1997–98 UEFA Champions League

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1997–98 UEFA Champions League
Amsterdam Arena .jpg
The Amsterdam Arena held the final
Tournament details
Dates23 July – 27 August 1997 (qualifying)
17 September 1997 – 20 May 1998 (competition proper)
Teams24 (group stage)
55 (total)
Final positions
ChampionsSpain Real Madrid (7th title)
Runners-upItaly Juventus
Tournament statistics
Matches played85
Goals scored239 (2.81 per match)
Attendance2,868,568 (33,748 per match)
Top scorer(s)Italy Alessandro Del Piero
(10 goals)

The 1997–98 UEFA Champions League was the 43rd season of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA's premier club football tournament, and the sixth since its re-branding from the "European Champion Clubs' Cup" or "European Cup". The tournament was won by Real Madrid, winning for the first time in 32 years, beating 1–0 Juventus who were playing in a third consecutive final. It started a run of three victories in five seasons for the Spanish club.

This season was the first to have six groups, instead of previous four, which meant that only two group runners-up qualified for the quarter finals as opposed to all the second-placed teams. It was also the first to have two qualifying rounds instead of just one. After three years of entering the UEFA Cup, champions of smaller nations returned to the Champions League. For the first time, the runners-up of eight domestic leagues entered into the competition.

Borussia Dortmund, the defending champions, were eliminated in the semi-finals by eventual winners Real Madrid.

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Slovakia and the Republic of Macedonia all entered their champions for the first time, while the champion of Yugoslavia returned to this competition for the first time after 1991–92 season and the abolishion of UN ban.

Association team allocation[edit]

Number of teams per country as well as the starting round for each club and seeding were based on 1997 UEFA league coefficient, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 1992–93 to 1996–96.[1]

  • Associations ranked 1–8 each have two participants
  • Associations ranked 9–48 each have one participant (except Liechtenstein and Albania)
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
First qualifying round
(30 teams)
  • 30 champions from associations 17–48 (except Liechtenstein and Albania)
Second qualifying round
(32 teams)
  • 9 champions from associations 8–16
  • 8 runners-up from associations 1–18
  • 15 winners from the first qualifying round
Group stage
(24 teams)
  • Champions League title holders (Borussia Dortmund)
  • 7 champions from associations 1–7
  • 16 winners from the second qualifying round
Knockout phase
(8 teams)
  • 6 group winners from the group stage
  • 2 best-ranked group runners-up from the group stage

Teams[edit]

55 teams entered the competition: the national champions of each of the top 48 nations in the UEFA coefficient rankings (except Liechtenstein and Albania), plus the runners-up from each of the top eight nations and UEFA Champions League holders, Borussia Dortmund. The national champions of the associations ranked 1–7 (Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and England), plus the title holders, all received a bye to the group stage, while the national champions of the associations ranked 8–16 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 17–48 entered in the first qualifying round.

Group stage
Germany Borussia Dortmund TH (3rd) Spain Real Madrid (1st) Germany Bayern Munich (1st) Portugal Porto (1st)
Italy Juventus (1st) France Monaco (1st) Netherlands PSV Eindhoven (1st) England Manchester United (1st)
Second qualifying round
Italy Parma (2nd) Portugal Sporting CP (2nd) Greece Olympiacos (1st) Denmark Brøndby (1st)
Spain Barcelona (2nd) England Newcastle United (2nd) Austria Wüstenrot Salzburg (1st) Sweden Göteborg (1st)
France Paris Saint-Germain (2nd) Turkey Galatasaray (1st) Russia Spartak Moscow (1st) Norway Rosenborg (1st)
Germany Bayer Leverkusen (2nd) Turkey Beşiktaş (2nd) Belgium Lierse (1st) Czech Republic Sparta Prague (1st)
Netherlands Feyenoord (2nd)
First qualifying round
Switzerland Sion (1st) Hungary MTK Hungária (1st) Bulgaria CSKA Sofia (1st) Estonia Lantana Tallinn (1st)
Poland Widzew Łódź (1st) Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi (1st) North Macedonia Sileks (1st) Malta Valletta (1st)
Scotland Rangers (1st) Slovakia Košice (1st) Lithuania Kareda Šiauliai (1st) Republic of Ireland Derry City (1st)
Romania Steaua București (1st) Latvia Skonto (1st) Moldova Constructorul Chişinău (1st) Armenia Pyunik (1st)
Croatia Croatia Zagreb (1st) Slovenia Maribor Branik (1st) Northern Ireland Crusaders (1st) Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch (1st)
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (1st) Finland Jazz (1st) Wales Barry Town (1st) Faroe Islands GÍ Gøta (1st)
Cyprus Anorthosis (1st) Belarus MPKC Mozyr (1st) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan (1st) Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku (1st)
Israel Beitar Jerusalem (1st) Iceland ÍA Akranes (1st)
Notes
  1. ^ Albania (ALB): Clubs from Albania were not admitted to UEFA competitions as 1996–97 Albanian Superliga was suspended for several months due to 1997 Albanian Civil War and eventually ended in mid-August 1997 (won by KF Tirana), past the UEFA deadline.[2]

Round and draw dates[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held in Geneva, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 9 July 1997 23 July 1997 30 July 1997
Second qualifying round 13 August 1997 27 August 1997
Group stage Matchday 1 29 August 1997 17 September 1997
Matchday 2 1 October 1997
Matchday 3 22 October 1997
Matchday 4 5 November 1997
Matchday 5 26–27 November 1997
Matchday 6 10 December 1997
Knockout phase Quarter-finals 17 December 1997 4 March 1998 18 March 1998
Semi-finals 20 March 1998
(Lausanne)
1 April 1998 15 April 1998
Final 20 May 1998 at Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam

Qualifying rounds[edit]

First qualifying round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Derry City Republic of Ireland 0–3 Slovenia Maribor Branik 0–2 0–1
Košice Slovakia 4–0 Iceland ÍA 3–0 1–0
Partizan Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1–5 Croatia Croatia Zagreb 1–0 0–5
Valletta Malta 1–2 Latvia Skonto 1–0 0–2
Pyunik Armenia 3–6 Hungary MTK Hungária 0–2 3–4
Crusaders Northern Ireland 2–8 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 1–3 1–5
Sileks North Macedonia 1–3 Israel Beitar Jerusalem 1–0 0–3
Steaua București Romania 5–3 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 3–3 2–0
Constructorul Chişinău Moldova 3–4 Belarus MPKC Mozyr 1–1 2–3
Lantana Estonia 0–3 Finland Jazz 0–1 0–2
Faroe Islands 0–11 Scotland Rangers 0–5 0–6
Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan 0–10 Poland Widzew Łódź 0–2 0–8
Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine 6–0 Wales Barry Town 2–0 4–0
Sion Switzerland 5–0 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch 4–0 1–0
Anorthosis Cyprus 4–1 Lithuania Kareda Šiauliai 3–0 1–1

Second qualifying round[edit]

Losing teams qualified for the first round of the 1997–98 UEFA Cup.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
MTK Hungária Hungary 1–4 Norway Rosenborg 0–1 1–3
Beşiktaş Turkey 3–1 Slovenia Maribor Branik 0–0 3–1
Sion Switzerland 2–8 Turkey Galatasaray 1–4 1–4
Olympiacos Greece 7–2 Belarus MPKC Mozyr 5–0 2–2
Wüstenrot Salzburg Austria 0–3 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–0 0–3
IFK Göteborg Sweden 4–1 Scotland Rangers 3–0 1–1
Barcelona Spain 4–2 Latvia Skonto 3–2 1–0
Brøndby Denmark 3–4 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 2–4 1–0
Newcastle United England 4–3 Croatia Croatia Zagreb 2–1 2–2(aet)
Feyenoord Netherlands 8–3 Finland Jazz 6–2 2–1
Bayer Leverkusen Germany 6–2 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 6–1 0–1
Košice Slovakia 2–1 Russia Spartak Moscow 2–1 0–0
Steaua București Romania 3–5 France Paris Saint-Germain 3–0 0–5
Widzew Łódź Poland 1–7 Italy Parma 1–3 0–4
Beitar Jerusalem Israel 0–3 Portugal Sporting CP 0–0 0–3
Anorthosis Famagusta Cyprus 2–3 Belgium Lierse 2–0 0–3

Note: Winning teams of the first qualifying round were drawn against teams qualified directly for the second qualifying round. Because of the unequal number of teams (15 and 17), Wüstenrot Salzburg and Sparta Prague had to play against each other.

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams of the 1997–98 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.

Bayer Leverkusen, Beşiktaş, Košice, Feyenoord, Lierse, Newcastle United, Olympiacos, Parma, Sparta Prague and Sporting CP made their debut in the group stage. Košice lost all six of their group stage matches and thus became the first team to finish a Champions League group stage with no points.

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 DOR PAR SPR GAL
Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 5 0 1 14 3 +11 15 2–0 4–1 4–1
Italy Parma 6 2 3 1 6 5 +1 9 1–0 2–2 2–0
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 6 1 2 3 6 11 −5 5 0–3 0–0 3–0
Turkey Galatasaray 6 1 1 4 4 11 −7 4 0–1 1–1 2–0


Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts MU JUV FEY KOS
England Manchester United 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15 3–2 2–1 3–0
Italy Juventus 6 4 0 2 12 8 +4 12 1–0 5–1 3–2
Netherlands Feyenoord 6 3 0 3 8 10 −2 9 1–3 2–0 2–0
Slovakia Košice 6 0 0 6 2 13 −11 0 0–3 0–1 0–1


Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts DK PSV NEW BAR
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 2 1 13 6 +7 11 1–1 2–2 3–0
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9 1–3 1–0 2–2
England Newcastle United 6 2 1 3 7 8 −1 7 2–0 0–2 3–2
Spain Barcelona 6 1 2 3 7 14 −7 5 0–4 2–2 1–0


Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts RM ROS OLY POR
Spain Real Madrid 6 4 1 1 15 4 +11 13 4–1 5–1 4–0
Norway Rosenborg 6 3 2 1 13 8 +5 11 2–0 5–1 2–0
Greece Olympiacos 6 1 2 3 6 14 −8 5 0–0 2–2 1–0
Portugal Porto 6 1 1 4 3 11 −8 4 0–2 1–1 2–1


Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts BAY PSG BJK GÖT
Germany Bayern Munich 6 4 0 2 13 6 +7 12 5–1 2–0 0–1
France Paris Saint-Germain 6 4 0 2 11 10 +1 12 3–1 2–1 3–0
Turkey Beşiktaş 6 2 0 4 6 9 −3 6 0–2 3–1 1–0
Sweden IFK Göteborg 6 2 0 4 4 9 −5 6 1–3 0–1 2–1


Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts MON LEV SCP LIE
France Monaco 6 4 1 1 15 8 +7 13 4–0 3–2 5–1
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 6 4 1 1 11 7 +4 13 2–2 4–1 1–0
Portugal Sporting CP 6 2 1 3 9 11 −2 7 3–0 0–2 2–1
Belgium Lierse 6 0 1 5 3 12 −9 1 0–1 0–2 1–1


Ranking of runners-up[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 6 4 1 1 11 7 +4 13
Italy Juventus 6 4 0 2 12 8 +4 12
France Paris Saint-Germain 6 4 0 2 11 10 +1 12
Norway Rosenborg 6 3 2 1 13 8 +5 11
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9
Italy Parma 6 2 3 1 6 5 +1 9


Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                             
Italy Juventus 1 4 5  
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1 1 2  
  Italy Juventus 4 2 6  
  France Monaco 1 3 4  
France Monaco (a) 0 1 1
  England Manchester United 0 1 1  
    Italy Juventus 0
  Spain Real Madrid 1
  Germany Bayer Leverkusen 1 0 1  
Spain Real Madrid 1 3 4  
  Spain Real Madrid 2 0 2
  Germany Borussia Dortmund 0 0 0  
Germany Bayern Munich 0 0 0
  Germany Borussia Dortmund 0 1 1  

Quarter-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bayer Leverkusen Germany 1–4 Spain Real Madrid 1–1 0–3
Bayern Munich Germany 0–1 Germany Borussia Dortmund 0–0 0–1 (aet)
Juventus Italy 5–2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1–1 4–1
Monaco France 1–1 (a) England Manchester United 0–0 1–1

The quarter-final between German clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund marked the first meeting of two teams from the same country in the Champions League. With Bayer Leverkusen also having qualified, it marked the first time three clubs from the same nation played in the knockout phase.

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Real Madrid Spain 2–0 Germany Borussia Dortmund 2–0 0–0
Juventus Italy 6–4 France Monaco 4–1 2–3

Final[edit]

Juventus Italy0–1Spain Real Madrid
Report Mijatović Goal 66'
Attendance: 48,500

Top goalscorers[edit]

The top scorers from the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League (excluding qualifying rounds) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Italy Alessandro Del Piero Italy Juventus 10
2 France Thierry Henry France Monaco 7
3 Italy Filippo Inzaghi Italy Juventus 6
Ukraine Serhiy Rebrov Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6
5 England Andy Cole England Manchester United 5
Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 5
7 Germany Stefan Beinlich Germany Bayer Leverkusen 4
Turkey Oktay Derelioğlu Turkey Beşiktaş 4
Brazil Emerson Germany Bayer Leverkusen 4
Nigeria Victor Ikpeba France Monaco 4
Germany Carsten Jancker Germany Bayern Munich 4
Spain Fernando Morientes Spain Real Madrid 4
Norway Sigurd Rushfeldt Norway Rosenborg 4
Croatia Davor Šuker Spain Real Madrid 4
France David Trezeguet France Monaco 4
Switzerland Stéphane Chapuisat Germany Borussia Dortmund 4
Norway Harald Brattbakk Norway Rosenborg 4
Norway Roar Strand Norway Rosenborg 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 1997". Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  2. ^ Albania 1996/97 at RSSSF

External links[edit]