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Published: Wednesday 17 December 2003, 21.31CET
AC Milan's sixth European Champion Clubs' Cup win was among the highlights of 2003.

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Published: Wednesday 17 December 2003, 21.31CET

The year in club football

AC Milan's sixth European Champion Clubs' Cup win was among the highlights of 2003.

By Tim Dykes

Amid the stampede for silverware across Europe in 2003, AC Milan denied Juventus FC a spectacular double by holding their nerve to win the UEFA Champions League final on penalties in May. Milan's sixth triumph in the continent's leading club competition eased the pain of trailing the Bianconeri by eleven points in Serie A.

Crucial win
Juve had been outright leaders in Italy from the first weekend in March, when Pavel Nedved and Mauro Camoranesi were among the scorers in a crucial 3-0 win against title rivals FC Internazionale at the Stadio Delle Alpi.

Dramatic turnaround
The race for the Spanish Primera División was a far tighter affair, with Real Madrid CF only usurping surprise leaders Real Sociedad de Fútbol on the penultimate day of the season. Manchester United FC produced a similar turnaround in England, having trailed Arsenal FC by nine points at one stage of the Premiership season. The 2-2 draw between the title rivals at Highbury in April gave United the psychological springboard they needed to reclaim the title - ultimately with a five-point margin.

Ajax denied
There were also exciting finishes in the Netherlands, where AFC Ajax came within a whisker of clawing back a ten-point deficit in their bid to snatch the Eredivisie from PSV Eindhoven's grasp, and in France, where both AS Monaco FC and Olympique de Marseille conspired to lose two of their last four games to hand Olympique Lyonnais the Ligue 1 crown by a single point.

Porto treble
FC Bayern München cruised to the Bundesliga title and German Cup but runaway Portuguese SuperLiga champions FC Porto went one better. As well as a domestic double, Porto capped their season by lifting the UEFA Cup following a 3-2 victory against Celtic FC, who surrendered the Scottish Premier League title to Glasgow rivals Rangers FC on the final day of the season.

Finest margin
In the tightest title race across Europe, the famous rivals went into the final round of matches level on 94 points each and with an identical plus-68 goal difference. Celtic duly won 4-0 at Kilmarnock FC but the result was bettered by Rangers' 6-1 success against Dunfermline FC and, to add insult to Celtic's injury, Rangers also clinched the Scottish Cup the following weekend.

Double delight
In addition to Rangers, Bayern and Porto, ten other teams wrapped up domestic doubles: FK Austria Wien, Andorra's FC Santa Coloma, Finnish side HJK Helsinki, Georgia's FC Dinamo Tbilisi, CS Grevenmacher in Luxembourg, Norway's Rosenborg BK, Polish side Wisla Kraków, Sammarinese outfit SP Domagnano, FC Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine and Welsh club Barry Town AFC.

Summer success
Later in the summer there were UEFA Intertoto Cup triumphs for FC Schalke 04, Villarreal CF and AC Perugia, securing each of them a place in the current UEFA Cup campaign - and Andriy Shevchenko, who scored the winning spot-kick for Milan against Juventus at Old Trafford, added the only goal of the UEFA Super Cup final to his collection as the European champions outshone Porto in Monaco.

2003 UEFA club competitions
Competition Winners Runners-up
UEFA Champions League AC Milan Juventus FC
UEFA Cup FC Porto Celtic FC
UEFA Super Cup AC Milan FC Porto
European/South American Cup
UEFA Intertoto Cup FC Schalke 04
Villarreal CF
AC Perugia
SV Pasching
SC Heerenveen
VfL Wolfsburg


Barry Town AFC
2003 UEFA domestic champions and cup winners
Nation League champions Cup winners
Albania SK Tirana KS Dinamo Tirana
Andorra UE Santa Coloma UE Santa Coloma
Armenia FC Pyunik FC MIKA
Austria FK Austria Wien FK Austria Wien
Azerbaijan not played not played
Belarus FC Gomel FC Dinamo Minsk
Belgium Club Brugge KV RAA Louviéroise
Bosnia-Herzegovina FK Leotar NK Željeznicar
Bulgaria PFC CSKA Sofia PFC Levski Sofia
Croatia NK Dinamo Zagreb HNK Hajduk Split
Cyprus Omonia AC Anorthosis Famagusta FC
Czech Republic AC Sparta Praha FK Teplice
Denmark FC København Brøndby IF
England Manchester United FC Arsenal FC
Estonia FC Flora FC TVMK Tallinn
F.Y.R. Macedonia FK Vardar FK Cementarnica 55
Faroe Islands HB Tórshavn B36 Tórshavn
Finland HJK Helsinki HJK Helsinki
France Olympique Lyonnais AJ Auxerre
Georgia FC Dinamo Tbilisi FC Dinamo Tbilisi
Germany FC Bayern München FC Bayern München
Greece Olympiacos CFP FC PAOK
Hungary MTK Hungária FC Ferencvárosi TC
Iceland KR Reykjavík ÍA Akranes
Israel Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC Hapoel Ramat-Gan FC
Italy Juventus FC AC Milan
Kazakhstan FC Irtysh Pavlodar FC Kairat Almaty
Latvia FC Skonto FK Ventspils
Liechtenstein no competition FC Vaduz
Lithuania FBK Kaunas FK Atlantas
Luxembourg CS Grevenmacher CS Grevenmacher
Malta Sliema Wanderers FC Birkirkara FC
Moldova FC Sheriff Tiraspol CSF Zimbru Chisinau
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven FC Utrecht
Northern Ireland Glentoran FC Coleraine FC
Norway Rosenborg BK Rosenborg BK
Poland Wisla Kraków Wisla Kraków
Portugal FC Porto FC Porto
Republic of Ireland Bohemian FC (2002/03)
Shelbourne FC (2003)
Longford Town FC
Romania FC Rapid Bucuresti FC Dinamo Bucuresti
Russia PFC CSKA Moskva FC Spartak Moskva
San Marino SP Domagnano SP Domagnano
Scotland Rangers FC Rangers FC
Serbia and Montenegro FK Partizan FK Sartid
Slovakia MŠK Zilina ŠKM Púchov
Slovenia NK Maribor NK Olimpija Ljubljana
Spain Real Madrid CF RCD Mallorca
Switzerland Grasshopper-Club FC Basel 1893
Sweden Djurgårdens IF IF Elfsborg
Turkey Besiktas JK Trabzonspor
Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv FC Dynamo Kyiv
Wales Barry Town AFC Barry Town AFC

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