European Cup Final May 18th 1960

Real Madrid v Eintracht Frankfurt at Hampden Park, Glasgow in front of 127,621 spectators with referee, Jack Mowatt, of Scotland in charge of proceedings

Real Madrid 7

Di Stefano 27, 30, 73

Puskas 45, 56 pen, 60, 71

Eintracht Frankfurt 3

Kress 18

Stein 72, 75

The match was in doubt as the German Football Association had banned their clubs from taking part in matches with any team containing Ferenc Puskas after he had alleged the West German team had used drugs in 1954 when they won the World Cup.  Puskas had to make a formal written apology before the match could take place.  The background to this ban is as follows:

Hungary were favourites to win the 1954 Tournament. In the five years prior, including those played at the World Cup itself, they had remained unbeaten in 31 games.  They were also reigning Olympic Champions and winners of the Central European International Cup in 1953.  In 1953 they had defeated England 6-3, becoming the first team outside the UK and Ireland to beat them on home soil, and had thrashed England 7-1 in Budapest just before the World Cup.

Hungary and West Germany had already met in the group stage, with Hungary winning 8-3. In the game, Hungarian captain Ferenc Puskás suffered a hairline fracture of the ankle and subsequently missed the next two games; even without him, Hungary beat Brazil (the previous World Cup runners-up) and Uruguay (the World Cup holders) in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively.  Puskas was still not fully recovered by the final, but manager Gustav Sebes selected him anyway.

The Hungarians' emphatic 8-3 victory over West Germany in the group stages was seen as a firm indication of the likely final scoreline.  In the 8-3 group game loss to Hungary, German coach Herberger fielded a reserve team.  By sparing his strongest eleven players until the final, Herberger managed to obscure the real strength of the German team. As a result, the Hungarians likely underestimated their opponents. The match was played in heavy rain, weather conditions the German side had christened "Fritz Walter-weather", as the German team captain Fritz Walter was known for playing his best football under those conditions.  In addition, the Germans were equipped with footwear supplied by Adidas, which had produced a previously unknown design of boot with exchangeable, screw-in studs that could be adapted to any weather. This enabled the German players to wear their regular boots despite the adverse weather.  Although he was not fully fit in time, Ferenc Puskás was back in the Hungarian lineup for the final match, and he put his team ahead after only six minutes. When Zoltán Czibor added the second goal for Hungary a mere two minutes later, the pre-tournament favourites seemed destined to ease to victory over West Germany, just as they had in the group stages.

However, West Germany equalised quickly, with goals from Max Morlock (10') and Helmut Rahn (18'). Having leveled the scores, the Germans now looked a match for the Hungarians and managed to reach half time at 2-2, with both teams having missed several promising chances to take the lead.  In the second half, the Hungarians poured forward looking to retake the lead, but their attempts were repeatedly foiled by the German defence, with goalkeeper Toni Turek pulling off several fine saves. In the 84th minute, German striker Helmut Rahn scored West Germany's third goal. Two minutes before the end, Puskás appeared to equalise once more, but he was ruled offside by the Welsh linesman Benjamin Griffiths. The match and Hungary’s unbeaten run ended in one of the biggest upsets in the history of football.

West German captain, Fritz Walter, is carried from the field after lifting the Jules Rimet Trophy

The game has always been called “The Miracle of Bern

Immediately after the match, rumors arose that the German team had been injected with performance-enhancing substances. Several members of the team later fell ill with jaundice, presumably from a contaminated needle.  Members of the team later claimed that these had been glucose injections. The team physician Franz Loogen said in 2004 that the players had only been given Vitamin C injections before the game.

A member of a 2010 study conducted by the University of Leipzig claimed that the victorious German national squad may have been injected with Pervitin (methamphetamine) prior to the match, but believed to be given Vitamin C.

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