European Champion Clubs' Cup: 25 May 1967
Lisbon's first European final, and the only previous time the senior competition has concluded in Portugal, was played at the Estádio Nacional and resulted in the sole Scottish success in the tournament's history as Celtic FC defeated FC Internazionale Milano. In a meeting of two celebrated legendary coaches – Celtic's Jock Stein and Inter's Helenio Herrera – the Italian side were favourites to repeat their victories of 1964 and 1965. Indeed, Sandro Mazzola's early penalty looked like it might be enough thanks to Inter's staunch 'catenaccio' defence; but Tommy Gemmell levelled just before the hour and with six minutes left Steve Chalmers turned in a Bobby Murdoch shot to clinch victory for a side all but one of whom were born in Glasgow and were forever dubbed the 'Lisbon Lions'.
UEFA Cup second leg: 18 May 1983
SL Benfica welcomed RSC Anderlecht to the old Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, aka Estádio da Luz, following a 1-0 defeat in Brussels a fortnight earlier. Sven-Göran Eriksson, who was to suffer heartbreak at the new stadium with England against Portugal 21 years later, saw his Benfica side level the tie overall through Shéu Han on 32 minutes, but soon after Juan Lozano secured what was to be a decisive 2-1 aggregate lead for Anderlecht.
European Cup Winners' Cup: 6 May 1992
The old Luz staged just a single one-off UEFA club final in its 49-year history. A coach who was to have another famous triumph in Lisbon 12 years later, Otto Rehhagel, led SV Werder Bremen to the final against an AS Monaco FC side coached by Arsène Wenger and featuring George Weah. In a similar fashion to his Greece side in 2004, Rehhagel's Bremen were happy to soak up the pressure from Monaco and hit them on the break on 41 minutes through Klaus Allofs, who had not appeared for six weeks before the final. Wynton Rufer made it two early in the second half for Werder's only European trophy to date.
UEFA Cup: 18 May 2005
A third one-off European final for Lisbon and a third venue, the Estádio José Alvalade. Sporting Clube de Portugal were hoping to win the trophy at their home stadium and duly came through to the final from the competition's first-ever group stage. But just as a year before at UEFA EURO 2004, Portuguese hearts were to be broken as PFC CSKA Moskva claimed Russia's maiden major continental trophy. Rogério shot Sporting into a half-time lead but Aleksei Berezutski, Yuri Zhirkov and Vágner Love turned the game with three goals all created by Daniel Carvalho.
FIFA U-20 World Cup: 30 June 1991
Lisbon may only have staged three major club finals, but both the old and new Luz have held memorable international showpieces. In 1991 Portugal played host to the FIFA U-20 World Cup two years after claiming the trophy in Saudi Arabia. A home squad including Luís Figo and Rui Costa stormed through to the final with five straight wins, attracting crowds that were rising into six figures. For the final 127,000 people packed the old Luz (the biggest World Cup crowd since the 1950 senior final in Rio de Janeiro) to see Portugal play a Brazil team featuring Roberto Carlos and after 120 goalless minutes the game went to penalties. Giovane Élber and Marquinhos missed for Brazil allowing Costa to decide the shoot-out and launch the careers of a 'golden generation'.
UEFA European Championship: 5 July 2004
Thirteen years later at the new Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Figo and Costa were present and correct as hosts Portugal made the final, in sight of a first major senior title. But Rehhagel was back, leading a Greece side that had made a habit of upsetting the odds, including beating Portugal themselves in the Porto opener, and had racked up six 1-0 wins in their campaign including in both the quarter and semi-finals. That was to be the magic scoreline again, Angelos Charisteas heading in an Angelos Basinas corner on 57 minutes, and Portugal's 16 attempts to their opponents' four – Charisteas's the only one on target for Greece – proved in vain.
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