Wednesday, May 23, 2007

1991 Red Star Belgrade 0-0 Marseille

The 1991 final of the European Cup was won for the first time by FK Red Star on penalties in the final against Olympique de Marseille. This was only the second time that an Eastern European side won the competition, after Steaua Bucureşti of Romania. It was also the last tournament to be solely knock-out based, with a group stage added for the next season.

Regarded as perhaps the poorest final of all time, the winners nevertheless went on to become World Club Champions. This tournament would have marked the return of English clubs after a five-year ban resulting from the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985 had Liverpool, who were banned for six years, not qualified as English champions.

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