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Hieronymus Bosch
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Nottingham Forest retain the European Cup

Saw extended highlights of this match on Eurosport a few years ago, though I have no idea why they were showing it. To be honest, it looked like a dreadfully dull game.

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Hieronymus Bosch
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Surely there is one other person on this board apart from me and Nishlord who gives a shit about arguably the unlikeliest success story in the history of English football?
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It was a manky game, to be sure. But Robbo waved at my Mam the day after, so it's all good.

(actually, there were rumours that he spent much of last week in the City Ground, causing locals to involuntary rub their groins in anticipation of Martin O'Neill taking over).

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Missed fanzine titles no. 384: "What a load of Hrubesch".

As this was probably the peak period of my teenage adoration of the game, I have vivid memories of so much European football at this time - including Liverpool losing to Tibilisi and Rix missing for Arsenal in the penalty shootout. And "That's what I wanted to see Robertson do" from manager/commentator Barry Davies, v Malmo, a year before.

But I have no memories whatever of this final. Except it was funny to see banners in German saying "Wir lieben unser Kevin" or some such. That's about it.

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Living in Lübeck and not supporting HSV from nearby Hamburg, I forgave Forest for making me cry a year earlier (fucking Ian Bowyer), and hoped they'd win. Which they did. The dreadfulness of the game didn't matter to me; the result was all that mattered.
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Didn't Brian Moore accidentally shout "And Hamburg have won!" at the end of the game?
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ursus arctos
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It was dire. Not as bad as PSV-Benfica, which was enough to make me consider watching rugby, but dire nonetheless. Especially given that one needed to stay up until the wee hours of the morning to catch the "tape delayed" broadcast on Univision.

Both teams were much better than this match.

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Rogin the Armchair fan
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I wouldn't call Forest's win that year the "unlikeliest success story". They were certainly slight underdogs against Hamburg, but arguably less so than Liverpool were against Real Madrid a year later and certainly less so than Aston Villa against Bayern Munich in 1982.

Probably the biggest shock of all in this era, though, was in 1983, when ironically Hamburg, having lost this one (and then the UEFA Cup Final in 1982 to a Gotenborg team managed by a certain young coach called Eriksson), came back with virtually the same team to win the European Cup Final against a Juventus side that included Zoff, Gentile, Tardelli, Bettega, Rossi, Platini and Boniek.

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How were Liverpool underdogs in 1981? I predicted at the time that they'd win, and they duly did.

Likewise, HSV's victory over Juventus. That Hamburg side weren't mugs either. They were coached by a master, and their squad wasn't exactly a bunch of journeymen (Kaltz, Magath, Hrubesch, or the underrated Jacobs and Hartwig).

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Hieronymus Bosch
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I wouldn't call Forest's win that year the "unlikeliest success story".

I meant the club's two years of European domination as a whole. Should have phrased it a bit better.

Hamburg had some great wins in the early part of the decade, including a 3-2 victory in Tbilisi against the Dinamo side that had earlier hammered Liverpool, and a 5-1 battering of Real Madrid in the 1980 semi-final. In 82/83, the year they finally won it, they murdered the likes of Dynamo Kiev and Olympiakos away from home without conceding any goals. They lost the Super Cup 2-0 against Aberdeen though.

They had a very good Danish striker called Lars Bastrup who scored a hat-trick in that Kiev away leg. For some reason, he didn't get picked much for his country.

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Tubby Isaacs
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One of my earliest football memories is of the build-up to the 1979 final on Central News. Brian Clough said something about letting them "come at us", and I was convinced this was a bad idea.
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Rogin the Armchair fan
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Forest's reign as European champions was ended in September 1980 by CSKA Sofia. Sofia went on to lose to Liverpool in that year's quarter-finals. If Forest had battled through to that stage, it's not inconceivable they might have prevailed again - the two league meetings between the teams both finished 0-0 that season.
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Yes it wasnt a great game. But as the late great John Peel said "No game is crap when your team wins the European cup". Eat your heart out Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle, Spurs etc.....
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Nathan HelenaHandcart
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Wouldn't it still have been ATV in 1979?

[ / most pedantic thing I've ever said on the interweb]

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Malcolm X
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Apart from Liverpool's win in 77 and Ipswich's UEFA cup win, most English cup finals were booring 1-0 wins with the English defending stoutly and scoring a jammy goal from a set piece or by the full back in their solitary attack and strike on target.
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