2001 Champions League Winners

OTD in 2001, Bayern Munich became the champions of Europe.

The 2001 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place at San Siro in Milan, Italy, on 23 May 2001, to decide the winner of the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League. The match pitted German side Bayern Munich against Spanish side Valencia. The match finished in a 1–1 draw, but Bayern clinched their fourth title by winning 5–4 on penalties. This was also their first European Cup title in a quarter-century, also representing Valencia’s second consecutive final defeat (2000 and 2001). As all the goals in the match were scored from penalties and a penalty shoot-out was required to decide the winner, this UEFA Champions League match became an “all-penalty” final. 2001 final was a meeting of the two previous seasons’ losing finalists – Bayern Munich lost to Manchester United in 1999 and Valencia lost to Real Madrid in 2000.

This was the sixth European Cup final to be decided on penalties, and the second under the Champions League format. This was Ottmar Hitzfeld’s second Champions League title after he won it with Borussia Dortmund in 1997, making him the second coach in European Cup history, after Ernst Happel, to win the competition with two clubs. Meanwhile, it was Héctor Cúper’s third consecutive European final defeat; he lost the 1999 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Final with Mallorca, before losing the 2000 Champions League final with Valencia.


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