1998–99 UEFA Champions League

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1998–99 UEFA Champions League
The Nou Camp in Barcelona held the final
Tournament details
Dates 22 July – 26 August 1998 (qualifying)
16 September 1998 – 26 May 1999 (competition proper)
Teams 24 (group stage)
56 (total)
Final positions
Champions England Manchester United (2nd title)
Runners-up Germany Bayern Munich
Tournament statistics
Matches played 85
Goals scored 238 (2.8 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko
Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke
(8 goals)

The 1998–99 UEFA Champions League was the 44th season of the UEFA Champions League, Europe's premier club football tournament, and the seventh since it was renamed from the "European Champion Clubs' Cup" or "European Cup". The competition was won by Manchester United, coming back from a goal down in the last two minutes of injury time to defeat Bayern Munich 2–1 in the final. Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored United's goals after Bayern had hit the post and the bar. They were the first English club to win Europe's premier club football tournament since 1984 and were also the first English club to reach a Champions League final since the Heysel Stadium disaster and the subsequent banning of English clubs from all UEFA competitions between 1985 and 1990.

Manchester United also completed the Treble, becoming the fourth side in Europe to do so and in the process preventing Bayern Munich from achieving the feat themselves, Bayern eventually finished runners-up in their domestic cup two weeks later.

The Red Devils won the trophy without losing a single game, despite having competed in a group with Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Brøndby plus two highly rated Italian clubs in the knock-out stages. However, United became champions with just five wins in total, the lowest number of wins recorded by a champion in the Champions League era to date, though the competition now has an extra round of two games in the knock-out stages.

It was the first time that a team that had not won their domestic league the previous season won the Champions League and it was also the first time that Europe's top honour was won by a team who would not have qualified for the tournament under the old qualification rules (title holder or national league champion). For the second time, the runners-up of eight domestic leagues (three teams from Spain (including current UEFA Champions League title holder); two teams from England, France, Greece (replacing Turkey), Holland, Germany, Italy and Portugal) were entered into the competition. The runners-up entered the second qualifying round while the league winners entered directly the group stage (except for Greece where both winner and runner-up entered the second qualifying).

Real Madrid were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Dynamo Kyiv.

Teams[edit]

56 teams entered the competition: the national champions of each of the top 48 nations in the UEFA coefficient rankings (except Liechtenstein), plus the runners-up from each of the top eight nations and UEFA Champions League holders, Real Madrid. The national champions of the associations ranked 1–7 (Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, England and Portugal), plus the title holders, all received a bye to the group stage, while the national champions of the associations ranked 8–15 (Greece, Czech Republic, Norway, Austria, Russia, Croatia, Turkey and Denmark) and the runners-up of the associations ranked 1–8 all entered in the second qualifying round. The remaining national champions from the associations ranked 16–48 entered in the first qualifying round.[1]

Qualifying rounds[edit]

First qualifying round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sileks Republic of Macedonia 1–2 Belgium Club Brugge 0–0 1–2
ŁKS Łódź Poland 7–2 Azerbaijan Kapaz 4–1 3–1
Litex Lovech Bulgaria 3–2 Sweden Halmstad 2–0 1–2
Grasshopper Switzerland 8–0 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch 6–0 2–0
Celtic Scotland 2–0 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 0–0 2–0
FK Kareda Šiauliai Lithuania 0–4 Slovenia Branik Maribor 0–3 0–1
Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine 10–1 Wales Barry Town 8–0 2–1
Cliftonville Northern Ireland 1–13 Slovakia Košice 1–5 0–8
Skonto Latvia 2–1 Belarus Dinamo Minsk 0–0 2–1
Valletta Malta 0–8 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 0–2 0–6
Beitar Jerusalem Israel 5–1 Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 4–1 1–0
Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country) 4–3 Albania Vllaznia Shkodër 3–0 1 1–3
HJK Helsinki Finland 5–0 Armenia FC Yerevan 2–0 3–0
FK Obilić Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 4–1 Iceland ÍBV 2–0 2–1
Zimbru Chişinău Moldova 2–3 Hungary Újpest 1–0 1–3
Steaua București Romania 5–4 Estonia FC Flora 4–1 1–3

Second qualifying round[edit]

Losing teams qualified for the first round of the 1998–99 UEFA Cup.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Rosenborg Norway 4–4(a) Belgium Club Brugge 2–0 2–4
Manchester United England 2–0 Poland ŁKS Łódź 2–0 0–0
Litex Lovech Bulgaria 2–11 Russia Spartak Moscow 0–51 2–6
Galatasaray Turkey 5–3 Switzerland Grasshopper 2–1 3–2
Celtic Scotland 1–3 Croatia Croatia Zagreb 1–0 0–3
Branik Maribor Slovenia 3–5 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 2–1 1–4(aet)
Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine 1–1(p) Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–1 1–0(aet)
Košice Slovakia 1–2 Denmark Brøndby 0–2 1–0
Internazionale Italy 7–1 Latvia Skonto 4–0 3–1
Olympiacos Greece 6–3 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 2–1 4–2
Benfica Portugal 8–4 Israel Beitar Jerusalem 6–0 2–4
Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country) 2–2(a) Spain Athletic Bilbao 2–1 0–1
HJK Helsinki Finland 2–1 France Metz 1–0 1–1
Bayern Munich Germany 5–1 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Obilić 4–0 1–12
Sturm Graz Austria 7–2 Hungary Újpest 4–0 3–2
Steaua București Romania 5–8 Greece Panathinaikos 2–2 3–6

Note: Winning teams of the first qualifying round were drawn against teams qualified directly for the second qualifying round (16 and 16 teams).

  1. ^ This match was played at Naftex's Neftochimik Stadium in Burgas because Litex Lovech's Lovech Stadium in Lovech did not meet UEFA standards.
  2. ^ This match was played at FK Partizan's Partizan Stadium in Belgrade because FK Obilić's Miloš Obilić Stadium in Belgrade did not meet UEFA standards.

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams of the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Brown pog.svg Brown: Group A; Red pog.svg Red: Group B; Orange pog.svg Orange: Group C; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group D; Green pog.svg Green: Group E; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group F.

Twenty-four teams took part in the group stage: the national champions of Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, England and Portugal, the title holders, and the 16 winning teams from the second qualifying round. Arsenal, Athletic Bilbao, Brøndby, Croatia Zagreb, HJK Helsinki, Internazionale, Kaiserslautern, Lens and Sturm Graz made their debuts in the group stage of the competition.

The teams were divided into six groups of four teams each, with the teams in each group playing each other twice (home and away) in a double round-robin format. Three points were awarded for each win, with one point each for a draw and none for a defeat. The winners of each group progressed to the quarter-finals, along with the two best second-placed teams. In the event that two or more teams had the same number of points at the end of the group stage, the rankings of the teams in question were determined by the following criteria:[2]

  1. greater number of points obtained in the matches between the teams in question
  2. goal difference resulting from the matches between the teams in question
  3. greater number of goals scored away from home in matches between the teams in question
  4. superior goal difference from all the matches played
  5. greater number of goals scored
  6. national association's coefficient at the start of the season in question

The two best runners-up were determined by the following criteria:[3]

  1. highest number of points obtained in the group matches
  2. goal difference from all group matches
  3. greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. greater number of goals scored away from home
  5. national association's coefficient at the start of the season in question
  6. individual club coefficient at the start of the season in question
Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and best two runners-up advance to the quarter-finals

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Greece Olympiacos 6 3 2 1 8 6 +2 11
Croatia Croatia Zagreb 6 2 2 2 5 7 −2 8
Portugal Porto 6 2 1 3 11 9 +2 7
Netherlands Ajax 6 2 1 3 4 6 −2 7

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Juventus 6 1 5 0 7 5 +2 8
Turkey Galatasaray 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8
Norway Rosenborg 6 2 2 2 7 8 −1 8
Spain Athletic Bilbao 6 1 3 2 5 6 −1 6

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Internazionale 6 4 1 1 9 5 +4 13
Spain Real Madrid 6 4 0 2 17 8 +9 12
Russia Spartak Moscow 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1 8
Austria Sturm Graz 6 0 1 5 2 16 −14 1

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Bayern Munich 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11
England Manchester United 6 2 4 0 20 11 +9 10
Spain Barcelona 6 2 2 2 11 9 +2 8
Denmark Brøndby 6 1 0 5 4 18 −14 3

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 11
France Lens 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1 8
England Arsenal 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8
Greece Panathinaikos 6 2 0 4 6 9 −3 6

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Kaiserslautern 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6 13
Portugal Benfica 6 2 2 2 8 9 −1 8
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 2 1 3 10 11 −1 7
Finland HJK Helsinki 6 1 2 3 8 12 −4 5

Ranking of runners-up[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Real Madrid 6 4 0 2 17 8 +9 12
England Manchester United 6 2 4 0 20 11 +9 10
Turkey Galatasaray 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8
Portugal Benfica 6 2 2 2 8 9 −1 8
France Lens 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1 8
Croatia Croatia Zagreb 6 2 2 2 5 7 −2 8

Knockout stage[edit]

The knockout stage was played in a single-elimination tournament format consisting of three rounds: quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. Each tie in the quarter-finals and semi-finals was played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home, while the final was played as a single match at a neutral venue. In the quarter-finals and semi-finals, in the event that two teams scored the same number of goals over the two legs of their tie, the winner would be determined by the number of goals scored away from home. If both sides scored the same number of goals away from home, two 15-minute periods of extra time would be played. If both teams scored the same number of goals during extra time, the visiting team would qualify for the next round by virtue of having scored more goals away from home. If neither side scored during extra time, the match would be decided by a penalty shoot-out. In the final, if the scores were level after 90 minutes, two 15-minute periods of golden goal extra time would be played; i.e. whichever team scored first would be declared the winner. If neither side scored during golden goal extra time, a penalty shoot-out would again be used to determine the winner.[3]

Bracket[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                             
 England Manchester United 2 1 3  
 Italy Internazionale 0 1 1  
   England Manchester United 1 3 4  
   Italy Juventus 1 2 3  
 Italy Juventus 2 1 3
   Greece Olympiacos 1 1 2  
     England Manchester United 2
   Germany Bayern Munich 1
   Spain Real Madrid 1 0 1  
 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1 2 3  
   Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 3 0 3
   Germany Bayern Munich 3 1 4  
 Germany Bayern Munich 2 4 6
   Germany Kaiserslautern 0 0 0  

Quarter-finals[edit]

In the quarter-finals, the two best runners-up could not be drawn together, nor could the winners and runners-up from the same group. Both runners-up played the first leg of their quarter-final at home, as did the teams drawn first in the other two quarter-finals.[3]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Real Madrid Spain 1–3 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1–1 0–2
Manchester United England 3–1 Italy Internazionale 2–0 1–1
Juventus Italy 3–2 Greece Olympiacos 2–1 1–1
Bayern Munich Germany 6–0 Germany Kaiserslautern 2–0 4–0

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Manchester United England 4–3 Italy Juventus 1–1 3–2
Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine 3–4 Germany Bayern Munich 3–3 0–1

Final[edit]

26 May 1999
20:45
Manchester United England 2–1 Germany Bayern Munich
Sheringham Goal 90+1'
Solskjær Goal 90+3'
Report Basler Goal 6'
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 90,245
Referee: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)

Top goalscorers[edit]

The top scorers from the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League (excluding qualifying rounds) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 8
Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke England Manchester United 8
3 Slovenia Zlatko Zahovič Portugal Porto 7
4 Italy Filippo Inzaghi Italy Juventus 6
5 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 5
Portugal Nuno Gomes Portugal Benfica 5
7 Brazil Sonny Anderson Spain Barcelona 4
Germany Mario Basler Germany Bayern Munich 4
England Andy Cole England Manchester United 4
Germany Stefan Effenberg Germany Bayern Munich 4
Wales Ryan Giggs England Manchester United 4
Cyprus Siniša Gogić Greece Olympiacos 4
Ukraine Serhiy Rebrov Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 4
Germany Jürgen Rische Germany Kaiserslautern 4
England Paul Scholes England Manchester United 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook Season 1998/99. Nyon: Union of European Football Associations. 1998. p. 19. 
  2. ^ UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook Season 1998/99. Nyon, Switzerland: Union of European Football Associations. 1998. p. 13. 
  3. ^ a b c UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook Season 1998/99. Nyon, Switzerland: Union of European Football Associations. 1998. p. 14. 

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