On 18 April 1979, after being knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Valencia the Board decided to bring in former player Rifé to replace coach Lucien Müller
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The first and only real objective that the coach had was to ensure Barça got to the final of the Cup Winners' Cup, which was to be held in Basel.
The job was carried out to perfection and FC Barcelona won the first of their four European Cup Winners' cup ttiles by Fortuna Düsseldorf 4-3 in front of the 35,000 fans who had made the trip from Barcelona to Switzerland.
The following season, after poor form in the league, 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 before the end of the 1979/80 season, replacing him with Helenio Herrera, who came back for his second spell at FC Barcelona.