1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final

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1994 European Cup Winners' Cup
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.[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 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.[3]

Route to the final

England Arsenal Italy Parma
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Denmark Odense 3–2 2–1 (A) 1–1 (H) First round Sweden Degerfors 4–1 2–1 (A) 2–0 (H)
Belgium Standard Liège 10–0 3–0 (H) 7–0 (A) Second round Israel Maccabi Haifa 1–1 (3–1 p) 1–0 (A) 0–1 (a.e.t.) (H)
Italy Torino 1–0 0–0 (A) 1–0 (H) Quarter-finals Netherlands Ajax 2–0 0–0 (A) 2–0 (H)
France Paris Saint-Germain 2–1 1–1 (A) 1–0 (H) Semi-finals Portugal 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]


4 May 1994
20:15 CEST
Arsenal England 1–0 Italy Parma
Smith Goal 20' Report
GK 1 England David Seaman
RB 2 England Lee Dixon
CB 6 England Tony Adams (c) Booked 25'
CB 5 England Steve Bould
LB 3 England Nigel Winterburn
CM 4 England Paul Davis
CM 11 England Ian Selley Booked 51'
CM 8 Northern Ireland Steve Morrow
RW 7 England Kevin Campbell Booked 78'
LW 10 England Paul Merson Substituted off 86'
CF 9 England Alan Smith
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
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GK 1 Italy Luca Bucci
SW 4 Italy Lorenzo Minotti (c)
CB 6 Argentina Roberto Sensini
CB 5 Italy Luigi Apolloni
RWB 2 Italy Antonio Benarrivo
LWB 3 Italy Alberto Di Chiara
CM 7 Sweden Tomas Brolin
CM 8 Italy Gabriele Pin Substituted off 71'
CM 9 Italy Massimo Crippa Booked 44'
AM 10 Italy Gianfranco Zola
CF 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

Assistant referees:
Czech Republic Josef Zvonic (Czech Republic)
Czech Republic Otakar Draštík (Czech Republic)
Fourth official:
Czech Republic 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.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "European Cup Winners' Cup". Rsssf.com. 2000-01-26. Retrieved 2014-05-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "European Competitions 1993-94". Rsssf. Retrieved 2014-05-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Parken". The Stadium Guide. Retrieved 2014-05-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Football - Match (C2) Cup Winners' Cup : Arsenal vs. Parma". Footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 2014-05-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. JOE LOVEJOY (1994-05-05). "European Cup-Winners Cup: Smith's strike brings Arsenal European glory: Battling Londoners make light of the loss of Wright and Jensen". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-05-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "1. May 1994: Arsenal 1-0 Parma". Goal.com. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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