The UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup was an elite competition contested between the clubs who won their respective national cups. The last edition of the tournament took place in 1999 and since then, national cup winners have simply earned the right to take part in the Europa League
Cup Winners’ Cup 1984
Having qualified for the tournament by winning the Coppa Italia against Verona in 1982/83, Juventus were untroubled by Lechia Gdańsk in the first round as they recorded a 10-2 aggregate victory, which will live long in the memory because of a stunning four-goal performance from Penzo in the first leg.
However, Paris Saint-Germain presented a much tougher test in the last 16. The first leg at the Parc des Princes finished 2-2, and Juve then demonstrated their tactical nouse a fortnight later in Turin by holding out for a 0-0 stalemate that guaranteed safe passage to the last eight via the away goals rule.
Even though Giovanni Trapattoni’s men began the quarter-final against FC Haka of Finland as firm favourites, the tie proved trickier than expected as the Bianconeri were forced to settle for a 2-0 overall victory.
A mouthwatering clash of titans in the semi-finals saw Juventus pitted against a Manchester United side including Robson and Hughes. But the Italians proved worthy opponents as they overcame the daunting atmosphere of Old Trafford to leave with a 1-1 draw. In the return fixture at the Stadio Comunale, neither side was able to find the all-important breakthrough and extra-time appeared to be looming. However, Paolo Rossi made himself the hero by scoring an 89th minute winner to secure a spot in the tournament final.
On a momentous day in Juventus’ history, they met F.C Porto in the final at Basel’s St. Jakob Stadium. Lining up with an attacking 4-3-3 formation, the Bianconeri were quick out of the blocks and took the lead after just 12 minutes when Vignola surged past his marker and drove into the bottom corner past opposition shotstopper Beto. However, Sousa levelled proceedings for Porto soon after when he beat Tacconi with the shot of his life from the edge of the area. On the cusp of half time, Boniek restored the advantage by latching onto a brilliant Platini long ball and bundling it into the back of the net to seal victory amidst a sea of black and white flags. A historic double for Trapattoni’s men.