How Atletico Madrid lost the final of the European Cup 74? Fact or urban legend?

How Atletico Madrid lost the final of the European Cup  74? Fact or urban legend?
The legend of Miguel Reina gloves and the end of 74. A curious story.

The 15 May 1974 Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich played in the old Hesysel Brussels the final of the European Cup. The all-powerful champion Bayern Munich last three German league faced in his attempt to get the coveted first European Cup to Atletico Madrid, firstling in these conflicts. Both one and the other sets, payroll excellent players Maier, Beckenbauer, Müller, Uli Hoeness and Paul Breitner headed Teuton strong and compact team that must face another no less solid but full of imagination with figures like Luis Aragones, Garate, Irureta soap o Coach.

Both were convinced in his path to the final, especially highlighting Atletico Madrid with Miguel Reina and excellent defense had managed to finish unbeaten in the quarter-final against Red Star and the semifinals against a historic as Glasgow Celtic. A match between them both sleep.

It seemed to be Atletico Madrid who would smile lucky to lift the major European title, maximum when Luis Aragones had scored kick six minutes from the end of extra time (after finishing the game in draw 0) and there was no time for anything else. At last, a different Spanish team Real Madrid achieved crowned European champion.

Miguel Reina was the star of the final of the European Cup 1974.
Miguel Reina was the star of the final of the European Cup 1974.

But nevertheless, what seemed impossible was possible. El Bayern, on the last play of the game, He marked with an extraordinary launch from outside the area Georg Schwarzenbeck who caught off guard Miguel Reina, father of the current goalkeeper Naples. Unprepared?, that and that is one of the great urban legends that never clarified accurately, the goalkeeper Cordoba had just reached the goal seconds before giving his gloves after a photographer with the daily Marca, exhilarated by more than presumable victory of Spanish.

It is difficult to know if what happened happened and if it was enlarged and magnified over the account. The characters in question neither confirm nor deny it, but what is clear is that on that fateful minute Atletico lost a final two days later would eventually deliver a resounding defeat 4-0 in the replay. In Hanged For Football, we are left with the curious story, true or false? That, and judge you.

Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982

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