1991 European Cup Final

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1991 European Cup Final
Event 1990–91 European Cup
After extra time
Red Star Belgrade won 5–3 on penalties
Date 29 May 1991
Venue Stadio San Nicola, Bari
Referee Tullio Lanese (Italy)
Attendance 51,587
A ticket for the 1991 European Cup Final

The 1991 European Cup Final was a football match held at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari, Italy, on 29 May 1991, that saw Red Star Belgrade of Yugoslavia[a] defeat Marseille of France in a penalty shoot-out. After normal time and extra time could not separate the two sides, the match was to be decided on penalty kicks. Manuel Amoros's miss for the French side proved crucial, as Red Star held their nerve to win their first European Cup.

Road to the final[edit]

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade Round France Marseille
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Switzerland Grasshopper 5–2 1–1 (H) 4–1 (A) First round Albania Dinamo Tirana 5–1 5–1 (H) 0–0 (A)
Scotland Rangers 4–1 3–0 (H) 1–1 (A) Second round Poland Lech Poznań 8–4 2–3 (A) 6–1 (H)
East Germany Dynamo Dresden 5–1 3–0 (H) 2–1 (A) Quarter-finals Italy Milan 4–1 1–1 (A) 3–0 (H)
West Germany Bayern Munich 4–3 2–1 (A) 2–2 (H) Semi-finals Soviet Union Spartak Moscow 5–2 3–1 (A) 2–1 (H)

Lead-up to the match[edit]

Red Star arrived in Italy unusually early, on Thursday, 23 May 1991, six full days ahead of the final. The team set up base in the town of Monopoli, 40 kilometres (25 mi) south-east of Bari. There they stayed in Il Melograno Hotel and trained at the facilities of A.C. Monopoli.[3] Due to a lot of interest from richer European clubs already being raised for the future services of young Red Star players, the club management tried to ensure its footballers were fully focused on the task at hand. The players were placed in semi-quarantine immediately upon arrival in Italy, which meant being separated from wives and girlfriends without the ability to receive incoming phone calls in hotel rooms, though able to make outgoing calls.[4]

Over the coming days, the club also organized for a large entourage consisting of former players and coaches, friends of the club, etc. to arrive in Bari in order to watch Red Star in its very first European Cup final. Therefore, club legends Rajko Mitić and Dragoslav Šekularac, notable former players Srđan Mrkušić, Stanislav Karasi, club's former coach Miša Pavić along with Serbian celebrities and public personalities such as Ljuba Tadić, Ivan Bekjarev, Bora Đorđević, etc. made their way to Italy.[5]



Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 0–0 (a.e.t.) France Marseille
Prosinečki Penalty scored
Binić Penalty scored
Belodedici Penalty scored
Mihajlović Penalty scored
Pančev Penalty scored
5–3 Penalty missed Amoros
Penalty scored Casoni
Penalty scored Papin
Penalty scored Mozer
Attendance: 51,587
Referee: Tullio Lanese (Italy)
Red Star Belgrade
GK 1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Stevan Stojanović (c)
CM 2 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladimir Jugović
LWB 3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Marović Yellow card 61'
RWB 4 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Refik Šabanadžović
SW 5 Romania Miodrag Belodedici
CB 6 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ilija Najdoski
CM 7 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Robert Prosinečki
LM 8 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Siniša Mihajlović Yellow card 40'
CF 9 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Darko Pančev
AM 10 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Savićević Substituted off 84'
RM 11 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragiša Binić Yellow card 26'
GK 12 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milić Jovanović
MF 13 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivica Momčilović
DF 14 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rade Tošić
MF 15 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vlada Stošić Substituted in 84'
FW 16 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladan Lukić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljupko Petrović
Red Star Belgrade-Olympique Marseille 1991-05-29.svg
GK 1 France Pascal Olmeta
RWB 2 France Manuel Amoros
LWB 3 France Éric Di Meco Substituted off 112'
CB 4 France Basile Boli Yellow card 28'
CB 5 Brazil Carlos Mozer
SW 6 France Bruno Germain
CB 7 France Bernard Casoni
RF 8 England Chris Waddle
CF 9 France Jean-Pierre Papin (c)
LF 10 Ghana Abedi Pele
CM 11 France Laurent Fournier Substituted off 75'
MF 12 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković Substituted in 112'
MF 13 France Philippe Vercruysse Substituted in 75'
MF 14 France Jean Tigana
DF 15 France Éric Mura
GK 16 France Alain Casanova
Belgium Raymond Goethals

Assistant referees:
Italy Castello Buonocore (Italy)
Italy Roberto Calabassi (Italy)
Fourth official:
Italy Pierluigi Magni (Italy)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.


Over twenty years later in 2011, talking to a French football magazine about the famous win in Bari, Siniša Mihajlović said:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ UEFA conventionally refers to Red Star Belgrade by the club's Serbian-language name, Crvena Zvezda. Since the breakup of SFR Yugoslavia, the club competes under the auspices of its successor Serbian Football Association.[1][2]


  1. ^ "1990/91: Crvena Zvezda spot on". Archive: UEFA Champions League. UEFA. Retrieved 8 April 2011. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Member associations: Serbia: Honours". UEFA. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Red Star in Bari
  4. ^ Red Star in Bari
  5. ^ Red Star in Bari
  6. ^ Mihajlović: Finale u Bariju najdosadnije u istoriji Archived October 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.;sportal.rs, 12 September 2011

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