2003 UEFA Champions League Final

2003 UEFA Champions League Final

Match programme cover
Event 2002–03 UEFA Champions League
Milan won 3–2 on penalties
Date 28 May 2003
Venue Old Trafford, Manchester
Man of the Match Paolo Maldini (Milan)[1]
Referee Markus Merk (Germany)
Attendance 62,315
Weather Clear
18 °C (64 °F)[2]

The 2003 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on 28 May 2003 to decide the winner of the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League. The match was contested by two Italian teams: Juventus and Milan. The match made history as it was the first time two clubs from Italy had faced each other in the final. It was also the second intra-national final of the competition, following the all-Spanish 2000 UEFA Champions League Final three years earlier. Milan won the match via a penalty shoot-out after the game had finished 0–0 after extra time. It gave Milan their sixth success in the European Cup.


Juventus went into the Champions League final as champions of Italy for the 27th time. Milan came fourth in the league, finishing with sixteen fewer points than Juventus, and had to qualify for the third qualifying round. ln the Serie A games between the two sides in the 2001–02 season, Milan drew 1–1 at San Siro under Carlo Ancelotti on 9 December 2001,[3] while Juventus won 1–0 at Stadio delle Alpi on 14 April 2002 under Marcello Lippi.[4] They also met in the Coppa Italia games, where Juventus won 3–2 on aggregate in the semi-finals.[5][6]

Route to the final

For more details on this topic, see 2002–03 UEFA Champions League.
Italy Juventus Round Italy Milan
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Qualifying phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Bye Third qualifying round Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 2–2 (a) 1–0 (H) 1–2 (A)
Opponent Result First group stage Opponent Result
Netherlands Feyenoord 1–1 (A) Matchday 1 France Lens 2–1 (H)
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 5–0 (H) Matchday 2 Spain Deportivo La Coruña 4–0 (A)
England Newcastle United 2–0 (H) Matchday 3 Germany Bayern Munich 2–1 (A)
England Newcastle United 0–1 (A) Matchday 4 Germany Bayern Munich 2–1 (H)
Netherlands Feyenoord 2–0 (H) Matchday 5 France Lens 1–2 (A)
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 2–1 (A) Matchday 6 Spain Deportivo La Coruña 1–2 (H)
Group E winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Juventus 6411123+913
England Newcastle United 63036829
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 62136937
Netherlands Feyenoord 61234845
Final standings Group G winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Milan 6402127+512
Spain Deportivo La Coruña 64021112112
France Lens 6222111108
Germany Bayern Munich 602491342
Opponent Result Second group stage Opponent Result
Spain Deportivo La Coruña 2–2 (A) Matchday 1 Spain Real Madrid 1–0 (H)
Switzerland Basel 4–0 (H) Matchday 2 Germany Borussia Dortmund 1–0 (A)
England Manchester United 1–2 (A) Matchday 3 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 1–0 (H)
England Manchester United 0–3 (H) Matchday 4 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 1–0 (A)
Spain Deportivo La Coruña 3–2 (H) Matchday 5 Spain Real Madrid 1–3 (A)
Switzerland Basel 1–2 (A) Matchday 6 Germany Borussia Dortmund 0–1 (H)
Group D runners-up
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Manchester United 6411115+613
Italy Juventus 6213111107
Switzerland Basel 621351057
Spain Deportivo La Coruña 62137817
Final standings Group C winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Milan 640254+112
Spain Real Madrid 632196+311
Germany Borussia Dortmund 631285+310
Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 601531071
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Spain Barcelona 3–2 1–1 (H) 2–1 (a.e.t.) (A) Quarter-finals Netherlands Ajax 3–2 0–0 (A) 3–2 (H)
Spain Real Madrid 4–3 1–2 (A) 3–1 (H) Semi-finals Italy Internazionale 1–1 (a) 0–0 (H) 1–1 (A)


Milan won Group G of the first group round, a group that also included Bayern Munich, Lens and Deportivo La Coruña, advancing to the second group round where they won Group C. They defeated Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Lokomotiv Moscow. They lost only two matches (Dortmund 1–0, and Real Madrid 3–1), and advanced to the quarter-finals where they met Ajax. The first leg was a draw (0–0) so the decisive match was the one at the San Siro which Milan won (3–2). In the semi-finals, they met local rivals Internazionale. Both matches finished equal (0–0; 1–1), but Milan advanced on the away goals rule, despite both teams technically playing at home.


Juventus won Group E of the first group round, in which the other teams were Newcastle United, Dynamo Kyiv and Feyenoord. They finished second in Group D of the second group round, after Manchester United, due to their losses against the English side (2–1; 3–0) and against Basel (2–1), but they qualified to the quarter-finals where they eliminated Barcelona in extra-time (1–1; 2–1). In the semi-final, Juventus met Real Madrid; they lost the first match (2–1), but they won the second (3–1), key midfielder Pavel Nedved picked up a second yellow card which meant he was suspended for the final.



Old Trafford was selected to host the final in December 2001.

Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, was selected to host the match in December 2001, following a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Nyon, Switzerland, at the same time as Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville was selected to host the 2003 UEFA Cup Final.[7] It was selected ahead of the likes of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, the Stade de France in Saint-Denis near Paris, and the Amsterdam Arena.[8]

It would be the first time the club had hosted a major European final,[9] although it had been the venue for both the two-legged 1968 Intercontinental Cup between Manchester United and Argentine club Estudiantes de La Plata, and the 1991 European Super Cup between Manchester United and Yugoslavian club Red Star Belgrade, which had been scheduled to be played over two legs, only for the Yugoslavian leg to be cancelled due to the wars in the country at the time.

The stadium had recently undergone a major expansion; following the mandatory conversion to an all-seater venue as a result of the Taylor Report and ahead of England hosting UEFA Euro 1996, the stadium's North Stand was expanded to three tiers, with a capacity of 25,500 spectators. This was followed by the addition of second tiers to the East and West Stands, which brought the overall capacity of the stadium to 68,217.

As has taken place for every Champions League final since 1997, a ceremonial handover of the European Champion Clubs' Cup from the holders to the host city took place on 3 April 2003. After receiving the trophy from a representative of holders Real Madrid in the ceremony at the Manchester Town Hall, UEFA Chief Executive Gerhard Aigner presented it to the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Roy Walters. Former Real Madrid players Alfredo Di Stefano, Francisco Gento, Amancio Amaro and Emilio Butragueno, as were Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, members of the club's 1968 European Cup Final team, and members of Liverpool and Manchester City's past European trophy-winning teams.[10]

Also in April 2003, a 24-hour football match – named the "Starball Match" in reference to the logo of the UEFA Champions League – was played in Manchester's Albert Square. It was the second Starball Match, after the inaugural match was held in Glasgow ahead of the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final at Hampden Park. Over 1,000 players participated in the match, playing for sides named "Internazionale Manchester" and "Real Mancunian", in reference to Italian club Internazionale and Spanish club Real Madrid. Internazionale Manchester won the match 252–162.[11]



Milan celebrate their sixth European Cup title.

After a brisk start, Milan had an Andriy Shevchenko goal ruled out after Rui Costa was deemed to have blocked Gianluigi Buffon's line of view from an offside position, although television replays showed that the Portuguese had moved out of Buffon's line of sight before the shot. Antonio Conte nearly scored for Juventus after coming on as a substitute in the second half, his header clattering against the post with Dida beaten. Andrea Pirlo also hit the bar for Milan. In the second half, both teams began to sit back and created few chances.

Both Juventus and Milan had injuries to defenders, Juventus' Igor Tudor leaving early in the first half after pulling a muscle in his right thigh. In extra time, Roque Júnior limped out due to fatigue and injury; as they had made all three of their allowed substitutions, they had to play the rest of the game with 10 men.

The penalty shoot-out has caused controversy among some fans as replays showed that Dida was in front of the goal line when saving penalties from David Trezeguet, Marcelo Zalayeta and Paolo Montero. Buffon was also off his line when saving penalties from Clarence Seedorf and Kakha Kaladze. Shevchenko put away the final penalty to win the European Cup for Milan for the sixth time. Shevchenko himself became the first Ukrainian footballer to win the European Cup.


GK 1 Italy Gianluigi Buffon
RB 21France Lilian Thuram
CB 2 Italy Ciro Ferrara
CB 5 Croatia Igor Tudor  42'
LB 4 Uruguay Paolo Montero
RM 16Italy Mauro Camoranesi  46'
CM 3 Italy Alessio Tacchinardi  69'
CM 26Netherlands Edgar Davids  65'
LM 19Italy Gianluca Zambrotta
CF 17France David Trezeguet
CF 10Italy Alessandro Del Piero (c)  111'
GK 12Italy Antonio Chimenti
DF 7 Italy Gianluca Pessotto
DF 13Italy Mark Iuliano
MF 8 Italy Antonio Conte  46'
MF 15Italy Alessandro Birindelli  42'
FW 24Italy Marco Di Vaio
FW 25Uruguay Marcelo Zalayeta  65'
Italy Marcello Lippi
GK 12Brazil Dida
RB 19Italy Alessandro Costacurta  18'  66'
CB 13Italy Alessandro Nesta
CB 3 Italy Paolo Maldini (c)
LB 4 Georgia (country) Kakha Kaladze
RM 8 Italy Gennaro Gattuso
CM 21Italy Andrea Pirlo  71'
LM 20Netherlands Clarence Seedorf
AM 10Portugal Rui Costa  87'
CF 7 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko
CF 9 Italy Filippo Inzaghi
GK 18Italy Christian Abbiati
DF 24Denmark Martin Laursen
DF 25Brazil Roque Júnior  66'
MF 17Italy Cristian Brocchi
MF 23Italy Massimo Ambrosini  87'
MF 27Brazil Serginho  71'
FW 11Brazil Rivaldo
Italy Carlo Ancelotti

Man of the Match:
Italy Paolo Maldini (Milan)[1]

Assistant referees:
Germany Christian Schräer (Germany)
Germany Heiner Müller (Germany)
Fourth official:
Germany Wolfgang Stark (Germany)


First half[12]
Statistic Juventus Milan
Goals scored 00
Total shots 45
Shots on target 13
Ball possession 46%54%
Corner kicks 27
Fouls committed 1213
Offsides 04
Yellow cards 01
Red cards 00
Second half and extra time[13]
Statistic Juventus Milan
Goals scored 00
Total shots 79
Shots on target 13
Ball possession 51%49%
Corner kicks 36
Fouls committed 2210
Offsides 12
Yellow cards 20
Red cards 00
Statistic Juventus Milan
Goals scored 00
Total shots 1114
Shots on target 26
Ball possession 49%51%
Corner kicks 513
Fouls committed 3423
Offsides 16
Yellow cards 21
Red cards 00

See also


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  2. http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/EGCC/2003/5/28/DailyHistory.html?req_city=NA&req_state=NA&req_statename=NA
  3. "Serie A 2001/02: Milan – Juventus 1–1 12/09/2001". Myjuve.it. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  4. "Serie A 2001/02: Juventus – Milan 1–0 04/14/2002". Myjuve.it. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  5. "Italian Cup 2001/02: Milan – Juventus 1–2 01/23/2002". Myjuve.it. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  6. "Italian Cup 2001/02: Juventus – Milan 1–1 02/06/2002". Myjuve.it. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  7. "Old Trafford to stage European final". standard.co.uk. Evening Standard. 13 December 2001. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  8. Ganguly, Aubrey, ed. (February 2002). "It's coming home". United. Manchester: Future Publishing under licence from Manchester United (112): 13.
  9. UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook 2012/13. Nyon: Union of European Football Associations. 2012. p. 154.
  10. "Manchester welcomes Champion Clubs' Cup". UEFA.org. Union of European Football Associations. 2 April 2003. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  11. Hart, Patrick (3 April 2003). "Football for all in Manchester". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  12. "Half Time Summary" (PDF). UEFA. UEFA. 28 May 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  13. 1 2 "Full Time Summary" (PDF). UEFA. UEFA. 28 May 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2012.

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