Let’s get back to May 20, 1992 – when Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona dream team managed to win the first European Cup. After a long pause on football, we all started to look back at the historical moments that awaken happy memories. We are still waiting for the majority of football leagues to get back on track, so in the meantime, let’s remember those happy moments.
Barcelona players were preparing to walk on the Wembley pitch, while coach Cruyff held them back to say the final word. He said to them that they accomplished a lot and to go out – and just enjoy the game. Barca is among three world’s biggest football clubs but they won their first European Cup in 1992.
Barcelona historical goal was scored at Wembley
Before that, Catalans reached the finals four times but lost. They also lost the previous year’s Cup Winners’ Cup against Manchester United. In their first final, Barca were favourites while playing against the Italy side Sampdoria. Their hotheaded striker, Hristo Stoichkov was beloved player, just like Sampdoria’s Gianluca Vialli.
The two sides met in other final again in 1989 European Cup Winners’ Cup. Sampdoria was desperate to avenge the game in 1989 as their star Vialli was missing because of the injury. They improved later to become the Serie A winners for the first time and also won the Cup Winners Cup in 1990.
The first time European Cup introduced group stage was in 1992 with eight second-round winners being split into two groups. The last one before the competition was also rebranded as the Champions League.
Barcelona won their group which was consisted of Sparta Prague, Dynamo Kyiv and Benfica. Sampdoria won three of their six matches in group games. At the time, there was a war in Yugoslavia which prevented the Red Star Belgrade to compete at home ground.
Barcelona made their historical moment while they faced Sampdoria in Wembley. The breakthrough happened in 112 minutes when Koeman struck the free-kick over the wall. The Dutchman scored the most famous Barca goal in the entire history of their club. That Wembley goal which he nearly broke was later purchased by Barca for their museum. Be ready when the season continues with soccer 10 fixture tips. For everything else, there is supabets!