UEFA champions league 2007-2008

2007-08 UEFA Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 18 September 2007 - 21 May 2008
Teams 32 (group stage)
76 (total)
Final positions
Champions England Manchester United (3rd title)
Runners-up England Chelsea
Tournament statistics
Matches played 213
Goals scored 545 (2.56 per match)
Attendance 5,380,947 (25,263 per match)
Top scorer(s) Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
(8 goals)
Best player Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo

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.


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; 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:[1]

  • Associations 1–3 (Spain, Italy, and England): 4 teams
  • Associations 4–6 (France, Germany, and Portugal): 3 teams
  • Associations 7–15: 2 teams
  • Associations 16–53: 1 team

First qualifying round: (28 teams)

  • 28 champions from associations 25–53 (not including Liechtenstein)

Second qualifying round: (28 teams)

  • 14 winners from the first qualifying round
  • 8 champions from associations 17–24 (Bulgaria, Israel, Norway, Austria, Serbia, Poland, Denmark, and Hungary)
  • 6 runners-up from associations 10–15

Third qualifying round: (32 teams)

  • 14 winners from the second qualifying round
  • 7 champions from associations 10–16 (Romania, Scotland, Belgium, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Turkey, Switzerland)
  • 3 runners-up from associations 7–9 (Netherlands, Greece, Russia)
  • 6 third-place finishers from associations 1–6
  • 2 fourth-place finishers from associations 1–3 (Milan, the fourth-place finishers from Italy, as holders, qualify automatically for the group stage.)

Group stage: (32 teams)

  • 1 current Champions League holder
  • 16 winners from the third qualifying round
  • 9 champions from associations 1–9
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
Group stage
Spain Real Madrid England Manchester United Germany Stuttgart Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
Spain Barcelona England Chelsea Germany Schalke 04 Greece Olympiacos
Italy Internazionale France Lyon Portugal Porto Russia CSKA Moscow
Italy Roma France Marseille Portugal Sporting Italy MilanTH
Third qualifying round
Spain Sevilla France Toulouse Russia Spartak Moscow Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
Spain Valencia Germany Werder Bremen Romania Dinamo Bucureşti Czech Republic Sparta Prague
Italy Lazio Portugal Benfica Scotland Celtic Turkey Fenerbahçe
England Liverpool Netherlands Ajax Belgium Anderlecht Switzerland Zürich
England Arsenal Greece AEK Athens
Second qualifying round
Romania Steaua Bucureşti Czech Republic Slavia Prague Norway Rosenborg Poland Zagłębie Lubin
Scotland Rangers Turkey Beşiktaş Austria Red Bull Salzburg Denmark Copenhagen
Belgium Genk Bulgaria Levski Sofia Serbia Red Star Belgrade Hungary Debrecen
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Israel Beitar Jerusalem
First qualifying round
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb Latvia Ventspils Republic of Ireland Derry City Azerbaijan Khazar Lenkoran
Sweden Elfsborg Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol Albania KF Tirana Luxembourg F91 Dudelange
Slovakia Žilina Georgia (country) Olimpi Rustavi Armenia Pyunik Kazakhstan Astana
Cyprus APOEL Lithuania FBK Kaunas Estonia FC Levadia Faroe Islands HB
Slovenia Domžale Republic of Macedonia Pobeda Malta Marsaxlokk Andorra Rànger's
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo Iceland FH Wales The New Saints San Marino Murata
Finland Tampere United Belarus BATE Borisov Northern Ireland Linfield Montenegro Zeta

TH Title Holders: The champions of the 2006–07 competition went through to the group stage directly.

Round and draw dates

The calendar shows the dates of the rounds and draw.

Date Event
29 June 2007 Draw for first and second qualifying rounds
17–18 July 2007 First qualifying round, first leg
24–25 July 2007 First qualifying round, second leg
31 July–1 August 2007 Second qualifying round, first leg
3 August 2007 Draw for third qualifying round
7–8 August 2007 Second qualifying round, second leg
14–15 August 2007 Third qualifying round, first leg
28–29 August 2007 Third qualifying round, second leg
30 August 2007 Draw for group stage
18–19 September 2007 Group stage, Matchday 1
2–3 October 2007 Group stage, Matchday 2
23–24 October 2007 Group stage, Matchday 3
6–7 November 2007 Group stage, Matchday 4
27–28 November 2007 Group stage, Matchday 5
11–12 December 2007 Group stage, Matchday 6 1
21 December 2007 Draw for first knockout round
19–20 February 2008 First knockout round, 1st leg
4–11 March 2008 First knockout round, 2nd leg 2
14 March 2008 Draw for remaining rounds
1–2 April 2008 Quarter-finals, 1st leg
8–9 April 2008 Quarter-finals, 2nd leg
22–23 April 2008 Semi-finals, 1st leg
29–30 April 2008 Semi-finals, 2nd leg
21 May 2008 Final in Moscow, Russia

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 rounds

First qualifying round

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 Azerbaijan 2–4 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1–1 1–3 (aet)
APOEL Cyprus 2–3 Belarus BATE Borisov 2–0 0–3 (aet)
Sheriff Tiraspol Moldova 5–0 Andorra Rànger's 2–0 3–0
FH Iceland 4–1 Faroe Islands HB 4–1 0–0
The New Saints Wales 4–4 (a) Latvia Ventspils 3–2 1–2
Pobeda Republic of Macedonia 0–1 Estonia FC Levadia 0–1 0–0
Olimpi Rustavi Georgia (country) 0–3 Kazakhstan Astana 0–0 0–3
Zeta Montenegro 5–4 Lithuania FBK Kaunas 3–1 2–3
Murata San Marino 1–4 Finland Tampere United 1–2 0–2
F91 Dudelange Luxembourg 5–7 Slovakia Žilina 1–2 4–5
Linfield Northern Ireland 0–1 Sweden Elfsborg 0–0 0–1
Derry City[2] Republic of Ireland 0–2 Armenia Pyunik 0–0 0–2
Marsaxlokk Malta 1–9 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 0–6 1–3
Domžale Slovenia 3–1 Albania KF Tirana 1–0 2–1

Second qualifying round

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 Armenia 1–4 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–2 1–2
Red Star Belgrade Serbia 2–2 (a) Estonia FC Levadia 1–0 1–2
Rangers Scotland 3–0 Montenegro Zeta 2–0 1–0
Debrecen Hungary 0–1 Sweden Elfsborg 0–1 0–0
Zagłębie Lubin Poland 1–3 Romania Steaua 0–1 1–2
Genk Belgium 2–2 (a) Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 1–2 1–0
Ventspils Latvia 0–7 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 0–3 0–4
Astana Kazakhstan 2–10 Norway Rosenborg 1–3 1–7
FH Iceland 2–4 Belarus BATE Borisov 1–3 1–1
Copenhagen Denmark 2–1 Israel Beitar Jerusalem 1–0 1–1 (aet)
Žilina Slovakia 0–0 (3–4p) Czech Republic Slavia Prague 0–0 0–0 (aet)
Tampere United Finland 2–0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia 1–0 1–0
Domžale Slovenia 2–5 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1–2 1–3
Beşiktaş Turkey 4–0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 1–0 3–0

Third qualifying round

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 Belarus 2–4 Romania Steaua Bucureşti 2–2 0–2
Tampere United Finland 0–5 Norway Rosenborg 0–3 0–2
Spartak Moscow Russia 2–2 (3–4p) Scotland Celtic 1–1 1–1 (aet)
Werder Bremen Germany 5–3 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 2–1 3–2
Red Bull Salzburg Austria 2–3 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–0 1–3
Ajax Netherlands 1–3 Czech Republic Slavia Prague 0–1 1–2
Valencia Spain 5–1 Sweden Elfsborg 3–0 2–1
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina 0–4 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0–1 0–3
Fenerbahçe Turkey 3–0 Belgium Anderlecht 1–0 2–0
Rangers Scotland 1–0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 1–0 0–0
Toulouse France 0–5 England Liverpool 0–1 0–4
Benfica Portugal 3–1 Denmark Copenhagen 2–1 1–0
Lazio Italy 4–2 Romania Dinamo Bucureşti 1–1 3–1
Sparta Prague Czech Republic 0–5 England Arsenal 0–2 0–3
Zürich Switzerland 1–3 Turkey Beşiktaş 1–1 0–2
Sevilla Spain 6–1 Greece AEK Athens 2–0 4–1

Group stage

Location of teams of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Pink: Group H.