The Lisbon Lions is the nickname given to the famous Celtic team that won the European Cup at the Estádio Nacional near Lisbon, Portugal on 25 May 1967, defeating Inter Milan 2–1. All but one member of the 15 man squad were born within 10 miles of Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland (Bobby Lennox was born 30 miles away in Saltcoats).

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1967 European Cup Final line-up


The final saw Celtic play Inter Milan, with the match taking place at the Estádio Nacional on the outskirts of Lisbon on 25 May 1967. Celtic fell a goal behind after only seven minutes, Jim Craig adjudged to have fouled Renato Cappellini in the penalty box and Sandro Mazzola converting the resultant penalty. Celtic swept into constant attack after that but found Inter goalkeeper Giuliano Sarti in outstanding form. With 63 minutes played, after incessant pressure, Celtic finally equalised when Tommy Gemmell scored with a powerful 25-yard shot. The balance of play remained the same with Inter defending deeply against sustained Celtic attacking. With about five minutes remaining, a long-range shot from Bobby Murdoch was diverted by Stevie Chalmers past a wrong-footed Sarti. It proved to be the winning goal and thus Celtic became the first British team, and the first from outside Spain, Portugal or Italy to win the competition.

Jock Stein commented after the match
Winning was important, but it was the way that we won that has filled me with satisfaction. We did it by playing football; pure, beautiful, inventive football. There was not a negative thought in our heads

Celtic’s European Cup results 1966–67

Date Venue Opponents Score Round Celtic scorers
28 September 1966 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Fußball-Club Zürich 2–0 First round, 1st leg Gemmell, McBride
5 October 1966 Letzigrund, Zurich (A) Fußball-Club Zürich 3–0 First round, 2nd leg Gemmell (2, 1 pen.), Chalmers
30 November 1966 Stade Marcel Saupin, Nantes (A) FC Nantes 3–1 Second round, 1st leg McBride, Lennox, Chalmers
7 December 1966 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) FC Nantes 3–1 Second round, 2nd leg Johnstone, Chalmers, Lennox
1 March 1967 Stadium of Vojvodina, Novi Sad (A) FK Vojvodina 0–1 Quarter-final, 1st leg n/a
8 March 1967 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) FK Vojvodina 2–0 Quarter-final, 2nd leg Chalmers, McNeill
12 April 1967 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Dukla Prague 3–1 Semi-final, 1st leg Johnstone, Wallace (2)
25 April 1967 Stadion Juliska, Prague (A) Dukla Prague 0–0 Semi-final, 2nd leg n/a
25 May 1967 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon (N) Internazionale Milano 2–1 The Final Gemmell, Chalmers