2008–09 UEFA Cup
Poster of the final
|Dates||17 July 2008 – 20 May 2009|
|Teams||80 (competition proper)
|Champions||Shakhtar Donetsk (1st title)|
|Goals scored||572 (2.59 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Vágner Love
(Europa League) 2009–10 →
The 2008–09 UEFA Cup was the 38th edition of the UEFA Cup football tournament. The final was played at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, home ground of Fenerbahçe, in Istanbul, Turkey, on 20 May 2009. This season was the final one to use the UEFA Cup format; starting in 2009, the event is known as the UEFA Europa League. It was also the first occasion that both finalists had taken part in the season's Champions League group stage.
Association team allocation
A total of 157 teams from 53 UEFA associations participated in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. Associations are allocated places according to their 2007 UEFA league coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2002–03 to 2006–7.
Below is the qualification scheme for the 2008-09 UEFA Europa League:
- Associations 1–6 each have three teams qualify
- Associations 7 and 8 each have four teams qualify
- Associations 9–15 and 22-51 each have two teams qualify, except Liechtenstein, which have one team qualify (as Liechtenstein only have a domestic cup and no domestic league)
- Associations 16–21 each have three teams qualify
- Associations 52 and 53 each have one team qualify
- The top three associations of the 2007–08 UEFA Fair Play ranking each gain an additional berth
- 11 winners of the 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup
- 16 losers from the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
- 8 third-placed teams from the UEFA Champions League group stage
- (FP): Additional fair play berth (Denmark, England, Germany)
- (UCL): Additional teams transferred from the UEFA Champions League
Since the winners of the 2007–08 UEFA Cup, Zenit Saint Petersburg, qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League through domestic performance, the title holder spot reserved for them in the play off round was vacated. As a result, the following changes to the default allocation system were made to compensate for the vacant title holder spot in the group stage:
- The domestic cup winners of associations 14 (Turkey) was promoted from the third qualifying round to the play-off round.
- The first UEFA Cup entrant of associations 19 and 20 (Israel and Serbia) were promoted from the first qualifying round to the second qualifying round.
|Teams entering in this round||Teams advancing from previous round||Teams transferred from Champions League||Teams transferred from Intertoto Cup|
|First qualifying round
|Second qualifying round
A UEFA Cup place is vacated when a team qualifies for both the Champions League and the UEFA Cup, or qualifies for the UEFA Cup by more than one method. When a place is vacated, it is redistributed within the national association by the following rules:
- When the domestic cup winners (considered as the "highest-placed" qualifiers within the national association) also qualify for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup place is vacated, and the remaining UEFA Cup qualifiers are moved up one place, with the final place (with the earliest starting round) taken by the domestic cup runners-up, provided they do not already qualify for the Champions League or the UEFA Cup. Otherwise, this place is taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the Europa League.
- When the domestic cup winners also qualify for the UEFA Cup through league position, their place through the league position is vacated, and the UEFA Cup qualifiers that finish lower in the league are moved up one place, with the final place taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the UEFA Cup.
- A place vacated by the League Cup winners is taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the UEFA Cup.
- A Fair Play place is taken by the highest-ranked team in the domestic Fair Play table that has not yet qualified for the Champions League or the UEFA Cup.
- ^1 UEFA Champions League group stage third-placed team of each group
- ^2 Losers of UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
- ^3 Moved up from the lower qualifying round due to the Title Holder entry not being used.
- ^4 Third round winners of UEFA Intertoto Cup
Round and draw dates
The calendar shows the dates of the rounds and draw.
|1 July 2008||Draw for first qualifying round||17 December 2008||Group stage, Matchday 5|
|17 July 2008||First qualifying round, first leg||18 December 2008|
|31 July 2008||First qualifying round, second leg||19 December 2008||Draw for Round of 32 and Round of 16|
|1 August 2008||Draw for second qualifying round||18 February 2009||Round of 32, first leg|
|14 August 2008||Second qualifying round, first leg||19 February 2009|
|28 August 2008||Second qualifying round, second leg||26 February 2009||Round of 32, second leg|
|29 August 2008||Draw for first round||12 March 2009||Round of 16, first leg|
|18 September 2008||First round, first leg||18 March 2009||Round of 16, second leg|
|2 October 2008||First round, second leg||19 March 2009|
|7 October 2008||Draw for group stage||20 March 2009||Draw for remaining rounds|
|23 October 2008||Group stage, Matchday 1||9 April 2009||Quarter-finals, first leg|
|6 November 2008||Group stage, Matchday 2||16 April 2009||Quarter-finals, second leg|
|27 November 2008||Group stage, Matchday 3||30 April 2009||Semi-finals, first leg|
|3 December 2008||Group stage, Matchday 4||7 May 2009||Semi-finals, second leg|
|4 December 2008||20 May 2009||Final in Istanbul, Turkey|
First qualifying round
The draw for the first qualifying round took place on 1 July 2008. The first legs were played on 17 July 2008 and the second legs were played on 31 July 2008, with the exception of the Nordsjælland vs TVMK match, which was played on 29 July 2008.
- ^5 Played in Smederevo at Fortress Stadium as Borac Čačak's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
- ^6 Played in Berlin at Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark because Olympiastadion was occupied by another event.
- ^7 Played in Chişinău at Zimbru Stadium as Nistru Otaci's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
- ^8 Played at Tórsvøllur as EB/Streymur's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
- ^9 Manchester City played their home game at Oakwell Stadium, home of Barnsley, because the pitch at their home ground needed to be relaid after a Bon Jovi concert.
- ^10 Played at Råsunda Stadium as Djurgården's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
- ^11 Midtjylland were originally drawn to play at home in the first leg, but the order of the games was reversed.
- ^12 Bangor City's home leg was played at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground, as their own ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
In each region of the draw for the first qualifying round, teams were divided into two pots, on the basis of UEFA coefficients. The lower pots contained unranked teams from associations 34–53, together with Vėtra of Lithuania (the 33rd association). The higher pots contained teams from associations 1–32, together with Sūduva of Lithuania, and FH (who had a team ranking, 209).
Three of the 37 ties were won by the lower ranked team, all involving teams whose ranking was that of their association: WIT Georgia (Georgia, ranked 38) beat Spartak Trnava (Slovakia, 24); Vllaznia Shkodër (Albania, 43) beat Koper (Slovenia, 29); and St Patrick's Athletic (Ireland, 35) beat Olimps (Latvia, 31).
Second qualifying round
The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 1 August 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland, and featured 16 teams entering directly at the second qualifying round, as well as the 37 winners from the previous round and the 11 third round winners of the UEFA Intertoto Cup. The first legs were played on 14 August 2008 and the second leg on 28 August 2008.
Because there are an odd number of teams in the Central and Northern groups in the 2nd qualifying round, UEFA moved Rennes from the Central-East group to the Northern group. Furthermore Liepājas Metalurgs and Sūduva were moved from the Northern group to the Central-East group, and Vaslui and Interblock Ljubljana were moved from the Southern-Mediterranean group to the Central-East group. It is unknown why UEFA decided on these last moves since it is not strictly required. One of the reasons could be[original research?] to have more balance in the groups with respect to the coefficients.
- ^13 Played at Fortress Stadium in Smederevo as Borac Čačak's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
- ^14 Order of legs reversed due to APOEL playing the same day at Omonia's stadium
- ^15 The return leg was played in AFG Arena, St. Gallen as Grasshoppers' home ground, the Letzigrund is occupied by a Golden League athletics meet the following day.
- ^16 Due to the current conflict in Georgia and the ensuing safety concerns, UEFA ordered the first leg to be cancelled. The match was held as a single leg tie in Vienna.
- ^17 Played at Stadio Cornaredo in Lugano as Stadio Comunale in Bellinzona did not meet UEFA criteria.
- ^18 Played at Petrol Arena in Celje as Interblock's home ground in Ljubljana did not meet UEFA criteria.
- ^19 Played at Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark because Hertha BSC's usual home ground, Olympiastadion, was occupied with a Madonna concert.
- ^20 Played at Råsunda Stadium as Djurgården's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
- ^21 Order of legs reversed at the request of both clubs.
In each region of the draw for the second qualifying round, teams were divided into two pots, on the basis of UEFA coefficients. The higher pots contained teams with a ranking of 176 or higher, and unranked teams from associations ranked 1 to 15 (or 17 in the Southern-Mediterranean region).
12 of the 32 ties were won by the lower-ranked team. The 12 teams that lost to a lower team were: AEK Athens, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Aris Thessaloniki, Red Star Belgrade, Grasshopper, Slovan Liberec, Viking, Lokomotiv Sofia, Elfsborg, Gent, Queen of the South and Debrecen. St Patrick's Athletic were the only team to beat a higher-seeded team in each of the two qualifying rounds.
32 teams entered the tournament at the first round, along with the 32 winners from the previous round and the 16 losers from the Champions League third qualifying round. The 80 teams were then split into eight groups of 10 teams; five seeded teams and five unseeded teams. The draw was based on their coefficient ranking with one exception: no country can have multiple teams in any group. Teams ranked 108 or higher were seeded, as were unranked teams from England and Spain.
The draw, which was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor, was held on Friday, 29 August 2008 at 13:00 CET in Monaco. The matches were played on 18 September and 2 October 2008.
- ^22 Order of legs reversed.
- ^23 Order of legs reversed due to AC Omonia's ground-share fixture congestion.
- ^24 Played at Alvalade XXI, since Vitória FC's homeground at Setúbal does not meet UEFA criteria
- ^25 Order of legs reversed due to Spartak Moscow playing the same day in Moscow.
- ^26 Played at Borås Arena as Kalmar FF's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
Nine of the 40 ties were won by the unseeded team. The nine seeded losing teams, with their ranking, were: Everton (50), Rapid Bucureşti (58), Beşiktaş (60), Sparta Prague (68), Dinamo Bucureşti (69), Levski Sofia (80), Austria Wien (82), Rennes (97) and Hapoel Tel Aviv (108).
The draw for the group stage of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup was held at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on 7 October 2008. The 40 teams in the draw were divided into five pots based on their UEFA coefficients. The eight teams with the highest UEFA coefficient were allocated to Pot 1, the next eight teams to Pot 2, and so on. One team from each pot was drawn for each group, with the restriction that no team could be drawn with one from the same country.
The top three teams (highlighted in green) of each group qualified for the next round. Based on paragraph 6.06 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:
- superior goal difference from all group matches played;
- higher number of goals scored;
- higher number of goals scored away;
- higher number of wins;
- higher number of away wins;
- higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons.
All of the rounds in the final phase are two-legged, except for the final. In the event of aggregate scores being equal after normal time in the second leg, the winning team will be that which scored more goals on their away leg: if the scores in the two matches were identical, extra time is played. The away goals rule also applies if scores are equal at the end of extra time. If there are no goals scored in extra time, the tie is decided on a penalty shoot out. The team first out of the hat in each tie plays the first leg of their tie at home, and the second leg away.
The draw for the Round of 32 was both held on Friday, 19 December 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor, Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA's director of professional football and 2009 UEFA Cup Final ambassador Can Bartu. In this round, each UEFA Cup group winner paired with the third-placed team from another UEFA Cup group and each UEFA Cup group runner-up paired with a third-placed team from the UEFA Champions League, with the only restriction on the draw being that teams from the same national association could not be drawn together. The UEFA Cup group winners and runners-up each played the second leg of their Round of 32 ties at home.
The draw for the Round of 16 also took place on 19 December 2008, immediately after the draw for the Round of 32. Each tie in the Round of 32 was numbered and teams were drawn for the Round of 16 as "Winners of match 1", "Winners of match 2", etc. Unlike the Round of 32, teams from the same group or country may be drawn together from the Round of 16 onwards, meaning that they were entirely random draw.
The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals were both held on Friday, 20 March 2009 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by David Taylor and Can Bartu.
Round of 32
The first legs were played on 18 February and 19 February, while the second leg matches were played on 26 February 2009.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Aston Villa||1–3||CSKA Moscow||1–1||0–2|
|Werder Bremen||3–3 (a)||Milan||1–1||2–2|
|Dynamo Kyiv||3–3 (a)||Valencia||1–1||2–2|
|Zenit St. Petersburg||4–2||Stuttgart||2–1||2–1|
|Marseille||1–1 (7–6 p)||Twente||0–1||1–0 (aet)|
|Shakhtar Donetsk||3–1||Tottenham Hotspur||2–0||1–1|
Manchester City were the only team from the first qualifying round to reach the Round of 16. Braga were the only team from the Intertoto Cup to reach the Round of 16 and were therefore awarded the title of Intertoto Cup winners.
Of the eight teams who had been placed in Pot 5 of the group stage draw, only Metalist Kharkiv and Saint-Étienne reached the Round of 16. Of the eight teams that entered the Round of the 32 from the UEFA Champions League group stage, two lost: Fiorentina and Bordeaux. Of the eight ties between a third-placed team and a first-placed team from the UEFA Cup group stage, two were won by the third-placed team; the winners were Braga and Paris Saint-Germain.
Round of 16
The first leg matches were played on 12 March, while the second leg matches were played on 18 March and 19 March 2009.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|CSKA Moscow||1–2||Shakhtar Donetsk||1–0||0–2|
|Udinese||2–1||Zenit St. Petersburg||2–0||0–1|
|Dynamo Kyiv||3–3 (a)||Metalist Kharkiv||1–0||2–3|
|Manchester City||2–2 (4–3 p)||Aalborg BK||2–0||0–2 (aet)|
The first legs were played on 9 April and the second legs were played on 16 April.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Paris Saint-Germain||0–3||Dynamo Kyiv||0–0||0–3|
The first legs were played on 30 April and the second legs on 7 May.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Werder Bremen||3–3 (a)||Hamburg||0–1||3–2|
|Dynamo Kyiv||2–3||Shakhtar Donetsk||1–1||1–2|
The final of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup was held on 20 May 2009 at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. This was the first time that the UEFA Cup Final had been held in Turkey and followed the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, which was held in Istanbul's Atatürk Olympic Stadium.
|20 May 2009
|Shakhtar Donetsk||2 – 1 (a.e.t.)||Werder Bremen||Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Istanbul
Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain)
|Luiz Adriano 25'
|1||Vágner Love||CSKA Moscow||11|
|Péguy Luyindula||Paris Saint-Germain||6|
|Diogo Luis Santo||Olympiacos||5|
|Claudio Pizarro||Werder Bremen||5|
|Hernán Rengifo||Lech Poznań||5|
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- Although qualified as Serbian Cup runner-up, FK Zemun did not gain a UEFA license because of the club's poor finances. Borac Čačak got Zemun's UEFA Cup spot as the 4th-placed team in the 2007–08 Serbian Superliga final standings.
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