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UEFA Cup
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UEFA Cup

The UEFA Cup is a knock-out football competition for European club teams. It was founded in May 1955 as the Inter-Cities' Fairs Cup. It is the second most important competition for European club teams, the first being the UEFA Champions League. Qualification for the competition varies from country to country, with more places being offered to the more successful nations. Usually places are awarded to teams who finish in various runners-up places in the top-flight leagues of Europe, and winners of the main cup competitions; for example in England the team finishing 5th in the Premiership and the winners of the FA Cup and League Cup qualify. If the FA Cup winner has qualified for the Champions League via its league position, the runner-up will go to the UEFA Cup. However, if the League Cup winner qualifies for European play via its league position or the results of the FA Cup, the League Cup runner-up does not receive a UEFA Cup berth; the berth instead goes to the 6th-place team in the Premiership.

The only countries which send their League Cup winners to the UEFA Cup are England and France. In all other countries, UEFA Cup places can be earned only by league placement or through the main cup competition.

Three UEFA Cup berths each year are set aside for the three winners of the final matches in the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Three more berths are given to federations that finish above a certain level in UEFA's Fair Play table. The top-placed federation automatically receives a Fair Play entry, and two other federations gain berths via a draw among all other federations that meet qualifying criteria. In all cases, the recipient of the Fair Play entry is the highest-placed team in the Fair Play table of that federation's top league that has not already qualified for Europe.

Competition format

The competition was traditionally a pure knockout tournament. All ties were two-legged, including the final. Starting with the 1998 event, the final became a one-off match, but all other ties remained two-legged.

Before the 2004-05 season, the tournament consisted of two qualifying rounds, followed by a series of knockout rounds. The 16 losers in the third qualifying round of the Champions League entered at an appropriate stage; later in the tournament, the survivors would be joined by third-place finishers in the group phase of the Champions League.

For the 2004-05 event, a new format will be introduced. The qualifying rounds remain intact. However, losers in the Champions League third qualifying round will no longer enter the UEFA Cup. After the first round proper, the 40 survivors will enter a group phase, with the clubs being drawn into eight groups of five each. Unlike the Champions League group phase, the UEFA Cup group phase will be played in a single round-robin format, with each club playing two home and two away games. The top three teams in each group will advance, where they will be joined by the eight third-place teams in the Champions League group phase. From this point, knockout play resumes through the final.

UEFA Cup Finals

Single match finals

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
2004/05       José Alvalade Stadium,
Lisbon
2003/04 Valencia
(spa)
2 - 0 Marseille
(fra)
Nya Ullevi,
Göteborg
2002/03 FC Porto
(por)
3 - 2
aet
Celtic
(sco)
Olimpico Sevilla,
Seville
Match decided by silver goal
2001/02 Feyenoord
(net)
3 - 2 Borussia Dortmund
(ger)
De Kuip,
Rotterdam
2000/01 Liverpool
(eng)
5 - 4
aet
Alavés
(spa)
Westfalenstadion,
Dortmund
Match decided by golden goal
1999/00 Galatasaray
(tur)
0 - 0
aet
Arsenal
(eng)
Parken,
Copenhagen
4-1 in penalty shootout
1998/99 Parma
(ita)
3 - 0 Marseille
(fra)
Luzhniki Stadium,
Moscow
1997/98 Inter Milan
(ita)
3 - 0 Lazio
(ita)
Parc des Princes,
Paris

Two-legged finals

Season Home Team Score Away Team Venue
1996/97 FC Schalke 04
(ger)
1 - 0 Inter Milan
(ita)
Parkstadion,
Gelsenkirchen
Inter Milan
(ita)
1 - 0
aet
FC Schalke 04
(ger)
Giuseppe Meazza,
Milan
Aggregate: 1-1
FC Schalke 04 won 4-1 in penalty shootout
 
1995/96 Bayern Munich
(ger)
2 - 0 Bordeaux
(fra)
Olympiastadion,
Munich
Bordeaux
(fra)
1 - 3 Bayern Munich
(ger)
Parc Lesure,
Bordeaux
Bayern Munich won 5-1 on aggregate  
1994/95 Parma
(ita)
1 - 0 Juventus
(ita)
Ennio Tardini,
Parma
Juventus
(ita)
1 - 1 Parma
(ita)
San Siro,
Milan
Parma won 2-1 on aggregate  
1993/94 SV Casino Salzburg
(aut)
0 - 1 Inter Milan
(ita)
Ernst Happel,
Vienna
Inter Milan
(ita)
1 - 0 SV Casino Salzburg
(aut)
Giuseppe Meazza,
Milan
Inter Milan won 2-0 on aggregate  
1992/93 Borussia Dortmund
(ger)
1 - 3 Juventus
(ita)
Westfalenstadion,
Dortmund
Juventus
(ita)
3 - 0 Borussia Dortmund
(ger)
Delle Alpi,
Turin
Juventus won 6-1 on aggregate  
1991/92 Torino
(ita)
2 - 2 Ajax
(net)
Delle Alpi,
Turin
Ajax
(net)
0 - 0 Torino
(ita)
Olympisch Stadion,
Amsterdam
Aggregate: 2-2
Ajax won on away goals
 
1990/91 Inter Milan
(ita)
2 - 0 Roma
(ita)
Giuseppe Meazza,
Milan
Roma
(ita)
1 - 0 Inter Milan
(ita)
Stadio Olimpico,
Rome
Inter Milan won 2-1 on aggregate  
1989/90 Juventus
(ita)
3 - 1 Fiorentina
(ita)
Stadio Comunale,
Turin
Fiorentina
(ita)
0 - 0 Juventus
(ita)
Stadio Partenio,
Avellino
Juventus won 3-1 on aggregate  
1988/89 Napoli
(ita)
2 - 1 Stuttgart
(ger)
San Paolo Stadium,
Naples
Stuttgart
(ger)
3 - 3 Napoli
(ita)
Neckarstadion,
Stuttgart
Napoli won 5-4 on aggregate  
1987/88 Espanyol
(spa)
3 - 0 Bayer Leverkusen
(ger)
Sarria Stadium,
Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen
(ger)
3 - 0
aet
Espanyol
(spa)
Ulrich Haberland Stadion,
Leverkusen
Aggregate: 3-3
Bayer Leverkusen won 3-2 in penalty shootout
 
1986/87 IFK Göteborg
(swe)
1 - 0 Dundee United
(sco)
Ullevi,
Gothenburg
Dundee United
(sco)
1 - 1 IFK Göteborg
(swe)
Tannadice Park,
Dundee
IFK Göteborg won 2-1 on aggregate  
1985/86 Real Madrid
(spa)
5 - 1 1. FC Köln
(ger)
Santiago Bernabéu,
Madrid
1. FC Köln
(ger)
2 - 0 Real Madrid
(spa)
Olympiastadion,
Berlin
Real Madrid won 5-3 on aggregate  
1984/85 Videoton
(hun)
0 - 3 Real Madrid
(spa)
Sóstói,
Székesfehérvár
Real Madrid
(spa)
0 - 1 Videoton
(hun)
Santiago Bernabéu,
Madrid
Real Madrid won 3-1 on aggregate  
1983/84 Anderlecht
(bel)
1 - 1 Tottenham
(eng)
Parc Astride,
Brussels
Tottenham
(eng)
1 - 1
aet
Anderlecht
(bel)
White Hart Lane,
London
Aggregate: 2-2
Tottenham won 4-3 in penalty shootout
 
1982/83 Anderlecht
(bel)
1 - 0 Benfica
(por)
Heysel Stadium,
Brussels
Benfica
(por)
1 - 1 Anderlecht
(bel)
Estádio da Luz,
Lisbon
Anderlecht won 2-1 on aggregate  
1981/82 IFK Göteborg
(swe)
1 - 0 Hamburg
(ger)
Ullevi,
Gothenburg
Hamburg
(ger)
0 - 3 IFK Göteborg
(swe)
Volksparkstadion,
Hamburg
IFK Göteborg won 4-0 on aggregate  
1980/81 Ipswich Town
(eng)
3 - 0 AZ Alkmaar
(net)
Portman Road,
Ipswich
AZ Alkmaar
(net)
4 - 2 Ipswich Town
(eng)
Olympisch Stadion,
Amsterdam
Ipswich Town won 5-4 on aggregate  
1979/80 Borussia M'gladbach
(ger)
3 - 2 Eintracht Frankfurt
(ger)
Bökelbergstadion,
Mönchengladbach
Eintracht Frankfurt
(ger)
1 - 0 Borussia M'gladbach
(ger)
Mainstadion,
Frankfurt
Aggregate: 3-3
Eintracht Frankfurt won on away goals
 
1978/79 Red Star Belgrade
(yug)
1 - 1 Borussia M'gladbach
(ger)
Red Star Stadium,
Belgrade
Borussia M'gladbach
(ger)
1 - 0 Red Star Belgrade
(yug)
Rheinstadion,
Düsseldorf
Borussia Mönchengladbach won 2-1 on aggregate  
1977/78 Bastia
(fra)
0 - 0 PSV Eindhoven
(net)
Furiani Stadium,
Bastia
PSV Eindhoven
(net)
3 - 0 Bastia
(fra)
Philips Stadion,
Eindhoven
PSV Eindhoven won 3-0 on aggregate  
1976/77 Juventus
(ita)
1 - 0 Athletic Bilbao
(spa)
Stadio Comunale,
Turin
Athletic Bilbao
(spa)
2 - 1 Juventus
(ita)
San Mamés stadium,
Bilbao
Aggregate: 2-2
Juventus won on away goals
 
1975/76 Liverpool
(eng)
3 - 2 Club Brugge
(bel)  
Anfield,
Liverpool
Club Brugge
(bel)
1 - 1 Liverpool
(eng)  
Olympiastadion,
Brugge
Liverpool won 4-3 on aggregate  
1974/75 Borussia M'gladbach
(ger)
0 - 0 Twente
(net)
Rheinstadion,
Düsseldorf
Twente
(net)
1 - 5 Borussia M'gladbach
(ger)
Diekman,
Enschede
Borussia Mönchengladbach won 5-1 on aggregate  
1973/74 Tottenham
(eng)
2 - 2 Feyenoord
(net)
White Hart Lane,
London
Feyenoord
(net)
2 - 0 Tottenham
(eng)
De Kuip,
Rotterdam
Feyenoord won 4-2 on aggregate  
1972/73 Liverpool
(eng)
3 - 0 Borussia M'gladbach
(ger)
Anfield,
Liverpool
Borussia M'gladbach
(ger)
2 - 0 Liverpool
(eng)
Bökelbergstadion,
Mönchengladbach
Liverpool won 3-2 on aggregate  
1971/72 Wolverhampton
(eng)
1 - 2 Tottenham
(eng)
Molineux,
Wolverhampton
Tottenham
(eng)
1 - 1 Wolverhampton
(eng)
White Hart Lane,
London
Tottenham won 3-2 on aggregate  

Inter-Cities Fairs' Cup finals

Season Home Team Score Away Team Venue
1970/71 Juventus
(ita)
2 - 2 Leeds United
(eng)
Stadio Comunale,
Turin
Leeds United
(eng)
1 - 1 Juventus
(ita)
Elland Road,
Leeds
Aggregate: 3-3
Leeds United won on away goals
 
1969/70 Anderlecht
(bel)
3 - 1 Arsenal
(eng)
Parc Astrid,
Brussels
Arsenal
(eng)
3 - 0 Anderlecht
(bel)
Highbury,
London
Arsenal won 4-3 on aggregate  
1968/69 Newcastle
(eng)
3 - 0 Ujpest
(hun)
St. James' Park,
Newcastle
Ujpest
(hun)
2 - 3 Newcastle
(eng)
Dozsa Stadium,
Budapest
Newcastle won 6-2 on aggregate  
1967/68 Leeds United
(eng)
1 - 0 Ferencvaros
(hun)
Elland Road,
Leeds
Ferencvaros
(hun)
0 - 0 Leeds United
(eng)
Nepstadion,
Budapest
Leeds United won 1-0 on aggregate  
1966/67 Dinamo Zagreb
(cro)
2 - 0 Leeds United
(eng)
Dinamo Stadium,
Zagreb
Leeds United
(eng)
0 - 0 Dinamo Zagreb
(cro)
Elland Road,
Leeds
Dinamo Zagreb won 2-0 on aggregate  
1965/66 Barcelona
(spa)
0 - 1 Zaragoza
(spa)
Camp Nou,
Barcelona
Zaragoza
(spa)
2 - 4
aet
Barcelona
(spa)
La Romareda,
Zaragoza
Barcelona won 4-3 on aggregate  
1964/65 Juventus
(ita)
0 - 1
Ferencvaros
(hun)
Stadio Comunale,
Turin
Single match played
1963/64 Zaragoza
(spa)
2 - 1 Valencia
(spa)
Camp Nou,
Barcelona
Single match played
1962/63 Dinamo Zagreb
(cro)
1 - 2 Valencia
(spa)
Dinamo Stadium,
Zagreb
Valencia
(spa)
2 - 0 Dinamo Zagreb
(cro)
Luis Casanova Stadium,
Valencia
Valencia won 4-1 on aggregate  
1961/62 Valencia
(spa)
6 - 2 Barcelona
(spa)
Luis Casanova Stadium,
Valencia
Barcelona
(spa)
1 - 1 Valencia
(spa)
Camp Nou,
Barcelona
Valencia won 7-3 on aggregate  
1960/61 Birmingham City
(eng)
2 - 2 Roma
(ita)
St. Andrews,
Birmingham
Roma
(ita)
2 - 0 Birmingham City
(eng)
Stadio Olimpico,
Rome
Roma won 4-2 on aggregate  
1958/60 Birmingham City
(eng)
0 - 0 Barcelona
(spa)
St. Andrews,
Birmingham
Barcelona
(spa)
4 - 1 Birmingham City
(eng)
Camp Nou,
Barcelona
Barcelona won 4-1 on aggregate  
1956/58 London XI
(eng)
2 - 2 Barcelona
(spa)
Stamford Bridge,
London
Barcelona
(spa)
6 - 0 London XI
(eng)
Camp Nou,
Barcelona
Barcelona won 8-2 on aggregate  

aet - after extra time

See also: List of sporting events