1940 Mitropa Cup


The 1940 Mitropa Cup was the 14th edition of the Mitropa Cup and the last season played before the competition was interrupted by the Second World War. The competition would be resumed after the war under the name Zentropa Cup but by that time it was overshadowed by the newly formed European Cup[1] which included teams from all parts of Europe. Last season's champions Újpest were eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the competition. This edition is notable for being the first edition in which a team from Romania reached the final. Rapid București of Romania beat Hungária FC MTK Budapest of Hungary in the quarterfinals and got past Građanski of Yugoslavia in the semi-finals to get to the finals in which they were to play Ferencváros. The final was cancelled due to the Second World War.

1940 Mitropa Cup
Tournament details
Dates17 June – 10 July 1940
Teams8
Final positions
Championsnone
Tournament statistics
Matches played13
Top scorer(s) György Sárosi (5 goals)
1939

Eight teams participated in the competition with Hungary and Yugoslavia each sending three teams and Romania sending two. However Czechoslovakia and Italy did not participate because of the war.

Quarterfinals


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hungária MTK 1–5 Rapid București 1–2 0–3
Beogradski SK 4–0 Venus București 1–0 3–0
Slavija 4–11 Ferencváros 3–0 1–11
Građanski 5–0 Újpest 4–0 1–0

Semifinals


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Građanski 0–0a Rapid București 0–0 0–0
Beogradski SK 1–2 Ferencváros 1–0 0–2

Play-off

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Građanski 1–1b Rapid București
  • a Match decided by play off.
  • b Match decided by coin toss.

Finals


The final between Rapid București and Ferencváros was scheduled to take place in July 1940. However, due to the events of World War II it was cancelled.

Top goalscorers


Rank Player Team Goals
1 György Sárosi Ferencváros 9
2 Károly Finta Ferencváros 4
Vilim Šipoš Rapid București
Zvonimir Cimermančić Građanski

Notes


  1. Dunmore 2011, p. 180

References


Dunmore, Thomas (2011). Historical Dictionary of Soccer. Scarecrow Press.