The 1992–93 UEFA Champions League was the 38th European Cup, the premier European club football tournament, and the first season with the UEFA Champions League branding (originally adopted only in the group stage).
19 August – 2 September 1992
16 September 1992 – 26 May 1993
|Teams||Competition proper: 32|
|Champions||Marseille (1st title)|
|Goals scored||195 (2.38 per match)|
|Attendance||1,896,787 (23,132 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Romário (7 goals)|
It was the second season of the competition in which the eight second round winners would be split into two groups, with the winner of each one meeting in the final. In addition, a preliminary round was required as this was the first season after the break-up of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, resulting in many new countries eligible to enter the champions of their own leagues into the competition. Israel and the Faroe Islands were also represented for the first time.
However, soon after Marseille's victory allegations of match fixing were levelled at them and their president Bernard Tapie. This involved a league game that took place 6 days before the final where Marseille, it emerged, had fixed their title-clinching Division 1 game against Valenciennes so they could concentrate on the Final against Milan. It is believed that Tapie bribed Valenciennes to lose so that Marseille would win the French league earlier, and above all that they would not injure the Marseille players before the Final against Milan. Before the 1991 European Cup final against the Red Star Belgrade, Marseille had a few injured players, Tapie did not want to repeat this mistake. This resulted in Marseille being stripped of their league title by the French Football Federation (although not the European Cup, as the match in question was not in that competition). They were banned from defending their European title in the 1993–94 season, and contesting the Intercontinental Cup and Super Cup. During the 1995 trial over Marseille's financial accounts, it was revealed that they had an annual budget of Fr5 million (about €760,000) dedicated to the purchase of matches from 1989 to 1993. The UEFA, along with the French Federation (FFF) and France authorities, investigated several Marseille matches during the 1992-1993 season. These investigations have not established any formal proof concerning alleged match-fixing in the Champions League. Therefore, Marseille's status as 1993 European champion was not affected. Barcelona, the defending champions, were eliminated in the second round by CSKA Moscow.
|Shelbourne (1st)||Valletta (1st)||Norma Tallinn (2nd)||KÍ (1st)|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv (1st)||Skonto (1st)||Olimpija Ljubljana (1st)||Tavriya Simferopol (1st)|
|Barcelona (1st)TH||Milan (1st)||Stuttgart (1st)||Club Brugge (1st)|
|Marseille (1st)||PSV Eindhoven (1st)||Porto (1st)||CSKA Moscow (1st)|
|Dinamo București (1st)||Slovan Bratislava (1st)||Rangers (1st)||Leeds United (1st)|
|Austria Wien (1st)||Lyngby (1st)||AEK Athens (1st)||Beşiktaş (1st)|
|Sion (1st)||Lech Poznań (1st)||IFK Göteborg (1st)||Ferencváros (1st)|
|CSKA Sofia (1st)||Kuusysi (1st)||Víkingur Reykjavík (1st)||Viking (1st)|
|APOEL (1st)||Glentoran (1st)||Union Luxembourg (1st)||Žalgiris (1st)|
The first legs were played on 19 August, and the second legs on 2 September 1992.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Valletta||1–3||Maccabi Tel Aviv||1–2||0–1|
|Olimpija Ljubljana||5–0||Norma Tallinn||3–0||2–0|
The first legs were played on 16 September, and the second legs on 30 September 1992. An additional play-off was held on 9 October.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg||Play-off|
|Stuttgart||4–5[note 1]||Leeds United||3–0||0–3[note 1]||1–2|
|Kuusysi||1–2||Dinamo București||1–0||0–2 (a.e.t.)|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||0–4||Club Brugge||0–1||0–3|
|Austria Wien||5–4||CSKA Sofia||3–1||2–3|
|AEK Athens||3–3 (a)||APOEL||1–1||2–2|
|Víkingur Reykjavík||2–5||CSKA Moscow||0–1||2–4|
The first legs were played on 21 October, and the second legs on 4 November 1992.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|IFK Göteborg||4–0||Lech Poznań||1–0||3–0|
|Club Brugge||3–3 (a)||Austria Wien||2–0||1–3|
|AEK Athens||1–3||PSV Eindhoven||1–0||0–3|
The group stage began on 25 November 1992 and ended on 21 April 1993. The eight teams were divided into two groups of four, and the teams in each group played against each other on a home-and-away basis, meaning that each team played a total of six group matches. For each win, teams were awarded two points, with one point awarded for each draw. At the end of the group stage, the first team in each group advanced to the final.
|1||Marseille||6||3||3||0||14||4||+10||9||Advance to final||—||1–1||3–0||6–0|
|1||Milan||6||6||0||0||11||1||+10||12||Advance to final||—||4–0||1–0||2–0|
The top scorers from the 1992–93 UEFA Champions League (excluding preliminary round) are as follows:
|2||Marco van Basten||Milan||6|
|5||Johnny Ekström||IFK Göteborg||5|
|Gert Verheyen||Club Brugge||4|
- The Leeds United v Stuttgart second-leg match originally finished as a 4–1 win for Leeds United, with Stuttgart deemed to have won the tie on away goals after finishing 4–4 on aggregate. However, after the second leg it was discovered that Stuttgart had fielded more than the allowed maximum of three foreign players, resulting in the match being awarded as a 3–0 win for Leeds United. As a result, the tie finished 3–3 on aggregate and level on away goals, resulting in a play-off match being ordered at a neutral venue to decide the winner.
- 1992–93 All matches – season at UEFA website
- European Cup results at Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
- All scorers 1992–93 UEFA Champions League (excluding preliminary round) according to protocols UEFA + all scorers preliminary round
- 1992/93 UEFA Champions League – results and line-ups (archive)