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The 1996–97 UEFA Champions League was the 42nd season of UEFA's premier European club football tournament, the fifth since its rebranding as the UEFA Champions League, and the last involving only clubs that were champions of their domestic leagues. Due to the Bosman ruling, restrictions on foreign players in matchday squads were lifted from this season.

1996–97 UEFA Champions League
2014 Olympiastadion Munich.jpg
The Olympiastadion in Munich held the final
Tournament details
Dates7–21 August 1996 (qualifying)
11 September 1996 – 28 May 1997 (competition proper)
Teams16 (group stage)
24 (total)
Final positions
ChampionsGermany Borussia Dortmund (1st title)
Runners-upItaly Juventus
Tournament statistics
Matches played61
Goals scored161 (2.64 per match)
Attendance2,093,228 (34,315 per match)
Top scorer(s)Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milinko Pantić
(5 goals)

The tournament was won by Borussia Dortmund in a 3–1 final victory against defending champions Juventus. It was their only title in the tournament to date, and the first title for Germany since its reunification in 1990.

Contents

TeamsEdit

Qualifying roundEdit

The winners of each tie in the preliminary round entered the Champions League group stage, whilst the losers entered the UEFA Cup first round.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Maccabi Tel Aviv   1–2   Fenerbahçe 0–1 1–1
Rangers   10–3   Alania Vladikavkaz 3–1 7–2
Panathinaikos   1–3   Rosenborg 1–0 0–3 (aet)
IFK Göteborg   4–1   Ferencváros 3–0 1–1
Widzew Łódź   4–4 (a)   Brøndby 2–1 2–3
Grasshopper   6–0   Slavia Prague 5–0 1–0
Club Brugge   2–5   Steaua București 2–2 0–3
Rapid Wien   6–2   Dynamo Kyiv 2–0 4–2

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 1996–97 UEFA Champions League group stage.
  Brown: Group A;   Red: Group B;   Orange: Group C;   Yellow: Group D.

Atlético Madrid, Auxerre, Fenerbahçe, Rapid Wien and Widzew Łódź made their debut in the group stage.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts AUX AJA GRA RAN
  Auxerre 6 4 0 2 8 7 +1 12 0–1 1–0 2–1
  Ajax 6 4 0 2 8 4 +4 12 1–2 0–1 4–1
  Grasshopper 6 3 0 3 8 5 +3 9 3–1 0–1 3–0
  Rangers 6 1 0 5 5 13 −8 3 1–2 0–1 2–1

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts ATL DOR WID STE
  Atlético Madrid 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 13 0–1 1–0 4–0
  Borussia Dortmund 6 4 1 1 14 8 +6 13 1–2 2–1 5–3
  Widzew Łódź 6 1 1 4 6 10 −4 4 1–4 2–2 2–0
  Steaua București 6 1 1 4 5 15 −10 4 1–1 0–3 1–0

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts JUV MU FEN RAP
  Juventus 6 5 1 0 11 1 +10 16 1–0 2–0 5–0
  Manchester United 6 3 0 3 6 3 +3 9 0–1 0–1 2–0
  Fenerbahçe 6 2 1 3 3 6 −3 7 0–1 0–2 1–0
  Rapid Wien 6 0 2 4 2 12 −10 2 1–1 0–2 1–1

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts POR ROS MIL GÖT
  Porto 6 5 1 0 12 4 +8 16 3–0 1–1 2–1
  Rosenborg 6 3 0 3 7 11 −4 9 0–1 1–4 1–0
  Milan 6 2 1 3 13 11 +2 7 2–3 1–2 4–2
  IFK Göteborg 6 1 0 5 7 13 −6 3 0–2 2–3 2–1

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                             
  Borussia Dortmund 3 1 4  
  Auxerre 1 0 1  
    Borussia Dortmund 1 1 2  
    Manchester United 0 0 0  
  Manchester United 4 0 4
    Porto 0 0 0  
      Borussia Dortmund 3
    Juventus 1
    Ajax (aet) 1 3 4  
  Atlético Madrid 1 2 3  
    Ajax 1 1 2
    Juventus 2 4 6  
  Rosenborg 1 0 1
    Juventus 1 2 3  

Quarter-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Borussia Dortmund   4–1   Auxerre 3–1 1–0
Manchester United   4–0   Porto 4–0 0–0
Ajax   4–3   Atlético Madrid 1–1 3–2(aet)
Rosenborg   1–3   Juventus 1–1 0–2

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Borussia Dortmund   2–0   Manchester United 1–0 1–0
Ajax   2–6   Juventus 1–2 1–4

FinalEdit

Borussia Dortmund  3–1  Juventus
Riedle   29'34'
Ricken   71'
Report Del Piero   65'
Attendance: 59,000

Top goalscorersEdit

See alsoEdit

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