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The 1998–99 UEFA Champions League was the 44th season of the UEFA Champions League, Europe's premier club football tournament, and the seventh since it was renamed from the "European Champion Clubs' Cup" or "European Cup". The competition was won by Manchester United, coming back from a goal down in the last two minutes of injury time to defeat Bayern Munich 2–1 in the final. Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored United's goals after Bayern had hit the post and the bar. They were the first English club to win Europe's premier club football tournament since 1984 and were also the first English club to reach a Champions League final since the Heysel Stadium disaster and the subsequent banning of English clubs from all UEFA competitions between 1985 and 1990. It was the first time since 1968 that Manchester United won the Champions League giving them their second title.

1998–99 UEFA Champions League
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The final was played at Camp Nou in Barcelona
Tournament details
Dates22 July – 26 August 1998 (qualifying)
16 September 1998 – 26 May 1999 (competition proper)
Teams24 (group stage)
56 (total)
Final positions
ChampionsManchester United (2nd title)
Runners-upBayern Munich
Tournament statistics
Matches played85
Goals scored238 (2.8 per match)
Top scorer(s)Andriy Shevchenko
Dwight Yorke
(8 goals)

Manchester United also completed the Treble, becoming the fourth side in Europe to do so and in the process preventing Bayern Munich from achieving the feat themselves, Bayern eventually finished runners-up in their domestic cup two weeks later.

The Red Devils won the trophy without losing a single match, despite having competed in a group with Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Brøndby, plus two highly rated Italian clubs in the knock-out stages. However, United became champions with just five wins in total, the lowest number of wins recorded by a champion in the Champions League era to date, though the competition now has an extra round of two matches in the knock-out stages.

It was the first time the Champions League was won by a team that had neither won their domestic league nor the Champions League the previous season and therefore would not have qualified for the tournament under the old qualification rules (title holder or national league champion). For the second time, the runners-up of eight domestic leagues (three teams from Spain (including current UEFA Champions League title holder); two teams from England, France, Greece (replacing Turkey), the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Portugal) were entered into the competition. The runners-up entered the second qualifying round while the league winners entered directly the group stage (except for Greece where both winner and runner-up entered the second qualifying).

Real Madrid were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Dynamo Kyiv.

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TeamsEdit

56 teams entered the competition: the national champions of each of the top 48 nations in the UEFA coefficient rankings (except Liechtenstein), plus the runners-up from each of the top eight nations and UEFA Champions League holders, Real Madrid. The national champions of the associations ranked 1–7 (Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, England and Portugal), plus the title holders, all received a bye to the group stage, while the national champions of the associations ranked 8–15 (Greece, Czech Republic, Norway, Austria, Russia, Croatia, Turkey and Denmark) 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 16–48 entered in the first qualifying round.[1]

First qualifying round
  Vllaznia   Yerevan   Kapaz   Dinamo Minsk
  Club Brugge   Litex Lovech   Anorthosis   Flora
  B36 Tórshavn   HJK   Dinamo Tbilisi   Újpest
  ÍBV   Beitar Jerusalem   Skonto   Kareda Šiauliai
  Jeunesse Esch   Sileks   Valletta   Zimbru Chișinău
  Cliftonville   ŁKS Łódź   St Patrick's Athletic   Steaua București
  Celtic   Košice   Maribor Branik   Halmstad
  Grasshopper   Dynamo Kyiv   Barry Town   Obilić
Second qualifying round
  Sturm Graz   Croatia Zagreb   Sparta Prague   Brøndby
  Manchester United   Metz   Bayern Munich   Olympiacos
  Panathinaikos   Internazionale   PSV Eindhoven   Rosenborg
  Benfica   Spartak Moscow   Athletic Bilbao   Galatasaray
Group stage
  Arsenal   Lens   Kaiserslautern   Juventus
  Ajax   Porto   Barcelona   Real Madrid

Qualifying roundsEdit

First qualifying roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sileks   1–2   Club Brugge 0–0 1–2
ŁKS Łódź   7–2   Kapaz 4–1 3–1
Litex Lovech   3–2   Halmstad 2–0 1–2
Grasshopper   8–0   Jeunesse Esch 6–0 2–0
Celtic   2–0   St Patrick's Athletic 0–0 2–0
Kareda Šiauliai   0–4   Maribor Branik 0–3 0–1
Dynamo Kyiv   10–1   Barry Town 8–0 2–1
Cliftonville   1–13   Košice 1–5 0–8
Skonto   2–1   Dinamo Minsk 0–0 2–1
Valletta   0–8   Anorthosis Famagusta 0–2 0–6
Beitar Jerusalem   5–1   B36 Tórshavn 4–1 1–0
Dinamo Tbilisi   4–3   Vllaznia 3–0 1 1–3
HJK   5–0   Yerevan 2–0 3–0
Obilić   4–1   ÍBV 2–0 2–1
Zimbru Chișinău   2–3   Újpest 1–0 1–3
Steaua București   5–4   Flora 4–1 1–3

Second qualifying roundEdit

Losing teams qualified for the first round of the 1998–99 UEFA Cup.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Rosenborg   4–4 (a)   Club Brugge 2–0 2–4
Manchester United   2–0   ŁKS Łódź 2–0 0–0
Litex Lovech   2–11   Spartak Moscow 0–51 2–6
Galatasaray   5–3   Grasshopper 2–1 3–2
Celtic   1–3   Croatia Zagreb 1–0 0–3
Maribor Branik   3–5   PSV Eindhoven 2–1 1–4 (aet)
Dynamo Kyiv   1–1 (3–1 p)   Sparta Prague 0–1 1–0 (aet)
Košice   1–2   Brøndby 0–2 1–0
Internazionale   7–1   Skonto 4–0 3–1
Olympiacos   6–3   Anorthosis Famagusta 2–1 4–2
Benfica   8–4   Beitar Jerusalem 6–0 2–4
Dinamo Tbilisi   2–2 (a)   Athletic Bilbao 2–1 0–1
HJK   2–1   Metz 1–0 1–1
Bayern Munich   5–1   Obilić 4–0 1–12
Sturm Graz   7–2   Újpest 4–0 3–2
Steaua București   5–8   Panathinaikos 2–2 3–6

Note: Winning teams of the first qualifying round were drawn against teams qualified directly for the second qualifying round (16 and 16 teams).

  1. ^ This match was played at Naftex's Neftochimik Stadium in Burgas because Litex Lovech's Lovech Stadium in Lovech did not meet UEFA standards.
  2. ^ This match was played at FK Partizan's Partizan Stadium in Belgrade because FK Obilić's Miloš Obilić Stadium in Belgrade did not meet UEFA standards.

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League group stage.
  Brown: Group A;   Red: Group B;   Orange: Group C;   Yellow: Group D;   Green: Group E;   Blue: Group F.

Twenty-four teams took part in the group stage: the national champions of Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, England and Portugal, the title holders, and the 16 winning teams from the second qualifying round. Arsenal, Athletic Bilbao, Brøndby, Croatia Zagreb, HJK, Internazionale, Kaiserslautern, Lens and Sturm Graz made their debuts in the group stage of the competition. This was the first time that a team from Finland played in the group stage.

The teams were divided into six groups of four teams each, with the teams in each group playing each other twice (home and away) in a double round-robin format. Three points were awarded for each win, with one point each for a draw and none for a defeat. The winners of each group progressed to the quarter-finals, along with the two best second-placed teams. In the event that two or more teams had the same number of points at the end of the group stage, the rankings of the teams in question were determined by the following criteria:[2]

  1. greater number of points obtained in the matches between the teams in question
  2. goal difference resulting from the matches between the teams in question
  3. greater number of goals scored away from home in matches between the teams in question
  4. superior goal difference from all the matches played
  5. greater number of goals scored
  6. national association's coefficient at the start of the season in question

The two best runners-up were determined by the following criteria:[3]

  1. highest number of points obtained in the group matches
  2. goal difference from all group matches
  3. greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. greater number of goals scored away from home
  5. national association's coefficient at the start of the season in question
  6. individual club coefficient at the start of the season in question
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 OLY CRZ POR AJA
  Olympiacos 6 3 2 1 8 6 +2 11 2–0 2–1 1–0
  Croatia Zagreb 6 2 2 2 5 7 −2 8 1–1 3–1 0–0
  Porto 6 2 1 3 11 9 +2 7 2–2 3–0 3–0
  Ajax 6 2 1 3 4 6 −2 7 2–0 0–1 2–1

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts JUV GAL ROS AB
  Juventus 6 1 5 0 7 5 +2 8 2–2 2–0 1–1
  Galatasaray 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8 1–1 3–0 2–1
  Rosenborg 6 2 2 2 7 8 −1 8 1–1 3–0 2–1
  Athletic Bilbao 6 1 3 2 5 6 −1 6 0–0 1–0 1–1

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts INT RM SPA SG
  Internazionale 6 4 1 1 9 5 +4 13 3–1 2–1 1–0
  Real Madrid 6 4 0 2 17 8 +9 12 2–0 2–1 6–1
  Spartak Moscow 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1 8 1–1 2–1 0–0
  Sturm Graz 6 0 1 5 2 16 −14 1 0–2 1–5 0–2

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts BAY MU BAR BRO
  Bayern Munich 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11 2–2 1–0 2–0
  Manchester United 6 2 4 0 20 11 +9 10 1–1 3–3 5–0
  Barcelona 6 2 2 2 11 9 +2 8 1–2 3–3 2–0
  Brøndby 6 1 0 5 4 18 −14 3 2–1 2–6 0–2

Group EEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts DK LEN ARS PAN
  Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 11 1–1 3–1 2–1
  Lens 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1 8 1–3 1–1 1–0
  Arsenal 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8 1–1 0–1 2–1
  Panathinaikos 6 2 0 4 6 9 −3 6 2–1 1–0 1–3

Group FEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts KAI BEN PSV HJK
  Kaiserslautern 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6 13 1–0 3–1 5–2
  Benfica 6 2 2 2 8 9 −1 8 2–1 2–1 2–2
  PSV Eindhoven 6 2 1 3 10 11 −1 7 1–2 2–2 2–1
  HJK 6 1 2 3 8 12 −4 5 0–0 2–0 1–3

Ranking of runners-upEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Real Madrid 6 4 0 2 17 8 +9 12
  Manchester United 6 2 4 0 20 11 +9 10
  Galatasaray 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8
  Benfica 6 2 2 2 8 9 −1 8
  Lens 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1 8
  Croatia Zagreb 6 2 2 2 5 7 −2 8

Knockout stageEdit

The knockout stage was played in a single-elimination tournament format consisting of three rounds: quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. Each tie in the quarter-finals and semi-finals was played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home, while the final was played as a single match at a neutral venue. In the quarter-finals and semi-finals, in the event that two teams scored the same number of goals over the two legs of their tie, the winner would be determined by the number of goals scored away from home. If both sides scored the same number of goals away from home, two 15-minute periods of extra time would be played. If both teams scored the same number of goals during extra time, the visiting team would qualify for the next round by virtue of having scored more goals away from home. If neither side scored during extra time, the match would be decided by a penalty shoot-out. In the final, if the scores were level after 90 minutes, two 15-minute periods of golden goal extra time would be played; i.e. whichever team scored first would be declared the winner. If neither side scored during golden goal extra time, a penalty shoot-out would again be used to determine the winner.[3]

BracketEdit

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                             
  Manchester United 2 1 3  
  Internazionale 0 1 1  
    Manchester United 1 3 4  
    Juventus 1 2 3  
  Juventus 2 1 3
    Olympiacos 1 1 2  
      Manchester United 2
    Bayern Munich 1
    Real Madrid 1 0 1  
  Dynamo Kyiv 1 2 3  
    Dynamo Kyiv 3 0 3
    Bayern Munich 3 1 4  
  Bayern Munich 2 4 6
    Kaiserslautern 0 0 0  

Quarter-finalsEdit

In the quarter-finals, the two best runners-up could not be drawn together, nor could the winners and runners-up from the same group. Both runners-up played the first leg of their quarter-final at home, as did the teams drawn first in the other two quarter-finals.[3]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Real Madrid   1–3   Dynamo Kyiv 1–1 0–2
Manchester United   3–1   Internazionale 2–0 1–1
Juventus   3–2   Olympiacos 2–1 1–1
Bayern Munich   6–0   Kaiserslautern 2–0 4–0

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Manchester United   4–3   Juventus 1–1 3–2
Dynamo Kyiv   3–4   Bayern Munich 3–3 0–1

FinalEdit

Manchester United  2–1  Bayern Munich
Sheringham   90+1'
Solskjær   90+3'
Report Basler   6'
Attendance: 90,245

Top goalscorersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook Season 1998/99. Nyon: Union of European Football Associations. 1998. p. 19.
  2. ^ UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook Season 1998/99. Nyon, Switzerland: Union of European Football Associations. 1998. p. 13.
  3. ^ a b c UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook Season 1998/99. Nyon, Switzerland: Union of European Football Associations. 1998. p. 14.

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