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1979 European Cup Final

1979 European Cup Final
Event 1978–79 European Cup
Date 30 May 1979
Venue Olympiastadion, Munich
Referee Erich Linemayr (Austria)
Attendance 57,000

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).[1] It saw 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.


  • Background 1
  • Route to the final 2
  • Match summary 3
  • Match 4
    • Details 4.1
  • Footnotes 5
  • See also 6
  • External links 7


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 defenders – Bo Larsson and 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 FF 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. The first game that Francis was eligible for, therefore, 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 final

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 summary

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.

And 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 FF never looked likely to score.

It may have been an unremarkable final, but it was certainly the end to 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. In a competition that had started with the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus and Liverpool taking part, it was Nottingham Forest who had run out winners, even knocking the current holders Liverpool (who had won the last two finals) in the first round. They had shown what man management and teamwork could achieve and they would be back the following season to defend their title, although Europe’s finest would be there to challenge them and they were unlikely to capitulate so easily next time around.



30 May 1979
20:15 CEST
Nottingham Forest 1–0 Malmö FF
Francis Goal 45' Оverview


Olympiastadion, Munich
Attendance: 57,000
Referee: Erich Linemayr (Austria)
Nottingham Forest
Malmö FF
GK 1 Peter Shilton
DF 2 Viv Anderson
DF 3 Frank Clark
MF 4 John McGovern (c)
DF 5 Larry Lloyd
DF 6 Kenny Burns
MF 7 Trevor Francis
MF 8 Ian Bowyer
FW 9 Garry Birtles
FW 10 Tony Woodcock
MF 11 John Robertson
GK Chris Woods
DF David Needham
MF Martin O'Neill
MF Archie Gemmill
FW John O'Hare
Brian Clough
GK 1 Jan Möller
DF 2 Roland Andersson
DF 3 Ingemar Erlandsson
DF 4 Kent Jönsson
DF 5 Magnus Andersson
MF 6 Staffan Tapper (c) Substituted off 34'
MF 7 Anders Ljungberg
MF 8 Robert Prytz
FW 9 Tommy Hansson Substituted off 82'
FW 10 Tore Cervin
MF 11 Jan-Olov Kinnvall
DF 12 Mats Arvidsson
FW 13 Tommy Andersson Substituted in 82'
MF 15 Claes Malmberg Substituted in 34'
GK 16 Arne Åkesson
Bob Houghton


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See also

External links

  • 1978–79 season at UEFA website
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