The Greatest Games – Benfica 5 Real Madrid 3

European Cup Final, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam, 2 May 1962.

Saturday 5th October

In this week's Greatest Games in association with The Football Ramble, David Bolchover joins Jonathan and Marcus to look back to the 1962 European Cup Final.

Today we’re to celebrating one of the most influential figures in 20th century football: Béla Guttmann. His Benfica side beat Real Madrid 5-3 in the 1962 European Cup final, and this extraordinary game was entirely reflective of an extraordinary man.

After arriving at Benfica, having won the league the season before with Porto, Guttmann immediately sacked twenty first team players. He then took Benfica to two Primeira Divisāo titles and a triumph in the previous European Cup, before meeting five-time winners Real Madrid in the 1962 final in Amsterdam.

A thrilling, chaotic game featuring a Ferenc Puskás hat-trick finished 5-3 to Benfica, with Guttmann cementing himself as one of the finest coaches of any generation.


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