Case Study

Heysel Stadium, European Cup Final 1985

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The Heysel Stadium crowd related incident occurred on 29 May 1985 crowd disorder lead to the collapse of a wall as fans tried to evade the violence. The incident occurred before the start of the European Cup Final between Juventus  and Liverpool. 39 people were killed and 600 were injured in the incident

Never to be forgotten

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Bruno Balli
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The Telegraph – Liverpool to unveil tribute to victims of Heysel disaster

Liverpool are set to honour the memory of the 39 Juventus fans who died at the Heysel disaster with a permanent tribute at Anfield this week.

ECHO- “It’s difficult to think of forgiveness” – a Juventus Ultra fan talks of the feelings which still exist in Italy 25 years after Heysel

CHIEF reporter LUKE TRAYNOR talks to a member of Drughi, a faction of the Juventus hardcore support, about their feelings on Heysel and longstanding attitude towards Liverpool.

Despite 39 Juventus fans dying at the Heysel Stadium in the 1985 European Cup final against Liverpool, it has taken 30 years for the club to come to terms with the heysel disaster of 1985 is football’s forgotten tragedy and Liverpool and Juventus’ minimal reaction prolongs hurt

The Telegraph- Heysel disaster of 1985 is football’s forgotten tragedy and Liverpool and Juventus’ minimal reaction prolongs hurt

Thirty years after 39 fans died at the European Cup final in Brussels the hurt is impossible to erase, partly thanks to the silent and bungling response

Reuters- Clubs and families remember Heysel victims 30 years on

Services in Brussels, Liverpool and Turin on Friday commemorated the 39 people, mostly Italians, who were crushed and trampled to death after fighting between rival fans before the European Cup final at the Heysel Stadium 30 years ago.

The 1985 tragedy preceded Hillsborough by four years – but saw little of the same attention. Ed Vulliamy, who was there in the stands, reports on 30 years of hurt

GQ – Remembering the Heysel stadium disaster


Thirty years ago this month, 39 people died on terraces of the ramshackle Heysel stadium, Brussels, when riots caused a wall to collapse before the European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool. Will the game ever come to terms with this overlooked tragedy?


UEFA – 1984/85: Football mourns Heysel victims

Michel Platini’s penalty won Juventus the European Champion Clubs’ Cup final against Liverpool FC, but the match paled into insignificance after 39 fans were killed when a retaining wall gave way before kick-off at Heysel Stadium.

Everything explained- The Heysel Stadium disaster 

(in French pronounced as /ˈɦɛizəl/; Dutch; Flemish: Heizeldrama; French: Drame du Heysel) occurred on 29 May 1985 when escaping fans were pressed against a collapsing wall in the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, before the start of the 1985 European Cup Final between Juventus of Italy and Liverpool of England. 39 people—mostly Italians and Juventus fans—were killed and 600 were injured in the confrontation.

IOL- Heysel casts shadow over Liverpool, Juve game

London – Liverpool and Juventus clash in the Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday, the first time the two sides have met since the 1985 European Cup final which remains a deep scar in soccer history.


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