2003-04 UEFA Champions League
|Dates||11 July 2003 - 26 May 2004|
|Teams||32 (group stage)|
|Goals scored||309 (2.47 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Fernando Morientes|
The 2003-04 UEFA Champions League was the 12th season of UEFA's premier European club football tournament, the UEFA Champions League, since its rebranding from the European Cup in 1992, and the 49th tournament overall. The competition was won by Portugal's Porto, who defeated AS Monaco of France 3-0 at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany for Portugal's first win since 1987. This was Porto's second European trophy in two years, following their UEFA Cup success from the previous season. This was the first UEFA Champions League competition to feature a 16-team knockout round instead of a second group stage.
After eliminating (in order) Manchester United, Lyon and Deportivo La Coruña, Porto met AS Monaco in the final. Monaco had previously knocked out Lokomotiv Moscow, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Milan were the defending champions, but were eliminated by Deportivo La Coruña in the quarter-finals.
A total of 72 teams from 48 UEFA member associations participated in the 2003-04 UEFA Champions League. Liechtenstein (who don't have their own domestic league) as well as Andorra and San Marino are not participating. Also wasn't admitted Azerbaijan, which was suspended by UEFA. Each association enters a certain number of clubs to the Champions League based on its league coefficient; associations with a higher league coefficients may enter more clubs than associations with a lower league coefficient, but no association may enter more than four teams.
- Associations 1-3 each have four teams qualify.
- Associations 4-6 each have three teams qualify.
- Associations 7-15 each have two teams qualify.
- Associations 16-52 (except Azerbaijan, Liechtenstein, Andorra and San Marino) each have one team qualify.
For the 2003-04 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2002 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 1997-98 to 2001-02.
Since the title holders (Milan) also qualified for the Champions League Third qualifying round through their domestic league, one Third qualifying round spot was vacated. Due to this, as well as due to suspension of Azerbaijan, the following changes to the default access list are made:
- The champions of association 16 (Switzerland) are promoted from the second qualifying round to the third qualifying round.
- The champions of associations 26, 27 and 28 (Romania, Hungary and Slovenia) are promoted from the first qualifying round to the second qualifying round.
||Teams entering in this round
||Teams advancing from previous round
|First qualifying round
- 20 champions from associations 29-52
(except Azerbaijan, Liechtenstein, Andorra and San Marino)
|Second qualifying round
- 12 champions from associations 17-28
- 6 runners-up from associations 10-15
- 10 winners from the first qualifying round
|Third qualifying round
- 7 champions from associations 10-16
- 3 runners-up from associations 7-9
- 5 third-place finishers from associations 1-6 (except Italy)
- 3 fourth-place finishers from associations 1-3
- 14 winners from the second qualifying round
- 1 current Champions League title holder (Milan)
- 9 champions from associations 1-9
- 6 runners-up from associations 1-6
- 16 winners from the third qualifying round
- 8 group winners from the group stage
- 8 group runners-up from the group stage
League positions of the previous season shown in parentheses (TH: Champions League title holders).
: Clubs from Azerbaijan were not admitted to UEFA competitions as no domestic league took place in 2002-03 season and AFFA
was suspended by UEFA
as a result of ongoing conflict between the clubs and federation.
Round and draw dates
The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).
||First qualifying round
||20 June 2003
||16 July 2003
||23 July 2003
|Second qualifying round
||30 July 2003
||6 August 2003
|Third qualifying round
||25 July 2003
||12-13 August 2003
||26-27 August 2003
||28 August 2003
|16-17 September 2003
||30 September - 1 October 2003
||21-22 October 2003
||4-5 November 2003
||25-26 November 2003
||9-10 December 2003
||Round of 16
||12 December 2003
||24-25 February 2004
||9-10 March 2004
||12 March 2004
||23-24 March 2004
||6-7 April 2004
||20-21 April 2004
||4-5 May 2004
||26 May 2004 at Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
First qualifying round
Second qualifying round
Third qualifying round
Location of teams of the 2003-04 UEFA Champions League
Brown: Group A;
Red: Group B;
Orange: Group C;
Yellow: Group D;
Green: Group E;
Blue: Group F;
Purple: Group G;
Pink: Group H.
Title holders, 16 winners from the third qualifying round, 9 champions from countries ranked 1-10, and six second-placed teams from countries ranked 1-6 were drawn into eight groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group advanced to the Champions League play-offs, while the third-placed teams advanced to the Third Round of the UEFA Cup.
Tiebreakers, if necessary, were applied in the following order:
- Points earned in head-to-head matches between the tied teams.
- Total goals scored in head-to-head matches between the tied teams.
- Away goals scored in head-to-head matches between the tied teams.
- Cumulative goal difference in all group matches.
- Total goals scored in all group matches.
- Higher UEFA coefficient going into the competition.
Real Sociedad, Celta Vigo, Stuttgart and Partizan made their debut appearance in the group stage.
Round of 16
As winners of the competition, Porto went on to represent Europe at the 2004 Intercontinental Cup.
Statistics exclude qualifying rounds.