1997–98 UEFA Champions League

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1997–98 UEFA Champions League
Amsterdam Arena - panoramio (2).jpg
The Amsterdam Arena held the final
Tournament details
Dates 23 July – 27 August 1997 (qualifying)
17 September 1997 – 20 May 1998 (competition proper)
Teams 24 (group stage)
55 (total)
Final positions
Champions Spain Real Madrid (7th title)
Runners-up Italy Juventus
Tournament statistics
Matches played 85
Goals scored 239 (2.81 per match)
Attendance 2,868,568 (33,748 per match)
Top scorer(s) Italy Alessandro Del Piero
(10 goals)

The 1997–98 UEFA Champions League was the 43rd season of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA's premier club football tournament, and the sixth since its rebranding from the "European Champion Clubs' Cup" or "European Cup". The tournament was won 1–0 by Real Madrid, winning for the first time in 32 years, beating Juventus who were playing in a third consecutive final. It started a run of three victories in five seasons for the Spanish club.

This season was the first to have six groups, as opposed to four in the previous tournament, which meant that only two group runners-up qualified for the quarter finals as opposed to all the second-placed teams, it was also the first to have two qualifying rounds instead of just one. After three years of entering the UEFA Cup, champions of smaller nations returned to the Champions League, for the first time, the runners-up of eight domestic leagues (three teams: Germany (Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund as UEFA Champions League title holder); two teams: England (Newcastle United, Manchester United), France (Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain), Netherlands (Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven), Italy (Juventus, Parma), Portugal (Porto, Sporting CP), Spain (Barcelona, Real Madrid) and Turkey (Beşiktaş, Galatasaray) were entered into the competition. The runners-up entered the second qualifying round, while the league winners entered directly the group stage (except for Turkey where both winner and runner-up entered the second qualifying round).

Borussia Dortmund, the defending champions, were eliminated in the semi-finals by eventual winners Real Madrid.

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Slovakia and the Republic of Macedonia all entered their champions for the first time, while the champion of Yugoslavia returned to this competition for the first time after 1991–92 season and the abolishment of UN ban.

Teams[edit]

First qualifying round
Armenia Pyunik Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku Belarus MPKC Mozyr Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
Croatia Croatia Zagreb Cyprus Anorthosis Estonia Lantana Faroe Islands
Finland Jazz Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi Hungary MTK Hungária Iceland ÍA
Israel Beitar Jerusalem Latvia Skonto Lithuania Kareda Šiauliai Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch
Republic of Macedonia Sileks Malta Valletta Moldova Constructorul Chişinău Northern Ireland Crusaders
Poland Widzew Łódź Republic of Ireland Derry City Romania Steaua București Scotland Rangers
Slovakia Košice Slovenia Maribor Branik Switzerland Sion Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
Wales Barry Town Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan
Second qualifying round
Austria Wüstenrot Salzburg Belgium Lierse Czech Republic Sparta Prague Denmark Brøndby
England Newcastle United France Paris Saint-Germain Germany Bayer Leverkusen Greece Olympiacos
Italy Parma Netherlands Feyenoord Norway Rosenborg Portugal Sporting CP
Russia Spartak Moscow Spain Barcelona Sweden IFK Göteborg Turkey Beşiktaş
Turkey Galatasaray
Group stage
England Manchester United France AS Monaco Germany Bayern Munich Germany Borussia Dortmund
Italy Juventus Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Portugal Porto Spain Real Madrid

Qualifying rounds[edit]

First qualifying round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Derry City Republic of Ireland 0–3 Slovenia Maribor Branik 0–2 0–1
Košice Slovakia 4–0 Iceland ÍA 3–0 1–0
Partizan Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1–5 Croatia Croatia Zagreb 1–0 0–5
Valletta Malta 1–2 Latvia Skonto 1–0 0–2
Pyunik Armenia 3–6 Hungary MTK Hungária 0–2 3–4
Crusaders Northern Ireland 2–8 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 1–3 1–5
Sileks Republic of Macedonia 1–3 Israel Beitar Jerusalem 1–0 0–3
Steaua București Romania 5–3 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 3–3 2–0
Constructorul Chişinău Moldova 3–4 Belarus MPKC Mozyr 1–1 2–3
Lantana Estonia 0–3 Finland Jazz 0–1 0–2
Faroe Islands 0–11 Scotland Rangers 0–5 0–6
Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan 0–10 Poland Widzew Łódź 0–2 0–8
Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine 6–0 Wales Barry Town 2–0 4–0
Sion Switzerland 5–0 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch 4–0 1–0
Anorthosis Cyprus 4–1 Lithuania Kareda Šiauliai 3–0 1–1

Second qualifying round[edit]

Losing teams qualified for the first round of the 1997–98 UEFA Cup.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
MTK Hungária Hungary 1–4 Norway Rosenborg 0–1 1–3
Beşiktaş Turkey 3–1 Slovenia Maribor Branik 0–0 3–1
Sion Switzerland 2–8 Turkey Galatasaray 1–4 1–4
Olympiacos Greece 7–2 Belarus MPKC Mozyr 5–0 2–2
Wüstenrot Salzburg Austria 0–3 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–0 0–3
IFK Göteborg Sweden 4–1 Scotland Rangers 3–0 1–1
Barcelona Spain 4–2 Latvia Skonto 3–2 1–0
Brøndby Denmark 3–4 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 2–4 1–0
Newcastle United England 4–3 Croatia Croatia Zagreb 2–1 2–2(aet)
Feyenoord Netherlands 8–3 Finland Jazz 6–2 2–1
Bayer Leverkusen Germany 6–2 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 6–1 0–1
Košice Slovakia 2–1 Russia Spartak Moscow 2–1 0–0
Steaua București Romania 3–5 France Paris Saint-Germain 3–0 0–5
Widzew Łódź Poland 1–7 Italy Parma 1–3 0–4
Beitar Jerusalem Israel 0–3 Portugal Sporting CP 0–0 0–3
Anorthosis Famagusta Cyprus 2–3 Belgium Lierse 2–0 0–3

Note: Winning teams of the first qualifying round were drawn against teams qualified directly for the second qualifying round. Because of the unequal number of teams (15 and 17), Wüstenrot Salzburg and Sparta Prague had to play against each other.

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams of the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Brown pog.svg Brown: Group A; Red pog.svg Red: Group B; Orange pog.svg Orange: Group C; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group D; Green pog.svg Green: Group E; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group F.

Bayer Leverkusen, Beşiktaş, Košice, Feyenoord, Lierse, Newcastle United, Olympiacos, Parma, Sparta Prague and Sporting CP made their debut in the group stage. Košice lost all six of their group stage matches and thus became the first team to finish a Champions League group stage with no points.

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and best two runners-up advance to the quarter-finals

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 5 0 1 14 3 +11 15
Italy Parma 6 2 3 1 6 5 +1 9
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 6 1 2 3 6 11 −5 5
Turkey Galatasaray 6 1 1 4 4 11 −7 4
  DOR GAL PAR SPR
Borussia Dortmund 4–1 2–0 4–1
Galatasaray 0–1 1–1 2–0
Parma 1–0 2–0 2–2
Sparta Prague 0–3 3–0 0–0

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
England Manchester United 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15
Italy Juventus 6 4 0 2 12 8 +4 12
Netherlands Feyenoord 6 3 0 3 8 10 −2 9
Slovakia Košice 6 0 0 6 2 13 −11 0
  FEY JUV KOS MU
Feyenoord 2–0 2–0 1–3
Juventus 5–1 3–2 1–0
Košice 0–1 0–1 0–3
Manchester United 2–1 3–2 3–0

Group C[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 2 1 13 6 +7 11
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9
England Newcastle United 6 2 1 3 7 8 −1 7
Spain Barcelona 6 1 2 3 7 14 −7 5
  BAR DK NEW PSV
Barcelona 0–4 1–0 2–2
Dynamo Kyiv 3–0 2–2 1–1
Newcastle United 3–2 2–0 0–2
PSV Eindhoven 2–2 1–3 1–0

Group D[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Spain Real Madrid 6 4 1 1 15 4 +11 13
Norway Rosenborg 6 3 2 1 13 8 +5 11
Greece Olympiacos 6 1 2 3 6 14 −8 5
Portugal Porto 6 1 1 4 3 11 −8 4
  OLY POR RM ROS
Olympiacos 1–0 0–0 2–2
Porto 2–1 0–2 1–1
Real Madrid 5–1 4–0 4–1
Rosenborg 5–1 2–0 2–0

Group E[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Germany Bayern Munich 6 4 0 2 13 6 +7 12
France Paris Saint-Germain 6 4 0 2 11 10 +1 12
Turkey Beşiktaş 6 2 0 4 6 9 −3 6
Sweden IFK Göteborg 6 2 0 4 4 9 −5 6
  BAY BJK GÖT PSG
Bayern Munich 2–0 0–1 5–1
Beşiktaş 0–2 1–0 3–1
IFK Göteborg 1–3 2–1 0–1
Paris Saint-Germain 3–1 2–1 3–0

Group F[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
France Monaco 6 4 1 1 15 8 +7 13
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 6 4 1 1 11 7 +4 13
Portugal Sporting CP 6 2 1 3 9 11 −2 7
Belgium Lierse 6 0 1 5 3 12 −9 1
  MON LEV LIE SCP
Monaco 4–0 5–1 3–2
Bayer Leverkusen 2–2 1–0 4–1
Lierse 0–1 0–2 1–1
Sporting CP 3–0 0–2 2–1

Ranking of runners-up[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 6 4 1 1 11 7 +4 13
Italy Juventus 6 4 0 2 12 8 +4 12
France Paris Saint-Germain 6 4 0 2 11 10 +1 12
Norway Rosenborg 6 3 2 1 13 8 +5 11
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9
Italy Parma 6 2 3 1 6 5 +1 9

Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                             
Italy Juventus 1 4 5  
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1 1 2  
  Italy Juventus 4 2 6  
  France Monaco 1 3 4  
France Monaco (a) 0 1 1
  England Manchester United 0 1 1  
    Italy Juventus 0
  Spain Real Madrid 1
  Germany Bayer Leverkusen 1 0 1  
Spain Real Madrid 1 3 4  
  Spain Real Madrid 2 0 2
  Germany Borussia Dortmund 0 0 0  
Germany Bayern Munich 0 0 0
  Germany Borussia Dortmund 0 1 1  

Quarter-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bayer Leverkusen Germany 1–4 Spain Real Madrid 1–1 0–3
Bayern Munich Germany 0–1 Germany Borussia Dortmund 0–0 0–1 (aet)
Juventus Italy 5–2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1–1 4–1
Monaco France 1–1 (a) England Manchester United 0–0 1–1

The quarter-final between German clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund marked the first meeting of two teams from the same country in the Champions League, with Bayer Leverkusen also having qualified, it marked the first time three clubs from the same nation played in the knockout phase.

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Real Madrid Spain 2–0 Germany Borussia Dortmund 2–0 0–0
Juventus Italy 6–4 France Monaco 4–1 2–3

Final[edit]

Juventus Italy 0–1 Spain Real Madrid
Report Mijatović Goal 66'
Attendance: 48,500

Top goalscorers[edit]

The top scorers from the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League (excluding qualifying rounds) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Italy Alessandro Del Piero Italy Juventus 10
2 France Thierry Henry France Monaco 7
3 Italy Filippo Inzaghi Italy Juventus 6
Ukraine Serhiy Rebrov Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6
5 England Andy Cole England Manchester United 5
Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 5
7 Germany Stefan Beinlich Germany Bayer Leverkusen 4
Turkey Oktay Derelioğlu Turkey Beşiktaş 4
Brazil Emerson Germany Bayer Leverkusen 4
Nigeria Victor Ikpeba France Monaco 4
Germany Carsten Jancker Germany Bayern Munich 4
Spain Fernando Morientes Spain Real Madrid 4
Norway Sigurd Rushfeldt Norway Rosenborg 4
Croatia Davor Šuker Spain Real Madrid 4
France David Trezeguet France Monaco 4
Switzerland Stéphane Chapuisat Germany Borussia Dortmund 4
Norway Harald Brattbakk Norway Rosenborg 4
Norway Roar Strand Norway Rosenborg 4

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