2007–08 Tottenham Hotspur F.C. season

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Tottenham Hotspur
2007–08 season
Chairman Daniel Levy
Manager Martin Jol (until 25 October)[1]
Juande Ramos (from 27 October)[2]
Premier League 11th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Winners
UEFA Cup Round of 16
Top goalscorer League:
Dimitar Berbatov,
Robbie Keane (15)
All:
Dimitar Berbatov,
Robbie Keane (23)
Highest home attendance 36,178 (vs. Chelsea, 19 March 2008)
Lowest home attendance 35,504 (vs. Wigan Athletic, 11 November 2007)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2007–08 season was Tottenham Hotspur 16th season in the Premier League, their 29th successive season in the top division of the English football league system and the 125th year of their history.

Spurs finished 5th in the 2006–07 season where by qualifying for the UEFA Cup. They then progressed to the last 16 of the competition to face PSV Eindhoven after the two rounds and one away goal each, Spurs were finally eliminated 6–5 on penalties.[3]

In the FA Cup Spurs were eliminated by Manchester United in the fourth round losing 3–1.[4] This was also the season where Tottenham won the League Cup beating Chelsea 2–1 at Wembley.[5]

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

During the 2007 summer transfer period Tottenham added to their squad with recruits Younes Kaboul from AJ Auxerre for £8 million and then record signing Darren Bent at £16.5 million.[6][7] This was also the season that Spurs acquired Gareth Bale from Southampton for £5 million.[8] Additional signings were Danny Rose from Leeds and Kevin-Prince Boateng from Hertha Berlin.[9][10]

On the way out of the club was Eygptian footballer Mido. He arrived on an 18-month loan deal from Roma in January 2005 and in 2006 signed a permanent deal. Then on 16 August 2007, he was sold to Middlesbrough for £6 million.[11] Also leaving the club was Reto Ziegler who was loaned out to Sampdoria in Italy for the second half of the 2006–07 season. Sampdoria then decided to sign him permanently from Spurs for an undisclosed fee.[12]

Friendlies[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result Scorers Attendance
7 July 2007 Stevenage A 1 – 3 Keane 17'.pen, Bent 46', Taarabt 62' Not reported
12 July 2007 St Patricks A 0 – 1 Keane 42' Not reported
21 July 2007 Kaizer Chiefs A 1 – 2 Keane 39', Berbatov 62' Not reported
24 July 2007 Orlando Pirates A 1 – 2 Bent 12', Routledge 69' 30,000
28 July 2007 Orlando Pirates A 0 – 3 Bent 10', 22', Berbatov 18' 30,000
1 August 2007 Leyton Orient A 2 – 4 Keane 18', 56', Defoe 60', Bent 65' 9,126
4 August 2007 Torino H 2 – 0 Keane 15', Berbatov 64' 30,823

2007–08 Season[edit]

Tottenham started off their Premier League campaign away at newly promoted Sunderland with a 1–0 loss.[13] Three days later they travelled to Everton losing 3–1, then at White Hart Lane Spurs recorded their first win - 4–0 against Derby County. After that game Martin Jol and Tottenham recorded four draws and three defeats in the Premier League, which included a 3–3 draw away to Fulham and a 4–4 draw against Aston Villa. In the UEFA Cup first round Spurs won 6–1 against the Cypriot team Anorthosis Famagusta, then followed up with a 1–1 draw back in Cyprus.[14] Jol's final league game was on 22 October, Spurs were away at Newcastle United and they lost 3–1. Then on 25 October Spurs were home in Europe against Getafe in the UEFA Cup and lost 2–1. When the game was finished it was announced that Jol had been sacked as Manager.[1]

After one match with Clive Allen and Alex Inglethorpe in charge, Juande Ramos was employed as Tottenham manager having managed successfully at Sevilla. Alongside Ramos, Gus Poyet was handed the assistant head coach role. Marcos Alvarez who worked alongside Ramos at Sevilla joined the backroom staff as fitness coach.[2] Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was widely criticised for his treatment of Martin Jol following revelations that Juande Ramos was approached to replace Jol during the summer, which many thought undermined his leadership and ruined his credibility as an authoritative figure.[15]

Ramos' reign began with a 2–0 win over Blackpool in the League Cup.[16] Immediately following Ramos's appointment it was made clear in the public forum that he was very unhappy with the fitness and weight of the team and instigated a new diet and fitness regime.[17] Tottenham's league form began to improve and Tottenham's progress in the League Cup began with a 2–0 win over Manchester City which ended City's unbeaten home record.[18]

On 27 January 2008 Spurs went out of the FA Cup fourth round to a 3–1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford. Tottenham took the lead through Robbie Keane but eventually lost to United to a goal from Carlos Tévez and two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo one of which was a penalty where Michael Dawson was sent off for a deliberate handball.[4]

Tottenham's run in the League Cup continued with a semi-final first leg 1–1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.[19] Followed by a 5–1 win over Arsenal at White Hart Lane, winning 6–2 on aggregate.[20] This booked a place in the final against Chelsea. Tottenham went on to win the match 2-1 thanks to a Jonathan Woodgate header in extra time securing Tottenham's first trophy since 1999.[5] It also guaranteed them UEFA Cup qualification for the third season running.

On 13 March, Tottenham were eliminated from the UEFA Cup in the last 16 round by PSV Eindhoven. The first leg played at White Hart Lane was a 1–0 defeat for Spurs following a mistake from Gilberto.[21] Dimitar Berbatov scored in the second leg played at the Philips Stadion, to take the game to extra time and penalties where Tottenham lost 6–5 when Pascal Chimbonda missed during sudden death.[3]

On 22 March, Spurs played Portmouth winning 2–0. Darren Bent struck the 100th goal of the 2007–08 season campaign. Jamie O'Hara followed two minutes later with the 101st. BBC sport writer Ian Hughes noted that Tottenham have " an average of 3.63 goals in every Spurs game this season".[22]

After earning a point on 19 April in a 1–1 draw against Wigan, Tottenham made themselves mathematically safe from relegation with at least 42 points.[23] Berbatov's sixth minute strike was Tottenham's 100th in all competitions that season, 64 in the Premier League and 36 in cup competitions.[24] The season ended on 11 May 2008 with a 2–0 home defeat to Liverpool.[25]

Premier League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
9 Manchester City 38 15 10 13 45 53 −8 55 2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round 1
10 West Ham United 38 13 10 15 42 50 −8 49
11 Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 13 14 66 61 +5 46 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round 2
12 Newcastle United 38 11 10 17 45 65 −20 43
13 Middlesbrough 38 10 12 16 43 53 −10 42

Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 via UEFA Fair Play ranking
2 via 2007–08 Football League Cup
For further information on European qualification see Premier League - Competition.
(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.

Season honours[edit]

League Cup: 2007–08

Team kit[edit]

The team kit for the 2007–08 season was produced by Puma. The main shirt sponsor was Mansion, an Internet gambling establishment. A special 125th anniversary commemorative kit was produced for a match against Aston Villa.

Home Kit
Away kit
Third kit
125 year anniversary kit
Alternate kit

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Previous Club Cost
25 May 2007 Wales Gareth Bale England Southampton £5 million[8]
29 June 2007 England Darren Bent England Charlton £16.5 million[7]
5 July 2007 France Younes Kaboul France Auxerre £8 million[6]
25 July 2007 England Danny Rose England Leeds Free[9]
31 July 2007 Germany Kevin-Prince Boateng Germany Hertha Berlin £5.4 million[10]
1 January 2008 Wales Chris Gunter Wales Cardiff £3 million[26]
28 January 2008 England Jonathan Woodgate England Middlesbrough £8 million[27]
30 January 2008 Scotland Alan Hutton Scotland Rangers £9 million[28]
31 January 2008 Brazil Gilberto Germany Hertha Berlin £1.9 million[29]
Total
£57.5 million

Out[edit]

Date Player New Club Cost
3 July 2007 Switzerland Reto Ziegler Italy Sampdoria Undisclosed.[12]
3 July 2007 Republic of Ireland Mark Yeates England Colchester United Undisclosed.[30]
5 July 2007 Iceland Emil Hallfredsson Norway Lyn Oslo Undisclosed.[31]
16 August 2007 Egypt Mido England Middlesbrough £6 million.[11]
10 January 2008 England Philip Ifil England Colchester United Undisclosed.[32]
25 January 2008 England Lee Barnard England Southend United Undisclosed.[33]
30 January 2008 England Wayne Routledge England Aston Villa £1.5 million.[34]
30 January 2008 England Jermain Defoe England Portsmouth £7 million.[35]
Total
£14.5 million

Loaned out[edit]

Date Player Club Loan Length
31 August 2007 England Danny Murphy England Fulham End of season[36]
15 January 2008 England Andy Barcham England Leyton Orient End of season[37]
7 January 2008 England Ben Alnwick England Leicester End of season
11 January 2008 Egypt Hossam Ghaly England Derby End of 2007–08 season[38]
30 January 2008 Canada Paul Stalteri England Fulham End of 2007–08 season[39]
31 January 2008 England Anthony Gardner England Everton End of 2007–08 season[40]
29 February 2008 England Jake Livermore England Milton Keynes Dons 1 month[41]

Squad list[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 England GK Paul Robinson
2 France DF Pascal Chimbonda
3 South Korea DF Lee Young-Pyo
4 Ivory Coast MF Didier Zokora
5 France DF Younès Kaboul
6 Finland MF Teemu Tainio
8 England MF Jermaine Jenas
9 Bulgaria FW Dimitar Berbatov
10 Republic of Ireland FW Robbie Keane (Vice-captain)
11 Brazil DF Gilberto
12 Czech Republic GK Radek Černý (on loan from SK Slavia Praha)
15 France MF Steed Malbranque[42]
16 Wales DF Gareth Bale
17 Germany MF Kevin-Prince Boateng[43]
19 France MF Adel Taarabt[44]
20 England DF Michael Dawson
No. Position Player
22 England MF Tom Huddlestone
23 England FW Darren Bent
24 England MF Jamie O'Hara
25 England MF Aaron Lennon
26 England DF Ledley King (captain)
28 Scotland DF Alan Hutton
31 England GK Tommy Forecast
32 Cameroon DF Benoît Assou-Ekotto[45]
33 Portugal DF Ricardo Rocha
34 England FW Andy Barcham
35 France DF Dorian Dervite
36 England FW Simon Dawkins
37 England MF Danny Rose
38 England DF Troy Archibald-Henville
39 England DF Jonathan Woodgate
44 Wales DF Chris Gunter

Injury list[edit]

Date Player Injury Return date
January 2007 France Dorian Dervite Knee injury 4 December 2007[46]
14 June 2007 England Ledley King Knee Surgery[47] 4 December 2007[46]
5 October 2007 Portugal Ricardo Rocha Ankle injury[48] 4 December 2007[46]
30 November 2007 Cameroon Benoît Assou-Ekotto Knee Surgery Start of 2008–09 season
10 December 2007 Wales Gareth Bale Ankle Ligament damage.[49] Start of 2008–09 season
3 April 2008 England Ledley King Knee Rehabilitation Start of 2008–09 season.[50]
April 2008 England Jonathan Woodgate
April 2008 France Pascal Chimbonda
May 2008 Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov Groin injury Start of 2008–09 season.[51]

Match results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result Spurs scorers Attendance
11 August 2007 Sunderland A 1 – 0 43,967
14 August 2007 Everton H 1 – 3 Gardner 26' 35,716
18 August 2007 Derby H 4 – 0 Malbranque 1', 6', Jenas 14', Bent 80' 35,600
26 August 2007 Manchester United A 1 – 0 75,696
1 September 2007 Fulham A 3 – 3 Kaboul 10', Berbatov 28', Bale 61' 24,007
15 September 2007 Arsenal H 1 – 3 Bale 14' 36,053
23 September 2007 Bolton Wanderers A 1 – 1 Keane 34' 20,308
1 October 2007 Aston Villa H 4 – 4 Berbatov 19', Chimbonda 68', Keane 80'.pen, Kaboul 90+3', 36,094
7 October 2007 Liverpool A 2 – 2 Keane 44', 46' 43,986
22 October 2007 Newcastle United A 3 – 1 Keane 56' 51,411
28 October 2007 Blackburn Rovers H 1 – 2 Keane 47'.pen 36,086
3 November 2007 Middlesbrough A 1 – 1 Bent 35' 25,625
11 November 2007 Wigan H 4 – 0 Jenas 13', 26', Lennon 34', Bent 72' 35,504
25 November 2007 West Ham A 1 – 1 Dawson 67' 34,966
2 December 2007 Birmingham H 2 – 3 Keane 50'.pen, 53' 35,635
9 December 2007 Manchester City H 2 – 1 Chimbonda 45', Defoe 82' 35,646
15 December 2007 Portsmouth A 0 – 1 Berbatov 81' 20,520
22 December 2007 Arsenal A 2 – 1 Berbatov 66' 60,087
26 December 2007 Fulham H 5 – 1 Keane 27', 62', Huddlestone 45' 71', Defoe 90' 36,077
29 December 2007 Reading H 6 – 4 Berbatov 7', 63', 73', 83', Malbranque 76', Defoe 79' 36,178
1 January 2008 Aston Villa A 2 – 1 Defoe 79' 41,609
12 January 2008 Chelsea A 2 – 0 41,777
19 January 2008 Sunderland H 2 – 0 Lennon 2', Keane 90' 36,070
30 January 2008 Everton A 0 – 0 35,840
2 February 2008 Manchester United H 1 – 1 Berbatov 21' 36,075
9 February 2008 Derby County A 0 – 3 Keane 68', Kaboul 81', Berbatov 90'.pen 33,058
1 March 2008 Birmingham City A 4 – 1 Jenas 89' 26,055
9 March 2008 West Ham H 4 – 0 Berbatov 8', 11', Gilberto 85', Bent 90' 36,062
16 March 2008 Manchester City A 2 – 1 Keane 32' 40,188
19 March 2008 Chelsea H 4 – 4 Woodgate 12', Berbatov 61', Huddlestone 75', Keane 88' 36,178
22 March 2008 Portsmouth H 2 – 0 Bent 80', O'Hara 82' 35,998
30 March 2008 Newcastle H 1 – 4 Bent 26' 36,067
5 April 2008 Blackburn A 1 – 1 Berbatov 7' 24,592
12 April 2008 Middlesbrough H 1 – 1 Grounds 27' (o.g.) 36,092
19 April 2008 Wigan A 1 – 1 Berbatov 6' 18,673
26 April 2008 Bolton Wanderers H 1 – 1 Malbranque 52' 36,176
3 May 2008 Reading A 0 – 1 Keane 16' 24,125
11 May 2008 Liverpool H 0 – 2 36,063

H/A = Home/Away Final updated: 11 May 2008

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents H / A Result Scorers Attendance
3 5 January 2008 Reading H 2 - 2 Berbatov 28', 48' pen. 35,243
3R 15 January 2008 Reading A 0 - 1 Keane 15' 22,130
4 27 January 2008 Manchester United A 3 - 1 Keane 24' 75,369

Eliminated

H/A = Home/Away

Final update: 27 February 2008

Tottenham v Chelsea League Cup Final line-up.

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents H / A Result Scorers Attendance
3 26 September 2007 Middlesbrough H 2 - 0 Bale 71', Huddlestone 74' 30,084
4 31 October 2007 Blackpool H 2 - 0 Keane 17', Chimbonda 55' 32,196
QF 18 December 2007 Manchester City A 0 - 2 Defoe 4', Malbranque 82' 38,564
SF L1 9 January 2008 Arsenal A 1 - 1 Jenas 37' 53,163
SF L2 22 January 2008 Arsenal H 5 - 1 Jenas 3', Bendtner 27' o.g., Keane 48', Lennon 60', Malbranque 90+4' 35,979
F 24 February 2008 Chelsea N 1 - 2 (a.e.t) Berbatov 70' pen., Woodgate 94' 87,660

Champions

H/A = Home/Away

Final update: 27 February 2008

UEFA Cup[edit]

First round and group stage[edit]

Round Date Opponents H / A Result Scorers Attendance
FR 20 September 2007 Anorthosis Famagusta H 6 - 1 Kaboul 5', Dawson 40', Keane 42', Bent 43', Defoe 65', 90' 35,780
FR 4 October 2007 Anorthosis Famagusta A 1 - 1 Keane 78' 8,000
G 25 October 2007 Getafe H 1 - 2 Defoe 19' 36,240
G 8 November 2007 Hapoel Tel Aviv A 0 - 2 Keane 26', Berbatov 31' 8,000
G 29 November 2007 Aalborg H 3 - 2 Berbatov 45', Malbranque 51', Bent 66' 29,758
G 6 December 2007 Anderlecht A 1 - 1 Berbatov 71' pen. 22,500

Group G final standings[edit]

Group G
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Getafe 4 3 0 1 7 5 +2 9
England Tottenham Hotspur 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 7
Belgium Anderlecht 4 1 2 1 5 4 +1 5
Denmark Aalborg 4 1 1 2 7 7 0 4
Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 4 1 0 3 3 8 -5 3

Knockout Rounds[edit]

Round Date Opponents H / A Result Scorers Attendance
L32 14 February 2008 Slavia Prague A 1 - 2 Berbatov 4', Keane 30' 11,134
L32 21 February 2008 Slavia Prague H 1 - 1 O'Hara 7' 34,224
L16 6 March 2008 PSV H 0 - 1 33,259
L16 12 March 2008 PSV A 0 - 1 Berbatov 81' 33,000
12 March 2008 PSV 6 - 5 Penalties

Eliminated

H/A = Home/Away

Final update: 13 March 2008

Player statistics[edit]

[52]

No. Pos. Nationality Player Apps Goal Goals Yellow card.svg YC Red card.svg RC
1 GK England England Robinson, PaulPaul Robinson 37 0 1 0
2 DF France France Chimbonda, PascalPascal Chimbonda 49 3 7 0
3 DF South Korea South Korea Lee, Young-PyoYoung-Pyo Lee 29 0 2 0
4 MF Ivory Coast Ivory Coast Zokora, DidierDidier Zokora 43 0 9 1
5 DF France France Kaboul, YounesYounes Kaboul 29 4 3 0
6 DF Finland Finland Tainio, TeemuTeemu Tainio 26 0 5 0
8 MF England England Jenas, JermaineJermaine Jenas 45 6 9 0
9 FW Bulgaria Bulgaria Berbatov, DimitarDimitar Berbatov 52 23 5 0
10 FW Republic of Ireland Ireland Keane, RobbieRobbie Keane 54 23 2 1
11 DF Brazil Brazil Gilberto 7 1 1 0
12 GK Czech Republic Czech Republic Cerny, RadekRadek Cerny 20 0 1 0
15 MF France France Malbranque, SteedSteed Malbranque 55 7 6 0
16 MF Wales Wales Bale, GarethGareth Bale 12 3 1 0
17 MF Germany Germany Boateng, Kevin-PrinceKevin-Prince Boateng 21 0 4 0
19 MF France France Taarabt, AdelAdel Taarabt 10 0 0 0
20 DF England England Dawson, MichaelMichael Dawson 40 2 4 1
22 MF England England Huddlestone, TomTom Huddlestone 43 4 5 0
23 FW England England Bent, DarrenDarren Bent 36 8 3 0
24 MF England England O'Hara, JamieJamie O'Hara 25 2 3 0
25 MF England England Lennon, AaronAaron Lennon 47 3 3 0
26 DF England England King, LedleyLedley King 10 0 3 0
28 DF Scotland Scotland Hutton, AlanAlan Hutton 15 0 1 0
31 GK England England Forecast, TommyTommy Forecast 0 0 0 0
32 DF Cameroon Cameroon Assou-Ekotto, BenoîtBenoît Assou-Ekotto 2 0 1 0
33 DF Portugal Portugal Rocha, RicardoRicardo Rocha 5 0 1 0
35 DF France France Dervite, DorianDorian Dervite 1 0 0 0
39 DF England England Woodgate, JonathanJonathan Woodgate 17 2 2 0
44 DF Wales Wales Gunter, ChrisChris Gunter 4 0 0 0
  • Final update: 11 May 2008
  • Data includes all competitions

Top scorers[edit]

As of End of 2007–08 season.

P Player Position Premier League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup Total
1 Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov Forward 15 2 1 5 23
1 Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane Forward 15 2 2 4 23
3 England Darren Bent Forward 6 0 0 2 8
4 France Steed Malbranque Midfielder 4 0 2 1 7
5 England Jermaine Jenas Midfielder 4 0 2 0 6

Most appearances[edit]

As of End of 2007–08 season.

P Player Position Premier League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup Total
1 France Steed Malbranque Midfielder 37 3 5 10 55
2 Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane Forward 36 3 5 10 54
3 Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov Forward 36 2 6 8 52
4 France Pascal Chimbonda Defender 31 2 6 9 49
5 England Aaron Lennon Midfielder 29 3 6 9 47

Head coach statistics[edit]

Stats correct as of the End of season

 Manager   Played  Won Drawn Lost  Home Win %   Away Win %   Lge Pos   Lge Pts   PPLG   Lge Cup   FA Cup   Europe 
All* 57  22 (38.6%)    18 (31.6%)    17 (29.8%)  48.2% 30.0% 11th 46 1.21 Winners  KO (4th Rd)   KO (Last 16)
Ramos 42  19 (45.2%)   13 (31.0%)   10 (23.8%)  50.0% 40.9% 11th 39 1.44
Jol 14  3 ( 21.4%)   5 (35.7%)   6 (42.9%)  50.0% 0.0% 18th 7 0.70

*Includes one game after Jol had departed and prior to the appointment of Ramos

Lge Cup = League Cup, Lge Pos = League Position, Lge Pts = League Points, PPLG = Points Per League Game. Win/Draw/Loss % based on all competitions.

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