2000 UEFA Cup Final

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2000 UEFA Cup Final
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Match programme cover
Event 1999–2000 UEFA Cup
Galatasaray won 4–1 on penalties
Date 17 May 2000
Venue Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Man of the Match Cláudio Taffarel (Galatasaray)[1][2]
Referee Antonio López Nieto (Spain)[3]
Attendance 38,919

The 2000 UEFA Cup Final was a football match that took place on 17 May 2000 at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark to decide the winners of the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup. The match event was contested by Galatasaray of Turkey and Arsenal of England, and was the final match of the 1999–2000 season and the 29th final of Europe's second club football competition, the UEFA Cup. It was the first time the two sides appeared in a final of the tournament, moreover, the winner would qualify for a place in the 2000 UEFA Super Cup.

Both clubs competed in the 1999–2000 season of the UEFA Champions League, each finishing in third place of the first group stage, Galatasaray behind Chelsea and Hertha BSC and Arsenal behind Barcelona and Fiorentina, thus exiting the competition and qualifying for the third round of the UEFA Cup. Whilst there, the two sides advanced through the rounds, including the quarter-finals and semi-finals to reach the final—a total sixteen matches were played. Galatasaray defeated Bologna, Borussia Dortmund, Mallorca and Leeds United to proceed to the final, while Arsenal faced Nantes, Deportivo La Coruña, Werder Bremen and Lens.

Attended by 38,919 spectators, a minute of silence was held in honour before the match, of the two Leeds United fans killed during Galatasaray's first leg semi-final game against Leeds United. The match ended in a goalless draw between the two sides in both normal time and extra time, which meant a penalty shoot-out was needed to determine the winner. The score stood 3–1 when Gheorghe Popescu scored the winning penalty kick for Galatasaray, after Patrick Vieira missed his spot kick for Arsenal, which hit the post. Subsequently, Galatasaray became the first Turkish side to win the competition and a European trophy, as well as achieving a Treble consisting of the Turkish First Football League, the Turkish Cup and the UEFA Cup.

Route to the final[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1999–2000 UEFA Cup.
Turkey Galatasaray Round England Arsenal
Champions League Champions League
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Qualifying round Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Austria Rapid Wien 4–0 3–0 (A) 1–0 (H) Third qualifying round N/A
Opponent Result First group stage Opponent Result
Germany Hertha BSC 2–2 (H) Matchday 1 Italy Fiorentina 0–0 (A)
Italy Milan 1–2 (A) Matchday 2 Sweden AIK 3–1 (H)
England Chelsea 0–1 (A) Matchday 3 Spain Barcelona 1–1 (A)
England Chelsea 0–5 (H) Matchday 4 Spain Barcelona 2–4 (H)
Germany Hertha BSC 4–1 (A) Matchday 5 Italy Fiorentina 0–1 (H)
Italy Milan 3–2 (H) Matchday 6 Sweden AIK 3–2 (A)
Group H third place
Team Pld
England Chelsea 6 3 2 1 10 3 +7 11
Germany Hertha BSC 6 2 2 2 7 10 −3 8
Turkey Galatasaray 6 2 1 3 10 13 −3 7
Italy Milan 6 1 3 2 6 7 −1 6
Final standings Group B third place
Team Pld
Spain Barcelona 6 4 2 0 19 9 +10 14
Italy Fiorentina 6 2 3 1 9 7 +2 9
England Arsenal 6 2 2 2 9 9 0 8
Sweden AIK 6 0 1 5 4 16 −12 1
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Italy Bologna 3–2 1–1 (A) 2–1 (H) Third round France Nantes 6–3 3–0 (H) 3–3 (A)
Germany Borussia Dortmund 2–0 2–0 (A) 0–0 (H) Fourth round Spain Deportivo La Coruña 6–3 5–1 (H) 1–2 (A)
Spain Mallorca 6–2 4–1 (A) 2–1 (H) Quarter-finals Germany Werder Bremen 6–2 2–0 (H) 4–2 (A)
England Leeds United 4–2 2–0 (H) 2–2 (A) Semi-finals France Lens 3–1 1–0 (H) 2–1 (A)


Galatasaray were required to qualify for the group stage, as Turkey's country coefficient only held qualifying spots. They entered the third qualifying round of the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League, the final qualifying match of the competition, where they met Rapid Wien of Austria in a two-legged match. Galatasaray won the first leg 3–0 at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion, and set up a place in the first group stage following a 1–0 win in the second leg at their home ground, the Ali Sami Yen Stadium. Galatasaray were placed in Group G with Chelsea, Hertha BSC and Milan. Six matches were played, as Galatasaray recorded a total two wins, one draw and three defeats, thus being relegated to the third round of the UEFA Cup.

Galatasaray playing Leeds United during the second leg match at Elland Road

Galatasaray faced Bologna of Italy in the UEFA Cup third round. The first leg was played on away ground at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara in a 1–1 draw, Bologna having taken the lead through Giuseppe Signori's second half goal, before Hakan Şükür levelled the score with nine minutes remaining. At home, Galatasaray scored two goals during the first half and conceded one, as they won 2–1 and the overall round 3–2. They were pitted against Borussia Dortmund in the fourth round. Galatasaray won 2–0 away at the Westfalenstadion, while a scoreless draw in the return leg was enough for Galatasaray to see them through.

In the quarter-finals, Galatasaray's competitors were Mallorca. The Turkish side won the first leg 4–1 at the Son Moix stadium. Galatasaray booked their place in the semi-finals by clinching a 2–1 home victory, winning on a 6–2 aggregate score. Their opponents in the semi-finals were Leeds United. Galatasaray won 2–0 at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, goals provided by Şükür and Capone. At Elland Road, Galatasaray drew 2–2 through goals from Gheorghe Hagi and Şükür to win the round 4–2, thus progressing to the final.


Arsenal qualified directly to the Champions League group stage according to England's country coefficient. They were selected to participate in Group B, a group containing AIK, Barcelona and Fiorentina. Each club played six matches, with Arsenal registering two wins, two draws and two defeats, hence finishing in third place, one point behind second place holders Fiorentina in the Champions League season. The outcome led to Arsenal being permitted to the UEFA Cup, where the English side earned a place in the third round.

Arsenal set up a third round meeting against Nantes in the UEFA Cup. At their home ground, the Arsenal Stadium, they defeated Nantes with a 3–0 win, before an intensive 3–3 away draw at the Stade de la Beaujoire to win 6–3 of the two-legged tie. Arsenal then faced Deportivo La Coruña in the fourth round. They began at home of the first leg by punishing the Spanish side with a 5–1 victory, before losing 1–2 at the Estadio Municipal de Riazor, although to no avail, as Arsenal enjoyed victory with the same previous aggregate score.

In the quarter-finals, Arsenal's contestants were Werder Bremen. Stars Thierry Henry and Fredrik Ljungberg helped Arsenal win 2–0 at home. Arsenal sealed a place in the semi-finals in the return leg held at the Weserstadion, when goals from Ray Parlour, who completed a hat-trick and Henry helped Arsenal eliminate Werder Bremen 4–2 and register a 6–2 aggregate win. Lens were Arsenal's challengers in the semi-finals. The first leg took place at their home ground, as Arsenal won 1–0 through Dennis Bergkamp's goal. Arsenal secured the match at the Stade Félix-Bollaert with a 2–1 victory, overall winning 3–1 to reach the final.



Galatasaray and Arsenal met each other for the first time in European football, with Galatasaray having drawn against English clubs on ten previous meetings, the first win against Leeds United in the semi-final first leg, four draws against Manchester United in the Champions League, the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League second round and the following season in the group stage round, and at Leeds United in the second leg — and five defeats, against West Bromwich Albion in the 1978–79 UEFA Cup first round, in both the home-and-away matches against Chelsea in the Champions League. Arsenal have met Turkish sides on two preceding times, recording a 2–0 win and a 0–0 draw against Galatasaray rivals Fenerbahçe in the first round of the 1979–80 European Cup Winners' Cup.

Arsenal held the better European record over Galatasaray into the match, with the English side having won the 1969–70 season of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which saw them triumph 4–3 against Anderlecht in the final, as well as making the European Cup Winners' Cup / UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final three times, in 1980, 1994, where they won against Parma, and the following year. The 1994 win meant Arsenal qualified for the European Super Cup in 1994, where they were defeated by Milan 2–0 on aggregate.

Galatasaray entered the final in search for the Treble, it was their first UEFA Cup and European competition final after being crowned the Turkish league and cup champions. As the defending cup champions, they won their thirteenth title by defeating Antalyaspor 5–3 in the 2000 Turkish Cup Final.[4] It was succeeded by the league title, the Turkish First Football League, their thirteenth and fourth straight championship, following a 1–3 defeat for Beşiktaş at İnönü Stadium against rivals Fenerbahçe on the last matchday.[5] Arsenal made their first appearance in a UEFA Cup final as favourites to win the match,[6] which was their sixth overall European final, having placed as runners-up in the FA Premier League, after trailing eighteen points behind league champions Manchester United.


Ahead of the final, both of the two finalists were each handed out 12,000 tickets, in addition, the Danish Football Association announced that 9,000 tickets were offered for sale to the public, while 3,000 tickets were sold to various European countries.[7] UEFA maintained another 3,000 tickets to their officials and VIP members.[7][8] Problems arose when it was revealed that Galatasaray had been charging the tickets more than the original price to prevent certain football hooligans from entering the stadium, however, the club's secretary general denied the information and insisted that the tickets were being sold at their original price and to support the stadium and the club's other sporting activities.[9]


Parken Stadium, the venue of the 2000 UEFA Cup Final

Parken Stadium was selected as the venue of the final after a decision made by the UEFA Executive Committee.[10] Located in Indre Østerbro, Copenhagen, the stadium was known as Idrætsparken, with the opening premiere held in 1911. It was the home ground of the Denmark national football team and Copenhagen club Kjøbenhavns Boldklub's (KB) matches until 1990, when the stadia underwent repairs by the Danish holding company, Baltica Finans A/S in 1990, with the former name scrapped in favour of the new name, Parken Stadium. The idea was backed by Denmark's governing body, the Danish Football Association in swap for insurance, and a term that all of Denmark's national matches would take place at the venue for fifteen years. The renovation included a demolition and reconstruction of three of the four main stands, at the expense of DKK640 million (£740 million). The stadium made its debut two years later, in 1992.

Parken staged a European competition for the second time, as it was the venue of the 1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final between Arsenal and Parma.

Match ball[edit]

Adidas Tricolore was the official match ball used in the final and throughout the competition. The ball was supplied by German sportswear firm Adidas, and features the vintage Tango design, first announced during the 1978 FIFA World Cup tournament, and includes blue triads and cockerel concepts used to represent the French flag, with the ball's influence derived from French traditional symbols, tricolor flag and cockerel. The name "Tricolore" translates into "three-colored" in French language, and was the first World Cup ball since the Adidas Telstar made abroad Europe, in Indonesia and Morocco. It was later used at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.


Into the 2000 UEFA Cup Final, an match official team from the Royal Spanish Football Federation was appointed, with Antonio López Nieto as the main referee of the final,[3] his second final since 1998 between Internazionale and Lazio. He first became an professional referee in 1993,[11] and had previously been in change of thirty-two European matches — which seventeen of them were Champions League matches and fifteen UEFA Cup matches, including a 1999–2000 UEFA Cup game between Leeds United and Spartak Moscow in the third round second leg.[3] He made his refereeing debut in a European competition in the second leg of the first round between Manchester UnitedHonvéd of the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League season. Nieto was also a referee during the 1996 UEFA European Championship qualifiers and the main tournament, and at the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Nieto was joined by Fernando Tresaco Gracia and Victoriano Giráldez Carrasco as the assistant referees and Arturo Daudén Ibáñez as the fourth official.[3]


The final was made available on television in over 185 countries, with an estimated 500 million watchers. Danish television channel DR1 announced that they would have use seventeen cameras for the match coverage.[12] In the United Kingdom, BBC One, the main channel of the public television corporation, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) acquired the rights to the match, and aired the final with live commentary provided by veteran pundit and presenter Barry Davies and former English footballer Trevor Brooking. The match was broadcast on Fox Sports World in the United States. In Turkey, the match was shown on the public television channel TRT 1.[12]



Arsenal began the match through kick-off by Henry.[13] Three minutes into the match, Galatasaray held the first opportunity when Arsenal captain Tony Adams miscalculated a heading ball, only for Arif Erdem to exploit Arsenal's offside trap and launch a shot outside the Arsenal area that went deflected off the goal. Arsenal attempted to answer back when Dennis Bergkamp, who dribbled his way past the Galatasaray players and into their area, but was disposed of the ball.


GK 1 Brazil Cláudio Taffarel
RB 35 Brazil Capone Booked 71'
CB 3 Turkey Bülent Korkmaz (c) Booked 18'
CB 4 Romania Gheorghe Popescu Booked 63'
LB 67 Turkey Ergün Penbe
RM 22 Turkey Ümit Davala
CM 8 Turkey Suat Kaya Substituted off 95'
CM 10 Romania Gheorghe Hagi[nb 1] Red card 94'
LM 7 Turkey Okan Buruk Booked 12' Substituted off 83'
CF 6 Turkey Arif Erdem Booked 48' Substituted off 95'
CF 9 Turkey Hakan Şükür
GK 30 Turkey Kerem İnan
DF 14 Turkey Fatih Akyel
DF 33 Turkey Hakan Ünsal Substituted in 83'
MF 16 Turkey Ahmet Yıldırım Substituted in 95'
MF 18 Turkey Mehmet Yozgatlı
MF 23 Turkey Hasan Şaş Booked 119' Substituted in 95'
MF 36 Brazil Márcio
Turkey Fatih Terim
Galatasaray vs Arsenal 2000-05-17.svg
GK 1 England David Seaman
RB 2 England Lee Dixon
CB 5 England Martin Keown Booked 40'
CB 6 England Tony Adams (c) Booked 94'
LB 16 Brazil Sylvinho
RM 15 England Ray Parlour
CM 17 France Emmanuel Petit
CM 4 France Patrick Vieira Booked 23'
LM 11 Netherlands Marc Overmars Substituted off 115'
CF 10 Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Substituted off 75'
CF 14 France Thierry Henry
GK 24 England John Lukic
DF 3 England Nigel Winterburn
DF 22 Ukraine Oleh Luzhny
MF 18 France Gilles Grimandi
MF 19 Germany Stefan Malz
FW 9 Croatia Davor Šuker Substituted in 115'
FW 25 Nigeria Nwankwo Kanu Substituted in 75'
France Arsène Wenger

Man of the Match:
Brazil Cláudio Taffarel (Galatasaray)[1][2]

Assistant referees:
Spain Fernando Tresaco Gracia (touchline) (Spain)[3]
Spain Victoriano Giráldez Carrasco (touchline) (Spain)[3]
Fourth official:
Spain Arturo Daudén Ibáñez (Spain)[3]

Match rules