2009 Football League Cup Final

The 2009 Football League Cup Final was the final match of the 2008–09 Football League Cup, the 49th season of the Football League Cup, a football competition for the 92 teams in the Premier League and The Football League. The match was played at Wembley Stadium on 1 March 2009, and was contested by Tottenham Hotspur, who won the competition in 2008, and Manchester United,[3] who last won the competition in 2006. The two joint-top goalscorers played for each of the finalists. Roman Pavlyuchenko of Tottenham Hotspur, who scored in every match in which he played in the tournament up to the final, and Manchester United's Carlos Tevez; both players had six goals each.

Manchester United won 4–1 on penalties, after the match ended as a goalless draw in normal time. United converted all four of their penalties, while Tottenham missed two of their three. It was only the second time that the League Cup Final had been decided by a penalty shootout.[4]

The man of the match was Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster, who became the first goalkeeper since Jerzy Dudek in 2003 to win the Alan Hardaker Award.[5]

Retrospectively, the result of this game would have significant implications for the following season's UEFA Europa League. In winning the tournament, the qualifying spot for the League Cup went to the seventh-placed team in the Premier League by default, as Manchester United would later win the League and therefore qualified for the UEFA Champions League. Fulham, who finished seventh in the league, went on to progress to the final of the 2009–10 Europa League. Had Tottenham won the League Cup, they would have qualified in Fulham's place.

2009 Football League Cup Final
2009 League Cup Final
Event2008–09 Football League Cup
Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur
0 0
After extra time
Manchester United won 4–1 on penalties
Date1 March 2009
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchBen Foster (Manchester United)[1]
RefereeChris Foy (Merseyside)
WeatherMostly cloudy
11 °C (52 °F)[2]

Road to Wembley

Manchester United Round Tottenham Hotspur
Opponent Result Opponent Result
Middlesbrough (H) 3–1 Third round[6] Newcastle United (A) 2–1
Queens Park Rangers (H) 1–0 Fourth round Liverpool (H) 4–2
Blackburn Rovers (H) 5–3 Fifth round Watford (A) 2–1
Derby County 0–1 (A) Semi-final Burnley 4–1 (H)
4–2 (H) 2–3 (A)
Manchester United won 4–3 on aggregate Tottenham Hotspur won 6–4 on aggregate


Team selection

Sir Alex Ferguson promised before the game that he would give places in the Manchester United starting line-up to the young players who had played a part in getting them to the final, with Darron Gibson in the centre of midfield and Danny Welbeck up front.[7] He also said he would make several changes from the team that drew away to Internazionale in the Champions League earlier in the week, citing the need to rotate players in the modern game.[7] Goalkeeper Ben Foster, who had played in the fifth round against Blackburn Rovers and the second leg of the semi-final against Derby County, expressed a desire to play in the final as a way of making up for an injury-beset previous 12 months.[8]

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp named Heurelho Gomes as his goalkeeper for the final, despite the Brazilian having made several high-profile errors, as the club's number-one 'keeper, Carlo Cudicini, was cup-tied; Cudicini was signed from Chelsea during the January transfer window and had appeared for the Blues in the League Cup earlier in the season.[9] Defender Jonathan Woodgate, who scored the winning goal in the 2008 final, suffered a head wound in a 2–1 win over Hull City the week before the game; he declared himself fit the next day, but was ultimately left out of the squad.[10] Striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, however, was selected for the game, despite his earlier fears that he might miss out if Redknapp opted to play Darren Bent as a lone striker;[11] in the end, Pavlyuchenko and Bent started together up front.


Manchester United0–0 (a.e.t.)Tottenham Hotspur
Giggs Penalty scored
Tevez Penalty scored
Ronaldo Penalty scored
Anderson Penalty scored
4–1 Penalty missed O'Hara
Penalty scored Ćorluka
Penalty missed Bentley
Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur
GK 12 England Ben Foster
RB 22 Republic of Ireland John O'Shea Yellow card 57' Substituted off 76'
CB 5 England Rio Ferdinand (c)
CB 23 Northern Ireland Jonny Evans
LB 3 France Patrice Evra
RM 7 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Yellow card 67'
CM 28 Republic of Ireland Darron Gibson Substituted off 91'
CM 18 England Paul Scholes Yellow card 108'
LM 17 Portugal Nani
CF 19 England Danny Welbeck Substituted off 56'
CF 32 Argentina Carlos Tevez
GK 29 Poland Tomasz Kuszczak
DF 15 Serbia Nemanja Vidić Substituted in 76'
DF 42 England Richard Eckersley
MF 8 Brazil Anderson Substituted in 56'
MF 11 Wales Ryan Giggs Substituted in 91'
MF 13 South Korea Park Ji-sung
MF 34 Brazil Rodrigo Possebon
Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson
Man Utd vs Tottenham 2009-03-01
GK 1 Brazil Heurelho Gomes
RB 22 Croatia Vedran Ćorluka
CB 20 England Michael Dawson
CB 26 England Ledley King (c)
LB 32 Cameroon Benoît Assou-Ekotto
RM 7 England Aaron Lennon Substituted off 102'
CM 8 England Jermaine Jenas Substituted off 98'
CM 4 Ivory Coast Didier Zokora
LM 14 Croatia Luka Modrić
CF 10 England Darren Bent
CF 9 Russia Roman Pavlyuchenko Substituted off 65'
GK 27 England Ben Alnwick
DF 3 Wales Gareth Bale Substituted in 98'
DF 16 Wales Chris Gunter
MF 5 England David Bentley Substituted in 102'
MF 6 England Tom Huddlestone
MF 19 Morocco Adel Taarabt
MF 24 England Jamie O'Hara Substituted in 65'
England Harry Redknapp

Match officials

Man of the match

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


Statistic Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur
Total shots 23 12
Shots on target 10 7
Ball possession 53% 47%
Corner kicks 9 4
Fouls committed 12 16
Offsides 2 2
Yellow cards 3 0
Red cards 0 0

Source: ESPN[13]


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  2. ^ http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/EGLL/2009/3/1/DailyHistory.html?req_city=NA&req_state=NA&req_statename=NA
  3. ^ "Burnley face holders Spurs in cup". BBC Sport. 6 December 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Man Utd 0–0 Tottenham (aet)". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Carling Cup Final report". carlingcup.premiumtv.co.uk. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2009.
  6. ^ Clubs competing in UEFA competitions receive a bye to the third round
  7. ^ a b Taylor, Daniel (28 February 2009). "Fergie will continue to draw from the fountain of youth". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  8. ^ Lynch, Robin (27 February 2009). "Foster dreams of Wembley ending to injury nightmare". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  9. ^ Hytner, David (23 February 2009). "Redknapp puts his faith in Gomes for Carling Cup final". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Woodgate declares himself fit for Carling Cup final". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  11. ^ Hytner, David (24 February 2009). "Pavlyuchenko concerned about starting for Spurs in the Carling Cup final". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Officials named for Carling Cup Final". football-league.co.uk. The Football League. 26 January 2009. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
  13. ^ "Spurs suffer Wembley woe". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN Inc. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
2008–09 Tottenham Hotspur F.C. season

The 2008–09 season was Tottenham Hotspur's 17th season in the Premier League, their 30th successive season in the top division of the English football league system and the 126th year of their history.

After finishing 11th in the 2007–08 Premier League, Tottenham began the season under the leadership of Spaniard Juande Ramos, drafted in to replace Martin Jol midway through the previous season. However, after suffering the worst start of a league season in Tottenham's history, with no wins in eight league games and only two points, Ramos was sacked and replaced by seasoned manager Harry Redknapp, who quickly eliminated the continental structure that the club had established over the past seasons. Tottenham's league form improved and mainly remained positive with the final position of eighth a far cry from the relegation places Tottenham had occupied throughout the campaign. Spurs also reached the final of the League Cup, and, as the reigning champions, faced league leaders Manchester United but lost 4–1 on penalties. With an average attendance of 35,929, Tottenham had the ninth-highest attendance in the Premier League.

Tottenham drafted in a total of 15 players through transfers and sold 19 players during the combined summer and winter transfer windows.

Carlo Cudicini

Carlo Cudicini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkarlo kudiˈtʃini]; born 6 September 1973) is a retired Italian footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is the son of the former Milan goalkeeper Fabio Cudicini, and the grandson of Ponziana defender Guglielmo Cudicini. Cudicini is currently a club ambassador and assistant to the first team head coach at Chelsea.

Cudicini started his professional career at Serie A side Milan in 1992, but struggled to break into the first team and was loaned to Como before moving to Prato and then Lazio in 1996. Having only made a single league appearance for Lazio, he moved a year later to Castel di Sangro and then to Premier League side Chelsea in 1999, initially on loan. He dislodged Ed de Goey from the number one spot and was voted Chelsea's Player of the Year for the 2001–02 season and remained first choice until Petr Čech was signed in 2004. Cudicini left Chelsea in January 2009, having made 141 league appearances for the club, and joined local rivals Tottenham Hotspur. At Tottenham, he remained second-choice or third-choice throughout his spell, and only made 19 league appearances for the club. In 2013, Cudicini signed for Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, where he played the final season of his career.

Cudicini played 20 times for the Italy under-18 team between 1990 and 1992, and made a single appearance for the under-21 team, but never played for the full national team. In 2003, during his successful period at Chelsea, The Football Association attempted to select him for the England national team, but he was ineligible.

Chris Foy (referee)

Christopher J. Foy (born 20 November 1962 in St. Helens, Lancashire) is an English retired professional football referee. Following his first appointment as an official in the Football League in 1994 and his promotion in 2001 to the list of Select Group Referees who officiate in the Premier League, Foy refereed a number of notable matches, including the FA Community Shield and the finals of the FA Cup, Football League Cup and FA Trophy.

In 2015 Foy retired to become a senior referees' coach for the Professional Game Match Officials Board.

John O'Shea

John Francis O'Shea (born 30 April 1981) is an Irish former professional footballer. He was known for his versatility in playing several positions on either side of the pitch or the centre.Born in Waterford, O'Shea joined Manchester United when he was 17. He spent loan spells at Bournemouth and Royal Antwerp before establishing himself in the Manchester United first team, going on to make 393 appearances and scoring 15 times in all competitions across 12 seasons. O'Shea won 14 trophies at United; five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two Football League Cups, four FA Community Shields, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. He is one of the most decorated Irish footballers of all time, with only Denis Irwin, Roy Keane, Steve Heighway and Ronnie Whelan having accrued more honours. He joined Sunderland in July 2011. Having played 256 times for the Wearside club and scoring four goals, he signed for Championship side Reading in July 2018 until his retirement in May 2019.

O'Shea made his Republic of Ireland debut in 2001 against Croatia and made 118 appearances for his country over the next 17 years, scoring three goals, his first in 2003 against Australia. He was part of the team that controversially lost to France in a play-off for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and went on to play in UEFA Euro 2012 and UEFA Euro 2016.

Roman Pavlyuchenko

Roman Anatolyevich Pavlyuchenko (Russian: Роман Анатольевич Павлюченко; born 15 December 1981) is a Russian footballer who plays as a striker for FC Znamya Noginsk.

He started his career at Dynamo Stavropol, and Rotor Volgograd, before transferring to Spartak Moscow in 2003. His performances there earned him a £13.7 million transfer to Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League in 2008, where he spent three full seasons before returning to Russia to play for Lokomotiv Moscow. After another full 3 seasons he moved in July 2015, to Kuban Krasnodar.

A full international for a decade following his debut in 2003, Pavlyuchenko earned 51 caps for Russia, and scored 21 international goals. He was named in the Team of the Tournament at Euro 2008, with Russia reaching the semi-finals, and was also in their squad for Euro 2012.

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