Exactly 30 years ago, on January 13, 1988, Estádio das Antas received its only European final, here the second leg of the Supercup, against Ajax. The goal scored by António Sousa gave the 1-0 victory, repeating the result in Amsterdam (the summary of both matches can be seen below), which allowed FC Porto to be the first club to win all three international trophies accessible to a European team in the same cycle: European Champion Clubs' Cup / Champions League (against Bayern Munich), Intercontinental Cup (defeating Peñarol, from Uruguay) and the already mentioned Supercup.
The feat has only repeated by six teams since then, and we’re including the Intercontinental Cup and the competition that followed, the Club World Cup: AC Milan (1988/89, 1989/90 and 2006/07), Ajax (1994/95) , Juventus (1995/96), FC Barcelona (2008/09, 2010/11 and 2014/15), Bayern Munich (2012/13) and Real Madrid (2001/02, 2013/14, 2015/16 and 2016/17 ). A truly extraordinary set of clubs, which proves the size of the feat our team achieved in 1987 and 1988 – in fact, FC Porto is the only Portuguese club to have the European Supercup in the résumé.
“Only after a few years did we realize that. We were younger, didn’t look at things in such a passionate way. It’s a restricted set of great teams in which FC Porto fits perfectly, because there were great foundations created to get there. Fortunately, this was achieved and today the name of FC Porto has been consolidated”, the scorer of the goals at Estádio das Antas told to www.fcporto.pt and Porto Canal.
António Sousa is one of the six players who was in the four matches that earned the Dragons these three titles, the others being Mlynarczyk, Inácio, Jaime Magalhães, André and João Pinto. The eternal number 2 states he is proud to “belong to a generation” that got these three trophies and spoke of a “deluxe squad”, prepared “even before 1984”, when FC Porto lost the Cup final to Juventus – many analysts believe the European Dragon was born there. The two great mentors are also identified: José Maria Pedroto and Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.
“The first goal was to cross the D. Luís Bridge without any problem and, after that, FC Porto looked abroad and won those achievements. Above all, we had a great squad, which was missing two or three important players three months before and we still managed to beat Bayern. In the Supercup, we didn’t have one of the pillars of the previous season, Futre, and we still beat a team with great results at European level, Ajax, led by one of the best coaches in the history of football, Cruyff, who made his teams play excellent football”, João Pinto stated.
António André remembers that at the end of the match, he learned that the triplet was a unique feat. “What fills me with joy is that I was in these great events and played all matches. This fills me with joy for what I gave to FC Porto. It’s an honour to be in the elite of World and European football”, he admitts.
The match between FC Porto and Ajax will be on display this Saturday at the Auditorium Fernando Sardoeira Pinto, in the Museum, at 11h00, 15h00, and 17h00. The attendance is free, subject to the capacity of the room.