In the enthralling finale of the 1994-95 UEFA Cup, Italian club Parma emerged victorious, clinching the championship with a commendable 2-1 aggregate win over fellow Italian contenders Juventus. Despite Internazionale’s status as defending champions with a wild card, their journey in the tournament was cut short in the first round by a resilient Aston Villa.
The 1994-95 UEFA Cup saw the demotion of twenty-two national champions to the UEFA Cup following the exclusion from the Champions League. Additionally, significant shifts in representation occurred, notably with the addition of England as a third slot recipient due to the extinction of two historic countries, Yugoslavia and East Germany. Notably, Wales stepped in as a replacement for the traditionally retired Albania. Moreover, the splitting of Czechoslovakia into Czech Republic and Slovakia led to changes in representation, while the Faroe Islands and Israel secured their independent slots. A preliminary round was instituted to streamline the 91 participating clubs to the standard 64.
The first leg of the intense showdown took place at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma, where Parma seized an early advantage with D. Baggio’s crucial goal at the 5th minute, securing a vital 1-0 win over Juventus. The stadium was alive with the passion of 22,062 zealous fans, with Antonio Jesús López Nieto from Spain adeptly overseeing the proceedings as the referee.
In the second leg, hosted at the illustrious San Siro stadium in Milan, the match unfolded as a battle of wills, with Juventus’s Vialli and Parma’s D. Baggio both finding the back of the net at the 34th and 54th minutes, respectively. Despite Juventus’s efforts, Parma held on to their aggregate lead, emerging triumphant with a 2-1 aggregate victory. The event garnered an electrifying atmosphere, with 80,754 ardent supporters in attendance, and Frans van den Wijngaert from Belgium presiding over the match as the referee.
Parma’s triumph in the 1994-95 UEFA Cup not only underscored their tactical prowess and resilience but also solidified their reputation as a dominant force in European football, etching their name in the annals of UEFA Cup history once again.