In the 1976-77 UEFA Cup, Juventus, a strong team from Italy, won the championship against Athletic Bilbao from Spain in a thrilling two-legged final. It was really close because both teams won a game, resulting in a 2-2 overall score. However, Juventus won because of the crucial “away goals” rule, scoring an important goal in the second game at the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, which led to their historic win.
In the first game at the Stadio Comunale in Turin, Juventus took the lead with Tardelli’s goal at the 14th minute, winning 1-0. About 65,812 passionate fans filled the stadium, and the referee, Charles Corver from the Netherlands, managed the game well.
The tension increased in the second game at the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, where Athletic Bilbao fought back hard and won 2-1 against Juventus. Goals from Irureta and Carlos showed Athletic Bilbao’s strength, but Bettega’s early goal at the 7th minute was important for Juventus’ historic win. About 39,700 spectators watched this exciting match, and the referee, Erich Linemayr from Austria, handled it well.
Juventus’ win was a big deal in UEFA Cup history because it was the first time a team from Southern Europe won this title. Their skill and determination showed how strong they were in European football, making them a team to be reckoned with on such a big stage.