In a thrilling showdown, German powerhouse Bayern Munich clinched the title in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup, overpowering Bordeaux of France with a commanding 5-1 aggregate victory. The triumph solidified Bayern Munich’s place among the elite, making them only the third club to have conquered all three major European trophies – the European Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, and the Cup Winners’ Cup.
The finals bore witness to an unprecedented feat as Girondins de Bordeaux, the sole entrant from the 1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup, astoundingly paved their way to the UEFA Cup final, marking a remarkable journey from their inaugural Intertoto Cup season. Notably, the 1995-96 UEFA Cup final stood as the only one during the 1990s to exclude Italian sides, highlighting the tournament’s diverse and competitive landscape during that period.
The 1995-96 season also marked the long-awaited return of Yugoslav clubs to the international stage following a three-year ban prompted by the UN embargo. However, Red Star Belgrade, the Yugoslav national champion, faced an early exit during the qualifying round.
The first leg of the momentous finale unfolded at Munich’s Olympiastadion, where Bayern Munich demonstrated their prowess with a solid 2-0 victory over Bordeaux. The dynamic performance was spearheaded by Helmer’s goal at the 34th minute and Scholl’s decisive contribution at the 60th minute, all in the presence of a fervent crowd of 63,000. Serge Muhmenthaler from Switzerland expertly officiated the game as the referee.
The second leg, hosted at Bordeaux’s Stade du Parc Lescure, showcased Bayern Munich’s unwavering dominance as they secured a convincing 3-1 win over Bordeaux. Scholl, Kostadinov, and Klinsmann all left their mark on the scoreboard, securing Bayern Munich’s resounding victory. Despite Bordeaux’s valiant efforts, they were unable to overturn the aggregate deficit. The match drew 36,000 zealous spectators, with Vadim Zhuk from Belarus diligently overseeing the proceedings as the referee.
With their exceptional display of skill and determination, Bayern Munich’s triumph in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup served as a testament to their enduring legacy and established them as a formidable force in European football history.