THIS YEAR IN 1972

Cup clas­sics, Con­golese de­light and a cameo from Mour­inho’s dad – the 1970s kicked off with a bang

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BEARS ROAR IN BARCELONA

Af­ter Celtic lose in the last four of the Euro­pean Cup, Rangers claim the Cup Win­ners’ Cup in May’s Camp Nou fi­nal. “Woof! In it goes,” screams com­men­ta­tor Archie Macpher­son as Colin Stein scores in a 3-2 win over Dy­namo Moscow. Wil­lie John­ston’s brace proves enough as the Sovi­ets set up a tense fi­nale, but the glory is bit­ter­sweet af­ter a pitch in­va­sion causes the tro­phy cer­e­mony to be scrapped and the ‘Barcelona Bears’ are later banned from de­fend­ing their crown.

SANGRIAS ALL ROUND!

Brian Clough leads Derby to a maiden First Di­vi­sion ti­tle in May, five years af­ter tak­ing charge of the then sec­ond-tier out­fit. The Rams are sun­ning them­selves in Ma­jorca as news of their tri­umph fil­ters through, with ti­tle ri­vals Liver­pool and Leeds fin­ish­ing their league cam­paigns a week later than County due to fix­ture con­ges­tion. “They played four and half min­utes of in­jury time at Mo­lineux,” Clough – who pre­ferred to visit the Isles of Scilly with his par­ents than Spain – said of Leeds’ 2-1 de­feat away to Wolves. “It seemed like four and half years.”

A VIC­TORY FOR IN­DE­PEN­DENCE

July’s fi­nal of the Brazil In­de­pen­dence Cup – mark­ing 150 years of Brazil­ian in­de­pen­dence from Por­tu­gal – is con­ve­niently won by the hosts against Por­tu­gal thanks to a goal from Jairz­inho (right). The Repub­lic of Ire­land are in a 20-team field, with their group match against Por­tu­gal a ‘spe­cial one’ for Jose Manuel Mour­inho Felix, Jose’s fa­ther, who makes his sole in­ter­na­tional out­ing.

TO­TAL FOOT­BALL 2-0 CATENACCIO

Jo­han Cruyff’s sec­ond-half dou­ble means Ajax re­tain the Euro­pean Cup in May as they see off In­ter Mi­lan at De Kuip – the home of do­mes­tic ri­vals Feyeno­ord. Ner­az­zurri goal­keeper Ivano Bor­don col­lides into his own de­fender, Tar­ci­sio Burgnich, to present the eas­i­est of open­ers to Cruyff, who later pow­ers home a header from a free-kick. With the Ere­di­visie, KNVB Cup and Euro­pean Cup se­cured, Ajax go on to add the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Cup and the in­au­gu­ral UEFA Su­per Cup to their tro­phy cab­i­net. Im­pres­sive.

THE GER­MANS GET RE­VENGE

West Ger­many re­turn to Wem­b­ley for the first time since the 1966 World Cup Fi­nal in April and hum­ble Eng­land 3-1 in qual­i­fy­ing for the sum­mer’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship fi­nals. A star show­ing from Gunter Net­zer prompts Franz Beck­en­bauer (be­low, right) to en­thuse af­ter­wards: “I’ve never shared in a finer West Ger­man per­for­mance – the moves, idea and ex­e­cu­tion all hap­pened.” Two months later they win the Eu­ros, and two years af­ter that the World Cup as well.

KINGS OF AFRICA

Congo lift the Africa Cup of Na­tions for the first time in March. Oust­ing host na­tion Cameroon in the semis, the Red Devils trail in the fi­nal to a Mali side who’d drawn all three of their group games, but hit back with three goals in seven min­utes. Francois M’pele (above) is named the tour­na­ment’s top per­former and be­comes a star at Paris Saint-ger­main, though the win­ning strike in the fi­nal is his last goal for his coun­try.

“NOW TUDOR’S GONE DOWN FOR NEW­CAS­TLE...”

Non-league Here­ford cause one of the FA Cup’s great­est gi­ant-killings in Fe­bru­ary and thrust young BBC com­men­ta­tor John Mot­son into the spot­light. A mud-caked Edgar Street can­not stage the third-round re­play against First Di­vi­sion New­cas­tle un­til fourth-round day. Mal­colm Mac­don­ald ap­pears to have fi­nally halted the Bulls’ charge, but Ron­nie Rad­ford’s rocket and Ricky Ge­orge’s ex­tra-time strike spark Parka-clad pitch in­va­sions. “It could have gone in the car park,” York­shire­man Rad­ford said of his screamer. “As soon as I hit it, I were on me way.”

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