2007–08 UEFA Champions League

The 2007–08 UEFA Champions League was the 16th season of UEFA's premier European club football tournament, the UEFA Champions League, since it was rebranded in 1992, and the 53rd tournament overall.

The final was played on 21 May 2008 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, where Manchester United played against Chelsea, making it an all-English final for the first time in the history of the European Cup. Manchester United won the match 6–5 on penalties, following a 1–1 draw after extra time.

Milan were the defending champions, but were eliminated by Arsenal in the first knockout round.

2007–08 UEFA Champions League
Luzhniki Inside View B Stand
The final was played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Tournament details
Dates18 September 2007 – 21 May 2008 (competition proper)
Teams32 (group stage)
76 (total)
Final positions
ChampionsEngland Manchester United (3rd title)
Runners-upEngland Chelsea
Tournament statistics
Matches played125
Goals scored330 (2.64 per match)
Attendance5,380,947 (43,048 per match)
Top scorer(s)Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (8 goals)

Qualification

76 teams participated in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League from UEFA's 53 member associations. Each association enters a certain number of clubs to the Champions League based on its league coefficient which takes into account the performance of its clubs in European competitions from 2001–02 to 2005–06.;[1] 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. All UEFA associations are guaranteed to have at least one team qualify, with the exception of Liechtenstein, which competes in the Swiss league system, but has no team in the Swiss Super League. One new nation entered their league champion in this year's tournament: Montenegro, following the dissolution of Serbia and Montenegro. The champions from San Marino and Andorra also entered from this year onwards. Below is the qualification scheme for the 2007–08 Champions League:[2]

  • Associations 1–3 (Spain, Italy, and England): 4 teams
  • Associations 4–6 (France, Germany, and Portugal): 3 teams
  • Associations 7–15: 2 teams
  • Associations 16–53: 1 team

Distribution

Since the title holders (Milan) qualified for the Champions League third qualifying round through their domestic league and entered the group stage automatically, their spot in the third qualifying round is vacated, and the following changes to the default access list are made:[3]

  • The champions of association 16 (Switzerland) are promoted from the second qualifying round to the third qualifying round.
  • The champions of associations 23 (Denmark) and 24 (Hungary) 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
(28 teams)
  • 28 champions from associations 25–53
Second qualifying round
(28 teams)
  • 8 champions from associations 17–24 (Bulgaria, Israel, Norway, Austria, Serbia, Poland, Denmark, and Hungary)
  • 6 runners-up from associations 10–15
  • 14 winners from the first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(32 teams)
  • 7 champions from associations 10–16 (Romania, Scotland, Belgium, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Turkey, Switzerland)
  • 3 runners-up from associations 7–9 (Netherlands, Greece, Russia)
  • 6 third-place finishers from associations 1–6
  • 2 fourth-place finishers from associations 1–3 (Milan, the fourth-place finishers from Italy, as holders, qualify automatically for the group stage.)
  • 14 winners from the second qualifying round
Group stage
(32 teams)
  • 1 current Champions League holder
  • 9 champions from associations 1–9
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 16 winners from the third qualifying round
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage

Teams

Group stage
Spain Real Madrid England Manchester United Germany Stuttgart Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
Spain Barcelona England Chelsea Germany Schalke 04 Greece Olympiacos
Italy Internazionale France Lyon Portugal Porto Russia CSKA Moscow
Italy Roma France Marseille Portugal Sporting CP Italy MilanTH
Third qualifying round
Spain Sevilla France Toulouse Russia Spartak Moscow Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
Spain Valencia Germany Werder Bremen Romania Dinamo București Czech Republic Sparta Prague
Italy Lazio Portugal Benfica Scotland Celtic Turkey Fenerbahçe
England Liverpool Netherlands Ajax Belgium Anderlecht Switzerland Zürich
England Arsenal Greece AEK Athens
Second qualifying round
Romania Steaua București Czech Republic Slavia Prague Norway Rosenborg Poland Zagłębie Lubin
Scotland Rangers Turkey Beşiktaş Austria Red Bull Salzburg Denmark Copenhagen
Belgium Genk Bulgaria Levski Sofia Serbia Red Star Belgrade Hungary Debrecen
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Israel Beitar Jerusalem
First qualifying round
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb Latvia Ventspils Republic of Ireland Derry City Azerbaijan Khazar Lenkoran
Sweden Elfsborg Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol Albania KF Tirana Luxembourg F91 Dudelange
Slovakia Žilina Georgia (country) Olimpi Rustavi Armenia Pyunik Kazakhstan Astana
Cyprus APOEL Lithuania FBK Kaunas Estonia FC Levadia Faroe Islands HB
Slovenia Domžale Republic of Macedonia Pobeda Malta Marsaxlokk Andorra Rànger's
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo Iceland FH Wales The New Saints San Marino Murata
Finland Tampere United Belarus BATE Borisov Northern Ireland Linfield Montenegro Zeta

TH Title holders – the champions of the 2006–07 competition went through to the group stage directly.

Round and draw dates

The calendar shows the dates of the rounds and draw.

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 29 June 2007 17-18 July 2007 24–25 July 2007
Second qualifying round 31 July–1 August 2007 7–8 August 2007
Third qualifying round 3 August 2007 14–15 August 2007 28–29 August 2007
Group stage Matchday 1 30 August 2007 18–19 September 2007
Matchday 2 2–3 October 2007
Matchday 3 23–24 October 2007
Matchday 4 6–7 November 2007
Matchday 5 27–28 November 2007
Matchday 6 11–12 December 20071
Knockout phase Round of 16 21 December 2007 19–20 February 2008 4–11 March 20082
Quarter-finals 14 March 2008 1–2 April 2008 8–9 April 2008
Semi-finals 22–23 April 2008 29–30 April 2008
Final 21 May 2008 at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

1 Group D teams played their Matchday 6 fixtures on 4 December due to Milan's participation in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan on 13 and 16 December.

2 As both Milan and Internazionale use the Stadio San Siro as their home pitch, and both were scheduled to play at home for the second leg of the first knockout round, Internazionale's home leg against Liverpool was postponed by one week to 11 March 2008.

Qualifying rounds

First qualifying round

The draw was held on Friday, 29 June 2007 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Michele Centenaro, UEFA's head of club competitions. The first leg matches were held on 17 July and 18 July, while the second legs were played on 24 July and 25 July 2007.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Khazar Lenkoran Azerbaijan 2–4 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1–1 1–3 (aet)
APOEL Cyprus 2–3 Belarus BATE Borisov 2–0 0–3 (aet)
Sheriff Tiraspol Moldova 5–0 Andorra Rànger's 2–0 3–0
FH Iceland 4–1 Faroe Islands HB 4–1 0–0
The New Saints Wales 4–4 (a) Latvia Ventspils 3–2 1–2
Pobeda Republic of Macedonia 0–1 Estonia FC Levadia 0–1 0–0
Olimpi Rustavi Georgia (country) 0–3 Kazakhstan Astana 0–0 0–3
Zeta Montenegro 5–4 Lithuania FBK Kaunas 3–1 2–3
Murata San Marino 1–4 Finland Tampere United 1–2 0–2
F91 Dudelange Luxembourg 5–7 Slovakia Žilina 1–2 4–5
Linfield Northern Ireland 0–1 Sweden Elfsborg 0–0 0–1
Derry City[4] Republic of Ireland 0–2 Armenia Pyunik 0–0 0–2
Marsaxlokk Malta 1–9 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 0–6 1–3
Domžale Slovenia 3–1 Albania KF Tirana 1–0 2–1

Second qualifying round

The draw was held on Friday, 29 June 2007 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Michele Centenaro, UEFA's head of club competitions. The first leg matches were played on 31 July and 1 August, while the second legs were played on 7 August and 8 August 2007.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Pyunik Armenia 1–4 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–2 1–2
Red Star Belgrade Serbia 2–2 (a) Estonia FC Levadia 1–0 1–2
Rangers Scotland 3–0 Montenegro Zeta 2–0 1–0
Debrecen Hungary 0–1 Sweden Elfsborg 0–1 0–0
Zagłębie Lubin Poland 1–3 Romania Steaua București 0–1 1–2
Genk Belgium 2–2 (a) Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 1–2 1–0
Ventspils Latvia 0–7 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 0–3 0–4
Astana Kazakhstan 2–10 Norway Rosenborg 1–3 1–7
FH Iceland 2–4 Belarus BATE Borisov 1–3 1–1
Copenhagen Denmark 2–1 Israel Beitar Jerusalem 1–0 1–1 (aet)
Žilina Slovakia 0–0 (3–4 p) Czech Republic Slavia Prague 0–0 0–0 (aet)
Tampere United Finland 2–0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia 1–0 1–0
Domžale Slovenia 2–5 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1–2 1–3
Beşiktaş Turkey 4–0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 1–0 3–0

Third qualifying round

The draw was held on Friday, 3 August 2007 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA's director of professional football. The first leg matches were played on 14 August and 15 August, while the second legs were played on 28 August and 29 August 2007. Winners in this round qualified for the group stage, while the losing clubs entered the first round of the UEFA Cup. Due to the death of Antonio Puerta, the second leg of Sevilla's game against AEK Athens was postponed until 3 September.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
BATE Borisov Belarus 2–4 Romania Steaua București 2–2 0–2
Tampere United Finland 0–5 Norway Rosenborg 0–3 0–2
Spartak Moscow Russia 2–2 (3–4 p) Scotland Celtic 1–1 1–1 (aet)
Werder Bremen Germany 5–3 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 2–1 3–2
Red Bull Salzburg Austria 2–3 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–0 1–3
Ajax Netherlands 1–3 Czech Republic Slavia Prague 0–1 1–2
Valencia Spain 5–1 Sweden Elfsborg 3–0 2–1
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina 0–4 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0–1 0–3
Fenerbahçe Turkey 3–0 Belgium Anderlecht 1–0 2–0
Rangers Scotland 1–0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 1–0 0–0
Toulouse France 0–5 England Liverpool 0–1 0–4
Benfica Portugal 3–1 Denmark Copenhagen 2–1 1–0
Lazio Italy 4–2 Romania Dinamo București 1–1 3–1
Sparta Prague Czech Republic 0–5 England Arsenal 0–2 0–3
Zürich Switzerland 1–3 Turkey Beşiktaş 1–1 0–2
Sevilla Spain 6–1 Greece AEK Athens 2–0 4–1

Group stage

Location of teams of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Brown pog.svg Brown: Group A; Red pog.svg Red: Group B; Orange pog.svg Orange: Group C; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group D;
Green pog.svg Green: Group E; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group F; Purple pog.svg Purple: Group G; Pink pog.svg Pink: Group H.

The draw was held on Thursday, 30 August 2007 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The draw was hosted by Pedro Pinto and conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Michele Centenaro, UEFA's head of club competitions. The matches were played between 18 September and 12 December 2007.

The top two teams in each group advanced to the knockout stage, and the third-placed teams entered the round of 32 of the UEFA Cup. Based on paragraph 6.05 in the UEFA regulations for the current season, if two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:

  1. higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  2. superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question;
  3. higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  4. superior goal difference from all group matches played;
  5. higher number of goals scored in all group matches played;
  6. higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons.

Sevilla and Slavia Prague made their debut appearance in the group stage.[5]

Key to colours in group tables
Teams that progressed to the first knockout round
Teams that progressed to the UEFA Cup

In results tables, the home team is listed in the left-hand column.

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Portugal Porto 6 3 2 1 8 7 +1 11
England Liverpool 6 3 1 2 18 5 +13 10
France Marseille 6 2 1 3 6 9 −3 7
Turkey Beşiktaş 6 2 0 4 4 15 −11 6
  BJK LIV OM POR
Beşiktaş 2–1 2–1 0–1
Liverpool 8–0 0–1 4–1
Marseille 2–0 0–4 1–1
Porto 2–0 1–1 2–1

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Chelsea 6 3 3 0 9 2 +7 12
Germany Schalke 04 6 2 2 2 5 4 +1 8
Norway Rosenborg 6 2 1 3 6 10 −4 7
Spain Valencia 6 1 2 3 2 6 −4 5
  CHE ROS SCH VAL
Chelsea 1–1 2–0 0–0
Rosenborg 0–4 0–2 2–0
Schalke 04 0–0 3–1 0–1
Valencia 1–2 0–2 0–0

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Real Madrid 6 3 2 1 13 9 +4 11
Greece Olympiacos 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 11
Germany Werder Bremen 6 2 0 4 8 13 −5 6
Italy Lazio 6 1 2 3 8 11 −3 5
  LAZ OLY RM BRM
Lazio 1–2 2–2 2–1
Olympiacos 1–1 0–0 3–0
Real Madrid 3–1 4–2 2–1
Werder Bremen 2–1 1–3 3–2

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Milan 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13
Scotland Celtic 6 3 0 3 5 6 −1 9
Portugal Benfica 6 2 1 3 5 6 −1 7
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 6 2 0 4 6 11 −5 6
  BEN CEL MIL SHA
Benfica 1–0 1–1 0–1
Celtic 1–0 2–1 2–1
Milan 2–1 1–0 4–1
Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2 2–0 0–3

Group E

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Barcelona 6 4 2 0 12 3 +9 14
France Lyon 6 3 1 2 11 10 +1 10
Scotland Rangers 6 2 1 3 7 9 −2 7
Germany Stuttgart 6 1 0 5 7 15 −8 3
  BAR OL RAN STU
Barcelona 3–0 2–0 3–1
Lyon 2–2 0–3 4–2
Rangers 0–0 0–3 2–1
Stuttgart 0–2 0–2 3–2

Group F

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Manchester United 6 5 1 0 13 4 +9 16
Italy Roma 6 3 2 1 11 6 +5 11
Portugal Sporting CP 6 2 1 3 9 8 +1 7
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 0 0 6 4 19 −15 0
  DK MU ROM SCP
Dynamo Kyiv 2–4 1–4 1–2
Manchester United 4–0 1–0 2–1
Roma 2–0 1–1 2–1
Sporting CP 3–0 0–1 2–2

Group G

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Internazionale 6 5 0 1 12 4 +8 15
Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 3 2 1 8 6 +2 11
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 2 1 3 3 6 −3 7
Russia CSKA Moscow 6 0 1 5 7 14 −7 1
  CSK FEN INT PSV
CSKA Moscow 2–2 1–2 0–1
Fenerbahçe 3–1 1–0 2–0
Internazionale 4–2 3–0 2–0
PSV Eindhoven 2–1 0–0 0–1

Group H

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Sevilla 6 5 0 1 14 7 +7 15
England Arsenal 6 4 1 1 14 4 +10 13
Czech Republic Slavia Prague 6 1 2 3 5 16 −11 5
Romania Steaua București 6 0 1 5 4 10 −6 1
  ARS SEV SLV STE
Arsenal 3–0 7–0 2–1
Sevilla 3–1 4–2 2–1
Slavia Prague 0–0 0–3 2–1
Steaua București 0–1 0–2 1–1

Knockout stage

From the last 16 through to the semi-finals, clubs play two matches against each other on a home and away basis with the same rules as the qualifying rounds applied. In the last 16, group winners play runners-up other than teams from their own pool or nation.

The draw for the first knockout round was held on Friday, 21 December 2007 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA's director of professional football.

The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals were both held on Friday, 14 March 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Rinat Dasayev, the ambassador for the final in Moscow. Unlike the first knockout round, teams from the same group or country may be drawn together from the quarter-finals onwards.

Bracket

  First knockout round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                         
 Germany Schalke 04 (p) 1 0 1 (4)  
 Portugal Porto 0 1 1 (1)  
   Germany Schalke 04 0 0 0  
   Spain Barcelona 1 1 2  
 Scotland Celtic 2 0 2
 Spain Barcelona 3 1 4  
   Spain Barcelona 0 0 0  
   England Manchester United 0 1 1  
 Italy Roma 2 2 4  
 Spain Real Madrid 1 1 2  
   Italy Roma 0 0 0
   England Manchester United 2 1 3  
 France Lyon 1 0 1
 England Manchester United 1 1 2  
   England Manchester United (p) 1 (6)
   England Chelsea 1 (5)
 England Arsenal 0 2 2  
 Italy Milan 0 0 0  
   England Arsenal 1 2 3
   England Liverpool 1 4 5  
 England Liverpool 2 1 3
 Italy Internazionale 0 0 0  
   England Liverpool 1 2 3
   England Chelsea (aet) 1 3 4  
 Turkey Fenerbahçe (p) 3 2 5 (3)  
 Spain Sevilla 2 3 5 (2)  
   Turkey Fenerbahçe 2 0 2
   England Chelsea 1 2 3  
 Greece Olympiacos 0 0 0
 England Chelsea 0 3 3  

First knockout round

The first leg matches were played on 19 February and 20 February, while the second legs were played on 4 March and 5 March 2008. Due to a stadium clash with Milan, the second leg of Internazionale's game against Liverpool was held on 11 March.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Celtic Scotland 2–4 Spain Barcelona 2–3 0–1
Lyon France 1–2 England Manchester United 1–1 0–1
Schalke 04 Germany 1–1 (4–1 p) Portugal Porto 1–0 0–1 (aet)
Liverpool England 3–0 Italy Internazionale 2–0 1–0
Roma Italy 4–2 Spain Real Madrid 2–1 2–1
Arsenal England 2–0 Italy Milan 0–0 2–0
Olympiacos Greece 0–3 England Chelsea 0–0 0–3
Fenerbahçe Turkey 5–5 (3–2 p) Spain Sevilla 3–2 2–3 (aet)

Quarter-finals

The first leg matches were played on 1 April and 2 April, while the second leg matches were played on 8 April and 9 April 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Arsenal England 3–5 England Liverpool 1–1 2–4
Roma Italy 0–3 England Manchester United 0–2 0–1
Schalke 04 Germany 0–2 Spain Barcelona 0–1 0–1
Fenerbahçe Turkey 2–3 England Chelsea 2–1 0–2

Semi-finals

The first leg matches were played on 22 April and 23 April, while the second leg matches were played on 29 April and 30 April 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Liverpool England 3–4 England Chelsea 1–1 2–3 (aet)
Barcelona Spain 0–1 England Manchester United 0–0 0–1

Final

The 2008 UEFA Champions League Final was played on 21 May 2008 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. The final was contested by Manchester United and Chelsea, representing the first time the final had been contested by two teams from England.

United won the match 6–5 on penalties after the game had ended in a 1–1 draw. Cristiano Ronaldo had given the eventual victors the lead after 26 minutes, only for Frank Lampard to equalise immediately before half-time. Ryan Giggs came on as a substitute late in the second half to make his 759th appearance for Manchester United, a new club record. Early in extra time, Giggs had a shot cleared off the Chelsea goal-line by John Terry, whilst Chelsea twice hit the Manchester United woodwork. A melée involving most of the 22 players ensued midway through the second half of extra time, with Didier Drogba being sent off for a slap on Nemanja Vidić right in front of the referee.

The scores level at full-time, the match went to penalties. Chelsea took the upper hand in the third round of the shoot-out as Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty was saved by Petr Čech, handing John Terry the chance to win the cup with Chelsea's fifth penalty. However, Chelsea's captain lost his footing as he went to kick the ball,[6] and his shot hit the post. Ryan Giggs stepped up for United's seventh penalty, and scored, before Edwin van der Sar saved the following kick from Nicolas Anelka to crown Manchester United as the champions of Europe for the third time.

As winners of the competition, Manchester United went on to represent Europe at the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.

Manchester United England1–1 (a.e.t.)England Chelsea
Ronaldo Goal 26' Report MatchCentre Lampard Goal 45'
Penalties
Tevez Penalty scored
Carrick Penalty scored
Ronaldo Penalty missed
Hargreaves Penalty scored
Nani Penalty scored
Anderson Penalty scored
Giggs Penalty scored
6–5 Penalty scored Ballack
Penalty scored Belletti
Penalty scored Lampard
Penalty scored A. Cole
Penalty missed Terry
Penalty scored Kalou
Penalty missed Anelka

Statistics

Statistics exclude qualifying rounds.

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Team Goals Minutes played
1 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United 8 1062
2 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 6 755
Spain Fernando Torres England Liverpool 905
Ivory Coast Didier Drogba England Chelsea 1071
England Steven Gerrard England Liverpool 1144
6 Netherlands Ryan Babel England Liverpool 5 619
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Internazionale 625
Mali Frédéric Kanouté Spain Sevilla 714
Spain Raúl Spain Real Madrid 715
Brazil Deivid Turkey Fenerbahçe 844
Netherlands Dirk Kuyt England Liverpool 892

Source: UEFA Champions League Press Release - Top Scorers - Final - Wednesday 21 May 2008 (after match)

Top assists

Rank Player Team Assists Minutes played
1 Brazil Alex Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 848
2 Brazil Robinho Spain Real Madrid 4 404
Serbia Predrag Đorđević Greece Olympiacos 583
Belarus Alexander Hleb England Arsenal 603
Italy Andrea Pirlo Italy Milan 704
England Steven Gerrard England Liverpool 1093

Source:[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Country coefficients 2005/06". UEFA.com.
  2. ^ Bert Kassies (February 2007). "The access list from UEFA European Cup Football". UEFA European Cup Football. Archived from the original on 7 June 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2007.
  3. ^ "2007/08 UEFA Champions League access list". UEFA.com. 17 August 2007.
  4. ^ Shelbourne won the League of Ireland but did not apply for a UEFA License to take part in the UEFA Champions League. "Shels relinquish Champions League place". RTÉ Sport. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Excitement builds as draw nears". UEFA.com. 30 August 2007.
  6. ^ McNulty, Phil (22 May 2008). "Champions League final". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 26 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2008. He slipped in his run-up on turf made treacherous by a torrential downpour and sent his kick against the upright.
  7. ^ "Referee appointed for UEFA Champions League final" (PDF). UEFA. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
  8. ^ "Statistics — Tournament phase — Assists". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 14 April 2016.

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Times are CET/CEST, as listed by UEFA (local times are in parentheses).

2007–08 UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds

The qualifying rounds for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League began on 17 July 2007. In total, there were three qualifying rounds which provided 16 clubs to join the group stage.

2007–08 in Israeli football

The 2007–08 season was the 76th season of competitive football in Israel.

2008 UEFA Champions League Final

The 2008 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place on Wednesday, 21 May 2008, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, to determine the winner of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League. It was contested by Manchester United and Chelsea, making it an all-English club final for the first time in the history of the competition. This was only the third time that two clubs from the same country had contested the final; the others being the 2000 and 2003 finals. It was the first European Cup final played in Russia, and hence the easternmost final in the tournament's history. It also marked the 100th anniversary of Manchester United's first league triumph, the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, and the 40th anniversary of United's first European Cup triumph in 1968. It was Manchester United's third European Cup final after 1968 and 1999, while it was Chelsea's first.

Manchester United won the match 6–5 on penalties, after a 1–1 draw following extra time. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Manchester United in the 26th minute with a header from a cross by Wes Brown, but Frank Lampard equalised shortly before half-time. The second half and most of extra time passed without incident until Chelsea's Didier Drogba was sent off for slapping Nemanja Vidić four minutes from the end. In the penalty shoot-out, Ronaldo missed Manchester United's third kick, giving John Terry the chance to win the game for Chelsea, only for him to slip and hit the post. Edwin van der Sar then saved Nicolas Anelka's effort from Chelsea's seventh kick to give Manchester United their third European Cup title.

More than 67,000 people watched the game in the stadium, along with more than 17.5 million television viewers in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. In addition to prize money received from earlier in the competition, Manchester United received €7 million for winning the final, while Chelsea received €4 million. As winners, Manchester United went on to play in the 2008 UEFA Super Cup, losing 2–1 to 2007–08 UEFA Cup winners Zenit Saint Petersburg, and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup, which they won after beating 2008 Copa Libertadores winners LDU Quito 1–0 in the final.

2008 UEFA Super Cup

The 2008 UEFA Super Cup was the 33rd UEFA Super Cup, a football match played between the winners of the previous season's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup competitions. The 2008 competition was contested by Manchester United of England, who won the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League, and Zenit Saint Petersburg of Russia, the winners of the 2007–08 UEFA Cup. The match was played on 29 August 2008 at the Stade Louis II in Monaco.

Zenit won the match 2–1, Pavel Pogrebnyak scoring just before half-time, before Danny doubled the Russians' lead just before the hour mark. Nemanja Vidić reduced the deficit to one goal in the 73rd minute, but it was not enough to wrest the trophy from Zenit's grasp, as they became the first Russian team to win the competition. The sending-off of Paul Scholes for handball in the 90th minute resulted in him missing Manchester United's opening game in their defence of the Champions League, a home tie against Villarreal.This was Zenit's first appearance in the competition, while Manchester United had appeared twice before, in 1991 and 1999; their first appearance finished in a 1–0 win over Red Star Belgrade, while their most recent appearance was a 1–0 loss to Lazio, the last winners of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup to compete in the UEFA Super Cup.

SK Slavia Prague

Sportovní klub Slavia Praha – fotbal (Sports Club Slavia Prague – Football, pronounced [ˈsla:vija ˈpraɦa]), commonly known as Slavia Praha / Slavia Prague, is a Czech professional football club in Prague. Founded in 1892, they are the second most successful club in the Czech Republic since its independence in 1993.They play in the Czech First League, the highest competition in the Czech Republic. They play the Prague derby with Sparta Prague, an important rivalry in Czech football. Slavia has won 18 titles, several Czech cups and the Mitropa Cup in 1938. The club has won four league titles since the foundation of the Czech league in 1993. They have also reached the semi-finals of the 1995–96 UEFA Cup and qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time in their history.

In addition to their men's squad, Slavia Prague has reserve, youth, women's, and futsal teams.

VfB Stuttgart

Verein für Bewegungsspiele Stuttgart 1893 e. V., commonly known as VfB Stuttgart (German pronunciation: [faʊ̯ ʔɛf beː ˈʃtʊtɡaɐ̯t]), is a German sports club based in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg. The club is best known for its football team which is part of Germany's first division Bundesliga. VfB Stuttgart has won the national championship five times, most recently in 2006–07; the DFB-Pokal three times; and the UEFA Intertoto Cup a record three times.

The football team plays its home games at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, in the Neckarpark which is located near the Cannstatter Wasen where the city's fall beer festival takes place. Second team side VfB Stuttgart II currently plays in the Regionalliga Südwest, which is the second highest division allowed for a reserve team. The club's junior teams have won the national U19 championships a record ten times and the Under 17 Bundesliga six times.

A membership-based club with over 64,000 members (as of June 2018), VfB is the largest sports club in Baden-Württemberg and the fifth-largest in Germany. It has departments for fistball, hockey, track and field, table-tennis and football referees, all of which compete only at the amateur level. The club also maintains a social department, the VfB-Garde.

Volkan Demirel

Volkan Demirel (Turkish: [voɫkan demiɾeɫ]; born 27 October 1981) is a Turkish goalkeeper who plays for the Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe S.K. and was also the goalkeeper for the Turkey national football team. Demirel was the starting goalkeeper of the Fenerbahçe side that reached the quarter-finals of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League. He was also the starting goalkeeper of the Turkey side that reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2008. Demirel married Miss Belgium 2009 Zeynep Sever on 21 September 2010.

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