Second time round: European Cup final rematches

Juventus and Real Madrid are the eighth pair of clubs to meet in two European Cup finals; discovers what both sides can take from past rematches.

Can Juve gain revenge on Real Madrid for 1998 as they did for 1995 against Ajax a year later?
Can Juve gain revenge on Real Madrid for 1998 as they did for 1995 against Ajax a year later? ©Getty Images

Real Madrid have won a record 11 European Cup finals while Juventus have been beaten in an unprecedented six, so it is no surprise that their UEFA Champions League showdown on 3 June in Cardiff will join a select band of deciders have have happened more than once.

In the case of these clubs their previous final encounter was in 1998 at Amsterdam ArenA when Juventus lost 1-0 to a Predrag Mijatović goal for Madrid. That ended a 32-year wait to regain the trophy for Madrid; this time they will be the defending champions while Juventus continue to wait for a third title 21 seasons after their second.

1996: Juve avenge Ajax loss
1996: Juve avenge Ajax loss

This is the eighth time that a European Cup final will be a replay of a previous showpiece (no sets of teams have ever had three meetings). The second acts have not always offered much comfort for the sides that lost first time around, not least last season when Atlético Madrid suffered a final loss to Real Madrid two years on from another.

However, Juventus can take encouragement fromthat previous 1996 triumph, where they avenged their 1973 loss to Ajax. In 1995, Ajax themselves reversed their 1969 final defeat by AC Milan, who in turn were able to gain revenge for their famed 2005 reverse to Liverpool two years later.

How Madrid pipped Juve in 1998
How Madrid pipped Juve in 1998

European Cup finals that have been played twice
Real Madrid v Stade de Reims: 4-3, 1955/562-0, 1958/59
AC Milan v Benfica: 2-1, 1962/631-0, 1989/90
AC Milan v Ajax: 4-1, 1968/690-1, 1994/95
Ajax v Juventus: 1-0, 1972/731-1 aet/2-4  pens, 1995/96
Liverpool v AC Milan: 3-3 aet, 3-2 pens, 2004/05,1-2, 2006/07
Barcelona v Manchester United: 2-0, 2008/093-1, 2010/11
Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid: 4-1 aet, 2013/141-1 aet/5-3 pens, 2015/16
Real Madrid v Juventus: 1-0, 1997/98, ? 2016/17