Historical Football Kits


European Cup/UEFA Champions League Finals 1990 - 1999

manchester united champions league winners 1999The break up of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia resulted in a large number of new national associations joining UEFA in the early part of the decade, necessitating an increased number of preliminary rounds. For the 1991-92 competition the last eight played off in two groups with the group winners meeting in the final. The following season the competition was re-launched as the UEFA Champions League. The format was changed again in 1993-94, two teams now qualifying from each group to play in single-leg semi-finals. After the broadcasting rights to the final expired, UEFA repackaged the competition in 1994-95: 16 teams now competed in the group stage with eight going forward into the final knock-out stages.

The biggest change occured in 1997-98, when the competition was expanded to include clubs that had not won their national championships, more than doubling the number of entrants.

1989 - 1990

ac milan 1990 european cup final kit

AC Milan

benfica fc 1990  european cup final kit


AC Milan 1 Benfica 0

Praterstadion, Vienna (57,500)
23 May 1990

Milan defended their title wearing their lucky white kit with an image of the European Cup trophy replacing the scudetto. The match was refereed by Helmut Kohl but we presume this was not the chancellor of Germany of the time.

(Denis Hurley, The Sound of Tribe)


1990 - 1991

red star belgrade 1991  european cup final kit

Red Star Belgrade

olympique marseille 1991  european cup final kit

Olympique Marseille

Red Star Belgrade 0 Olympique Marseille 0
(Red Star won 5-3 on penalties)

Stadio San Nicola, Bari (58,000)
29 May 1991

No goals were scored in 120 minutes of defensive football so it came down to the lottery of penalties to decide the title between two first time finalists. Red Star went on to win the Intercontinental Cup but the civil wars that overwhelmed Yugoslavia ended any aspirations the club may have had to build on their success.

(Viet-Dung Tran)


1991 - 1992

cf barcelona 1992  european cup final kit


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sampdoria fc 1992  european cup final kit


Barcelona 1 Sampdoria 0 (after extra time)

Wembley Stadium, London (70,827)
20 May 1992

Barcelona won their first title in a tournament in which the last eight played off in a group stage. English clubs were permitted to enter after the expiry of their five-year ban and were represented by Arsenal. Liverpool were the Football League champions but had to serve an additional 12 month ban.

(Chris Worrall, Giovanni del Bianco)


1992 - 1993

olympique marseille 1993 uefa champions league kit

Olympique Marseille

ac milan 1993 uefa champions league kit

AC Milan

Olympique Marseille 1 AC Milan 0

Olympiastadion, Munich (64,400)
26 May 1993

Marseille's first win in what was now styled the UEFA Champions League was overshadowed by a match-fixing scandal, which resulted in the club being stripped of their domestic title and relegated to the French second tier. They retained their European title as the match in question was not in the Champions League but they were banned from defending it and denied entry to the 1993 Intercontinental and Super Cups.

(Viet-Dung Tran)


1993- 1994

ac milan 1994 uefa champions league kit

AC Milan

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cf barcelona 1994 uefa champions league kit


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AC Milan 4 Barcelona 0

Olympic Stadium, Athens (70,000)
18 May 1994

Milan, in white, recorded their fifth title beating Barcelona comfortably.


1994 - 1995

ajax amsterdam 1995 uefa champions league kit


ac milan 1995 uefa champions league kit

AC Milan

Ajax 1 AC Milan 0

Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna (49,730)
24 May 1995

A late goal from Patrick Kluivert denied the defending champions and gave Ajax their fourth title. This was the first final in which shirt sponsorship was permitted. For once Milan lost a final wearing white.


1995 - 1996

juventus 1996 uefa champions league kit


ajax amsterdam 1996 uefa champions league kit


Juventus 1 Ajax 1 (after extra time)
(Juventus won 4-2 on penalties)

Stadio Olimpico, Roma (67,000)
22 May 1996

This time out it was Ajax who reached the final as defending champions only to lose, although it took penalties to decide the match. This was Juve's second Champions League/European Cup title.


1996 - 1997

borussia dortmund 1997 uefa champions league kit

Borussia Dortmund

juventus 1997 uefa champions league kit


Borussia Dortmund 3 Juventus 1

Olympiastadion, Munich (59,000)
28 May 1997

Once again the defending champion reached the final only to be beaten. Juventus had gained their revenge against Ajax with a 6-2 win on aggregate in the semi-final but were surprisingly beaten in the final by the German underdogs.


1997 - 1998

real madrid 1998 uefa champions league kit

Real Madrid

juventus 1998 uefa champions league kit


Real Madrid 1 Juventus 0

Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam (48,500)
20 May 1998

Juventus reached the final for the third season in succession but once again lost. This was Real Madrid's seventh win and their first since 1966. The expanded tournament was more than double the size of previous ones with 55 entrants.


1998 - 1999

manchester united 1999 uefa champions league kit

Manchester United

bayern munich 1999 uefa champions league kit

Bayern Munich

Manchester United 2 Bayern Munich 1

Camp Nou, Barcelona (90,000)
26 May 1999

United had already won the domestic double of league and cup while Bayern had won the Bundesliga and were in the German cup final so both teams were hunting for a remarkable treble. Bayern took the lead in the 6th minute and as the game entered injury time, their fans started to light flares in celebration of certain victory. In the 91st minute, however, Sheringham scored to bring the scores level. Within 30 seconds of the restart Solskjær scored United's second and snatched the trophy in the most dramatic finish to a European final ever.

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