1997 UEFA Champions League Final

The 1997 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match played at the Olympiastadion in Munich on 28 May 1997 to determine the winner of the 1996–97 UEFA Champions League. The match was contested by Borussia Dortmund of Germany and Juventus of Italy. Borussia Dortmund won 3–1 with goals from Karl-Heinz Riedle and Lars Ricken; Juventus' goal was scored by Alessandro Del Piero.

1997 UEFA Champions League Final
1997 UEFA Champions League Final programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event1996–97 UEFA Champions League
Date28 May 1997
VenueOlympiastadion, Munich
RefereeSándor Puhl (Hungary)

Route to the finalEdit

In their first semi-final in Europe's premier tournament since 1964, Dortmund defeated Manchester United, who themselves had not reached that stage since 1969.

In the other half of the draw, Juventus easily overcame Ajax, the same team they had beaten on penalties in the previous year's final.

  Borussia Dortmund Round   Juventus
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
  Widzew Łódź 2–1 (H) Matchday 1   Manchester United 1–0 (H)
  Steaua București 3–0 (A) Matchday 2   Fenerbahçe 1–0 (A)
  Atlético Madrid 1–0 (A) Matchday 3   Rapid Wien 1–1 (A)
  Atlético Madrid 1–2 (H) Matchday 4   Rapid Wien 5–0 (H)
  Widzew Łódź 2–2 (A) Matchday 5   Manchester United 1–0 (A)
  Steaua București 5–3 (H) Matchday 6   Fenerbahçe 2–0 (H)
Group B runners-up
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Atlético Madrid 6 13
2   Borussia Dortmund 6 13
3   Widzew Łódź 6 4
4   Steaua București 6 4
Source: UEFA
Final standings Group C winner
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Juventus 6 16
2   Manchester United 6 9
3   Fenerbahçe 6 7
4   Rapid Wien 6 2
Source: UEFA
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  Auxerre 4–1 3–1 (H) 1–0 (A) Quarter-finals   Rosenborg BK 3–1 1–1 (A) 2–0 (H)
  Manchester United 2–0 1–0 (H) 1–0 (A) Semi-finals   Ajax 6–2 2–1 (A) 4–1 (H)

Familiarity of finalistsEdit

The match featured the same teams who competed in the 1993 UEFA Cup Final, in which Juventus prevailed 6–1 over two legs.[2] Their two German players in that final, Jürgen Kohler and Andreas Möller, had since moved to Dortmund[3] along with the Brazilian Júlio César (who did not feature in the 1997 final), while another two Dortmund players who did play in Munich – Stefan Reuter and Paulo Sousa – were also former Juventus players, and Matthias Sammer and Karl-Heinz Riedle had previously played in Italy's Serie A[3] (the latter's replacement at Lazio was Alen Bokšić, who by 1997 had moved to Juventus).

Goalkeepers Angelo Peruzzi and his understudy Michelangelo Rampulla were the only Juventus players from 1993 in the squad for the 1997 final (Moreno Torricelli and Antonio Conte were still at the club but were not involved), with the aforementioned Kohler and Möller having switched sides. In the Dortmund squad their goalkeeper Stefan Klos, striker Stéphane Chapuisat[3] and midfielders René Tretschok, Reuter and club captain Michael Zorc remained from four years earlier.

Besides the 1993 showpiece, the clubs had also met in the semi-finals of the 1994–95 UEFA Cup with Juventus progressing to the final which they lost to Parma,[2] and in the group stage of the 1995–96 UEFA Champions League, with each club winning away from home, however Juventus topped the group and went on to win the trophy.[2]

In the years to follow, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund would not meet again until 2014–15 Champions League round of 16[2] – the Italian club went through,[4] meaning they won all four fixtures (1993, 1995 UEFA Cup, 1995 and 2015 Champions League) at Dortmund's Westfalenstadion, with their only defeat on German soil was in this final. Juventus reached that season's final; coincidentally that match was again held at an Olympiastadion in Germany, but this time in Berlin, and the outcome was another 3–1 loss, to Barcelona.



Karl-Heinz Riedle put Dortmund ahead finishing from inside the six yard box after Paul Lambert's cross. Riedle then made it two with a header from a corner kick from the right.

In the second half, Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero, who had come on as a substitute, scored via a back-heel from a cross by Alen Bokšić to make the score 2–1.

20-year-old substitute and Dortmund local boy Lars Ricken latched on to a through-pass by Andreas Möller only 16 seconds after coming onto the pitch. Ricken chipped Angelo Peruzzi in the Juve goal from over 20 yards with his first touch of the ball, to make it 3–1 for Dortmund. Ricken's goal was the fastest ever by a substitute in said event.[5]

With Zinedine Zidane unable to make an impression for Juve against the close marking of Lambert,[6][7][8][9][10] the 3–1 victory gave Dortmund their only Champions League title to date.


Borussia Dortmund  3–1  Juventus
Riedle   29'34'
Ricken   71'
Report Del Piero   65'
Attendance: 59,000[1]
Borussia Dortmund
GK 1   Stefan Klos
SW 6   Matthias Sammer (c)
CB 15   Jürgen Kohler
CB 16   Martin Kree
RWB 7   Stefan Reuter
LWB 17   Jörg Heinrich
CM 14   Paul Lambert
CM 19   Paulo Sousa   23'
AM 10   Andreas Möller   89'
CF 13   Karl-Heinz Riedle   67'
CF 9   Stéphane Chapuisat   70'
GK 12   Wolfgang de Beer
MF 8   Michael Zorc   89'
MF 18   Lars Ricken   71'   70'
MF 23   René Tretschok
FW 11   Heiko Herrlich   67'
  Ottmar Hitzfeld
GK 1   Angelo Peruzzi (c)
RB 5   Sergio Porrini   19'   46'
CB 2   Ciro Ferrara
CB 4   Paolo Montero
LB 13   Mark Iuliano   90'
DM 14   Didier Deschamps
RM 7   Angelo Di Livio
LM 18   Vladimir Jugović
AM 21   Zinedine Zidane
CF 15   Christian Vieri   71'
CF 9   Alen Bokšić   87'
GK 12   Michelangelo Rampulla
DF 22   Gianluca Pessotto
MF 20   Alessio Tacchinardi   87'
FW 10   Alessandro Del Piero   46'
FW 16   Nicola Amoruso   71'
  Marcello Lippi

Assistant referees:
  László Hamar (Hungary)
  Imre Bozóky (Hungary)
Fourth official:
  Attila Juhos (Hungary)

Match rules

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "2. Finals" (PDF). UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook 2016/17. Nyon, Switzerland: Union of European Football Associations. 2017. p. 1. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Juventus v Dortmund background". UEFA.com. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "20 years on: Dortmund's European champions". UEFA.com. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Tévez leads Juventus to Dortmund stroll". UEFA.com. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  5. ^ Milne, David (29 May 1997). "Football: Juventus wrecked by German bite". The Independent. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  6. ^ Murray, Scott (25 November 2011). "The Joy of Six: British and Irish footballers abroad". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Paul Lambert – The Norwich wizard". espnstar.com. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  8. ^ Gordon, Phil (6 September 2009). "Norwich City manager Paul Lambert on his vision for the future". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  9. ^ Calvin, Michael (1 May 2010). "Revealed: The six British Football League managers capable of being the next Roy Hodgson". Mirror Football. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  10. ^ "PAUL LAMBERT: FROM LINWOOD RANGERS BC TO THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE". scotzine.com. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2013.

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