2004 UEFA Champions League Final
Event2003–04 UEFA Champions League
Date26 May 2004
VenueArena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
Man of the MatchDeco (Porto)
RefereeKim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)

The 2004 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match played at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on 26 May 2004, to decide the winner of the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League. AS Monaco, a Monaco-based club representing the French Football Federation, faced Portugal's Porto, who won the match 3–0, with Carlos Alberto, man of the match Deco and Dmitri Alenichev scoring the goals.

Before 2004, Porto's last triumph in the competition had been in 1987 – although they had won the UEFA Cup the previous season – while Monaco were playing in their first ever Champions League final. Both teams started their UEFA Champions League campaigns in the group stage and defeated former European champions on their way to the final. Porto beat 1968 and 1999 winners Manchester United while Monaco defeated nine-time champions Real Madrid.

Both teams were considered underdogs in the competition before the final stages and were led by young managers: Monaco had former France national football team star Didier Deschamps and Porto were led by rising star José Mourinho, who left the team for Chelsea after the final.

Route to the final

AS Monaco

AS Monaco finished second in the French Ligue 1 the previous season, meaning that they entered the Champions League at the group stage. They were placed in Group C, alongside Deportivo La Coruña, PSV Eindhoven and AEK Athens. After a 2–1 in their first win in the Netherlands and an 4–0 win at Stade Louis II against AEK Athens, Monaco went to Spain to be defeated 1–0 by Deportivo. The Monegasque adventure really began after the return game against Deportivo, when Monaco won 8–3, which represents the highest number of goals in one match in the history of the new version of the UEFA Champions League. Croatian striker Dado Pršo scored four times, while captain Ludovic Giuly (2), Jérôme Rothen, Jaroslav Plašil and Édouard Cissé pulverised the Spanish defensive line. After two more draws against PSV Eindhoven and AEK Athens, Monaco finished at the top of Group C.

The first knockout round saw Monaco winning against Lokomotiv Moscow after a 2–1 defeat in Russia and a win 1–0 at Stade Louis II. In the quarter-finals, Monaco played European giants Real Madrid. After a 4–2 loss in Madrid (where Fernando Morientes scored, and was applauded by his former fans), Monaco created a sensation by defeating the Spanish 3–1 at home.

Monaco played against Chelsea in the semi-finals, and despite the exclusion of Akis Zikos, Monaco found enough strength to score twice and win the game 3–1. The last goal was scored by striker Shabani Nonda, who just returned from a seven-month injury. The second leg at Stamford Bridge saw Monaco resisting Chelsea's strikes, for a final score of 2–2 to reach the European Cup final for the first time in their history.


Porto, winners of the Primeira Liga, Portuguese Cup and UEFA Cup in 2002–03, were the only Portuguese team in the group stage, after the elimination of Benfica in the third qualifying round by Italian side Lazio. Porto was drawn in Group F, along with Real Madrid, Marseille and Partizan. Porto's first match was at Partizan Stadium in Belgrade, Serbia. Costinha scored the opening goal on 22 minutes, but Andrija Delibašić scored the equaliser on 54 minutes. The next game, the first at Estádio das Antas, was a 3–1 loss to Real Madrid. Costinha scored the opening goal again, on seven minutes. Helguera equalised on 28 minutes; Solari on 37 minutes and Zidane on 67 scored Real Madrid's winning goals. After only getting one point from the first two games, Porto went on to secure their place in the first knockout round with three straight wins.

Three straight wins, two against Marseille and one against Partizan, secured Porto's place in the first knockout round before the last game of the group stage, a draw in Madrid. In the first knockout round, Porto met Manchester United. The Portuguese won 2–1 at home and managed to qualify in the final minutes of the second leg, when Costinha scored an equaliser in injury time in a 1–1 draw at Old Trafford. In the quarter-finals, Porto met a French team for the second time in the tournament: a 2–0 win at home and a 2–2 draw in France knocked Lyon out of the competition. In the semi-finals, Porto played Deportivo La Coruña, knocking them out on an aggregate score of 1–0.

AS Monaco Round Porto
Main article: 2003–04 UEFA Champions League group stage#Group C
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of France AS Monaco 6321156+911
Flag of Spain Deportivo La Coruña 63121212010
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 631287+110
Flag of Greece.svg AEK Athens 6024111−102
Group stage
Main article: 2003–04 UEFA Champions League group stage#Group F
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Spain Real Madrid 6420115+614
Flag of Portugal Porto 632198+111
Flag of France Marseille 6114911−24
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro Partizan 603338−53
Opponent Result Legs Knockout stage Opponent Result Legs
Flag of Russia Good One Lokomotiv Moscow 2–2 (a) 1–2 away; 1–0 home First knockout round England Manchester United 3–2 2–1 home; 1–1 away
Flag of Spain Real Madrid 5–5 (a) 2–4 away; 3–1 home Quarter-finals Flag of France Lyon 4–2 2–0 home; 2–2 away
England Chelsea 5–3 3–1 home; 2–2 away Semi-finals Flag of Spain Deportivo La Coruña 1–0 0–0 home; 1–0 away



The match was between Monegasque club AS Monaco, in their first European final, and Portuguese club Porto, the UEFA Cup winners the previous season. This was also the second time Porto had appeared in the Champions League final. Porto were the favourites after knocking out Manchester United in the second round of the competition, while Monaco had knocked out Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Following much pre-match speculation, Monaco captain Ludovic Giuly took up a central attacking position from the start, and four times in the opening three minutes his pace nearly caught Porto cold. On three occasions the experience of his opposite number Jorge Costa was just enough to keep him at bay as he darted through, but once, from Lucas Bernardi's searching pass, Vítor Baía had to race from his goalline to effect a risky last-ditch tackle. Giuly was now coming into his own with some deft touches on the edge of the Porto area, setting up Édouard Cissé whose cross was tantalisingly out of reach of Bernardi's outstretched leg, then providing Jérôme Rothen with a chance to cross from the other flank but this time Fernando Morientes was just out of range.

Sadly for Monaco, it was to be nothing more than a cameo from their captain as, after just 22 minutes he limped out of the game clutching his midriff, handing the armband to Julien Rodriguez and being replaced by Dado Pršo. Undeterred, Monaco kept their momentum and Nuno Valente became the first player to be booked after a clumsy foul on Cissé, then Morientes was adjudged offside from another astute pass from Bernardi.

The pendulum swung Porto's way when Rothen lost possession to Paulo Ferreira who ran up the right flank and crossed to the near post where Rodriguez just beat Deco to the ball. Five minutes later though Porto took the lead from the same source. This time Paulo Ferreira's centre was a lofted one and it found Carlos Alberto. Unselfishly, he tried to lay the ball off to Derlei but the ball bounced back to the teenager off the hapless Akis Zikos and this time it was despatched with aplomb past Flavio Roma's left hand. Up to that point, five minutes from the interval, Monaco had been the better side, but in the opening period of the second half Monaco looked shell-shocked, a goal down and minus the inspirational Giuly. Gradually however they crept back into contention as Porto failed to capitalise and only another marginal offside verdict denied Morientes an equaliser.

On the hour Porto withdrew Carlos Alberto in favour of Russian midfield player Dmitri Alenichev, and four minutes later Monaco brought on Shabani Nonda in place of Cissé as Monaco threw caution to the wind. But as their forays began to founder on the edge of the Porto area, the chance of a decisive counterattack grew more likely. In the 71st minute, Deco broke clear and found Alenichev on the left. The Russian put the ball straight back into the playmaker's path and Deco stroked home Porto's second. Four minutes later the game was over. This time it was Derlei who broke free, and he found Alenichev courtesy of a cross that deflected off Sébastien Squillaci, by now on for Gaël Givet. Alenichev needed no second invitation as he drove the third nail in Monaco's coffin. Two days later, manager José Mourinho left Porto to take over as Chelsea boss.


26 May 2004
20:45 CEST
AS Monaco Flag of France 0–3 Flag of Portugal Porto Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)


Carlos Alberto Soccerball 39'
Deco Soccerball 71'
Alenichev Soccerball 75'
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AS Monaco
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GK 30Flag of Italy Flavio Roma
RB 4 Flag of Argentina Hugo Ibarra
CB 27Flag of France Julien Rodriguez
CB 32Flag of France Gaël Givet Sub off 72'
LB 3 Flag of France Patrice Evra
CM 14Flag of France Édouard Cissé Sub off 64'
CM 7 Flag of Argentina Lucas Bernardi
CM 15Flag of Greece.svg Akis Zikos
RW 8 Flag of France Ludovic Giuly (c) Sub off 23'
LW 25Flag of France Jérôme Rothen
CF 10Flag of Spain Fernando Morientes
GK 29Flag of Senegal.svg Tony Sylva
DF 19Flag of France Sébastien Squillaci Sub on 72'
MF 6 Flag of Czech Jaroslav Plašil
MF 35Flag of Norway Hassan El Fakiri
FW 9 Croatia Dado Pršo Sub on 23'
FW 18Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Shabani Nonda Sub on 64'
FW 24Flag of Togo Emmanuel Adebayor
Flag of France Didier Deschamps
AS Monaco vs Porto 2004-05-26.svg
GK 99Flag of Portugal Vítor Baía
RB 22Flag of Portugal Paulo Ferreira
CB 2 Flag of Portugal Jorge Costa (c) Yellow card 77'
CB 4 Flag of Portugal Ricardo Carvalho
LB 8 Flag of Portugal Nuno Valente Yellow card 29'
DM 6 Flag of Portugal Costinha
RM 23Flag of Portugal Pedro Mendes
LM 18Flag of Portugal Maniche
AM 10Flag of Portugal Deco Sub off 85'
CF 19Brazil Carlos Alberto Yellow card 40' Sub off 60'
CF 11Brazil Derlei Sub off 78'
GK 1 Flag of Portugal Nuno
DF 5 Flag of Portugal Ricardo Costa
DF 17Flag of Portugal José Bosingwa
MF 3 Flag of Portugal Pedro Emanuel Sub on 85'
MF 15Flag of Russia Good One Dmitri Alenichev Sub on 60'
FW 9 Flag of Lithuania Edgaras Jankauskas
FW 77Flag of South Africa Benni McCarthy Sub on 78'
Flag of Portugal José Mourinho

Man of the Match:
Flag of Portugal Deco (Porto)

Assistant referees:
Flag of Denmark Jens Larsen (Denmark)
Flag of Denmark Jørgen Jepsen (Denmark)
Fourth official:
Flag of Denmark Knud Erik Fisker (Denmark)


First half
AS Monaco Porto
Goals scored 0 1
Total shots 1 2
Shots on target 0 1
Ball possession 54% 46%
Corner kicks 1 2
Fouls committed 7 6
Offsides 7 3
Yellow cards 0 2
Red cards 0 0
Second half
Statistic AS Monaco Porto
Goals scored 0 2
Total shots 7 4
Shots on target 0 3
Ball possession 56% 44%
Corner kicks 6 2
Fouls committed 10 14
Offsides 12 8
Yellow cards 0 1
Red cards 0 0
Statistic AS Monaco Porto
Goals scored 0 3
Total shots 8 6
Shots on target 0 4
Ball possession 55% 45%
Corner kicks 7 4
Fouls committed 17 20
Offsides 19 11
Yellow cards 0 3
Red cards 0 0

See also

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