Slovan Bratislava knocks out Barça in the Recopa final

first_imgThe 60s marked a revolution in European football. I know consolidated the great competitions international and clubs As the Celtic de Stein, United by Charlton and Best, Benfica by Eusebio, Inter by Helenio Herrera or Madrid yé-yé they set the pace towards the modernity of football. The matches of the FIFA selection and the fame of the Golden Balls they made the stars of the time have a dimension practically unknown until then. However, there was still the essence of old football mid-century and that renewed Europe in which the British, Italian and Spanish teams shone had their nEmesis in Eastern teams: strong, fast, accustomed to cold, fearsome. In that Barcelona squad featured historical players like Sadurní, Eladio, Fusté, Zaldua, Mendoça and Chus Pereda, among others, and above them shone the figure of a very young Carles Rexach. Along the way, the azulgranas had knocked down the Lyn Oslo and the Colonia and appeared in Basel, where the final was played, as clear favorites. An unknown Czechoslovak team awaited them there, the Slovan Bratislava, who had left behind Porto, Torino and the Scottish Dumferline.To everyone’s surprises, the Slovan was far superior in the final. There was no agonized comeback, and it didn’t take miracles or heroics of any kind to beat a team that was theoretically superior on paper. The first half ended 3-1 for Czechoslovaks with goals Cvetler, Hrivnak and Capkovic for the whole of Bratislava and a Both of Zaldua for Barça. Rexach made up the result in the second part but the Recopa ended up in the Slovan museum, which is the only club in the former Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic and Slovakia) that has an international title.Years later, seven members of that Slovan they continued to make history for Czechoslovak football with the achievement of the Eurocup in 1976, story that we will tell in another chapter of this series, but they never managed to take the Slovan again so far, not even close. The decline of football eastern has devastated a club that 41 years later aspires to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League after passing several previous rounds. Barcelona ended the decade how it started: missing a European final. In 1961 he ran into the Benfica in the first European Cup that did not end up in the windows of Madrid. The Portuguese had Eusebius in the grass and Bela Guttman on the bench, two true soccer legends, and the result was 3-2 for the lisboetas. No one was surprised by that. What was unexpected was that the culé set fell A few years later, in 1969, in the Cup Winners’ Cup final against Slovan Bratislava (3-2). A year earlier, Barça had won the Cup final against Real Madrid, the league champion, and shortly before, in 1966, they lifted the Fair Cup. Without a doubt, the Barca was one of the great teams of the time, although it took years without conquering the Spanish league.last_img read more