2007–08 Portsmouth F.C. season

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Portsmouth F.C.
2007-08
League Premier League
Manager Harry Redknapp
League position 8th
Top goal scorer
FA Cup Winners
League Cup Fourth round
Highest home attendance 20,556
Lowest home attendance 8,502
Previous season 2006-07
Next season 2008-09

Portsmouth F.C. had its most successful season since it won the domestic league twice 1949 and 1950, thanks to an FA Cup campaign that saw them beating Cardiff City in the final. The run to the final included a surprise 1–0 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford, thanks to a Sulley Muntari penalty.

The millions of pounds invested in the squad on players such as Glen Johnson, Lassana Diarra, Muntari and others also enabled Portsmouth to have an unprecedented run in the modern Premier League era, finishing in 8th, despite losing the last few matches of the season. During the autumn, Portsmouth was involved in the battle for a Champions League spot, thanks to its surprise form. The season also saw a remarkable game, beating Reading by 7-4 at Fratton Park, following eight goals in the second half.

However, despite the success in the FA Cup and league, the club's overspending on players would lead to a financial crisis that would see Portsmouth enter administration twice and suffer relegation to the fourth tier within five seasons.

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[1]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK David James
3 France DF Lucien Aubey[2]
4 Cameroon DF Lauren
5 England DF Glen Johnson
6 France MF Lassana Diarra
7 Iceland DF Hermann Hreiðarsson
8 Senegal MF Papa Bouba Diop
9 Czech Republic FW Milan Baroš (on loan from Lyon)
10 England FW David Nugent
11 Ghana MF Sulley Muntari
14 England FW Jermain Defoe
15 France DF Sylvain Distin
16 France DF Noé Pamarot
No. Position Player
17 Nigeria FW John Utaka
18 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Arnold Mvuemba[3]
19 Croatia MF Niko Kranjčar
20 England DF Martin Cranie
21 England GK Jamie Ashdown
22 Scotland MF Richard Hughes
23 England DF Sol Campbell (captain)
27 Nigeria FW Nwankwo Kanu
28 England MF Sean Davis
30 Portugal MF Pedro Mendes
31 Canada GK Asmir Begović[4]
34 France MF Franck Songo'o[5]

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
3 Serbia DF Dejan Stefanović (to Fulham)
6 Mali DF Djimi Traoré[6] (on loan to Rennes)
14 England MF Matthew Taylor (to Bolton Wanderers)
25 Zimbabwe FW Benjani Mwaruwari (to Manchester City)
No. Position Player
26 England MF Gary O'Neil (to Middlesbrough)
32 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Lomana LuaLua (to Olympiakos)
33 Republic of Ireland DF Andy O'Brien[7] (to Bolton Wanderers)

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
2 England DF Linvoy Primus
24 Wales DF Richard Duffy
35 Republic of Ireland DF Marc Wilson[8]
England GK Nicholas Jordan
No. Position Player
England MF Tom Kilbey
England MF Marlon Pack
France MF Jean-François Christophe
Denmark FW Adda Djeziri

Statistics[edit]

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Round
Ipswich Town 1 0 5 January 2008 Portman Road, Ipswich Third round
Plymouth Argyle 2 1 26 January 2008 Fratton Park, Portsmouth Fourth round
Preston North End 1 0 17 February 2008 Deepdale, Preston Fifth round
Manchester United 1 0 8 March 2008 Old Trafford, Manchester Sixth round
West Bromwich Albion 1 0 5 April 2008 Wembley Stadium, London Semi-final
Cardiff City Wales 1 0 17 May 2008 Wembley Stadium, London Final

League Cup[edit]

Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Round
Leeds United 3 1 28 August 2007 Fratton Park, Portsmouth Second round
Burnley 1 0 25 September 2008 Turf Moor, Burnley Third round
Blackburn Rovers 1 2 30 October 2008 Fratton Park, Portsmouth Fourth round

Top scorers[edit]

Premier League[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/2007-2008/faprem/portsm.htm
  2. ^ Aubey was born in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, but also qualified to represent France internationally and has represented them at level. However, he later chose to represent the country of his birth and would make his full international debut for the Republic of the Congo in August 2009.
  3. ^ Mvuemba was born in Alençon, France, but also qualified to represent the Democratic Republic of the Congo internationally and made his full international debut for the DR Congo in 2005.
  4. ^ Begović was born in Trebinje, SFR Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina), but also qualified to represent Canada internationally and has represented Canada at youth level. However, he later chose to represent the country of his birth and made his full international debut for Bosnia and Herzegovina in October 2009.
  5. ^ Songo'o was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, but also qualified to represent France internationally and has represented them at youth level. However, he later chose to represent the country of his birth and made his full international debut for Cameroon in September 2008.
  6. ^ Traoré was born in Saint-Ouen, France, but also qualified to represent Mali internationally and made his international debut for Mali in 2004.
  7. ^ O'Brien was born in Harrogate, England, and has represented England at youth level, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and made his full international debut for the Republic of Ireland in 2001.
  8. ^ Wilson was born in Aghagallon, Northern Ireland and has represented Northern Ireland at schoolboy level, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and represented them at youth level before going on to make his full international debut for the Republic of Ireland in February 2011.