Passing the baton of glory; a historical perspective

17 05 2011

I am now going to make a bold prediction about tomorrow night’s Europa League final; Braga may win. I can say this with some certainty because I have conducted a little scientific research.

This research was concerned with the history of Bangor City in European club competitions. I conducted this research because after I had mapped out the route to this season’s Europa League final the world was literally chomping at the bit to hear about Bangor’s other European seasons. Or to put it another way, I thought it might be quite interesting .

The main finding was that Bangor have only held the baton of glory for a brief time, eventually it ends up in the hands of the winners.  But you didn’t need to be much of a scientist to know this. Here are the rest of the findings.

 

1962/1963  –  CUP WINNERS’ CUP

Preliminary Round –  BANGOR CITY  Wales 3  Napoli Italy 3 – Napoli won replay 2-1

Second Round – Újpest Dózsa Hungary 2 Napoli Italy  2 – Napoli won replay 3-1

Quarter Final – OFK Belgrade  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 3 Napoli Italy  3 – OFK Belgrade won replay 3-1

Semi Final – OFK Belgrade  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 2 Tottenham Hotspur England  5

Final – Tottenham Hotspur England 5 Atlético Madrid Spain 1 

 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR WON CUP WINNERS’ CUP

 

1985/1986  –  CUP WINNERS’ CUP

First Round – Fredrikstad F.K. Norway 1 BANGOR CITY  Wales 1 – Bangor City won on away goals

Second Round – BANGOR CITY  Wales 0 Atlético Madrid Spain 3

Quarter Final – Red Star Belgrade  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Atlético Madrid Spain  3

Semi Final – Atlético Madrid Spain  3 Bayer Uerdingen West Germany 0 

Final – FC Dynamo Kyiv Soviet Union 3 Atlético Madrid Spain  0

DYNAMO KYIV WON CUP WINNERS’ CUP

 

1994/1995  –  UEFA CUP

Preliminary RoundBANGOR CITY  Wales 1  IA Akranes Iceland  

First RoundIA Akranes Iceland 1   FC Kaiserslautern Germany 8

Second RoundFC Kaiserslautern Germany 1 Odense BK Denmark  1Odense won on away goals

Third RoundOdense BK  Denmark 4  Real Madrid Spain 3

Quarter Final –  Parma Italy 1  Odense BK Denmark 0

Semi Final – Bayer Leverkusen Germany 1 Parma Italy 5

FinalParma Italy 2 Juventus Italy 1

PARMA WON UEFA CUP

 

1995/1996  –  UEFA CUP

Preliminary RoundBANGOR CITY  Wales 0   Widzew Łódź Poland 5  

First Round – FC Chornomorets Odessa Ukraine 1  Widzew Łódź Poland 1 – Chornomorets won on pens

Second Round – FC Chornomorets Odessa Ukraine 0  RC Lens  France 4

Third Round – Slavia Prague Czech Republic 1 RC Lens  France 0

Quarter Final –  Slavia Prague Czech Republic 3 Roma Italy 3Slavia won on away goals

Semi FinalSlavia Prague Czech Republic 0 Bordeaux France 2

Final – Bayern Munich Germany Bordeaux France 1

BAYERN MUNICH WON UEFA CUP

 

1998/1999  –  CUP WINNERS’ CUP

Qualifying RoundBANGOR CITY  Wales 3   Haka Finland  0

First Round – Panionios Greece 5 Haka Finland 0

Second Round – Panionios Greece 4 Apollon LimassolCyprus 2

Quarter Final – Panionios Greece 7 Lazio Italy 0

Semi Final – Lokomotiv Moscow Russia 0 Lazio Italy  2 

Final – Lazio Italy 2 Mallorca Spain  1

LAZIO WON CUP WINNERS’ CUP

 

 

2003/2004  –  INTERTOTO CUP

First Round – BANGOR CITY  Wales 2 Gloria Bistriţa Romania 6

Second Round – Brescia Calcio Italy 3 Gloria Bistriţa Romania 2

Third Round – Villarreal CF Spain 4 Brescia Calcio Italy 2

Semi Final – FC Brno Czech Republic 1 Villarreal CF Spain 3 

Final – SC Heerenveen Netherlands 1  Villarreal CF Spain 2 – Villarreal progress to UEFA Cup

UEFA Cup

First Round – Villarreal CF Spain 3  Trabzonspor Turkey 2

Second RoundVillarreal CF Spain 3  Torpedo Moscow Russia 2

Third Round – Galatasaray Turkey Villarreal CF Spain 5

Fourth Round – Villarreal CF Spain  3 Roma Italy 2 

Quarter Final –  Celtic Scotland 2 Villarreal CF Spain 3

Semi Final – Valencia Spain 1 Villarreal CF Spain  0

Final – Valencia Spain 2  Marseilles France 0

VALENCIA WON UEFA CUP

 

 

2005/2006  –  INTERTOTO CUP

First Round BANGOR CITY  Wales 2  Dinaburg Latvia  6

Second Round – FK Žalgiris Vilnius Lithuania 3 Dinaburg Latvia  2 

Third Round – Egaleo FC Greece 4  FK Žalgiris Vilnius Lithuania  5

Semi Final – FK Žalgiris Vilnius Lithuania 2  CFR Cluj Romania  4 

Final – CFR Cluj Romania    RC Lens France  2 – Lens progress to UEFA Cup

UEFA Cup

First Round – RC Lens France 5   Dyskobolia Grodzisk Poland 3

Group Stage –  Lens finished second in Group C

Round of 32 – Udinese Italy 3  RC Lens France  1

Round of 16 –  Udinese Italy 1  Levski Sofia Bulgaria 2 

Quarter Final –  Levski Sofia Bulgaria 2 Schalke 04 Germany  4

Semi FinalSchalke 04 Germany 0 Sevilla Spain  1  

Final – Sevilla Spain  2  Middlesbrough England  0

SEVILLA WON UEFA CUP

 

 

2008/2009  –  UEFA CUP

1st Qual. Rd BANGOR CITY 1 Midtjylland Denmark  10

2nd Qual. Rd Manchester CityEngland 1 Midtjylland Denmark 1 – Man City won on pens

First Round – Omonia Cyprus 2  Manchester City England  4

Group Stage – Manchester City England finished first in Group A

Round of 32 –  Copenhagen Denmark  3 Manchester City England  4   

Round of 16 –  Manchester City England 2  Aalborg BK Denmark  2 – Man City won on pens

Quarter Final –  Hamburg Germany 4 Manchester City England  3

Semi Final – Werder Bremen Germany 3 Hamburg Germany  3 – Werder won on away goals 

Final – Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine 2  Werder Bremen Germany  1 (after extra time)

SHAKTAR DONETSK WON UEFA CUP

 

 

2009/2010  –  EUROPA LEAGUE

2nd Qual. Rd Honka Finland 3 BANGOR CITY Wales  0

3rd Qual. Rd  Honka Finland 1 Karabakh Azerbaijan 3

Play-off Round – Twente Netherlands 3 Karabakh Azerbaijan 1

Group Stage – Twente Netherlands finished second in Group H

Round of 32 –  Twente Netherlands  2 Werder Bremen Germany 4   

Round of 16 –  Valencia Spain 5  Werder Bremen Germany  5 – Valencia won on away goals

Quarter Final –  Valencia Spain 2 Atlético Madrid Spain  2 – Atlético won on away goals

Semi Final –  Atlético Madrid Spain  2 Liverpool England  2 – Atlético won on away goals A.E.T

Final – Atlético Madrid Spain  2 Fulham England 1 (after extra time)

ATLETICO MADRID WON EUROPA LEAGUE

 

2010/2011  –  EUROPA LEAGUE

2nd Qualifying Round  – Honka Finland  2 BANGOR CITY Wales  3

3rd Qualifying Round  – Marítimo Portugal 10 BANGOR CITY Wales  3

Play Off Round  – BATE Borisov Belarus  Marítimo Portugal  1

Group Stage  – BATE Borisov Belarus  finished second in Group E

Round of 32  – BATE Borisov Belarus  2 Paris Saint-Germain France  2 – PSG won on away goals

Round of 16  – Benfica Portugal  3 Paris Saint-Germain France 2

Quarter Final  – Benfica Portugal  6 PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 3

Semi Final  – Benfica Portugal  2 Braga Portugal  2 – Braga won on away goals

Final  – Porto Portugal  V Braga Portugal – To be played in Dublin

 

The research has thrown up the following hypothesis; 

“The club that happens to be holding the baton of glory after the semi final seems to win the trophy more often than not.”

In other words, Porto you have been warned!

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