The Blizzard: Milan 2-1 Benfica, 1963

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Right this moment we have a look again at a sport of real historic significance in European soccer historical past. On immediately’s episode of Best Video games, in affiliation with The Blizzard, we’re joined by The Unbiased’s Miguel Delaney to debate the 1963 European Cup ultimate between Milan and Benfica.

This pivotal second within the historical past of the European Cup can’t be understated; it represented two dominant groups at reverse ends of their respective cycles. Milan arrived as purveyors of a free-scoring, however nonetheless pragmatic, catenaccio and regarded themselves as vital underdogs. However, with their supervisor Nereo Rocco’s pre-match antics on the bus serving to to lighten the temper, two targets from José Altafini denied Benfica their third consecutive European Cup. This was an early instance of modernity in soccer ways; a group profitable on the energy of a tactical system with eleven parts, moderately than counting on eleven people beating their reverse man. 

Miguel’s article for The Blizzard about this match is obtainable right here:

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