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 reaching the next two finals, and one of only three 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
Dates9–23 August 1995 (qualifying)
13 September 1995 – 22 May 1996 (competition proper)
Teams16 (group stage)
24 (total)
Final positions
ChampionsItaly Juventus (2nd title)
Runners-upNetherlands Ajax
Tournament statistics
Matches played61
Goals scored159 (2.61 per match)
Attendance1,870,462 (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.

TeamsEdit

24 teams entered the competition – the national champions of each of the top 24 nations in the UEFA coefficient rankings, including UEFA Champions League holders, Ajax. The national champions of the associations ranked 1–7, plus the title holders, all received a bye to the group stage, while the national champions of the associations ranked 8–24 entered in the qualifying round. The remaining national champions from the associations ranked 25–47 were only allowed to participate in UEFA Cup.[1]

Group stage
  AjaxTH (1st)   Nantes (1st)   Real Madrid (1st)   Porto (1st)
  Juventus (1st)   Borussia Dortmund (1st)   Blackburn Rovers (1st)   Spartak Moscow (1st)
Qualifying round
  Anderlecht (1st)   Aalborg BK (1st)   Legia Warsaw (1st)   Ferencváros (1st)
  Beşiktaş (1st)   Göteborg (1st)   Steaua București (1st)   Hajduk Split (1st)
  Casino Salzburg (1st)   Rangers (1st)   Rosenborg (1st)   Anorthosis (1st)
  Panathinaikos (1st)   Grasshopper (1st)   Maccabi Tel Aviv (1st)   Dynamo Kyiv (1st)

Round and draw datesEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held in Geneva, Switzerland).

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying round 12 July 1995 9 August 1995 23 August 1995
Group stage Matchday 1 25 August 1995 13 September 1995
Matchday 2 27 September 1995
Matchday 3 18 October 1995
Matchday 4 1 November 1995
Matchday 5 22 November 1995
Matchday 6 6 December 1995
Knockout phase Quarter-finals 6 March 1996 20 March 1996
Semi-finals 3 April 1996 17 April 1996
Final 22 May 1996 at Stadio Olimpico, Rome

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 the referee, Antonio López Nieto, to get a win. Despite an appeal, they were ejected from the competition and banned for two years, with Aalborg BK replacing them in the group stage. Dynamo's ban was eventually reduced to 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 București 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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PAN NAN POR AAB
1   Panathinaikos 6 3 2 1 7 3 +4 11 Advance to knockout stage 3–1 0–0 2–0
2   Nantes 6 2 3 1 8 6 +2 9 0–0 0–0 3–1
3   Porto 6 1 4 1 6 5 +1 7 0–1 2–2 2–0
4   Aalborg BK 6 1 1 4 5 12 −7 4 2–2 0–2 2–1
Source: UEFA

Group BEdit

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

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JUV DOR STE RAN
1   Juventus 6 4 1 1 15 4 +11 13 Advance to knockout stage 1–2 3–0 4–1
2   Borussia Dortmund 6 2 3 1 8 8 0 9 1–3 1–0 2–2
3   Steaua București 6 1 3 2 2 5 −3 6 0–0 0–0 1–0
4   Rangers 6 0 3 3 6 14 −8 3 0–4 2–2 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group DEdit

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

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

The top scorers from the 1995–96 UEFA Champions League (excluding qualifying round) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals
1   Jari Litmanen   Ajax 9
2   Alessandro Del Piero   Juventus 6
  Raúl   Real Madrid 6
  Krzysztof Warzycha   Panathinaikos 6
5   Patrick Kluivert   Ajax 5
  Yuriy Nikiforov   Spartak Moscow 5
  Nicolas Ouédec   Nantes 5
  Fabrizio Ravanelli   Juventus 5
9   Mike Newell   Blackburn Rovers 4
  Iván Zamorano   Real Madrid 4
11   Erik Bo Andersen   Aalborg BK 3
  Karl Petter Løken   Rosenborg 3
  Reynald Pedros   Nantes 3
  Sergei Yuran   Spartak Moscow 3
  Japhet N'Doram   Nantes 3

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