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55 teams from 46 UEFA member associations participated in the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League. The 1997–98 competition was expanded from previous seasons. The groups was increased to six. The runners-up in the 8 higher tier leagues - England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey - also entered the UEFA Champions League. As current UEFA Champions League titleholder, Borussia Dortmund automatically qualify for this season's competition. As they did not finish in the top 2 in the Bundesliga, Germany had 3 representatives.

QualifyingEdit

The 1997-98 competition had 2 qualification rounds to reach the group stage.

1st Qualifying

The 30 lower tier domestic champions played a home and away knockout round.

2nd Qualifying

The 15 winners from 1st Qualifying joined the 8 mid tier domestic champions and 8 higher tier domestic runners-up, playing a home and away knockout round. With the admission of Borussia Dortmund required the Turkey champions, Galatasaray to also play in this round.

New teams Teams in
Champions League
Teams eliminated
after matches
1st
Qualifying
ARM AZE BLR BUL CRO CYP EST FRO FIN GEO HUN ISL IRL ISR LVA LTU LUX MKD MLT MDA NIR POL ROU SCO SRB SVK SVN SUI UKR WAL      30 new champions      >>> 15 teams
2nd
Qualifying
AUT BEL CZE DEN GRE NOR RUS SWE TUR


ENG FRA GER ITA NED POR ESP TUR

     15 1st Qualifying winners
       9 new champions
       8 new runners-up
   -—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—
     32 teams
     >>> 16 teams
Group
Stage
ENG FRA GER GER ITA NED POR ESP      16 2nd Qualifying winners
       8 new champions
   -—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—
     24 teams
     >>> 16 teams

Group StageEdit

The 16 winners from the 2nd Qualifying Round joined with the 8 higher tier domestic champions to form 6 groups of 4 teams, playing a home and away series.

Country 1st Qualifying 2nd Qualifying Group Stage Quarter Finals Semi Finals
   ARM ARM   Pyunik
   AUT AUT   Salzburg
   AZE AZE   Neftçi Baku
   BLR BLR   Slavia Mozyr   Slavia Mozyr
   BEL BEL   Lierse   Lierse
   BUL BUL   CSKA Sofia
   CRO CRO   Dinamo Zagreb   Dinamo Zagreb
   CYP CYP   Anorthosis   Anorthosis
   CZE CZE   Sparta Prague   Sparta Prague
   DEN DEN   Brøndby
   ENG ENG  
  Newcastle United 2
  Manchester United
  Newcastle United 2
  Manchester United
 
   EST EST   Lantana
   FRO FRO   Víkingur
   FIN FIN   Jazz   Jazz
   FRA FRA  
  PSG 2
  Monaco
  PSG 2
  Monaco
 
  Monaco
 
   GEO GEO   Dinamo Tbilisi   Dinamo Tbilisi
   GER GER  
  Bayer Leverkusen 2
  Bayern Munich
  Bayer Leverkusen 2
  Dortmund C
  Bayern Munich
  Bayer Leverkusen 2
  Dortmund C
 
 
  Dortmund C
   GRE GRE   Olympiacos   Olympiacos
   HUN HUN   MTK Budapest   MTK Budapest
   ISL ISL   ÍA Akraness
   IRL IRL   Derry City
   ISR ISR   Beitar Jerusalem   Beitar Jerusalem
   ITA ITA  
  Parma 2
  Juventus
  Parma 2
  Juventus
 
  Juventus
 
   LVA LVA   Skonto   Skonto
   LTU LTU   Kareda
   LUX LUX   Jeunesse Esch
   MKD MKD   Sileks
   MLT MLT   Valletta
   MDA MDA   Tiraspol
   NED NED  
  Feyenoord 2
  PSV Eindhoven
  Feyenoord 2
   NIR NIR   Crusaders
   NOR NOR   Rosenborg   Rosenborg
   POL POL   Widzew Łódź   Widzew Łódź
   POR POR  
  Sporting Lisbon 2
  Porto
  Sporting Lisbon 2
   ROU ROU   Steaua București   Steaua București
   RUS RUS   Spartak Moscow
   SCO SCO   Rangers   Rangers
   SRB SRB   Partizan
   SVK SVK   Košice   Košice   Košice
   SVN SVN   Maribor   Maribor
   ESP ESP  
  Barcelona 2
  Real Madrid
  Barcelona 2
  Real Madrid
 
  Real Madrid
 
   SWE SWE   Göteborg   Göteborg
   SUI SUI   Sion   Sion
   TUR TUR   Galatasaray
  Beşiktaş 2
  Galatasaray
  Beşiktaş 2
   UKR UKR   Dynamo Kyiv   Dynamo Kyiv   Dynamo Kyiv   Dynamo Kyiv
   WAL WAL   Barry Town

1st Qualifying 2nd Qualifying Group Stage
   GER   Borussia Dortmund C G
R
O
U
P
 
A
   ITA   Parma 2    ITA   Parma 2
   POL   Widzew Łódź    POL   Widzew Łódź
   AZE   Neftçi Baku
   CZE   Sparta Prague    CZE   Sparta Prague
   AUT   Salzburg
   TUR   Galatasaray    TUR   Galatasaray
   SUI   Sion    SUI   Sion
   LUX   Jeunesse Esch
   ENG   Manchester United G
R
O
U
P
 
B
   ITA   Juventus
   NED   Feyenoord 2    NED   Feyenoord 2
   FIN   Jazz    FIN   Jazz
   EST   Lantana
   RUS   Spartak Moscow
   SVK   Košice    SVK   Košice    SVK   Košice
   ISL   ÍA Akraness
   DEN   Brøndby G
R
O
U
P
 
C
   UKR   Dynamo Kyiv    UKR   Dynamo Kyiv    UKR   Dynamo Kyiv
   WAL   Barry Town
   NED   PSV Eindhoven
   ENG   Newcastle United 2    ENG   Newcastle United 2
   CRO   Dinamo Zagreb    CRO   Dinamo Zagreb
   SRB   Partizan
   ESP   Barcelona 2    ESP   Barcelona 2
   LVA   Skonto    LVA   Skonto
   MLT   Valletta
   ESP   Real Madrid G
R
O
U
P
 
D
   NOR   Rosenborg    NOR   Rosenborg
   HUN   MTK Budapest    HUN   MTK Budapest
   ARM   Pyunik
   GRE   Olympiacos    GRE   Olympiacos
   BLR   Slavia Mozyr    BLR   Slavia Mozyr
   MDA   Tiraspol
   POR   Porto
   GER   Bayern Munich G
R
O
U
P
 
E
   FRA   Paris Saint-Germain 2    FRA   Paris Saint-Germain 2
   ROU   Steaua București    ROU   Steaua București
   BUL   CSKA Sofia
   TUR   Beşiktaş 2    TUR   Beşiktaş 2
   SVN   Maribor    SVN   Maribor
   IRL   Derry City
   SWE   Göteborg    SWE   Göteborg
   SCO   Rangers    SCO   Rangers
   FRO   Víkingur
   FRA   Monaco G
R
O
U
P
 
F
   GER   Bayer Leverkusen 2    GER   Bayer Leverkusen 2
   GEO   Dinamo Tbilisi    GEO   Dinamo Tbilisi
   NIR   Crusaders
   POR   Sporting Lisbon 2    POR   Sporting Lisbon 2
   ISR   Beitar Jerusalem    ISR   Beitar Jerusalem
   MKD   Sileks
   BEL   Lierse    BEL   Lierse
   CYP   Anorthosis    CYP   Anorthosis
   LTU   Kareda


TablesEdit

The 6 group winners and the 2 best runners-up advanced to the knockout stage.

Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F
1   GER   Dortmund   ENG   Man United   UKR   Dynamo   ESP   Real Madrid   GER   Bayern   FRA   Monaco
2   ITA   Parma   ITA   Juventus   NED   PSV   NOR   Rosenborg   FRA   PSG   GER   Bayer
3   CZE   Sparta   NED   Feyenoord   ENG   Newcastle   GRE   Olympiacos   TUR   Beşiktaş   POR   Sporting
4   TUR   Galatasaray   SVK   Košice   ESP   Barcelona   POR   Porto   SWE   Göteborg   BEL   Lierse


Knockout StageEdit

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
  Winner A v Winner E
      GER   Borussia Dortmund  
    GER   Bayern Munich  
      GER   Borussia Dortmund  
Winner D v Runners-up 1       ESP   Real Madrid  
    ESP   Real Madrid
      GER   Bayer Leverkusen  
        ESP   Real Madrid (CHAMPIONS)
Winner B v Winner F       ITA   Juventus
      ENG   Manchester United  
    FRA   Monaco  
 
    FRA   Monaco
Winner C v Runners-up 2       ITA   Juventus  
    UKR   Dynamo Kyiv
      ITA   Juventus  


FinalEdit

The final this season was played at Amsterdam Arena where Real Madrid defeated last season's runners-up, Juventus.


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