Wolksparkstadion 1961. PHOTO ARXIU FCB.

Marcial Pina, playing against Hamburg (1974) / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB.

Well before Bakero’s strike in Kaiserslautern (91/92) or Iniesta’s goal at Stamford Bridge (08/09), there was another miraculous goal that kept Barça alive in the European Cup. It was scored by Sandor Kocsis against Hamburg – the team Barça are due to open their 2012-13 season against.

Kocsis miracle goal

The North German team now play at the modern Imtech Arena, but on April 26th 196, the 75,000 fans who turned up to watch the second leg of the European Cup semi final, did so at the Volskparkstadion. Kubala’s Barça team had won the first leg 1-0, but Hamburg were 2-0 up in the return leg as the 90th minute came round, before a dramatic header from Kocsis meant a third game would have to be played(the away goals rule had not yet been instigated).

A week later, that game took place in Brussels and an Evaristo goal put Barça through into what turned into such a sad final in Bern.

Revenge for Hamburg

Hamburg got their revenge three years later in the last 16 of the old Cup Winners Cup. After a spectacular 4-4 draw at the Camp Nou (with goals from Pereda, Fusté -2- and Zaballa) the return game ended goalless and in the deciding game played in Lausanne, the German team won 3-2.

Two friendly wins for Hamburg in Germany

As well as those epic encounters, Barça have also played two friendlies in Germany, with Hamburg winning 3-2 in 1974 and 6-0 in 1977. Now, 32 years later, there will be another game between the two.


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