1994–95 UEFA Champions League

The 1994–95 UEFA Champions League was the 40th edition of UEFA's premier European club football tournament, and the third since its rebranding as the UEFA Champions League. The tournament was won by Ajax of the Netherlands with a late goal in the final against defending champions Milan of Italy. Ajax won the competition without losing a game, either in the group or the knock-out stage in winning the title for the first time since 1973.

1994–95 UEFA Champions League
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Tournament details
Dates10–24 August 1994 (qualifying)
14 September 1994 – 24 May 1995 (competition proper)
Teams16 (group stage)
24 (total)
Final positions
ChampionsNetherlands Ajax (4th title)
Runners-upItaly Milan
Tournament statistics
Matches played61
Goals scored140 (2.3 per match)
Attendance2,328,515 (38,172 per match)
Top scorer(s)Liberia George Weah
(7 goals)

Compared to the previous edition of the European Cup, radical changes were made to the format of the tournament, due to a recently expired contract that bound UEFA to the EBU for the transmission of the final, and this gave occasion for a general review of the format, which attracted the interest of new and financially well-off private television companies. This year included four groups of four teams each in the group stage, up from two groups of four teams each in 1993–94. It was also the first year in which eight teams advanced to the knock-out stage and the first of three years in which smaller clubs entered the UEFA Cup instead of the Champions League. It was also the first time that this competition was known as UEFA Champions League from the first to the last match of the competition, the two previous seasons, the UEFA Champions League involved the round(s) between the round of 16 and the final of the European Champions Cup.

Former Yugoslavia was unable to participate for the third season in a row due to the UN economic sanctions. Milan were the defending champions, but were defeated by Ajax in the final.

TeamsEdit

24 teams entered the competition: the UEFA Champions League holders, AC Milan, as well as 23 best-ranked national champions according to UEFA club ranking. The title holders and other 7 best-ranked national champions received a bye to the group stage, while the national champions ranked 9–24 entered in the qualifying round. The remaining national champions were only allowed to participate in UEFA Cup.[1]

Group stage
  MilanTH (1st)   Anderlecht (1st)   Benfica (1st)   Manchester United (1st)
  Bayern Munich (1st)   Barcelona (1st)   Spartak Moscow (1st)   Ajax (1st)
Qualifying round
  Paris Saint-Germain (1st)   Rangers (1st)   Göteborg (1st)   Dynamo Kyiv (1st)
  Casino Salzburg (1st)   Servette (1st)   Legia Warsaw (1st)   Hajduk Split (1st)
  AEK Athens (1st)   Silkeborg (1st)   Maccabi Haifa (1st)   Avenir Beggen (1st)
  Galatasaray (1st)   Steaua București (1st)   Vác (1st)   Sparta Prague (1st)

Round and draw datesEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows. The draw was held in Geneva, Switzerland on 20 July 1994, where qualifying round pairs as well as group formations were drawn. The knockout phase pairs were made automatically by a predetermined bracket.

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying round 20 July 1994 10 August 1994 24 August 1994
Group stage Matchday 1 14 September 1994
Matchday 2 28 September 1994
Matchday 3 19 October 1994
Matchday 4 2 November 1994
Matchday 5 23 November 1994
Matchday 6 7 December 1994
Knockout phase Quarter-finals 1 March 1995 15 March 1995
Semi-finals 5 April 1995 19 April 1995
Final 24 May 1995 at Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna

Qualifying roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Group A
Avenir Beggen   1–9   Galatasaray 1–5 0–4
Sparta Prague   1–2   IFK Göteborg 1–0 0–2
Group B
Silkeborg   1–3   Dynamo Kyiv 0–0 1–3
Paris Saint-Germain   5–1   Vác FC-Samsung 3–0 2–1
Group C
Legia Warsaw   0–5   Hajduk Split 0–1 0–4
Steaua București   5–2   Servette 4–1 1–1
Group D
AEK Athens   3–0   Rangers 2–0 1–0
Maccabi Haifa   2–5   Casino Salzburg 1–2 1–3

[2]

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League group stage.
  Brown: Group A;   Red: Group B;   Orange: Group C;   Yellow: Group D.

10 teams of 16 made their UEFA Champions League group stage debut: AEK Athens, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Casino Salzburg, Dynamo Kyiv, Hajduk Split, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Steaua București. Two of these teams, Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv, had previously contested the 1991-92 European Cup group stage.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts GOT BAR MU GAL
  IFK Göteborg 6 4 1 1 10 7 +3 9 2–1 3–1 1–0
  Barcelona 6 2 2 2 11 8 +3 6 1–1 4–0 2–1
  Manchester United 6 2 2 2 11 11 0 6 4–2 2–2 4–0
  Galatasaray 6 1 1 4 3 9 −6 3 0–1 2–1 0–0

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PSG BM SPA DK
  Paris Saint-Germain 6 6 0 0 12 3 +9 12 2–0 4–1 1–0
  Bayern Munich 6 2 2 2 8 7 +1 6 0–1 2–2 1–0
  Spartak Moscow 6 1 2 3 8 12 −4 4 1–2 1–1 1–0
  Dynamo Kyiv 6 1 0 5 5 11 −6 2 1–2 1–4 3–2

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts BEN HAJ SB AND
  Benfica 6 3 3 0 9 5 +4 9 2–1 2–1 3–1
  Hajduk Split 6 2 2 2 5 7 −2 6 0–0 1–4 2–1
  Steaua București 6 1 3 2 7 6 +1 5 1–1 0–1 1–1
  Anderlecht 6 0 4 2 4 7 −3 4 1–1 0–0 0–0

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts AJA MIL CAS AEK
  Ajax 6 4 2 0 9 2 +7 10 2–0 1–1 2–0
  Milan 6 3 1 2 6 5 +1 5[a] 0–2 3–0 2–1
  Casino Salzburg 6 1 3 2 4 6 −2 5 0–0 0–1 0–0
  AEK Athens 6 0 2 4 3 9 −6 2 1–2 0–0 1–3
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ Milan were docked two points for crowd trouble against Casino Salzburg on Matchday Two.

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                             
  Bayern Munich (a) 0 2 2  
  IFK Göteborg 0 2 2  
    Bayern Munich 0 2 2  
    Ajax 0 5 5  
  Hajduk Split 0 0 0
    Ajax 0 3 3  
      Ajax 1
    Milan 0
    Barcelona 1 1 2  
  Paris Saint-Germain 1 2 3  
    Paris Saint-Germain 0 0 0
    Milan 1 2 3  
  Milan 2 0 2
    Benfica 0 0 0  

Quarter-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bayern Munich   2–2 (a)   IFK Göteborg 0–0 2–2
Hajduk Split   0–3   Ajax 0–0 0–3
Barcelona   2–3   Paris Saint-Germain 1–1 1–2
Milan   2–0   Benfica 2–0 0–0

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bayern Munich   2–5   Ajax 0–0 2–5
Paris Saint-Germain   0–3   Milan 0–1 0–2

FinalEdit

Ajax  1–0  Milan
Kluivert   85' Report

Top goalscorersEdit

The top scorers from the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League (excluding qualifying round) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals
1   George Weah   Paris Saint-Germain 7
2   Jari Litmanen   Ajax 6
3   Magnus Erlingmark   IFK Göteborg 4
  Marco Simone   Milan 4
5   José Mari Bakero   Barcelona 3
  Romário   Barcelona 3
  Hristo Stoichkov   Barcelona 3
  Claudio Caniggia   Benfica 3
  Christian Nerlinger   Bayern Munich 3
  Mehmet Scholl   Bayern Munich 3
  Viktor Leonenko   Dynamo Kyiv 3

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1994–95 European Cups FAQ
  2. ^ "Edición del $dateTool.format('EEEE d MMMM yyyy', $document.date), Página $document.page - Hemeroteca - MundoDeportivo.com". hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com.

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