The European Cup/Champions League is the main cup competition in Europe. Started in 1955-56 as a single-elimination tournament for national champions only, it was won for the first five seasons by Real Madrid. It was expanded in 1992 to include a group stage and allow countries to have multiple entrants.

Following the First Division title win in 1978, our very first game in the European Cup had us drawn against the current two-time champions Liverpool where we won 2-0. We went through the tournament unbeaten with some of our most memorable games (including winning away in the semi-final at Cologne after a 3-3 draw in the first leg). The final bought the most famous goal for Forest when Trevor Francis scored on the stroke of half time with a header from a John Robertson cross.

We defended the title the following season again winning away in Germany after losing 1-0 to Dynamo Berlin in the quarter final and beating Kevin Keeganís Hamburg 1-0 in the final.

It came full circle in the 1980-81 season however. As two-time defending champions we went out in the first round, losing 2-0 on aggregate to CSKA Sofia. Liverpool beat Sofia on their way to regaining the title for a third time.

European Cup Record
Cup First Game Last Game Seasons P W D L F A
European CupSep 13, 1978Oct 01, 198032012443214

Round by round
Cup Round Name First Game Last Game P W D L F A Replays
European Cup11st round (last 32)Sep 13, 1978Oct 01, 19806222530
European Cup22nd round (last 16)Oct 18, 1978Nov 07, 197944001130
European CupQuarterQuarter final (last 8)Mar 07, 1979Mar 19, 19804211840
European CupSemiSemi-finalApr 11, 1979Apr 23, 19804211640
European CupFinalFinalMay 30, 1979May 28, 19802200200

All European Cup games
1978-79Wed Sep 13, 1978Liverpool11H2-0Win
Wed Sep 27, 1978Liverpool12A0-0DrawAnfieldWon 2-0 on aggregate
Wed Oct 18, 1978AEK Athens21A2-1WinOlympic Stadium
Wed Nov 01, 1978AEK Athens22H5-1WinWon 7-2 on aggregate
Wed Mar 07, 1979Grasshoppers ZurichQuarter1H4-1Win
Wed Mar 21, 1979Grasshoppers ZurichQuarter2A1-1DrawLetzigrundWon 5-2 on aggregate
Wed Apr 11, 1979CologneSemi1H3-3Draw
Wed Apr 25, 1979CologneSemi2A1-0WinMungersdorfer StadionWon 4-3 on aggregate
Wed May 30, 1979Malmo FFFinalN1-0WinOlympic Stadium
1979-80Wed Sep 19, 1979Osters Vaxjo11H2-0Win
Wed Oct 03, 1979Osters Vaxjo12A1-1DrawMyresjohus ArenaWon 3-1 on aggregate
Wed Oct 24, 1979Arges Pitesti21H2-0Win
Wed Nov 07, 1979Arges Pitesti22A2-1WinStadionul Nicolae DobrinWon 4-1 on aggregate
Wed Mar 05, 1980Dynamo BerlinQuarter1H0-1Loss
Wed Mar 19, 1980Dynamo BerlinQuarter2A3-1WinSportforum HohenschonhausenWon 3-2 on aggregate
Wed Apr 09, 1980AjaxSemi1H2-0Win
Wed Apr 23, 1980AjaxSemi2A0-1LossDe Meer StadionWon 2-1 on aggregate
Wed May 28, 1980Hamburg SVFinalN1-0WinBernabeu StadiumEuropean Cup Final
1980-81Wed Sep 17, 1980CSKA Sofia12A0-1LossBalgarska Armia Stadium
Wed Oct 01, 1980CSKA Sofia11H0-1LossLost 2-0 on aggregate