2007–08 Manchester City F.C. season

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Manchester City
2007-08 season
Owner &
chairman
Thaksin Shinawatra
Manager Sven-Göran Eriksson
Stadium City of Manchester Stadium
Premier League 9th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Fifth round
Top goalscorer League:
Elano (8)

All:
Elano (10)
Highest home attendance 47,321
(vs. Liverpool, 30 December 2007)
Lowest home attendance 20,938
(vs. Norwich City, 25 September 2007)
Average home league attendance 42,126
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

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 11th 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 Eriksson was replaced 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 ranked above City having already qualified for European competition).

Team kit[edit]

Supplier: Le Coq Sportif / Sponsor: Thomas Cook

Home
Home alt
Memorial
Away
Away alt.
Third
Third alt.
Third alt. 2


Goalkeeper 1
Goalkeeper 2
Goalkeeper 3

Kit description[edit]

The start of the 2007–08 Premier League 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), an all-grey change and a yellow third with purple shorts and socks, were introduced for this season.

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" written underneath.[3]

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 = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Individual match reports[edit]







































League Cup[edit]

Second round[edit]

Third round[edit]

Fourth round[edit]

Fifth Round[edit]


FA Cup[edit]

Third round[edit]

Third Round replay[edit]

Fourth round[edit]

Playing statistics[edit]

Starting XI[edit]

No.
Pos.
Nat.
Name
MS Notes
25 GK England Joe Hart 32
16 RB Croatia Vedran Ćorluka 43
2 CB England Micah Richards 29
22 CB Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne 42
3 LB England Michael Ball 35 Javier Garrido had 29 starts
7 RM Republic of Ireland Stephen Ireland 50
19 CM Switzerland Gélson Fernandes 32
21 CM Germany Dietmar Hamann 45
15 LM Bulgaria Martin Petrov 38
11 AM Brazil Elano 37
12 CF England Darius Vassell 32

Appearances (Apps.) numbers are for appearances in competitive games only
Apps. numbers denote: Total no. of games played (No. of games subbed on, when applicable)
Red card numbers denote: No. of second yellow cards / No. of straight red cards

No. Pos. Player League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps. Goals Apps. Goals Apps. Goals Apps. Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Sweden Andreas Isaksson 5 1 6
2 DF England Micah Richards (vc) 25 2 2 29 4
3 DF England Michael Ball 28 (9) 3 4 (1) 35 (10) 2
4 DF England Nedum Onuoha 16 (3) 1 2 3 (1) 21 (4) 1
Sold MF France Ousmane Dabo 1 (1) 1 (1)
6 MF England Michael Johnson 23 2 2 25 2 4
7 MF Republic of Ireland Stephen Ireland 33 (1) 4 3 (1) 3 39 (2) 4 2 - / 1
8 MF Brazil Geovanni 19 (17) 3 1 (1) 3 (1) 23 (19) 3 4
9 FW Belgium Émile Mpenza 15 (7) 2 1 2 (1) 1 18 (8) 3
10 FW Italy Rolando Bianchi 19 (12) 4 2 (2) 3 1 24 (14) 5
11 MF Brazil Elano 34 (5) 8 2 1 2 1 38 (5) 10 5
12 FW England Darius Vassell 27 (6) 6 3 2 (1) 32 (7) 6 3
14 FW Scotland Paul Dickov 1 (1) 1 (1)
15 MF Bulgaria Martin Petrov 34 5 3 1 38 5 2 - / 1
16 DF Croatia Vedran Ćorluka 37 (1) 3 3 43 (1) 5
17 DF China Sun Jihai 14 (7) 2 16 (7) 2
19 GK Denmark Kasper Schmeichel 7 7
20 FW Greece Georgios Samaras 5 (3) 2 1 7 (3) 1
21 MF Germany Dietmar Hamann 29 (3) 3 2 34 (3) 10
22 DF Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne (c) 36 3 3 42 4 - / 2
24 DF Spain Javier Garrido 27 (5) 2 29 (5) 4
25 GK England Joe Hart 26 3 3 32
27 FW Zimbabwe Benjani 13 (1) 3 13 (1) 3
28 MF Switzerland Gélson Fernandes 26 (5) 2 3 (2) 3 (1) 32 (8) 2 6
29 FW Bulgaria Valeri Bojinov 3 (2) 3 (2)
30 MF Mexico Nery Castillo 10 (8) 2 12 (8)
33 FW Wales Ched Evans 1 (1) 1 (1)
34 DF England Sam Williamson 1 (1) 1 (1) 1
36 FW England Daniel Sturridge 3 (1) 1 1 (1) 1 4 (2) 2
37 MF Nigeria Kelvin Etuhu 6 (4) 1 1 (1) 1 (1) 8 (6) 1 1
38 DF England Shaleum Logan 2 2
20 FW Ecuador Felipe Caicedo 7 (7) 7 (7) 1
TOTALS 42 2 4 48 60 - / 4

Information current as of 11 May 2008 (end of season)

Last updated: 16 January 2011.
Source: (for players and positions) Season 2007-08 First Team Squad 00(for squad numbers) Season 2007-08 Squad Numbers 00(for actual stats.) All match Reports in Competitive games section above

Goal scorers[edit]

Information current as of 11 May 2008 (end of season)

Awards[edit]

Premier League awards[edit]

Awarded monthly to the player and manager that were chosen by a panel assembled by the Premier League's sponsor

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
August 2007[4] Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson England Micah Richards

Thomas Cook Player of the Month awards[edit]

Awarded to the player in each category that receives the most votes in a poll conducted each month on the MCFC OWS

Month First Team Reserve Team Academy
August/September[5] Germany Dietmar Hamann England Richard Martin England Scott Kay
October[6] Brazil Elano England Ashley Grimes England Ben Mee
November[7] Croatia Vedran Ćorluka England Javan Vidal England Kieran Trippier
December[8] Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne Republic of Ireland Karl Moore England David Ball
January[9] England Michael Ball not announced Slovakia Vladimír Weiss
February[9] England Joe Hart Republic of Ireland Paul Marshall England Greg Hartley
March[10] Switzerland Gélson Fernandes England Adam Clayton England Andrew Tutte
April[10] England Darius Vassell England Sam Williamson Slovakia Vladimír Weiss

Football Association of Ireland awards[edit]

Player Year 2007 awards[11]
Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne International Player of the Year
Republic of Ireland Stephen Ireland Young International Player of the Year

Official Supporters Club awards[edit]

Player Season 2007–08 awards[12]
Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne Player of the Year
England Joe Hart Young Player of the Year
England Ben Mee Most Promising Player of the Year

Transfers and loans[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Transfers out[edit]

Loans in[edit]

Loans out[edit]

See also[edit]

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