Cup Winners Cup Archives ⋆ An Old International

Book Review: Frozen in Time

The Wonderful Randomness of the European Cup Winners’ Cup. We live in an age where our past may soon be forgotten due to shortening attention spans and a plethora of platforms demanding immediate responses. It is therefore even more important that the history of one of football’s great tournaments has been written. And surely many…

The Miracle of the Grotenburg

There are games that are embedded in football folklore, even more than thirty years later. One of these games happened Krefeld, a town not known for its footballing exploits. Yet, in the 1980s the local team FC Bayer 05 Uerdingen were a force to be reckoned with. In March 1986 they hosted East German side…

8 May 1974: FC Magdeburg – AC Milan

Fans of FC Magdeburg will have a spring in their walk today as May 8 marks the day of their club’s greatest success: winning the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1974 against none other than AC Milan, holders of the cup and giant of Italian football. On paper the matter was clear. Nothing but a success…

West Ham United – FC Magdeburg, March 1966

Half a century ago, West Ham and Magdeburg were level in Europe in the Cup Winners’ Cup. A short review of the match day programme. It is now 50 years ago that England have won the World Cup featuring a number of players from London’s East End: Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and a certain Geoff…

Common Ground

German top flight football experiences a boom and the foreign media have taken note of it. This post however, looks at three East German clubs which find themselves in one division: the Regionalliga, the fourth division, away from the limelight. All three of them have managed to reach a European Cup Final. Three Finalists When…