Wolves enabled Man United to get easy groups – they caused the Champions League

first_img Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions LATEST Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ TROPHY Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS As Molineux prepares to host European football once again, talkSPORT is reminded it was here where the European Cup was born.Yes, it’s not unreasonable to blame the Premier League side for Gazprom ads, unnecessarily long draws, and Man United getting ‘easy groups’ – among many other things. targets Hulton Archive – Getty Getty Images – Getty 4 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ deals 4 It didn’t take long for the idea to snowball and the European Cup was launched the following season.“Our boss Jacques Goddet knew that it represented a perfect opportunity to increase sales,” Ferran continued, adding clubs loved the idea.“Real Madrid’s reaction was the most positive – their president, Santiago Bernabeu, sent us a letter immediately saying they were behind us. Anderlecht didn’t want a league format. They suggested knockout would be better as we could play under lights in midweek and it wouldn’t interfere with domestic leagues.”And it was Ferran who wrote the first set of rules – by hand – which would see participation by invite only, while the final was to take place in Paris. As good as Wolves were, Gabriel Hanot believed Real Madrid were better and they proved him right by winning the first five editions of the European Cup. They’ve won it 13 times now, including six in the Champions League era (1992-present) It didn’t matter because by 4 September 1955, the European Champion Clubs’ Cup was up and running – Sporting Lisbon and Yugoslavia’s FK Partizan battled to a 3-3 draw in the competion’s first ever game in Lisbon.Real Madrid won the final – they actually won the first five – by beating Stade Reims 4-3. Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers New job FAREWELL Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update OFF center_img GF Aarhus (Denmark)RSC Anderlecht (Belgium)Djurgardens (Sweden)SC Rot-Weiss Essen (Germany)Gwardia Warszawa (Poland)Hibernian (Scotland)AC Milan (Italy)MTK Budapest (Hungary)FK Partizan (Yugoslavia)PSV (Netherlands)SK Rapid Wien (Austria)Real Madrid (Spain)Stade de Reims (France)1. Saarbrücken (Saarland)Servette FC (Switzerland)Sporting Clube de Portugal (Portugal) REVEALED BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Wolves were one of England’s premier teams in the 1950s, winning the league three times, while they also contested the very first UEFA Cup final in 1972 Prestige Europe-wide Wolves beat celebrated Hungarian side Honved 3-2 in 1954, which set in motion the creation of the European Cup 4 Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Hulton Archive – Getty The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star latest Hulton Archive – Getty The European Cup was born from a night at Molinuex and here is who was involved in the first edition What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Liverpool are the most recent winners of the Champions League, having won it for a sixth time 4 UEFA invited its associations to enter their champion clubs, as well as giving priority to the clubs invited by L’Equipe.Invitations extended to a representative of Europe’s 16 leading nations. England’s went to Chelsea, who beat Wolves to the league title in 1954/55, but their involvement was blocked by the FA and the Football League – apparently there was no future in it and the competition would only interfere with the domestic game *inserts rolling eyes emoji*. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January It started in December 1954 when Hungarian powerhouses Honved, featuring a handful of players that hammered England – inventors of football – 6-3 and 7-1, were invited to face English champions Wolves.Stan Cullis’ side beat Ferenc Puskas and co. 3-2 and newspaper headlines over here swiftly declared Wolves as ‘unofficial world champions’.Watching in the stands was French football writer Gabriel Hanot, who disagreed.“Hanot felt that with clubs like Real Madrid and Milan, the claim was far fetched and suggested in [French newspaper] L’Equipe that ‘a European championship be organised between clubs. Then Wolves really could prove they are the best’,” Jacques Ferran, a former colleague of Hanot’s told uefa.com. Wolves vs Crusaders is live on talkSPORT 2 at 19:45 on Thursday 25 Julylast_img read more