Cup Winners' Cup

The UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, the tournament between the domestic cup winners, existed from 1960 to 1999. The structure was a knock-out tournament in which the matches were decided by two-legged ties except the final that was played as one game on neutral ground (the final was actually decided by two matches once, in the first 1960-1961 edition). After the UEFA Champions League was established in successful terms and started to include more teams the status of the Cup Winners' Cup was steadily declining. Therefore the decision was taken to bring the Cup to an end after the 1998-1999 season and instead merge it with the UEFA Cup in the sense that domestic Cup winners would be included in that tournament.

Winners and runners-up

All the winners and runners-up trough the years of the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup.

Season Winner Runner-up
1998-1999 Lazio Mallorca
1997-1998 Chelsea Stuttgart
1996-1997 Barcelona PSG
1995-1996 PSG Rapid Wien
1994-1995 Real Zaragoza Arsenal
1993-1994 Arsenal Parma
1992-1993 Parma Royal Antwerp
1991-1992 Werder Bremen Monaco
1990-1991 Manchester United Barcelona
1989-1990 Sampdoria Anderlecht
1998-1989 Barcelona Sampdoria
1987-1988 Mechelen Ajax
1986-1987 Ajax Lokomotive Leipzig
1985-1986 Dynamo Kyiv Atlético Madrid
1984-1985 Everton Rapid Wien
1983-1984 Juventus Porto
1982-1983 Aberdeen Real Madrid
1981-1982 Barcelona Standard Liège
1980-1981 Dinamo Tbilisi Carl Zeiss Jena
1979-1980 Valencia Arsenal
1978-1979 Barcelona Fortuna Düsseldorf
1977-1978 Anderlecht Austria Wien
1976-1977 Hamburg Anderlecht
1975-1976 Anderlecht West Ham
1974-1975 Dynamo Kyiv Ferencváros
1973-1974 Magdeburg Milan
1972-1973 Milan Leeds United
1971-1972 Rangers Dynamo Moscow
1970-1971 Chelsea Real Madrid
1969-1970 Manchester City Górnik Zabrze
1968-1969 Slovan Bratislava Barcelona
1967-1968 Milan Hamburg
1966-1967 Bayern Munich Rangers
1965-1966 Borussia Dortmund Liverpool
1964-1965 West Ham 1860 Munich
1963-1964 Sporting MTK Hungária
1962-1963 Tottenham Atlético Madrid
1961-1962 Atlético Madrid Fiorentina
1960-1961 Fiorentina Rangers

History

The establishment of the Cup Winner's Cup was a result of the growing interest among fans and the success of European Cup that started in 1955. The tournament was originally organized by the Mitropa Cup committee until UEFA took over in 1963. The first tournament was held in the 1960-1961 season and included only ten teams. The tournament would start growing and by the late 1960s all UEFA members were represented by a team.

Gianni Rivera
AC Milan, the 1968 winners.

Statistics

The club that won the tournament the most times were FC Barcelona with four trophies (1979, 1982, 1989, 1997). Besides that Barcelona were also runners-up twice (1969, 1991). After Barcelona four clubs have won the Cup twice, which are RCA Anderlecth, AC Milan, Chelsea FC and Dynamo Kyiv.

Rob Rensenbrink is the player that scored the most goals overall in the Cup, 25 in 36 appearances with two teams (Club Brugge and Anderlecht). Other famous players among the top goalscorers in Cup Winner's Cup are Gerd Müller (20 goals), Gianluca Vialli (20 goals), Kurt Hamrin (16 goals), Hristo Stoichkov (15 goals)

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Cup_Winners%27_Cup
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960%E2%80%9361_European_Cup_Winners%27_Cup
Images
Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau (ANEFO)