1999 UEFA Cup Final

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1999 UEFA Cup Final
1999 UEFA Cup Final Programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event 1998–99 UEFA Cup
Date 12 May 1999
Venue Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Man of the Match Hernán Crespo (Parma)[1]
Referee Hugh Dallas (Scotland)[2]
Attendance 62,000

The 1999 UEFA Cup Final was a football match between Parma of Italy and Marseille of France on 12 May 1999 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Parma won the match 3–0. In doing so, Parma won their second UEFA Cup title and fourth European trophy, having previously won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Super Cup on one occasion each.


Although this was just Parma's third entry into the UEFA Cup, they were contesting their second UEFA Cup final, winning the only other one in 1995, beating Juventus over two legs. Having also won the Coppa Italia that year, Parma were attempting a rare cup double. Parma had previous experience of playing against French sides in Europe, having played Paris Saint-Germain in 1995's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (against whom they lost by three goals to one on aggregate in the quarter-finals) and Bordeaux en route to the final against Marseille, also at the quarter-final stage. Parma lost by two goals to one in France before thumping them at home, scoring six goals without reply.

Marseille had also had European success, but had won just one trophy: the UEFA Champions League in 1993. That victory was marred by match-fixing accusations and, although the title was not stripped from the French club, their participation in the UEFA Super Cup was barred. Coincidentally, Parma would have been their opponents had they been granted permission to compete.

The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia played host to the match, having never previously hosted a major European final. Its capacity stood at 78,360, making it Russia's largest sports stadium.

Route to the final[edit]

Parma Marseille
Opponent Result Legs Round Opponent Result Legs
Turkey Fenerbahçe 3–2 0–1 away; 3–1 home First round Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc 6–2 2–2 away; 4–0 home
Poland Wisła Kraków 3–2 1–1 away; 2–1 home Second round Germany Werder Bremen 3–2 1–1 away; 2–1 home
Scotland Rangers 4–2 1–1 away; 3–1 home Third round France Monaco 3–2 2–2 away; 1–0 home
France Bordeaux 7–2 1–2 away; 6–0 home Quarter-finals Spain Celta Vigo 2–1 2–1 home; 0–0 away
Spain Atlético Madrid 5–2 3–1 away; 2–1 home Semi-finals Italy Bologna 1–1 (a) 0–0 home; 1–1 away


Team selection[edit]

While Parma's selection for the match was more straightforward, underdogs Marseille had four players suspended for the final after the team's spicy semi-final victory over Bologna, which also ended in a fight in the players' tunnel at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara. Fabrizio Ravanelli and William Gallas both received yellow cards which barred their participation in the final.[3] Christophe Dugarry and Hamada Jambay would serve the first match of their respective and five- and four-match suspensions on the sidelines for the final for their involvement in the brawl.[4]


Hugh Dallas, the Scottish referee who had also officiated in the Franco-Italian 1998 World Cup quarter-final, conducted the coin toss, which was won by Marseille captain Laurent Blanc and the Frenchman elected to shoot towards his team's own fans in the second half. Roberto Sensini, Parma's captain, chose to kick the match off.

The first 25 minutes saw a cautious Marseille side play much of their football in their own half, only to knock it long to their isolated frontmen Robert Pirès and Florian Maurice. Following such an occasion, Sensini hit a long ball forward towards Juan Sebastián Verón, whose headed flick-on looked not to be dangerous until a lazy headed backpass from the experienced Laurent Blanc gifted Hernán Crespo one-on-one with the keeper; the Argentine coolly lobbed Stéphane Porato with his first touch to give Parma the lead after 26 minutes.

Ten minutes later, as the Italians continued to dominate the match, a Parma attack twice looked to have been ended by Marseille's defence, but the ball found Lilian Thuram in an advanced right-back position on both occasions. On the second occasion, Thuram was able to slide in to find Diego Fuser five yards from the byline and just onside. He whipped in a deep cross which Paolo Vanoli, the Gialloblù's car mechanic turned midfield player, expertly directed his header past Marseille's goalkeeper into the net to double Parma's advantage.

Five minutes before the hour mark, Thuram surged forward down the right before giving the ball to Verón outside him. Verón chipped the ball into the penalty area with a ball looking to be destined for Crespo's boot, a fine dummy duped the Marseille's defence and gave Enrico Chiesa the opportunity to volley home emphatically from 12 yards to make it 3–0 and seal a Parma victory.


12 May 1999
22:00 MSD (UTC+4)
Parma Italy 3–0 France Marseille
Crespo Goal 25'
Vanoli Goal 36'
Chiesa Goal 55'
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 62,000
Referee: Hugh Dallas (Scotland)[2]
GK 1 Italy Gianluigi Buffon
RB 21 France Lilian Thuram
CB 6 Argentina Roberto Sensini (c)
LB 17 Italy Fabio Cannavaro
CM 8 Italy Dino Baggio
CM 15 France Alain Boghossian
RW 7 Italy Diego Fuser
AM 11 Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón Substituted off 77'
LW 24 Italy Paolo Vanoli
CF 9 Argentina Hernán Crespo Substituted off 84'
CF 20 Italy Enrico Chiesa Substituted off 73'
GK 28 Italy Davide Micillo
DF 4 Italy Luigi Sartor
DF 14 Italy Roberto Mussi
DF 26 Italy Luigi Apolloni
MF 23 Italy Stefano Fiore Substituted in 77'
FW 10 Colombia Faustino Asprilla YC 89' Substituted in 84'
FW 18 Argentina Abel Balbo Substituted in 73'
Italy Alberto Malesani
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GK 16 France Stéphane Porato
SW 5 France Laurent Blanc (c)
CB 4 South Africa Pierre Issa
CB 17 Ivory Coast Cyril Domoraud
RWB 2 France Patrick Blondeau YC 50'
LWB 28 Brazil Edson Substituted off 46'
CM 8 France Frédéric Brando
CM 27 France Daniel Bravo
AM 10 France Jocelyn Gourvennec
CF 7 France Robert Pirès
CF 9 France Florian Maurice
GK 30 France François Lemasson
DF 12 Ivory Coast Tchiressoua Guel
DF 29 France Jacques Abardonado
MF 22 France Martial Robin
FW 13 Guinea Titi Camara Substituted in 46'
FW 15 Ghana Arthur Moses
FW 19 France Cédric Mouret
France Rolland Courbis

Man of the Match:
Argentina Hernán Crespo (Parma)[1]

Assistant referees:
Scotland Robert Gunn (Scotland)
Scotland John McElhinney (Scotland)
Fourth official:
Scotland William Young (Scotland)

Match rules

2005 Cannavaro Drug Controversy[edit]

In April 2005 a video tape was released which showed Cannavaro being injected with a substance the night before the final. The substance was found to be neoton (phosphocreatine), which is used in cardiac surgery to protect the heart during periods of anoxia and stress. It is not on the banned substance list. This chemical is, in partnership with adenosine triphosphate (ATP), fundamental to the ability of the body to produce muscular energy. Phosphocreatine is formed naturally within the body, with over 95% of the compound stored within the muscle cells. Approximately 5 oz (120 g) of phosphocreatine is present in the body of a healthy adult; the levels of the compound do not fluctuate to a significant degree. When phosphocreatine stores become reduced, the body replenishes its supply from one of two sources. The first source is amino acids, the muscle- and tissue-building blocks present in all proteins. The liver produces phosphocreatine from amino acids. The body also receives dietary creatine primarily through the consumption of meat. No action was ever taken regarding this incident.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Parma subjugate Marseille for title". Reuters. The Indian Express. 14 May 1999. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b McLeman, Neil (11 May 1999). "Hugh Dallas; Taking all the heat .. and happy to be back for more.". The Scotsman. HighBeam Research. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bologna, Marseille downplay brawl". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. 21 April 1999. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "UEFA takes action for brawl". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. 30 April 1999. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 

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