European Cup Finals 1960 - 1969
The European Cup had grown in prestige and popularity in its first four seasons and 28 teams entered the 1960-61 tournament. Real Madrid's stranglehold on the competition was finally broken in 1961 but it was not until 1963 that the trophy was taken out of the Iberian peninsula. Celtic and then Manchester United became the first teams from the UK to win the trophy.
To reduce the number of play-offs, away goals scored in normal time counted double for the 1967-68 tournament if aggregate scores were level after two matches. This applied only in the First Round but was extended the following season. Obligatory match dates were introduced in 1968-69 and fixed for Wednesdays, with a fortnight between each leg.