2002 UEFA Cup Final
2002 UEFA Cup Final
Event2001–02 UEFA Cup
Date8 May 2002
VenueStadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam
Man of the MatchJon Dahl Tomasson (Feyenoord)
RefereeVítor Melo Pereira

The 2002 UEFA Cup Final was played on 8 May 2002 at Stadion Feijenoord in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The match determined the winners of the 2001-02 season of the UEFA Cup, a tournament for the clubs in Europe that didn't make it for the UEFA Champions League. The match was won by Feyenoord of the Netherlands, who beat Germany's Borussia Dortmund with 3-2. Feyenoord is the last Dutch club to win an major European tournament

Route to the final

Both Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund started off their European campaigns in the 2001–02 Champions League and entered the 2001–02 UEFA Cup in the third round, after finishing third in their respective Champions League groups.

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund started off their campaign in the third qualifying of the Champions League round defeating Shakhtar Donetsk 5–1 over two legs. Borussia needed to win their last group game against Liverpool to have any chance of making it to the second group stage, but they lost 2–0 and were eliminated from Group B on goal difference, after finishing on the same points as Boavista.

Dortmund were drawn against F.C. Copenhagen of Denmark in the third round and won the first leg 1–0 away from home with Heiko Herrlich scoring in injury time. The second leg produced the same result, this time, Jan-Derek Sørensen scored in the 89th minute to secure Dortmund a place in the fourth round. In the fourth round, Dortmund were drawn against Lille of France, who had also joined the UEFA Cup, after finishing third in their Champions League group. Dortmund played the first leg away from home and got an away goal, after a 1–1 draw. Dortmund had opened the scoring in the 67th minute when Ewerthon scored after a rebound, the lead only lasted five minutes, as Salaheddine Bassir scored a half volley on 72 minutes to tie the game 1–1, going into the second leg in Dortmund. In a rain soaked second leg at the Westfalenstadion, the match finished in a 0–0 draw, meaning Borussia went through to the quarter–finals on the away goals rule.

Borussia were drawn against Slovan Liberec of the Czech Republic in the quarter–finals, the first leg was drawn 0–0 draw in Prague. The draw was significant because it was the first time in the competition, that Liberec had failed to win at home. Dortmund won the second leg 4–0, after goals from Márcio Amoroso on 51 minutes, Jan Koller on 57 minutes, Lars Ricken on 70 minutes, and finally Ewerthon on 89 minutes. Borussia faced stronger opponents in the semi-finals, when they were drawn with the then five times champions of Europe; Milan. Nevertheless, Borussia won the first leg 4–0, after a hat-trick from Márcio Amoroso, and a goal on 63 minutes from Jörg Heinrich. Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted he was not surprised with the result, stating that; "We knew they had quick strikers. I am more surprised by the terrible performance of our team. The problem stemmed from the wings. I had no reason to change the team because Rui Costa has not trained for ten days. It will be very difficult but it is our duty to give it our best and to try and qualify." In the second leg, Milan won 3–1, with Filippo Inzaghi, and Cosmin Contra scoring within 18 minutes. However, Milan did not get their third goal until injury time when Serginho scored a penalty after Inzaghi was adjudged to have been pulled back by Christoph Metzelder. With Milan still needing one goal to force extra time, Lars Ricken scored for Dortmund in the fourth minute of injury time, to put the club into their first European final since winning the 1997 Champions League Final.


Feyenoord went straight to the Group stage of the Champions League after finishing second in the Eredivisie but were eliminated after only winning one game, and finishing six points behind Sparta Prague, and were consequently drawn against SC Freiburg of Germany in the third round of the UEFA Cup. Feyenoord won the first leg 1–0, after a late goal from Shinji Ono. The second leg was drawn 2–2, however Feyenoord came close to going out, as Freiburg took a 2–0 lead on 49 minutes with goals from Sebastian Kehl and Levan Kobiashvili, to make the aggregate score 2–1 in Freiburg's favour. But on 57 minutes, Pierre van Hooijdonk pulled a goal back, to make it 2–2 on aggregate, which would see Feyenoord going through due to the away goal rule. Feyenoord secured their place in the fourth round when Leonardo scored in the 86th minute. Feyenoord faced Rangers of Scotland in the fourth round with the tie proving to be a close affair. The first leg ended 1–1, in Glasgow, Feyenoord had gone ahead on seventy two minutes through Shinji Ono, but Rangers equalised after Peter Løvenkrands was brought down by Glenn Loovens on 81 minutes. Barry Ferguson scored the subsequent penalty. The second leg in Rotterdam ended 3–2 in Feyenoord's favor, the match was notable for the sending off of one player on each side Patrick Paauwe for Feyenoord and Neil McCann for Rangers.

Feyenoord were paired with fellow Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in the quarter–finals, and the tie came down to a penalty shootout, which Feyenoord won 5–4. The first leg was drawn 1–1 with Feyenoord taking the lead in first half injury time through Pierre van Hooijdonk. PSV equalised two minutes after the restart when Mateja Kežman scored on 47 minutes. The second leg was again drawn 1–1, with PSV taking the lead on 75 minutes, when Mark van Bommel scored from outside the penalty area. That looked to have sent PSV into the semi-finals, but with seconds remaining, van Hooijdonk scored from Johan Elmander's cross to send the tie into extra-time. PSV were reduced to ten men in extra time when Mark van Bommel was sent off for a second bookable offence but they still managed to hold out for the extra 30 minutes to force a penalty shootout. All penalties were converted until Giorgi Gakhokidze stepped up, and saw his penalty saved. Feyenoord converted their subsequent penalties with van Hooijdonk putting away the vital fifth penalty. Like Borussia, Feyenoord faced opposition from Milan in the semi-finals, in the shape of Internazionale. Around 10,000 Feyenoord fans made the trip to the scene of Feyenoord’s 1970 European Cup victory for the first leg. Feyenoord won the first leg 1–0 to gain a vital away goal after Iván Córdoba scored an own goal. The second leg started well for Feyenoord after going 2–0 up inside 34 minutes, due to goals from van Hooijdonk and Jon Dahl Tomasson, to put Feyenoord 3–0 up on aggregate. Internazionale came back into the tie in the last minutes when they pulled two goals back through Javier Zanetti and Mohamed Kallon, but Feyenoord secured their place in the final with a 3–2 aggregate victory.

Feyenoord Borussia Dortmund
Opponent Result Legs Round Opponent Result Legs
Germany Freiburg 3–2 1–0 home; 2–2 away Third round Flag of Denmark Copenhagen 2–0 1–0 away; 1–0 home
Scotland Rangers 4–3 1–1 away; 3–2 home Fourth round Flag of France Lille 1–1 (a) 1–1 away; 0–0 home
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 2–2 (5–4 p) 1–1 away; 1–1 home Quarter-finals Flag of Czech Slovan Liberec 4–0 0–0 away; 4–0 home
Flag of Italy Internazionale 3–2 1–0 away; 2–2 home Semi-finals Flag of Italy Milan 5–3 4–0 home; 1–3 away


Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund had the two highest scorers in the competition that season in Pierre van Hooijdonk, who finished top of the scoring charts with eight goals, and Márcio Amoroso, who scored five goals overall. Both players added to their tallies during this match with van Hooijdonk scoring two goals and Amoroso scoring one goal.

The match was the last for Borussia Dortmund veteran Jürgen Kohler, who was retiring after this match, however, the match did not go as intended as he was sent off after 31 minutes. The sides had met twice before in European competition, drawing on both occasions in the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League. Borussia Dortmund were also boosted before kick-off by the news that Stefan Reuter had passed a late fitness test on his injured back.

First half

The first shot on goal was registered by Bonaventure Kalou, who forced a save out of Jens Lehmann. After 10 minutes, Shinji Ono spotted Lehmann off his line but sent his lofted shot wide of the target. This sparked Dortmund into life; they were thwarted when Patrick Paauwe intercepted Jan Koller just as he was looking to get his shot away. On 15 minutes, they came even closer to breaking the deadlock, when Amoroso picked out Tomáš Rosický; however he shot straight at Edwin Zoetebier. On 19 minutes, Pierre van Hooijdonk came close to scoring with a free kick, which hit the right hand post. Feyenoord's Tomasz Rząsa was then booked for dissent on 23 minutes, and following the resulting free kick, Evanlison came close to scoring, however, his shot went over the crossbar, after Ewerthon's pass had sent him through. The deadlock was broken on 31 minutes when Jürgen Kohler, who was playing his last game for Borussia Dortmund, pulled back Jon Dahl Tomasson in the Dortmund penalty area, Kohler was shown a red card, and van Hooijdonk converted the subsequent penalty dispatching it to Jens Lehmann's right hand side. Feyenoord made it 2–0 seven minutes later when Pierre van Hooijdonk, scored a free kick from the edge of the area, his eighth goal over the course of the season's competition.

Second half

After half time, Dortmund were handed a way back into the match when Márcio Amoroso was brought down by Patrick Paauwe. Paauwe was spared Kohler's fate as he only received a yellow card. Amoroso scored the following penalty and the score was 2–1. Two minutes later Amoroso was cautioned for diving in an attempt to win another spot kick. Just three minutes after Dortmund scored, Jon Dahl Tomasson who was playing his last game for Feyenoord before his move to Milan, scored after beating the offside trap, and being put through by Shinji Ono. Dortmund once again found a way back into the match when Jan Koller volleyed home his shot from 25 metres on 58 minutes, after capitalizing on a weak defensive header. Dortmund now assumed the ascendancy with attack after attack, whilst Feyenoord seemed content to sit back and try and see the game out. Dortmund tried everything to find the equaliser replacing Lars Ricken with Jörg Heinrich, and Ewerthon was replaced by Otto Addo, however it was to no avail as Feyenoord saw the game out to win 3–2 and continue their streak of never losing a European final.

A huge party erupted both inside and outside De Kuip not only because of the title, but also because the final was held two days after Rotterdam's political hero Pim Fortuyn was murdered. Many Feyenoord fans were still full of emotion before and after the match. As a result of Fortuyn's murder, the victory was not officially celebrated in Coolsingel Square with their fans. During Feyenoord's UEFA Cup run, a parody was launched of the song "Put Your Hands Up" by Black & White Brothers, "Put Your Hands Up for Pi-Air", as a tribute to Pierre van Hooijdonk.


8 May 2002
20:45 CEST
Feyenoord Netherlands 3–2 Germany Borussia Dortmund Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam
Attendance: 45,611
Referee: Vítor Melo Pereira (Portugal)
Van Hooijdonk Soccerball 33' (pen.)40'
Tomasson Soccerball 50'
Amoroso Soccerball 47' (pen.)
Koller Soccerball 58'
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Borussia Dortmund
GK 1 Netherlands Edwin Zoetebier
RB 2 Flag of Ghana Christian Gyan
CB 8 Netherlands Kees van Wonderen
CB 17Netherlands Patrick Paauwe Yellow card 46'
LB 3 Flag of Poland Tomasz Rząsa Yellow card 23'
RM 7 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Bonaventure Kalou Sub off 76'
CM 6 Netherlands Paul Bosvelt (c)
CM 14Flag of Japan Shinji Ono Sub off 85'
LM 32Netherlands Robin van Persie Yellow card 63' Sub off 63'
CF 10Flag of Denmark Jon Dahl Tomasson
CF 9 Netherlands Pierre van Hooijdonk
GK 30Netherlands Henk Timmer
DF 4 Flag of CHI Mauricio Aros
DF 20Netherlands Ferry de Haan Yellow card 85' Sub on 85'
DF 26Belgium Pieter Collen
FW 11Brazil Leonardo Sub on 63'
FW 15Flag of Sweden Good one Johan Elmander Sub on 76'
FW 18Flag of Russia Good One Igor Korneyev
Netherlands Bert van Marwijk
Feyenoord vs Borussia Dortmund 2002-05-08
GK 1 Germany Jens Lehmann
RB 3 Brazil Evanílson
CB 2 Germany Christian Wörns
CB 5 Germany Jürgen Kohler Red card 31'
LB 17Brazil Dedê Yellow card 52'
RM 18Germany Lars Ricken Sub off 70'
CM 7 Germany Stefan Reuter (c)
CM 10Flag of Czech Tomáš Rosický Yellow card 66'
LM 12Brazil Ewerthon Sub off 61'
CF 8 Flag of Czech Jan Koller
CF 22Brazil Márcio Amoroso Yellow card 49'
GK 20Germany Philipp Laux
DF 6 Germany Jörg Heinrich Sub on 70'
DF 23Flag of Algeria Ahmed Reda Madouni
MF 4 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Miroslav Stević
MF 15Flag of Nigeria 001 Sunday Oliseh
MF 19Flag of Ghana Otto Addo Sub on 61'
FW 29Flag of Norway Jan-Derek Sørensen
Germany Matthias Sammer

Man of the Match:
Flag of Denmark Jon Dahl Tomasson (Feyenoord)

Assistant referees:
Flag of Portugal Paulo Januário (Portugal)
Flag of Portugal Carlos Matos (Portugal)
Fourth official:
Flag of Portugal Lucílio Batista (Portugal)

Match rules

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


First half
Statistic Feyenoord Borussia Dortmund
Goals scored 2 0
Total shots 6 4
Shots on target 4 2
Ball possession 53% 47%
Corner kicks 0 1
Fouls committed 7 10
Offsides 1 2
Yellow cards 1 0
Red cards 0 1

Second half
Statistic Feyenoord Borussia Dortmund
Goals scored 1 2
Total shots 7 5
Shots on target 2 3
Ball possession 52% 48%
Corner kicks 2 1
Fouls committed 13 9
Offsides 1 3
Yellow cards 3 3
Red cards 0 0

Statistic Feyenoord Borussia Dortmund
Goals scored 3 2
Total shots 13 9
Shots on target 6 5
Ball possession 52% 48%
Corner kicks 2 2
Fouls committed 20 19
Offsides 2 5
Yellow cards 4 3
Red cards 0 1

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