1979 | Nottingham Forest 1, Malmo 0
A Second Division club just two years earlier, Forest made its rapid ascent to European supremacy with a memorable gamble: spending the team's winnings from its First Division title in 1978 and making Trevor Francis the first &#163;1 million footballer in February '79. The problem? UEFA rules precluded the striker from playing in European matches for three months after his signing, meaning Francis couldn't play unless Forest advanced to the final. Which it did. The fairy-tale ending came against Malmo of Sweden in Munich, Germany, where Francis (who else?) headed home the winner in Forest's unlikely 1-0 triumph.