1997 UEFA Champions League Final

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1997 UEFA Champions League Final
1997 UEFA Champions League Final programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event1996–97 UEFA Champions League
Date28 May 1997
VenueOlympiastadion, Munich
RefereeSándor Puhl (Hungary)

The 1997 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match played at the Olympiastadion in Munich on 28 May 1997 to determine the winner of the 1996–97 UEFA Champions League. The match was contested by Borussia Dortmund of Germany and Juventus of Italy. Borussia Dortmund won 3–1 with goals from Karl-Heinz Riedle and Lars Ricken; Juventus' goal was scored by Alessandro Del Piero.

Route to the final[edit]

In their first semi-final in Europe's premier tournament since 1964, Dortmund defeated Manchester United, who themselves had not reached that stage since 1969.

In the other half of the draw, Juventus easily overcame Ajax, the same team they had beaten on penalties in the previous year's final.

Germany Borussia Dortmund Round Italy Juventus
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Poland Widzew Łódź 2–1 (H) Matchday 1 England Manchester United 1–0 (H)
Romania Steaua București 3–0 (A) Matchday 2 Turkey Fenerbahçe 1–0 (A)
Spain Atlético Madrid 1–0 (A) Matchday 3 Austria Rapid Wien 1–1 (A)
Spain Atlético Madrid 1–2 (H) Matchday 4 Austria Rapid Wien 5–0 (H)
Poland Widzew Łódź 2–2 (A) Matchday 5 England Manchester United 1–0 (A)
Romania Steaua București 5–3 (H) Matchday 6 Turkey Fenerbahçe 2–0 (H)
Group B runners-up
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Atlético Madrid 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 13
Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 4 1 1 14 8 +6 13
Poland Widzew Łódź 6 1 1 4 6 10 −4 4
Romania Steaua București 6 1 1 4 5 15 −10 4
Final standings Group C winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Juventus 6 5 1 0 11 1 +10 16
England Manchester United 6 3 0 3 6 3 +3 9
Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 2 1 3 3 6 −3 7
Austria Rapid Wien 6 0 2 4 2 12 −10 2
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
France Auxerre 4–1 3–1 (H) 1–0 (A) Quarter-finals Norway Rosenborg 3–1 1–1 (A) 2–0 (H)
England Manchester United 2–0 1–0 (H) 1–0 (A) Semi-finals Netherlands Ajax 6–2 2–1 (A) 4–1 (H)

Familiarity of finalists[edit]

The match featured the same teams who competed in the 1993 UEFA Cup Final, in which Juventus prevailed 6–1 over two legs.[2] Their two German players in that final, Jürgen Kohler and Andreas Möller, had since moved to Dortmund[3] along with the Brazilian Júlio César (who did not feature in the 1997 final), while another two Dortmund players who did play in Munich – Stefan Reuter and Paulo Sousa – were also former Juventus players, and Matthias Sammer and Karl-Heinz Riedle had previously played in Italy's Serie A[3] (the latter's replacement at Lazio was Alen Bokšić, who by 1997 had moved to Juventus).

Goalkeepers Angelo Peruzzi and his understudy Michelangelo Rampulla were the only Juventus players from 1993 in the squad for the 1997 final (Moreno Torricelli and Antonio Conte were still at the club but were not involved), with the aforementioned Kohler and Möller having switched sides. In the Dortmund squad their goalkeeper Stefan Klos, striker Stéphane Chapuisat[3] and midfielders René Tretschok, Reuter and club captain Michael Zorc remained from four years earlier.

Besides the 1993 showpiece, the clubs had also met in the semi-finals of the 1994–95 UEFA Cup with Juventus progressing to the final which they lost to Parma,[2] and in the group stage of the 1995–96 UEFA Champions League, with each club winning away from home, however Juventus topped the group and went on to win the trophy.[2]

In the years to follow, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund would not meet again until 2014–15 Champions League round of 16[2] – the Italian club went through,[4] meaning they won all four fixtures (1993, 1995 UEFA Cup, 1995 and 2015 Champions League) at Dortmund's Westfalenstadion, with their only defeat on German soil was in this final. Juventus reached that season's final; coincidentally that match was again held at an Olympiastadion in Germany, but this time in Berlin, and the outcome was another 3–1 loss, to Barcelona.



Karl-Heinz Riedle put Dortmund ahead finishing from inside the six yard box after Paul Lambert's cross. Riedle then made it two with a header from a corner kick from the right.

In the second half, Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero, who had come on as a substitute, scored via a back-heel from a cross by Alen Bokšić to make the score 2–1.

20-year-old substitute and Dortmund local boy Lars Ricken latched on to a through-pass by Andreas Möller only 16 seconds after coming onto the pitch. Ricken chipped Angelo Peruzzi in the Juve goal from over 20 yards with his first touch of the ball, to make it 3–1 for Dortmund. Ricken's goal was the fastest ever by a substitute in said event.

With Zinedine Zidane unable to make an impression for Juve against the close marking of Lambert,[5][6][7][8][9][10] the 3–1 victory gave Dortmund their only Champions League title to date.


Borussia Dortmund Germany3–1Italy Juventus
Riedle Goal 29'34'
Ricken Goal 71'
Report Del Piero Goal 65'
Attendance: 59,000[1]
Borussia Dortmund
GK 1 Germany Stefan Klos
SW 6 Germany Matthias Sammer (c)
CB 15 Germany Jürgen Kohler
CB 16 Germany Martin Kree
RWB  7 Germany Stefan Reuter
LWB  17 Germany Jörg Heinrich
CM 14 Scotland Paul Lambert
CM 19 Portugal Paulo Sousa Yellow card 23'
AM 10 Germany Andreas Möller Substituted off 89'
CF 13 Germany Karl-Heinz Riedle Substituted off 67'
CF 9 Switzerland Stéphane Chapuisat Substituted off 70'
GK 12 Germany Wolfgang de Beer
MF 8 Germany Michael Zorc Substituted in 89'
MF 18 Germany Lars Ricken Yellow card 71'  Substituted in 70'
MF 23 Germany René Tretschok
FW 11 Germany Heiko Herrlich Substituted in 67'
Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld
Borussia Dortmund vs Juventus 1997-05-28.svg
GK 1 Italy Angelo Peruzzi (c)
RB 5 Italy Sergio Porrini Yellow card 19'  Substituted off 46'
CB 2 Italy Ciro Ferrara
CB 4 Uruguay Paolo Montero
LB 13 Italy Mark Iuliano Yellow card 90'
DM 14 France Didier Deschamps
RM 7 Italy Angelo Di Livio
LM 18 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladimir Jugović
AM 21 France Zinedine Zidane
CF 15 Italy Christian Vieri Substituted off 71'
CF 9 Croatia Alen Bokšić Substituted off 87'
GK 12 Italy Michelangelo Rampulla
DF 22 Italy Gianluca Pessotto
MF 20 Italy Alessio Tacchinardi Substituted in 87'
FW 10 Italy Alessandro Del Piero Substituted in 46'
FW 16 Italy Nicola Amoruso Substituted in 71'
Italy Marcello Lippi

Assistant referees:
Hungary László Hamar (Hungary)
Hungary Imre Bozóky (Hungary)
Fourth official:
Hungary Attila Juhos (Hungary)

Match rules

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2. Finals" (PDF). UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook 2016/17. Nyon, Switzerland: Union of European Football Associations. 2017. p. 1. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Juventus v Dortmund background". UEFA.com. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "20 years on: Dortmund's European champions". UEFA.com. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Tévez leads Juventus to Dortmund stroll". UEFA.com. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  5. ^ Murray, Scott (25 November 2011). "The Joy of Six: British and Irish footballers abroad". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Paul Lambert – The Norwich wizard". espnstar.com. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  7. ^ Gordon, Phil (6 September 2009). "Norwich City manager Paul Lambert on his vision for the future". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  8. ^ Calvin, Michael (1 May 2010). "Revealed: The six British Football League managers capable of being the next Roy Hodgson". Mirror Football. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  9. ^ Layton, Peter (9 August 2011). "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP NEW BOYS UP". Daily Star. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  10. ^ "PAUL LAMBERT: FROM LINWOOD RANGERS BC TO THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE". scotzine.com. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2013.

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