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Past Champions League winners

27 May 2003 02:10

ROME, May 27 (AFP) - This season´s European Champions League is the 11th to be contested since the competition was launched in the 1992-93 season as a replacement for the old European Cup knockout tournament.

Here is a guide to the previous 10 finals of Europe´s most prestigious club tournament ahead of Wednesday´s meeting between AC Milan and Juventus at Old Trafford, Manchester:

1992-93

Winners: Marseille (France)

French club Marseille won the first Champions League final after defeating AC Milan 1-0 in Munich.

Seeking a third European success in five years, Milan missed a number of gilt-edged chances in the first-half before conceding the only goal of the game a minute before the break.

Central defender Basile Boli, who had slumped to his knees in tears after Marseilles European Cup final defeat to Red Star Belgrade in 1991, scored the winner, heading home Abedi Peles corner.

1993-94

Winners: AC Milan (Italy)

Milan made amends a year later with one of the greatest final performances of all time, outclassing Barcelona 4-0 in Athens.

The match was a tactical triumph for Milan coach Fabio Capello whose defence shackled star strikers Romario and Hristo Stoichtov.

Daniel Massaro, who missed some crucial chances in the 1993 final, scored twice with Dejan Savicevic adding a third with a sublime chip.

French defender Marcel Desailly rounded off an exquisite performance by netting Milan´s fourth.

1994-95

Winners: Ajax (Holland)

Ajax were crowned European champions for the first time since winning the tropy three times in a row from 1971 to 1973.

Louis van Gaals young team clinched victory when Patrick Kluivert, aged 19, prodded home the winner with five minutes remaining.

In winning the trophy Ajax midfielder Frank Rijkaard became only the fifth player to win the trophy with two different teams and the first to win a second title by defeating his former club in the final.

Kluivert, Frank de Boer, Jari Litmanen, Michael Reiziger and Marc Overmars later joined Van Gaal at Barcelona.

1995-96

Winners: Juventus (Italy)

Juventus edged holders Ajax in a dramatic penalty shoot-out at Rome´s Olympic stadium 11 years after the Heysel tragedy had overshadowed their first European Cup success.

Edgar Davids, currently with Juventus, and Sonny Silooy missed their penalties to give the Italian side a 4-2 shoot-out win after the match had ended in a 1-1 draw after extra-time.

Vladimir Jugovic, who won the trophy in 1991 with Red Star Belgrade, scored the winning penalty.

1996-97

Winners: Borrusia Dortmund (Germany)

The Italian holders were defeated by a Dortmund team including four former Juve players - Andreas Moller, Jurgen Kohler, Stefan Reuter and Paulo Sousa.

German international Karl-Heinz Riedle was Dortmund´s hero, scoring twice in a five-minute first-half spell to set up a dramatic victory in Munich.

Lars Ricken added a third for the Germans whose 3-1 triumph gave coach Ottmar Hitzfeld the first of his two Champions League successes.

1997-98

Winners: Real Madrid (Spain)

Real Madrid became European Champions for the first time in 32 years thanks to a 1-0 victory over holders Juventus in Amsterdam where Pedrag Mijatovic scored the winner in the 67th minute with a classic finish.

"Madrid can breath again," said Real president Lorenzo Sanz. "At last we are champions of Europe again and a new era has begun for us."

Juventus were left to rue a second consecutive final defeat.

1998-99

Winners: Manchester United (England)

Arguably the most dramatic final ever was won by Manchester United after they defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 in Barcelona.

A goal down since the sixth minute, last-gasp injury-time strikes by substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer completed a unique treble for United, who in the same season won the English league and FA Cup.

The result was a painful one for Bayern who had seemingly done enough to win the game, having hit the woodwork twice in the closing stages of the game.

1999-2000

Winners: Real Madrid (Spain)

Two years after winning the trophy Real defeated fellow Spaniards Valencia at the Stade de France in Paris to make up for a disappointing league finish.

Fernando Morientes´ header gave Madrid a 39th minute lead, forcing Valencia to attack in the second-half.

However Real´s dominated the battle for midfield superiority and doubled their advantage in the 67th minute when a spectacular scissor-kick from former Liverpool star Steve McManaman beat Santiago Canizares.

Eight minutes later Raul completed the scoring in a comprehensive 3-0 win which saw Real crowned European champions for the eighth time.

2000-01

Winners: Bayern Munich (Germany)

A total of 17 penalties were taken with Bayern eventually overcoming Valencia in a penalty shoot-out to make up for the previous year´s upset by becoming European champions for the first time since 1976.

Oliver Kahn was Bayern´s hero, saving Mauricio Pellegrino´s spot-kick as the shoot-out went into sudden death.

Three penalties were awarded in normal time at Milan´s San Siro - two of them within the first six minutes of the game.

Valencia captain Gaizka Mendieta´s spot-kick gave the Spaniards a 1-0 lead after 80 seconds before Mehmet Scholl saw his penalty brilliantly saved by Santiago Canizares.

Another penalty six minutes after the break enabled Bayern captain Stefan Effenberg to level the scores. The scores stayed even at 1-1 after extra-time.

2001-02

Winners: Real Madrid (Spain)

Returning to the scene of the club´s classic 7-3 European Cup final win over Eintracht Frankfurt 42 years earlier, Real defeated Bayer Leverkusen of Germany 2-1 at Scotland´s Hampden Park.

Leverkusen were caught napping in the eighth minute when Raul latched on to Roberto Carlos´ long throw to fire Real ahead.

Within six minutes Leverkusen drew level when Bernd Schneider´s left-wing free-kick was headed in by Brazilian defender Lucio.

But just before the interval, Zinedine Zidane scored the decider, volleying home Carlos´ cross with his left foot for what many observers described as the competition´s best ever goal.

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