In the 1987-88 UEFA Cup final, Bayer Leverkusen, a strong team from Germany, won the prestigious title after a thrilling penalty shootout against Español, showcasing their resilience and skill on the European stage.
This season was notable because English clubs like Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal couldn’t participate due to the aftermath of the tragic Heysel disaster in May 1985.
There were changes in how spots were allocated for teams from different countries. The Soviet Union got a fourth place, while Austria and Romania each got a third place. France, East Germany, and Czechoslovakia maintained two spots. Italy gained a fourth place, displacing Spain, and East Germany got a third place, replacing the Netherlands in the tournament.
Bayer Leverkusen’s victory in the 1987-88 UEFA Cup not only showcased their strength and determination but also established them as a significant team in European football.