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1994 UEFA Champions League Final

1994 UEFA Champions League Final
Match programme cover
Event 1993–94 UEFA Champions League
Date 18 May 1994
Venue Olympic Stadium, Athens
Referee Philip Don (England)
Attendance 70,000

The 1994 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match between Italian club Milan and Spanish club Barcelona, played on 18 May 1994 at the Athens Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece.

Barcelona were favourites to win their second European Cup/UEFA Champions League in three years, having just won La Liga for the fourth year in a row. Milan's preparation before the final was in disarray: legendary striker Marco van Basten was still out with a long-term injury, and £13 million young sensation Gianluigi Lentini (then the world's most expensive footballer) was also injured; sweeper and captain, Franco Baresi was suspended, as was defender Alessandro Costacurta; and UEFA regulations at the time that limited teams to fielding a maximum of three non-nationals meant that coach Fabio Capello was forced to leave out Florin Răducioiu, Jean-Pierre Papin and Brian Laudrup. On Barcelona's side, the rule saw Johan Cruyff choosing not to pick Michael Laudrup in his squad for the final which caused Capello to state after the game: "Laudrup was the guy I feared but Cruyff left him out, and that was his mistake".[1] Laudrup was to leave Barcelona at the end of the season for their arch-rivals, Real Madrid.

Milan played in their all-white away strip, which historically they use in finals of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League, while Barcelona played in their red and blue strip. Milan dominated early and were rewarded when Dejan Savićević ran down the right flank and passed to Daniele Massaro, who tapped the ball into an empty net. Massaro banged in his second just before half-time to make it 2–0 after a solo run by Roberto Donadoni down the left wing.

In the 47th minute, Savićević capitalised on a defensive error by Miguel Ángel Nadal to lob goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta for the third goal. Eight minutes later, after Savićević had hit a post and the Barcelona defence had failed to clear, Milan defender Marcel Desailly beat the offside trap to make it 4–0, which ended up being the final score. Many pundits have described Milan's performance against Barcelona in the final as the greatest ever by a team in European Cup/UEFA Champions League history. Desailly became the first player to win the trophy in consecutive years with different clubs after winning with Marseille in 1993.


  • Road to the final 1
  • Match details 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Road to the final

Milan Round Barcelona
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
FC Aarau 1–0 1–0 (A) 0–0 (H) First round Dynamo Kyiv 5–4 1–3 (A) 4–1 (H)
Copenaghen 7–0 6–0 (A) 1–0 (H) Second round Austria Wien 5–1 3–0 (H) 2–1 (A)
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Anderlecht 0–0 (A) Matchday 1 Galatasaray 0–0 (A)
Porto 3–0 (H) Matchday 2 Monaco 2–0 (H)
Werder Bremen 2–1 (H) Matchday 3 Spartak Moscow 2–2 (A)
Werder Bremen 1–1 (A) Matchday 4 Spartak Moscow 5–0 (H)
Anderlecht 0–0 (H) Matchday 5 Galatasaray 3–0 (H)
Porto 0–0 (A) Matchday 6 Monaco 1–0 (A)
Group B winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Milan 6 2 4 0 6 2 +4 8
Porto 6 3 1 2 10 6 +4 7
Werder Bremen 6 2 1 3 11 15 −4 5
Anderlecht 6 1 2 3 5 9 −4 4
Final standings Group A winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Barcelona 6 4 2 0 13 3 +10 10
Monaco 6 3 1 2 9 4 +5 7
Spartak Moscow 6 1 3 2 6 12 −6 5
Galatasaray 6 0 2 4 1 10 −9 2
Opponent Result Knockout phase Opponent Result
Monaco 3–0 (H) Semi-finals Porto 3–0 (H)

Match details

18 May 1994
21:15 EEST
Milan 4–0 Barcelona
Massaro  22'45+2'
Savićević  47'
Desailly  58'


Olympic Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Philip Don (England)
GK 1 Sebastiano Rossi
RB 2 Mauro Tassotti (c)  35'
CB 5 Filippo Galli
CB 6 Paolo Maldini  83'
LB 3 Christian Panucci  88'
RM 9 Zvonimir Boban
CM 4 Demetrio Albertini  53'
CM 8 Marcel Desailly
LM 7 Roberto Donadoni
CF 10 Dejan Savićević
CF 11 Daniele Massaro  45'
GK 12 Mario Ielpo
DF 13 Stefano Nava  83'
MF 14 Angelo Carbone
MF 15 Gianluigi Lentini
FW 16 Marco Simone
Fabio Capello
GK 1 Andoni Zubizarreta
RB 2 Albert Ferrer  58'
CB 4 Ronald Koeman
CB 5 Miguel Ángel Nadal  54'
LB 7 Sergi  55'  71'
CM 3 Josep Guardiola
CM 6 José Mari Bakero (c)  48'
CM 9 Guillermo Amor
RW 8 Hristo Stoichkov  24'
LW 11 Txiki Begiristain  51'
CF 10 Romário
GK 13 Carles Busquets
DF 12 Juan Carlos
MF 14 Eusebio Sacristán  51'
MF 15 Ion Andoni Goikoetxea
MF 16 Quique Estebaranz  71'
Johan Cruyff

Assistant referees:
Rob Harris (England)
Roy Pearson (England)
Fourth official:
Martin Bodenham (England)


  1. ^ ABC(spanish newspaper), 20 May 1994
  2. ^  

External links

  • European Cup results at Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
  • 1993–94 season at UEFA website
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