Futre, the heel of Madjer and the first European Cup Porto

Futre, the heel of Madjer and the first European Cup Porto
The taconazo of Madjer, one of the most memorable goals in the history of the European Cup (Portugoal)

The season 1986-1987 It will always be remembered by fans of the Port. Luso joint achievement, for the first time in its history, get away with the title of champion of the European Cup. The title was unexpected because the Portuguese were not, a priori, one of the favorites in this edition.

As many will remember, the format of the continental showpiece lacked liguilla as happens today. The teams were measured in knockout round trip, He equaling something more things and gave rise to some surprises.

The Real Madrid He is returning to the competition after 5 year absence (only the champions of each country are classified). the merengue, yes, They took the opportunity to win two UEFA Cups consecutively. With the Quinta del Vulture and a front as Hugo Sanchez, It was one of the favorites to win the championship title.

Another option I had was the Juventus. Italian champion, with players like Platini and a young Michael Laudrup He starting to note, the faces he was with Real Madrid in the quarterfinals. Real Madrid managed to win on penalties after winning 1-0 in the Bernabeu and fall identical result in Turin.

Meanwhile, the Bayern Munich, to which one must always keep in mind, It was planted in the semifinals after letting go on the road to PSV Eindhoven, Austria Vienna and Anderlech. His rival in semis’ would own Real Madrid to which he would leave by the wayside thanks to the 4-1 from Germany. Whites sought but the comeback at home 1-0 of the Bernabeu was insufficient.

Porto champion of the European Cup

On the other hand, silently, the Port rounds progressed on the other side of the table. Rabat Ajax, Vitkovice, Brondy and Dynamo Kiev (which at that time it was a great team) They were their victims to reach the final.

That Port had great players such as Paulo Futre (it would be the best footballer of the year 1987), Rabah Madjer, Joao Pinto, Fernando Gomes, Antonio André And a long etcetera. But nevertheless, in the final held in Vienna Praterstadion, nobody gave a penny for the Portuguese before a Bayern promised that they are very happy.

The German team had one of the best teams in Europe. In goal the Belgian Jean-Marie Pfaff, one of the best goalkeepers in history, as well as players raffle Matthaus, Andreas Brehme, Rummenigge O Hoeness. All directed by the legendary Udo Lattek.

But nevertheless, The team of Artur Jorge He gave the big surprise. yes, things started as planned, with a goal of Ludwig Kogl for the Germans who presaged a placid German victory.

The taconazo of Madjer

It was then that he changed the final. Two minutes Port He turned it over to the marker and Bayern failed to react. In the minute 79 genius come from Madjer. His backheel to score the goal of the tie is part of the history of football.

Madjer back-heel
Madjer's back-heel from another angle (Sportschau)

The Germans accused goal and two minutes later was the Brazilian Juary, who he had entered the break, which he marked the definitive both. The Port It was European champion for the first time in its history to the delight of their fans, both moved to Vienna as those who lived from their homes in Portugal.


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