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The 1997–98 UEFA Champions League was the 43rd season of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA's premier club football tournament, and the sixth since its rebranding from the "European Champion Clubs' Cup" or "European Cup". The tournament was won 1–0 by Real Madrid, winning for the first time in 32 years, beating Juventus who were playing in a third consecutive final. It started a run of three victories in five seasons for the Spanish club.

1997–98 UEFA Champions League
Amsterdam Arena .jpg
The Amsterdam Arena held the final
Tournament details
Dates23 July – 27 August 1997 (qualifying)
17 September 1997 – 20 May 1998 (competition proper)
Teams24 (group stage)
55 (total)
Final positions
ChampionsSpain Real Madrid (7th title)
Runners-upItaly Juventus
Tournament statistics
Matches played85
Goals scored239 (2.81 per match)
Attendance2,868,568 (33,748 per match)
Top scorer(s)Italy Alessandro Del Piero
(10 goals)

This season was the first to have six groups, as opposed to four in the previous tournament, which meant that only two group runners-up qualified for the quarter finals as opposed to all the second-placed teams. It was also the first to have two qualifying rounds instead of just one. After three years of entering the UEFA Cup, champions of smaller nations returned to the Champions League. For the first time, the runners-up of eight domestic leagues (three teams: Germany (Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund as UEFA Champions League title holder); two teams: England (Newcastle United, Manchester United), France (Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain), Netherlands (Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven), Italy (Juventus, Parma), Portugal (Porto, Sporting CP), Spain (Barcelona, Real Madrid) and Turkey (Beşiktaş, Galatasaray) were entered into the competition. The runners-up entered the second qualifying round, while the league winners entered directly the group stage (except for Turkey where both winner and runner-up entered the second qualifying round).

Borussia Dortmund, the defending champions, were eliminated in the semi-finals by eventual winners Real Madrid.

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Slovakia and the Republic of Macedonia all entered their champions for the first time, while the champion of Yugoslavia returned to this competition for the first time after 1991–92 season and the abolishment of UN ban.

Contents

TeamsEdit

Qualifying roundsEdit

First qualifying roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Derry City   0–3   Maribor Branik 0–2 0–1
Košice   4–0   ÍA 3–0 1–0
Partizan   1–5   Croatia Zagreb 1–0 0–5
Valletta   1–2   Skonto 1–0 0–2
Pyunik   3–6   MTK Hungária 0–2 3–4
Crusaders   2–8   Dinamo Tbilisi 1–3 1–5
Sileks   1–3   Beitar Jerusalem 1–0 0–3
Steaua București   5–3   CSKA Sofia 3–3 2–0
Constructorul Chişinău   3–4   MPKC Mozyr 1–1 2–3
Lantana   0–3   Jazz 0–1 0–2
  0–11   Rangers 0–5 0–6
Neftchi Baku   0–10   Widzew Łódź 0–2 0–8
Dynamo Kyiv   6–0   Barry Town 2–0 4–0
Sion   5–0   Jeunesse Esch 4–0 1–0
Anorthosis   4–1   Kareda Šiauliai 3–0 1–1

Second qualifying roundEdit

Losing teams qualified for the first round of the 1997–98 UEFA Cup.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
MTK Hungária   1–4   Rosenborg 0–1 1–3
Beşiktaş   3–1   Maribor Branik 0–0 3–1
Sion   2–8   Galatasaray 1–4 1–4
Olympiacos   7–2   MPKC Mozyr 5–0 2–2
Wüstenrot Salzburg   0–3   Sparta Prague 0–0 0–3
IFK Göteborg   4–1   Rangers 3–0 1–1
Barcelona   4–2   Skonto 3–2 1–0
Brøndby   3–4   Dynamo Kyiv 2–4 1–0
Newcastle United   4–3   Croatia Zagreb 2–1 2–2(aet)
Feyenoord   8–3   Jazz 6–2 2–1
Bayer Leverkusen   6–2   Dinamo Tbilisi 6–1 0–1
Košice   2–1   Spartak Moscow 2–1 0–0
Steaua București   3–5   Paris Saint-Germain 3–0 0–5
Widzew Łódź   1–7   Parma 1–3 0–4
Beitar Jerusalem   0–3   Sporting CP 0–0 0–3
Anorthosis Famagusta   2–3   Lierse 2–0 0–3

Note: Winning teams of the first qualifying round were drawn against teams qualified directly for the second qualifying round. Because of the unequal number of teams (15 and 17), Wüstenrot Salzburg and Sparta Prague had to play against each other.

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League group stage.
  Brown: Group A;   Red: Group B;   Orange: Group C;   Yellow: Group D;   Green: Group E;   Blue: Group F.

Bayer Leverkusen, Beşiktaş, Košice, Feyenoord, Lierse, Newcastle United, Olympiacos, Parma, Sparta Prague and Sporting CP made their debut in the group stage. Košice lost all six of their group stage matches and thus became the first team to finish a Champions League group stage with no points.

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and best two runners-up advance to the quarter-finals

Group AEdit

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Borussia Dortmund 6 5 0 1 14 3 +11 15
  Parma 6 2 3 1 6 5 +1 9
  Sparta Prague 6 1 2 3 6 11 −5 5
  Galatasaray 6 1 1 4 4 11 −7 4
  DOR GAL PAR SPR
Borussia Dortmund 4–1 2–0 4–1
Galatasaray 0–1 1–1 2–0
Parma 1–0 2–0 2–2
Sparta Prague 0–3 3–0 0–0

Group BEdit

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Manchester United 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15
  Juventus 6 4 0 2 12 8 +4 12
  Feyenoord 6 3 0 3 8 10 −2 9
  Košice 6 0 0 6 2 13 −11 0
  FEY JUV KOS MU
Feyenoord 2–0 2–0 1–3
Juventus 5–1 3–2 1–0
Košice 0–1 0–1 0–3
Manchester United 2–1 3–2 3–0

Group CEdit

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 2 1 13 6 +7 11
  PSV Eindhoven 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9
  Newcastle United 6 2 1 3 7 8 −1 7
  Barcelona 6 1 2 3 7 14 −7 5
  BAR DK NEW PSV
Barcelona 0–4 1–0 2–2
Dynamo Kyiv 3–0 2–2 1–1
Newcastle United 3–2 2–0 0–2
PSV Eindhoven 2–2 1–3 1–0

Group DEdit

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Real Madrid 6 4 1 1 15 4 +11 13
  Rosenborg 6 3 2 1 13 8 +5 11
  Olympiacos 6 1 2 3 6 14 −8 5
  Porto 6 1 1 4 3 11 −8 4
  OLY POR RM ROS
Olympiacos 1–0 0–0 2–2
Porto 2–1 0–2 1–1
Real Madrid 5–1 4–0 4–1
Rosenborg 5–1 2–0 2–0

Group EEdit

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Bayern Munich 6 4 0 2 13 6 +7 12
  Paris Saint-Germain 6 4 0 2 11 10 +1 12
  Beşiktaş 6 2 0 4 6 9 −3 6
  IFK Göteborg 6 2 0 4 4 9 −5 6
  BAY BJK GÖT PSG
Bayern Munich 2–0 0–1 5–1
Beşiktaş 0–2 1–0 3–1
IFK Göteborg 1–3 2–1 0–1
Paris Saint-Germain 3–1 2–1 3–0

Group FEdit

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Monaco 6 4 1 1 15 8 +7 13
  Bayer Leverkusen 6 4 1 1 11 7 +4 13
  Sporting CP 6 2 1 3 9 11 −2 7
  Lierse 6 0 1 5 3 12 −9 1
  MON LEV LIE SCP
Monaco 4–0 5–1 3–2
Bayer Leverkusen 2–2 1–0 4–1
Lierse 0–1 0–2 1–1
Sporting CP 3–0 0–2 2–1

Ranking of runners-upEdit

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Bayer Leverkusen 6 4 1 1 11 7 +4 13
  Juventus 6 4 0 2 12 8 +4 12
  Paris Saint-Germain 6 4 0 2 11 10 +1 12
  Rosenborg 6 3 2 1 13 8 +5 11
  PSV Eindhoven 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9
  Parma 6 2 3 1 6 5 +1 9

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                             
  Juventus 1 4 5  
  Dynamo Kyiv 1 1 2  
    Juventus 4 2 6  
    Monaco 1 3 4  
  Monaco (a) 0 1 1
    Manchester United 0 1 1  
      Juventus 0
    Real Madrid 1
    Bayer Leverkusen 1 0 1  
  Real Madrid 1 3 4  
    Real Madrid 2 0 2
    Borussia Dortmund 0 0 0  
  Bayern Munich 0 0 0
    Borussia Dortmund 0 1 1  

Quarter-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bayer Leverkusen   1–4   Real Madrid 1–1 0–3
Bayern Munich   0–1   Borussia Dortmund 0–0 0–1 (aet)
Juventus   5–2   Dynamo Kyiv 1–1 4–1
Monaco   1–1 (a)   Manchester United 0–0 1–1

The quarter-final between German clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund marked the first meeting of two teams from the same country in the Champions League. With Bayer Leverkusen also having qualified, it marked the first time three clubs from the same nation played in the knockout phase.

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Real Madrid   2–0   Borussia Dortmund 2–0 0–0
Juventus   6–4   Monaco 4–1 2–3

FinalEdit

Juventus  0–1  Real Madrid
Report Mijatović   66'
Attendance: 48,500

Top goalscorersEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit