1971 European Cup Final
On June 2, 1971, the most glorious page in the history of Panathinaikos Football Club was written. Panathinaikos having defeated great football clubs of Europe played against the fantastic team of Ajax F.C. in the final of the European Champions' Cup in the Wembley Stadium. Panathinaikos had a good performance but eventually lost by 2 to 0. Regardless of the outcome of the match, the recollection of that unforgetable day remains, and it still does, vivid in all the "green" fans' minds.
Thirty thousand Ajax fans travelled to London for the match. Ajax had never before gone this far in the European competition. They had reached their second European Cup Final in 1971.
At the kick-off, the ball was played to Johan Cruyff, who was acknowledged as the best player in Europe between 1971 and 1973. The Ajax team produced some dazzling football during the match and took the European Cup for the first time. Ajax, inspired by Cruyff, won 2-0 and the Flying Dutchman became the first player from his country to be voted European Footballer of the Year.
The following day Ajax were greeted by jubilant crowds in Leidseplein.
- Panathinaikos: Economopoulos, Tomaras, Vlachos, Eleftherakis, Kamaras, Sourpis, Grammos, Fylakouris, Antoniadis, Domazos, Kapsis.
- Ajax: Stuy, Neeskens, Hulshoff, Vasovic, Suurbier, Rijnders (46’ Blankenburg), G. Muhren, Swart (46’ Haan), Cruyff, Van Dijk, Keizer
Goals: 5' Van Dijk, 87' Haan
Following are the games that Panathinaikos had played until they reached the final.
The road to Wembley
vs Jeuness d' Esch
Goals: 6' Antoniadis (0-1), 35' Eleftherakis (1-2)
Panathinaikos to the second round 7-1 on aggregate
Players: Economopoulos, Tomaras (46' Mitropoulos), Kamaras, Sourpis, Vlachos, Eleftherakis, Domazos, Fylakouris, Grammos, Antoniadis, Kalligeris (46' Gonios)
Goals: 17' Eleftherakis, 27', 30', 37', 58' Antoniadis
Players: Economopoulos, Tomaras, Sourpis, Kamaras, Vlachos, Eleftherakis, Domazos, Fylakouris, Grammos, Antoniadis, Kalligeris (75' Deligiannis)
Goals: 3' Domazos, 55' Antoniadis, 88' Deligiannis
Players: Economopoulos, Tomaras, Kamaras (46' Mitropoulos), Sourpis, Vlahos, Eleftherakis, Domazos, Fylakouris, Grammos, Antoniadis, Kalligeris (75' Deligiannis)
Goals: 52' Antoniadis (1-1)
Panathinaikos to the quarter finals 5-1 on aggregate
Players: Economopoulos, Tomaras, Sourpis, Kamaras, Vlachos, Eleftherakis, Kapsis, Domazos, Fylakouris, Grammos, Antoniadis,
Goals: 82' Antoniadis (1-0)
Players: Economopoulos, Tomaras, Kapsis, Kamaras, Sourpis, Vlachos, Athanassopoulos, Domazos, Fylakouris, Grammos, Antoniadis
Panathinaikos to the semi finals on the away goals rule (1-1)
vs Red Star
Players: Economopoulos (72' Konstantinou), Tomaras, Sourpis, Kamaras, Vlachos, Eleftherakis, Kapsis, Domazos, Fylakouris, Grammos, Antoniadis,
Goals: 50' Kamaras (1-3)
Players: Konstantinou, Tomaras, Kapsis, Kamaras, Sourpis, Vlachos, Kalligeris (54' Athanasopoulos), Domazos, Fylakouris (Hadjiandreou), Grammos, Antoniadis.
Goals: 1’, 55' Antoniadis, 63' Kamaras.
Panathinaikos to the final on the away goals rule (4-4)
30 Years Later
On December 21, 2000, the two teams that played the 1971 final met again for an exhibition game. Panathinaikos, who started the game with all eleven players that played at Wembley Stadium, won the game 1-0, with a goal by Mimis Domazos. Johan Cruyff remained in Spain, due to prior commitments, and did not join the game with Ajax.