Mitropa Zentropa Cup

Mitropa / Zentropa Cup 1927-1992

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The Mitropa Cup was one of the first really international major European football cups for club sides. After World War II a tournament named Zentropa Cup from 1951 was held to resume the rich tradition of this competition. Later editions, again under the Mitropa Cup label, lost much of its status because of the introduction of other UEFA European Club Competitions.

Mitropa Zentropa Cup 1927-1992 THE MITROPA CUP
1927 AC Sparta Praha   Czechoslovakia
1928 Ferencváros  Hungary The Mitropa Cup, officially called the La Coupe de l'Europe Centrale was one of the first really
1929 Újpest FC  Hungary international major European football cups for club sides. After World War II in 1951 a replacement
1930 SK Rapid Wien  Austria tournament named Zentropa Cup was held to resume the rich tradition of this competition.
1931 First Vienna FC  Austria The first “international” competition for football clubs was founded in 1897 in Vienna.
1932 Bologna F.C. 1909  Italy
1933 FK Austria Wien  Austria The “Challenge Cup” was invented by John Gramlick senior, a co-founder of the Vienna Cricket and
1934 Bologna F.C. 1909  Italy Football-Club. In this cup-competition all clubs of the Austro-Hungarian Empire that normally would not
1935 AC Sparta Praha   Czechoslovakia meet could take part, though actually almost only clubs from the Empire's three major cities Vienna,
1936 FK Austria Wien  Austria Budapest and Prague participated. The Challenge Cup was carried out until the year 1911 and is today
1937 Ferencváros  Hungary seen as the predecessor to the Mitropa Cup and consequently the European Cup & Champions League.
1938 SK Slavia Praha   Czechoslovakia Last winner of the cup was Vienna Sports Club, one of the oldest and most traditional football clubs of
1939 Újpest FC  Hungary Austria where the cup still remains.
Tournament not played 1940-1950.
1951 (1) SK Rapid Wien  Austria The idea of a European Cup competition was shaped after World War I which brought the defeat and
1955 Vörös Lobogó  Hungary collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The centre of this idea were the Central European countries
1956 Vasas Budapest  Hungary that, at this time, were still leading in continental Football. In the early 1920s they introduced – as first
1957 Vasas Budapest  Hungary continental nations – professional leagues. Austria started in 1924, followed by Hungary in 1925 and
1958 (2) Red Star Belgrade  Yugoslavia Czechoslovakia in 1926. In order to strengthen the dominance of these countries in European football and
1959 Budapest Honvéd FC  Hungary to financially support the professional clubs, the introduction of the Mitropacup was decided on a meeting
1960 (3) Hungary  Hungary in Venice in July 17th, following the initiative of the head of the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) Hugo
1961 Bologna F.C. 1909  Italy Meisl. Moreover, the creation of a European Cup for national teams – that unlike the Challenge Cup and
1962 Vasas Budapest  Hungary the Mitropa Cup would not be annual – was also part of the agreement. The first matches were played on
1963 MTK Budapest  Hungary August 14 of that year. The competition was between the top professional teams of Central Europe.
1964 AC Sparta Praha   Czechoslovakia
1965 Vasas Budapest  Hungary Initially two teams each from Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and
1966 AC Fiorentina  Italy Slovenes entered, competing in a knock-out competition. The countries involved could either send their
1967 Spartak Trnava   Czechoslovakia respective league winners and runners-up, or league winners and cup winners to take part. The first
1968 Red Star Belgrade  Yugoslavia winners were the Czech side, AC Sparta Prague. In 1929 Italian teams replaced the Yugoslavian ones.
1969 Inter Bratislava   Czechoslovakia
1970 Vasas Budapest  Hungary The competition was expanded to four teams from each of the competing countries in 1934. Other
1971 NK Čelik Zenica  Yugoslavia countries were invited to participate – Switzerland in 1936, and Romania, Switzerland and Yugoslavia in
1972 NK Čelik Zenica  Yugoslavia 1937. Austria was withdrawn from the competition following the Anschluss in 1938. Prior to WW II the
1973 Tatabányai Bányász  Hungary cup was competed for in 1939 with only eight teams (two each from Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Italy
1974 Tatabányai Bányász  Hungary and one each from Romania and Yugoslavia). The level of the competing nations is clearly shown by
1975 Admira Wacker  Austria Italy's two World Cup titles (1934 & 1938), Czechoslovakia's (1934) and Hungary's (1938) World Cup
1976 Admira Wacker  Austria final, and Austria's (1934) and Yugoslavia's (1930) semi-finals. Out of the eleven different teams
1977 Vojvodina Novi Sad  Yugoslavia competing in the first three World Cups, five were part of the Mitropa Cup.
1978 FK Partizan  Yugoslavia
Tournament not played 1979. An edition in 1940 was started but abandoned due to World War II. Again, only eight teams competed –
1980 Udinese Calcio  Italy three each from Hungary and Yugoslavia and two from Romania. This edition was abandoned before the
1981 Tatran Prešov   Czechoslovakia final match. Hungarian Ferencváros and Romanian Rapid (which had won on lots after three draws)
1982 AC Milan  Italy qualified for the final, but did not meet because Hungary had invaded North-West Romania.
1983 Vasas Budapest  Hungary
1984 SC Eisenstadt  Austria After WW II, the cup was resumed in 1951 initially as Zentropa Cup. Later editions, again under the
1985 Iskra Bugojno  Yugoslavia Mitropa Cup label, lost much of its status because of the introduction of other UEFA European club
1986 SC Pisa  Italy competitions and faced an ongoing decline. By the 1980s it was competed for between the second
1987 Ascoli Calcio  Italy division champions of the participating countries. It was last played for in 1992 and won by the Yugoslav
1988 SC Pisa  Italy side, Borac Banja Luka in front of under a thousand spectators.
1989 FC Baník Ostrava   Czechoslovakia
1990 A.S. Bari  Italy
1991 Torino Calcio  Italy
1992 Borac Banja Luka  Yugoslavia

(1) Tournament played as “Zentropa Cup”

(2) Tournament held as Donaupokal (Danube Cup)

(3) Results of 6 clubs from 5 countries were added on a national basis

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