1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final

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1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final
Parken 1.jpg
Event 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup
Date 4 May 1994
Venue Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Referee Václav Krondl (Czech Republic)
Attendance 33,765

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.


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 by a margin of four goals to two, drawing the first leg in Rome and winning the second leg two nil at home. Arsenal had also faced Italians was 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 by a solitary goal to nil over two legs.

It was the first time Parken Stadium had hosted the a 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.

Route to the final

Arsenal Parma
Opponent Result Legs Round Opponent Result Legs
Denmark Odense 3–2 2–1 away; 1–1 home First round Sweden Degerfors 4–1 2–1 away; 2–0 home
Belgium Standard Liège 10–0 3–0 home; 7–0 away Second round Israel Maccabi Haifa 1–1 (3–1 p) 0–1 away; 1–0 home
Italy Torino 1–0 0–0 away; 1–0 home Quarter-finals Netherlands Ajax 2–0 0–0 away; 2–0 home
France Paris Saint-Germain 2–1 1–1 away; 1–0 home Semi-finals Portugal Benfica 2–2 (a) 1–2 away; 1–0 home



A crowd of 34,000 witnessed a tense, tactical battle. Parma’s Tomas Brolin hit the post early on but, in the 20th minute, Lorenzo Minotti miss-hit an overhead clearance and Alan Smith capitalised, beating Luca Bucci with a left-footed volley. Arsenal then invited pressure from Parma but, by shackling Gianfranco Zola and Faustino Asprilla, defended their lead and became the fourth London club to win the trophy.

Arsenal were without their leading goalscorer Ian Wright, who missed the final through suspension.1


4 May 1994
20:15 CEST
Arsenal England 1–0 Italy Parma
Smith Goal 20' Report
GK 1 England David Seaman
DF 2 England Lee Dixon
DF 3 England Nigel Winterburn
MF 4 England Paul Davis
DF 5 England Steve Bould
DF 6 England Tony Adams (c) Booked 25'
FW 7 England Kevin Campbell Booked 78'
MF 8 Northern Ireland Steve Morrow
FW 9 England Alan Smith
MF 10 England Paul Merson Substituted off 86'
MF 11 England Ian Selley Booked 51'
GK 13 England Alan Miller
DF 12 England Andy Linighan
MF 14 Republic of Ireland Eddie McGoldrick Substituted in 86'
MF 15 England Ray Parlour
FW 16 Scotland Paul Dickov
Scotland George Graham
GK 1 Italy Luca Bucci
DF 2 Italy Antonio Benarrivo
DF 3 Italy Alberto Di Chiara
MF 4 Italy Lorenzo Minotti (c)
DF 5 Italy Luigi Apolloni
DF 6 Argentina Roberto Sensini
FW 7 Sweden Tomas Brolin
MF 8 Italy Gabriele Pin Substituted off 71'
MF 9 Italy Massimo Crippa Booked 44'
FW 10 Italy Gianfranco Zola
FW 11 Colombia Faustino Asprilla Booked 45'
GK 12 Italy Marco Ballotta
DF 13 Italy Roberto Maltagliati
DF 14 Italy David Balleri
MF 15 Italy Daniele Zoratto
FW 16 Italy Alessandro Melli Substituted in 71'
Italy Nevio Scala

See also


  1. ^ "Ian Wright | Arsenal Player Database | History". Arsenal.com. 13 September 1997. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 

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