1969 European Cup Final

The 1969 European Cup Final was a football match held at the Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, on 28 May 1969, that saw Milan of Italy play against Ajax of the Netherlands to determine who would be the champions of Europe that season. Ajax made history by becoming the first Dutch side to reach the final, but they were beaten by their Italian opponents 4–1.[1][2]

1969 European Cup Final
The match programme cover
Event1968–69 European Cup
Date28 May 1969
VenueSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid
RefereeJosé María Ortiz de Mendíbil (Spain)
Advertising poster for the game

As of 2020, Pierino Prati remains the most recent player to score a hat-trick in a European Cup or Champions League final.

Route to the final

Milan had a bye in the second round due to the withdrawal of a number of Eastern European clubs from the competition.

In the quarterfinal round, after two legs, eventual finalists Ajax were deadlocked 4–4 on aggregate against Portuguese side S.L. Benfica, forcing a replay. The Dutch champions won decisively in the replay by a score of 3–0.

Milan Round Ajax
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Play-off
Malmö FF 5–3 1–2 (A) 4–1 (H) First round Nürnberg 5–1 1–1 (A) 4–0 (H)
Bye Second round Fenerbahçe 4–0 2–0 (H) 2–0 (A)
Celtic 1–0 0–0 (H) 1–0 (A) Quarter-finals Benfica 4–4 (r) 3–1 (A) 1–3 (a.e.t.) (H) 3–0 (a.e.t.)
Manchester United 2–1 2–0 (H) 0–1 (A) Semi-finals Spartak Trnava 3–2 3–0 (H) 0–2 (A)



Milan 4–1 Ajax
Prati  7', 40', 75'
Sormani  67'
Report Vasović  60' (pen.)
GK1 Fabio Cudicini
RB2 Angelo Anquilletti
LB3 Karl-Heinz Schnellinger
RH4 Roberto Rosato
CH5 Saul Malatrasi
LH6 Giovanni Trapattoni
OR7 Kurt Hamrin
IR8 Giovanni Lodetti
CF9 Angelo Sormani
IL10 Gianni Rivera (c)
OL11 Pierino Prati
Nereo Rocco
GK1 Gert Bals (c)
RB2 Wim Suurbier 46'
CB3 Barry Hulshoff
CB4 Velibor Vasović
LB5 Theo van Duivenbode
RH6 Henk Groot 46'
LH7 Anton Pronk
RW8 Sjaak Swart
CF9 Inge Danielsson
CF10 Johan Cruyff
LW11 Piet Keizer
FW12 Klaas Nuninga 46'
MF13 Bennie Muller 46'
Rinus Michels

See also


  1. "Il mondo ai piedi del Milan di Rocco". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  2. "Coppa Campioni 1968/69: MILAN" (in Italian). storiedicalcio.altervista.org. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  3. "2011/12 UEFA Champions League statistics handbook: History (European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, 1955–2011)" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 28 May 2011. p. 7. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2019.