Manchester United FC scored a joint record 20 goals in the group stage – including six in 3-3 draws home and away against Spanish champions FC Barcelona.
• FC Barcelona forward Rivaldo wins the Ballon d'Or award two years after fellow Brazilian Ronaldo.
• Paul Lawrie wins the British Open after Jean van de Velde surrenders a three-shot lead on the final hole.
• The euro, the European single currency, is introduced in non-physical form for the first time.
• The first meeting of the new Scottish Parliament takes place in Edinburgh following a successful referendum two years earlier.