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.
|2008 UEFA Super Cup|
|Date||29 August 2008|
|Venue||Stade Louis II, Monaco|
|Man of the Match||Danny (Zenit Saint Petersburg)|
|Referee||Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark)|
25 °C (77 °F)
The opening exchanges of the match were dominated by Zenit, counter-attacking down their right flank, exploiting the attack-minded Patrice Evra. Both Konstantin Zyryanov and Aleksandr Anyukov created opportunities on the right wing, only for Pavel Pogrebnyak to miss the target from a promising position on both occasions. Danny also managed to break into the box from the right-hand by-line, only for Rio Ferdinand to block his low cross.
Up at the other end, United had a couple of half-chances of their own as, first, Carlos Tevez hit a weak shot into Vyacheslav Malafeev's arms before sprinting after a ball played up the right wing, just managing to keep it in, before breaking through one tackle into the box and squaring the ball to Wayne Rooney. However, the England striker's first touch was poor, and the delay meant that the chance had passed.
Zenit's pressure began to mount and, with half-time approaching, they won a corner on the left-hand side. Alejandro Domínguez took an in-swinging corner. Igor Denisov flicked the ball on at the near post, and it floated over Edwin van der Sar for Pavel Pogrebnyak to head in on the line. Paul Scholes picked up a yellow card shortly after the game had restarted, but the half-time whistle soon followed and Zenit went in on top.
Andrey Arshavin, a target for Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur over the summer, came on as a substitute for Alejandro Domínguez at half-time, but it was Danny who made the breakthrough for the second goal on the hour mark. Picking up the ball just inside the United half, the United defence continued to back off from him and he broke into the box, firing a shot past Edwin van der Sar, who dived the wrong way.
A Carlos Tevez effort came close to pulling a goal back for Manchester United, and sparked a period of sustained pressure for the European champions. As United began to get into full swing, the Zenit side struggled to cope and, after Tevez had been found in space in the box by Wayne Rooney, he pulled the ball back to Nemanja Vidić who stabbed the ball into the net from six yards out. John O'Shea, Park Ji-sung and Wayne Rooney all went close as the clock ran down, but it was Danny who went closest to getting another goal for Zenit, shooting over the bar with just Van der Sar to beat after picking up a through ball from Andrey Arshavin.
With only a minute of normal time remaining, Wes Brown sent over a cross from the right wing. Paul Scholes rose to meet the ball, but, instead of heading the ball, he stuck out his right arm and punched the ball into the goal. The referee had no hesitation in showing Scholes a second yellow card and sending him off. The red card meant that Scholes would miss Manchester United's first Champions League game of the 2008–09 season, at home to Villarreal.
|Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Vidić 73'||Report||Pogrebnyak 44'
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|Manchester United||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Shots on target||2||2|
|Manchester United||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Shots on target||4||3|
|Manchester United||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Shots on target||6||5|
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.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 Cup Final
The 2008 UEFA Cup Final was a football match that took place on 14 May 2008 at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, England. It was the 37th annual final of the UEFA Cup, UEFA's second tier club football tournament.
The match, which was contested by Zenit Saint Petersburg of Russia and Rangers of Scotland, was billed as a battle between former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat, then the manager of Zenit, and incumbent Rangers boss Walter Smith, both of whom had completed the Scottish domestic treble; Smith in 1993, Advocaat in 1999.
Zenit won the match 2–0 with goals from Igor Denisov and Konstantin Zyryanov, to claim their first UEFA Cup title, making them only the second Russian side to win the competition, after CSKA Moscow in 2004–05.2008–09 UEFA Champions League
The 2008–09 UEFA Champions League was the 54th edition of Europe's premier club football tournament and the 17th edition under the current UEFA Champions League format. The final was played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on 27 May 2009. It was the eighth time the European Cup final has been held in Italy and the fourth time it has been held at the Stadio Olimpico. The final was contested by the defending champions, Manchester United, and Barcelona, who had last won the tournament in 2006. Barcelona won the match 2–0, with goals from Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi, securing The Treble in the process. In addition, both UEFA Cup finalists, Werder Bremen and Shakhtar Donetsk featured in the Champions League group stage.
Anorthosis of Cyprus and BATE Borisov of Belarus were the first teams from their respective countries to qualify for the group stage. Romanian side CFR Cluj and Russian champions Zenit Saint Petersburg also made their Champions League debuts.Claus Bo Larsen
Claus Bo Larsen (born 28 October 1965 in Odense) is a former Danish football referee who officiates in the Danish Superliga and was FIFA-listed from 1996 to 2010. He has officiated numerous matches in the UEFA Cup and Champions League. Larsen is classified as a FIFA Top Class Referee, which is the highest level of referees.
He is well known for his down-to-earth appearance on the field, preferring to control the game with a good personality rather than cautioning the players.FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
Football Club Zenit (Russian: Футбольный клуб «Зенит» [fʊdˈbolʲnɨj ˈkɫup zʲɪˈnʲit]), also known as Zenit Saint Petersburg or simply Zenit, is a Russian football club from the city of Saint Petersburg. Founded in 1925 (or in 1914, according to some Russian sources), the club plays in the Russian Premier League. Zenit were the 2007, 2010, 2011–12 and 2014–15 champions of the Russian Premier League and the winners of both the 2007–08 UEFA Cup and the 2008 UEFA Super Cup. The club is owned and sponsored by a Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom.FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in European football
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg is a Russian football club that was founded in 1925. The club first qualified for UEFA competition as Zenit Leningrad in 1980, when they finished third in the Soviet Top League to reach the 1981–82 UEFA Cup as representatives of the Soviet Union; however, they were knocked out in the first round by Dynamo Dresden of East Germany, losing 6–2 on aggregate. They qualified for the European Cup for the first time in 1985–86 after winning the 1984 Soviet Top League. They qualified for the UEFA Cup twice more before the break-up of the Soviet Union (in 1987–88 and 1989–90), but then had to wait 10 years for another appearance.
After winning the 1998–99 Russian Cup, Zenit qualified for the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup but were again eliminated in the first round by Italian club Bologna, losing 5–2 on aggregate. The 2000s saw Zenit qualify for the UEFA Cup four times – they were knocked out in the first round in 2002–03, the group stage in 2004–05 and the quarter-finals in 2005–06 before claiming their first European title by beating Scottish club Rangers 2–0 in the 2008 UEFA Cup Final at the City of Manchester Stadium. This win meant that they would play in the 2008 UEFA Super Cup against Champions League winners Manchester United, whom they beat 2–1. Following their first three Russian Premier League titles in 2007, 2010 and 2011–12, they qualified for the European Cup (now the UEFA Champions League) for the first time in 20 years, but they have yet to get past the round of 16 stage.Fatih Tekke
Fatih Tekke (born 9 September 1977 in Köprübaşı) is a Turkish former international footballer who played as a striker. He works as the head coach of İstanbulspor.Football in Russia
For more in depth, albeit general information see Football in the Soviet Union.
Football is the most popular sport in Russia, beating hockey by a huge margin.Ivica Križanac
Ivica Križanac (born 13 April 1979 in Split) is a former Croatian football defender.
He played for Górnik Zabrze of Poland where he became one of Polish league's best players.
Križanac made his international debut for Croatia in a friendly match against Slovenia on 20 August 2008 in Maribor, coming on as a half-time substitute for Dario Šimić. He was regularly included in the squad during the team's qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, making 6 appearances in the competition. His final international appearance came in a friendly match against Belgium on 3 March 2010. After winning 11 caps for Croatia, he officially retired from the national team in May 2010. Križanac was released by Zenit St.Petersburg in January 2011, after spending six seasons at the club.Kamil Čontofalský
Kamil Čontofalský (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈkamil ˈtʃɔntɔfalskiː]; born 3 June 1978) is a Slovak international football goalkeeper who most recently played for Tampa Bay Rowdies in the North American Soccer League.Kim Dong-jin
Kim Dong-jin (born 29 January 1982) is a South Korean former professional footballer. He played as at centre back and left back.List of UEFA Super Cup winning managers
The UEFA Super Cup is an annual contest played between the previous season's UEFA Champions League (formerly the European Cup) and UEFA Europa League (formerly UEFA Cup) winners. The first final, played over two legs between Dutch team Ajax and Glasgow's Rangers is considered unofficial by UEFA. Rangers were banned from European competition due to the behaviour of their fans but, having won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup the previous season, contested the title. Ajax lifted the trophy under the guidance of Romanian manager Ștefan Kovács, winning 6–3 over the two legs.
From 1973 to 1999, the Super Cup was contested by the winners of the European Cup/Champions league and the holders of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. The latter competition was then abolished and since then, the UEFA Cup have taken part in their place, Galatasaray being the first UEFA Cup winners to do so in 2000. Since the 1998 competition, the final has been a single match, played at a neutral venue, Stade Louis II in Monaco. The first final held in the principality ended in success for Chelsea, led by Italian Gianluca Vialli.
Italian managers have fared most successfully since the inception of the contest, winning eleven titles. Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti are the only managers to have won the trophy on three occasions and with two different clubs, Guardiola with Barcelona in 2009, 2011 and Bayern Munich in 2013 and Ancelotti with Milan in 2003, 2007 and Real Madrid in 2014.List of UEFA club competition winners
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the governing body for association football in Europe. It organises three club competitions: the UEFA Champions League (formerly European Cup), the UEFA Europa League (formerly UEFA Cup) and the UEFA Super Cup. UEFA was also responsible for the Cup Winners' Cup and the Intertoto Cup, until their discontinuation in 1999 and 2008, respectively. Together with the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL), it also organised the Intercontinental Cup, which was last held in 2004, before its replacement by FIFA's Club World Cup.
Spanish side Real Madrid have won a record total of 22 titles in UEFA competitions, five more than Milan (Italy). The only team to have won every UEFA club competition is Juventus (Italy). They received The UEFA Plaque on 12 July 1988, in recognition of winning the three seasonal confederation trophies – UEFA Cup in 1977, Cup Winners' Cup in 1984, and European Cup in 1985. Juventus then won their first Super Cup in 1984, their first Intercontinental Cup in 1985, and the Intertoto Cup in 1999.Spanish clubs have won the most titles (60), ahead of clubs from Italy (48) and England (40). Italy is the only country in European football history whose clubs won the three main competitions in the same season: in 1989–90, Milan retained the European Cup, Sampdoria won the Cup Winners' Cup, and Juventus secured the UEFA Cup.While the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup is considered to be the predecessor of the UEFA Cup, it is not officially recognised by UEFA and therefore successes in this competition are not included in this list. Also excluded are the unofficial 1972 European Super Cup and the Club World Cup, a FIFA competition.Oleksandr Horshkov
Oleksandr Viktorovych Horshkov (Ukrainian: Олександр Вікторович Горшков, also rendered as Aleksandr Gorshkov, Russian: Александр Викторович Горшков; born 8 February 1970) is a Ukrainian association football coach and former midfielder.Radek Šírl
Radek Šírl (born 20 March 1981 in Rudná) is a retired Czech football midfielder. During his career Šírl played left midfielder and left back.Sébastien Puygrenier
Sébastien Nicolas Puygrenier (born 28 January 1982) is a retired French footballer who played as a centre-back.Unified Sports Classification System of the USSR and Russia
Unified Sports Classification System of the USSR (Russian: Единая Всесоюзная спортивная классификация) is a document which provided general Soviet physical education system requirements for both athletes and coaches. Similar systems still exist today in several former Soviet republics.Zenit (sports society)
Zenit (Russian: Зенит; meaning zenith) was the All-Union VSS.
The name has been retained after the fall of the Soviet Union and the VSS system, notably by FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, which won the 2007 and 2010 Russian Premier League seasons, the 2007-08 UEFA Cup, and the 2008 UEFA Super Cup in association football.
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