In perhaps the most bizarre European final ever, the 2000–01 UEFA Cup was won by Liverpool in a dramatic golden goal final against Deportivo Alavés for their third title in the competition. It completed a unique cup treble for the club, as they also won the FA Cup and the League Cup that season. The conclusion of the tournament by a golden goal is the only instance in any of the major European club cup competitions until the abolition of the rule in 2002. This is the first time San Marino had a team enter the UEFA Cup.
Liverpool were the first English side of the post Heysel era (English clubs had been banned from European competitions between 1985 and 1990 as a result of the Heysel disaster) to win the trophy; the previous English winners were Tottenham Hotspur in 1984. It was also Liverpool's first European trophy of the post Heysel era.
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