Tottenham Hotspur: A history of winning European cup finals
Tottenham Hotspur will play their biggest match in club history when they take on Liverpool in the Champions League Final. When the two English Premier League clubs kick off at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, it will be Tottenham’s first European final in just over 35 years. Fans of Tottenham and Liverpool can wager on the final using the latest bonus code for Bethard and predict which team will lift the European Cup.
European finals may not be a regular occurrence for Tottenham, but when they reach a final, the players usually return to London with a trophy. History bodes well for a win in Madrid and another piece of European silver residing in Tottenham’s trophy cabinet.
Cup Winners’ Cup – 1963
Tottenham Hotspur’s first taste of European silverware came in the glorious Cup Winners’ Cup tournament. Manager Bill Nicholson led Spurs against Spain’s Atletico Madrid in the final. This season's European Cup will see Tottenham play in their first ever Champions League Final and supporters can visit Sectorbet to wager on the game and predict the outcome.
Nicholson had guided Tottenham Hotspur past Rangers, Slovan Bratislava, and OFK Beograd to reach the final at Feyenoord's De Kuiper Stadium. Spurs had little trouble getting to the final winning all three ties by three or more goals on aggregate.
The final continued to see Spurs play silky football as they demolished Atletico Madrid 5-1. Jimmy Greaves scored twice for Tottenham while John White and Terry Dyson (2) collected the other three goals.
UEFA Cup – 1972
Nine years later, Tottenham were back in a European final. This time they were up against fellow Englishmen Wolverhampton Wanderers in the UEFA Cup Final.
Played over two legs, Tottenham defeated Wolverhampton in the first match at Molineux, 2-1. Martin Chivers bagged both goals for Spurs.
They met in the second leg 14 days later at White Hart Lane. Nicholson masterminded a 1-1 draw with Alan Mullery getting the goal to give Tottenham their second piece of European silverware under his tutelage.
UEFA Cup – 1974
It didn’t take Nicholson and his players quite so long to return to a European final. Just two years separated their UEFA Cup Final appearances. Their opponents this time around were the Netherlands’ Feyenoord.
Once again played over two legs, Tottenham hosted the first match on May 22nd. Tottenham’s Mike England opened the scoring but Feyenoord levelled the score through Wim van Hanegem. Spurs once again went into the lead thanks to an own goal. Yet, Feyenoord wouldn’t go lightly. Theo de Jong levelled the game once more on 85 minutes.
The teams met seven days later at De Kuiper Stadium with Feyenoord having little difficulty dispatching Spurs. Goals on either side of halftime sealed victory for the Dutchmen. Riot scenes during the game caused chaos, and distress for Bill Nicholson.
UEFA Cup – 1984
A decade passed before Tottenham were ready for their fourth European final. Once again, they took the pitch in the UEFA Cup Final, only this time their opponents were Belgium’s Anderlecht.
The first leg was played in Anderlecht with the home side getting an 85th minute goal. It cancelled out a 57th minute Paul Miller strike. Fourteen days later, the two sides needed penalties to separate themselves.
Alexandre Czerniatynski scored in the 60th minute to give Anderlecht the advantage. With six minutes left on the clock and time running out on the home team, Tottenham’s Graham Roberts levelled the score to send the final into extra-time.
Penalties were needed after a 30-minute stalemate and Tottenham scored their first four spot kicks. Tony Parks then saved Arnor Gudjohnsen’s penalty for the win and UEFA Cup trophy.
· Spurs Odyssey's Champions League Final Preview!
· Tottenham Motivation can Overpower Liverpool Skill in CL Final
· The five defining moments that shaped Spurs’ quest for Champions League glory
· How they reached the 2019 Champions League Final - Tottenham Hotspur
· How they reached the 2019 Champions League Final - Liverpool
Top of page | Index to 2018-19 Matches & Reports