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1994–95 UEFA Champions League
Ernst-Happel-Stadion Bundesfeuerwehrbewerb Wien2008a.jpg
The Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna held the final.
Tournament details
Dates10–24 August 1994 (qualifying)
14 September 1994 – 24 May 1995 (competition proper)
Teams16 (group stage)
24 (total)
Final positions
ChampionsNetherlands Ajax (4th title)
Runner-upFlag of Italy Milan
Tournament statistics
Matches played61
Goals scored140 (2.3 per match)
Attendance2,328,515 (38,172 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Liberia 001 George Weah
(7 goals)

The 1994–95 UEFA Champions League was the 40th edition of UEFA's premier European club football tournament, and the third since its rebranding as the UEFA Champions League. The tournament was won by Ajax of the Netherlands with a late goal in the final against defending champions Milan of Italy. Ajax won the competition without losing a game, either in the group or the knock-out stage in winning the title for the first time since 1973.

Compared to the previous edition of the European Cup, radical changes were made to the format of the tournament, due to a recently expired contract that bound UEFA to the EBU for the transmission of the final, and this gave occasion for a general review of the format, which attracted the interest of new and financially well-off private television companies. This year included four groups of four teams each in the group stage, up from two groups of four teams each in 1993–94. It was also the first year in which eight teams advanced to the knock-out stage and the first of three years in which smaller clubs entered the UEFA Cup instead of the Champions League. It was also the first time that this competition was known as UEFA Champions League from the first to the last match of the competition, the two previous seasons, the UEFA Champions League involved the round(s) between the round of 16 and the final of the European Champions Cup.

Former Yugoslavia was unable to participate for the third season in a row due to the UN economic sanctions. Milan were the defending champions, but were defeated by Ajax in the final.

Teams

Qualifying round
(eligible clubs ranked 9–24)
Flag of Austria Casino Salzburg Croatia Hajduk Split Flag of Czech Sparta Prague Flag of Denmark Silkeborg
Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain Flag of Greece.svg AEK Athens Flag of Hungary Vác FC-Samsung Flag of Israel Maccabi Haifa
Luxembourg Avenir Beggen Flag of Poland Legia Warsaw Romania Steaua București Scotland Rangers
Switzerland Servette Flag of Sweden Good one IFK Göteborg Flag of Turkey Galatasaray Flag of Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
Group phase
(eligible clubs ranked 1–8)
Belgium Anderlecht England Manchester United Germany Bayern Munich Flag of Italy Milan
Netherlands Ajax Flag of Portugal Benfica Flag of Russia Good One Spartak Moscow Flag of Spain Barcelona

Qualifying round

Main article: 1994–95 UEFA Champions League qualifying round
Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Group A
Avenir Beggen Luxembourg 1–9 Flag of Turkey Galatasaray 1–5 0–4
Sparta Prague Flag of Czech 1–2 Flag of Sweden Good one IFK Göteborg 1–0 0–2
Group B
Silkeborg Flag of Denmark 1–3 Flag of Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0–0 1–3
Paris Saint-Germain Flag of France 5–1 Flag of Hungary Vác FC-Samsung 3–0 2–1
Group C
Legia Warsaw Flag of Poland 0–5 Croatia Hajduk Split 0–1 0–4
Steaua București Romania 5–2 Switzerland Servette 4–1 1–1
Group D
AEK Athens Flag of Greece.svg 3–0 Scotland Rangers 2–0 1–0
Maccabi Haifa Flag of Israel 2–5 Flag of Austria Casino Salzburg 1–2 1–3

Group stage

Main article: 1994–95 UEFA Champions League group stage

10 teams of 16 made their UEFA Champions League group stage debut: AEK Athens, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Casino Salzburg, Dynamo Kyiv, Hajduk Split, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Steaua București. Two of these teams, Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv, had previously contested the 1991-92 European Cup group stage.

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Sweden Good one IFK Göteborg 6411107+39
Flag of Spain Barcelona 6222118+36
England Manchester United 6222111106
Flag of Turkey Galatasaray 611439−63
 BARGALGOTMU
Barcelona 2–1 1–1 4–0
Galatasaray 2–1 0–1 0–0
IFK Göteborg 2–1 1–0 3–1
Manchester United 2–2 4–0 4–2

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain 6600123+912
Germany Bayern Munich 622287+16
Flag of Russia Good One Spartak Moscow 6123812−44
Flag of Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6105511−62
 BMDKPSGSPA
Bayern Munich 1–0 0–1 2–2
Dynamo Kyiv 1–4 1–2 3–2
Paris Saint-Germain 2–0 1–0 4–1
Spartak Moscow 1–1 1–0 1–2

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Portugal Benfica 633095+49
Croatia Hajduk Split 622257−26
Romania Steaua București 613276+15
Belgium Anderlecht 604247−34
 ANDBENHAJSB
Anderlecht 1–1 0–0 0–0
Benfica 3–1 2–1 2–1
Hajduk Split 2–1 0–0 1–4
Steaua București 1–1 1–1 0–1

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Netherlands Ajax 642092+710
Flag of Italy Milan 631265+15*
Flag of Austria Casino Salzburg 613246−25
Flag of Greece.svg AEK Athens 602439−62
 AEKAJACASMIL
AEK Athens 1–2 1–3 0–0
Ajax 2–0 1–1 2–0
Casino Salzburg 0–0 0–0 0–1
Milan 2–1 0–2 3–0

Milan were deducted two points for crowd trouble against Casino Salzburg on Matchday Two.

Knockout stage

Main article: 1994–95 UEFA Champions League knockout stage

Bracket

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                             
Germany Bayern Munich (a) 0 2 2  
Flag of Sweden Good one IFK Göteborg 0 2 2  
  Germany Bayern Munich 0 2 2  
  Netherlands Ajax 0 5 5  
Croatia Hajduk Split 0 0 0
  Netherlands Ajax 0 3 3  
    Netherlands Ajax 1
  Flag of Italy Milan 0
  Flag of Spain Barcelona 1 1 2  
Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain 1 2 3  
  Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain 0 0 0
  Flag of Italy Milan 1 2 3  
Flag of Italy Milan 2 0 2
  Flag of Portugal Benfica 0 0 0  


Quarter-finals

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Bayern Munich Germany 2–2 (a) Flag of Sweden Good one IFK Göteborg 0–0 2–2
Hajduk Split Croatia 0–3 Netherlands Ajax 0–0 0–3
Barcelona Flag of Spain 2–3 Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain 1–1 1–2
Milan Flag of Italy 2–0 Flag of Portugal Benfica 2–0 0–0

Semi-finals

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Bayern Munich Germany 2–5 Netherlands Ajax 0–0 2–5
Paris Saint-Germain Flag of France 0–3 Flag of Italy Milan 0–1 0–2

Final

Main article: 1995 UEFA Champions League Final
24 May 1995
20:30
Ajax Netherlands 1–0 Flag of Italy Milan Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna
Attendance: 49,730
Referee: Ion Crăciunescu (Romania)
Kluivert Soccerball 85' Report

Top goalscorers

The top scorers from the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League (excluding qualifying round) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Flag of Liberia 001 George Weah Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain 7
2 Flag of Finland Jari Litmanen Netherlands Ajax 6
3 Flag of Sweden Good one Magnus Erlingmark Flag of Sweden Good one IFK Göteborg 4
Flag of Italy Marco Simone Flag of Italy Milan 4
5 Flag of Spain José Mari Bakero Flag of Spain Barcelona 3
Brazil Romário Flag of Spain Barcelona 3
Flag of Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov Flag of Spain Barcelona 3
Flag of Argentina Claudio Caniggia Flag of Portugal Benfica 3
Germany Christian Nerlinger Germany Bayern Munich 3
Germany Mehmet Scholl Germany Bayern Munich 3
Flag of Ukraine Viktor Leonenko Flag of Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 3

See also

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