Tuesday, May 22, 2007

1998 Real Madrid 1-0 Juventus

The 1997-98 final of the UEFA Champions League was won by Real Madrid in a 1-0 final victory against Juventus, who were playing in a third consecutive final. It started a run of three victories in five seasons for the Spanish giants (1998, 2000 and 2002).

This season was the first to have six groups, as opposed to four in the previous tournament, which meant that only two group runners-up qualified for the quarter finals as opposed to all the second-placed teams. It was also the first to have two qualifying rounds instead of just one. After three years of entering the UEFA cup, champions of smaller nations returned to the Champions League.

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