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1995–96 UEFA Champions League

The 1995–96 UEFA Champions League was the 41st season of UEFA's premier European club football tournament, and the fourth since its rebranding as the UEFA Champions League. The tournament was won by Juventus, who beat defending champions Ajax on penalties in the final for their first European Cup since 1985, and their second overall. It was the only Champions League title that Juventus won in the 1990s, despite their reaching the next two finals, and one of only two Italian wins in the final, despite there being a Serie A club in every final for seven consecutive years from 1992 to 1998.

1995–96 UEFA Champions League
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Tournament details
Dates 9 – 23 August 1995 (qualifying)
13 September 1995 – 22 May 1996 (competition proper)
Teams 16 (group stage)
24 (total)
Final positions
Champions Italy Juventus (2nd title)
Runners-up Netherlands Ajax
Tournament statistics
Matches played 61
Goals scored 159 (2.61 per match)
Attendance 1,870,462 (30,663 per match)
Top scorer(s) Finland Jari Litmanen
(9 goals)

It was the first tournament in which three points were awarded for a win instead of two.

Contents

TeamsEdit

Qualifying roundEdit

Dynamo Kyiv won their tie against Aalborg BK, but, in their first group game against Panathinaikos, they were accused of a failed attempt to bribe referee Antonio López Nieto to get a win. Despite an appeal, they were thrown out of the competition by UEFA and were banned for the subsequent two years. Aalborg BK replaced them in the group stage. Dynamo's ban was eventually reduced to just one season.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Grasshopper   2–1   Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–1 1–0
Rangers   1–0   Anorthosis 1–0 0–0
Legia Warsaw   3–1   IFK Göteborg 1–0 2–1
Casino Salzburg   0–1   Steaua Bucureşti 0–0 0–1
Dynamo Kyiv   4–1   Aalborg BK 1–0 3–1
Rosenborg   4–3   Beşiktaş 3–0 1–3
Anderlecht   1–2   Ferencváros 0–1 1–1
Panathinaikos   1–1 (a)   Hajduk Split 0–0 1–1

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 1995–96 UEFA Champions League group stage.
  Brown: Group A;   Red: Group B;   Orange: Group C;   Yellow: Group D.

11 teams of 16 made their debut in the UEFA Champions League group stage: Aalborg BK, Blackburn Rovers, Borussia Dortmund, Ferencváros, Grasshopper, Juventus, Legia Warsaw, Nantes, Panathinaikos, Real Madrid and Rosenborg. Panathinaikos had already played in the group stage of the 1991-92 European Cup.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Panathinaikos 6 3 2 1 7 3 +4 11
  Nantes 6 2 3 1 8 6 +2 9
  Porto 6 1 4 1 6 5 +1 7
  Aalborg BK 6 1 1 4 5 12 −7 4
  AAB NAN PAN POR
Aalborg BK 0–2 2–1 2–2
Nantes 3–1 0–0 0–0
Panathinaikos 2–0 3–1 0–0
Porto 2–0 2–2 0–1

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Spartak Moscow 6 6 0 0 15 4 +11 18
  Legia Warsaw 6 2 1 3 5 8 −3 7
  Rosenborg 6 2 0 4 11 16 −5 6
  Blackburn Rovers 6 1 1 4 5 8 −3 4
  BR LW ROS SPA
Blackburn Rovers 0–0 4–1 0–1
Legia Warsaw 1–0 3–1 0–1
Rosenborg 2–1 4–0 2–4
Spartak Moscow 3–0 2–1 4–1

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Juventus 6 4 1 1 15 4 +11 13
  Borussia Dortmund 6 2 3 1 8 8 0 9
  Steaua București 6 1 3 2 2 5 −3 6
  Rangers 6 0 3 3 6 14 −8 3
  DOR JUV RAN STE
Borussia Dortmund 1–3 2–2 1–0
Juventus 1–2 4–1 3–0
Rangers 2–2 0–4 1–1
Steaua București 0–0 0–0 1–0

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Ajax 6 5 1 0 15 1 +14 16
  Real Madrid 6 3 1 2 11 5 +6 10
  Ferencváros 6 1 2 3 9 19 −10 5
  Grasshopper 6 0 2 4 3 13 −10 2
  AJA FER GRA RM
Ajax 4–0 3–0 1–0
Ferencváros 1–5 3–3 1–1
Grasshopper 0–0 0–3 0–2
Real Madrid 0–2 6–1 2–0

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                             
  Borussia Dortmund 0 0 0  
  Ajax 2 1 3  
    Ajax 0 3 3  
    Panathinaikos 1 0 1  
  Legia Warsaw 0 0 0
    Panathinaikos 0 3 3  
      Ajax 1 (2)
    Juventus (p) 1 (4)
    Real Madrid 1 0 1  
  Juventus 0 2 2  
    Juventus 2 2 4
    Nantes 0 3 3  
  Nantes 2 2 4
    Spartak Moscow 0 2 2  

Quarter-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Borussia Dortmund   0–3   Ajax 0–2 0–1
Legia Warsaw   0–3   Panathinaikos 0–0 0–3
Real Madrid   1–2   Juventus 1–0 0–2
Nantes   4–2   Spartak Moscow 2–0 2–2

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ajax   3–1   Panathinaikos 0–1 3–0
Juventus   4–3   Nantes 2–0 2–3

FinalEdit

Ajax   1–1 (a.e.t.)   Juventus
Litmanen   41' Report Ravanelli   12'
Penalties
Davids  
Litmanen  
Scholten  
Silooy  
2–4   Ferrara
  Pessotto
  Padovano
  Jugović
Attendance: 67,000

Top goalscorersEdit

See alsoEdit

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