2007–08 UEFA Champions League

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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.

Qualification[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

First qualifying round[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Location of teams of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Brown pog.svg Brown: Group A; Red pog.svg Red: Group B; Orange pog.svg Orange: Group C; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group D; Green pog.svg Green: Group E; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group F; Purple pog.svg Purple: Group G; Pink pog.svg Pink: Group H.

The draw was held on Thursday, 30 August 2007 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The draw was hosted by Pedro Pinto and conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Michele Centenaro, UEFA's head of club competitions. The matches were played between 18 September and 12 December 2007.

The top two teams in each group advanced to the knockout stage, and the third-placed teams entered the round of 32 of the UEFA Cup. Based on paragraph 6.05 in the UEFA regulations for the current season, if two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:

  1. higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  2. superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question;
  3. higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  4. superior goal difference from all group matches played;
  5. higher number of goals scored in all group matches played;
  6. higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons.

Sevilla and Slavia Prague made their debut appearance in the group stage.


Key to colours in group tables
Teams that progressed to the first knockout round
Teams that progressed to the UEFA Cup

In results tables, the home team is listed in the left-hand column.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Portugal Porto 6 3 2 1 8 7 +1 11
England Liverpool 6 3 1 2 18 5 +13 10
France Marseille 6 2 1 3 6 9 −3 7
Turkey Beşiktaş 6 2 0 4 4 15 −11 6
  BJK LIV OM POR
Beşiktaş 2–1 2–1 0–1
Liverpool 8–0 0–1 4–1
Marseille 2–0 0–4 1–1
Porto 2–0 1–1 2–1

Group B[edit]

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 10 −4 7
Spain Valencia 6 1 2 3 2 6 −4 5
  CHE ROS SCH VAL
Chelsea 1–1 2–0 0–0
Rosenborg 0–4 0–2 2–0
Schalke 04 0–0 3–1 0–1
Valencia 1–2 0–2 0–0

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Real Madrid 6 3 2 1 13 9 +4 11
Greece Olympiacos 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 11
Germany Werder Bremen 6 2 0 4 8 13 −5 6
Italy Lazio 6 1 2 3 8 11 −3 5
  LAZ OLY RM BRM
Lazio 1–2 2–2 2–1
Olympiacos 1–1 0–0 3–0
Real Madrid 3–1 4–2 2–1
Werder Bremen 2–1 1–3 3–2

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Milan 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13
Scotland Celtic 6 3 0 3 5 6 −1 9
Portugal Benfica 6 2 1 3 5 6 −1 7
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 6 2 0 4 6 11 −5 6
  BEN CEL MIL SHA
Benfica 1–0 1–1 0–1
Celtic 1–0 2–1 2–1
Milan 2–1 1–0 4–1
Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2 2–0 0–3

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Barcelona 6 4 2 0 12 3 +9 14
France Lyon 6 3 1 2 11 10 +1 10
Scotland Rangers 6 2 1 3 7 9 −2 7
Germany Stuttgart 6 1 0 5 7 15 −8 3
  BAR OL RAN STU
Barcelona 3–0 2–0 3–1
Lyon 2–2 0–3 4–2
Rangers 0–0 0–3 2–1
Stuttgart 0–2 0–2 3–2

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Manchester United 6 5 1 0 13 4 +9 16
Italy Roma 6 3 2 1 11 6 +5 11
Portugal Sporting CP 6 2 1 3 9 8 +1 7
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 0 0 6 4 19 −15 0
  DK MU ROM SCP
Dynamo Kyiv 2–4 1–4 1–2
Manchester United 4–0 1–0 2–1
Roma 2–0 1–1 2–1
Sporting CP 3–0 0–1 2–2

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Internazionale 6 5 0 1 12 4 +8 15
Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 3 2 1 8 6 +2 11
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 2 1 3 3 6 −3 7
Russia CSKA Moscow 6 0 1 5 7 14 −7 1
  CSK FEN INT PSV
CSKA Moscow 2–2 1–2 0–1
Fenerbahçe 3–1 1–0 2–0
Internazionale 4–2 3–0 2–0
PSV Eindhoven 2–1 0–0 0–1

Group H[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Sevilla 6 5 0 1 14 7 +7 15
England Arsenal 6 4 1 1 14 4 +10 13
Czech Republic Slavia Prague 6 1 2 3 5 16 −11 5
Romania Steaua Bucureşti 6 0 1 5 4 10 −6 1
  ARS SEV SLV STE
Arsenal 3–0 7–0 2–1
Sevilla 3–1 4–2 2–1
Slavia Prague 0–0 0–3 2–1
Steaua Bucureşti 0–1 0–2 1–1

Knockout stage[edit]

From the last 16 through to the semi-finals, clubs play two matches against each other on a home and away basis with the same rules as the qualifying rounds applied. In the last 16, group winners play runners-up other than teams from their own pool or nation.

The draw for the first knockout round was held on Friday, 21 December 2007 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA's director of professional football.

The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals were both held on Friday, 14 March 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Rinat Dasayev, the ambassador for the final in Moscow. Unlike the first knockout round, teams from the same group or country may be drawn together from the quarter-finals onwards.

Bracket[edit]

  First knockout round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                         
 Germany Schalke 04 (p) 1 0 1(4)  
 Portugal Porto 0 1 1(1)  
   Germany Schalke 04 0 0 0  
   Spain Barcelona 1 1 2  
 Scotland Celtic 2 0 2
 Spain Barcelona 3 1 4  
   Spain Barcelona 0 0 0  
   England Manchester United 0 1 1  
 Italy Roma 2 2 4  
 Spain Real Madrid 1 1 2  
   Italy Roma 0 0 0
   England Manchester United 2 1 3  
 France Lyon 1 0 1
 England Manchester United 1 1 2  
   England Manchester United (p) 1 (6)
   England Chelsea 1 (5)
 England Arsenal 0 2 2  
 Italy Milan 0 0 0  
   England Arsenal 1 2 3
   England Liverpool 1 4 5  
 England Liverpool 2 1 3
 Italy Internazionale 0 0 0  
   England Liverpool 1 2 3
   England Chelsea (aet) 1 3 4  
 Turkey Fenerbahçe (p) 3 2 5(3)  
 Spain Sevilla 2 3 5(2)  
   Turkey Fenerbahçe 2 0 2
   England Chelsea 1 2 3  
 Greece Olympiacos 0 0 0
 England Chelsea 0 3 3  

First knockout round[edit]

The first leg matches were played on 19 February and 20 February, while the second legs were played on 4 March and 5 March 2008. Due to a stadium clash with Milan, the second leg of Internazionale's game against Liverpool was held on 11 March.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Celtic Scotland 2–4 Spain Barcelona 2–3 0–1
Lyon France 1–2 England Manchester United 1–1 0–1
Schalke 04 Germany 1–1 (4–1p) Portugal Porto 1–0 0–1 (aet)
Liverpool England 3–0 Italy Internazionale 2–0 1–0
Roma Italy 4–2 Spain Real Madrid 2–1 2–1
Arsenal England 2–0 Italy Milan 0–0 2–0
Olympiacos Greece 0–3 England Chelsea 0–0 0–3
Fenerbahçe Turkey 5–5 (3–2p) Spain Sevilla 3–2 2–3 (aet)

Quarter-finals[edit]

The first leg matches were played on 1 April and 2 April, while the second leg matches were played on 8 April and 9 April 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Arsenal England 3–5 England Liverpool 1–1 2–4
Roma Italy 0–3 England Manchester United 0–2 0–1
Schalke 04 Germany 0–2 Spain Barcelona 0–1 0–1
Fenerbahçe Turkey 2–3 England Chelsea 2–1 0–2

Semi-finals[edit]

The first leg matches were played on 22 April and 23 April, while the second leg matches were played on 29 April and 30 April 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Liverpool England 3–4 England Chelsea 1–1 2–3 (aet)
Barcelona Spain 0–1 England Manchester United 0–0 0–1

Final[edit]

The 2008 UEFA Champions League Final was played on 21 May 2008 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. The final was contested by Manchester United and Chelsea, representing the first time the final had been contested by two teams from England.

United won the match 6–5 on penalties after the game had ended in a 1–1 draw. Cristiano Ronaldo had given the eventual victors the lead after 26 minutes, only for Frank Lampard to equalise immediately before half-time. Ryan Giggs came on as a substitute late in the second half to make his 759th appearance for Manchester United, a new club record. Early in extra time, Giggs had a shot cleared off the Chelsea goal-line by John Terry, whilst Chelsea twice hit the Manchester United woodwork. A melée involving most of the 22 players ensued mid-way through the second half of extra time, with Didier Drogba being sent off for a slap on Nemanja Vidić right in front of the referee.

The scores level at full-time, the match went to penalties. Chelsea took the upper hand in the third round of the shoot-out as Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty was saved by Petr Čech, handing John Terry the chance to win the cup with Chelsea's fifth penalty. However, Chelsea's captain lost his footing as he went to kick the ball,[3] and his shot hit the post. Ryan Giggs stepped up for United's seventh penalty, and scored, before Edwin van der Sar saved the following kick from Nicolas Anelka to crown Manchester United as the champions of Europe for the third time.

As winners of the competition, Manchester United went on to represent Europe at the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.

Top goalscorers[edit]

The top scorers from the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League (group stage and knockout stage only) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals Appearances Minutes played
1 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United 8 11 1062'20"
2 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 6 9 755'38"
Spain Fernando Torres England Liverpool 6 10 905'10"
Ivory Coast Didier Drogba England Chelsea 6 11 1071'01"
England Steven Gerrard England Liverpool 6 12 1144'09"
6 Netherlands Ryan Babel England Liverpool 5 11 619'00"
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Internazionale 5 7 625'27"
Mali Frédéric Kanouté Spain Sevilla 5 8 714'38"
Spain Raúl González Spain Real Madrid 5 8 715'44"
Brazil Deivid Turkey Fenerbahçe 5 9 844'00"
Netherlands Dirk Kuyt England Liverpool 5 11 892'04"

Source: UEFA Champions League Press Release - Top Scorers - Final - Wednesday 21 May 2008 (after match)

Trivia[edit]

  • Manchester United's 1–0 victory over Barcelona in the semi-finals was their 12th consecutive home victory, a record surpassing Juventus' ten set between the 1995–96 and 1997–98 seasons
  • Liverpool's 8-0 victory over Besiktas was the widest goal margin in the history of the competition.
  • The final between Chelsea and Manchester United was the first all-English final in the history of the European Cup and the third ever final between two teams from the same country.
  • This season was the first season in the competition's history that four teams from the same country reached the quarter-final stage (England's Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United). This feat was repeated by the same teams in the 2008–09 season.
  • For the first time in Champions League history, a nation's clubs (England's) were only eliminated by each other. Arsenal were eliminated by Liverpool, who were beaten by Chelsea, who were defeated by Manchester United in the final.
  • Schalke 04 qualified for the quarter-finals of the European Cup for the first time since 1958–59.
  • Milan's 0–2 loss to Arsenal in the second leg of the first knockout round was the club's first ever defeat to English opposition at the San Siro.
  • Lazio goalkeeper Marco Ballotta became the oldest player to ever play in the Champions League when he was fielded in the match against Real Madrid on 11 December 2007. Aged 43, he was three years older than the previous record owner, Alessandro Costacurta, who was 40 when he played for Milan against AEK Athens in November 2006.
  • Bojan Krkić was the first ever scorer in the Champions League to have been born in the 1990s, when he scored the only goal in Barcelona's 1–0 quarter-final first leg win against Schalke 04. He is also the second youngest scorer in the Champions League behind Ghanaian forward Peter Ofori-Quaye, then-playing for Olympiacos.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bert Kassies (February 2007). "The access list from UEFA European Cup Football". UEFA European Cup Football. Archived from the original on 7 June 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2007. 
  2. ^ Shelbourne won the League of Ireland but did not apply for a UEFA License to take part in the UEFA Champions League. "Shels relinquish Champions League place". RTÉ Sport. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2007. 
  3. ^ McNulty, Phil (22 May 2008). "Champions League final". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 26 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2008. "He slipped in his run-up on turf made treacherous by a torrential downpour and sent his kick against the upright." 
  4. ^ "Referee appointed for UEFA Champions League final" (PDF). UEFA. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  5. ^ Teen Bojan, a pleasure to watch SoccerAmerica.com on 2 April 2008

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