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.
|2007–08 UEFA Champions League|
|Dates||18 September 2007 – 21 May 2008 (competition proper)|
|Teams||32 (group stage)|
|Champions||Manchester United (3rd title)|
|Goals scored||330 (2.64 per match)|
|Attendance||5,380,947 (43,048 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Cristiano Ronaldo (8 goals)|
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.; 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:
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:
|Teams entering in this round||Teams advancing from previous round|
|First qualifying round
|Second qualifying round
|Third qualifying round
|Real Madrid||Manchester United||Stuttgart||PSV Eindhoven|
|Third qualifying round|
|Sevilla||Toulouse||Spartak Moscow||Dynamo Kyiv|
|Valencia||Werder Bremen||Dinamo București||Sparta Prague|
|Second qualifying round|
|Steaua București||Slavia Prague||Rosenborg||Zagłębie Lubin|
|Rangers||Beşiktaş||Red Bull Salzburg||Copenhagen|
|Genk||Levski Sofia||Red Star Belgrade||Debrecen|
|Shakhtar Donetsk||Beitar Jerusalem|
|First qualifying round|
|Dinamo Zagreb||Ventspils||Derry City||Khazar Lenkoran|
|Elfsborg||Sheriff Tiraspol||KF Tirana||F91 Dudelange|
|APOEL||FBK Kaunas||FC Levadia||HB|
|Sarajevo||FH||The New Saints||Murata|
|Tampere United||BATE Borisov||Linfield||Zeta|
TH Title holders – the champions of the 2006–07 competition went through to the group stage directly.
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|
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.
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||2–4||Dinamo Zagreb||1–1||1–3 (aet)|
|APOEL||2–3||BATE Borisov||2–0||0–3 (aet)|
|The New Saints||4–4 (a)||Ventspils||3–2||1–2|
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|
|Red Star Belgrade||2–2 (a)||FC Levadia||1–0||1–2|
|Zagłębie Lubin||1–3||Steaua București||0–1||1–2|
|Ventspils||0–7||Red Bull Salzburg||0–3||0–4|
|Copenhagen||2–1||Beitar Jerusalem||1–0||1–1 (aet)|
|Žilina||0–0 (3–4 p)||Slavia Prague||0–0||0–0 (aet)|
|Tampere United||2–0||Levski Sofia||1–0||1–0|
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||2–4||Steaua București||2–2||0–2|
|Spartak Moscow||2–2 (3–4 p)||Celtic||1–1||1–1 (aet)|
|Werder Bremen||5–3||Dinamo Zagreb||2–1||3–2|
|Red Bull Salzburg||2–3||Shakhtar Donetsk||1–0||1–3|
|Rangers||1–0||Red Star Belgrade||1–0||0–0|
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:
|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.
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.
|First knockout round||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Final|
|Schalke 04 (p)||1||0||1 (4)|
|Manchester United (p)||1 (6)|
|Fenerbahçe (p)||3||2||5 (3)|
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|
|Schalke 04||1–1 (4–1 p)||Porto||1–0||0–1 (aet)|
|Fenerbahçe||5–5 (3–2 p)||Sevilla||3–2||2–3 (aet)|
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|
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|
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, 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.
|Manchester United||1–1 (a.e.t.)||Chelsea|
|Ronaldo 26'||Report MatchCentre||Lampard 45'|
Statistics exclude qualifying rounds.
He slipped in his run-up on turf made treacherous by a torrential downpour and sent his kick against the upright.
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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.
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See also: International women's club football