1969 European Cup Final
1969 European Cup Final programme .jpeg
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
Advertising poster for the game

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]

As of 2021, Pierino Prati remains the most recent player to score a hat-trick in a European Cup or Champions League final.

Route to the final

Further information: 1968–69 European Cup

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

In the quarter-finals, eventual finalists Ajax were deadlocked 4–4 on aggregate against Portuguese side Benfica after two legs, forcing a replay. The Dutch champions won 3–0 in the replay, but it took extra time to do so.

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



Milan Italy4–1Netherlands Ajax
Prati 7', 40', 75'
Sormani 67'
Report Vasović 60' (pen.)
GK 1 Italy Fabio Cudicini
RB 2 Italy Angelo Anquilletti
LB 3 West Germany Karl-Heinz Schnellinger
RH 4 Italy Roberto Rosato
CH 5 Italy Saul Malatrasi
LH 6 Italy Giovanni Trapattoni
OR 7 Sweden Kurt Hamrin
IR 8 Italy Giovanni Lodetti
CF 9 Italy Angelo Sormani
IL 10 Italy Gianni Rivera (c)
OL 11 Italy Pierino Prati
Italy Nereo Rocco
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GK 1 Netherlands Gert Bals (c)
RB 2 Netherlands Wim Suurbier downward-facing red arrow 46'
CB 3 Netherlands Barry Hulshoff
CB 4 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velibor Vasović
LB 5 Netherlands Theo van Duivenbode
RH 6 Netherlands Henk Groot downward-facing red arrow 46'
LH 7 Netherlands Anton Pronk
RW 8 Netherlands Sjaak Swart
CF 9 Sweden Inge Danielsson
CF 10 Netherlands Johan Cruyff
LW 11 Netherlands Piet Keizer
FW 12 Netherlands Klaas Nuninga upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 13 Netherlands Bennie Muller upward-facing green arrow 46'
GK Netherlands Heinz Stuy
Netherlands Gerrie Mühren
Netherlands Ruud Suurendonk
Netherlands 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. ^ a b "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.