Strong in defence as well as being fast and effective in attack, Aston Villa had been forged into a well balanced team that were a match for any collection of big name players. And it was proved as the West German champions Bayern Munich were undone despite having so many World Cup winning players in their side

Villa have never come close to matching their 1982 European Cup triumph before or since, but on that night in Rotterdam they produced a performance worthy of the biggest stage and, allied with their displays on the way to the final, was enough to make them deserved of the title ‘Champions of Europe.’

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