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The 2008–09 UEFA Cup was the 38th season of the UEFA Cup football tournament. The final was played at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, home ground of Fenerbahçe, in Istanbul on 20 May 2009.[1] This season was the final one to use the UEFA Cup format;[2] starting in 2009, the event was known as the UEFA Europa League.

2008–09 UEFA Cup
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Tournament details
Dates17 July 2008 – 20 May 2009
Teams80 (competition proper)
157 (qualifying)
Final positions
ChampionsUkraine Shakhtar Donetsk (1st title)
Runners-upGermany Werder Bremen
Tournament statistics
Matches played221
Goals scored572 (2.59 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Vágner Love
(11 goals)
(Europa League) 2009–10

Zenit Saint Petersburg were the defending champions but were eliminated by Udinese in the Round of 16.

Contents

Association team allocationEdit

A total of 157 teams from 53 UEFA associations participated in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. Associations were allocated places according to their 2007 UEFA league coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2002–03 to 2006–07.[3]

Below is the qualification scheme for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup:[4]

  • Associations 1–6 each have three teams qualify
  • Associations 7 and 8 each have four teams qualify
  • Associations 9–15 and 22-51 each have two teams qualify, except Liechtenstein, which has one team qualify (as Liechtenstein only has a domestic cup and no domestic league)
  • Associations 16–21 each have three teams qualify
  • Associations 52 and 53 each have one team qualify

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Association rankingEdit

Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1   Spain 76.891 3 +1(IT)
2   England 68.540 +1(FP)
+1(IT)
3   Italy 66.088 +1(UCL)
+1(IT)
4   France 53.656 +2(UCL)
+1(IT)
5   Germany 44.364 +2(UCL)
+1(IT)
+1(FP)
6   Portugal 42.749 +1(UCL)
+1(IT)
7   Romania 40.165 4 +1(IT)
8   Netherlands 39.379 +1(UCL)
9   Russia 36.125 2 +2(UCL)
10   Scotland 30.500
11   Ukraine 29.475 +2(UCL)
12   Belgium 29.075 +1(UCL)
13   Czech Republic 26.825 +2(UCL)
14   Turkey 26.641 +1(UCL)
15   Greece 25.497 +1(UCL)
16   Bulgaria 24.582 3 +1(UCL)
17   Switzerland 23.850 +1(IT)
18   Norway 19.725 +1(UCL)
+1(IT)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
19   Israel 19.208 3
20   Serbia 18.958 +1(UCL)
21   Denmark 18.575 +1(UCL)
+1(FP)
22   Austria 19.575 2 +1(IT)
23   Poland 17.000 +1(UCL)
24   Hungary 14.165
25   Slovakia 10.832 +1(UCL)
26   Croatia 10.708 +1(UCL)
27   Cyprus 10.582
28   Sweden 10.541 +1(IT)
29   Slovenia 9.915
30   Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.665
31   Latvia 8.664
32   Lithuania 7.332 +1(UCL)
33   Finland 7.331
34   Moldova 7.166
35   Republic of Ireland 6.498
36   Georgia 6.164
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
37   Liechtenstein 6.000 1
38   Macedonia 5.831 2
39   Iceland 4.999
40   Belarus 4.665
41   Albania 3.832
42   Estonia 3.665
43   Armenia 3.498
44   Azerbaijan 3.166
45   Kazakhstan 2.332
46   Northern Ireland 2.165
47   Wales 1.998
48   Faroe Islands 1.665
49   Luxembourg 1.665
50   Malta 1.665
51   Montenegro 0.000
52   Andorra 0.000 1
53   San Marino 0.000
Notes
  • (FP): Additional fair play berth (Denmark, England, Germany)
  • (UCL): Additional teams transferred from the UEFA Champions League

DistributionEdit

Since the winners of the 2007–08 UEFA Cup, Zenit Saint Petersburg, qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League through domestic performance, the title holder spot reserved for them in the playoff round was vacated. As a result, the following changes to the default allocation system were made to compensate for the vacant title holder spot in the group stage:[5]

  • The domestic cup winners of associations 14 (Turkey) was promoted from the second qualifying round to the play-off round.
  • The first UEFA Cup entrant of associations 19 and 20 (Israel and Serbia) were promoted from the first qualifying round to the second qualifying round.
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round Teams transferred from Champions League Teams transferred from Intertoto Cup
First qualifying round
(74 teams)
  • 33 cup winners from associations 21–53
  • 32 runners-up from associations 19–37, 39–50 and 53
  • 6 third-place finishers from associations 16–21
  • 3 entries through UEFA Fair Play
Second qualifying round
(64 teams)
  • 6 cup winners from associations 15–20
  • 7 third-place finishers from associations 9–15
  • 3 runners-up from associations 16–18
  • 37 winners from the first qualifying round
First round
(80 teams)
  • 14 national cup winners from associations 1–14
  • 2 third-place finishers from associations 7–8
  • 5 fourth-place finishers from associations 4–8
  • 7 fifth-place finishers from associations 1–3, 5–8
  • 2 sixth-place finishers from associations 1–2
  • 2 League Cup winners from associations 3–4
  • 32 winners from the second qualifying round
Group stage
(40 teams)
  • 40 winners from the First Round
Knockout phase
(32 teams)
  • 24 top-three finishers from the group stage

Redistribution rulesEdit

A UEFA Cup place is vacated when a team qualifies for both the Champions League and the UEFA Cup, or qualifies for the UEFA Cup by more than one method. When a place is vacated, it is redistributed within the national association by the following rules:[4]

  • When the domestic cup winners (considered as the "highest-placed" qualifiers within the national association) also qualify for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup place is vacated, and the remaining UEFA Cup qualifiers are moved up one place, with the final place (with the earliest starting round) taken by the domestic cup runners-up, provided they do not already qualify for the Champions League or the UEFA Cup. Otherwise, this place is taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the European competitions.
  • When the domestic cup winners also qualify for the UEFA Cup through league position, their place through the league position is vacated, and the UEFA Cup qualifiers that finish lower in the league are moved up one place, with the final place taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the UEFA Cup.
  • A place vacated by the League Cup winners is taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the UEFA Cup.
  • A Fair Play place is taken by the highest-ranked team in the domestic Fair Play table that has not yet qualified for the Champions League or the UEFA Cup.

TeamsEdit

Round of 32
  Fiorentina[1]   Marseille[1]   Zenit Saint Petersburg[1]   Dynamo Kyiv[1]
  Bordeaux[1]   Werder Bremen[1]   Shakhtar Donetsk[1]   Aalborg BK[1]
First round
  Valencia (CW)   Hamburg   Heerenveen   Standard Liège[2]
  Sevilla (5th)   Wolfsburg   NEC   Slavia Prague[2]
  Racing Santander (6th)   Dortmund   CSKA Moscow   Galatasaray[2]
  Portsmouth (CW)   Benfica   Motherwell   Olympiacos[2]
  Everton (5th)   Marítimo   Metalist Kharkiv   Levski Sofia[2]
  Tottenham Hotspur (LC)   Vitória Setúbal   Club Brugge   Sparta Prague[2]
  Milan (5th)   Rapid București   Baník Ostrava   Brann[2]
  Sampdoria (6th)   Dinamo București   Kayserispor[3]   Partizan[2]
  Udinese (7th)   Unirea Urziceni   Schalke 04[2]   Wisła Kraków[2]
  Nancy (4th)   Timișoara   Vitória Guimarães[2]   Artmedia Petržalka[2]
  Saint-Étienne (5th)   Feyenoord   Twente[2]   Dinamo Zagreb[2]
  Paris Saint-Germain (CR)   Ajax   Spartak Moscow[2]   Kaunas[2]
Second qualifying round
  FC Moscow   Aris   Maccabi Netanya[3]   Braga[4]
  Queen of the South   Litex Lovech   Red Star Belgrade[3]   Vaslui[4]
  Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk   Lokomotiv Sofia   Deportivo La Coruña[4]   Grasshopper[4]
  Gent   Young Boys   Aston Villa[4]   Rosenborg[4]
  Slovan Liberec   Zürich   Napoli[4]   Sturm Graz[4]
  Beşiktaş   Lillestrøm   Rennes[4]   Elfsborg[4]
  AEK Athens   Stabæk   Stuttgart[4]
First qualifying round
  Cherno More   Hajduk Split   Zestaponi   Shakhter Karagandy
  Bellinzona   APOEL   WIT Georgia   Glentoran
  Viking   Omonia   Vaduz   Cliftonville[6]
  Ironi Kiryat Shmona   Kalmar FF   Milano   Bangor City
  Hapoel Tel Aviv   Djurgården   Pelister   The New Saints
  Vojvodina   Interblock Ljubljana   FH   EB/Streymur
  Borac Čačak[7]   Koper   ÍA   B36 Tórshavn
  Brøndby   Zrinjski Mostar   MTZ-RIPO Minsk   Grevenmacher
  Midtjylland   Široki Brijeg   Gomel   Racing FC
  Copenhagen   Liepājas Metalurgs   Vllaznia   Birkirkara
  Red Bull Salzburg   Olimps   Partizani   Marsaxlokk
  Austria Wien[8]   Sūduva   Flora   Mogren
  Legia Warsaw   Vėtra   TVMK   Zeta
  Lech Poznań   Haka   Ararat Yerevan   Sant Julià
  Győri ETO   Honka   Banants Yerevan   Juvenes/Dogana
  Debrecen   Dacia Chișinău   Khazar Lankaran   Manchester City[9][10]
  Žilina   Nistru Otaci   Olimpik Baku   Nordsjælland[11][12]
  Spartak Trnava   Cork City   Tobol   Hertha BSC[11][13]
  Slaven Belupo   St Patrick's Athletic
  1. ^ UEFA Champions League group stage third-placed team of each group
  2. ^ Losers of UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
  3. ^ Moved up from the lower qualifying round due to the Title Holder entry not being used
  4. ^ Third round winners of UEFA Intertoto Cup

Round and draw datesEdit

The calendar shows the dates of the rounds and draw.[5]

Date Event Date Event
1 July 2008 Draw for first qualifying round 17 December 2008 Group stage, Matchday 5
17 July 2008 First qualifying round, first leg 18 December 2008
31 July 2008 First qualifying round, second leg 19 December 2008 Draw for Round of 32 and Round of 16
1 August 2008 Draw for second qualifying round 18 February 2009 Round of 32, first leg
14 August 2008 Second qualifying round, first leg 19 February 2009
28 August 2008 Second qualifying round, second leg 26 February 2009 Round of 32, second leg
29 August 2008 Draw for first round 12 March 2009 Round of 16, first leg
18 September 2008 First round, first leg 18 March 2009 Round of 16, second leg
2 October 2008 First round, second leg 19 March 2009
7 October 2008 Draw for group stage 20 March 2009 Draw for remaining rounds
23 October 2008 Group stage, Matchday 1 9 April 2009 Quarter-finals, first leg
6 November 2008 Group stage, Matchday 2 16 April 2009 Quarter-finals, second leg
27 November 2008 Group stage, Matchday 3 30 April 2009 Semi-finals, first leg
3 December 2008 Group stage, Matchday 4 7 May 2009 Semi-finals, second leg
4 December 2008 20 May 2009 Final in Istanbul, Turkey

Qualifying roundsEdit

 
The three UEFA Cup regions, used for the regionalised qualifying stage draws, in a map

First qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the first qualifying round took place on 1 July 2008.[14] The first legs were played on 17 July 2008 and the second legs were played on 31 July 2008, with the exception of the Nordsjælland vs TVMK match, which was played on 29 July 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Southern-Mediterranean region
Cherno More   9–0   Sant Julià 4–0 5–0
Pelister   0–1   APOEL 0–0 0–1
Vaduz   1–5   Zrinjski Mostar 1–2 0–3
Široki Brijeg   3–1   Partizani 0–0 3–1
Ironi Kiryat Shmona   4–1   Mogren 1–1 3–0
Koper   1–2   Vllaznia 1–2 0–0
Zeta   1–2   Interblock Ljubljana 1–1 0–1
Hapoel Tel Aviv   5–0   Juvenes/Dogana 3–0 2–0
Hajduk Split   7–0   Birkirkara 4–0 3–0
Omonia   4–1   Milano 2–0 2–1
Marsaxlokk   0–8   Slaven Belupo 0–4 0–4
Central-East region
Red Bull Salzburg   10–0   Banants Yerevan 7–0 3–0
Győri ETO   3–2   Zestaponi 1–1 2–1
Ararat Yerevan   1–4   Bellinzona 0–1 1–3
Dacia Chișinău   2–4   Borac Čačak 1–1 1–3[5]
Tobol   1–2   Austria Wien 1–0 0–2
Hertha BSC   8–1   Nistru Otaci 8–1[6] 0–0[7]
Khazar Lankaran   1–5   Lech Poznań 0–1 1–4
Legia Warsaw   4–1   Gomel 0–0 4–1
Spartak Trnava   2–3   WIT Georgia 2–2 0–1
MTZ-RIPO Minsk   2–3   Žilina 2–2 0–1
Shakhter Karagandy   1–2   Debrecen 1–1 0–1
Vojvodina   2–1   Olimpik Baku 1–0 1–1
Northern region
FH   8–3   Grevenmacher 3–2 5–1
Vėtra   1–2   Viking 1–0 0–2
Racing   1–10   Kalmar FF 0–3 1–7
Honka   4–2   ÍA 3–0 1–2
Glentoran   1–3   Liepājas Metalurgs 1–1 0–2
Brøndby   3–0   B36 Tórshavn 1–0 2–0
TVMK   0–8   Nordsjælland 0–3 0–5
EB/Streymur   0–4   Manchester City 0–2[8] 0–2[9]
Olimps   0–3   St Patrick's Athletic 0–1 0–2
Djurgården   2–2 (a)   Flora 0–0[10] 2–2
Sūduva   2–0   The New Saints 1–0 1–0
Cliftonville   0–11   Copenhagen 0–4 0–7
Cork City   2–6   Haka 2–2 0–4
Bangor City   1–10[11]   Midtjylland 0–4 1–6[12]
  1. ^ Played in Smederevo at Fortress Stadium as Borac Čačak's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
  2. ^ Played in Berlin at Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark because Olympiastadion was occupied by another event.[15]
  3. ^ Played in Chişinău at Zimbru Stadium as Nistru Otaci's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
  4. ^ Played at Tórsvøllur as EB/Streymur's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
  5. ^ Manchester City played their home game at Oakwell Stadium, home of Barnsley, because the pitch at their home ground needed to be relaid after a Bon Jovi concert.[16]
  6. ^ Played at Råsunda Stadium as Djurgården's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
  7. ^ Midtjylland were originally drawn to play at home in the first leg, but the order of the games was reversed.
  8. ^ Bangor City's home leg was played at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground, as their own ground did not meet UEFA criteria.

In each region of the draw for the first qualifying round, teams were divided into two pots, on the basis of UEFA coefficients. The lower pots contained unranked teams from associations 34–53, together with Vėtra of Lithuania (the 33rd association). The higher pots contained teams from associations 1–32, together with Sūduva of Lithuania, and FH (who had a team ranking, 209).

Three of the 37 ties were won by the lower ranked team, all involving teams whose ranking was that of their association: WIT Georgia (Georgia, ranked 38) beat Spartak Trnava (Slovakia, 24); Vllaznia (Albania, 43) beat Koper (Slovenia, 29); and St Patrick's Athletic (Ireland, 35) beat Olimps (Latvia, 31).

Second qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 1 August 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland,[17] and featured 16 teams entering directly at the second qualifying round, as well as the 37 winners from the previous round and the 11 third round winners of the UEFA Intertoto Cup. The first legs were played on 14 August 2008 and the second leg on 28 August 2008.

Because there are an odd number of teams in the Central and Northern groups in the 2nd qualifying round, UEFA moved Rennes from the Central-East group to the Northern group. Furthermore, Liepājas Metalurgs and Sūduva were moved from the Northern group to the Central-East group, and Vaslui and Interblock Ljubljana were moved from the Southern-Mediterranean group to the Central-East group. It is unknown why UEFA decided on these last moves since it is not strictly required. One of the reasons could be[original research?] to have more balance in the groups with respect to the coefficients.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Southern-Mediterranean region
Široki Brijeg   1–6   Beşiktaş 1–2 0–4
Braga   3–0   Zrinjski Mostar 1–0 2–0
Borac Čačak   2–1   Lokomotiv Sofia 1–0[13] 1–1
Vojvodina   0–3   Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–0 0–3
Aris   1–2   Slaven Belupo 1–0 0–2
Litex Lovech   2–1   Ironi Kiryat Shmona 0–0 2–1
Deportivo La Coruña   2–0   Hajduk Split 0–0 2–0
APOEL   5–5 (a)   Red Star Belgrade 2–2 3–3 (aet)
Vllaznia   0–8   Napoli 0–3 0–5
Maccabi Netanya   1–3   Cherno More 1–1 0–2
AEK Athens   2–3[14]   Omonia 0–1 2–2
Central-East region
Liepājas Metalurgs   1–5   Vaslui 0–2 1–3
Zürich   2–2 (4–2 p)   Sturm Graz 1–1 1–1 (aet)
Stuttgart   6–2   Győri ETO 2–1 4–1
Lech Poznań   6–0   Grasshopper 6–0 0–0[15]
Slovan Liberec   2–4   Žilina 1–2 1–2
WIT Georgia   0–2   Austria Wien cancelled[16] 0–2
Young Boys   7–3   Debrecen 4–1 3–2
Legia Warsaw   1–4   FC Moscow 1–2 0–2
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk   4–4 (a)   Bellinzona 3–2 1–2[17]
Interblock Ljubljana   0–3   Hertha BSC 0–2[18] 0–1[19]
Sūduva   2–4   Red Bull Salzburg 1–4 1–0
Northern region
Djurgården   2–6   Rosenborg 2–1[20] 0–5
Queen of the South   2–4   Nordsjælland 1–2 1–2
Gent   2–5   Kalmar FF 2–1 0–4
Manchester City   1–1 (4–2 p)   Midtjylland 0–1 1–0 (aet)
Honka   2–1   Viking 0–0 2–1
Haka   0–6   Brøndby 0–4 0–2
Stabæk   2–3   Rennes 2–1 0–2
Copenhagen   7–3   Lillestrøm 3–1 4–2
Elfsborg   3–4   St Patrick's Athletic 2–2 1–2
FH   2–5[21]   Aston Villa 1–4 1–1
  1. ^ Played at Fortress Stadium in Smederevo as Borac Čačak's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
  2. ^ Order of legs reversed due to APOEL playing the same day at Omonia's stadium
  3. ^ The return leg was played in AFG Arena, St. Gallen as Grasshoppers' home ground, the Letzigrund is occupied by a Golden League athletics meet the following day.[18]
  4. ^ Due to the current conflict in Georgia and the ensuing safety concerns, UEFA ordered the first leg to be cancelled. The match was held as a single leg tie in Vienna.[19]
  5. ^ Played at Stadio Cornaredo in Lugano as Stadio Comunale in Bellinzona did not meet UEFA criteria.
  6. ^ Played at Arena Petrol in Celje as Interblock's home ground in Ljubljana did not meet UEFA criteria.
  7. ^ Played at Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark because Hertha BSC's usual home ground, Olympiastadion, was occupied with a Madonna concert.
  8. ^ Played at Råsunda Stadium as Djurgården's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
  9. ^ Order of legs reversed at the request of both clubs.[20]

In each region of the draw for the second qualifying round, teams were divided into two pots, on the basis of UEFA coefficients. The higher pots contained teams with a ranking of 176 or higher, and unranked teams from associations ranked 1 to 15 (or 17 in the Southern-Mediterranean region).

12 of the 32 ties were won by the lower-ranked team. The 12 teams that lost to a lower team were: AEK Athens, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Aris, Red Star Belgrade, Grasshopper, Slovan Liberec, Viking, Lokomotiv Sofia, Elfsborg, Gent, Queen of the South and Debrecen. St Patrick's Athletic were the only team to beat a higher-seeded team in each of the two qualifying rounds.

First roundEdit

 
The number of each teams from each nation which qualified for the First Round

32 teams entered the tournament at the first round, along with the 32 winners from the previous round and the 16 losers from the Champions League third qualifying round. The 80 teams were then split into eight groups of ten teams; five seeded teams and five unseeded teams. The draw was based on their coefficient ranking with one exception: no country can have multiple teams in any group. Teams ranked 108 or higher were seeded, as were unranked teams from England and Spain.

The draw, which was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor, was held on Friday, 29 August 2008 at 13:00 CET in Monaco. The matches were played on 18 September and 2 October 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Group 1
Milan   4–1   Zürich 3–1 1–0
Timișoara   1–3   Partizan 1–2 0–1
Hertha BSC   2–0   St Patrick's Athletic 2–0 0–0
Baník Ostrava   1–2   Spartak Moscow 0–1 1–1
Beşiktaş   2–4[22]   Metalist Kharkiv 1–0 1–4
Group 2
Portsmouth   4–2   Vitória Guimarães 2–0 2–2 (aet)
Kayserispor   1–2   Paris Saint-Germain 1–2 0–0
Sevilla   4–0   Red Bull Salzburg 2–0 2–0
Wolfsburg   2–1   Rapid București 1–0 1–1
Sampdoria   7–1   Kaunas 5–0 2–1
Group 3
Marítimo   1–3   Valencia 0–1 1–2
Dinamo Zagreb   3–3 (a)   Sparta Prague 0–0 3–3
Omonia   2–4[23]   Manchester City 1–2 1–2
Young Boys   2–4   Club Brugge 2–2 0–2
Nancy   3–0   Motherwell 1–0 2–0
Group 4
Everton   3–4   Standard Liège 2–2 1–2
Napoli   3–4   Benfica 3–2 0–2
Bellinzona   4–6   Galatasaray 3–4 1–2
NEC   1–0   Dinamo București 1–0 0–0
Racing Santander   2–0   Honka 1–0 1–0
Group 5
APOEL   2–5   Schalke 04 1–4 1–1
Litex Lovech   2–4   Aston Villa 1–3 1–1
Austria Wien   4–5   Lech Poznań 2–1 2–4 (aet)
Vitória Setúbal   3–6   Heerenveen 1–1[24] 2–5
Brann   2–2 (2–3 p)   Deportivo La Coruña 2–0 0–2 (aet)
Group 6
Slavia Prague   1–1 (a)   Vaslui 0–0 1–1
Slaven Belupo   1–3   CSKA Moscow 1–2 0–1
Brøndby   3–5   Rosenborg 1–2 2–3
Cherno More   3–4   Stuttgart 1–2 2–2
Rennes   2–2 (a)   Twente 2–1 0–1
Group 7
Borac Čačak   1–6[22]   Ajax 1–4 0–2
Tottenham Hotspur   3–2   Wisła Kraków 2–1 1–1
FC Moscow   2–3[25]   Copenhagen 1–2 1–1
Žilina   2–1   Levski Sofia 1–1 1–0
Borussia Dortmund   2–2 (3–4 p)   Udinese 0–2 2–0 (aet)
Group 8
Braga   6–0   Artmedia Petržalka 4–0 2–0
Feyenoord   2–2 (a)   Kalmar FF 0–1 2–1[26]
Hamburg   2–0   Unirea Urziceni 0–0 2–0
Hapoel Tel Aviv   2–4   Saint-Étienne 1–2 1–2
Nordsjælland   0–7   Olympiacos 0–2 0–5
  1. ^ Order of legs reversed.
  2. ^ Order of legs reversed due to AC Omonia's ground-share fixture congestion.
  3. ^ Played at Alvalade XXI, since Vitória FC's homeground at Setúbal does not meet UEFA criteria
  4. ^ Order of legs reversed due to Spartak Moscow playing the same day in Moscow.
  5. ^ Played at Borås Arena as Kalmar FF's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.

Nine of the 40 ties were won by the unseeded team. The nine seeded losing teams, with their ranking, were: Everton (50), Rapid București (58), Beşiktaş (60), Sparta Prague (68), Dinamo București (69), Levski Sofia (80), Austria Wien (82), Rennes (97) and Hapoel Tel Aviv (108).

Group stageEdit

Teams that have qualified for the group stage of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup
  Red: Group A;   Yellow: Group B;   Green: Group C;   Black: Group D;
  Purple: Group E;   Pink: Group F;   Blue: Group G;   Orange: Group H.

The draw for the group stage of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup was held at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on 7 October 2008. The 40 teams in the draw were divided into five pots based on their UEFA coefficients. The eight teams with the highest UEFA coefficient were allocated to Pot 1, the next eight teams to Pot 2, and so on. One team from each pot was drawn for each group, with the restriction that no team could be drawn with one from the same country.[21]

The top three teams (highlighted in green) of each group qualified for the next round. Based on paragraph 6.06 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:[4]

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

Final phaseEdit

Except for the final round, the rounds in the final phase are two-legged. In the event of aggregate scores being equal after normal time in the second leg, the winning team will be that which scored more goals on their away leg: if the scores in the two matches were identical, extra time is played. The away goals rule also applies if scores are equal at the end of extra time. If there are no goals scored in extra time, the tie is decided on a penalty shoot-out. The team first out of the hat in each tie plays the first leg of their tie at home, and the second leg away.

The draw for the Round of 32 was held on Friday, 19 December 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor, Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA's director of professional football and 2009 UEFA Cup Final ambassador Can Bartu. In this round, each UEFA Cup group winner paired with the third-placed team from another UEFA Cup group and each UEFA Cup group runner-up paired with a third-placed team from the UEFA Champions League, with the only restriction on the draw being that teams from the same national association could not be drawn together. The UEFA Cup group winners and runners-up each played the second leg of their Round of 32 ties at home.[22]

The draw for the Round of 16 also took place on 19 December 2008, immediately after the draw for the Round of 32. Each tie in the Round of 32 was numbered, and teams were drawn for the Round of 16 as "Winners of match 1", "Winners of match 2", etc. Unlike the Round of 32, teams from the same group or country may be drawn together from the Round of 16 onwards, meaning that they were entirely randomly drawn.

The draws for the quarterfinals and semifinals were both held on Friday, 20 March 2009 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by David Taylor and Can Bartu.

BracketEdit

Round of 32   Round of 16   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Final
   Paris Saint-Germain 2 3 5  
   Wolfsburg 0 1 1        Paris Saint-Germain 0 1 1  
   Braga 3 1 4      Braga 0 0 0  
   Standard Liège 0 1 1          Paris Saint-Germain 0 0 0  
   Dynamo Kyiv (a) 1 2 3          Dynamo Kyiv 0 3 3  
   Valencia 1 2 3        Dynamo Kyiv (a) 1 2 3
   Sampdoria 0 0 0      Metalist Kharkiv 0 3 3  
   Metalist Kharkiv 1 2 3          Dynamo Kyiv 1 1 2  
   Aston Villa 1 0 1          Shakhtar Donetsk 1 2 3  
   CSKA Moscow 1 2 3        CSKA Moscow 1 0 1  
   Shakhtar Donetsk 2 1 3      Shakhtar Donetsk 0 2 2  
   Tottenham Hotspur 0 1 1          Shakhtar Donetsk 2 2 4
   Marseille (p) 0 1 1(7)          Marseille 0 1 1  
   Twente 1 0 1(6)        Marseille 2 2 4
   Fiorentina 0 1 1      Ajax 1 2 3  
   Ajax 1 1 2          Shakhtar Donetsk 2
   Werder Bremen (a) 1 2 3          Werder Bremen 1
   Milan 1 2 3        Werder Bremen 1 2 3  
   Olympiacos 1 1 2      Saint-Étienne 0 2 2  
   Saint-Étienne 2 3 5          Werder Bremen 3 3 6  
   Lech Poznań 2 1 3          Udinese 1 3 4  
   Udinese 2 2 4        Udinese 2 0 2
   Zenit Saint Petersburg 2 2 4      Zenit Saint Petersburg 0 1 1  
   Stuttgart 1 1 2          Werder Bremen (a) 0 3 3
   NEC 0 0 0          Hamburg 1 2 3  
   Hamburg 3 1 4        Hamburg 1 3 4  
   Bordeaux 0 3 3      Galatasaray 1 2 3  
   Galatasaray 0 4 4          Hamburg 3 1 4
   Copenhagen 2 1 3          Manchester City 1 2 3  
   Manchester City 2 2 4        Manchester City (p) 2 0 2(4)
   Aalborg BK 3 3 6      Aalborg BK 0 2 2(3)  
   Deportivo La Coruña 0 1 1  

Round of 32Edit

The first legs were played on 18 February and 19 February, and the second leg matches were played on 26 February 2009.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Paris Saint-Germain   5–1   Wolfsburg 2–0 3–1
Copenhagen   3–4   Manchester City 2–2 1–2
NEC   0–4   Hamburg 0–3 0–1
Sampdoria   0–3   Metalist Kharkiv 0–1 0–2
Braga   4–1   Standard Liège 3–0 1–1
Aston Villa   1–3   CSKA Moscow 1–1 0–2
Lech Poznań   3–4   Udinese 2–2 1–2
Olympiacos   2–5   Saint-Étienne 1–3 1–2
Fiorentina   1–2   Ajax 0–1 1–1
AaB   6–1   Deportivo La Coruña 3–0 3–1
Werder Bremen   3–3 (a)   Milan 1–1 2–2
Bordeaux   3–4   Galatasaray 0–0 3–4
Dynamo Kyiv   3–3 (a)   Valencia 1–1 2–2
Zenit St. Petersburg   4–2   Stuttgart 2–1 2–1
Marseille   1–1 (7–6 p)   Twente 0–1 1–0 (aet)
Shakhtar Donetsk   3–1   Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 1–1

Manchester City were the only team from the first qualifying round to reach the Round of 16. Braga were the only team from the Intertoto Cup to reach the Round of 16 and were therefore awarded the title of Intertoto Cup winners.

Of the eight teams who had been placed in Pot 5 of the group stage draw, only Metalist Kharkiv and Saint-Étienne reached the Round of 16. Of the eight teams that entered the Round of the 32 from the UEFA Champions League group stage, two lost: Fiorentina and Bordeaux. Of the eight ties between a third-placed team and a first-placed team from the UEFA Cup group stage, two were won by the third-placed team; the winners were Braga and Paris Saint-Germain.

Round of 16Edit

The first leg matches were played on 12 March, and the second leg matches were played on 18 March and 19 March 2009.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Werder Bremen   3–2   Saint-Étienne 1–0 2–2
CSKA Moscow   1–2   Shakhtar Donetsk 1–0 0–2
Udinese   2–1   Zenit St. Petersburg 2–0 0–1
Paris Saint-Germain   1–0   Braga 0–0 1–0
Dynamo Kyiv   3–3 (a)   Metalist Kharkiv 1–0 2–3
Manchester City   2–2 (4–3 p)   AaB 2–0 0–2 (aet)
Marseille   4–3   Ajax 2–1 2–2 (aet)
Hamburg   4–3   Galatasaray 1–1 3–2

Quarter-finalsEdit

The first legs were played on 9 April and the second legs were played on 16 April.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hamburg   4–3   Manchester City 3–1 1–2
Paris Saint-Germain   0–3   Dynamo Kyiv 0–0 0–3
Shakhtar Donetsk   4–1   Marseille 2–0 2–1
Werder Bremen   6–4   Udinese 3–1 3–3

Semi-finalsEdit

The first legs were played on 30 April and the second legs on 7 May.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Werder Bremen   3–3 (a)   Hamburg 0–1 3–2
Dynamo Kyiv   2–3   Shakhtar Donetsk 1–1 1–2

FinalEdit

The final of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup was held on 20 May 2009 at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. This was the first time that the UEFA Cup Final had been held in Turkey and followed the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, which was held in Istanbul's Atatürk Olympic Stadium.

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Name Team Goals
1   Vágner Love   CSKA Moscow 11
2   Ivica Olić   Hamburg 9
3   Fabio Quagliarella   Udinese 8
4   Diego   Werder Bremen 6
  Mario Gómez   Stuttgart 6
  Luis Aguiar   Braga 6
  Péguy Luyindula   Paris Saint-Germain 6
8   Milan Baroš   Galatasaray 5
  Diogo   Olympiacos 5
  Ilan   Saint-Étienne 5
  Albert Meyong   Braga 5
  Mladen Petrić   Hamburg 5
  Claudio Pizarro   Werder Bremen 5
  Hernán Rengifo   Lech Poznań 5
  Luis Suárez   Ajax 5

Source: Hammond, Mike, ed (2009). The European Football Yearbook 2009/10. London: Carlton Books. ISBN 978-1-84732-360-6.

See alsoEdit

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