1996 UEFA Champions League Final
1996 UEFA Champions League Final.jpg
Match programme cover
Event1995–96 UEFA Champions League
After extra time
Juventus won 4–2 on penalties
Date22 May 1996
VenueStadio Olimpico, Rome
RefereeManuel Díaz Vega (Spain)

The 1996 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match played on 22 May 1996 between Ajax of the Netherlands and Juventus of Italy. The match ended in a 1–1 draw after extra time, forcing a penalty shoot-out, which Juventus won 4–2.[2] It was the club's second triumph in the competition.

Route to the final

Further information: 1995–96 UEFA Champions League

Ajax Round Juventus
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Spain Real Madrid 1–0 (H) Matchday 1 Germany Borussia Dortmund 3–1 (A)
Hungary Ferencváros 5–1 (A) Matchday 2 Romania Steaua București 3–0 (H)
Switzerland Grasshopper 3–0 (H) Matchday 3 Scotland Rangers 4–1 (H)
Switzerland Grasshopper 0–0 (A) Matchday 4 Scotland Rangers 4–0 (A)
Spain Real Madrid 2–0 (A) Matchday 5 Germany Borussia Dortmund 1–2 (H)
Hungary Ferencváros 4–0 (H) Matchday 6 Romania Steaua București 0–0 (A)
Group D winner
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Netherlands Ajax 6 16
2 Spain Real Madrid 6 10
3 Hungary Ferencváros 6 5
4 Switzerland Grasshopper 6 2
Source: UEFA
Final standings Group C winner
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Italy Juventus 6 13
2 Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 9
3 Romania Steaua București 6 6
4 Scotland Rangers 6 3
Source: UEFA
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Germany Borussia Dortmund 3–0 2–0 (A) 1–0 (H) Quarter-finals Spain Real Madrid 2–1 0–1 (A) 2–0 (H)
Greece Panathinaikos 3–1 0–1 (H) 3–0 (A) Semi-finals France Nantes 4–3 2–0 (H) 2–3 (A)



Ajax Netherlands1–1 (a.e.t.)Italy Juventus
Litmanen 41' Report Ravanelli 13'
soccer ball with red X

Litmanen soccer ball with check mark
Scholten soccer ball with check mark
soccer ball with red X
2–4 soccer ball with check mark Ferrara
soccer ball with check mark Pessotto
soccer ball with check mark Padovano
soccer ball with check mark Jugović
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 70,000[1]
Referee: Manuel Díaz Vega (Spain)
GK 1 Netherlands Edwin van der Sar
RB 2 Netherlands Sonny Silooy
CB 3 Netherlands Danny Blind (c) Yellow card 83'
DM 4 Netherlands Frank de Boer downward-facing red arrow 69'
LB 5 Netherlands Winston Bogarde
RM 6 Netherlands Ronald de Boer downward-facing red arrow 91'
RW 7 Nigeria Finidi George Yellow card 22'
LM 8 Netherlands Edgar Davids
CF 9 Nigeria Nwankwo Kanu
AM 10 Finland Jari Litmanen
LW 11 Netherlands Kiki Musampa downward-facing red arrow 46'
GK 12 Netherlands Fred Grim
MF 13 Netherlands Arnold Scholten upward-facing green arrow 69'
MF 14 Netherlands Dave van den Bergh
FW 15 Netherlands Patrick Kluivert upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 16 Netherlands Nordin Wooter Yellow card 92' upward-facing green arrow 91'
Netherlands Louis van Gaal
Ajax vs Juventus 1996-05-22.svg
GK 1 Italy Angelo Peruzzi
CB 2 Italy Ciro Ferrara
LB 3 Italy Gianluca Pessotto
RB 4 Italy Moreno Torricelli Yellow card 102'
CB 5 Italy Pietro Vierchowod
CM 6 Portugal Paulo Sousa downward-facing red arrow 57'
LM 7 France Didier Deschamps Yellow card 87'
RM 8 Italy Antonio Conte downward-facing red arrow 44'
CF 9 Italy Gianluca Vialli (c)
LW 10 Italy Alessandro Del Piero
RW 11 Italy Fabrizio Ravanelli downward-facing red arrow 77'
GK 12 Italy Michelangelo Rampulla
DF 13 Italy Sergio Porrini
MF 14 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladimir Jugović Yellow card 50' upward-facing green arrow 44'
MF 15 Italy Angelo Di Livio Yellow card 106' upward-facing green arrow 57'
FW 16 Italy Michele Padovano upward-facing green arrow 77'
Italy Marcello Lippi

Joaquín Olmos González (Spain)
Manuel Fernando Tresaco Gracia (Spain)
Fourth official:
José María García-Aranda (Spain)


Although Juventus won the 1996 Champions League Final, the victory remains controversial because of accusations of doping.[3][4] The Juventus team has been accused of using erythropoietin (EPO) and the matter went to trial in 2004.[5] In November 2004, club doctor Riccardo Agricola was given a 22-month prison sentence and fined €2,000 for sporting fraud by providing performance enhancing drugs, specifically EPO, to players between 1994 and 1998,[6][7] Leading hematologist Giuseppe d'Onofrio said that it was "practically certain" that midfielders Antonio Conte and Alessio Tacchinardi had taken EPO to overcome brief bouts of anemia, and that it was "very probable" that seven other players – Alessandro Birindelli, Alessandro Del Piero, Didier Deschamps, Dimas, Paolo Montero, Gianluca Pessotto and Moreno Torricelli – had taken EPO in small doses.[8]

In April 2005, the Court of Arbitration for Sport gave the following advisory opinion, in part: "The use of pharmaceutical substances which are not expressly prohibited by sports law, and which cannot be considered as substances similar or related to those expressly prohibited, is not to be sanctioned by disciplinary measures. However, regardless of the existence or not of any judgement rendered by a State court, sports authorities are under the obligation to prosecute the use of pharmaceutical substances which are prohibited by sports law or any other anti-doping rule violation in order to adopt disciplinary measures."[9] In December 2005, Agricola was acquitted of the charges by Turin's court of appeal.[10] In March 2007, in the final verdict by the Supreme Court of Cassation, stated: "that in the years of 1994 to 1998 there was no ascertained positive case of doping substances by Juventus players, that the purchase of erythropoietin or its administration to the athletes of the club does not emerge from any act of the trial, and that the same expert had identified the possibility of an administration of erythropoietin in distant terms from the sure evidence ("very probable" and in two cases "practically certain"): it is that there fore, the judgement of probability and not of certainty, did not allow for a statement of responsibility."[11] The verdict also went on to say: "In response to the conclusion taken, the territorial court notes that there were no deferred values higher than the limits set in the various antidoping protocols and that the situation of the Juventus players, both with reference to the average hematological values, and in relation to that of material balance, did not differ from the national average population.[11]

See also


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ "Why Ajax still feel 'cheated' by Juve's 1996 Champions League triumph". The Independent. April 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "Juventus vs Ajax: Revisiting the Doping Scandal That Tarnished the Champions League Final of 1996". Sports Illustrated.
  4. ^ Pitt-Brooke, Jack (1 June 2017). "Juventus' controversial European past casts dark shadows ahead of Champions League final against Real Madrid". The Independent.
  5. ^ "Zidane admits using creatine in Juventus doping trial". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. January 26, 2004.
  6. ^ "Juve doctor convicted of doping". uefa.com. 26 November 2004.
  7. ^ "Judge Convicts Juventus Doctor". apnews.com. 26 November 200.
  8. ^ Dunne, Frank (1 December 2004). "The drug scandal that blackens the name of Juve's team of the Nineties". The Independent.
  9. ^ "ADVISORY OPINION Pronounced by the COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT" (PDF). coni.it. 26 April 2005. p. 27. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-15.
  10. ^ "Juventus doctor wins doping appeal". uefa.com. 14 December 2005.
  11. ^ a b "Repubblica Italiana La Corte Suprema Cassazione Sezione Seconda Penale In Nome Del Popolo Italiano" (PDF). Supreme Court of Cassation. 29 March 2007. p. 40-42. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-29.