2001 UEFA Champions League Final

The 2001 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place at San Siro in Milan, Italy, on 23 May 2001, to decide the winner of the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League. The match pitted German side Bayern Munich against Spanish side Valencia. The match finished in a 1–1 draw, but Bayern clinched their fourth title by winning 5–4 on penalties. This was also their first European Cup title in a quarter-century, also representing Valencia's second consecutive final defeat (2000 and 2001). As all the goals in the match were scored from penalties, with also Bayern Munich missing a penalty in normal time and a penalty shoot-out was required to decide the winner, this UEFA Champions League match became an "all-penalty" final. The 2001 final was a meeting of the two previous seasons' losing finalists – Bayern Munich lost to Manchester United in 1999 and Valencia lost to Real Madrid in 2000.

2001 UEFA Champions League Final
Champions League Final 2001.jpg
Match programme cover
Event2000–01 UEFA Champions League
After golden goal extra time
Bayern Munich won 5–4 on penalties
Date23 May 2001
VenueSan Siro, Milan
Man of the MatchOliver Kahn (Bayern Munich)[1]
RefereeDick Jol (Netherlands)[2]
WeatherScattered clouds
20 °C (68 °F)[3]

This was the sixth European Cup final to be decided on penalties, and the second under the Champions League format. This was Ottmar Hitzfeld's second Champions League title after he won it with Borussia Dortmund in 1997, making him the second coach in European Cup history, after Ernst Happel, to win the competition with two clubs. Meanwhile, it was Héctor Cúper's third consecutive European final defeat; he lost the 1999 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final with Mallorca, before losing the 2000 Champions League final with Valencia.


In the following table, finals until 1992 were in the European Cup era, since 1993 were in the UEFA Champions League era.

Team Previous final appearances (bold indicates winners)
  Bayern Munich 6 (1974, 1975, 1976, 1982, 1987, 1999)
  Valencia 1 (2000)

Route to the finalEdit

  Bayern Munich Round   Valencia
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Qualifying phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Bye Third qualifying round   Tirol Innsbruck 4–1 0–0 (A) 4–1 (H)
Opponent Result First group stage Opponent Result
  Helsingborgs IF 3–1 (A) Matchday 1   Olympiacos 2–1 (H)
  Rosenborg 3–1 (H) Matchday 2   Heerenveen 1–0 (A)
  Paris Saint-Germain 0–1 (A) Matchday 3   Lyon 1–0 (H)
  Paris Saint-Germain 2–0 (H) Matchday 4   Lyon 2–1 (A)
  Helsingborgs IF 0–0 (H) Matchday 5   Olympiacos 0–1 (A)
  Rosenborg 1–1 (A) Matchday 6   Heerenveen 1–1 (H)
Group F winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Bayern Munich 6 11
2   Paris Saint-Germain 6 10
3   Rosenborg 6 7
4   Helsingborg 6 5
Source: UEFA
Final standings Group C winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Valencia 6 13
2   Lyon 6 9
3   Olympiacos 6 9
4   Heerenveen 6 4
Source: UEFA
Opponent Result Second group stage Opponent Result
  Lyon 1–0 (H) Matchday 1   Sturm Graz 2–0 (H)
  Arsenal 2–2 (A) Matchday 2   Panathinaikos 0–0 (A)
  Spartak Moscow 1–0 (H) Matchday 3   Manchester United 0–0 (H)
  Spartak Moscow 3–0 (A) Matchday 4   Manchester United 1–1 (A)
  Lyon 0–3 (A) Matchday 5   Sturm Graz 5–0 (A)
  Arsenal 1–0 (H) Matchday 6   Panathinaikos 2–1 (H)
Group C winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Bayern Munich 6 13
2   Arsenal 6 8
3   Lyon 6 8
4   Spartak Moscow 6 4
Source: UEFA
Final standings Group A winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Valencia 6 12
2   Manchester United 6 12
3   Sturm Graz 6 6
4   Panathinaikos 6 2
Source: UEFA
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  Manchester United 3–1 1–0 (A) 2–1 (H) Quarter-finals   Arsenal 2–2 (a) 1–2 (A) 1–0 (H)
  Real Madrid 3–1 1–0 (A) 2–1 (H) Semi-finals   Leeds United 3–0 0–0 (A) 3–0 (H)



This final would come to be known for the goalkeeping heroics of Bayern keeper Oliver Kahn.[4]

Valencia opened the score early on with a Gaizka Mendieta penalty in the third minute after a prostrate Patrik Andersson was deemed to have handled the ball in the penalty area. Only a few minutes later, Bayern Munich were awarded a penalty after Jocelyn Angloma fouled Stefan Effenberg in the penalty box, but Santiago Cañizares saved Mehmet Scholl's kick with his legs. Bayern were awarded another penalty early in the second half, this time after Amedeo Carboni handled the ball while competing for a header with Carsten Jancker. This time, Stefan Effenberg took the penalty kick and sent Cañizares the wrong way to level the scores at 1–1. The scores remained level for the remainder of normal time and throughout the 30 minutes of extra time, so the match went to penalties.[4]

Again, Valencia took the lead early on as Paulo Sérgio put the first kick of the shoot-out over the bar before Mendieta sent Oliver Kahn the wrong way. Hasan Salihamidžić, John Carew and Alexander Zickler then traded penalty goals before Kahn saved Zlatko Zahovič's kick to tie the scores at 2–2 after three kicks each. The next kick from Patrik Andersson was also saved by Cañizares, and then Kahn stretched out a hand to tip Amedeo Carboni's shot onto the crossbar. Both Rubén Baraja and Stefan Effenberg then scored to take the shoot-out to sudden death. Bixente Lizarazu and Kily González both scored their clubs' sixth kicks of the penalty shoot-out, and then Thomas Linke scored for Bayern to set Mauricio Pellegrino up for the game-deciding kick. Kahn guessed the right direction and saved Pellegrino's kick, winning the cup for Bayern Munich.[4]

Kahn also won the UEFA Fair Play Award for consoling his heartbroken rival, Valencia's Santiago Cañizares after the penalty shoot-out.[5]


Bayern Munich  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Valencia
  • Effenberg   50' (pen.)
Attendance: 79,000[1]
Bayern Munich
GK 1   Oliver Kahn
CB 4   Samuel Kuffour
CB 5   Patrik Andersson   38'
CB 25   Thomas Linke
RWB 2   Willy Sagnol   46'
LWB 3   Bixente Lizarazu
CM 23   Owen Hargreaves
CM 11   Stefan Effenberg (c)
AM 7   Mehmet Scholl   108'
AM 20   Hasan Salihamidžić
CF 9   Giovane Élber   100'
GK 22   Bernd Dreher
DF 18   Michael Tarnat
MF 10   Ciriaco Sforza
FW 13   Paulo Sérgio   108'
FW 19   Carsten Jancker   46'
FW 21   Alexander Zickler   100'
FW 24   Roque Santa Cruz
  Ottmar Hitzfeld
GK 1   Santiago Cañizares   120'
RB 20   Jocelyn Angloma
CB 12   Roberto Ayala   90'
CB 2   Mauricio Pellegrino
LB 15   Amedeo Carboni   26'
DM 19   Rubén Baraja
RM 6   Gaizka Mendieta (c)
LM 18   Kily González   117'
AM 35   Pablo Aimar   46'
CF 17   Juan Sánchez   66'
CF 7   John Carew
GK 25   Andrés Palop
DF 5   Miroslav Đukić   90'
DF 34   Fábio Aurélio
MF 4   Didier Deschamps
MF 8   Zlatko Zahovič   66'
MF 14   Vicente
MF 23   David Albelda   46'
  Héctor Cúper

Man of the Match:
Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich)[1]

Assistant referees:[2]
Jaap Pool (Netherlands)
Jan-Willem van Veluwen (Netherlands)
Fourth official:[2]
Jan Wegereef (Netherlands)

Match rules


Bayern Munich Valencia
Goals scored 1 1
Total shots 19 9
Shots on target 5 4
Ball possession 64% 36%
Corner kicks 10 3
Fouls committed 24 23
Offsides 2 6
Yellow cards 1 3
Red cards 0 0

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "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 "Match officials appointed for Milan final" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 21 May 2001. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  3. ^ "History | Weather Underground". Wunderground.com. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Biggs, Matt (23 May 2001). "Bayern Munich 1-1 Valencia; Bayern won 5-4 on penalties". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  5. ^ Remember when Olivier Kahn won an award for his actions after 2001 Champions League final. GiveMeSport.