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This was the 2nd season with the expanded Group Stage. To accommodate the extra matches only 24 domestic champions of the UEFA member associations participated in the 1995–96 UEFA Champions League.

Qualifying RoundEdit

The 16 lower tier domestic champions played a home and away knockout round. The champions of Cyprus and Norway participated replacing Czech Republic and Luxembourg from the 1994-95 competition.

New teams Teams in
Champions League
Teams eliminated
after matches
Qualifying Round AUT BEL CRO CYP DEN GRE HUN ISR NOR POL ROU SCO SWE SUI TUR UKR      16 new teams      >>> 8 teams
Group Stage ENG FRA GER ITA NED POR RUS ESP        8 Qualifying winners
       8 new teams
     16 teams
     >>> 8 teams

Group StageEdit

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

Country Qualifying Group Stage Quarter Finals Semi Finals
     AUT AUT   Salzburg
     BEL BEL   Anderlecht
     CRO CRO   Hajduk Split
     CYP CYP   Anorthosis
     DEN DEN   Aalborg BK   Aalborg BK
     ENG ENG   Blackburn Rovers
     FRA FRA   Nantes   Nantes   Nantes
     GER GER   Borussia Dortmund   Borussia Dortmund
     GRE GRE   Panathinaikos   Panathinaikos   Panathinaikos   Panathinaikos
     HUN HUN   Ferencváros   Ferencváros
     ISR ISR   Maccabi Tel Aviv
     ITA ITA   Juventus   Juventus   Juventus
     NED NED   Ajax   Ajax   Ajax
     NOR NOR   Rosenborg   Rosenborg
     POL POL   Legia Warsaw   Legia Warsaw   Legia Warsaw
     POR POR   Porto
     ROU ROU   Steaua Bucureşti   Steaua Bucureşti
     RUS RUS   Spartak Moscow   Spartak Moscow
     SCO SCO   Rangers   Rangers
     ESP ESP   Real Madrid   Real Madrid
     SWE SWE   Göteborg
     SUI SUI   Grasshoppers   Grasshoppers
     TUR TUR   Beşiktaş
     UKR UKR   Dynamo Kyiv


The top 2 teams from each group advanced to the knockout stage.

Group A Group B Group C Group D
1   GRE   Panathinaikos   RUS   Spartak Moscow   ITA   Juventus   NED   Ajax
2   FRA   Nantes   POL   Legia Warsaw   GER   Borussia Dortmund   ESP   Real Madrid
3   POR   Porto   NOR   Rosenborg   ROU   Steaua Bucureşti   HUN   Ferencváros
4   DEN   Aalborg BK   ENG   Blackburn Rovers   SCO   Rangers   SUI   Grasshoppers

Knockout StageEdit

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
  Winner A v Runner-up B
      GRE   Panathinaikos  
    POL   Legia Warsaw  
      GRE   Panathinaikos  
Winner D v Runner-up C       NED   Ajax  
    NED   Ajax
      GER   Borussia Dortmund  
        NED   Ajax
Winner B v Runner-up A       ITA   Juventus (CHAMPIONS)
      RUS   Spartak Moscow  
    FRA   Nantes  
    FRA   Nantes
Winner C v Runner-up D       ITA   Juventus  
    ITA   Juventus
      ESP   Real Madrid  


The final this season was played at Stadio Olimpico, Rome where Juventus defeated last season's champions, Ajax.