Saturday, July 30, 2011

Liverpool In Europe

 European football demanded new tactics. The old hit-and-run, tackle hard, style of the English game was hardly appropriate to European matches, and the opposition were often an unknown force. As Emlyn Hughes pointed out: 'European teams always threw up a new trick, a new move, a new free kick, a new corner or something. And you had to be ready for it. In the first division you knew everything about everybody, But in Europe it was very different.  Liverpool usually send spies out, but they do not always get much more than one look at the opposition. If it is an Eastern European team, or one in the midst of their winter break, the Reds's scouts would not even get that. Bill Shankly used to stress the importance of patience. He told Liverpool never to get frustrated by the opposition. Shanks warned his players that it was all too easy in a second leg, particularly at home, when time was ticking by and they were striving for a goal, to throw caution to the wind. That way, he said, played into the hands of Continental teams, who are quick on the counterattack.

The back room team also learned from their mistakes. Against Inter Milan, they travelled to Italy thinking they were virtually in the final of the European Cup, and failed to defend in numbers. They carried on as if it was being played at Anfield, and within 15 minutes Inter were level. Instead of packing their defence for the first 20 minutes, they naively went out to attack. Liverpool soon learned the necessity of defence in the away leg. During the 1983/84 season, when the Reds were the most feared team in Europe, Liverpool were able to devise their own rules. Drawn at home against formidable opposition, Liverpool failed repeatedly to break down packed defences. Against Atletico Bilbao, they drew 0-0 at Anfield. and looked set for an early exit from the European Cup. But in Spain, Bilbao were forced to attack and Liverpool, playing with increasing confidence, were able to exploit the gaps theSpaniards left in defence.

In the next round, against Benfica, Liverpool won 1-0 at Anfield, but applied the same tactics in the second leg  letting the Portuguese champions attack and then hitting them on the counter. Liverpool ended a memorable display as 4-1 victors.   In the  semi-final  against Dinamo  Bucharest Liverpool won both legs using this ploy. By then, Liverpool were the masters of Europe, having assimilated all the experience they had gained in years of travelling across the Continent. Bill Shankly claimed that 'Football is a simple game, all you have to do is pass the bai to one of your own players'. It has never been more true thai in Europe, where sides excel at holding the ball, passing accurately and frustrating the opposition. That has been the way Liverpool have played it, initially copying the Continentals and then beating them at their own game.

September 18th, 1991 was a red-letter day for fans of Liverpool Football Club. That date marked the staging of their first tie in European competition since their enforced absence following the Heysel Stadium tragedy in 1985. And what a comeback ... a 6 - 1 victory over Kuusysi Lahti of Finland, the latest opponents for Liverpool, involved in their 22nd year of European competition. The club has enjoyed terrific success in this time four times European Cup winners, twice UEFA Cup winners, finalists in the European Cup Winners' Cup competition, They stand amongst the very finest of pedigrees in European football.
This video traces the building of that pedigree from the early days, their magnificent win over Inter Milan three days after their first FA Cup Final win, Geoff Strong's header that capped a memorable night against Celtic, their first final against Borussia Dortmund, an astounding defeat at the hands of Ajax and a young Johan Cruyff, a dramatic Alun Evans hat-trick against Bayem Munich, UEFA Cup wins over Borussia Moengladbach and Bruges, the 'glory that was Rome the 1977 European Cup Final, the 1978 European Cup Final, 'one night in Paris'  Alan Kennedy's winner over Real Madrid, cracking hat-tricks from current manager Graeme Souness against CSKA Sofia and Ian Rush against Benfica, the European Cup Final against Roma in 1984 plus all the action on route to that ill-fated night in Brussels. Nearly sixty matches are gathered together on this unique tape over 150 goals, plus the recollections of the late Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and former Liverpool stars, Roger Hunt and Phil Neal.

Codec H264, Mkv
Bitrate 1200
Sound 128kps
Sound Stadium
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Vhs Master Rip

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Executive Producer: Penelope Mills
Produced by Brian Barwick
Running time; 95 mins approx.
Written and Narrated by John Motson
This video contains original Mack & white footage


1 comment:

  1. St. Pauli-Athletic-CelticJuly 30, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Athletic Club Bilbao, not Atletico