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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.

2007–08 UEFA Champions League
Luzhniki Inside View B Stand.jpg
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)

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.

QualificationEdit

76 teams participated in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League from 52 UEFA member associations (not including Liechtenstein). 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 each have four teams qualify.
  • Associations 4–6 each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 16–53 (except Liechtenstein) each have one team qualify.

Association rankingEdit

For the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2006 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2001–02 to 2005–06.[3]

Rank Association Coeff. Teams
1   Spain 72.748 4
2   Italy 66.731
3   England 63.486
4   France 50.781 3
5   Germany 48.364
6   Portugal 44.041
7   Netherlands 41.331 2
8   Greece 32.081
9   Russia 31.833
10   Romania 31.457
11   Scotland 30.375
12   Belgium 30.250
13   Ukraine 26.600
14   Czech Republic 26.575
15   Turkey 26.166
16   Switzerland 25.875 1
17   Bulgaria 24.290
18   Israel 21.541
Rank Association Coeff. Teams
19   Norway 20.975 1
20   Austria 20.375
21   Serbia 19.999
22   Poland 18.500
23   Denmark 16.950
24   Hungary 14.665
25   Croatia 14.083
26   Sweden 13.249
27   Slovakia 12.332
28   Cyprus 10.165
29   Slovenia 10.165
30   Bosnia and Herzegovina 8.165
31   Finland 7.373
32   Latvia 7.164
33   Moldova 6.832
34   Georgia 6.331
35   Lithuania 5.832
36   Macedonia 5.331
Rank Association Coeff. Teams
37   Iceland 4.832 1
38   Liechtenstein 4.500 0
39   Belarus 4.415 1
40   Republic of Ireland 4.331
41   Albania 3.665
42   Armenia 2.998
43   Estonia 2.665
44   Malta 2.665
45   Wales 2.332
46   Northern Ireland 2.332
47   Azerbaijan 1.999
48   Luxembourg 1.832
49   Kazakhstan 1.666
50   Faroe Islands 1.665
51   San Marino 0.000
52   Andorra 0.000
53   Montenegro 0.000

DistributionEdit

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:[4]

  • The champions of association 16 (Switzerland) are promoted from the second qualifying round to the third qualifying round.
  • The champions of associations 23 and 24 (Denmark and 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 (except Liechtenstein)
Second qualifying round
(28 teams)
  • 8 champions from associations 17–24
  • 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
  • 3 runners-up from associations 7–9
  • 6 third-place finishers from associations 1–6
  • 2 fourth-place finishers from associations 1–3 (except title holders Milan)
  • 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

TeamsEdit

Group stage
  Real Madrid (1st)   Manchester United (1st)   Stuttgart (1st)   PSV Eindhoven (1st)
  Barcelona (2nd)   Chelsea (2nd)   Schalke 04 (2nd)   Olympiacos (1st)
  Internazionale (1st)   Lyon (1st)   Porto (1st)   CSKA Moscow (1st)
  Roma (2nd)   Marseille (2nd)   Sporting CP (2nd)   MilanTH(4th)
Third qualifying round
  Sevilla (3rd)   Toulouse (3rd)   Spartak Moscow (2nd)   Dynamo Kyiv (1st)
  Valencia (4th)   Werder Bremen (3rd)   Dinamo București (1st)   Sparta Prague (1st)
  Lazio (3rd)   Benfica (3rd)   Celtic (1st)   Fenerbahçe (1st)
  Liverpool (3rd)   Ajax (PO)   Anderlecht (1st)   Zürich (1st)
  Arsenal (4th)   AEK Athens (2nd)
Second qualifying round
  Steaua București (2nd)   Slavia Prague (2nd)   Rosenborg (1st)   Zagłębie Lubin (1st)
  Rangers (2nd)   Beşiktaş (2nd)   Red Bull Salzburg (1st)   Copenhagen (1st)
  Genk (2nd)   Levski Sofia (1st)   Red Star Belgrade (1st)   Debrecen (1st)
  Shakhtar Donetsk (2nd)   Beitar Jerusalem (1st)
First qualifying round
  Dinamo Zagreb (1st)   Ventspils (1st)   Derry City (2nd)[Note IRL]   Khazar Lenkoran (1st)
  Elfsborg (1st)   Sheriff Tiraspol (1st)   KF Tirana (1st)   F91 Dudelange (1st)
  Žilina (1st)   Olimpi Rustavi (1st)   Pyunik (1st)   Astana (1st)
  APOEL (1st)   FBK Kaunas (1st)   Levadia Tallinn (1st)   HB (1st)
  Domžale (1st)   Pobeda (1st)   Marsaxlokk (1st)   Rànger's (1st)
  Sarajevo (1st)   FH (1st)   The New Saints (1st)   Murata (1st)
  Tampere United (1st)   BATE Borisov (1st)   Linfield (1st)   Zeta (1st)
Notes
  1. ^ Republic of Ireland (IRL): Second-placed Derry City were admitted to Champions League after last year champions Shelbourne were denied a Premier Division license for 2007 due to financial violations.[5]

Round and draw datesEdit

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 roundsEdit

First qualifying roundEdit

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)
Sheriff Tiraspol   5–0   Rànger's 2–0 3–0
FH   4–1   HB 4–1 0–0
The New Saints   4–4 (a)   Ventspils 3–2 1–2
Pobeda   0–1   FC Levadia 0–1 0–0
Olimpi Rustavi   0–3   Astana 0–0 0–3
Zeta   5–4   FBK Kaunas 3–1 2–3
Murata   1–4   Tampere United 1–2 0–2
F91 Dudelange   5–7   Žilina 1–2 4–5
Linfield   0–1   Elfsborg 0–0 0–1
Derry City[6]   0–2   Pyunik 0–0 0–2
Marsaxlokk   1–9   Sarajevo 0–6 1–3
Domžale   3–1   KF Tirana 1–0 2–1

Second qualifying roundEdit

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   1–4   Shakhtar Donetsk 0–2 1–2
Red Star Belgrade   2–2 (a)   FC Levadia 1–0 1–2
Rangers   3–0   Zeta 2–0 1–0
Debrecen   0–1   Elfsborg 0–1 0–0
Zagłębie Lubin   1–3   Steaua București 0–1 1–2
Genk   2–2 (a)   Sarajevo 1–2 1–0
Ventspils   0–7   Red Bull Salzburg 0–3 0–4
Astana   2–10   Rosenborg 1–3 1–7
FH   2–4   BATE Borisov 1–3 1–1
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
Domžale   2–5   Dinamo Zagreb 1–2 1–3
Beşiktaş   4–0   Sheriff Tiraspol 1–0 3–0

Third qualifying roundEdit

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
Tampere United   0–5   Rosenborg 0–3 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
Ajax   1–3   Slavia Prague 0–1 1–2
Valencia   5–1   Elfsborg 3–0 2–1
Sarajevo   0–4   Dynamo Kyiv 0–1 0–3
Fenerbahçe   3–0   Anderlecht 1–0 2–0
Rangers   1–0   Red Star Belgrade 1–0 0–0
Toulouse   0–5   Liverpool 0–1 0–4
Benfica   3–1   Copenhagen 2–1 1–0
Lazio   4–2   Dinamo București 1–1 3–1
Sparta Prague   0–5   Arsenal 0–2 0–3
Zürich   1–3   Beşiktaş 1–1 0–2
Sevilla   6–1   AEK Athens 2–0 4–1

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage.
  Brown: Group A;   Red: Group B;   Orange: Group C;   Yellow: Group D;
  Green: Group E;   Blue: Group F;   Purple: Group G;   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.[7]

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 AEdit

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

Group BEdit

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

Group CEdit

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

Group DEdit

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

Group EEdit

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

Group FEdit

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

Group GEdit

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

Group HEdit

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

Knockout stageEdit

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.

BracketEdit

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

First knockout roundEdit

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   2–4   Barcelona 2–3 0–1
Lyon   1–2   Manchester United 1–1 0–1
Schalke 04   1–1 (4–1 p)   Porto 1–0 0–1 (aet)
Liverpool   3–0   Internazionale 2–0 1–0
Roma   4–2   Real Madrid 2–1 2–1
Arsenal   2–0   Milan 0–0 2–0
Olympiacos   0–3   Chelsea 0–0 0–3
Fenerbahçe   5–5 (3–2 p)   Sevilla 3–2 2–3 (aet)

Quarter-finalsEdit

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   3–5   Liverpool 1–1 2–4
Roma   0–3   Manchester United 0–2 0–1
Schalke 04   0–2   Barcelona 0–1 0–1
Fenerbahçe   2–3   Chelsea 2–1 0–2

Semi-finalsEdit

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   3–4   Chelsea 1–1 2–3 (aet)
Barcelona   0–1   Manchester United 0–0 0–1

FinalEdit

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,[8] 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.

StatisticsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2007". Bert Kassies.
  4. ^ "2007/08 UEFA Champions League access list". UEFA.com. 17 August 2007.
  5. ^ "Shels relinquish Champions League place". RTÉ.ie.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Excitement builds as draw nears". UEFA.com. 30 August 2007.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Referee appointed for UEFA Champions League final" (PDF). UEFA. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
  10. ^ "Statistics — Tournament phase — Assists". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 14 April 2016.

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