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Malmo captain's Munich memories

10 July 2015

Staffan Tapper remembers how one side of Munich’s Olympic Stadium was ‘totally red’ when he led Malmo FF out against Nottingham Forest in the 1979 European Cup final.

Tapper, a midfielder, exchanged pre-match pleasantries with opposition skipper John McGovern on the night Forest added the first star to their shirt. 

The Reds are currently training a short drive from Malmo’s Swedbank Stadium, where Tapper works, and Forest Player HD paid him a visit to hear his memories of that night in Munich. 

Tapper said: “When McGovern and I went out, one side was totally red. But I was very surprised that many of the other parts of the stadium were light blue - our colour. 

“About 20,000 people went from Malmo to Munich to follow their team. For the city, that was amazing.” 

Managed by Englishman Bob Houghton, Tapper says Malmo knew exactly what to expect from Brian Clough’s Forest. 

But he admits The Reds were simply too good on the night. 

Tapper said: “We knew how Nottingham played. We played almost the same. I think the two English coaches had the same philosophies. 

“We talked about Robertson attacking our right back. We had a young player helping him but he didn’t do his work properly. Robertson got behind us and produced a good cross to the back post for Trevor Francis. 

“Even if you train for it, if you meet good players who can execute their plans you have to applaud it.”  

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player HD

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