdit

Nottingham Forest Round Malmö FF
Opponent Result Legs Opponent Result Legs
  Liverpool 2–0 2–0 home; 0–0 away First round   AS Monaco 1–0 0–0 home; 1–0 away
  AEK Athens 7–2 5–1 home; 2–1 away Second round   Dynamo Kiev 2–0 2–0 home; 0–0 away
  Grasshopper 5–2 4–1 home; 1–1 away Quarter-finals   Wisła Kraków 5–3 4–1 home; 1–2 away
  Köln 4–3 3–3 home; 1–0 away Semi-finals   Austria Vienna 1–0 1–0 home; 0–0 away

Match summaryEdit

With Malmö FF sitting back in defence, the game was merely about whether Forest could break through. Despite constant pressure, the English side had still failed to score as first half injury time began, but then John Robertson, a man who was now one of the most feared wingers in European football, beat two Swedish defenders on the left hand side before whipping in a cross. Goalkeeper Jan Möller, who had been solid up to this point, did not come out to clear the ball, and at the far post was none other than Trevor Francis to head the ball into the roof of the net. That was effectively the end of the match. Both Garry Birtles and Robertson missed good chances in the second half, but it did not matter, as Malmö never looked likely to score.

It may have been an unremarkable final, but it was certainly a remarkable story. Under their maverick manager Brian Clough, Nottingham Forest, a relatively small English provincial club, had won European club football’s biggest prize, knocking out two-time defending champions Liverpool along the way. Just two years earlier, Forest had been in English football's second tier. Forest would retain their title the following year.



Nottingham Forest  1–0  Malmö FF
Francis   45+1' Report
Attendance: 68,000
Nottingham Forest
Malmö FF
GK 1   Peter Shilton
RB 2   Viv Anderson
CB 3   Frank Clark
CB 4   John McGovern (c)
LB 5   Larry Lloyd
DM 6   Kenny Burns
CM 7   Trevor Francis
AM 8   Ian Bowyer
RW 9   Garry Birtles
CF 10   Tony Woodcock
LW 11   John Robertson
GK 12   Chris Woods
DF 13   David Needham
MF 14   Martin O'Neill
MF 15   Archie Gemmill
FW 16   John O'Hare
  Brian Clough
GK 1   Jan Möller
SW 2   Roland Andersson
RB 3   Ingemar Erlandsson
CB 4   Kent Jönsson
LB 5   Magnus Andersson
RM 6   Staffan Tapper (c)   34'
CM 7   Anders Ljungberg
LM 8   Robert Prytz
RF 9   Tommy Hansson   82'
CF 10   Tore Cervin
LF 11   Jan-Olov Kinnvall
DF 12   Mats Arvidsson
FW 13   Tommy Andersson   82'
MF 14   Claes Malmberg   34'
GK 15   Arne Åkesson
  Bob Houghton

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