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1975 European Cup Final
1975 European Cup Final
Event 1974–75 European Cup
Date 28 May 1975
Venue Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee Michel Kitabdjian (France)
Attendance 50,000

The 1975 European Cup Final was a football match held at the Parc des Princes, Paris, on 28 May 1975 between Leeds United and Bayern Munich.



Bayern Munich were appearing in what would be their second of 3 consecutive European Cup finals (of which they would win all 3) and contained many great players such as Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller and Uli Hoeneß who had featured heavily in Germany's 1974 World Cup victory the previous season, and as such were heavy favorites.

For Leeds United, only the second English club to reach the final after Manchester United in 1968, the game was the climax of the 'Glory Years' of the team built by former manager Don Revie. The experienced but now aging team had finished 9th in the league in the 1974–75 season; this would be the club's last appearance in a major cup final until the League Cup in 1996.

The Match

Bayern ran out 2–0 winners over Leeds, with two second half goals. The match remains highly controversial to fans of Leeds to this day. Riots broke out after a disallowed Peter Lorimer goal and a series of controversial decisions by referee Michel Kitabdjian, later banned amidst allegations of match fixing in other competitions. The violence saw Leeds banned from Europe for 4 years (reduced to 2 on appeal)[1][2][3]. Ultimately, this ban was never applied due to a decline in the performance of the club in the late-1970s preventing European qualification until 1991–92.

The game also saw Bayern player (and now director of football) and German international Uli Hoeneß suffer a serious knee injury in the 42nd minute, which would ultimately bring his career to a premature end at the age of 27.


Despite Leeds now playing in the third tier of English football, the controversy surrounding the final is still manifested in the chant 'We are the Champions, Champions of Europe' -amid a feeling that the club was cheated of victory - by fans of the club often throughout the half time interval at away games[1]. Bayern would remain one of Europe's top clubs and would go on to victory in the 1975–76 final, completing a hattrick of wins - but would ultimately have to wait until 2001 for their 4th title.

The appearance of an English club in the final for only the second time would ultimately precede a period of dominance by The Football League clubs Liverpool (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984), Aston Villa (1982) and Nottingham Forest (1979 and 1980) of European football. However, the violence and the lengthy ban handed down to Leeds would forshadow the tragic events in the European Cup final 10 years later.

Match details

Bayern Munich West Germany 2 – 0 England Leeds United Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Michel Kitabdjian France
Roth Goal 71'
Müller Goal 81'
Bayern Munich
Leeds United
GK 1 Germany Sepp Maier
DF ' Germany Franz Beckenbauer (c)
DF ' Germany Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck Booked
DF ' Germany Bernd Dürnberger
DF ' Sweden Björn Andersson Substituted off in the 4th minute 4'
MF ' Germany Rainer Zobel
MF ' Germany Franz Roth
MF ' Germany Jupp Kapellmann
FW ' Germany Uli Hoeneß Substituted off in the 42nd minute 42'
FW ' Germany Gerd Müller
FW ' Sweden Conny Torstensson
MF ' Germany Sepp Weiss Substituted on in the 4th minute 4'
MF ' Germany Klaus Wunder Substituted on in the 42nd minute 42'
GK Germany Hugo Robl
Germany Dettmar Cramer
GK 1 Scotland David Stewart
DF 2 England Paul Reaney Booked
DF 3 Scotland Frank Gray
DF 5 England Paul Madeley
DF 6 England Norman Hunter Booked
MF 4 Scotland Billy Bremner (c)
MF 10 Republic of Ireland Johnny Giles
MF 11 Wales Terry Yorath Substituted off in the 80th minute 80'
MF 7 Scotland Peter Lorimer
FW 8 England Allan Clarke
FW 9 Scotland Joe Jordan
MF 15 Scotland Eddie Gray Substituted on in the 80th minute 80'
GK Wales Glan Letheran
DF England Trevor Cherry
DF England Peter Hampton
FW England Duncan McKenzie
England Jimmy Armfield


External links

Preceded by
European Cup
Final 1974
European Cup
Final 1975
FC Bayern Munich
Succeeded by
European Cup
Final 1976


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