1999â€“2000 UEFA Cup
The UEFA Cup 1999/2000 was the 29th edition of the competition and was won by Galatasaray after the Turks were able to defeat the English club Arsenal FC in the final at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium 4-1 on penalties. The decisive penalty turned it the then Romanian Gheorghe Popescu captain, who was long active in the Tottenham Hotspur in England. It was the first victory of a Turkish club in European competition. Scorer of the UEFA Cup with 10 goals Darko Kovačević was Juventus.
German participants were VfL Wolfsburg, 1.FC Kaiserslautern, Bayer 04 Leverkusen (all retired in the 3rd round ), Borussia Dortmund ( second round ) and Werder Bremen ( quarterfinals ). Austrian participants in SK Rapid Wien, LASK Linz (both eliminated in the first round ), Grazer AK (2nd round ) and SK Sturm Graz ( entered as a CL- group third in the third round and excreted ).
The competition was held in seven rounds, in home and away matches. In Torgleichstand initially decided the number of away goals scored, then an extension has been reached no decision on this after two periods of 15 minutes was followed by a penalty shoot-out, until the winner was determined. The abolition of the European Cup Winners' Cup at the end of the season 1998/99 first received the national cup winner a place in the UEFA Cup. Like last year, qualified again three clubs on the UEFA Intertoto Cup for the first round. For the third round also met the eight from the first group stage of the Champions League as third-placed clubs for retired participants, with the two finalists were later two of these teams in the final.
HSC Montpellier, Juventus and West Ham United qualified as winners of the UEFA Intertoto Cup 1999 for the first round.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, SK Sturm Graz, Olympiakos Piraeus, Glasgow Rangers, Spartak Moscow and Galatasaray qualified third party as a group the first group stage of the UEFA Champions League 1999/2000 for the 3rd round.
Top scorers of the entire competition ( with qualifying rounds ) were Darko Kovačević from Juventus and Galatasaray Hakan Şükür with ten gates.