1993–94 UEFA Champions League

The 1993–94 UEFA Champions League was the 39th season of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA's premier club football tournament, and the second season with the UEFA Champions League logo (it was adopted in the group stage and semi-finals, the rest of the tournament continued to be called "European Champion Clubs' Cup" or "European Cup"). The competition was won by Milan, their fifth title, beating Barcelona 4–0 in the final. The defending champions, Marseille, were not allowed to enter the competition due their involvement in a match-fixing scandal in Division 1 the season prior. This saw them stripped of their league title and demoted to Division 2 at the end of 1993–94. This was the first and only time which the defending champions did not participate in the following season of the competition. Third-placed Monaco took the vacated French berth (second-placed Paris Saint-Germain, who refused the defaulted French title, competed in the Cup Winners' Cup instead as Coupe de France winners).

1993–94 UEFA Champions League
Olympic Stadium at Athens before a home game of Panathinaikos on February 2, 2013.jpg
The Olympic Stadium in Athens hosted the final.
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
18 August – 1 September 1993
Competition proper:
15 September 1993 – 18 May 1994
TeamsCompetition proper: 32
Total: 42
Final positions
ChampionsItaly Milan (5th title)
Runners-upSpain Barcelona
Tournament statistics
Matches played75
Goals scored217 (2.89 per match)
Top scorer(s)Ronald Koeman (Barcelona)
Wynton Rufer (Werder Bremen)
(8 goals each)

There were changes made to the UEFA Champions League's format from the previous year. After two seasons, with the groups, it introduced one legged semi-finals taking place after the group stage, meaning the two sides qualified from each group as group winners playing the semi-finals at home.

This edition was marked by the absence of Yugoslav participants because Yugoslavia was under UN economic sanctions. Yugoslav participants were frequently present in advanced stages of the competition with Red Star Belgrade having won the European Cup in 1991 and finished second in the group the following season. FK Partizan were to represent Yugoslavia in this edition, but were not allowed to participate. Meanwhile, Croatia, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia and Wales entered their champions for the first time this edition.

TeamsEdit

Location of teams of the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League.
  Purple: Eliminated in the preliminary round;  Yellow: Eliminated in the first round;   Orange: Eliminated in the second round;   Red: Qualified for group stage.

42 national champions participated in 1993–94 UEFA Champions League season. 20 lowest-ranked of them by 1993 UEFA club ranking[1] entered in the Preliminary Round, 22 best-ranked champions entered in the First Round.

First round
  Milan (1st)   Monaco (3rd)[Note FRA]   Werder Bremen (1st)   Barcelona (1st)
  Anderlecht (1st)   Spartak Moscow (1st)   Porto (1st)   Feyenoord (1st)
  Manchester United (1st)   Steaua București (1st)   Sparta Prague (1st)[Note CZE]   Rangers (1st)
  Galatasaray (1st)   Austria Wien (1st)   AEK Athens (1st)   Copenhagen (1st)
  AIK (1st)   Lech Poznań (1st)   Levski Sofia (1st)   Kispest Honvéd (1st)
  Dynamo Kyiv (1st)   Dinamo Minsk (1st)
Preliminary round
  Aarau (1st)   Cwmbrân Town (1st)   HJK (1st)   Beitar Jerusalem (1st)
  Skonto (1st)   ÍA (1st)   Partizani (1st)   Rosenborg (1st)
  Omonia (1st)   Linfield (1st)   Cork City (1st)   Floriana (1st)
  Avenir Beggen (1st)   Olimpija Ljubljana (1st)   B68 Toftir (1st)   Ekranas (1st)
  Norma Tallinn (1st)   Croatia Zagreb (1st)   Dinamo Tbilisi (1st)   Zimbru Chișinău (1st)
Notes
  1. ^
    France (FRA): Champions League title holders Marseille (who also finished 1st in 1992–93 French Division 1) were not allowed to enter due to their involvement in a match-fixing scandal in Division 1. They were subsequently stripped of their league title and demoted to Division 2 at the end of the 1993–94 season. Third-placed Monaco took the vacated French berth since league runners-up Paris Saint-Germain refused to take the title from Marseille on commercial grounds, instead participating in the 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup as 1992–93 Coupe de France winners.
  2. ^
    Czech Republic (CZE): Sparta Prague qualified as winners of Czechoslovakia domestic league, but represented its successor association Czech Republic.
  3. ^
    FR Yugoslavia (FRY): 1992–93 First League of FR Yugoslavia champions FK Partizan not admitted as a result of UN economic sanctions imposed on Yugoslavia.

Round and draw datesEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows. All draws were held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying round 14 July 1993 18 August 1993 1 September 1993
First round 15 September 1993 29 September 1993
Second round 1 October 1993 20 October 1993 3 November 1993
Group stage Matchday 1 5 November 1993 24 November 1993
Matchday 2 8 December 1993
Matchday 3 2 March 1994
Matchday 4 16 March 1994
Matchday 5 30 March 1994
Matchday 6 13 April 1994
Knockout phase Semi-finals 27 April 1994
Final 18 May 1994 at Olympic Stadium, Athens

Preliminary roundEdit

The first legs were played on 18 and 22 August, and the second legs on 1 September 1993.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
HJK   2–1   Norma Tallinn 1–1 1–0
Ekranas   0–2   Floriana 0–1 0–1
B68 Toftir   0–11   Croatia Zagreb 0–5 0–6
Skonto   1–1 (11–10 p)   Olimpija Ljubljana 0–1 1–0 (a.e.t.)
Cwmbrân Town   4–4 (a)   Cork City 3–2 1–2
Dinamo Tbilisi   w/o[note 1]   Linfield 2–1 1–1
Avenir Beggen   0–3   Rosenborg 0–2 0–1
Partizani   0–3   ÍA 0–0 0–3
Omonia   2–3   Aarau 2–1 0–2
Zimbru Chișinău   1–3   Beitar Jerusalem 1–1 0–2

First roundEdit

The first legs were played on 15 and 16 September, and the second legs on 28 and 29 September 1993.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Porto   2–0   Floriana 2–0 0–0
ÍA   1–3   Feyenoord 1–0 0–3
Monaco   2–1   AEK Athens 1–0 1–1
Steaua București   4–4 (a)   Croatia Zagreb 1–2 3–2
Rangers   4–4 (a)   Levski Sofia 3–2 1–2
Werder Bremen   6–3   Dinamo Minsk 5–2 1–1
Linfield   3–4   Copenhagen 3–0 0–4 (a.e.t.)
Aarau   0–1   Milan 0–1 0–0
AIK   1–2   Sparta Prague 1–0 0–2
HJK   0–6   Anderlecht 0–3 0–3
Kispest Honvéd   3–5   Manchester United 2–3 1–2
Galatasaray   3–1   Cork City 2–1 1–0
Lech Poznań   7–2   Beitar Jerusalem 3–0 4–2
Skonto   0–9   Spartak Moscow 0–5 0–4
Dynamo Kyiv   4–5   Barcelona 3–1 1–4
Rosenborg   4–5   Austria Wien 3–1 1–4

Second roundEdit

The first legs were played on 20 October, and the second legs on 3 November 1993.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Porto   1–0   Feyenoord 1–0 0–0
Monaco   4–2   Steaua București 4–1 0–1
Levski Sofia   2–3   Werder Bremen 2–2 0–1
Copenhagen   0–7   Milan 0–6 0–1
Sparta Prague   2–5   Anderlecht 0–1 2–4
Manchester United   3–3 (a)   Galatasaray 3–3 0–0
Lech Poznań   2–7   Spartak Moscow 1–5 1–2
Barcelona   5–1   Austria Wien 3–0 2–1

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League.
  Brown: Group A;   Red: Group B;

The group stage began on 24 November 1993 and ended on 13 April 1994. 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 two teams in each group with the most points advanced to the semi-finals.

All teams except Milan and Porto made their group stage debuts. Two of these teams (Barcelona and Anderlecht) had previously contested the 1991–92 group stage, the only season of the European Cup to adopt such a format.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAR MON SPA GAL
1   Barcelona 6 4 2 0 13 3 +10 10 Advance to knockout stage 2–0 5–1 3–0
2   Monaco 6 3 1 2 9 4 +5 7 0–1 4–1 3–0
3   Spartak Moscow 6 1 3 2 6 12 −6 5 2–2 0–0 0–0
4   Galatasaray 6 0 2 4 1 10 −9 2 0–0 0–2 1–2
Source: UEFA

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MIL POR BRM AND
1   Milan 6 2 4 0 6 2 +4 8 Advance to knockout stage 3–0 2–1 0–0
2   Porto 6 3 1 2 10 6 +4 7 0–0 3–2 2–0
3   Werder Bremen 6 2 1 3 11 15 −4 5 1–1 0–5 5–3
4   Anderlecht 6 1 2 3 5 9 −4 4 0–0 1–0 1–2
Source: UEFA

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
27 April 1994 – Milan
 
 
  Milan3
 
18 May 1994 – Athens
 
  Monaco0
 
  Milan4
 
27 April 1994 – Barcelona
 
  Barcelona0
 
  Barcelona3
 
 
  Porto0
 

Semi-finalsEdit

The matches were played on 27 April 1994.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Milan   3–0   Monaco
Barcelona   3–0   Porto

FinalEdit

The final was played on 18 May 1994 at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

Milan  4–0  Barcelona
Report
Attendance: 70,000[2]
Referee: Philip Don (England)

Top goalscorersEdit

The top scorers from the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League (excluding preliminary round) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals
1   Ronald Koeman   Barcelona 8
  Wynton Rufer   Werder Bremen 8
3   Luc Nilis   Anderlecht 7
  Hristo Stoichkov   Barcelona 7
5   Bernd Hobsch   Werder Bremen 5
  Valery Karpin   Spartak Moscow 5
7   Marco Bode   Werder Bremen 4
  Jürgen Klinsmann   Monaco 4
  Daniele Massaro   Milan 4
  Viktor Onopko   Spartak Moscow 4
  Jean-Pierre Papin   Milan 4
  Nikolai Pisarev   Spartak Moscow 4
  Sergey Rodionov   Spartak Moscow 4
  Kubilay Türkyilmaz   Galatasaray 4

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Dinamo Tbilisi were ejected from the competition by UEFA after a failed attempt to bribe the referee for the first leg.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Seeding for the European Cups - 1993/94 Champions League
  2. ^ "2. Finals" (PDF). UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook 2016/17. Nyon: Union of European Football Associations. 2017. p. 1. Retrieved 22 April 2017.

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