1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final

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1994 European Cup Winners' Cup
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Event 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup
Date4 May 1994
Venue Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Referee Václav Krondl (Czech Republic)

The 1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final was a football match on 4 May 1994 contested between Arsenal of England and Parma of Italy. It was the final match of the 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup and the 34th European Cup Winners' Cup final. The final was held at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, and Arsenal won 1–0 with the goal coming from Alan Smith. It is widely considered as the peak of Arsenal's famous defence. Arsenal became the fourth London club to win the trophy after Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and West Ham United. [1]



Having beaten Antwerp in the same competition in the previous year, Parma were aiming to become the first side to win consecutive finals; five sides had previously failed to do so after reaching the final for a consecutive year. The final was the first time that Parma had come up against English opposition. On the other hand, Arsenal had three times played out two-legged affairs with Italian clubs. The first meeting was in the 1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, when they overcame Lazio 4–2 on aggregate, drawing the first leg in Rome and winning the second leg 2–0 at Highbury. Arsenal had also faced Italians in the 1979–80 European Cup Winners' Cup at the semi-final stage; Arsenal won 2–1 on aggregate. The most recent meeting was in the quarter-finals of this year's competition, where they overcame Torino 1–0 over two legs. [2]

It was the first time Parken Stadium had hosted the major European competition's final and the first time any European competition's final had been held in Denmark. The stadium had opened only recently – in 1992 – and was the home of Copenhagen and the Danish national football team, taking two years to construct at the cost of 640 million Danish kroner. It was built on the site of the national team's previous home, Idrætsparken. [3]

Route to the final

Flag of England.svg Arsenal Flag of Italy.svg Parma
OpponentAgg.1st leg2nd legOpponentAgg.1st leg2nd leg
Flag of Denmark.svg Odense 3–22–1 (A)1–1 (H) First round Flag of Sweden.svg Degerfors IF 4–12–1 (A)2–0 (H)
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Standard Liège 10–03–0 (H)7–0 (A) Second round Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Haifa 1–1 (3–1 p)1–0 (A)0–1 (a.e.t.) (H)
Flag of Italy.svg Torino 1–00–0 (A)1–0 (H) Quarter-finals Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax 2–00–0 (A)2–0 (H)
Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain 2–11–1 (A)1–0 (H) Semi-finals Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica 2–2 (a)1–2 (A)1–0 (H)



A crowd of 33,765 witnessed a tactical match. Parma's Tomas Brolin hit the post early on but, in the 20th minute, Lorenzo Minotti miss-hit an overhead clearance and Alan Smith capitalized, beating Luca Bucci with a left-footed volley. [4] Arsenal then invited pressure from Parma but, by controlling Gianfranco Zola and Faustino Asprilla, defended their lead and became the fourth London club to win the trophy. [1] The final was noted for Arsenal fans singing "one nil to the Arsenal" throughout the match. [5]

Arsenal were without their leading goalscorer Ian Wright, who missed the final through suspension as well as the injured John Jensen, Martin Keown, and David Hillier. [6]


Arsenal Flag of England.svg 1–0 Flag of Italy.svg Parma
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GK1 Flag of England.svg David Seaman
RB2 Flag of England.svg Lee Dixon
LB3 Flag of England.svg Nigel Winterburn
CM4 Flag of England.svg Paul Davis
CB5 Flag of England.svg Steve Bould
CB6 Flag of England.svg Tony Adams (c)Yellow card.svg 25'
RW7 Flag of England.svg Kevin Campbell Yellow card.svg 78'
CM8 Ulster Banner.svg Steve Morrow
CF9 Flag of England.svg Alan Smith
LW10 Flag of England.svg Paul Merson Sub off.svg 86'
CM11 Flag of England.svg Ian Selley Yellow card.svg 51'
DF12 Flag of England.svg Andy Linighan
GK13 Flag of England.svg Alan Miller
MF14 Flag of Ireland.svg Eddie McGoldrick Sub on.svg 86'
MF15 Flag of England.svg Ray Parlour
FW16 Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Dickov
Flag of Scotland.svg George Graham
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GK1 Flag of Italy.svg Luca Bucci
RWB2 Flag of Italy.svg Antonio Benarrivo
LWB3 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Di Chiara
SW4 Flag of Italy.svg Lorenzo Minotti (c)
CB5 Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Apolloni
CB6 Flag of Argentina.svg Roberto Sensini
CM7 Flag of Sweden.svg Tomas Brolin
CM8 Flag of Italy.svg Gabriele Pin Sub off.svg 71'
CM9 Flag of Italy.svg Massimo Crippa Yellow card.svg 44'
AM10 Flag of Italy.svg Gianfranco Zola
CF11 Flag of Colombia.svg Faustino Asprilla Yellow card.svg 45'
GK12 Flag of Italy.svg Marco Ballotta
DF13 Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Maltagliati
DF14 Flag of Italy.svg David Balleri
MF15 Flag of Italy.svg Daniele Zoratto
FW16 Flag of Italy.svg Alessandro Melli Sub on.svg 71'
Flag of Italy.svg Nevio Scala

Assistant referees:
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Josef Zvonic (Czech Republic)
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Otakar Draštík (Czech Republic)
Fourth official:
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Lubomír Puček (Czech Republic)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of golden goal extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.

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