1973 European Cup Winners' Cup Final

The 1973 European Cup Winners' Cup Final was the final football match of the 1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup and the 13th European Cup Winners' Cup final. It was contested between Milan of Italy and Leeds United of England, and was held at Kaftanzoglio Stadium in Thessaloniki, Greece. Milan won the match 1–0 thanks to a goal by Luciano Chiarugi.

1973 European Cup Winners' Cup Final
Match programme cover
Event1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup
Date16 May 1973
VenueKaftanzoglio Stadium, Thessaloniki
RefereeChristos Michas (Greece)

The Greek crowd at the final reacted to perceived bias towards Milan by referee Christos Michas by throwing missiles during the victors' lap of honour, but despite protests, the result was not overturned.[1] UEFA later banned Michas for life due to match fixing, although his role in this match was not investigated.[2]

Leeds, who perceived referee Christos Michas to have made a number of unfair decisions, attempted to gain a replay but UEFA denied the request.[3] In recent times Richard Corbett, an MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, petitioned UEFA for a revocation of the Milan title.

Route to the final

Milan Leeds United
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Red Boys Differdange 7–1 4–1 (A) 3–0 (H) First round Ankaragücü 2–1 1–1 (A) 1–0 (H)
Legia Warsaw 3–2 1–1 (A) 2–1 (a.e.t.) (H) Second round Carl Zeiss Jena 2–0 0–0 (A) 2–0 (H)
Spartak Moscow 2–1 1–0 (A) 1–1 (H) Quarter-finals Rapid București 8–1 5–0 (H) 3–1 (A)
Sparta Prague 2–0 1–0 (H) 1–0 (A) Semi-finals Hajduk Split 1–0 1–0 (H) 0–0 (A)

Match details

Milan 1–0 Leeds United
Chiarugi  5' Report
Leeds United
GK1 Villiam Vecchi
SW5 Maurizio Turone
RB2 Giuseppe Sabadini
CB4 Angelo Anquilletti
CB6 Roberto Rosato 59'
LB3 Giulio Zignoli
RM7 Riccardo Sogliano  90'
Mediano8 Romeo Benetti
Regista10 Gianni Rivera (c)
CF9 Alberto Bigon
SS11 Luciano Chiarugi
CB14 Dario Dolci 59'
Nereo Rocco
GK1 David Harvey
RB2 Paul Reaney (c)
CB11 Terry Yorath
CB6 Norman Hunter  90'
LB3 Trevor Cherry
RM7 Peter Lorimer
CM4 Mick Bates
CM5 Paul Madeley
LM10 Frank Gray 54'
CF8 Joe Jordan
CF9 Mick Jones
CB12 Gordon McQueen 54'
FW14 Chris Galvin
Don Revie

See also


  1. Uefa asked to probe Leeds United's 1973 Cup Winners' Cup defeat to AC Milan Daily Telegraph, 15 April 2009, retrieved on 28 May 2009
  2. UEFA asked to probe United's final defeat Yorkshire Evening Post, 3 April 2009, retrieved on 28 May 2009
  3. "MEP calls for inquiry into Milan-Leeds Euro final". Richard Corbett MEP. 10 August 2006. Archived from the original on 30 May 2009. Retrieved 2006-11-11.