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Liverpool v Hamburg, 1977 Super Cup: Video Flashback

Every once in a while I come across a unique video that I feel would be worth sharing with you, my readers. And here’s one. It’s the 1977 European Super Cup between Liverpool, holders of the European Cup (the precursor to the Champions League) at the time against the holders of the European Cup Winner’s Cup, Hamburg. Nowadays the closest thing to the European Cup Winner’s Cup is the Europa League. The idea behind the Cup Winner’s Cup was to bring together the winners of the domestic cup competitions from each country and then participate in a straight knock-out tournament over two legs (home and away) until the final.

The 1977 European Super Cup is interesting to watch for several different reasons. On a bitterly cold night at Anfield, the game marks the return of former Liverpool legend Kevin Keegan who had only recently joined the German side. The number 7 of Kevin Keegan for Hamburg was on the same pitch as his replacement, number 7 of Liverpool – Kenny Dalglish. It’s also interesting to watch the video to see how the game is produced and presented to the viewer, as well as to recognize how many empty seats there were at Anfield.

Despite a strong start by Hamburg in this game, which was the second leg of the final (both teams drew 1-1 during the first leg in Germany), it was Liverpool who went on to win the match. Based on how he missed a clear-cut chance to score early in the game, it may be surprising to know that Terry McDermott went on to score a hat trick in this game to help Liverpool win 6-0 (and on aggregate, win it 7-1) to lift the 1977 European Super Cup trophy.

While the video is only the furst 10 minutes of the broadcast, what are some of the highlights which stand out for you? Please share them in the comments section below.


About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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