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The MITROPA CUP, officially called the LA COUPE DE L\'EUROPE CENTRALE or CENTRAL EUROPEAN CUP, was one of the first international major European football cups for club sides. After World War II
World War II
in 1951 a replacement tournament named Zentropa Cup was held, but just for one season, the Mitropa Cup
Mitropa Cup
name was revived, and again in 1958 the name of tournament changed in Danube Cup but only for one season. The tournament declined and was discontinued after 1992.

Mitropa Cup
Mitropa Cup
had 51 editions in history, including a different format edition held in 1960 and won by Hungary.

The most successful club is Vasas with 6 titles.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 2 Mitropa Cup
Mitropa Cup
Finals

* 2.1 1927–1940

* 2.1.1 Top scorers * 2.1.2 All-time Top scorers 1927–1940

* 2.2 1951–1960 * 2.3 1961–1992

* 3 Mitropa Super Cup Final

* 4 Performances

* 4.1 By club * 4.2 By country (1927–92)

* 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links

HISTORY

Nations which participated in the Mitropa Cup
Mitropa Cup
(1927–1940)

A first "International" competition for football clubs was founded in 1897 in Vienna
Vienna
. The Challenge Cup was invented by John Gramlick Sr. , a co-founder of the Vienna
Vienna
Cricket and Football-Club . In this cup competition all clubs of the Austro-Hungarian Empire that normally would not meet could take part, though actually almost only clubs from the Empire's three major cities Vienna
Vienna
, Budapest
Budapest
and Prague participated. The Challenge Cup was carried out until the year 1911 and is today seen as the predecessor to the Mitropa Cup
Mitropa Cup
and consequently the European Cup and Champions League . The last winner of the cup was Wiener Sport-Club
Wiener Sport-Club
, one of the oldest and most traditional football clubs of Austria
Austria
where the cup still remains.

The idea of a European cup competition was shaped after World War I which brought the defeat and collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire . The centre of this idea were the Central European countries that, at this time, were still leading in continental football. In the early 1920s they introduced professional leagues, the first continental countries to do so. Austria
Austria
started in 1924, followed by Hungary
Hungary
in 1925 and Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
in 1926. In order to strengthen the dominance of these countries in European football and to financially support the professional clubs, the introduction of the Mitropa Cup
Mitropa Cup
was decided at a meeting in Venice on 17 July, following the initiative of the head of the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB), Hugo Meisl
Hugo Meisl
. Moreover, the creation of a European Cup for national teams - that unlike the Challenge Cup and the Mitropa Cup
Mitropa Cup
would not be annual - was also part of the agreement. The first matches were played on 14 August 1927. The competition was between the top professional teams of Central Europe
Central Europe
. The president and the captain of Bologna , Renato Dall\'Ara (left) and Mirko Pavinato (right), with the trophy of the 1961 season.

Initially two teams each from Austria
Austria
, Hungary
Hungary
, Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
and Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
entered, competing in a knock-out competition. The countries involved could either send their respective league winners and runners-up, or league winners and cup winners to take part. The first winners were the Czech side, AC Sparta Prague
Prague
. In 1929 Italian teams replaced the Yugoslavian ones. The competition was expanded to four teams from each of the competing countries in 1934. Other countries were invited to participate - Switzerland
Switzerland
in 1936, and Romania
Romania
, Switzerland
Switzerland
and Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
in 1937. Austria
Austria
was withdrawn from the competition following the Anschluss
Anschluss
in 1938. In 1939, prior to the start of WW II , the cup involved only eight teams (two each from Hungary, Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
and Italy
Italy
and one each from Romania
Romania
and Yugoslavia). The level of the competing nations is clearly shown by Italy's two World Cup titles (1934 ">

The tournaments played as ZENTROPA CUP and DANUBE CUP are also included. The 1960 edition is not included in the list because was not won by a club, it was won by a nation.

BY CLUB

CLUB WINNERS RUNNERS-UP WINNING SEASONS RUNNERS-UP SEASONS

Vasas 6 2 1956, 1957, 1962, 1965, 1970, 1983 1963, 1977

Bologna 3 2 1932 , 1934 , 1961 1962, 1989

Sparta Prague
Prague
3 2 1927 , 1935 , 1964 1930 , 1936

Ferencváros 2 4 1 1928 , 1937 1935 , 1938 , 1939 , 1940

Rapid Wien 2 3 1930 , 1951 1927, 1928, 1956

Čelik Zenica 2 2 1971, 1972 1973, 1980

MTK Budapest
Budapest
2 2 1 1955, 1963 1959

Újpest 2 1 1929 , 1939 1967

Pisa 2 1 1986, 1988 1991

Red Star Belgrade 2 – 1958, 1968 –

Austria
Austria
Wien 2 – 1933 , 1936 –

Wacker Innsbruck 2 – 1975, 1976 –

Tatabányai Bányász 2 – 1973, 1974 –

Budapest
Budapest
Honvéd 1 2 1959 1975, 1978

Fiorentina 1 2 1966 1965, 1972

Spartak Trnava 1 2 1967 1958, 1968

Inter Bratislava 1 1 1969 1970

Slavia Prague
Prague
1 1 1938 1929

Vojvodina 1 1 1977 1957

Borac Banja Luka
Borac Banja Luka
1 – 1992 –

Iskra Bugojno 1 – 1985 –

Partizan 1 – 1978 –

Milan 1 – 1982 –

Torino 1 – 1991 –

Udinese 1 – 1980 –

Ascoli 1 – 1987 –

Bari 1 – 1990 –

SC Eisenstadt 1 – 1984 –

First Vienna
Vienna
1 – 1931 –

Baník Ostrava 1 – 1989 –

Tatran Prešov 1 – 1981 –

ZVL Zilina – 2 – 1974, 1983

SK Admira Wien / SK Wacker Wien – 2 – 1934 , 1951

Wiener AC – 1 – 1931

Austria
Austria
Salzburg – 1 – 1971

Ambrosiana Inter – 1 – 1933

Lazio – 1 – 1937

Atalanta – 1 – 1985

Genoa – 1 – 1990

ÚDA Prague
Prague
– 1 – 1955

Slovan Nitra – 1 – 1961

Slovan Bratislava – 1 – 1964

Jednota Trenčín – 1 – 1966

Sklo Union Teplice – 1 – 1969

TJ Vítkovice – 1 – 1982

Bohemians Prague
Prague
– 1 – 1987

Velež Mostar – 1 – 1976

Prishtina – 1 – 1984

Csepel SC – 1 – 1981

Debreceni MVSC – 1 – 1986

Váci Izzó – 1 – 1988

BVSC – 1 – 1992

Rapid București – 1 1 – 1940

NOTES:

1 The final between Rapid București and Ferencváros was scheduled to take place in July 1940. However due to the events of World War II it was cancelled. Both teams are runners-up in the table. 2 Including Vörös Lobogó .

BY COUNTRY (1927–92)

COUNTRY WINNERS

Hungary
Hungary
16

Italy
Italy
11

Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
8

Austria
Austria
7

Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
7

* Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
total includes Borac Banja Luka