The 2002 UEFA Champions League Final was the final match of the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League, Europe's primary club football competition. The show-piece event was contested between Bayer Leverkusen of Germany and Real Madrid of Spain at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday, 15 May 2002, to decide the winner of the Champions League. Leverkusen appeared in the final for the first time, whereas Real Madrid appeared in their 12th final.
|Event||2001–02 UEFA Champions League|
|Date||15 May 2002|
|Venue||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|Man of the Match||Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)|
|Referee||Urs Meier (Switzerland)|
|Weather||Mostly cloudy, rain showers|
15 °C (59 °F)
Each club needed to progress through two group stages, and two knockout rounds to reach the final. Real Madrid won their group and moved into the second group stage, which they also won, before facing the defending champions Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the knockout stage. Bayer Leverkusen finished second in their group behind Barcelona and progressed to the second group stage. There, they won their group, before beating the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United to progress to the final.
Real Madrid were regarded as favourites before the match and took the lead in the eighth minute through Raúl. Lúcio equalised five minutes later, before Zinedine Zidane scored the winning goal on the stroke of half-time, a left-footed volley into the top corner that has since gone down as one of the greatest goals in the history of the competition, to secure Real Madrid's ninth European Cup.
In the following table, finals until 1992 were in the European Cup era, since 1993 were in the UEFA Champions League era.
|Teams||Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)|
|Real Madrid||11 (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1981, 1998, 2000)|
Route to the finalEdit
|Bayer Leverkusen||Round||Real Madrid|
|Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg||Qualifying phase||Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Red Star Belgrade||3–0||3–0 (H)||0–0 (A)||Third qualifying round||Bye|
|Opponent||Result||First group stage||Opponent||Result|
|Lyon||1–0 (A)||Matchday 1||Roma||2–1 (A)|
|Barcelona||2–1 (H)||Matchday 2||Lokomotiv Moscow||4–0 (H)|
|Fenerbahçe||2–1 (H)||Matchday 3||Anderlecht||4–1 (H)|
|Barcelona||1–2 (A)||Matchday 4||Anderlecht||2–0 (A)|
|Fenerbahçe||2–1 (A)||Matchday 5||Roma||1–1 (H)|
|Lyon||2–4 (H)||Matchday 6||Lokomotiv Moscow||0–2 (A)|
|Group F runners-up
|Final standings||Group A winners
|Opponent||Result||Second group stage||Opponent||Result|
|Juventus||0–4 (A)||Matchday 1||Sparta Prague||3–2 (A)|
|Deportivo La Coruña||3–0 (H)||Matchday 2||Panathinaikos||3–0 (H)|
|Arsenal||1–1 (H)||Matchday 3||Porto||1–0 (H)|
|Arsenal||1–4 (A)||Matchday 4||Porto||2–1 (A)|
|Juventus||3–1 (H)||Matchday 5||Sparta Prague||3–0 (H)|
|Deportivo La Coruña||3–1 (A)||Matchday 6||Panathinaikos||2–2 (A)|
|Group D winners
|Final standings||Group C winners
|Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg||Knockout phase||Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Liverpool||4–3||0–1 (A)||4–2 (H)||Quarter-finals||Bayern Munich||3–2||1–2 (A)||2–0 (H)|
|Manchester United||3–3 (a)||2–2 (A)||1–1 (H)||Semi-finals||Barcelona||3–1||2–0 (A)||1–1 (H)|
|Bayer Leverkusen||1–2||Real Madrid|
In the 2001–02 season, Bayer Leverkusen finished second in the Bundesliga and lost in the 2002 DFB-Pokal Final. After the match, Leverkusen manager Klaus Toppmöller expressed his disappointment on finishing this strong season without a title, stating: "the disappointment is huge – you don't always get the rewards you deserve in football, and no-one knows that better than us after what we have been through. We must seek consolation. Doing what we have done means we have had a very good season – but what has happened to us is difficult and makes us feel bitter."
Five Leverkusen players, Michael Ballack, Hans-Jörg Butt, Oliver Neuville, Carsten Ramelow, and Bernd Schneider went on to add a fourth silver medal at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. However, the gold medal-winning Brazil squad also included a Leverkusen player in Lúcio.
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