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1991 European Cup Final

1991 European Cup Final
Event 1990–91 European Cup
Red Star Belgrade won 5–3 on penalties
Date 29 May 1991
Venue Stadio San Nicola, Bari
Referee Tullio Lanese (Italy)
Attendance 56,000

The 1991 European Cup Final was a football match held at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari, Italy, on 29 May 1991, that saw Red Star Belgrade of Yugoslavia[1] defeat Marseille of France in a penalty shoot-out. After normal time and extra time could not separate the two sides, the match was to be decided on penalty kicks. Manuel Amoros's miss for the French side proved crucial, as Red Star held their nerve to win their first European Cup.

Route to the final

Red Star Belgrade Round Marseille
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Grasshopper 5–2 1–1 (H) 4–1 (A) First round Dinamo Tirana 5–1 5–1 (H) 0–0 (A)
Rangers 4–1 3–0 (H) 1–1 (A) Second round Lech Poznań 8–4 2–3 (A) 6–1 (H)
Dynamo Dresden 6–0 3–0 (H) 3–0 (A) Quarter-finals Milan 4–1 1–1 (A) 3–0 (H)
Bayern Munich 4–3 2–1 (A) 2–2 (H) Semi-finals Spartak Moscow 5–2 3–1 (A) 2–1 (H)

Lead-up to the match

Red Star arrived to Italy unusually early, on Thursday, 23 May 1991, six full days ahead of the final. The team set up base in the town of Monopoli, 40 kilometres (25 mi) south-east of Bari. There they stayed in Il Melograno Hotel and trained at the facilities of A.C. Monopoli.[3] Due to a lot of interest from richer European clubs already being raised for the future services of young Red Star players, the club management tried to ensure its footballers are fully focused on the task at hand. The players were placed in semi-quarantine immediately upon arrival to Italy, which meant being separated from wives and girlfriends without ability to receive incoming phone calls in hotel rooms, though able to make outgoing calls.[4]

Over the coming days, the club also organized for a large entourage consisting of former players & coaches, friends of the club, etc. to arrive in Bari in order to watch Red Star in its very first European Cup final. Therefore, club legends Rajko Mitić and Dragoslav Šekularac, notable former players Srđan Mrkušić, Stanislav Karasi, club's former coach Miša Pavić along with Serbian celebrities and public personalities such as Ljuba Tadić, Ivan Bekjarev, Bora Đorđević, etc. made their way to Italy.[5]



Red Star Belgrade
GK 1 Stevan Stojanović (c)
CM 2 Vladimir Jugović
CB 3 Slobodan Marović Booked 61'
RB 4 Refik Šabanadžović
SW 5 Miodrag Belodedici
LB 6 Ilija Najdoski
CM 7 Robert Prosinečki
LM 8 Siniša Mihajlović Booked 40'
CF 9 Darko Pančev
AM 10 Dejan Savićević Substituted off 84'
RM 11 Dragiša Binić Booked 26'
GK 12 Milić Jovanović
DF 13 Ivica Momčilović
DF 14 Rade Tošić
MF 15 Vlada Stošić Substituted in 84'
FW 16 Vladan Lukić
Ljupko Petrović
GK 1 Pascal Olmeta
RM 2 Manuel Amoros
LM 3 Éric Di Meco Substituted off 112'
CB 4 Basile Boli Booked 28'
CB 5 Carlos Mozer
CM 6 Bruno Germain
CB 7 Bernard Casoni
RF 8 Chris Waddle
CF 9 Jean-Pierre Papin (c)
LF 10 Abedi Pelé
CM 11 Laurent Fournier Substituted off 75'
GK 16 Alain Casanova
DF 15 Éric Mura
MF 12 Dragan Stojković Substituted in 112'
MF 13 Philippe Vercruysse Substituted in 75'
MF 14 Jean Tigana
Raymond Goethals

Assistant referees:
Castello Buonocore (Italy)
Roberto Calabassi (Italy)
Fourth official:
Pierluigi Magni (Italy)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.


Over twenty years later in 2011, talking to a French football magazine about the famous win in Bari, Siniša Mihajlović said:

See also


  1. ^ UEFA conventionally refers to Red Star Belgrade by the club's Serbian-language name, Crvena Zvezda. Since the breakup of SFR Yugoslavia, the club competes under the auspices of its successor Serbian Football Association.[1][2]


  1. ^ "1990/91: Crvena Zvezda spot on". Archive: UEFA Champions League. UEFA. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Member associations: Serbia: Honours". UEFA. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Red Star in Bari
  4. ^ Red Star in Bari
  5. ^ Red Star in Bari
  6. ^ Mihajlović: Finale u Bariju najdosadnije u istoriji;, 12 September 2011

External links

  • 1990–91 season at UEFA website (English)
  • 1991 European Cup Final at European Cup History
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