4 thoughts on “Midweek Mashup – Benfica 1988 and 1990

  1. I do love an adidas but Hummel sure have their moments. Two lovely illustrations there.

    And you’ve now gor me thinking, does this means Benfica have lost every one of their five finals to sides in away kits?

    All-white Milan at Wembley in 63; Inter in white shirt with blue and black chest hoop at the San Siro in 65: Man U’s all-blue soixante-huitards.

    In fact, even of the two finals they won, only the first, v Barca in Berne in 1961, saw Benfica face an opponent in home kit.

    In the 1962 classic in Amsterdam (Puskas scores a first half hat-trick but ends up on the losing side), Benfica were in their classic home gear but Real Madrid were in the same beautiful colour they wore in Cardiff last year.

  2. Great point, Alex! I think there needs to be an in-depth analysis of the success of home and away kits in C1 finals – do you know anybody who would provide it?

  3. It would need to be some sad, middle-aged European Cup bore – probably over-weight and with nothing better to do. God. Can you imagine …

    Aye so I should be back to you within the next half hour, Denis. Just nippimg out to Greggs …

  4. Okay I reckon the curator here now, after years of patient teaching, finally has me educated on the difference between a full-on away kit (Milan 1963, Man United 68) and a mere mash-up (Bayern 87, Benfica 88).

    So if it ain’t an away strip unless the shirt’s changed – and allowing for my senile brain farts – here are my off-the-bonce, scientifically negligent, in-no-way-conclusive-or-trustworthy findings:

    Won the ECCC/UCL final in an away kit:

    Milan 1963,
    Inter 65,
    Man U 68,
    Ajax 73,
    Bayern 74 (first game and replay),
    Bayern 76,
    Aston Villa 82,
    HSV 83,
    Steaua 86,
    PSV 88,
    Milan 89,
    Milan 90,
    Barca 92,
    Milan 94,
    Ajax 95,
    Juve 96,
    Real Madrid 2000,
    Milan 2003,
    Milan 2007,
    Real Madrid 2017

    TOTAL: 20 out of 62 finals (counting both 1974 games as one final)

    LOST the ECCC/UCL final in an away kit:

    Real Madrid 1962,
    Benfica 68,
    Club Brugge 78,
    AS Roma 84,
    Barca 86,
    Steaua 89,
    Sampdoria 92,
    Milan 95,
    Juventus 97,
    Bayern 99,
    Valencia 2000,
    Milan 2005,
    Arsenal 2006,
    Man U 2009,
    Man U 2011,

    TOTAL: 15 out of 62

    So even factoring in the odd brain fart from me, and the fact six finals saw both teams in away kits, the message here is you’re slightly more likely to win the final than lose it of you wear an away kit.

    Away kits have worked more often for Milan than against and more against Man U than for but HSV have conclusive (ish*), laboratory test conditions proof they should always wear their away kit in the European Cup final.

    But the vast majority of winners and losers in this final were in their home outfit.

    *HSV’s 1980 jersey – so disconcerting not to see them in the home shorts and socks which play such an integral part of their trad home kit. Need an expert – like the one who told us Steaua’s 1989 final shirt was a change from their home kit that season – to double-check that was the white shirt they wore in the Bundesliga that season, and not a special European shirt …

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