1996–97 UEFA Champions League

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1996–97 UEFA Champions League
2014 Olympiastadion Munich.jpg
The Olympiastadion in Munich held the final
Tournament details
Dates7–21 August 1996 (qualifying)
11 September 1996 – 28 May 1997 (competition proper)
Teams16 (group stage)
24 (total)
Final positions
ChampionsGermany Borussia Dortmund (1st title)
Runners-upItaly Juventus
Tournament statistics
Matches played61
Goals scored161 (2.64 per match)
Attendance2,093,228 (34,315 per match)
Top scorer(s)Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milinko Pantić
(5 goals)

The 1996–97 UEFA Champions League was the 42nd season of UEFA's premier European club football tournament, the fifth since its rebranding as the UEFA Champions League, and the last involving only clubs that were champions of their domestic leagues. Due to the Bosman ruling, restrictions on foreign players in matchday squads were lifted from this season.

The tournament was won by Borussia Dortmund in a 3–1 final victory against defending champions Juventus. It was their only title in the tournament to date, and the first title for Germany since its reunification in 1990.

Teams[edit]

Qualifying round
(eligible clubs ranked 9–24)
Austria Rapid Wien Belgium Club Brugge Czech Republic Slavia Prague Denmark Brøndby
Greece Panathinaikos Hungary Ferencváros Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Norway Rosenborg
Poland Widzew Łódź Romania Steaua București Russia Alania Vladikavkaz Scotland Rangers
Sweden IFK Göteborg Switzerland Grasshopper Turkey Fenerbahçe Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
Group stage
(eligible clubs ranked 1–8)
England Manchester United France Auxerre Germany Borussia Dortmund Italy Juventus
Italy Milan Netherlands Ajax Portugal Porto Spain Atlético Madrid

Qualifying round[edit]

The winners of each tie in the preliminary round entered the Champions League group stage, whilst the losers entered the UEFA Cup first round.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 1–2 Turkey Fenerbahçe 0–1 1–1
Rangers Scotland 10–3 Russia Alania Vladikavkaz 3–1 7–2
Panathinaikos Greece 1–3 Norway Rosenborg 1–0 0–3 (aet)
IFK Göteborg Sweden 4–1 Hungary Ferencváros 3–0 1–1
Widzew Łódź Poland 4–4 (a) Denmark Brøndby 2–1 2–3
Grasshopper Switzerland 6–0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague 5–0 1–0
Club Brugge Belgium 2–5 Romania Steaua București 2–2 0–3
Rapid Wien Austria 6–2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 2–0 4–2

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams of the 1996–97 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.

Atlético Madrid, Auxerre, Fenerbahçe, Rapid Wien and Widzew Łódź made their debut in the group stage.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts AUX AJA GRA RAN
France Auxerre 6 4 0 2 8 7 +1 12 0–1 1–0 2–1
Netherlands Ajax 6 4 0 2 8 4 +4 12 1–2 0–1 4–1
Switzerland Grasshopper 6 3 0 3 8 5 +3 9 3–1 0–1 3–0
Scotland Rangers 6 1 0 5 5 13 −8 3 1–2 0–1 2–1

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts ATL DOR WID STE
Spain Atlético Madrid 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 13 0–1 1–0 4–0
Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 4 1 1 14 8 +6 13 1–2 2–1 5–3
Poland Widzew Łódź 6 1 1 4 6 10 −4 4 1–4 2–2 2–0
Romania Steaua București 6 1 1 4 5 15 −10 4 1–1 0–3 1–0

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts JUV MU FEN RAP
Italy Juventus 6 5 1 0 11 1 +10 16 1–0 2–0 5–0
England Manchester United 6 3 0 3 6 3 +3 9 0–1 0–1 2–0
Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 2 1 3 3 6 −3 7 0–1 0–2 1–0
Austria Rapid Wien 6 0 2 4 2 12 −10 2 1–1 0–2 1–1

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts POR ROS MIL GÖT
Portugal Porto 6 5 1 0 12 4 +8 16 3–0 1–1 2–1
Norway Rosenborg 6 3 0 3 7 11 −4 9 0–1 1–4 1–0
Italy Milan 6 2 1 3 13 11 +2 7 2–3 1–2 4–2
Sweden IFK Göteborg 6 1 0 5 7 13 −6 3 0–2 2–3 2–1

Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                             
Germany Borussia Dortmund 3 1 4  
France Auxerre 1 0 1  
  Germany Borussia Dortmund 1 1 2  
  England Manchester United 0 0 0  
England Manchester United 4 0 4
  Portugal Porto 0 0 0  
    Germany Borussia Dortmund 3
  Italy Juventus 1
  Netherlands Ajax (aet) 1 3 4  
Spain Atlético Madrid 1 2 3  
  Netherlands Ajax 1 1 2
  Italy Juventus 2 4 6  
Norway Rosenborg 1 0 1
  Italy Juventus 1 2 3  

Quarter-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Borussia Dortmund Germany 4–1 France Auxerre 3–1 1–0
Manchester United England 4–0 Portugal Porto 4–0 0–0
Ajax Netherlands 4–3 Spain Atlético Madrid 1–1 3–2(aet)
Rosenborg Norway 1–3 Italy Juventus 1–1 0–2

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Borussia Dortmund Germany 2–0 England Manchester United 1–0 1–0
Ajax Netherlands 2–6 Italy Juventus 1–2 1–4

Final[edit]

Borussia Dortmund Germany3–1Italy Juventus
Riedle Goal 29'34'
Ricken Goal 71'
Report Del Piero Goal 65'
Attendance: 59,000

Top goalscorers[edit]

The top scorers from the 1996–97 UEFA Champions League (excluding qualifying round) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milinko Pantić Spain Atlético Madrid 5
2 Italy Nicola Amoruso Italy Juventus 4
Brazil Artur Portugal Porto 4
Croatia Alen Bokšić Italy Juventus 4
Italy Alessandro Del Piero Italy Juventus 4
Brazil Mário Jardel Portugal Porto 4
Germany Lars Ricken Germany Borussia Dortmund 4
Germany Karl-Heinz Riedle Germany Borussia Dortmund 4
Italy Marco Simone Italy Milan 4
Italy Christian Vieri Italy Juventus 4
Argentina Diego Simeone Spain Atlético Madrid 4

See also[edit]

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