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1997–98 UEFA Champions League

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 re-branding from the "European Champion Clubs' Cup" or "European Cup". The tournament was won by Real Madrid, winning for the first time in 32 years, beating 1–0 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, instead of previous four, 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 entered into the competition.

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 abolishion of UN ban.

Association team allocationEdit

Number of teams per country as well as the starting round for each club and seeding were based on 1997 UEFA league coefficient, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 1992–93 to 1996–96.[1]

  • Associations ranked 1–8 each have two participants
  • Associations ranked 9–48 each have one participant (except Liechtenstein and Albania)
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
First qualifying round
(30 teams)
  • 30 champions from associations 17–48 (except Liechtenstein and Albania)
Second qualifying round
(32 teams)
  • 9 champions from associations 8–16
  • 8 runners-up from associations 1–18
  • 15 winners from the first qualifying round
Group stage
(24 teams)
  • Champions League title holders (Borussia Dortmund)
  • 7 champions from associations 1–7
  • 16 winners from the second qualifying round
Knockout phase
(8 teams)
  • 6 group winners from the group stage
  • 2 best-ranked group runners-up from the group stage

TeamsEdit

55 teams entered the competition: the national champions of each of the top 48 nations in the UEFA coefficient rankings (except Liechtenstein and Albania), plus the runners-up from each of the top eight nations and UEFA Champions League holders, Borussia Dortmund. The national champions of the associations ranked 1–7 (Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and England), plus the title holders, all received a bye to the group stage, while the national champions of the associations ranked 8–16 and the runners-up of the associations ranked 1–8 all entered in the second qualifying round. The remaining national champions from the associations ranked 17–48 entered in the first qualifying round.

Group stage
  Borussia Dortmund TH (3rd)   Real Madrid (1st)   Bayern Munich (1st)   Porto (1st)
  Juventus (1st)   Monaco (1st)   PSV Eindhoven (1st)   Manchester United (1st)
Second qualifying round
  Parma (2nd)   Sporting CP (2nd)   Olympiacos (1st)   Brøndby (1st)
  Barcelona (2nd)   Newcastle United (2nd)   Wüstenrot Salzburg (1st)   Göteborg (1st)
  Paris Saint-Germain (2nd)   Galatasaray (1st)   Spartak Moscow (1st)   Rosenborg (1st)
  Bayer Leverkusen (2nd)   Beşiktaş (2nd)   Lierse (1st)   Sparta Prague (1st)
  Feyenoord (2nd)
First qualifying round
  Sion (1st)   MTK Hungária (1st)   CSKA Sofia (1st)   Lantana Tallinn (1st)
  Widzew Łódź (1st)   Dinamo Tbilisi (1st)   Sileks (1st)   Valletta (1st)
  Rangers (1st)   Košice (1st)   Kareda Šiauliai (1st)   Derry City (1st)
  Steaua București (1st)   Skonto (1st)   Constructorul Chişinău (1st)   Pyunik (1st)
  Croatia Zagreb (1st)   Maribor Branik (1st)   Crusaders (1st)   Jeunesse Esch (1st)
  Dynamo Kyiv (1st)   Jazz (1st)   Barry Town (1st)   GÍ Gøta (1st)
  Anorthosis (1st)   MPKC Mozyr (1st)   Partizan (1st)   Neftchi Baku (1st)
  Beitar Jerusalem (1st)   ÍA Akranes (1st)
Notes
  1. ^ Albania (ALB): Clubs from Albania were not admitted to UEFA competitions as 1996–97 Albanian Superliga was suspended for several months due to 1997 Albanian Civil War and eventually ended in mid-August 1997 (won by KF Tirana), past the UEFA deadline.[2]

Round and draw datesEdit

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

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 9 July 1997 23 July 1997 30 July 1997
Second qualifying round 13 August 1997 27 August 1997
Group stage Matchday 1 29 August 1997 17 September 1997
Matchday 2 1 October 1997
Matchday 3 22 October 1997
Matchday 4 5 November 1997
Matchday 5 26–27 November 1997
Matchday 6 10 December 1997
Knockout phase Quarter-finals 17 December 1997 4 March 1998 18 March 1998
Semi-finals 20 March 1998
(Lausanne)
1 April 1998 15 April 1998
Final 20 May 1998 at Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam

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 DOR PAR SPR GAL
  Borussia Dortmund 6 5 0 1 14 3 +11 15 2–0 4–1 4–1
  Parma 6 2 3 1 6 5 +1 9 1–0 2–2 2–0
  Sparta Prague 6 1 2 3 6 11 −5 5 0–3 0–0 3–0
  Galatasaray 6 1 1 4 4 11 −7 4 0–1 1–1 2–0


Group BEdit

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


Group CEdit

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


Group DEdit

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


Group EEdit

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


Group FEdit

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


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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 1997". Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  2. ^ Albania 1996/97 at RSSSF

External linksEdit