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]

24 teams entered the competition: the national champions of each of the top 23 nations in the UEFA coefficient rankings, and UEFA Champions League holders, Juventus. The national champions of the associations ranked 1–7, plus the title holders, all received a bye to the group stage, while the national champions of the associations ranked 8–23 entered in the qualifying round. The remaining national champions from the associations ranked 24–48 were only allowed to participate in UEFA Cup.[1]

Group stage
Italy Juventus TH (2nd) France Auxerre (1st) Germany Borussia Dortmund (1st) Portugal Porto (1st)
Italy Milan (1st) Spain Atlético Madrid (1st) Netherlands Ajax (1st) England Manchester United (1st)
Qualifying round
Belgium Club Brugge (1st) Denmark Brøndby (1st) Czech Republic Slavia Prague (1st) Hungary Ferencváros (1st)
Greece Panathinaikos (1st) Austria Rapid Wien (1st) Scotland Rangers (1st) Romania Steaua București (1st)
Russia Alania Vladikavkaz (1st) Sweden Göteborg (1st) Norway Rosenborg (1st) Poland Widzew Łódź (1st)
Turkey Fenerbahçe (1st) Switzerland Grasshopper (1st) Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (1st) Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv (1st)

Round and draw dates[edit]

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

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying round 6 July 1996 7 August 1996 21 August 1996
Group stage Matchday 1 23 August 1996 11 September 1996
Matchday 2 25 September 1996
Matchday 3 16 October 1996
Matchday 4 30 October 1996
Matchday 5 20 November 1996
Matchday 6 4 December 1996
Knockout phase Quarter-finals 5 March 1997 19 March 1997
Semi-finals 9 April 1997 23 April 1997
Final 28 May 1997 at Olympiastadion, Munich

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]

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

Group B[edit]

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

Group C[edit]

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

Group D[edit]

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

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

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