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1991 European Cup Final

The 1991 European Cup Final was a football match held at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari, Italy, on 29 May 1991, that saw Red Star Belgrade of Yugoslavia[a] defeat Marseille of France in a penalty shoot-out. After normal time and extra time could not separate the two sides, the match was to be decided on penalty kicks. Manuel Amoros's miss for the French side proved crucial, as Red Star held their nerve to win their first European Cup.

1991 European Cup Final
Event1990–91 European Cup
After extra time
Red Star Belgrade won 5–3 on penalties
Date29 May 1991 (1991-05-29)
VenueStadio San Nicola, Bari
RefereeTullio Lanese (Italy)
A ticket for the 1991 European Cup Final


Team Previous final appearances (bold indicates winners)
  Red Star Belgrade None
  Marseille None

Road to the finalEdit

  Red Star Belgrade Round   Marseille
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  Grasshopper 5–2 1–1 (H) 4–1 (A) First round   Dinamo Tirana 5–1 5–1 (H) 0–0 (A)
  Rangers 4–1 3–0 (H) 1–1 (A) Second round   Lech Poznań 8–4 2–3 (A) 6–1 (H)
  Dynamo Dresden 5–1 3–0 (H) 2–1 (A) Quarter-finals   Milan 4–1 1–1 (A) 3–0 (H)
  Bayern Munich 4–3 2–1 (A) 2–2 (H) Semi-finals   Spartak Moscow 5–2 3–1 (A) 2–1 (H)

Lead-up to the matchEdit

Red Star arrived in Italy unusually early, on Thursday, 23 May 1991, six full days ahead of the final. The team set up base in the town of Monopoli, 40 kilometres (25 mi) south-east of Bari. There they stayed in Il Melograno Hotel and trained at the facilities of A.C. Monopoli.[3] Due to a lot of interest from richer European clubs already being raised for the future services of young Red Star players, the club management tried to ensure its footballers were fully focused on the task at hand. The players were placed in semi-quarantine immediately upon arrival in Italy, which meant being separated from wives and girlfriends without the ability to receive incoming phone calls in hotel rooms, though able to make outgoing calls.[4]

Over the coming days, the club also organized for a large entourage consisting of former players and coaches, friends of the club, etc. to arrive in Bari in order to watch Red Star in its very first European Cup final. Therefore, club legends Rajko Mitić and Dragoslav Šekularac, notable former players Srđan Mrkušić, Stanislav Karasi, club's former coach Miša Pavić along with Serbian celebrities and public personalities such as Ljuba Tadić, Ivan Bekjarev, Bora Đorđević, etc. made their way to Italy.[5]



Red Star Belgrade  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Marseille
Attendance: 51,587
Referee: Tullio Lanese (Italy)
Red Star Belgrade
GK 1   Stevan Stojanović (c)
CM 2   Vladimir Jugović
LB 3   Slobodan Marović   61'
RB 4   Refik Šabanadžović
CB 5   Miodrag Belodedici
CB 6   Ilija Najdoski
RM 7   Robert Prosinečki
CM 8   Siniša Mihajlović   40'
CF 9   Darko Pančev
LM 10   Dejan Savićević   84'
CF 11   Dragiša Binić   26'
GK 12   Milić Jovanović
CM 13   Ivica Momčilović
CB 14   Rade Tošić
CM 15   Vlada Stošić   84'
CF 16   Vladan Lukić
  Ljupko Petrović
GK 1   Pascal Olmeta
RWB 2   Manuel Amoros
LWB 3   Éric Di Meco   112'
CB 4   Basile Boli   28'
CB 5   Carlos Mozer
SW 6   Bruno Germain
CB 7   Bernard Casoni
RF 8   Chris Waddle
CF 9   Jean-Pierre Papin (c)
LF 10   Abedi Pele
CM 11   Laurent Fournier   75'
MF 12   Dragan Stojković   112'
MF 13   Philippe Vercruysse   75'
MF 14   Jean Tigana
DF 15   Éric Mura
GK 16   Alain Casanova
  Raymond Goethals

Assistant referees:
  Castello Buonocore (Italy)
  Roberto Calabassi (Italy)
Fourth official:
  Pierluigi Magni (Italy)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.


Over twenty years later in 2011, talking to a French football magazine about the famous win in Bari, Siniša Mihajlović said:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ UEFA conventionally refers to Red Star Belgrade by the club's Serbian-language name, Crvena Zvezda. Since the breakup of SFR Yugoslavia, the club competes under the auspices of its successor Serbian Football Association.[1][2]


  1. ^ "1990/91: Crvena Zvezda spot on". Archive: UEFA Champions League. UEFA. Retrieved 8 April 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Member associations: Serbia: Honours". UEFA. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  3. ^ Red Star in Bari
  4. ^ Red Star in Bari
  5. ^ Red Star in Bari
  6. ^ Mihajlović: Finale u Bariju najdosadnije u istoriji Archived October 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine;, 12 September 2011

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