1995–96 UEFA Champions League

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1995–96 UEFA Champions League
Stadio Olimpico 2008.JPG
The Stadio Olimpico in Rome held the final
Tournament details
Dates 9 – 23 August 1995 (qualifying)
13 September 1995 – 22 May 1996 (competition proper)
Teams 16 (group stage)
24 (total)
Final positions
Champions Italy Juventus (2nd title)
Runners-up Netherlands Ajax
Tournament statistics
Matches played 61
Goals scored 159 (2.61 per match)
Top scorer(s) Finland Jari Litmanen
(9 goals)

The 1995–96 UEFA Champions League was the 41st season of UEFA's premier European club football tournament, and the fourth since its rebranding as the UEFA Champions League. The tournament was won by Juventus, who beat defending champions Ajax on penalties in the final for their first European Cup since 1985, and their second overall. It was the only Champions League title that Juventus won in the 1990s, despite their reaching the next two finals, and one of only two Italian wins in the final, despite there being a Serie A club in every final for seven consecutive years from 1992 to 1998.

It was the first tournament in which three points were awarded for a win instead of two.

Qualifying round[edit]

Dynamo Kyiv won their tie against Aalborg BK, but, in their first group game against Panathinaikos, they were accused of a failed attempt to bribe referee Antonio López Nieto to get a win. Despite an appeal, they were thrown out of the competition by UEFA and were banned for the subsequent two years. Aalborg BK replaced them in the group stage. Dynamo's ban was eventually reduced to just one (current) season.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Casino Salzburg Austria 0–1 Romania Steaua Bucureşti 0–0 0–1
Grasshopper Switzerland 2–1 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–1 1–0
Rangers Scotland 1–0 Cyprus Anorthosis 1–0 0–0
Legia Warsaw Poland 3–1 Sweden IFK Göteborg 1–0 2–1
Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine 4–1 Denmark Aalborg BK 1–0 3–1
Rosenborg Norway 4–3 Turkey Beşiktaş 3–0 1–3
Anderlecht Belgium 1–2 Hungary Ferencváros 0–1 1–1
Panathinaikos Greece (a)1–1 Croatia Hajduk Split 0–0 1–1

Group stage[edit]

11 teams of 16 made their debut in the group stage: Aalborg BK, Blackburn Rovers, Borussia Dortmund, Ferencváros, Grasshopper, Juventus, Legia Warsaw, Nantes, Panathinaikos, Real Madrid and Rosenborg.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Greece Panathinaikos 6 3 2 1 7 3 +4 11
France Nantes 6 2 3 1 8 6 +2 9
Portugal Porto 6 1 4 1 6 5 +1 7
Denmark Aalborg BK 6 1 1 4 5 12 −7 4
  AAB NAN PAN POR
Aalborg BK 0–2 2–1 2–2
Nantes 3–1 0–0 0–0
Panathinaikos 2–0 3–1 0–0
Porto 2–0 2–2 0–1

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Russia Spartak Moscow 6 6 0 0 15 4 +11 18
Poland Legia Warsaw 6 2 1 3 5 8 −3 7
Norway Rosenborg 6 2 0 4 11 16 −5 6
England Blackburn Rovers 6 1 1 4 5 8 −3 4
  BR LW ROS SPA
Blackburn Rovers 0–0 4–1 0–1
Legia Warsaw 1–0 3–1 0–1
Rosenborg 2–1 4–0 2–4
Spartak Moscow 3–0 2–1 4–1

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Juventus 6 4 1 1 15 4 +11 13
Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 2 3 1 8 8 0 9
Romania Steaua București 6 1 3 2 2 5 −3 6
Scotland Rangers 6 0 3 3 6 14 −8 3
  DOR JUV RAN SB
Borussia Dortmund 1–3 2–2 1–0
Juventus 1–2 4–1 3–0
Rangers 2–2 0–4 1–1
Steaua București 0–0 0–0 1–0

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Netherlands Ajax 6 5 1 0 15 1 +14 16
Spain Real Madrid 6 3 1 2 11 5 +6 10
Hungary Ferencváros 6 1 2 3 9 19 −10 5
Switzerland Grasshopper 6 0 2 4 3 13 −10 2
  AJA FER GRA RM
Ajax 4–0 3–0 1–0
Ferencváros 1–5 3–3 1–1
Grasshopper 0–0 0–3 0–2
Real Madrid 0–2 6–1 2–0

Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                             
 Germany Borussia Dortmund 0 0 0  
 Netherlands Ajax 2 1 3  
   Netherlands Ajax 0 3 3  
   Greece Panathinaikos 1 0 1  
 Poland Legia Warszawa 0 0 0
   Greece Panathinaikos 0 3 3  
     Netherlands Ajax 1 (2)
   Italy Juventus (p) 1 (4)
   Spain Real Madrid 1 0 1  
 Italy Juventus 0 2 2  
   Italy Juventus 2 2 4
   France Nantes 0 3 3  
 France Nantes 2 2 4
   Russia Spartak Moscow 0 2 2  

Quarter-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Borussia Dortmund Germany 0–3 Netherlands Ajax 0–2 0–1
Legia Warsaw Poland 0–3 Greece Panathinaikos 0–0 0–3
Real Madrid Spain 1–2 Italy Juventus 1–0 0–2
Nantes France 4–2 Russia Spartak Moscow 2–0 2–2

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ajax Netherlands 3–1 Greece Panathinaikos 0–1 3–0
Juventus Italy 4–3 France Nantes 2–0 2–3

Final[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

The top scorers from the 1995–96 UEFA Champions League (excluding qualifying round) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Finland Jari Litmanen Netherlands Ajax 9
2 Italy Alessandro Del Piero Italy Juventus 6
Spain Raúl González Spain Real Madrid 6
Poland Krzysztof Warzycha Greece Panathinaikos 6
5 Netherlands Patrick Kluivert Netherlands Ajax 5
Russia Yuriy Nikiforov Russia Spartak Moscow 5
France Nicolas Ouédec France Nantes 5
Italy Fabrizio Ravanelli Italy Juventus 5
9 England Mike Newell England Blackburn Rovers 4
Chile Iván Zamorano Spain Real Madrid 4
11 Denmark Erik Bo Andersen Denmark Aalborg BK 3
Norway Karl Petter Løken Norway Rosenborg 3
France Reynald Pedros France Nantes 3
Russia Sergei Yuran Russia Spartak Moscow 3
Chad Japhet N'Doram France Nantes 3

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