2007–08 Premier League
10th Premier League title
17th English title
|Champions League||Manchester United (Group stage)
Chelsea (Group stage)
Arsenal (Third qualifying round)
Liverpool (Third qualifying round)
|UEFA Cup||Portsmouth (First round; via FA Cup)
Everton (First round)
Tottenham Hotspur (First round; via League Cup)
Manchester City (First qualifying round; via Fair Play)
|Intertoto Cup||Aston Villa (Third round)|
|Top goalscorer||Cristiano Ronaldo (31)|
|Biggest home win||Middlesbrough 8–1 Manchester City
(11 May 2008)
|Biggest away win||Derby County 0–6 Aston Villa
(12 April 2008)
|Highest scoring||Portsmouth 7–4 Reading (11 goals)
(29 September 2007)
|Highest attendance||76,013 – Man Utd v West Ham|
|Lowest attendance||14,007 – Wigan v M'boro|
The 2007–08 Premier League season (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the sixteenth since its establishment. The first matches of the season were played on 11 August 2007, and the season ended on 11 May 2008. Manchester United went into the 2007–08 season as the Premier League's defending champions, having won their ninth Premier League title and sixteenth league championship overall the previous season. This season was also the third consecutive season to see the "Big Four" continue their stranglehold on the top four spots and places in the UEFA Champions League.
The first goal of the season was scored by Michael Chopra, who scored a 94th minute winner for Sunderland against Tottenham in the early kick-off.1 The first red card of the season was given to Reading's Dave Kitson after a challenge on Patrice Evra in their opening game against Manchester United.2 The first hat-trick was scored by Emmanuel Adebayor in the match between Arsenal and Derby County.3
On 29 September 2007, Portsmouth beat Reading 7–4 in the highest scoring match in Premier League history.4 On 15 December 2007, both Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers) and Marcus Bent (Wigan Athletic) scored hat-tricks during Wigan's 5–3 home win over Blackburn. This was the first occasion in Premier League history that two players on opposing teams had scored hat-tricks during the same match.5
On 29 March 2008, Derby County drew 2–2 with Fulham while Birmingham City, who were 17th in the table at the time, beat Manchester City 3–1, to make Derby County the first team in Premier League history to be relegated in March,6 ending the season with a League record low points tally of just 11.
On 11 May 2008, the final day of the season, Manchester United beat Wigan Athletic 2–0 while Chelsea drew 1–1 with Bolton Wanderers, thus crowning Manchester United with their tenth Premier League title, and 17th championship overall, just one behind Liverpool's total of 18. Meanwhile, despite Birmingham beating Blackburn Rovers 4–1 and Reading beating Derby 4–0, both Birmingham and Reading were relegated due to Fulham's 1–0 win over Portsmouth. This meant that Fulham avoided relegation by a goal difference of −22, compared to Reading's −25. On the same day, Middlesbrough beat Manchester City 8–1 to claim the biggest win of the season.
The season was notable for the return of the English league to the top of UEFA's official ranking list, overtaking La Liga for the period from 1 May 2008 to 30 April 2009. This followed the success of English clubs in the UEFA Champions League, with both champions Manchester United and runners-up Chelsea reaching the European Cup final. This was the first time that the English league had topped the UEFA rankings since the events at the Heysel Stadium in 1985.
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Manchester United (C)||38||27||6||5||80||22||+58||87||2008–09 UEFA Champions League Group stage|
|3||Arsenal||38||24||11||3||74||31||+43||83||2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round|
|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|
|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|
|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; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
|Home \ Away||ARS||AST||BIR||BLB||BOL||CHE||DER||EVE||FUL||LIV||MNC||MNU||MID||NEW||POR||REA||SUN||TOT||WHU||WIG|
|West Ham United||0–1||2–2||1–1||2–1||1–1||0–4||2–1||0–2||2–1||1–0||0–2||2–1||3–0||2–2||0–1||1–1||3–1||1–1||1–1|
Source: Barclays Premier League
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.
- First goal of the season: Michael Chopra for Sunderland against Tottenham Hotspur (11 August 2007)1
- Last goal of the season: Matthew Taylor for Bolton Wanderers against Chelsea (11 May 2008)7
- Fastest goal in a match: 28 seconds – Geovanni for Manchester City against Wigan Athletic (1 December 2007)8
- Goal scored at the latest point in a match: 90+6 minutes – Andy Reid for Sunderland against West Ham United (29 March 2008)9
- Widest winning margin: 7 goals – Middlesbrough 8–1 Manchester City (11 May 2008)10
- Most goals in a match: 11 – Portsmouth F.C. 7–4 Reading F.C. (29 September 2007)4
- First hat-trick of the season: Emmanuel Adebayor for Arsenal against Derby County (22 September 2007)3
- First own goal of the season: Martin Laursen for Liverpool against Aston Villa (11 August 2007)11
- Most goals by one player in a single match: 4
- Most hat-tricks scored by one player: 2
- Benjani for Portsmouth
- Fernando Torres for Liverpool
- Emmanuel Adebayor for Arsenal
- Most goals by one team in a match: 8
- Middlesbrough 8–1 Manchester City (11 May 2008)18
- Most goals in one half by one team: 6
- Most goals scored by losing team: 4 – Reading
- First yellow card of the season: Didier Zokora for Tottenham Hotspur against Sunderland (11 August 2007)1
- First red card of the season: Dave Kitson for Reading against Manchester United (12 August 2007)2
- Most yellow cards: Middlesbrough (85)
- Fewest yellow cards: Everton (40)
- Most red cards: Chelsea and Fulham (6)
- Fewest red cards: Bolton (0)
- Highest average home attendance: 75,691 (Manchester United)20
- Lowest average home attendance: 19,046 (Wigan Athletic)20
- Most clean sheets – Manchester United and Chelsea (21)
- Fewest clean sheets – Derby County and Birmingham (3)
- Most wins – Manchester United (27)
- Fewest wins – Derby County (1)
- Most losses – Derby County (29)
- Fewest losses – Arsenal and Chelsea (3)
- Most goals scored – Manchester United (80)
- Fewest goals scored – Derby County (20)
- Most goals conceded – Derby County (89)
- Fewest goals conceded – Manchester United (22)
- Most wins – Manchester United (17)
- Fewest wins – Derby County (1)
- Most losses – Derby County (13)
- Fewest losses – Arsenal and Chelsea (0)
- Most goals scored – Manchester United (47)
- Fewest goals scored – Derby County (12)
- Most goals conceded – Derby County (43)
- Fewest goals conceded – Manchester United (7)
- Most wins – Chelsea (13)
- Fewest wins – Derby County (0)
- Most losses – Derby County (16)
- Fewest losses – Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool (3)
- Most goals scored – Arsenal and Aston Villa (37)
- Fewest goals scored – Derby County (8)
- Most goals conceded – Derby County (46)
- Fewest goals conceded – Chelsea (13)
|Geovanni||28||Manchester City||Wigan Athletic|
|Cameron Jerome||32||Birmingham City||Derby County|
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month|
|August 2007||Sven-Göran Eriksson (Manchester City)23||Micah Richards (Manchester City)23|
|September 2007||Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)24||Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal)24|
|October 2007||Mark Hughes (Blackburn Rovers)25||Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)25|
|November 2007||Martin O'Neill (Aston Villa)26||Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)26|
|December 2007||Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)27||Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers)27|
|January 2008||Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)28||Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)28|
|February 2008||David Moyes (Everton)29||Fernando Torres (Liverpool)29|
|March 2008||Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)30||Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)30|
|April 2008||Avram Grant (Chelsea)31||Ashley Young (Aston Villa)31|
The shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, in alphabetical order, was as follows:
- Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal)
- Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal)
- Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
- David James (Portsmouth)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
- Fernando Torres (Liverpool)
The shortlist for the award was as follows:
- Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)
- Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal)
- Micah Richards (Manchester City)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
- Fernando Torres (Liverpool)
- Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
Goalkeeper: David James (Portsmouth)
Defence: Bacary Sagna, Gaël Clichy (both Arsenal), Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidić (both Manchester United)
Midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
Attack: Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal), Fernando Torres (Liverpool)
The Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award for 2008 was won by Cristiano Ronaldo for a second successive season. The Manchester United winger saw off the challenges of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, who finished second and third respectively.35
Cristiano Ronaldo was named the winner of the Barclays Golden Boot Award. The Manchester United winger's 31 goals from 34 league appearances helped see off stiff opposition for this award from Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor and Fernando Torres of Liverpool. This was the first Premier League season that a player has scored more than 30 goals since Alan Shearer's 31-goal haul for Blackburn Rovers twelve years prior.3637
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina claimed the Premier League's golden gloves award for the third season in succession. Clean sheets in 18 out of the 38 games meant Reina kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the top flight during the 2007–08 campaign.38
The Fair Play Award is a merit given to the team who has been the most sporting and best behaved team. Tottenham topped the Fair Play League, ahead of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.39 The least sporting side was Blackburn Rovers who finished in last place in the rankings.40
|Team||Manager||Captain||Kit maker||Shirt sponsor||Notes|
|Arsenal||Arsène Wenger||William Gallas||Nike||Emirates||Same home kit as 2006–07. New white and redcurrant away kit with watermark in tribute to former manager, Herbert Chapman. New third kit for Champions League ties features red and blue hoops.|
|Aston Villa||Martin O'Neill||Gareth Barry||Nike||32red||Nike takes over from hummel. New crest design. The new home strip was unveiled on 17 July 2007, there is a small white lion on the back of the neck. Away kit is white with sky blue pinstripes and also features a lion on the back of the neck (claret). Black third shirt released in November.|
|Birmingham City||Alex McLeish||Damien Johnson||Umbro||F&C Investments||Lonsdale dropped as kit manufacturers as Umbro come in. F&C Investments replace flybe as sponsors. "Penguin" shirt design returns. White away shirt, with blue shorts and white socks. All-red third kit with blue and white trim.|
|Blackburn Rovers||Mark Hughes||Ryan Nelsen||Umbro||Bet 24||Umbro replace Lonsdale as new kit manufacturers. Minor alterations to home kit. New red and black halved away kit.|
|Bolton Wanderers||Gary Megson||Kevin Davies||Reebok||Reebok||New white home kit, with watermark, red sleeve design and navy blue trim. New indigo blue away kit with turquoise shapes and dark watermark. Last season's third kit unchanged.|
|Chelsea||Avram Grant||John Terry||adidas||Samsung Mobile||Home kit same as 2006–07. New 'electric yellow' away kit with black trim, new white and blue third/European kit.41 Both of the new kits have a small Chelsea Lion embossed on the lower back.|
|Derby County||Paul Jewell||Robbie Savage||adidas||Derbyshire Building Society||adidas replaces Joma. New white home kit and black away kit. New crest design. Third kit is bright yellow.|
|Everton||David Moyes||Phil Neville||Umbro||Chang Beer||New royal blue home kit and white away kit designs. New navy blue alternative kit.|
|Fulham||Roy Hodgson||Brian McBride||Nike||LG||Nike replaces Airness as kit maker; LG replaces Pipex as shirt sponsor. All-white home kit and red-and-black striped away kit, honouring Fulham's 1975 FA Cup Final team, with white V-neck collar.42 Third kit of all-sky blue.|
|Liverpool||Rafael Benítez||Steven Gerrard||adidas||Carlsberg||Home kit same as 2006–07. New white away kit with red trim. Also, new black and red third/European away kit. New Adidas kit for 2008–09 was previewed in the final home game of the season against Manchester City on 4 May.|
|Manchester City||Sven-Goran Eriksson||Richard Dunne||le coq sportif||Thomas Cook.com||Reebok replaced by French sports kit makers. White shorts replace sky blue in home kit, with shirt having white pinstripes. New indigo away kit also with white pinstripes. Third kit is white with a blue cross white shorts and socks.|
|Manchester United||Sir Alex Ferguson||Gary Neville||Nike||AIG||New red home shirt with a white line which runs down the centre of the back, blue goalkeeper shirt were released on 1 August. Away kit is black with red trim and red line on the back. Previous season's white away kit confirmed as the third kit.|
|Middlesbrough||Gareth Southgate||George Boateng||Erreà||Garmin||888.com replaced as sponsor by satellite navigation company Garmin.43 New home kit with red pinstripe, and new white and gold away kit. New crest design.|
|Newcastle United||Kevin Keegan||Nicky Butt||adidas||Northern Rock||New home kit with solid black back and sky blue trims. New sky blue away kit with black trim. New sky blue and white third kit.|
|Portsmouth||Harry Redknapp||Sol Campbell||Canterbury||Oki||Rugby jersey manufacturer Canterbury replaces Jako in the New Zealand brand's first venture into football. Home shirt is blue with white and gold trim. Away shirt is white with blue and gold trim. Third shirt is black with gold trim. Each kit has a number of reflective circles on the sleeves and down the sides.|
|Reading||Steve Coppell||Graeme Murty||Puma||Kyocera||Home kit same as 2006–07. New black and grey hooped away kit with black back and 'arch' design. Third kit is the same as last season's.|
|Sunderland||Roy Keane||Dean Whitehead||Umbro||boylesports.com||Another change from Lonsdale to Umbro; Reg Vardy out as sponsor. New home kit is red-and-white stripes with Umbro diamond design on shoulders. Away kit is all white with red and black trimmings. Third kit is all blue with red and white trimmings.|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Juande Ramos||Ledley King||Puma||Mansion Casino||Celebrating their 125th season. Home strip to change to all white. Navy blue away kit and yellow third kit to carry Chinese Mandarin version of the Mansion logo. Halved white and light blue throwback worn on anniversary date.|
|West Ham United||Alan Curbishley||Lucas Neill||Umbro||XL Airways||Reebok replaced by Umbro; JobServe replaced by XL Airways as sponsor. New claret-and-blue home shirt unveiled on 16 June; white away shirt unveiled on 27 July.|
|Wigan Athletic||Steve Bruce||Mario Melchiot||Umbro||JJB Sports||New home, away and third kit. JJB replaced by Umbro as kit maker, but remains as sponsor. Home kit is a return to blue-and-white stripes with solid blue back. Away kit is white with blue and black trim, with the third kit black with blue and white trim.|
In addition, Premier League officials were supplied with new kit made by Umbro, replacing American makers Official Sports, and are sponsored by Air Asia, replacing Emirates. The 2007–08 season saw a new font used for the names on the back of players' shirts.44
|Manchester United||Old Trafford||76,212|
|Newcastle United||St James' Park||52,387|
|Sunderland||Stadium of Light||49,000|
|Manchester City||City of Manchester Stadium||47,726|
|Aston Villa||Villa Park||42,640|
|Tottenham Hotspur||White Hart Lane||36,244|
|West Ham United||Upton Park||35,303|
|Derby County||Pride Park Stadium||33,597|
|Blackburn Rovers||Ewood Park||31,367|
|Birmingham City||St Andrews Stadium||30,009|
|Bolton Wanderers||Reebok Stadium||28,723|
|Wigan Athletic||JJB Stadium||25,138|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Replaced by||Date of appointment||Position in table|
|Manchester City||Stuart Pearce||Contract terminated||14 May 200745||Sven-Göran Eriksson||6 July 200746||Pre-season|
|Chelsea||José Mourinho||Mutual consent||20 September 200747||Avram Grant||20 September 200747||5th|
|Bolton Wanderers||Sammy Lee||Mutual consent||17 October 200748||Gary Megson||25 October 200749||19th|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Martin Jol||Contract terminated||25 October 200750||Juande Ramos||27 October 200751||18th|
|Wigan Athletic||Chris Hutchings||Contract terminated||5 November 200752||Steve Bruce||26 November 200753||18th|
|Birmingham City||Steve Bruce||Wigan purchased rights for £3m||19 November 200753||Alex McLeish||28 November 200754||15th|
|Derby County||Billy Davies||Mutual consent||26 November 200755||Paul Jewell||28 November 200756||20th|
|Fulham||Lawrie Sanchez||Contract terminated||21 December 200757||Roy Hodgson||30 December 200758||18th|
|Newcastle United||Sam Allardyce||Mutual consent||9 January 200859||Kevin Keegan||16 January 200860||11th|
|Chelsea||Avram Grant||Contract terminated||24 May 200861||Luiz Felipe Scolari||1 July 200862||Post-season (2nd)|
|Manchester City||Sven-Göran Eriksson||Mutual consent||2 June 200863||Mark Hughes||4 June 200864||Post-season (9th)|
|Blackburn Rovers||Mark Hughes||Manchester City purchased rights for £4.6m65||4 June 200864||Paul Ince||22 June 200866||Post-season (7th)|
- Derby County finished with the worst record since the league was founded in 1992–93 and also the worst since the introduction of the three points for a win rule. Among the records set by the Rams were:
- A final record of one win, eight draws and 29 losses for a total of eleven points, worse than the Sunderland team from 2005–06, with the previously set lows of three wins, six draws and 29 losses totalling fifteen points. The single win, coming at home against Newcastle United 1–0 on 17 September was also a record for the fewest wins in a Premier League campaign
- Derby's 20 goals scored as a team (with Ronaldo, Adebayor and Torres each scoring more goals individually) was lower than the 2002–03 Black Cats' total with 21 goals scored. This marked the third time a team was outscored by one or more players. The team also failed to score in 21 of their 38 games
- Their −69 goal difference (20 goals scored, 89 conceded) was worse than Ipswich Town's 1994–95 goal difference of −57 (36 goals scored, 93 conceded). The 89 goals they conceded was the worst defensive performance by a team since Ipswich Town conceded 93 goals in 1994–95. It was also the worst record since the Premier League adopted the 20-team, 38-match format in 1995–96
- The 29 defeats they suffered equalled the 2005–06 Sunderland team for the most losses suffered in one Premier League season
- Chelsea's 85 points accumulated was a new record for the most points gained in a 38-game season without securing the title. The 83 points achieved by Arsenal was a new record for the most points gained in a 38-game season for finishing third
- Manchester United's goal difference of +58 was the greatest ever attained in a Premier League season, beating the record set by Chelsea in 2004–05
- Cristiano Ronaldo beat his own record for most goals scored by a midfielder, raising the record to 31 goals. The previous record was 17 goals, from the previous season. Furthermore, his goal total equalled the highest number of goals ever scored in the Premier League during a 38-game season, equalling the record first set by Blackburn Rovers' Alan Shearer during the 1995–96 season
- Marcus Bent and Roque Santa Cruz each scored a hat trick for their team during Wigan Athletic's 5–3 victory over Blackburn Rovers on 15 December 2007. This is the first time in Premier League history that players from opposing sides both scored hat-tricks in the same match5
- Emmanuel Adebayor scored two hat tricks home and away against Derby. This was the first time in the Premier League that a player had scored a hat trick against the same team twice in the league
- Fernando Torres scored 24 goals for Liverpool, a new record for goals scored by a foreign player during his debut season67
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