Thursday, August 11, 2011

European Cup 1969 1970 Feyenoord Rotterdam Celtic Glasgow

Final
San Siro Stadium,
Milan, 6 May 1970

Attendance: 53,000
Referee: Lo Bello (Italy)


The horns honked, the flags flew and the rockets exploded around the San Siro as the Feyenoord supporters welcomed a Dutch side to the Final for the first time. The Dutch outnumbered and out-sang the 20,000 Scottish fans, a harbinger of what was to happen on the pitch. An over-confident Jock Stein dropped the versatile and effective midfielder Connolly and reverted to 4-2-4, reckoning on his forwards having the beating of the underdogs Feyenoord, whose coach Happel adopted the sweeper system that had served him well in the competition to date. In the 29th minute, a cheeky back-heeled free-kick from Murdoch was lashed in from 25 yards by Gemmell through the Dutch defensive wall, with the goalkeeper momentarily unsighted by the referee. 

Within three minutes, however, Feyenoord had pulled one back, when a free kick from Franz Hasil over the static Celtic defence gave sweeper and captain Rinus Israel space to plant a lobbed header over keeper Williams. In the second half Feyenoord took over the game. The Austrian international Hasil and Van Hanegem controlled the midfield, Hasil hitting both post and bar, and the Dutch gave an exhibition of superb, one-touch football. Celtic were playing well below form, bemused by the constantly-moving inventive football of the opposition, and Feyenoord's tactics compounded a woefully ineffective performance from Celtic's normally dependable match-winner Johnstone. However, Celtic made it to extra time, when keeper Evan Williams was Celtic's best player, at one point making an excellent double save from Kindvall and then Wery. Four minutes from the end, McNeill's misjudgement of a pass from Israel led to him handling the ball which, with the referee playing advantage, reached Kindvall in the box, and the ball was in the Celtic net. 

 The game was over. A lacklustre Celtic, perhaps believing their own publicity, never really got into the game, and Stein had been outmanoeuvred by Happel's deployment of what was an attacking catenaccio system, with sweeper Israel alternating when required between attack and defence. 'The better team's won,' said Stein. Neither club has again reached the Final, although Feyenoord's victory was the first of four consecutive Dutch triumphs in the tournament. 'Total football' was around the corner, and Ajax were about to assert their dominance over European football.

Feyenoord: Pieters Graafland, Romeijn (Haak), Van Duivenbode, jansen, Israel, Hasil, Wery, Laseroms, Kindvall, Van Hanegem, Moulijn (manager: Happel) (Israel 32, Kindvall 116)
Celtic: Williams, Hay, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeil!, Brogan, Johnstone, Wallace, Hughes, Auld (Connelly), Lennox (manager: Stein) (Gemmell 29)



 
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 Experience and track record confirmed manager Jock Stein's confident scribblings about the likely outcome in Milan. Celtic had won in 1967 and Lisbon cornerstones remained in the shape of skipper Billy McNeill, goal-scoring left-back Tommy Gemmell, midfielders Bobby Murdoch and Bertie Auld, wingers Jimmy Johnstone and Bobby Lennox and strikers Willie Wallace and John Hughes. The over-confidence of the Scots extended to the media. Dutch clubs had won nothing and the rest of the continent was oblivious to the magical spell being conjured by Ajax in Amsterdam and the pacy pragmatism emanating from PSV in Eindhoven. Celtic's players agreed later that their own publicity had lulled them into believing that the hardest part had been defeating Leeds and that Feyenoord would be overawed by the San Siro occasion. That was to ignore, fatally, not only Feyenoord's ability and coach Ernst Happel's organization but also the fact that the Dutchmen had faced Milan in the San Siro earlier in the season in a far more intimidating atmosphere than the green-and-red-tinged neutrality of the final. Celtic lined up seven Lisbon winners. Feyenoord responded with a goalkeeper, in Eddy Pieters-Graafland, who had been playing European cup football in the late 1950s, a superbly resilient defensive rock in skipper Rinus Israel, two underrated playmakers in Wim Jansen and Austrian Franz Hasil, plus Ove Kindvall up front and veteran Coen Moulijn on the left wing.

Moulijn, now 33, was rated by many as the greatest Dutch footballer since Faas Wilkes in the early 1950s. His left-wing talent was not pure pace in the manner of a Paco Gento or energy in the style of Antonio Simoes, but guile. When he needed pace he could find enough, but above all he had an eye for a gap and the passing accuracy to pierce it. Not that this was instantly evident in Milan, where Celtic went ahead inside the opening half hour. Murdoch took a quick, short free-kick and Gemmell thumped the ball beyond Pieters-Graafland. Celtic, even more certain of laying hands on a second European Cup in four seasons, were still in dream mode when Israel headed home two minutes later. Happel was low-key in the Feyenoord dressing-room at half-time, insisting that his players hold the ball up in midfield, control the pace and thus drain the passion from Celtic's game. Van Hanegem and Hasil did precisely that, Moulijn began to drift into dangerous spaces and Celtic wavered. The final went into extra time for only the third time in the competition's history but the second time in three seasons. Celtic had arrived there courtesy of the reflexes of goalkeeper Evan Williams, but might still have won it had Hughes not fluffed an opening as the clock ticked down.
 






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6 comments:

  1. Very great but missed extra time

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  2. Do you konw whick newpaper is that on the pic?

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  3. Hello Kaan
    Yes the first B&W Pics are from an english retro book on European cups (a cheap one still on amazon.uk there is two differents at 1Euros...)
    and the full articles colors are from a Goal magazine pretty hard to find.

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