2007–08 Manchester City F.C. season

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Manchester City
Season 2007–08
Owner Thaksin Shinawatra
Chairman Thaksin Shinawatra
Manager Sven-Göran Eriksson
Team captain Richard Dunne
Home stadium City of Manchester Stadium
(a.k.a. Eastlands and CoMS)
Premier0League Ninth
League Cup Fifth round
FA Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: 0 Elano (8 goals)
(24th highest in Premier League)
All comps: 0 Elano (10 goals)
Season revenue € 104.0 million0(20th highest in world)
(7th highest in Premier League)
Average home
attendance
42,126 – over 19 PL home games
(6th highest in Premier League)
Highest home
attendance
47,321 0v0 Liverpool
30 December 2007
Highest away
attendance
75,970 0v0 Manchester United
10 February 2008
Lowest home
attendance
20,938 0v0 Norwich City
25 September 2007
Lowest away
attendance
14,541 0v0 Bristol City
29 August 2007
2006–07 0 0 0 Soccerball current event.svg 0 0 0 2008–09
Results summary - all competitions
Wins Draws Losses Win %
Home 13 5 5 56.5%
Away 6 6 10 27.3%
Both 19 11 15 42.2%
Results summary - Premier League
Wins Draws Losses Win %
Home 11 4 4 57.9%
Away 4 6 9 21.1%
Both 15 10 13 39.5%

The 2007–08 season was Manchester City Football Club's sixth consecutive season playing in the Premier League, the top division of English football, and its eleventh season since the Premier League was first created with Manchester City as one of the its original 22 founding member clubs. Overall, it was the team's 116th season playing in a division of English football, most of which have been spent in the top flight.

Season review[edit]

The season started with a new owner in Thaksin Shinawatra and his newly appointed manager, Sven-Göran Eriksson. After spending three of the four previous Premier League seasons finishing in low mid-table positions (i.e., two to four places above the relegation zone), the Manchester City team was badly in need of an influx of new blood if it was to avoid a similar fate, or worse, in the upcoming season. Consequently, the newly infused funds from the club's wealthy Thai owner came at quite a fortuitous time for the team, and Eriksson was very active in the summer transfer market as he spent approximately £30 million adding eight relatively high profile players to the City first team squad.

As a consequence of this mini spending spree Manchester City started the new season strongly and spent a large portion of it occupying one of the top five positions in the Premier League table. Unfortunately, the strong results of the first two thirds of the season were not sustained in the final third and the team ultimately slipped down the rankings to finish the season in ninth place. This loss of form in the final months also led to Shinawatra summarily sacking Eriksson, a decision that was received with mixed emotions by the Manchester City supporters since both characters had achieved the status of "white knights" in their eyes for their respective financial and managerial contributions to the transformation of the club.[1] Two days after his end-of-season dismissal on 2 June 2008 Sven-Göran Eriksson was replaced as manager by Mark Hughes.[2]

This season also saw Manchester City gain entry into the next season's UEFA Cup competition by finishing sixth in the English "Fair Play" rankings (with the five teams above having already qualified for European competition).

Team kit[edit]

The start of the 2007-08 Premiership campaign saw a number of changes for Manchester City, the most notable being the hiring of former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, while a somewhat less prominent change for the club saw the termination of Reebok as the team's kit supplier (for the four previous seasons) with the French sportswear manufacturer, Le Coq Sportif, now resuming this role once again. The shirt sponsor continued to be Thomas Cook, although the travel company had undergone a name change during the close season after its announced merger with MyTravel Group in June 2007, with the newly merged company now being called Thomas Cook Group.

The switch to a new kit supplier resulted in three new team kits for this season. The new home kit consisted of a return to a full sky blue shirt, but now with vertical white pin stripes on the body (but not the sleeves and shoulders) together with matching solid sky blue socks and the traditional all white shorts. The shirt sported a Le Coq Sportif logo on the upper portion of both sleeves with the Manchester City crest in the centre of the chest above the Thomas Cook logo, while the City crest was also repeated at the base of the right leg on the shorts.

The new away kit - a striking solid purple colour but sporting the same vertical white pin stripes on the body of the shirt as the home kit plus all the same kit supplier, sponsorship and club crest logos - was possibly a throwback to the classic maroon and thin white striped shirts that had been the club's one-time strip created for its appearance at Wembley in the 1956 FA Cup Final against Birmingham City. In comparison to the new home and away kits, the new third kit consisted of a relatively conservative all white shirt and socks with solid sky blue shorts, with the white shirt sporting a thin sky blue diagonal sash across the front of the left shoulder. New goalkeeper strips, a two-tone green (solid light green shirt plus solid dark green shorts and socks) and an all-grey change, were introduced for this season.

Home
Away
Third
Goalkeeper
Goalkeeper change

On 10 February 2008 during the club's local derby game against Manchester United, the City team played in a one-off special kit to mark the 50 year memorial of the Munich air disaster. This kit was devoid of the pinstripes, contained no kit supplier or sponsorship logos and had a black ribbon on the right shoulder bearing '1958–2008', with 'Manchester remembers' underneath.[3]

Munich memorial
Munich mem. GK

Historical league performance[edit]

Prior to this season, the history of Manchester City's performance in the English football league hierarchy since the creation of the Premier League in 1992 is summarised by the following timeline chart – which commences with the last season (1991–92) of the old Football League First Division (from which the Premier League was formed).

Friendly games[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Thomas Cook Trophy[edit]

Post-season[edit]

Competitive games[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Position in final standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
6 Aston Villa 38 17 13 8 66 61 +5 64
7 Blackburn Rovers 38 15 13 10 50 48 +2 58
8 Portsmouth 38 16 9 13 48 40 +8 57
9 Manchester City 38 15 10 13 45 53 −8 55
10 West Ham United 38 13 10 15 42 50 −8 49

Updated to games played on 11 May 2008 (end of season).
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 15 10 13 45 53 −8 55 11 4 4 28 20 +8 4 6 9 17 33 −16

Last updated: 11 May 2008 (end of season).
Source: Premier League results 2007-08

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 A H H A A H A H H H A H A H A A H A H H A A H A H A H H A H A A H A H H A A
Result W W W L L W D W W W L W D W D L W D D D W L D D L W L D L W D L L W W L L L

Last updated: 11 May 2008.
Source: Premier League results 2007-08
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Individual match reports[edit]

11 August 2007
15:00
West Ham United England 0 – 2 England Manchester City
MCFC report Bianchi Goal 18'
Geovanni Goal 87'
Upton Park, London
Attendance: 34,921
Referee: Peter Walton

15 August 2007
19:45
Manchester City England 1 – 0 England Derby County
Johnson Goal 43' MCFC report
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 43,620
Referee: L. S. Mason

19 August 2007
13:30
Manchester City England 1 – 0 England Manchester United
Geovanni Goal 31' MCFC report
YouTube video
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 44,955
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

25 August 2007
15:00
Arsenal England 1 – 0 England Manchester City
van Persie Penalty missed 66' (pen.)
Fàbregas Goal 80'
MCFC report
Emirates Stadium, London
Attendance: 60,114
Referee: Chris Foy

2 September 2007
15:00
Blackburn Rovers England 1 – 0 England Manchester City
McCarthy Goal 13'
Tugay Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 54'
MCFC report Dunne Yellow cardRed card 65'
Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 26,881
Referee: Mike Dean

16 September 2007
16:00
Manchester City England 1 – 0 England Aston Villa
Johnson Goal 48' MCFC report
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 38,363
Referee: Martin Atkinson

22 September 2007
15:00
Fulham England 3 – 3 England Manchester City
Davies Goal 13'
Bouazza Goal 48'
Murphy Goal 74'
MCFC report Petrov Goal 36', Goal 60'
Mpenza Goal 50'
Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 24,674
Referee: Mark Halsey

29 September 2007
12:45
Manchester City England 3 – 1 England Newcastle United
Petrov Goal 37'
Mpenza Goal 47'
Elano Goal 87'
MCFC report Martins Goal 29'
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 40,606
Referee: Chris Foy

7 October 2007
15:00
Manchester City England 3 – 1 England Middlesbrough
Riggott Goal 10' (o.g.)
Elano Goal 33', Goal 63'
MCFC report Hutchinson Goal 88'
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 40,438
Referee: Steve Bennett

20 October 2007
15:00
Manchester City England 1 – 0 England Birmingham City
Elano Goal 36' MCFC report
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 45,688
Referee: Mike Dean

27 October 2007
15:00
Chelsea England 6 – 0 England Manchester City
Essien Goal 16'
Drogba Goal 31', Goal 56'
Cole Goal 60'
Kalou Goal 75'
Shevchenko Goal 90'
MCFC report
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 41,832
Referee: Mike Riley

5 November 2007
20:00
Manchester City England 1 – 0 England Sunderland
Ireland Goal 66' MCFC report
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 40,038
Referee: Alan Wiley

11 November 2007
16:00
Portsmouth England 0 – 0 England Manchester City
MCFC report
Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Attendance: 19,529
Referee: Mark Halsey

24 November 2007
15:00
Manchester City England 2 – 1 England Reading
Petrov Goal 11'
Ireland Goal 90'
MCFC report Harper Goal 43'
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 43,813
Referee: Steve Tanner

1 December 2007
15:00
Wigan Athletic England 1 – 1 England Manchester City
Scharner Goal 24'
Melchiot Red card 88'
MCFC report Geovanni Goal 1'
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 18,614
Referee: Mike Riley

9 December 2007
15:00
Tottenham Hotspur England 2 – 1 England Manchester City
Chimbonda Goal 44'
Defoe Goal 82'
MCFC report Bianchi Goal 60'
Ireland Red card 81'
White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 35,646
Referee: Mark Halsey

15 December 2007
15:00
Manchester City England 4 – 2 England Bolton Wanderers
Bianchi Goal 7'
Michalík Goal 48' (o.g.)
Vassell Goal 77'
Etuhu Goal 90'
MCFC report Diouf Goal 31'
Nolan Goal 40'
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 40,506
Referee: P. Walton

22 December 2007
15:00
Aston Villa England 1 – 1 England Manchester City
Carew Goal 14' MCFC report Bianchi Goal 11'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 41,455
Referee: Lee Mason

27 December 2007
19:45
Manchester City England 2 – 2 England Blackburn Rovers
Vassell Goal 27'
Nelsen Goal 30' (o.g.)
MCFC report Santa Cruz Goal 28', Goal 84'
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 42,112
Referee: Howard Webb

30 December 2007
16:00
Manchester City England 0 – 0 England Liverpool
MCFC report Torres Booked 85'
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 47,321
Referee: Uriah Rennie

2 January 2008
19:45
Newcastle United England 0 – 2 England Manchester City
MCFC report Elano Goal 38'
Fernandes Goal 76'
St James' Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 50,956
Referee: Martin Atkinson

12 January 2008
15:00
Everton England 1 – 0 England Manchester City
Lescott Goal 31' MCFC report
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Attendance: 38,474
Referee: Mark Halsey

20 January 2008
16:00
Manchester City England 1 – 1 England West Ham United
Vassell Goal 16' MCFC report Cole Goal 8'
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 39,042
Referee: Phil Dowd

30 January 2008
19:45
Derby County England 1 – 1 England Manchester City
Jihai Goal 47' (o.g.) BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Sturridge Goal 63'
Pride Park Stadium, Derby
Attendance: 31,368
Referee: Steve Bennett

2 February 2008
12:45
Manchester City England 1 – 3 England Arsenal
Fernandes Goal 28' BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Adebayor Goal 9', Goal 88'
Eduardo Goal 26'
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 46,426
Referee: Andre Marriner

10 February 2008
13:30
Manchester United England 1 – 2 England Manchester City
O'Shea Booked 57'
Carrick Goal 90'
BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Vassell Goal 24'
Benjani Goal 45'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 75,970
Referee: Howard Webb

25 February 2008
20:00
Manchester City England 0 – 2 England Everton
Petrov Red card 90' BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Yakubu Goal 30'
Lescott Goal 37'
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 41,728
Referee: Rob Styles

1 March 2008
17:15
Manchester City England 0 – 0 England Wigan Athletic
BBC Sport report
MCFC report
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 38,261
Referee: Steve Bennett

8 March 2008
15:00
Reading England 2 – 0 England Manchester City
Long Goal 62'
Kitson Goal 87'
BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 24,062
Referee: Uriah Rennie

16 March 2008
16:00
Manchester City England 2 – 1 England Tottenham Hotspur
Ireland Goal 59'
Onuoha Goal 71'
BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Keane Goal 32'
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 40,108
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

22 March 2008
15:00
Bolton Wanderers England 0 – 0 England Manchester City
MCFC report
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 22,633
Referee: Andre Marriner

29 March 2008
15:00
Birmingham City England 3 – 1 England Manchester City
Zarate Goal 40', Goal 54'
Queudrue Red card 57'
McSheffrey Goal 77' (pen.)
BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Elano Goal 59' (pen.)
St Andrews, Birmingham
Attendance: 22,962
Referee: Rob Styles

5 April 2008
15:00
Manchester City England 0 – 2 England Chelsea
BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Dunne Goal 6' (o.g.)
Kalou Goal 53'
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 42,594
Referee: Chris Foy

12 April 2008
15:00
Sunderland England 1 – 2 England Manchester City
Whitehead Goal 82' BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Elano Goal 79' (pen.)
Vassell Goal 87'
Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Attendance: 46,797
Referee: Mike Riley

20 April 2008
16:00
Manchester City England 3 – 1 England Portsmouth
Vassell Goal 11'
Petrov Goal 13'
Benjani Goal 74'
BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Utaka Goal 24'
Hreiðarsson Red card 40'
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 40,205
Referee: Andre Marriner

26 April 2008
15:00
Manchester City England 2 – 3 England Fulham
Ireland Goal 10'
Benjani Goal 21'
BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Kamara Goal 69', Goal 90'
Murphy Goal 78'
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 43,634
Referee: Mike Dean

4 May 2008
16:00
Liverpool England 1 – 0 England Manchester City
Torres Goal 58' BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 43,074
Referee: Mark Halsey

11 May 2008
15:00
Middlesbrough England 8 – 1 England Manchester City
Downing Goal 16' (pen), Goal 58'
Alves Goal 37', Goal 60', Goal 90'
Johnson Goal 70'
Rochemback Goal 80'
Aliadiere Goal 85'
BBC Sport report
MCFC report
Dunne Red card 15'
Elano Goal 88'
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 27,613
Referee: Phil Dowd

League Cup[edit]

Second round[edit]

29 August 2007
19:45
Bristol City England 1 – 2 England Manchester City
Orr Goal 69' MCFC report Mpenza Goal 17'
Bianchi Goal 81'
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 14,541
Referee: R. Beeby

Third round[edit]

25 September 2007
19:45
Manchester City England 1 – 0 England Norwich City
Samaras Goal 89' MCFC report
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 20,938
Referee: Andre Marriner

Fourth round[edit]

31 October 2007
20:00
Bolton Wanderers England 0 – 1 England Manchester City
MCFC report Elano Goal 85' (pen.)
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 15,501
Referee: Howard Webb

Fifth Round[edit]

18 December 2007
19:45
Manchester City England 0 – 2 England Tottenham Hotspur
MCFC report Defoe Goal 5'
Zokora Red card 19'
Malbranque Goal 83'
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 38,564
Referee: Steve Bennett

FA Cup[edit]

Third round[edit]

5 January 2008
15:00
West Ham United England 0 – 0 England Manchester City
MCFC report
Upton Park, London
Attendance: 33,806
Referee: Rob Styles
Third Round replay[edit]
16 January 2008
15:00
Manchester City England 1 – 0 England West Ham United
Elano Goal 73' MCFC report
City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 27,809
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Fourth round[edit]

27 January 2008
16:00
Sheffield United England 2 – 1 England Manchester City
Shelton Goal 11'
Stead Goal 24'
MCFC report Sturridge Goal 48'
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 20,800
Referee: Alan Wiley

Playing statistics[edit]

Starting XI[edit]