Rifé presided over Barça's first ever triumph in European competition | FCB ARCHIVE

On 18 April 1979 Barça were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Valencia. The defeat was a cause for great concern at the Club and the Board decided to act, bringing in the duo of Rifé-Torres to replace coach Lucien Müller. Under Rifé, Barça claimed their first ever European  title.

The first and only real objective that these two coaches had was to ensure Barça got to the final of the Cup Winners' Cup, which was to be held in Basel. They not only managed to do this, but they also won the final, thus giving FC Barcelona its first important European trophy. 40,000 Barça supporters made their way to Switzerland to watch their team win the first of the four Cup Winners' Cups that Barça now has in its trophy cabinet .

The following season the team was knocked out of the Cup Winners' Cup by Valencia and Josep Lluis Núñez decided to put an end to Quimet Rifé's period as coach, replacing him with Helenio Herrera, who came back for his second spell at FC Barcelona.