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The 2006–07 UEFA Champions League was the 15th season of UEFA's premier European club football tournament, the UEFA Champions League, since it was rebranded from the European Cup, and the 52nd season overall. The final was contested by Milan and Liverpool on 23 May 2007. Beforehand, the match was billed as a repeat of the 2005 final, the only difference being that the 2007 final was to be played at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece. Milan won the match 2–1 to claim their seventh European Cup, with both goals coming from Filippo Inzaghi. Dirk Kuyt scored for Liverpool.

2006–07 UEFA Champions League
Olympic Stadium - panoramio (1).jpg
The final was staged at Olympic Stadium in Athens.
Tournament details
Dates12 September 2006 – 23 May 2007 (competition proper)
Teams32 (group stage)
73 (total)
Final positions
ChampionsItaly Milan (7th title)
Runners-upEngland Liverpool
Tournament statistics
Matches played125
Goals scored309 (2.47 per match)
Attendance5,746,346 (45,971 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Kaká (10 goals)

Barcelona were the defending champions, but were eliminated by Liverpool in the first knockout round.

Later issuesEdit

Doubt over matches to be played in ItalyEdit

On 8 February, the Italian Government announced that San Siro Stadium in Milan was unsafe for spectators in light of riots that took place during and following an Italian Serie A match in Sicily. As a result, the venues of the first leg of the Inter-Valencia tie scheduled for 21 February and the second leg of the Celtic-Milan tie scheduled for 7 March were thrown into doubt. Various proposals and offers of the use of stadia outside Italy were made,[1][2] but it was finally agreed that the Inter-Valencia tie would be played at the San Siro with a reduced capacity of 36,000. After further work at the San Siro, Italian authorities and UEFA announced that the second leg of Celtic-Milan would go ahead at the stadium, at its full capacity of 85,700. 4,500 seats were reserved for Celtic supporters.[3]

QualificationEdit

Seventy-three teams participated in the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League from UEFA's 50 member associations. Each association enters a certain number of clubs to the Champions League based on its league coefficient, which takes into account the performance of its clubs in European competitions from 2000–01 to 2004–05;[4] associations with a higher league coefficients may enter more clubs than associations with a lower league coefficient, but no association may enter more than four teams. All UEFA associations are guaranteed to have at least one team qualify, with the exception of Liechtenstein, which competes in the Swiss league system, but has no team in the Swiss Super League. Italy's representatives were decided based on the revised table following the match-fixing scandal which saw Juventus relegated to Serie B after winning the league the previous season.

  • Associations 1–3 (Spain, England, and Italy): 4 teams
  • Associations 4–6 (France, Germany, and Portugal): 3 teams
  • Associations 7–15: 2 teams
  • Associations 16–50: 1 team
  • Andorra and San Marino do not submit a team for the UEFA Champions League

DistributionEdit

First qualifying round (24 teams)
  • 24 champions from associations 26–50 (excluding Liechtenstein)
Second qualifying round (28 teams)
  • 12 winners from the first qualifying round
  • 10 champions from associations 16–25
  • 6 runners-up from associations 10–15
Third qualifying round (32 teams)
  • 14 winners from the second qualifying round
  • 6 champions from associations 10–15 (Scotland, Turkey, Czech Republic, Russia, Austria, Ukraine)
  • 3 runners-up from associations 7–9 (Netherlands, Greece, Belgium)
  • 6 third-place finishers from associations 1–6
  • 3 fourth-place finishers from associations 1–3
Group stage (32 teams)
  • Title holders
  • 16 winners from the third qualifying round
  • 9 champions from associations 1–9
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6

Since the title holders (Barcelona) qualified for the Champions League group stage through their domestic league, the group stage spot reserved for the title holders is vacated, and the following changes to the default access list are made:[5]

  • The champions of association 10 (Scotland) are promoted from the third qualifying round to the group stage.
  • The champions of association 16 (Israel) are promoted from the second qualifying round to the third qualifying round.
  • The champions of associations 26 (Sweden) and 27 (Slovakia) are promoted from the first qualifying round to the second qualifying round.

TeamsEdit

Group stage
  BarcelonaTH (1st)   Internazionale (1st)[Note ITA]   Bayern Munich (1st)   PSV Eindhoven (1st)
  Real Madrid (2nd)   Roma (2nd)[Note ITA]   Werder Bremen (2nd)   Olympiacos (1st)
  Chelsea (1st)   Lyon (1st)   Porto (1st)   Anderlecht (1st)
  Manchester United (2nd)   Bordeaux (2nd)   Sporting CP (2nd)   Celtic (1st)
Third qualifying round
  Valencia (3rd)   Chievo (4th)[Note ITA]   AEK Athens (2nd)   CSKA Moscow (1st)
  Osasuna (4th)   Lille (3rd)   Standard Liège (2nd)   Austria Wien (1st)
  Liverpool (3rd)   Hamburg (3rd)   Galatasaray (1st)   Shakhtar Donetsk (1st)
  Arsenal (4th)   Benfica (3rd)   Slovan Liberec (1st)   Maccabi Haifa (1st)
  Milan (3rd)[Note ITA]   Ajax (PO)
Second qualifying round
  Hearts (2nd)   Dynamo Kyiv (2nd)   Vålerenga (1st)   Debrecen (1st)
  Fenerbahçe (2nd)   Red Star Belgrade (1st)[Note SER]   Levski Sofia (1st)   Steaua București (1st)
  Mladá Boleslav (2nd)   Legia Warsaw (1st)   Dinamo Zagreb (1st)   Djurgården (1st)
  Spartak Moscow (2nd)   Zürich (1st)   Copenhagen (1st)   Ružomberok (1st)
  Red Bull Salzburg (2nd)
First qualifying round
  Gorica (1st)   Sioni Bolnisi (1st)   Pyunik (1st)   The New Saints (1st)
  Apollon Limassol (1st)   Ekranas (1st)   Birkirkara (1st)   F91 Dudelange (1st)
  Široki Brijeg (1st)   FH (1st)   Elbasani (1st)   Baku (1st)
  Liepājas Metalurgs (1st)   Rabotnički (1st)   TVMK (1st)   B36 (1st)
  MyPa (1st)   Cork City (1st)   Linfield (1st)   Aktobe (1st)
  Sheriff Tiraspol (1st)   Shakhtyor Soligorsk (1st)
Notes
  1. ^ Italy (ITA): Based on the initial final league positions, Juventus and Milan earned direct entries to the Group Stage, while Internazionale and Fiorentina earned berths in a Third qualifying round. Following 2006 Italian football scandal investigations (resulting in a massive points deductions), Juventus and Fiorentina lost their entries entirely while Milan was demoted to Third qualifying round. Internazionale were promoted to the Group Stage. Roma were promoted from UEFA Cup to Champions League Group stage. Chievo were promoted from UEFA Cup to Champions League Third qualifying round.[6]
  2. ^ Serbia (SER): Red Star Belgrade qualified for this season's UEFA competitions though Serbia and Montenegro domestic league, but represented its official successor Serbia.[7]

Qualifying roundsEdit

First qualifying roundEdit

The first legs were played on 11 and 12 July 2006, with the second legs on 18 and 19 July.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Elbasani   1–3   Ekranas 1–0 0–3
TVMK   3–4   FH 2–3 1–1
Liepājas Metalurgs   2–1   Aktobe 1–0 1–1
MyPa   2–0   The New Saints 1–0 1–0
Cork City   2–1   Apollon Limassol 1–0 1–1
Sioni Bolnisi   2–1   Baku 2–0 0–1
F91 Dudelange   0–1   Rabotnički 0–1 0–0
Shakhtyor Salihorsk   0–2   Široki Brijeg 0–1 0–1
Birkirkara   2–5   B36 0–3 2–2
Linfield   3–5   Gorica 1–3 2–2
Pyunik   0–2   Sheriff Tiraspol 0–0 0–2

Second qualifying roundEdit

The first legs were played on 25 and 26 July 2006, with the second legs on 1 and 2 August.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Gorica   0–5   Steaua București 0–2 0–3
Levski Sofia   4–0   Sioni Bolnisi 2–0 2–0
Zürich   2–3   Red Bull Salzburg 2–1 0–2
Djurgården   2–3   Ružomberok 1–0 1–3
Debrecen   2–5   Rabotnički 1–1 1–4
Cork City   0–4   Red Star Belgrade 0–1 0–3
Fenerbahçe   9–0   B36 4–0 5–0
Mladá Boleslav   5–3   Vålerenga 3–1 2–2
Sheriff Tiraspol   1–1 (a)   Spartak Moscow 1–1 0–0
Liepājas Metalurgs   1–8   Dynamo Kyiv 1–4 0–4
FH   0–3   Legia Warsaw 0–1 0–2
Copenhagen   4–2   MyPa 2–0 2–2
Ekranas   3–9   Dinamo Zagreb 1–4 2–5
Hearts   3–0   Široki Brijeg 3–0 0–0

Third qualifying roundEdit

The first legs were played on 8 and 9 August 2006, with the second legs on 22 and 23 August.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Slovan Liberec   1–2   Spartak Moscow 0–0 1–2
Shakhtar Donetsk   4–2   Legia Warsaw 1–0 3–2
Red Bull Salzburg   1–3   Valencia 1–0 0–3
Levski Sofia   4–2   Chievo 2–0 2–2
Hearts   1–5   AEK Athens 1–2 0–3
CSKA Moscow   5–0   Ružomberok 3–0 2–0
Milan   3–1   Red Star Belgrade 1–0 2–1
Galatasaray   6–3   Mladá Boleslav 5–2 1–1
Standard Liège   3–4   Steaua București 2–2 1–2
Austria Wien   1–4   Benfica 1–1 0–3
Dinamo Zagreb   1–5   Arsenal 0–3 1–2
Copenhagen   3–2   Ajax 1–2 2–0
Hamburg   1–1 (a)   Osasuna 0–0 1–1
Dynamo Kyiv   5–3   Fenerbahçe 3–1 2–2
Liverpool   3–2   Maccabi Haifa 2–1 1–1*
Lille   4–0   Rabotnički 3–0 1–0

The teams eliminated in this round qualified for the first round of the UEFA Cup.

* Due to the armed conflict going on in Israel, UEFA decided that no European matches could be staged in the country until further notice.[8] The match was played at Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.[9]

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League group stage.
  Brown: Group A;   Red: Group B;   Orange: Group C;   Yellow: Group D;
  Green: Group E;   Blue: Group F;   Purple: Group G;   Pink: Group H.

The draw for this round was held on 24 August 2006 in Monaco.[10] The first matches were played on 12 September 2006, and the stage concluded on 6 December.

The top two teams in each group advanced to the knockout stage, and the third-placed teams entered the round of 32 of the UEFA Cup. Based on paragraph 4.05 in the UEFA regulations for the current season, if two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:

  1. higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  2. superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question;
  3. higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  4. superior goal difference from all group matches played;
  5. higher number of goals scored in all group matches played;
  6. higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons.

Levski Sofia and Copenhagen made their debut appearance in the group stage.

Key to colours in group tables
Teams that progressed to the first knockout round
Teams that progressed to the UEFA Cup

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts CHE BAR BRM LSO
  Chelsea 6 4 1 1 10 4 +6 13 1–0 2–0 2–0
  Barcelona 6 3 2 1 12 4 +8 11 2–2 2–0 5–0
  Werder Bremen 6 3 1 2 7 5 +2 10 1–0 1–1 2–0
  Levski Sofia 6 0 0 6 1 17 −16 0 1–3 0–2 0–3

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts BAY INT SPA SCP
  Bayern Munich 6 3 3 0 10 3 +7 12 1–1 4–0 0–0
  Internazionale 6 3 1 2 5 5 0 10 0–2 2–1 1–0
  Spartak Moscow 6 1 2 3 7 11 −4 5 2–2 0–1 1–1
  Sporting CP 6 1 2 3 3 6 −3 5 0–1 1–0 1–3

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts LIV PSV BDX GAL
  Liverpool 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13 2–0 3–0 3–2
  PSV Eindhoven 6 3 1 2 6 6 0 10 0–0 1–3 2–0
  Bordeaux 6 2 1 3 6 7 −1 7 0–1 0–1 3–1
  Galatasaray 6 1 1 4 7 12 −5 4 3–2 1–2 0–0

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts VAL ROM SHA OLY
  Valencia 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6 13 2–1 2–0 2–0
  Roma 6 3 1 2 8 4 +4 10 1–0 4–0 1–1
  Shakhtar Donetsk 6 1 3 2 6 11 −5 6 2–2 1–0 2–2
  Olympiacos 6 0 3 3 6 11 −5 3 2–4 0–1 1–1

Group EEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts OL RM STE DK
  Lyon 6 4 2 0 12 3 +9 14 2–0 1–1 1–0
  Real Madrid 6 3 2 1 14 8 +6 11 2–2 1–0 5–1
  Steaua București 6 1 2 3 7 11 −4 5 0–3 1–4 1–1
  Dynamo Kyiv 6 0 2 4 5 16 −11 2 0–3 2–2 1–4

Group FEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts MU CEL BEN FCK
  Manchester United 6 4 0 2 10 5 +5 12 3–2 3–1 3–0
  Celtic 6 3 0 3 8 9 −1 9 1–0 3–0 1–0
  Benfica 6 2 1 3 7 8 −1 7 0–1 3–0 3–1
  Copenhagen 6 2 1 3 5 8 −3 7 1–0 3–1 0–0

Group GEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts ARS POR CSK HAM
  Arsenal 6 3 2 1 7 3 +4 11 2–0 0–0 3–1
  Porto 6 3 2 1 9 4 +5 11 0–0 0–0 4–1
  CSKA Moscow 6 2 2 2 4 5 −1 8 1–0 0–2 1–0
  Hamburg 6 1 0 5 7 15 −8 3 1–2 1–3 3–2

Group HEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts MIL LIL AEK AND
  Milan 6 3 1 2 8 4 +4 10 0–2 3–0 4–1
  Lille 6 2 3 1 8 5 +3 9 0–0 3–1 2–2
  AEK Athens 6 2 2 2 6 9 −3 8 1–0 1–0 1–1
  Anderlecht 6 0 4 2 7 11 −4 4 0–1 1–1 2–2

Knockout stageEdit

All knockout rounds are two-legged, except for the final. In the event of aggregate scores being equal after normal time in the second leg, the winning team will be that which scored more goals on their away leg: if the scores in the two matches were identical, extra time is played. The away goals rule also applies if scores are equal at the end of extra time. If there are no goals scored in extra time, the tie is decided on a penalty shoot out.

BracketEdit

  First knockout round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                         
   Roma 0 2 2  
   Lyon 0 0 0  
     Roma 2 1 3  
     Manchester United 1 7 8  
   Lille 0 0 0
   Manchester United 1 1 2  
     Manchester United 3 0 3  
     Milan 2 3 5  
   Celtic 0 0 0  
   Milan (a.e.t.) 0 1 1  
     Milan 2 2 4
     Bayern Munich 2 0 2  
   Real Madrid 3 1 4
   Bayern Munich (a) 2 2 4  
     Milan 2
     Liverpool 1
   Porto 1 1 2  
   Chelsea 1 2 3  
     Chelsea 1 2 3
     Valencia 1 1 2  
   Internazionale 2 0 2
   Valencia (a) 2 0 2  
     Chelsea 1 0 1(1)
     Liverpool (p) 0 1 1(4)  
   PSV Eindhoven 1 1 2  
   Arsenal 0 1 1  
     PSV Eindhoven 0 0 0
     Liverpool 3 1 4  
   Barcelona 1 1 2
   Liverpool (a) 2 0 2  

First knockout roundEdit

The draw for the first knockout round of the competition took place on 15 December 2006 in Nyon, Switzerland.[11] The team first out of the hat in each tie plays the first leg of their tie at home, and the second leg away. This team is denoted as "Team #1" below.

The first legs were played on 20 and 21 February 2007, with the second legs on 6 and 7 March.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Porto   2–3   Chelsea 1–1 1–2
Celtic   0–1   Milan 0–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
PSV Eindhoven   2–1   Arsenal 1–0 1–1
Lille   0–2   Manchester United 0–1 0–1
Roma   2–0   Lyon 0–0 2–0
Barcelona   2–2 (a)   Liverpool 1–2 1–0
Real Madrid   4–4 (a)   Bayern Munich 3–2 1–2
Internazionale   2–2 (a)   Valencia 2–2 0–0

Quarter-finalsEdit

The draw for the final stages, including the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, was held on Friday, 9 March 2007 in Athens, Greece. The draw was conducted by ad interim UEFA CEO Gianni Infantino, assisted by Friedrich Stickler, chairman of the UEFA Club Competitions Committee. Theodoros Zagorakis, the captain of Greece in Euro 2004, was appointed ambassador for the final.

The first legs were played on 3 and 4 April, and the second legs were played on 10 and 11 April 2007.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Milan   4–2   Bayern Munich 2–2 2–0
PSV Eindhoven   0–4   Liverpool 0–3 0–1
Roma   3–8   Manchester United 2–1 1–7
Chelsea   3–2   Valencia 1–1 2–1

Semi-finalsEdit

The first legs were played on 24 and 25 April, with the second legs on 1 and 2 May 2007.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Chelsea   1–1 (1–4 p)   Liverpool 1–0 0–1 (aet)
Manchester United   3–5   Milan 3–2 0–3

FinalEdit

The Final took place on 23 May 2007 at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece. Unlike the other knockout rounds, the final was played over just one match, with extra time in case of a draw after 90 minutes. If the teams were still level following extra time, a penalty shootout would have determined the winner.

Milan scored first through Filippo Inzaghi just before half time. Inzaghi scored again in the 82nd minute, before Dirk Kuyt scored a late consolation goal a minute before full-time.

Milan went on to represent Europe at the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup.

Milan  2–1  Liverpool
Inzaghi   45'82' Report MatchCentre Kuyt   89'
Attendance: 74,000

2006–07 UEFA Club Football Player AwardsEdit

StatisticsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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