Sevilla's rival inspired the creation of the European Cup

The Wolves were proclaimed "World Champions" after defeating the Honved of Budapest and L'Equipe requested the creation of a tournament that would begin a few months later.


"We are the champions of the World," proclaimed Stan Cullis, coach of Wolverhampton Wanderers, on the night of December 13, 1954. His team had just defeated the Honved of Budapest in a friendly, a group in which many of the "invincible "from the Magyar team that amazed Europe. The match, one of the first with artificial lighting in Great Britain, broadcast live on the BBC, came shortly after two resounding defeats for England at the hands of the Hungarians, who had come and lost the World Cup final against Germany.

The next day, the Daily Mail copied Cullis' phrase: "Hail, Wolves, Champions of the World now." The headline angered Gabriel Hanot, editor of L'Equipe and present at the famous match. Hanot thought that teams like Milan or Real Madrid were superior to Wolverhampton. Two days later, the French sports newspaper proposed on its pages the creation of a continental super tournament. And Santiago Bernabéu, white president, sent the newspaper a letter showing his support. The first of many clubs. On September 4, 1955, the first edition of the European Cup began.

England was supposed to be played by Chelsea, the 54-55 league champions, but withdrew at the behest of the Football League, which feared that the European playoffs on weekdays would negatively affect attendance at national matches. The Wolves did participate in the European Cup in the 1958-59 campaign to fall in the first round against German Schalke. A year later they would reach the quarterfinals, where they got off Barcelona. Never again since then have they played in the competition they had inspired to create.

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