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History of Football – European Superpowers


As the name suggests, this episode looks at the clubs that have become the big powers in European football. Clubs such as AC Milan, Internationale and Real Madrid were the dominant powers and showed a great flare for attacking football. This dominance by southern Europe was challenged when Glasgow Celtic from Scotland won the 1967 European Championship. This had followed the previous year’s memorable win by England in the World Cup. The early ’70s saw the emergence of Dutch teams on the European stage delivering some eye catching technique. Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenord were the leaders from Holland with Ajax winning several European Cups in the process. The period also saw the English league begin to make a mark in Europe with Liverpool being the dominant team winning four European titles over a ten year span. On a national scale the ’70s and ’80s saw Holland, West Germany and Italy as the powerhouse teams, something that has continued to the present day.