2008–09 Manchester City F.C. season

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Manchester City
2008–09 season
Chairman Thaksin Shinawatra until the sale of club on 1 Sep. 2008
Khaldoon Al Mubarak from 1 Sep. 2008
Manager Mark Hughes
Stadium City of Manchester Stadium
Premier League 10th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
UEFA Cup Quarter-final
Top goalscorer League:
Robinho (14)
All:
Robinho (15)
Highest home attendance 47,331 vs Chelsea
13 September 2008
Lowest home attendance 7,334 vs EB Streymur
31 July 2008
Average home league attendance 42,900 approx.
in all competitions
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2008–09 season was Manchester City Football Club's seventh consecutive season playing in the Premier League, the top division of English football, and its twelfth 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 117th season playing in a division of English football, most of which have been spent in the top flight.

Season review[edit]

The club started the season under the private ownership of UK Sports Investments Limited (UKSIL), a company controlled by former Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, but it was announced on the morning of Monday 1 September 2008 (the last day of the summer transfer window) that Abu Dhabi-based Abu Dhabi United Group Investment and Development Limited (ADUG) had completed a takeover of Manchester City in a deal worth a reported £200 million. This transaction made HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan the new owner of the club, although initially he kept a very low profile and Dr. Sulaiman Al-Fahim, who was the board member of ADUG that had presided over the signing of the deal at the Emirates Palace Hotel, was widely believed to be the new owner and potential chairman of the club. However, before the takeover was finally completed, wealthy backer Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan became more prominent and it was eventually made clear that Al-Fahim would not be joining the board at Manchester City, with Khaldoon Al Mubarak being appointed as the club's new chairman.[1]

The last-minute takeover of the club on transfer "deadline-day" was then further capped, only minutes before the summer transfer window closed, with the news that the club had pipped Chelsea to the signing of Robinho from Real Madrid for a British record transfer fee of £32.5 million.[2]

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Le Coq Sportif / Sponsor: Thomas Cook

Home
Home alt.
Home alt. 2
Away
Third
Third alt.
Goalkeeper 1
Goalkeeper 2
Goalkeeper alt. 2

Kit information[edit]

For this season the shirt sponsor for all of the club's kits continued to be the previous season's sponsor, Thomas Cook, while the team kits were produced by the previous season's supplier, Le Coq Sportif. The home and away kits were unveiled by the club on 27 June 2008, with the new away kit representing a more modern rendition of the club's highly popular red and black striped shirts and black shorts that had first been introduced as a club kit by Malcolm Allison back in 1968 in imitation of A.C. Milan's classic colors.[3] A striking new 'blaze orange' / navy third kit completed the collection of kits, whilst the team's main home strip shed the previous season's thin white vertical stripes from the shirts and returned to the solid sky blue shirts that are more traditionally associated with the team. As well as all three of the team kits being new this season, the previous season's two-tone green goalkeeper strip was also replaced with two new strips for the goalkeepers. The main goalkeeper strip, intended primarily for use with the home team colours, sported an all gold shirt trimmed with black on the shoulders and sides with matching all black shorts and socks, whilst the second mint-green strip, with the shirts similarly trimmed in black, was introduced to supplement it on both home and away fixtures.

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]

Competitive games[edit]

Shaun Wright-Phillips, , Dietmar Hamann and Robinho (l-r) prior to the match against Chelsea on 13 September in which Robinho made his debut.

Premier League[edit]

Position in final standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
8 Tottenham Hotspur 38 14 9 15 45 45 0 51
9 West Ham United 38 14 9 15 42 45 −3 51
10 Manchester City 38 15 5 18 58 50 +8 50
11 Wigan Athletic 38 12 9 17 34 45 −11 45
12 Stoke City 38 12 9 17 38 55 −17 45

Updated to games played on 24 May 2009 (end of season).
Source: Premier League 2008–09
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 5 18 58 50  +8 50 13 0 6 40 18  +22 2 5 12 18 32  −14

Last updated: 24 May 2009 (end of season).
Source: Premier League results 2008–09

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 A H H A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A H H A H A A A H A H A H H A H A A H
Result L W W L W L L D W L L L D W L D L L W D W W L W L D L W L W L L W W W L L W

Last updated: 24 May 2009 (end of season).
Source: Premier League results 2008–09
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Individual match reports[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Qualifying phase[edit]

First qualifying round[edit]
Second qualifying round[edit]

First round[edit]

Group phase[edit]

Group A standings Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Manchester City 4 2 1 1 6 5 +1 7
Netherlands FC Twente 4 2 0 2 5 8 −3 6
France Paris Saint-Germain 4 1 2 1 7 5 +2 5
Spain Racing Santander 4 1 2 1 6 5 +1 5
Germany Schalke 04 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1 4
Group A results MC PSG RdS S04 FCT
Manchester City 0–0 3–2
Paris Saint-Germain 2–2 4–0
Racing Santander 3–1 1–1
Schalke 04 0–2 3–1
FC Twente 1–0 2–1

Final phase[edit]

Round of 32[edit]
Round of 16[edit]
Quarter-final[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Second round[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Third round[edit]

Playing statistics[edit]

Starting XI[edit]

No.
Pos
Nat
Name
MS Notes
1 GK England Joe Hart 33
5 RB Argentina Pablo Zabaleta 42
2 CB England Micah Richards 50
22 CB Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne 47
25 LB England Wayne Bridge 22
8 RM England Shaun Wright-Phillips 37
7 CM Republic of Ireland Stephen Ireland 50
33 CM Belgium Vincent Kompany 45
11 LM Brazil Elano 42
10 CF Brazil Robinho 41
28 CF England Daniel Sturridge 26

Last updated: 21 August 2011
Source: Appearance and Starting Formations.
Only competitive matches.
Using the most used Starting Formation.
Sorted by position on pitch (from back right to front left).

Appearances (Apps.) numbers are for appearances in competitive games only
Apps. numbers denote: "Total no. of games played (No. of games played as a substitute)"
Red card numbers denote: "No. of second yellow cards / No. of straight red cards"
Yellow and red cards for the 2 domestic cups only accounted for in the TOTALS columns
*** indicates 3-match ban for violent conduct towards Rory Delap in PL game against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on 31 Jan. 2009

No. Pos. Player Premier League UEFA Cup FA Cup League Cup TOTALS
All Competitions
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1 GK England Joe Hart 230(0) 090(0) 010(0) 330(0)
2 DF England Micah Richards 340(1) 1 2 150(0) 3 010(0) 500(1) 1 5
3 DF England Michael Ball 080(0) 040(1) 010(0) 010(0) 140(1)
4 DF England Nedum Onuoha 230(3) 1 1 070(0) 1 300(3) 2 1
Sold DF Croatia Vedran Ćorluka 030(0) 1 030(0) 1 060(0) 1 1
5 DF Argentina Pablo Zabaleta 290(3) 1 3 -/1 110(0) 2 010(0) 010(0) 420(3) 1 5 -/1
6 MF England Michael Johnson 030(0) 040(0) 1 010(0) 080(0) 1
7 MF Republic of Ireland Stephen Ireland 350(1) 9 8 140(1) 3 1 010(0) 1 500(2) 13 9
8 MF England Shaun Wright-Phillips 270(0) 5 3 090(0) 3 1 010(0) 370(0) 8 4 ***
9 FW Bulgaria Valeri Bojinov 080(6) 1 1 010(1) 090(7) 1 1
10 FW Brazil Robinho 310(1) 14 3 100(0) 1 1 410(1) 15 4
11 MF Brazil Elano 280(7) 6 3 120(3) 2 3 010(0) 010(1) 42 (11) 8 6
12 FW England Darius Vassell 080(2) 1 060(0) 1 010(1) 150(3) 1 1
14 FW Brazil 090(3) 1 070(1) 2 010(1) 010(0) 180(5) 3
15 DF Spain Javier Garrido 130(2) 1 1 080(2) 1 210(4) 1 2
16 GK Denmark Kasper Schmeichel 010(1) 010(0) 010(0) 030(1)
17 MF Bulgaria Martin Petrov 090(5) 050(1) 2 140(6) 2
19 MF Switzerland Gelson Fernandes 17 (14) 1 3 1/- 080(4) 1 010(0) 010(0) 1 27 (18) 2 4 1/-
20 FW Ecuador Felipe Caicedo 170(7) 5 2 060(3) 3 010(0) 010(1) 25 (11) 8 2
21 MF Germany Dietmar Hamann 090(4) 080(5) 1 1 010(1) 18 (10) 1 1
22 DF Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne (c) 310(0) 1 4 -/2 140(0) 1 1/- 010(0) 010(0) 470(0) 1 6 1/2
24 FW Wales Ched Evans 16 (13) 1 1 080(6) 010(1) 25 (20) 1 1
25 DF England Wayne Bridge 160(0) 060(0) 220(0)
26 DF Israel Tal Ben Haim 090(1) 2 050(0) 3 010(0) 150(1) 5
27 FW Zimbabwe Benjani Mwaruwari 080(1) 1 040(3) 2 120(4) 3
28 FW England Daniel Sturridge 160(13) 4 080(3) 010(0) 010(0) 26 (16) 4
29 MF Nigeria Kelvin Etuhu 040(2) 030(3) 070(5)
30 DF England Shaleum Logan 010(0) 010(0)
33 MF Belgium Vincent Kompany 340(0) 1 8 090(1) 3 010(0) 010(0) 450(1) 1 11
34 MF Netherlands Nigel de Jong 160(0) 3 160(0) 3
36 DF Brazil Gláuber 010(1) 010(1)
37 GK Republic of Ireland Shay Given 150(0) 060(0) 1 210(0) 1
39 FW Wales Craig Bellamy 080(1) 3 1 030(0) 2 2 110(1) 5 3
40 MF Slovakia Vladimir Weiss 010(1) 010(1)
TOTALS 58 50 1/3 23 26 1/- 2 83 77 2/3
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Information current as of 24 May 2009 (end of season)

Last updated: 28 January 2011.
Source: (for players and positions) Season 2008–09 First Team Squad 00(for squad numbers) Season 2008–09 Squad Numbers 00(for actual stats.) All match Reports in Competitive games section above

Goal scorers[edit]

Information current as of 24 May 2009 (end of season)

Awards[edit]

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[4] Republic of Ireland Stephen Ireland England Adam Clayton England Andrew Tutte
September[5] England Shaun Wright-Phillips England Clayton McDonald Liberia Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely
October[5] Brazil Robinho England Clayton McDonald Belgium Dedryck Boyata
November[6] Republic of Ireland Stephen Ireland Republic of Ireland Donal McDermott England Andrew Tutte
December[6] Belgium Vincent Kompany England Paul Marshall not announced
January[7] Argentina Pablo Zabaleta Northern Ireland Ryan McGivern
February[7] Wales Craig Bellamy England David Ball
March[8][9] England Nedum Onuoha England Ben Mee Belgium Dedryck Boyata
April[8] Brazil Elano Slovakia Vladimir Weiss Republic of Ireland Greg Cunningham
May[8] England Nedum Onuoha Slovakia Vladimir Weiss England Kieran Trippier

Official Supporters Club awards[edit]

Player Season 2008–09 awards[10]
Republic of Ireland Stephen Ireland Player of the Year
England Daniel Sturridge Young 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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