2007–08 Portsmouth F.C. season

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Portsmouth
2007–08 season
Manager Harry Redknapp
Stadium Fratton Park
Premier League 8th
FA Cup Winners
League Cup Fourth round vs Blackburn Rovers
Top goalscorer Benjani (12)
Highest home attendance 20,556
Lowest home attendance 8,502

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 eighth, 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 Olympiacos)
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]

Competitions[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Results[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 27 6 5 80 22 +58 87 2008–09 UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stage
2 Chelsea 38 25 10 3 65 26 +39 85
3 Arsenal 38 24 11 3 74 31 +43 83 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Liverpool 38 21 13 4 67 28 +39 76
5 Everton 38 19 8 11 55 33 +22 65 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round
6 Aston Villa 38 16 12 10 71 51 +20 60 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
7 Blackburn Rovers 38 15 13 10 50 48 +2 58
8 Portsmouth 38 16 9 13 48 40 +8 57 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round 1
9 Manchester City 38 15 10 13 45 53 −8 55 2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round 2
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 3
12 Newcastle United 38 11 10 17 45 65 −20 43
13 Middlesbrough 38 10 12 16 43 53 −10 42
14 Wigan Athletic 38 10 10 18 34 51 −17 40
15 Sunderland 38 11 6 21 36 59 −23 39
16 Bolton Wanderers 38 9 10 19 36 54 −18 37
17 Fulham 38 8 12 18 38 60 −22 36
18 Reading (R) 38 10 6 22 41 66 −25 36 Relegation to 2008–09 Football League Championship
19 Birmingham City (R) 38 8 11 19 46 62 −16 35
20 Derby County (R) 38 1 8 29 20 89 −69 11

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 via 2007–08 FA Cup
2 via UEFA Fair Play ranking (0.8 of a point ahead of Fulham)
3 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.


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.