2003 UEFA Champions League Final

From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

2003 UEFA Champions League Final
Champions League Final 2003.jpg
Match programme cover
Event2002–03 UEFA Champions League
After silver goal extra time
Milan won 3–2 on penalties
Date28 May 2003
VenueOld Trafford, Trafford
Man of the MatchPaolo Maldini (Milan)[1]
RefereeMarkus Merk (Germany)
18 °C (64 °F)[2]

The 2003 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place at Old Trafford in Trafford, 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 entered the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League as 2001–02 Serie A champions and so qualified for the group phase, Milan finished fourth so started off in the third qualifying round.

Juventus went into the Champions League Final as champions of Italy for the 27th time. Milan came third in the league, finishing with eleven fewer points than Juventus, but would win the 2002–03 Coppa Italia. The league games between the two teams in 2002–03 had each side winning their home fixture 2–1.

Route to the final[edit]

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 winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Italy Juventus 6 13
2 England Newcastle United 6 9
3 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 7
4 Netherlands Feyenoord 6 5
Source: RSSSF
Final standings Group G winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Italy Milan 6 12
2 Spain Deportivo La Coruña 6 12
3 France Lens 6 8
4 Germany Bayern Munich 6 2
Source: RSSSF
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
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 England Manchester United 6 13
2 Italy Juventus 6 7
3 Switzerland Basel 6 7
4 Spain Deportivo La Coruña 6 7
Source: RSSSF
Final standings Group C winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Italy Milan 6 12
2 Spain Real Madrid 6 11
3 Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 10
4 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 6 1
Source: RSSSF
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 Inter Milan 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 Inter Milan. 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.[3] 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.[4]

It would be the first time the stadium had hosted a major European final,[5] 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 Stéfano, Francisco Gento, Amancio and Emilio Butragueño, 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.[6]

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 Inter Milan and Spanish club Real Madrid. Internazionale Manchester won the match 252–162.[7]



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.


GK 1 Italy Gianluigi Buffon
RB 21 France Lilian Thuram
CB 2 Italy Ciro Ferrara
CB 5 Croatia Igor Tudor downward-facing red arrow 42'
LB 4 Uruguay Paolo Montero
RM 16 Italy Mauro Camoranesi downward-facing red arrow 46'
CM 3 Italy Alessio Tacchinardi Yellow card 69'
CM 26 Netherlands Edgar Davids downward-facing red arrow 65'
LM 19 Italy Gianluca Zambrotta
CF 17 France David Trezeguet
CF 10 Italy Alessandro Del Piero (c) Yellow card 111'
GK 12 Italy Antonio Chimenti
DF 7 Italy Gianluca Pessotto
DF 13 Italy Mark Iuliano
DF 15 Italy Alessandro Birindelli upward-facing green arrow 42'
MF 8 Italy Antonio Conte upward-facing green arrow 46'
FW 24 Italy Marco Di Vaio
FW 25 Uruguay Marcelo Zalayeta upward-facing green arrow 65'
Italy Marcello Lippi
Juventus vs Milan 2003-05-28.svg
GK 12 Brazil Dida
RB 19 Italy Alessandro Costacurta Yellow card 18' downward-facing red arrow 66'
CB 13 Italy Alessandro Nesta
CB 3 Italy Paolo Maldini (c)
LB 4 Georgia (country) Kakha Kaladze
RM 8 Italy Gennaro Gattuso
CM 21 Italy Andrea Pirlo downward-facing red arrow 71'
LM 20 Netherlands Clarence Seedorf
AM 10 Portugal Rui Costa downward-facing red arrow 87'
CF 7 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko
CF 9 Italy Filippo Inzaghi
GK 18 Italy Christian Abbiati
DF 24 Denmark Martin Laursen
DF 25 Brazil Roque Júnior upward-facing green arrow 66'
MF 23 Italy Massimo Ambrosini upward-facing green arrow 87'
MF 27 Brazil Serginho upward-facing green arrow 71'
MF 32 Italy Cristian Brocchi
FW 11 Brazil 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)

Match rules



The teams would again meet in a feature final several months later in the 2003 Supercoppa Italiana in the United States. The game again required penalties to determine the winners, this time, however, Juventus came out on top.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "2. Finals" (PDF). UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook 2016/17. Nyon, Switzerland: Union of European Football Associations. 2017. p. 1. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Local Weather Forecast, News and Conditions | Weather Underground".
  3. ^ "Old Trafford to stage European final". London Evening Standard. 13 December 2001. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  4. ^ Ganguly, Aubrey, ed. (February 2002). "It's coming home". United. Manchester: Future Publishing under licence from Manchester United (112): 13.
  5. ^ UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook 2012/13. Nyon: Union of European Football Associations. 2012. p. 154.
  6. ^ "Manchester welcomes Champion Clubs' Cup". UEFA.org. Union of European Football Associations. 2 April 2003. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  7. ^ Hart, Patrick (3 April 2003). "Football for all in Manchester". UEFA. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Tactical Line-ups – Final – Wednesday 28 May 2003" (PDF). UEFA. 28 May 2003. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Half Time Summary" (PDF). UEFA. 28 May 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Full Time Summary" (PDF). UEFA. 28 May 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2012.

External links[edit]