Great Players, Memorable Matches – 1981 European Cup Winners’ Cup Final

In 1981, Georgian/Soviet Union side Dinamo Tbilisi faced Carl Zeiss Jena of East Germany in the Cup Winners’ Cup Final. It was one of the most entertaining matches I have ever seen. The match sticks in my mind for its entertainment value as well as for the indelible image of the classy David Kipiani.

Kipiani is the mustachioed guy in the center of the picture above. He wore the no. 10 and played like one – superior technique, skillful, great vision. He would manage Dinamo after retirement before his unfortunate death in 2001. Unfortunately, he didn’t feature in a FIFA World Cup Finals tournament.

If you can get your hands on that 1981 Cup Winners’ Cup Final, buy it on sight.

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