When the Rangers take on Borussia Dortmund for the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie, it will be the 50th time they have faced German opposition in Europe.
There have been some memorable results along the way, though their first taste of Deutscher Fußball was too bitter to say the least.
The Rangers took him to the semi-finals of the 1960 edition of the European Cup, but then Eintracht was called up by Frankfurt.
The Scottish champions sent the Germans 12 goals on two legs, runners-up in the first match of the season, losing 6-3, 6-1 at Ibrox in Germany.
The next season saw significant improvement. The Light Blues reached the final of their first European Cup Winners’ Cup (losing to Fiorentina) and on the way they beat Borussia Mچnchengladbach 11-0 overall.
The Bundesliga, as we know it, was founded two years later, before which Germany ran five regional leagues (like Brazil) and the national champions in today’s Champions League (group stage then knockout) format. شپ۔
Ironically, Dortmund will beat the Rangers’ first opponents in the newly formed league.
Before their Euro showdown, Sunsport Has checked Abrox Side’s full record against German clubs in Europe and we have also seen some classic matches over the years.
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Rangers 8-0 Borussia Mچnchengladbach, European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals, 1960
The first victory of the Light Blues against the German opposition was certainly noteworthy.
Although Monchengladbach was not a household name at all (barely 40,000 turned out in Ibrox), winning that title was no small feat.
The famous Jim Baxter started scoring on the net while Ralph Brandt scored a hat trick as the Rangers defeated Dai Borosin.
Jimmy Miller and Harold Davis scored two of the other three goals, while Lambert Pfeiffer’s own goal added to Germany’s woes.
Rangers vs. German Opposition in Europe
Games played: 49
For / against targets: 59/68
Bayern Munich 1-0 Rangers (AET), European Cup Winners’ Cup Final, 1967
The Rangers made it to their first European final in 1967 and won a tie against a German opponent in Germany.
Nuremberg hosted the event with about 70,000 attendees, including a large number of Gers fans.
Both sides were looking for their first European trophy but there was extra pressure on the Rangers who saw rival Celtic win the European Cup a week ago.
0-0 90 minutes later (Roger Hand did not allow a single goal for Jersey), Bayern’s Franz Roth scored in extra time to make the winner.
But the Rangers will not have to wait long for their revenge.
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Rangers 2-0 to Bayern Munich, European Cup winners Cup semi-final, 1972
The 1-1 draw in Germany meant it was all about playing when Rangers welcomed Bayern to Abrox five years after suffering a heart attack in Nuremberg.
Ibrox and Rangers came out of 80,000 filled blocks. Within 60 seconds, Sandy Jardine’s brilliant strike betrayed the great Sepp Meyer and drove the mob into a frenzy.
Derek Parlin added a second in the 22nd minute as the Rangers won 2-0 in the final and maintained the lead where they would face and lose, Dynamo Moscow to lift their only European trophy to date. ۔
Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Rangers, second round of the UEFA Cup, 1999
Gers’s current boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst will fondly remember him.
The Dutchman scored the opening goal at halftime to help his side win a memorable victory over Leverkusen, who will be runners-up in the Bundesliga this season.
Jonathan Johansson scored the second goal after the hour mark before a late goal from Thomas Reichenberger pulled one back.
Leverkusen’s result means that the 1-1 draw at Ibroux was quite good in the Return League, although the Rangers will lose to the winner of the final tournament, Parma, in the next round.
Rangers 2-0 Werder Bremen, UEFA Cup Round of 16, 2008
The Rangers made a big comeback on the road to Manchester in 2008 when Walter Smith’s ‘anti-football’ side (Leo Messi’s words, not the author’s) led him to the UEFA Cup final.
The Rangers started their European tour this season in the Champions League where they accidentally encountered another German team in VfB Stuttgart, won at Ibrox but lost in Germany (in mischief, the same chance of the Rangers drawing Stuttgart) Was as Scotland had feared against Israel a decade later).
Bremen, like the Rangers, dropped out of the Champions League in the UEFA Cup but there was a feeling that it was too far for the Gers. Bremen will have access to the 2007-08 Bundesliga title through Bayern Munich.
But it was one night to forget goalkeeper Tim Weiss in Abrox. To this day no one knows what he was doing for Daniel Cousin’s opener, hit from all 30 yards, and he later fired another shot from the striker to follow up Steven Davis and go home at close range. Thrown
The 1-0 defeat to Germany meant that the Light Blues reached the quarter-finals, but Alan McGregor especially thanked for the world-class savings that kept Geres in the driving seat.
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