The 1960 European Cup Final was the fifth final in the history of the European Cup, and was contested by Real Madrid of Spain and Eintracht Frankfurt of West Germany. Los Blancos won 7–3 in front of a crowd of over 127,000 people at Glasgow's Hampden Park stadium, still the biggest attendance for a European Cup final. There were an estimated 70 million television viewers around Europe. Widely regarded as one of the greatest football matches ever played, as of 2020 it also remains the highest-scoring final in the history of the competition.

Madrid  eached the final overcoming their bitter rivals Barcelona 6–2 over two legs.

The match was initially in doubt as the West German FA had banned their clubs from taking part in matches with any team containing Ferenc Puskás after the Hungarian had alleged the West German team had used drugs in 1954.

Puskás and Di Stefano became and are two of only three players to have scored a hat-trick in a European Cup final (Puskas being the only one to ever score four goals).

 

1. Marcos Alonso (Right back): Marquitos was born in Santander, Cantabria. During his career, he played for hometown's Racing de Santander, Real Madrid, Hércules CF, Real Murcia, Calvo Sotelo and Toluca de Santander. With the Merengues, he won six La Liga championships and five European Cups.

2. Rogelio Dominguez (Goalkeeper): In 1957 Domínguez signed for Real Madrid in Spain. After several successful seasons with the club, he returned to South America where he played for River Plate and Vélez Sarsfield in Argentina, and then CA Cerro, Nacional in Uruguay and Flamengo in Brazil.

3. Pachín (Left back): Pachín signed for Real Madrid in 1959 from Segunda División club CA Osasuna. He made his La Liga debut on 11 September 1960 and left the Merengues in May 1968, having appeared in 218 competitive games and scored two goals. He won 11 major titles during his spell, including seven national championships and the 1960 and 1966 editions of the European Cup.

4. José María Vidal (Midfielder): Born in Madrid, Vidal spent nine years of his senior career linked to Real Madrid, but he was loaned several times during his spell. He only spent four seasons with the first team, winning three La Liga championships and one Copa del Generalísimo; additionally, in the 1959–60 edition of the European Cup, he contributed with six games and one goal as the tournament ended in conquest.

5. José Santamaría (Centre back): In his first season with the Merengues, Santamaría contributed with 34 appearances the La Liga and European Cup tournaments combined, with both ending in conquest. He went on to add a further ten major trophies to his collection, being first-choice for the vast majority of his stint. Having earned the nickname 'The Wall' for his consistent defensive displays, Santamaría retired at the end of the 1965–66 campaign at the age of nearly 37, featuring twice in that year's European Cup en route to another triumph. He played 337 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

6. José María Zárraga (Midfielder): Zárraga signed for Real Madrid in 1949, spending the following two seasons with the reserve team. He made his La Liga debut on 14 October 1951 in a 3–1 home win against Valencia CF, finishing his first two years with the club with 48 games and two goals combined but failing to collect any silverware.From 1953–60, Zárraga was an important midfield unit as the Merengues won 11 major titles, including five consecutive European Cups (that record would only be bettered by Francisco Gento, who won six) – he played in all the finals, and totaled 31 appearances combined in those victorious campaigns. Zárraga continued to add to his trophy cabinet in his final two seasons with Real (notably back-to-back national championships), but only played in five matches combined. He retired in June 1962 at nearly 32, having appeared in 306 official games.

7. Canário (Forward): Born in Rio de Janeiro, Canário played for Olaria Atlético Clube and America Football Club in his country. In 1959 he moved to Spain where he would remain until his retirement, starting with Real Madrid and being used mainly as a backup during his three-year spell. He appeared in five games and scored one goal for the club in the European Cup, three of those matches being in the 1959–60 edition which ended in victory.

8. Luis del Sol (Midfielder): Del Sol was born in Arcos de Jalón, Province of Soria, relocating with his family to Andalusia at age two months. In his country, he played for Real Betis and Real Madrid; with the former club he was part of the squad that promoted to La Liga (1958), appearing in 40 games in that level over the course of one and a half seasons and scoring six goals. Signing with the Merengues in April 1960 for 6 million pesetas, del Sol netted a career-best 17 times in his first full season, while not missing one single minute of action in his 29 appearances as his team won the national championship, after starting the year with the Intercontinental Cup triumph against Peñarol.

In 1962 aged 27, del Sol became the first ever spanish player to play for Juventus.

9. Alfredo Di Stéfano (Forward): He was instrumental in the club's domination of the European Cup and La Liga during the 1950s. Along with Francisco Gento and José María Zárraga, he was one of only three players to play a part in all five victories, scoring goals in each of the five finals. Di Stéfano played international football mostly for Spain after moving to Madrid, but he also played for Argentina and Colombia. Di Stéfano was awarded the Ballon d'Or for the European Footballer of the Year in 1957 and 1959. He is currently the sixth highest scorer in the history of Spain's top division, and Real Madrid's third highest league goalscorer of all time, scoring 216 goals in 282 appearances.

10. Ferenc Puskás (Forward): A prolific forward, he scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary, played four international matches for Spain and scored 514 goals in 529 matches in the Hungarian and Spanish leagues including 156 goals in 180 appearences for Madrid.  He became an Olympic champion in 1952 and led his nation to the final of the 1954 World Cup where he was named the tournament's best player. He won three European Cups (1959, 1960, 1966), 10 national championships (5 Hungarian and 5 Spanish Primera División) and 8 top individual scoring honors.

11. Francisco Gento (Left Winger): Gento began his career at Racing Santander in 1952 and moved to Real Madrid the following season. He appeared in a joint record eight European Cup finals, winning a record six, as well as winning 12 La Liga titles.In a 14-year international career, Gento earned 43 caps for Spain, playing at the World Cup in 1962 and 1966.Following the death of Alfredo Di Stéfano, Gento was appointed as the Honorary President of Real Madrid

12. Miguel Muñoz (Manager): A midfielder, he spent the majority of his career at Real Madrid before going on to coach the club, where he is widely considered one of the most successful and greatest managers in football history, leading the team to two European Cup victories and nine La Liga titles (winning seven major titles in both major competitions combined as a player). Muñoz later had a six-year coaching spell with the Spain national team, and led them to the final of Euro 1984.

 

 

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