Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Real classic

A bit late with this one - it was 50 years ago today that Real Madrid taught the world to play. Well, not quite.

But 50 years to the day since Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 in what is still regarded as the definitive European Cup final.

At Hampden of course. Where else?

Would it be particularly Scottish to point out that the most famous, celebrated game to be played out at our footballing citadel didn't involve one Scottish player? Possibly. So I won't.
No one who was there will forget the 1960 European Cup final between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Today is the 50th anniversary of that iconic match, a breathtaking 7-3 triumph for Real that moved a generation of Scots. In what many describe as the greatest game played, Ferenc Puskas scored four, Alfredo Di Stefano three, and a crowd of 127,620, almost all natives, stayed behind for an hour after the final whistle in recognition of what they had seen.

Alex Ferguson, Andy Roxburgh, the entire Celtic team, many of whom would go on to become Lisbon Lions: all would later admit that the glistening spectacle of pristine white on the emerald Hampden turf made a big impression. The Times