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The 1994 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match between Italian club Milan and Spanish club Barcelona, played on 18 May 1994 at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece.

1994 UEFA Champions League Final
Match programme cover
Event1993–94 UEFA Champions League
Date18 May 1994
VenueOlympic Stadium, Athens
RefereePhilip Don (England)

Barcelona were favourites to win their second European Cup/UEFA Champions League in three years, having just won La Liga for the fourth year in a row. Milan's preparation before the final was in disarray: legendary striker Marco van Basten was still out with a long-term injury, and £13 million young sensation Gianluigi Lentini (then world's most expensive footballer) was also injured; sweeper and captain, Franco Baresi was suspended, as was defender Alessandro Costacurta; and UEFA regulations at the time that limited teams to fielding a maximum of three non-nationals meant that coach Fabio Capello was forced to leave out Florin Răducioiu, Jean-Pierre Papin and Brian Laudrup. On Barcelona's side, the rule saw Johan Cruyff choosing not to pick Michael Laudrup in his squad for the final which caused Capello to state after the game: "Laudrup was the guy I feared but Cruyff left him out, and that was his mistake".[1] Laudrup left Barcelona for their arch-rival, Real Madrid, at the end of the season.

Milan played in their all-white away strip, which historically they use in finals of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League, while Barcelona played in their red and blue strip. Milan dominated early and were rewarded when Dejan Savićević ran down the right flank and passed to Daniele Massaro, who tapped the ball into an empty net. Massaro banged in his second just before half-time to make it 2–0 after a solo run by Roberto Donadoni down the left wing.

In the 47th minute, Savićević capitalised on a defensive error by Miguel Ángel Nadal to lob goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta for the third goal. Eight minutes later, after Savićević had hit a post and the Barcelona defence had failed to clear, Milan defender Marcel Desailly beat the offside trap to make it 4–0, which ended up being the final score. Many pundits have described Milan's performance against Barcelona in the final as the greatest ever by a team in European Cup/UEFA Champions League history.[citation needed] Desailly became the first player to win the trophy in consecutive years with different clubs after winning with Marseille in 1993.


Road to the finalEdit

  Milan Round   Barcelona
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  FC Aarau 1–0 1–0 (A) 0–0 (H) First round   Dynamo Kyiv 5–4 1–3 (A) 4–1 (H)
  Copenhagen 7–0 6–0 (A) 1–0 (H) Second round   Austria Wien 5–1 3–0 (H) 2–1 (A)
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
  Anderlecht 0–0 (A) Matchday 1   Galatasaray 0–0 (A)
  Porto 3–0 (H) Matchday 2   Monaco 2–0 (H)
  Werder Bremen 2–1 (H) Matchday 3   Spartak Moscow 2–2 (A)
  Werder Bremen 1–1 (A) Matchday 4   Spartak Moscow 5–1 (H)
  Anderlecht 0–0 (H) Matchday 5   Galatasaray 3–0 (H)
  Porto 0–0 (A) Matchday 6   Monaco 1–0 (A)
Group B winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Milan 6 2 4 0 6 2 +4 8
  Porto 6 3 1 2 10 6 +4 7
  Werder Bremen 6 2 1 3 11 15 −4 5
  Anderlecht 6 1 2 3 5 9 −4 4
Final standings Group A winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Barcelona 6 4 2 0 13 3 +10 10
  Monaco 6 3 1 2 9 4 +5 7
  Spartak Moscow 6 1 3 2 6 12 −6 5
  Galatasaray 6 0 2 4 1 10 −9 2
Opponent Result Knockout phase Opponent Result
  Monaco 3–0 (H) Semi-finals   Porto 3–0 (H)



Milan  4–0  Barcelona
Massaro   22'45+2'
Savićević   47'
Desailly   58'
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Philip Don (England)
GK 1   Sebastiano Rossi
RB 2   Mauro Tassotti (c)   35'
LB 3   Christian Panucci   88'
CM 4   Demetrio Albertini   53'
CB 5   Filippo Galli
CB 6   Paolo Maldini   83'
LM 7   Roberto Donadoni
CM 8   Marcel Desailly
RM 9   Zvonimir Boban
CF 10   Dejan Savićević
CF 11   Daniele Massaro   45'
GK 12   Mario Ielpo
DF 13   Stefano Nava   83'
MF 14   Angelo Carbone
MF 15   Gianluigi Lentini
FW 16   Marco Simone
  Fabio Capello
GK 1   Andoni Zubizarreta
RB 2   Albert Ferrer   58'
CM 3   Pep Guardiola
CB 4   Ronald Koeman
CB 5   Miguel Ángel Nadal   54'
CM 6   José Mari Bakero (c)   48'
LB 7   Sergi   55'   71'
RW 8   Hristo Stoichkov   24'
CM 9   Guillermo Amor
CF 10   Romário
LW 11   Txiki Begiristain   51'
DF 12   Juan Carlos
GK 13   Carles Busquets
MF 14   Eusebio   51'
MF 15   Ion Andoni Goikoetxea
MF 16   Quique Estebaranz   71'
  Johan Cruyff

Assistant referees:
  Rob Harris (England)
  Roy Pearson (England)
Fourth official:
  Martin Bodenham (England)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ ABC(spanish newspaper), 20 May 1994
  2. ^ a b Wilson, Jonathan (2008). Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics. Orion. p. 318. ISBN 978-1-4091-0204-5.

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