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The European Cup/Champions League is the main club 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 Keegan's 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 then beat Sofia on their way to winning 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, 1980622253
European Cup22nd round (last 16)Oct 18, 1978Nov 07, 197944113
European CupQuarterQuarter final (last 8)Mar 07, 1979Mar 19, 1980421184
European CupSemiSemi-finalApr 11, 1979Apr 23, 1980421164
European CupFinalFinalMay 30, 1979May 28, 19802220

All European Cup games
1978-79Wed Sep 13, 1978Liverpool11H2-0Birtles (26), Barrett (87)
Wed Sep 27, 1978Liverpool12A0-0Anfield
Wed Oct 18, 1978AEK Athens21A2-1Olympic StadiumMcGovern (10), Birtles (45)
Wed Nov 01, 1978AEK Athens22H5-1Needham (8), Woodcock (36), Anderson (40), Birtles (66, 72)
Wed Mar 07, 1979Grasshoppers ZurichQuarter1H4-1Birtles (31), Robertson (47 pen), Gemmill (87), Lloyd (89)
Wed Mar 21, 1979Grasshoppers ZurichQuarter2A1-1LetzigrundO'Neill (38)
Wed Apr 11, 1979CologneSemi1H3-3Birtles (28), Bowyer (53), Robertson (63)
Wed Apr 25, 1979CologneSemi2A1-0Mungersdorfer StadionBowyer (65)
Wed May 30, 1979Malmo FFFinalN1-0Olympic StadiumFrancis (45)
1979-80Wed Sep 19, 1979Osters Vaxjo11H2-0Bowyer (63, 73)
Wed Oct 03, 1979Osters Vaxjo12A1-1Myresjohus ArenaWoodcock (79)
Wed Oct 24, 1979Arges Pitesti21H2-0Woodcock (12), Birtles (16)
Wed Nov 07, 1979Arges Pitesti22A2-1Stadionul Nicolae DobrinBowyer (5), Birtles (23)
Wed Mar 05, 1980Dynamo BerlinQuarter1H0-1
Wed Mar 19, 1980Dynamo BerlinQuarter2A3-1Sportforum HohenschonhausenFrancis (15, 35), Robertson (39 pen)
Wed Apr 09, 1980AjaxSemi1H2-0Francis (33), Robertson (61 pen)
Wed Apr 23, 1980AjaxSemi2A0-1De Meer Stadion
Wed May 28, 1980Hamburg SVFinalN1-0Bernabeu StadiumRobertson (21)
1980-81Wed Sep 17, 1980CSKA Sofia11A0-1Balgarska Armia Stadium
Wed Oct 01, 1980CSKA Sofia12H0-1