2007–08 Chelsea F.C. season

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Chelsea
2007–08 season
Chairman Bruce Buck
Owner Roman Abramovich
Manager José Mourinho
(until 20 September)[1]
Avram Grant
(from 20 September)
Stadium Stamford Bridge
Premier League 2nd
FA Cup Sixth round
League Cup Runners-up
FA Community Shield Runners-up
UEFA Champions League Runners-up
Top goalscorer League:
Frank Lampard (10)
All:
Frank Lampard (20)
Highest home attendance 41,837 (vs. Fulham, 29 September)
Lowest home attendance 24,973 (vs. Rosenborg, 18 September)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Champions League 2007–08

The 2007–08 season was Chelsea Football Club's 93rd competitive season, 16th consecutive season in the Premier League, and 102nd year as a club. Manager José Mourinho left the club by mutual consent on 20 September 2007[2] following a disappointing 1–1 draw with Rosenborg and was replaced by the Israeli Avram Grant.[3]

The 2007–08 Premier League season was decided on the last day of the season, when Chelsea needed to win against Bolton Wanderers and Manchester United to either draw or lose against Wigan Athletic. Chelsea drew 1-1 and Manchester United won 2-0, thus making Chelsea runners-up to United for the second consecutive season.

Chelsea played in their first UEFA Champions League Final, against Manchester United, making it the first all-English final in the competition's history. After extra time the score was 1–1; Manchester United won the penalty shootout 6–5 after Edwin van der Sar saved Nicolas Anelka's penalty.

This was the first time in four years that Chelsea had finished the season without a trophy; the lack of silverware led to Avram Grant being sacked three days after the Champions League final.[4] Five days later, Chelsea's assistant first-team coach, Henk ten Cate, had his contract terminated as well.[5]

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Adidas / Sponsor: Samsung Mobile

Home
Home alt.
Away
Away alt.
Third
Goalkeeper 1
Goalkeeper 2
Goalkeeper 3
Goalkeeper alt.

Kit information[edit]

The home kit was retained from the previous season. A new fluorescent yellow away kit with black stripes was introduced, replacing the black away kit from the previous season.[6] A new white third kit with blue highlights was also introduced.[7]

Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Czech Republic GK Petr Čech
2 Serbia DF Branislav Ivanović
3 England DF Ashley Cole
4 France MF Claude Makélélé[8]
5 Ghana MF Michael Essien
6 Portugal DF Ricardo Carvalho
7 Ukraine FW Andriy Shevchenko
8 England MF Frank Lampard (vice-captain)
9 England MF Steve Sidwell
10 England MF Joe Cole
11 Ivory Coast FW Didier Drogba
12 Nigeria MF John Obi Mikel
13 Germany MF Michael Ballack
14 Peru FW Claudio Pizarro
15 France MF Florent Malouda
17 England MF Scott Sinclair
No. Position Player
18 England DF Wayne Bridge
20 Portugal DF Paulo Ferreira
21 Ivory Coast FW Salomon Kalou
22 Israel DF Tal Ben Haim
23 Italy GK Carlo Cudicini
24 England MF Shaun Wright-Phillips
26 England DF John Terry (captain)
27 Israel FW Ben Sahar
28 England MF Michael Woods
30 Wales GK Rhys Taylor
33 Brazil DF Alex
35 Brazil DF Juliano Belletti
39 France FW Nicolas Anelka
40 Portugal GK Henrique Hilário
41 England DF Sam Hutchinson
42 England MF Lee Sawyer

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 England DF Glen Johnson (to Portsmouth)
16 Netherlands MF Arjen Robben (to Real Madrid)
No. Position Player
19 France MF Lassana Diarra (to Arsenal)
39 England DF Harry Worley (to Leicester City)

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
31 England MF Anthony Grant
32 England DF Carl Magnay[9]
34 England MF Liam Bridcutt[10]
37 England MF Jack Cork
No. Position Player
43 England DF Ryan Bertrand
44 England DF Michael Mancienne
46 England MF Jimmy Smith

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

# Pos Player From Fee Date
Res MF England Jacob Mellis England Sheffield United Undisclosed June 2007
Res FW England Danny Philliskirk England Oldham Athletic Undisclosed[11] 1 June 2007
14 FW Peru Claudio Pizarro Germany Bayern Munich Free[12] 1 June 2007
22 DF Israel Tal Ben Haim England Bolton Wanderers Free[13] 14 June 2007
9 MF England Steve Sidwell England Reading Free[14] 1 July 2007
15 MF France Florent Malouda France Lyon £13,500,000[15] 10 July 2007
Res FW Italy Fabio Borini Italy Bologna Free[16] 31 July 2007
33 DF Brazil Alex Netherlands PSV Loan return 10 August 2007
35 DF Brazil Juliano Belletti Spain Barcelona €5,500,000[17] 23 August 2007
39 FW France Nicolas Anelka England Bolton Wanderers £15,000,000[18] 11 January 2008
2 DF Serbia Branislav Ivanović Russia Lokomotiv Moscow £9,700,000[19] 16 January 2008
FW Argentina Franco di Santo Chile Audax Italiano Undisclosed[20] 25 January 2008

Out[edit]

# Pos Player To Fee Date
33 DF Portugal Nuno Morais Cyprus APOEL Free[21] 12 May 2007
N/A DF Switzerland Jonas Elmer Switzerland Aarau Undisclosed 2007
41 GK Belgium Yves Ma-Kalambay Scotland Hibernian Free[22] 27 June 2007
14 MF Cameroon Geremi England Newcastle United Free[23] 6 July 2007
N/A GK Republic of Ireland James Russell England Stevenage Borough Free 8 August 2007
16 MF Netherlands Arjen Robben Spain Real Madrid £21,000,000[24] 22 August 2007
2 DF England Glen Johnson England Portsmouth £4,000,000[25] 31 August 2007
19 MF France Lassana Diarra England Arsenal Undisclosed[26] 31 August 2007
N/A MF Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón Argentina Estudiantes Free 2007

Statistics[edit]

Overall[edit]

As of 22 May 2008 (Includes competitive matches only)
Played: 62
Won: 39
Drawn: 15
Lost: 8
Goals scored: 106
Goals against: 44
Goal difference: +62
Best result: 6-0 (H) - 2008-10-27, vs Manchester City
Worst result: 2-0 (A) - 2008-09-02, vs Aston Villa / 2008-09-23, vs Manchester United
Top scorer: England Frank Lampard (20)
Points: 132/186 (71%)

Competition overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
FA Community Shield Runner-up 5 Aug 2007
Premier League Runner-up 12 Aug 2007 11 May 2008
UEFA Champions League Group Stage Runner-up 18 Sep 2007 21 May 2008
Football League Cup 3rd round Runner-up 24 Sep 2007 24 Feb 2008
FA Cup 3rd round Quarter-finals 5 Jan 2008 3 Mar 2008

Last updated: 23 March 2008
Source: Competitions

Appearances and goals[edit]

Last updated on 4 January 2009.
No. Nat Pos Player Total Premier League Champions League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Czech Republic GK Petr Čech 39 -26 26 -17 9 -6 1 -1 3 -2
3 England DF Ashley Cole 40 1 27 1 10 0 1 0 1+1 0
4 France MF Claude Makélélé 34 0 15+3 0 12+1 0 1 0 1+1 0
5 Ghana MF Michael Essien 45 6 23+4 6 11+1 0 1+1 0 3+1 0
6 Portugal DF Ricardo Carvalho 37 1 21 1 10 0 2 0 4 0
7 Ukraine FW Andriy Shevchenko 25 8 8+9 5 2+3 1 0+1 0 2 2
8 England MF Frank Lampard 39 20 23+1 10 10+1 4 1 2 3 4
9 England MF Steve Sidwell 24 1 7+8 0 0+1 0 3 0 3+2 1
10 England MF Joe Cole 54 10 28+5 7 12+1 2 2+1 0 2+3 1
11 Ivory Coast FW Didier Drogba 32 15 17+2 8 11 6 0+1 0 1 1
12 Nigeria MF John Obi Mikel 38 0 21+8 0 1+3 0 2 0 3 0
13 Germany MF Michael Ballack 30 9 16+2 7 7 2 1+1 0 1+2 0
14 Peru FW Claudio Pizarro 31 2 4+17 2 1+1 0 2+2 0 3+1 0
15 France FW Florent Malouda 37 3 16+5 2 8+3 1 2 0 2+1 0
17 England FW Scott Sinclair 6 1 0+1 0 0 0 2 0 3 1
18 England DF Wayne Bridge 22 0 9+2 0 3 0 3 0 4+1 0
20 Portugal DF Paulo Ferreira 28 0 15+3 0 5 0 2+1 0 1+1 0
21 Ivory Coast FW Salomon Kalou 48 11 24+6 7 5+6 1 2+1 1 2+2 2
22 Israel DF Tal Ben Haim 22 0 10+3 0 1+1 0 2 0 3+2 0
23 Italy GK Carlo Cudicini 19 -13 10 -7 4+1 -2 2 -1 2 -3
24 England MF Shaun Wright-Phillips 40 4 20+7 2 2+3 0 3 1 5 1
26 England DF John Terry 37 1 23 1 10 0 2 0 2 0
33 Brazil DF Alex 39 3 22+6 2 5+1 1 2 0 3 0
35 Brazil DF Juliano Belletti 38 2 20+3 2 4+3 0 2 0 6 0
39 France FW Nicolas Anelka 24 2 10+4 1 0+5 0 2+1 1 2 0
40 Portugal GK Henrique Hilário 6 -3 2+1 -2 0+1 0 1 0 1 -1

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions.

Disciplinary record[edit]

Disciplinary records for 2007–08 league matches. Players with 1 card or more included only.
No. Nat. Player Yellow card.svg Yellow cards Red card.svg Red cards
3 England Cole, AshleyAshley Cole 4 1
4 France Makélélé, ClaudeClaude Makélélé 1 0
5 Ghana Essien, MichaelMichael Essien 5 1
6 Portugal Carvalho, RicardoRicardo Carvalho 6 1
8 England Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard 4 1
9 England Sidwell, SteveSteve Sidwell 1 0
10 England Cole, JoeJoe Cole 5 0
11 Ivory Coast Drogba, DidierDidier Drogba 6 1
12 Nigeria Obi Mikel, JonJon Obi Mikel 5 1
13 Germany Ballack, MichaelMichael Ballack 5 0
14 Peru Pizarro, ClaudioClaudio Pizarro 1 0
15 France Malouda, FlorentFlorent Malouda 2 0
20 Portugal Ferreira, PauloPaulo Ferreira 1 0
21 Ivory Coast Kalou, SalomonSalomon Kalou 1 0
22 Israel Ben Haim, TalTal Ben Haim 2 0
24 England Wright-Phillips, ShaunShaun Wright-Phillips 2 0
26 England Terry, JohnJohn Terry 6 0
33 Brazil , AlexAlex 4 0
35 Brazil Belletti, JulianoJuliano Belletti 4 0

Club[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Staff
Managers Portugal José Mourinho
(until 20 September)
Israel Avram Grant
(20 September – 24 May)
Assistant managers Scotland Steve Clarke
Israel Avram Grant
(until 20 September)
Netherlands Henk ten Cate
(20 September – 29 May)
Goalkeeping coach France Christophe Lollichon
Head scout Nigeria Michael Emenalo
Club doctor England Dr. Bryan English
Chief scout and director of youth development Denmark Frank Arnesen
Reserve team manager Northern Ireland Brendan Rodgers
Youth team manager England Paul Clement
Academy manager England Neil Bath

Last updated: 13 April 2009
Source: Chelsea FC

Other information[edit]

Owner Russia Roman Abramovich
Chairman United States Bruce Buck
Chief Executive England Peter Kenyon
Director of Communications England Simon Greenberg
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Stamford Bridge (42,055 / 110x75 yards)

Source: Chelsea F.C. article on 26 Jul 2007 and Stamford Bridge (stadium) article on 27 Jul 2007

Pre-season[edit]

FA Community Shield[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Classification[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United 38 27 6 5 80 22 +58 87 UEFA Champions League 2008–09
Group stage
2 Chelsea 38 25 10 3 65 26 +39 85
3 Arsenal 38 24 11 3 74 31 +43 83 UEFA Champions League 2008-09
Third Qualifying Round
4 Liverpool 38 21 13 4 67 28 +39 76
5 Everton 38 19 8 11 55 33 +22 65 UEFA Cup 2008-09 First Round

Updated to games played on 17 May 2008.
Source: Premier League 2007-08
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 25 10 3 65 26 +39 85 12 7 0 36 13 +23 13 3 3 29 13 +16

Last updated: 5 May 2008.
Source: Barclays Premier League

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A A H A H A H A A H A H A H H A A H H A H A H A H A H A A H H A H A H A H
Result W W D W L D L D W W W W D W W W L W D W W W W W D D W W W D W W W D W W W D

Last updated: 5 May 2008.
Source: Competitive Matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group B
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Chelsea 6 3 3 0 9 2 +7 12
Germany Schalke 04 6 2 2 2 5 4 –1 8
Norway Rosenborg 6 2 1 3 6 9 –3 7
Spain Valencia 6 1 2 3 2 6 –4 5

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

Disciplinary record[edit]

No. Nat. Player Yellow card.svg Yellow cards Red card.svg Red cards
3 England Cole, AshleyAshley Cole 1 0
4 France Makélélé, ClaudeClaude Makélélé 2 0
5 Ghana Essien, MichaelMichael Essien 4 0
6 Portugal Carvalho, RicardoRicardo Carvalho 2 0
8 England Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard 1 0
13 Germany Ballack, MichaelMichael Ballack 1 0
20 Portugal Ferreira, PauloPaulo Ferreira 1 0
26 England Terry, JohnJohn Terry 2 0
33 Brazil , AlexAlex 2 0
35 Brazil Belletti, JulianoJuliano Belletti 1 0
11 Ivory Coast Drogba, DidierDidier Drogba 0 1

Football League Cup[edit]

Disciplinary record[edit]

No. Nat. Player Yellow card.svg Yellow cards Red card.svg Red cards
4 France Makélélé, ClaudeClaude Makélélé 1 0
6 Portugal Carvalho, RicardoRicardo Carvalho 1 0
9 England Sidwell, SteveSteve Sidwell 1 0
10 England Cole, JoeJoe Cole 1 0
12 Nigeria Obi Mikel, JonJon Obi Mikel 1 1
22 Israel Ben Haim, TalTal Ben Haim 1 0
35 Brazil Belletti, JulianoJuliano Belletti 2 0

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2007–08 FA Cup

Disciplinary record[edit]

No. Nat. Player Yellow card.svg Yellow cards Red card.svg Red cards
6 Portugal Carvalho, RicardoRicardo Carvalho 1 0

References[edit]

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