The 2003–04 UEFA Champions League group stage matches took take place between 16 September and 10 December 2003. The group stage featured teams qualified by their league positions and others who had come through qualifying.
The 32 teams were divided into four pots. Pot 1 comprised the previous year's title holders Milan and the top seven clubs in the team ranking. Pot 2 contained the following eight clubs in the rankings and likewise for Pots 3 and 4. Each group contained one team from each pot. A team's seeding was determined by the UEFA coefficients.
Clubs from the same association were paired up to split the matchdays between Tuesday and Wednesday. Clubs with the same pairing letter would play on different days, ensuring that teams from the same city (e.g. Milan and Internazionale, who also share a stadium) did not play on the same day.
|Group winners and runners-up advanced to the first knockout round|
|Third-placed teams entered the UEFA Cup at the third knockout round|
During the group stage, each team plays the other three teams in their group twice (home and away or at an alternative venue). The top two teams with the most points or who meet the tie-break criteria progress to the first knockout round. The third placed side entered the UEFA Cup in 2004.
Based on paragraph 4.05 in the UEFA regulations for the current season, if two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:
|Key to colours in group tables|
|Teams that progressed to the first knockout round are indicated in bold type|
|Teams that progressed to the UEFA Cup are indicated in bold italics|
|Juninho 25' (pen.)||Report|
|Makaay 73', 86'||Report||Thompson 56'|
|Mornar 52'||Report||Santa Cruz 73'|
|Luyindula 88'||Report||Makaay 25'|
|Makaay 14'||Report||Juninho 6'
Juninho 52', 86' (pen.)
|Makaay 42' (pen.)||Report|
|Dynamo Kyiv||2–0||Lokomotiv Moscow|
|Rincón 83', 90'||Report|
Van der Meyde 24'
|Recoba 14'||Report||Loskov 54'|
|Lokomotiv Moscow||3–2||Dynamo Kyiv|
Ignashevitch 45' (pen.)
|Vieri 32'||Report||Henry 25', 85'
|Rincón 85'||Report||Adani 68'|
|Deportivo La Coruña||6||3||1||2||12||12||0||10|
|AEK Athens||1–1||Deportivo La Coruña|
|Tsiartas 86'||Report||Pandiani 12'|
|Bouma 65'||Report||Morientes 31'
Morientes 25', 56'
|Deportivo La Coruña||2–0||PSV Eindhoven|
Pandiani 51' (pen.)
|Deportivo La Coruña||1–0||Monaco|
|AEK Athens||0–1||PSV Eindhoven|
|Monaco||8–3||Deportivo La Coruña|
Pršo 26', 30', 45+2', 49'
|Report||Tristán 39', 52'
|PSV Eindhoven||2–0||AEK Athens|
|Deportivo La Coruña||3–0||AEK Athens|
|Morientes 34'||Report||Vennegoor of Hesselink 84'|
|PSV Eindhoven||3–2||Deportivo La Coruña|
|De Jong 14', 90+4'
|Del Piero 5', 73'||Report||Şükür 19'|
|Kovačević 80' (pen.)||Report|
|Stoltidis 11'||Report||Nedvěd 21', 79'|
|Şükür 61'||Report||Kovačević 3'
|Trezeguet 3', 63'
Di Vaio 7', 45+1'
|Report||Tudor 67' (o.g.)
De Pedro 80'
|Şükür 47', 90+4'||Report|
(*) originally scheduled for November 25, delayed for security reasons due to the Istanbul terrorist bombings of November 15 and November 20
|Trezeguet 14', 25'
Di Vaio 62'
Del Piero 67'
|De Paula 51'||Report||Şükür 26'|
|Konstantinidis 88'||Report||Emerson 35'|
|Report||Van Nistelrooy 67' (pen.)|
|Report||P. Neville 31'|
|Konstantinou 60'||Report||Fyssas 68' (o.g.)
Van Nistelrooy 43', 60'
|Mols 28'||Report||Žutautas 32'
|Van Nistelrooy 45'
|Roberto Carlos 29'
Ronaldo 34', 57'
Figo 61' (pen.)
Van Buyten 83'
|Delibašić 54'||Report||Costinha 22'|
|Costinha 7'||Report||Helguera 28'
|Drogba 62', 68', 85'||Report|
|Mido 63'||Report||Beckham 35'
|McCarthy 25', 50'||Report||Delibašić 90+2'|
|Solari 9'||Report||Derlei 35' (pen.)|
|Delibašić 80'||Report||Mido 61'|
|Inzaghi 46', 61' (pen.)||Report||Sionko 27'
|Report||Sergen 24', 29'|
|Report||Pancu 60' (pen.)|
|Ronaldo Guiaro 82'||Report|
|Muzzi 56'||Report||Pancu 45+2' (pen.)|
|Club Brugge||1–1||Celta Vigo|
|Juanfran 84' (o.g.)||Report||Juanfran 50'|
|Sonck 11', 54'||Report|
|Luccin 25' (pen.)
Van der Vaart 82'
|Celta Vigo||1–1||Club Brugge|
|Mostovoi 74'||Report||Lange 90+2'|
|Kaká 40'||Report||Jesuli 42'
|Report||Sonck 42' (pen.)|
The 2002–03 season saw great success for Associazione Calcio Milan. Milan won both the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, defeating Juventus on penalties after a 0–0 draw.
In Serie A Milan were on top in January, but finished in third place behind Juventus and Internazionale.2002–03 Beşiktaş J.K. season
The 2002–03 season was the club's 44th season in the Turkish Super League and the club's 100th year in existence. After signing Romanian manager Mircea Lucescu, Beşiktaş won the league for the 12th time in franchise history. Beşiktaş also had their most successful UEFA Cup run, by becoming a quarter finalist, however the club lost to S.S. Lazio 1–3 on aggregate, therefore eliminating them. Beşiktaş lost to Gençlerbirliği 3–4 in the quarterfinals of the Turkish Cup.2002–03 Bundesliga
The 2002–03 Bundesliga, the 40th season of the Bundesliga, was the first season where the defending champions kicked–off the season.2002–03 Galatasaray S.K. season
The 2002–03 season was Galatasaray's 99th in existence and the 45th consecutive season in the Süper Lig. This article shows statistics of the club's players in the season, and also lists all matches that the club have played in the season.2002–03 La Liga
The 2002–03 La Liga season, the 72nd since its establishment, started on 31 August 2002 and finished on 22 June 2003.2002–03 Ligue 1
For the 2002–03 season, the French Division 1 was renamed as Ligue 1 and was expanded to contain 20 clubs, which played 38 matches against each other, rather than the 34 matches in previous seasons. Lyon won the 2002–03 Ligue 1 season of the French Association Football League with 68 points.2002–03 Parma A.C. season
Parma Associazione Calcio regained its respect following a lacklustre Serie A and Champions League performance the year before. Under new coach Cesare Prandelli, Parma played an offensive 4–3–3 formation, in which new offensive signings Adrian Mutu and Adriano starred. Both made up for the departure of Marco Di Vaio to Juventus. Mutu scored 18 goals from the left wing, and Parma accepted a multimillion-pound offer from Chelsea in the summer, which meant the Romanian international only spent a year at the club. Also impressing were goalkeeper Sébastien Frey and young centre-halves Matteo Ferrari and Daniele Bonera, who proved to be acceptable replacements for departed captain Fabio Cannavaro, who had joined Inter in late August 2002.
Parma finished fifth in Serie A and missed out on Champions League qualification to Lazio by four points. It had the upper hand on Udinese for fifth on goal difference, and was one point clear of Chievo in seventh. That solitary point qualified Parma for European football in 2003–04. Parma also spent part of pre-season playing in the 2002 Amsterdam Tournament.2002–03 Primeira Liga
The 2002–03 Primeira Liga was the 69th edition of top flight of Portuguese football. It started on 25 August 2002 with a match between Varzim and Paços de Ferreira, and ended on 1 June 2003. The league was contested by 18 clubs with Sporting CP as the defending champions.
Porto won the league and qualified for the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League group stage, along with Benfica, who qualified for the third round. Sporting and União de Leiria qualified for the 2003–04 UEFA Cup. In opposite, Varzim, Santa Clara and Vitória de Setúbal were relegated to the Segunda Liga. Faye Fary was the top scorer with 18 goals.2002–03 Real Madrid CF season
The 2002–03 season was Real Madrid's 72nd season in La Liga. This article shows statistics of the club's players in the season, and also lists all matches that the club played in the 2002–03 season. This season marked the return of their purple away kits, and a new sponsor, Siemens Mobile, to be shown on their kits.2002–03 S.L. Benfica season
The 2002–03 season was Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 99th season in existence and the club's 69th consecutive season in the top flight of Portuguese football. During the season, which lasted from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003, Benfica competed in the Primeira Liga and the Taça de Portugal.
Going into a second year without UEFA competitions, qualifying for Europe was one of the club's top priorities; to improve its competitiveness, Benfica signed some of the best domestic players, Ricardo Rocha and Petit, but also brought back former players, like Hélder and Nuno Gomes. Jesualdo Ferreira remained as manager for his first full season on the club.
Benfica's season started with four consecutive victories, to lead the league. In late September, they experienced their first loss and went on a win-less spree that saw them drop to fifth. In November, Benfica won again, but the results remained erratic and after a 7–0 trashing of Paços de Ferreira, they lost to Varzim. A few days later, in the Portuguese Cup, a home loss against Gondomar cost Ferreira his job. Fernando Chalana replaced him for one match, before the appointment of José Antonio Camacho.
With the Spaniard in charge, Benfica regained second place and slowly opened a gap over Sporting, eventually finishing with 75 points, qualifying for the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League. Despite this, Camacho was unable to close the distance to Porto, who finished 11 points ahead. The season was also the last that Benfica played in the original Estádio da Luz, before a new version was built ahead of UEFA Euro 2004. Their final game was on 22 March 2003, with the remaining games being played in the Estádio Nacional in Oeiras.2002–03 S.S. Lazio season
The 2002–03 season was the 103rd season in Società Sportiva Lazio's history and their 15th consecutive season in the top-flight of Italian football. Lazio finished fourth in Serie A and reached the semi finals of both the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup.2002–03 Serie A
In the 2002–03 season, the Serie A, the major football Italian professional league, was composed by 18 teams, for the 15th consecutive time from season 1988–89.
The first two teams qualified directly to UEFA Champions League. Teams finishing in third and fourth position had to play Champions League qualifications. Teams finishing in fifth and sixth positions qualified to UEFA Cup (another spot was given to the winner of Coppa Italia). The bottom four teams were to be relegated in Serie B.
Juventus won its 27th national title, with Internazionale placing second. AC Milan and Lazio were admitted to the UEFA Champions League preliminary phase, whereas Parma, Udinese and Roma (through the Coppa Italia finals) obtained a spot to the next UEFA Cup. Brescia and Perugia were admitted to participate in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, after Chievo declined to participate.
Piacenza, Torino, Como and Atalanta were relegated to Serie B, with the latter after having lost a relegation play-off against Reggina.2002–03 Süper Lig
The 2002-03 Turkish First Football League was the 45th edition of top-flight professional football in Turkey. The season celebrated the centenary of Beşiktaş J.K., who became eventual champions. Moreover, Malatyaspor qualified for the first time in a European cup competition after a 2-0 away win at Turkish Cup winners Trabzonspor combined with Fenerbahçe's draw at İzmir with relegated Göztepe, 1-1, despite being ahead in the first half. So far, they are the only team from Eastern Anatolia to play in UEFA competitions.2003–04 UEFA Champions League
The 2003–04 UEFA Champions League was the 12th season of UEFA's premier European club football tournament, the UEFA Champions League, since its rebranding from the European Cup in 1992, and the 49th tournament overall. The competition was won by Portugal's Porto, who defeated AS Monaco of France 3–0 at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany for Portugal's first win since 1987. This was Porto's second European trophy in two years, following their UEFA Cup success from the previous season. This was the first UEFA Champions League competition to feature a 16-team knockout round instead of a second group stage.
After eliminating (in order) Manchester United, Lyon and Deportivo La Coruña, Porto met AS Monaco in the final. Monaco had previously knocked out Lokomotiv Moscow, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Milan were the defending champions, but were eliminated by Deportivo La Coruña in the quarter-finals.AS Monaco FC in European football
Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club is a French–listed football club, located in Monaco. They received entry to their first European competition, the European Cup, after being crowned as winners of the league in 1961. The side qualified for the beginning round, the preliminary stage, where they were beaten 4–6 on aggregate by Scottish opponents Rangers in both legs of the tie, 2–3 at home, and 3–2 on foreign ground. As runners-up of the French annual cup, the Coupe de France, AS Monaco added their name to a second European tournament, the 1974–75 European Cup Winners' Cup, also exiting in the first phase against Eintracht Frankfurt with a 2–5 total score.
The outfit achieved their best results in the 1991–92 European Cup Winners' Cup, being defeated in the final 0–2 contrary to Werder Bremen, and the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League, where they suffered a 0–3 loss to Porto. AS Monaco recorded their highest win against Swansea City of Wales with 8–0 at the Stade Louis II in the first phase, second leg of the 1991–92 Cup Winners' Cup. Their largest deficit was against another Scottish club, Dundee United, in the 1981–82 UEFA Cup first home round which they lost 2–5. The club's latest participation is in the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage, where they will face Atlético Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge.FK Vardar
Fudbalski Klub Vardar (Macedonian: ФК Вардар), also known as FK Vardar or simply Vardar, is a football club based in the capital city of Skopje, in North Macedonia. The club was founded in 1947 and they have been members of the Macedonian First Football League since its inception in 1992.
The Philip II Arena has been the home ground of FK Vardar since 1947. Vardar is the most popular and renowned Macedonian football club both domestically and abroad, having won 10 national championships and 5 national cups.František Straka
František "Franz" Straka (born 28 May 1958) is a Czech former football player and current manager of MFK Karviná.List of FK Partizan players
Fudbalski klub Partizan is a Serbian professional association football club based in Belgrade, Serbia, who currently play in the Serbian SuperLiga. They have played at their current home ground, Partizan Stadium, since 1949.
This is a list of all the football players that have played for club since its foundation, in 1945.
Only players that have played at least one match in any of the following competitions: domestic league, domestic cup and European competitions.
Players that only played in friendlies, tournaments and that were on trial are not included.
As of 13 July 2018Olympiacos F.C. in European football
Olympiacos F.C. has a long presence in UEFA competitions. They made their debut on September 13, 1959, in a game against Milan at the Karaiskakis Stadium for the 1959–60 European Cup, being the first Greek team to compete in a European competition. Olympiacos was also the first Greek club to advance to the next round of any European competition, eliminating Zagłębie Sosnowiec for the 1963–64 European Cup Winners' Cup. Their best European campaigns are their presence in the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, where they lost a semi-final spot in the last minutes by Juventus, and in the 1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals, losing to Atlético Madrid.
Olympiacos is the highest ranked Greek team in the UEFA rankings, occupying the 29th place in Europe at the end of season 2017–18. They are also the Greek team with the most wins in all European competitions, leading also the table with the most home and away wins, and the Greek team with the most games played in European level, celebrating their 200th match on 23 February 2010, against Bordeaux in the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League first knockout round. Olympiacos also holds the all-time record attendance for a Greek club of 75,263 in a 1982–83 European Cup match against Hamburg at the Athens Olympic Stadium. Olympiacos has also won the Balkans Cup in 1963, at a time when the competition was considered the second most important in the region after the European Cup, becoming the first ever Greek club to win an international competition.
Olympiacos, throughout its European history, has eliminated (in both knockout matches and group stages) clubs like Milan, Ajax, Benfica, Porto, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Celtic, Werder Bremen, Anderlecht, Monaco, Deportivo La Coruña, Hertha BSC, Cagliari and Standard Liège among others. They have spent most of their European history in the UEFA Champions League, where they are widely known for being a very strong home side, having run some long-standing sequences, such as the 15 straight UEFA Champions League unbeaten home matches since their debut in the tournament under its new format, when Manchester United stopped their record in their fifth consecutive participation, and their 15 wins in 19 UEFA Champions League home matches between 2009–10 and 2014–15. They have a vast record of home wins over traditional European powerhouses and UEFA Champions League winners like Real Madrid, Milan, Liverpool, Manchester United, Ajax, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Benfica, Porto, Celtic among many other major European clubs.