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On 25 May 1967 Inter were the most formidable team in history

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Inter were an incredible side.  They were top of the Italian league and aiming for their fourth title win in five seasons.  The one time they lost was after a play-off.  The European Cup had become as much their domain as the Italian title.  Having won it in 1964 and 1965, they lost the previous season’s semi-final in controversial manner to Real Madrid after some debatable refereeing.  Reigning champions, Real, would suffer retribution, losing home and away to Inter in the ’67 quarter final. No team in European history had been so dominant.  Real won five European Cups in a row but could not combine that with the kind of domestic domination this Inter team enjoyed.

On the morning on 25 May 1967 they were truly the most formidable team in history.

The game has to be seen to be believed.   We won the European Cup, you know that, but HOW we won it is the most startling thing.  I was a teenager when the first ‘video recorded’ arrived in the house.  Soon thereafter a copy of The Celtic Story was purchased.  I knew the legend but nothing prepared me for the onslaught, I’d never seen a football team destroy opponents in this way.

A CQN’er kindly prepared the stats for us:

Total shots – Celtic 45, Inter 3
Shots on target – Celtic 16, Inter 3
Shots off target – Celtic 29 (3 against the woodwork), Inter 0
Possession – Celtic 64%, Inter 36%
Crosses into opponents box – Celtic 40, Inter 4
Corners – Celtic 10, Inter 0
Successful passes – Celtic 310, Inter 224
Misplaced passes – Celtic 49, Inter 79
Passbacks to goalkeeper – Celtic 7, Inter 20
Fouls Committed – Celtic 19, Inter 21
Offsides – Celtic 5, Inter 1

No prizes for guessing the top two passers, Bobby Murdoch (60) and Bertie Auld (51) but it surprised me that John Clark and Jim Craig came joint third with 43 each, considerably higher than Tommy Gemmell (27), next on the list.

Someone suggested to me that the European Champions tournament had been devalued by a team winning by ‘parking the bus’ in front of their own goal.  I disagree.  This is football, spoiling has always been part of the game and the Champions Final is not always pretty, which makes the special times all the more special.

Someone lifts that cup every year, but few have done so with such devastating style as the Lisbon Lions.

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  1. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!..Truth and Justice will always prevail on

    Kitalba ….hunbelievable

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    KITALBA 1419

     

     

    I have had a few by now,and can’t reference particular posts-I did point one out to HAMILTON TIM,but thankfully,it has been pulled (different subject)

     

     

    Rest assured that I have had the particular poster on CQN CRIMEWATCH!

     

     

    I am pretty sure I know who you are referring to,and a long memory and a short rope are his and mine to share.

     

     

    Respectively.

  3. On the 25th of May 1967 I was one month three weeks and a day old.

     

    Around 7pm my Dad picked me up and threw me into the air, I hit the ceiling with a bit of a thud according to my Mother. I have long since forgiven him, Stevie Chalmers had just scored the winner!

     

     

    Not epic, but it’s my wee 25th of May story.

  4. cavansam \o/ on

    Can anyone tell me what eventually forced UEFA to act in the Sion case?

     

     

    Was it Celtic and the registration issue? or were they already taking action over the court cases that Sion took in Switzerland?

  5. word of caution re CoS/sion/UEFA guys…

     

     

    it’s true sion did get hammered for using a regional court, but…

     

     

    i don’t recall any action against west ham/sheffield united over the carlos tevez/relegation affair. that too was to over-rule the national association (FA).

     

     

    i’m not sure there is a hard and fast rule for court intervention, and it wasn’t simply applicable in sion’s case.

  6. hoopeddreams on

    I saw the extract Richard Keen’s submissions to the Court of Session today.

     

    I anticipate this was the least technical aspect of what he said. If that is all of his argument, the currant buns really are in trouble!

     

     

    I don’t see why it matters that the players can leave on favourable terms. The whole purpose of the deal which was done back in February was to ensure the club could fulfil its fixtures for the rest of the season. Now the season is over, they can always get new players albeit a little younger than they are used to signing. It may mean a barren season or 2, or 3, but they can still function.

  7. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon on 25 May, 2012 at 15:21 said:

     

    greenjedi,

     

     

    Oh I understand that. But is it an argument in law?

     

     

    “That’s not a fair punishment. It will cause us harm”?

     

     

    ………………..

     

     

    :-)

     

     

    Surely the Lawyer for the SFA will just go who’d doing the most harm, the ban or the Administrators and the Judge will just go “right enough, case dismissed!”

  8. traditionalist88

     

     

    The original sat a few doors down until sold for development.

     

     

    HH

  9. !!Bada Bing!! on

    ASonOfDan on 25 May, 2012 at 14:44 said: Looking forward to this Sunday. Sunday, June 10 Gdansk, Group C: Spain v Italy (1700) Poznan, Group C: Republic of Ireland v Croatia (1945)

     

    That is a day out mate :>

  10. GENEVA — FIFA threatened to suspend Switzerland from world football on Saturday if its national association does not discipline litigious club FC Sion within one month.

     

     

    If the suspension takes effect, Swiss champion FC Basel would be prevented from playing Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16. The first leg is scheduled for Feb. 22 in Basel.

     

     

    Basel scored Swiss football’s proudest achievement in recent years to advance from its Champions League group ahead of Manchester United, which would logically be reinstated by organizer UEFA.

     

     

    “I am confident that we will play Bayern Munich but I take (the threat) very seriously,” Basel vice-president Bernhard Heusler told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

     

     

    Switzerland’s Football Association has a further incentive to meet FIFA’s demand — it is scheduled to host Lionel Messi and Argentina in a Feb. 29 friendly in Bern.

     

     

    Swiss football leaders, including Heusler, met Saturday to consider the FIFA ultimatum forcing them to forfeit most of Sion’s results this season by a Jan. 13 deadline.

     

     

    “We are disappointed. But, in any case, we will do everything necessary to resolve the situation,” Swiss FA President Peter Gillieron told reporters at a news conference.

     

     

    Swiss officials will seek a meeting with FIFA lawyers in Zurich next week to clarify what football’s world governing requires from them.

     

     

    Sion has breached football’s rules in a legal saga that began in 2009 when FIFA imposed a one-year transfer ban for breaking transfer regulations in the signing of goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary.

     

     

    On Saturday, FIFA criticized “the attitude of the club repeatedly trying to circumvent this decision in a legally abusive manner,” in a statement issued after a meeting of its executive committee in Tokyo.

     

     

    Sion’s determination to fight football and legal authorities led it to launch a series of civil court actions against UEFA, which expelled it from the Europa League in September for fielding players that were signed during the transfer ban.

     

     

    FIFA and UEFA were backed on Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which upheld UEFA’s right to kick Sion out of the competition based on FIFA’s transfer sanction.

     

     

    Sion refused to accept defeat, insisting it would challenge the decision at Switzerland’s supreme court. Among its grounds for the appeal, Sion will claim that CAS is not truly independent.

     

     

    FIFA stepped up the fight Saturday by ordering the Swiss FA to enforce a ban on registering six Sion players signed in the off-season during the transfer embargo.

     

     

    “As a consequence, all matches in which the relevant players participated shall be declared forfeit or three points shall be deducted respectively,” FIFA said. “Should this deadline not be respected, the Swiss FA will be automatically suspended from Jan. 14, 2012 onwards.”

     

     

    Under the terms of a FIFA suspension, a country’s national and club teams, referees and officials are prohibited from taking part in international matches and meetings, or receive FIFA funding.

     

     

    “I expect to find a solution by the end of the year,” Heusler said. “I don’t want to be dealing with this case any more on the first of January.”

     

     

    The Basel official, who becomes club president next month, said the affair had gone beyond “the point of no return” for him to personally appeal to his Sion counterpart, Christian Constantin.

     

     

    While FIFA and UEFA statutes clearly state their legal authority, and the role of CAS to judge appeals, the Sion case became problematic in August when the Swiss League gave into pressure from civil court interim rulings and provisionally registered the players.

     

     

    That allowed Sion to escalate the dispute by selecting five of the players for a Europa League playoff against Celtic in August, which dragged UEFA into the legal fray.

     

     

    The Swiss League then decided on Dec. 8 that Sion could retain its match results and points gained using the six players: Pascal Feindouno, Mario Mutsch, Gabri, Jose Goncalves, Stefan Glarner and Billy Ketkeophomphone.

     

     

    Some of Sion’s opponents, who played those matches under protest, had been expected to challenge that league ruling at CAS.

     

     

    However, FIFA’s threats on Saturday require the Swiss FA to act.

     

     

    Sion is currently third in the 10-team league, seven points behind leader Basel, and seemed on course to qualify for next season’s Europa League before a points deduction that now appears inevitable. It has also reached the Swiss Cup quarterfinals.

     

     

    Sion and Basel are members of the 200-strong European Club Association lobby group — led by Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge — and Heusler plans to ask for its support in helping end Sion’s resistance.

     

     

    Heusler joined officials from Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan and others at the Champions League draw at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters on Friday.

     

     

    “All the big clubs enjoyed a little bit the big surprise of our club this season,” he told the AP. “I feel extreme support within the family of football clubs. I can’t imagine they would not be loyal towards us.”

  11. jungle jam67 on

    So the rANGERs are going to take the sfa to court.

     

     

    Best bit of news all week.

     

    And that includes the bbc documentary

     

    The game is up now for the sfa they have been weak for the start regards the RIA .

     

    The case against them is clear cut,only the removal of their football licence will be acceptable now IMHO .

     

    The number of times I have wished for the Celtic plc to make comment as the sfa and spl have dragged Scottish football to the grave.

     

    The Celtic plc have played an absolute blinder.

     

    The vote on 30 may is now going to determine if the top teams will even be playing next season

     

     

    Jam67

  12. No.7 on 25 May, 2012 at 15:25 said:

     

     

    It’s an SFA issue, the SFA had the chance to suspend the membership of EBT Fc but chose the embargo instead…

  13. leftclicktic on

    BRTH 13.32

     

    Once again BRAVO Sir on that post,

     

    Ps awe naw yer on fine form today keep it up.

     

    Back to babysitting for me :))))

     

    HAIL HAIL

  14. If 2 ‘Law Lords’ looked at it and said a transfer ban is fair, how the hell will it be overturned in court?

     

     

    Termination or Supension of SFA license it is then.

     

     

    Take your pick ya stupid huns…

  15. the issue between west ham and sheff utd was between members not the governing body was it not?

  16. We are the Rangers, no-one punishes us.

     

     

    Unbelievably arrogant attitude from the peepil.

  17. traditionalist88 on

    ASonofDan

     

     

    Yeah was reading about that there, interesting. Always loved the Welcome Inn and still hope it can reopen some day, was sold to a property developer years ago but nobody is living there yet!

     

     

    HH

  18. this case is rangers challening the governing body directly so by extension

     

    is this not challenging uefa’s rules?

  19. I suppose there is one thing to be grateful for. Glennie is not the normal Scottish judge who might be found in a box at Ibrox.

     

     

    He is Scottish by name and ancestry but is very English in his being.

     

     

    Privileged Home Counties type, right prep school, Uni, etc..

     

     

    He may not do what we want but he is no drawing room bigot.

  20. Phil MacGiollaBhain ‏@Pmacgiollabhain

     

    Excellent source: Charles Green the motive force behind the legal action being taken. It is all unraveling beautifully… #owngoal

  21. Nice of rangers to rush through a challenge when most of the SFA are in the USA.

     

     

    They are a rotten and corrupt shower and I dearly wish they would just die or go to Division 3.

  22. The moonbeam is skint

     

    He has lost his Mint;

     

    Now the succulent Lamb

     

    Has been replaced by withered Spam.

     

     

    The bubbles have went flat in the champagne

     

    Jabba is stretched on a rack of Pain

     

    Chico is just insane-

     

    For Daly & the EBT

     

    have caused havoc with auld Lizzy’s Jubilee.

  23. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    HOOPED DREAMS

     

     

    Cuckoo in the nest/parasite scenario with a willing victim.

     

     

    Remind you of anyone?

     

     

    Big fan of Steely Dan since I was an early teen-mid 70s-as they were a balance to my other wildly eclectic tastes at the time.

     

     

    And excellent background music from my later teens……

  24. starry plough

     

     

    Green’s main partner withdrew because the whole business plan was to bring in players they owned and sell them on.

     

     

    The embargo has holed the good ship Green while still tied to the pier…

  25. danso_1888 on 25 May, 2012 at 15:33 said:

     

     

    the issue between west ham and sheff utd was between members not the governing body was it not?

     

    ———————————————

     

     

    i’m a wee bit hazy on the details to be honest… i thought sheffield united took the FA to court to force their reinstatement as the points west ham had gained were whilst fielding inelible players (tevez, mascherano).

     

     

    as i understood it, the FA ultimately fined west ham, with no relegation, and the courts then upped this fine and awarded it to sheffield united… with no relegation.

     

     

    out of interest, was that in the charles green era???

  26. Can’t believe the gall those cheating bassa’s have in taking their appeal against punishment to CAS; in one action they have shown just how little they really care about scottish fooball which they claim so much “needs” them; willing to let UEFA/FIFA possibly ban all of Scottish football from international/European competition just because they can’t handle the fact they’ve been exposed as cheats and even their one time plaything the SFA had the balls to punish them. Dignity indeed.

  27. Phil MacGiollaBhain ‏@Pmacgiollabhain

     

    @TonyMcKelvie a major #owngoal Tony. UEFA now will take a closer interest in this shabby shambles of a club.

  28. the difference i belive is that rangers are directly challenging the governing body

     

    though, in west ham v sheff utd it was more of the third party issue thats was under the microscope

  29. !!Bada Bing!! on

    There are NO exceptions if you take football to Civil courts,stupid arrogant ignorant huns.UEFA must note this club now,at long last.

  30. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    A SON OF DAN

     

     

    They canny even die with dignity.

     

     

    They are using every avenue,calling in every possible favour,and yet one thing that I suggested a long long time ago keeps coming back to me.

     

     

    They are FUBAR’d .

     

     

    Lovely,innit?

     

     

    Oh,and the way they are going seems intent on bringing others down with them.

     

     

    And I REALLY look forward to the fall-out from that!

  31. Phil MacGiollaBhain ‏@Pmacgiollabhain

     

    Excellent source: Charles Green the motive force behind the legal action being taken. It is all unraveling beautifully… #owngoal

     

     

    Makes sense – It’s the first thing Green started moaning about… Maybe he should have read the rules voted for by RFC (pre iA). It’s like he’s trying to un-invent history.

     

    So is Green paying for this action, or are D&P doing it on his say so? Who are they to execute expensive court action because a potential buyer tells them? I can see creditors bumping into D&P in the CoS waiting room going to get them removed.

  32. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    BROGAN HOGAN TREVINO AND WEE JIM ROGAN.great post as usual.you certainly huv a way wi words.and you stories are off the page. HOWEVER here is a wee bit of information for your scrap book.45 years ago the AUCHINAIRN C.S.C. had so much money in their account they took every single member of the club to LISBON for free.

  33. …happy 45th Cup Anniversary to you all…

     

     

    Though too young and living in the colonies to see the match live, I’ve seen the tapes and was thoroughly impressed with the Celtic style on the day, especially given the quality of the opponents. My hats off to those who enjoyed seeing the development of our legacy. And all of the players born within a short distance of Paradise…no mercenaries then.

     

     

    Still immensely proud to be a small part of this great group…a Celtic fan forever…and with much respect for Paul and his fine work here, and the intelligent opinions and great badinage of all CQNers here…