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The 2007–08 season was the 128th season of competitive football in Englandmarker.

Club football

European competitions

In October 2007 Arsenal equalled the UEFA Champions League record victory with a 7–0 win over Slavia Prague at the Emirates Stadiummarker. The record was broken the following month when Liverpool defeated Beşiktaş 8–0 at Anfieldmarker. All four English clubs competing in the Champions League reached the quarter-finals, resulting in three all-English ties during the competition's latter stages. Liverpool eliminated Arsenal in the quarter-finals, but lost the semi-final to Chelsea, who went on to meet Manchester United in the final in Moscow. United completed the European Double, winning the Premier League two points ahead of Chelsea and winning the UEFA Champions League, again against Chelsea 6–5 on penalties (1–1 after extra time) to lift the European Cup for the third time. This was a unique occurrence – the first time two English clubs had met in the final of the European Cup/Champions League. It was also a repeat of the opening game of the season, the FA Community Shield, which also finished 1–1 and saw a United win on penalties, 3–0.

In the UEFA Cup, none of the English teams taking part reached the quarter-final stage. Blackburn Roversmarker, who had qualified for the competition via the Intertoto Cup, were beaten in the first round by Larissa F.C.. The three other English clubs progressed through the group stages, with Bolton Wanderers losing to Sporting Clube de Portugal, while Tottenham Hotspur and Everton were both eliminated on penalty shootouts in the round of 16, by PSV Eindhoven and Fiorentina respectively. The 2008 UEFA Cup Final was held at the City of Manchester Stadiummarker, the first time that the UEFA Cup Final had been held in England since being reduced to a single match. The event was marred by riots in Manchester city centre prior to the game. In the match itself, FC Zenit Saint Petersburg beat Rangers 2–0 to lift the trophy.

Premier League

Manchester United retained the Premier League title, winning the competition for the tenth time and becoming champions of England for the seventeenth time in all. The title was decided on the final day of the season as United's 2–0 win at Wigan Athletic saw them crowned champions and consigned Chelsea to the runners-up spot regardless of their result at home to Bolton Wanderers. Arsenal and Liverpool qualified for the UEFA Champions League 2008–09 third qualifying round by finishing third and fourth respectively, while Everton's fifth position gave them a place in the UEFA Cup 2008–09 first round. Reading, Birmingham City and Derby County were relegated. Derby became the first team in Premier League history to be relegated before the end of March. They eventually finished on the lowest points tally ever, amassing only 11 points.

The Premier League underwent a major rebranding, changing its sponsored name from the Barclays Premiership to the Barclays Premier League.

Football League

After the disappointment of a play-off final defeat the previous year, West Bromwich Albion won the Football League Championship title and returned to the Premier League. Stoke City secured the other automatic promotion spot, after a twenty-three year absence from the top flight. Hull City followed them by winning the play-off final, beating Bristol City 1–0 at Wembley Stadiummarker in the final to reach the top division of English football for the first time in their 104-year history. It was the first time that Hull had played at either the original or rebuilt Wembley Stadium. Despite impressing on their Championship debut in 2006–07, Colchester United finished bottom this season and were relegated back to League One. Scunthorpe United's first journey into the Championship since the 1960s proved short-lived, and they also went back down. The biggest story however was Leicester City's relegation, as a lack of stability at the club (with no fewer than eight men, including caretakers, occupying the manager's seat over the season) proved their undoing and sent them down to League One for the first time in their history.

In a season mired by controversy and points deductions at both ends of the table, Swansea City were the clear champions in League One. In terms of results, Leeds United were actually the best team behind Swansea, but had started the season on –15 points following their failure to reach an agreement with HM Revenue & Customs on their Creditors Voluntary Arrangement. This was the first time in the league's history that such a penalty had been imposed. Nottingham Forest therefore took the second automatic promotion spot. Doncaster Rovers won promotion to the Championship by beating Leeds United 1–0 at Wembley Stadium in the League One play-off final, thus returning to the top two tiers for the first time since 1958. At the opposite end of the table, Port Vale were in fact the worst team going by results, but Luton Town went into administration and lost 10 points causing them to finish bottom, though they would have been relegated even without this penalty. Bournemouth also received a 10 point deduction for going into administration, and in their case it did prove fatal, sending the club down by to League Two. Gillingham were the other team to suffer relegation. Leeds United played in the third tier of English football for the first time in their history, six years after competing in the Champions League.

Milton Keynes Dons won their first honours as a club, winning the League Two title and the Football League Trophy. The other clubs automatically promoted were runners-up Peterborough United, who had pushed the Dons close for most of the season, and Hereford United, who returned to the third level of English football for the first time in 30 years. Stockport County won promotion to League One by beating Rochdale 3–2 at Wembley Stadium in the League Two play-off final. There was to be no repeat of Wrexham's last day heroics of the 2006–07 season, and this time they finished bottom and went out of the League. Despite a good run late in the season, Mansfield Town joined them. Both Dagenham & Redbridge and Morecambe played in The Football League for the first time, after securing promotion to League Two from the Conference National.

Cup competitions and Community Shield

Portsmouth won the FA Cup with a 1–0 victory over Cardiff City. Tottenham Hotspur won the League Cup, beating the holders Chelsea 2–1 after extra time. It was the first League Cup final to be played at the new Wembley Stadiummarker. MK Dons won the Football League Trophy after beating Grimsby Town 2–0 in the final. Manchester United took the first silverware of the season when they beat Chelsea 3–0 on penalties in the FA Community Shield.

Non-League football

The Conference National became known as the Blue Square Premier upon the announcement of a three year sponsorship deal. The two regional feeder leagues became known as the Blue Square North and South respectively. The deal signalled the end of a nine year association between the Conference and the Nationwide Building Society. Aldershot Town won the Conference National to gain automatic promotion to the Football League, while Exeter City beat Cambridge United 1–0 in the play-off final at Wembley Stadiummarker to secure the other promotion place. Aldershot also won the Conference League Cup, beating Rushden & Diamonds in a penalty shootout after a 3–3 draw. The FA Trophy was won by Ebbsfleet Unitedmarker, who beat Torquay United 1–0 at Wembley.

Events off the field

Deloitte reported in September 2007 that transfer spending by all Premier League and Football League clubs had exceeded £500 million, compared to £300 million spent the season before. Deloitte attributed the rise in spending to the huge increase in broadcasting revenue and new owners buying into Premier League clubs.

Two league clubs moved to new grounds for 2007–08. Shrewsbury Town moved to the New Meadowmarker for the start of this season, after leaving their old stadium, Gay Meadowmarker. Milton Keynes Dons moved to their new 22,000 all seater stadium at Denbigh, Milton Keynes, known as Stadium:mk. The stadium was officially opened on 29 November 2007 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Sheffield, the world's oldest football club, celebrated their 150th anniversary; events included a friendly match against Inter Milan.

Diary of the season

1 July 2007: Tottenham Hotspur pay a club record £16.5million for Charlton Athletic striker Darren Bent.

2 July 2007: Manchester United shell out a total of £30million for Portugesemarker midfielders Anderson (from FC Porto) and Nani (from Sporting Clube de Portugal).

4 July 2007: Everton pay £4million for Sheffield United defender Phil Jagielka.

5 July 2007: Aston Villa sign West Ham United midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker for £8.5million.

10 July 2007: West Ham United pay a club record £7.5million for Liverpool midfielder Craig Bellamy, while Wigan Athletic break their own record fee with a £5.3million deal for West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jason Koumas.

13 July 2007: Liverpool pay £11.5million to Ajax Amsterdam for winger Ryan Babel.

23 July 2007: Fredrik Ljungberg, Arsenal's longest-serving player, leaves after nearly nine years in a £3million move to West Ham United.

24 July 2007: Robbie Fowler leaves Liverpool for a second time to join Cardiff City on a free transfer.

3 August 2007: Manchester United sell striker Alan Smith to Newcastle United for £6million.

5 August 2007: Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties after a 1-1 draw to seal the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadiummarker.

15 August 2007: Long-serving Aston Villa defender Mark Delaney retires from playing at the age of 31 after failing to fully recover from a succession of injuries.

25 August 2007: Ray Jones, 18-year-old QPR striker, dies in a car crash in East Londonmarker which claims the lives of two other people.

28 August 2007: Manchester United's long-serving Norweiganmarker striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retires from playing at the age of 34.

29 August 2007: Martin Allen, who was appointed manager of Leicester City only three months ago, is dismissed from his job. Everton pay a club record £11.25million to Middlesbrough for striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni.

31 August 2007: The first month of the Premier League season ends with Chelsea top of the league with 10 points from their opening four games, while Manchester City occupy second place and four teams are level with one point less - Wigan Athletic, Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal. The bottom three places are occupied by Bolton Wanderers, Fulham and Derby County. [213374]

11 September 2007: Ian Porterfield, who scored the winning goal for Sunderland in the 1973 FA Cup Final, dies of cancer aged 61. Porterfield was managing Armenia at the time of his death, and earlier in his management career he had been in charge of teams including Sheffield United and Chelsea.

13 September 2007: Gary Megson, former West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest manager, ends his 18-month exile from football to take over at Leicester City.

20 September 2007: Jose Mourinho, who in the last three years has guided Chelsea to two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup triumph, resigns as manager after falling out with owner Roman Abramovich. Director of Football Avram Grant takes over control of the first team, becoming the first Israelimarker manager in English football.

30 September 2007: September draws to a close with Arsenal leading the Premier League, ahead of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Portsmouth, who complete the top five. Derby County, Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur occupy the bottom three places. [213375]

17 October 2007: Bolton Wanderers, bottom of the Premier League, sack manager Sammy Lee after six months in charge.

19 October 2007: Steve Bruce resigns after six years as manager of Birmingham City. Speculations mounts that he is about to take over from Chris Hutchings as manager of Wigan Athletic, where he had a brief spell in 2001.

25 October 2007: Gary Megson defects from Leicester City after six weeks as manager to take over at Bolton Wanderers, while Martin Jol is sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur (battling relegation from the Premier League after two successive fifth-place finishes) after three years.

31 October 2007: October ends with Manchester United top of the Premier League, but with Arsenal a point behind with two games in hand. Chelsea, Liverpool and Portsmouth complete the top five. Bolton Wanderers, Derby County and Tottenham Hotspur remain in the bottom three places. [213376]

5 November 2007: Chris Hutchings is sacked as manager of Premier League strugglers Wigan Athletic after less than six months in charge.

21 November 2007: England fail to qualify for Euro 2008 after losing 3-2 to Croatia in their final qualifying game at Wembley Stadiummarker.

22 November 2007: Steve McClaren is dismissed as England manager by the Football Association after 16 months in charge.

26 November 2007: Billy Davies is sacked as manager of Derby County, bottom of the Premier League with just one win so far.

28 November 2007: Paul Jewell returns to management with Derby County, six months after leaving Wigan Athletic. Alex McLeish resigns as Scotland manager to take over at Birmingham City.

30 November 2007: At the end of November, Arsenal lead the Premier League with a three-point lead over second placed defending champions Manchester United, with a game in hand. Manchester City's recent good run of form has seen them emerge as surprise title contenders, as they occupy third place and are just a point behind their neighbours. Chelsea and Liverpool complete the top five. [213377]

14 December 2007: Fabio Capello, 61-year-old Italianmarker who has achieved great success with several top European clubs, accepts an offer from the Football Association to take charge of the England team.

21 December 2007: Premier League strugglers Fulham sack manager Lawrie Sanchez after eight months in charge.

29 December 2007: Phil O'Donnell, former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder, dies from a heart attack during a Scottish Premier League game for Motherwell.

30 December 2007: Roy Hodgson returns to English football, nine years after being sacked by Blackburn Roversmarker, to take over as Fulham manager.

31 December 2007: 2007 draws to a close with Arsenal still Premier League leaders, but they no longer have games in hand over second placed Manchester United and the gap between the top two has now been cut to 2 points. Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City complete the top five. Derby County, Fulham and Wigan Athletic occupy the bottom three places. [213378]

7 January 2008: Fabio Capello officially takes over as England manager.

9 January 2008: Sam Allardyce is sacked after eight months in charge of Newcastle United.

11 January 2008: Chelsea pay Bolton Wanderers £15million for Frenchmarker striker Nicolas Anelka.

16 January 2008: Kevin Keegan is appointed manager of Newcastle United for the second time, having previously been their manager from 1992 until 1997.

24 January 2008: George Burley quits Southampton to take over as Scotland manager.

29 January 2008: Dennis Wise resigns as manager of Leeds United (who replace him with former captain Gary McAllister) to become executive director of Newcastle United.

30 January 2008: Tottenham Hotspur pay £9million for Rangers and Scotland defender Alan Hutton.

31 January 2008: January ends with Manchester United now top of the Premier League, leading on goal difference ahead of Arsenal. Chelsea are homing in on them in third place, followed by Everton, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Liverpool. Derby County, Fulham and Wigan Athletic occupy the bottom three places. [213379]

6 February 2008: England beat Switzerland 2-1 in a home friendly in Fabio Capello's first game in charge.

24 February 2008: Tottenham Hotspur end their nine-year trophy drought with a 2-1 win over Chelsea in the Football League Cup final.

29 February 2008: February draws to a close with Arsenal back on top of the Premier League with a 3-point lead over Manchester United. Chelsea remain in the title race in third place, but the gap between them and the rest of the elite has widened and the challenge from Liverpool, Everton, Aston Villa, Portsmouth and Manchester City is now very much a race for a European place rather than a title race. [213380]

1 March 2008: Colchester United's former England striker Teddy Sheringham, who turns 42 next month and is the oldest professional footballer in the country, announces that he will retire from playing at the end of the season, calling time on a 26-year playing career.

29 March 2008: Derby County's relegation is confirmed after they can only manage a 2-2 draw at home to fellow Premier League strugglers Fulham - the earliest relegation to be confirmed in all 16 seasons of the Premier League.

31 March 2008: March ends with Manchester United 6 points ahead of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton completing the top five. Fulham and Bolton Wanderers complete the bottom three which is propped up by already relegated Derby County. [213381]

29 April 2008: Tottenham Hotspur match their club record fee with a £16.5million move for Dinamo Zagreb and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric.

30 April 2008: April ends with Manchester United and Chelsea level at the top of the Premier League, while Arsenal's challenge is effectively over after several weeks of dismal form. Liverpool, Everton and Aston Villa occupy the remaining three European places, with Portsmouth and Manchester City still in contention. Derby County, Fulham and Birmingham City occupy the bottom three places, but the latter two still pose a threat to the safety of Reading and Bolton Wanderers, while Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic are now almost certainly safe. [213382]

11 May 2008: Manchester United seal their 10th Premier League title and their 17th top division title overall, while Derby County finish the season in bottom place with a record top division low of one win and 11 points. Joining them in the Football League Championship for next season are Birmingham City and Reading.

12 May 2008: FC Porto and Portugal winger Jose Bosingwa agrees to join Chelsea in a £16.2million deal.

15 May 2008: Tommy Burns, former Reading manager and current member of the Scottish national football team coaching set-up, dies of cancer aged 51.

17 May 2008: Portsmouth's 58-year wait for a major trophy ends with a 1-0 win over Cardiff City in the FA Cup final. Kanu scores the only goal of the game.

21 May 2008: In the first all-English European Cup final, Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Moscowmarker. Edwin van der Saar saved Nicolas Anelka's penalty kick to give the trophy to United, while earlier in the shoot-out John Terry missed the penalty that would have given Chelsea the trophy for the very first time.

24 May 2008: Hull City reach the top flight for the first time in their history with a 1-0 win over Bristol City in the Football League Championship playoff final, with 39-year-old striker Dean Windass scoring the winning goal. It is Hull's third promotion in five seasons - the second quickest rise from the league's fourth tier to the highest. On the same day, Avram Grant is sacked as manager of Chelsea (without a major trophy for the first time in four years) despite having taken them to the brink of Premier League and European Cup glory this season.

25 May 2008: Doncaster Rovers reach the second tier of the English league for the first time in 50 years with a 1-0 win over Leeds United in the League One playoff final. Just six years ago, Leeds were a top-five Premier League club playing European football, while Doncaster were still in the Conference.

2 June 2008: Sven Goran Eriksson is sacked after one season as manager of Manchester City.

5 June 2008: Mark Hughes leaves Blackburn Roversmarker after four years to take over at Manchester City.

22 June 2008: Paul Ince becomes manager of Blackburn Rovers, ending his season-long spell in charge of Milton Keynes Dons (where he won the League Two title and the Football League Trophy.

1 July 2008: Luiz Felipe Scolari, who managed Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002, is appointed manager of Chelsea.

Managerial changes

Name Club Date of departure Replacement Date of appointment
Neil McDonald Carlisle United 13 August 2007 John Ward 2 October 2007
Martin Allen Leicester City 29 August 2007 Gary Megson 13 September 2007
Ronnie Jepson Gillingham 9 September 2007 Mark Stimson 1 November 2007
José Mourinho Chelsea 20 September 2007 Avram Grant 20 September 2007
Martin Foyle Port Vale 26 September 2007 Lee Sinnott 5 November 2007
John Gregory Queens Park Rangers 1 October 2007 Luigi De Canio 29 October 2007
John Ward Cheltenham Town 2 October 2007 Keith Downing1 2 November 2007
Willie Donachie Millwall 8 October 2007 Kenny Jackett 6 November 2007
Peter Taylor Crystal Palace 8 October 2007 Neil Warnock 11 October 2007
Peter Grant Norwich City 9 October 2007 Glenn Roeder 30 October 2007
John Schofield Lincoln City 15 October 2007 Peter Jackson 30 October 2007
Steve Thompson Notts County 16 October 2007 Ian McParland 18 October 2007
Sammy Lee Bolton Wanderers 17 October 2007 Gary Megson 25 October 2007
Gary Megson Leicester City 24 October 2007 Ian Holloway 22 November 2007
Martin Jol Tottenham Hotspur 25 October 2007 Juande Ramos 27 October 2007
Chris Hutchings Wigan Athletic 5 November 2007 Steve Bruce 26 November 2007
Steve Cotterill Burnley 8 November 2007 Owen Coyle 22 November 2007
Paul Simpson Preston North End 13 November 2007 Alan Irvine 20 November 2007
Brian Carey Wrexham 15 November 2007 Brian Little 15 November 2007
Steve Bruce Birmingham City 19 November 2007 Alex McLeish 28 November 2007
Ian Holloway Plymouth Argyle 21 November 2007 Paul Sturrock 27 November 2007
Billy Davies Derby County 26 November 2007 Paul Jewell 28 November 2007
Paul Sturrock Swindon Town 27 November 2007 Maurice Malpas 15 January 2008
Terry Butcher Brentford 11 December 2007 Andy Scott2 4 January 2008
Lawrie Sanchez Fulham 21 December 2007 Roy Hodgson 30 December 2007
Sam Allardyce Newcastle United 9 January 2008 Kevin Keegan 16 January 2008
Chris Casper Bury 14 January 2008 Alan Knill 4 February 2008
Kevin Blackwell Luton Town 16 January 2008 Mick Harford3 16 January 2008
George Burley Southampton 24 January 2008 Nigel Pearson 18 February 2008
Dennis Wise Leeds United 29 January 2008 Gary McAllister 29 January 2008
Iain Dowie Coventry City 11 February 2008 Chris Coleman 19 February 2008
Bryan Robson Sheffield United 14 February 2008 Kevin Blackwell4 14 February 2008
Ian Brightwell Macclesfield Town 27 February 2008 Keith Alexander 27 February 2008
Bobby Williamson Chester City 2 March 2008 Simon Davies5 11 March 2008
Gary Peters Shrewsbury Town 3 March 2008 Paul Simpson 12 March 2008
Billy Dearden Mansfield Town 8 March 2008 Paul Holland6 25 March 2008
Andy Ritchie Huddersfield Town 1 April 2008 Stan Ternent 24 April 2008
Richard Money Walsall 22 April 2008 Jimmy Mullen7 22 May 2008
Dean Wilkins Brighton & Hove Albion 8 May 2008 Micky Adams 8 May 2008
Luigi De Canio Queens Park Rangers 8 May 2008 Iain Dowie 14 May 2008
Paul Lambert Wycombe Wanderers 20 May 2008 Peter Taylor 29 May 2008
Ian Holloway Leicester City 23 May 2008 Nigel Pearson 20 June 2008
Avram Grant Chelsea 24 May 2008 Luiz Felipe Scolari 1 July 2008
Nigel Pearson Southampton 30 May 2008 Jan Poortvliet 30 May 2008
Sven-Göran Eriksson Manchester City 2 June 2008 Mark Hughes 5 June 2008
Mark Hughes Blackburn Roversmarker 5 June 2008 Paul Ince 22 June 2008
Paul Ince Milton Keynes Dons 22 June 2008 Roberto Di Matteo 2 July 2008


  • 1 Downing was previously caretaker manager after Ward's departure.
  • 2 Scott was previously caretaker manager after Butcher's departure.
  • 3 Harford was named caretaker manager for the remainder of the season.
  • 4 Blackwell was named caretaker manager for the remainder of the season.
  • 5 Davies' caretaker role was extended until the end of the season.
  • 6 Holland's caretaker role was extended until the end of the season.
  • 7 Mullen was previously caretaker manager after Money's departure.

Promotion and relegation

Playoff winners in bold.

Premier League

  • Champions: Manchester United
  • Champions League 2008/09 Qualifiers : Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool
  • UEFA Cup 2008/09 Qualifiers : Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Manchester City and Portsmouth
  • Relegated to The Championship : Derby County, Birmingham City and Reading


  • Champions: West Bromwich Albion
  • Promoted: Stoke City
  • Playoffs : Hull City, Bristol City, Watford and Crystal Palace
  • Relegated: Leicester City, Scunthorpe United and Colchester United

League One

  • Champions: Swansea City
  • Promoted: Nottingham Forest
  • Playoffs : Doncaster Rovers, Leeds United ,Southend United and Carlisle United
  • Relegated: AFC Bournemouth, Gillingham, Port Vale and Luton Town

League Two

  • Champions: Milton Keynes Dons
  • Promoted: Peterborough United, Hereford United
  • Playoffs : Stockport County, Rochdale, Darlington and Wycombe Wanderers
  • Relegated: Mansfield Town and Wrexham

Conference National

  • Champions: Aldershot Town
  • Play-offs: Cambridge United, Torquay United, Exeter City and Burton Albion
  • Relegated: Altrincham*, Farsley Celtic, Stafford Rangers and Droylsden *Promoted to: Kettering Town, Lewes, Eastbourne Borough and Barrow *Altrincham avoided relegation after Halifax Town went into liquidation ==National team== The [[England national football team|England]] played their first international match on a [[FieldTurf|synthetic pitch]] against [[Russia national football team|Russia]]. England lost the game 2–1{{cite news | date=[[2007-10-17]] | url= | title=Russia 2-1 England | work=BBC Sport | accessdate=2007-10-17}} leaving qualification for [[UEFA Euro 2008|Euro 2008]] out of their hands. England failed to qualify for [[UEFA Euro 2008|Euro 2008]] after losing 3–2 to [[Croatia national football team|Croatia]] on [[21 November]] [[2007]].{{cite news | date=[[2007-11-21]] | url= | title=England 2-3 Croatia| work=BBC Sport | accessdate=2007-11-22}} As a result, England manager Steve McClaren was sacked the following day.[ McClaren sacked as England coach] ''BBC Sport''. Retrieved on [[November 26]], [[2007]] [[Fabio Capello]] was confirmed as the new England manager on [[14 December]] [[2007]]. Capello was unveiled by [[The FA]] on [[17 December]] [[2007]], and took up his new role on [[7 January]] [[2008]].{{citenews | date=[[2007-12-14]] | url= | title=Capello named new England manager| work=BBC Sport | accessdate=2007-12-14}} ===Friendly matches=== The home team is listed on the left; the visiting one on the right. {{footballbox |date=22 August 2007 |team1= [[England national football team|England]] {{flagicon|England}} |score= 1 – 2 |report=[ (Report)] |team2={{flagicon|Germany}} [[Germany national football team|Germany]] |goals1= [[Frank Lampard|Lampard]] {{goal|9}}
    [[Joe Cole|Cole]] {{yel|34}} |goals2=[[Kevin Kuranyi|Kuranyi]] {{goal|26}}
    [[Christian Pander|Pander]] {{goal|40}} |stadium=[[Wembley Stadium]], [[London]] |attendance=86,133 |referee={{flagicon|Switzerland}} [[Massimo Busacca]]}} ---- {{footballbox |date=16 November 2007 |team1=[[Austria national football team|Austria]] {{flagicon|Austria}} |score= 0 – 1 |report=[ (Report)] |team2={{flagicon|England}} [[England national football team|England]] |goals1= |goals2= [[Peter Crouch|Crouch]] {{goal|44}} |stadium=[[Ernst Happel Stadion]], [[Vienna]] |attendance=39,432 |referee={{flagicon|Denmark}} [[Nicolai Vollquartz]]}} ---- {{footballbox |date=6 February 2008 |team1=[[England national football team|England]] {{flagicon|England}} |score= 2 – 1 |report=[ (Report)] |team2={{flagicon|Switzerland}} [[Switzerland national football team|Switzerland]] |goals1= [[Jermaine Jenas|Jenas]] {{goal|40}}
    [[Shaun Wright-Phillips|Wright-Phillips]] {{goal|62}} |goals2= [[Eren Derdiyok|Derdiyok]] {{goal|58}} |stadium=[[Wembley Stadium]], [[London]] |attendance=86,857 |referee={{flagicon|Germany}} [[Felix Brych]]}} ---- {{footballbox |date=26 March 2008 |team1=[[France national football team|France]] {{flagicon|France}} |score= 1 – 0 |report=[ (Report)] |team2={{flagicon|England}} [[England national football team|England]] |goals1= [[Frank Ribery|Ribery]] {{goal|32|pen.}} |goals2= |stadium=[[Stade de France]], [[Paris]] |attendance=78,500 |referee={{flagicon|Germany}} [[Florian Meyer]]}} ---- {{footballbox |date=28 May 2008 |team1=[[England national football team|England]] {{flagicon|England}} |score=2 – 0 |report=[ (Report)] |team2={{flagicon|United States}} [[United States men's national soccer team|United States]] |goals1= [[John Terry|Terry]] {{goal|38}}
    [[Steven Gerrard|Gerrard]] {{goal|59}} |goals2= |stadium=[[Wembley Stadium]], [[London]] |attendance=71,233 |referee={{flagicon|Greece}} [[Kyros Vassaras]]}} ---- {{footballbox |date=1 June 2008 |team1=[[Trinidad and Tobago national football team|Trinidad and Tobago]] {{flagicon|Trinidad and Tobago}} |score=0 – 3 |report=[ (Report)] |team2={{flagicon|England}} [[England national football team|England]] |goals1= |goals2= [[Gareth Barry|Barry]] {{goal|12}}
    [[Jermain Defoe|Defoe]] {{goal|16}} {{goal|49}}
    [[Steven Gerrard|Gerrard]] {{yel|30}} |stadium=[[Hasely Crawford Stadium]], [[Port of Spain]] |attendance=25,001 |referee={{flagicon|Suriname}} [[Enrico Wijngaarde]]}} ===Euro 2008 qualifiers=== {{footballbox |date=8 September 2007 |team1=[[England national football team|England]] {{flagicon|England}} |score=3 – 0 |report=[ (Report)] |team2={{flagicon|Israel}} [[Israel national football team|Israel]] |goals1= [[Shaun Wright-Phillips|Wright-Phillips]] {{goal|20}}
    [[Michael Owen|Owen]] {{goal|49}}
    [[Micah Richards|Richards]] {{goal|66}}
    [[John Terry|Terry]] {{yel|67}} |goals2= [[Shimon Gershon|Gershon]] {{yel|15}}
    [[Arik Benado|Benado]] {{yel|45}}
    [[Yoav Ziv|Ziv]] {{yel|55}}
    [[Dudu Aouate|Aouate]] {{yel|66}} |stadium=[[Wembley Stadium]], [[London]] |attendance=85,372 |referee={{flagicon|NED}} [[Pieter Vink]]}} ---- {{footballbox |date=12 September 2007 |team1=[[England national football team|England]] {{flagicon|England}} |score= 3 – 0 |report=[ (Report)] |team2={{flagicon|Russia}} [[Russia national football team|Russia]] |goals1= [[Michael Owen|Owen]] {{goal|7}} {{goal|31}}
    [[Joe Cole|Cole]] {{yel|79}}
    [[Rio Ferdinand|Ferdinand]] {{goal|84}} |goals2= |stadium=[[Wembley Stadium]], [[London]] |attendance=86,106 |referee={{flagicon|SWE}} [[Martin Hansson]]}} ---- {{footballbox |date=13 October 2007 |team1=[[England national football team|England]] {{flagicon|England}} |score= 3 – 0 |report=[ (Report)] |team2={{flagicon|Estonia}} [[Estonia national football team|Estonia]] |goals1= [[Shaun Wright-Phillips|Wright-Phillips]] {{goal|11}}
    [[Wayne Rooney|Rooney]] {{goal|32}}
    [[Taavi Rähn|Rähn]] {{goal|33|o.g.}} |goals2= [[Taavi Rähn|Rähn]] {{yel|12}}
    [[Joel Lindpere|Lindpere]] {{yel|73}} |stadium=[[Wembley Stadium]], [[London]] |attendance=86,655 |referee={{flagicon|DEN}} [[Nicolai Vollquartz]]}} ---- {{footballbox |date=17 October 2007 |team1=[[Russia national football team|Russia]] {{flagicon|Russia}} |score= 2 – 1 |report=[ (Report)] |team2={{flagicon|England}} [[England national football team|England]] |goals1= [[Vasili Berezutskiy|Berezutskiy]] {{yel|12}}
    [[Roman Pavlyuchenko|Pavlyuchenko]] {{goal|69|pen.}} {{goal|73}} {{yel|74}} |goals2= [[Wayne Rooney|Rooney]] {{goal|29}} {{yel|69}}
    [[Rio Ferdinand|Ferdinand]] {{yel|59}} |stadium=[[Luzhniki Stadium]], [[Moscow]] |attendance=84,700 |referee={{flagicon|ESP}} [[Luis Medina Cantalejo]]}} ---- {{footballbox |date=21 November 2007 |team1=[[England national football team|England]] {{flagicon|England}} |score= 2 – 3 |report=[ (Report)] |team2={{flagicon|Croatia}} [[Croatia national football team|Croatia]] |goals1= [[Frank Lampard|Lampard]] {{goal|56|pen.}}
    [[Peter Crouch|Crouch]] {{goal|65}} |goals2= [[Niko Kranjčar|Kranjčar]] {{goal|8}}
    [[Ivica Olić|Olić]] {{goal|14}}
    [[Mladen Petrić|Petrić]] {{goal|77}} |stadium=[[Wembley Stadium]], [[London]] |attendance=88,091 |referee={{flagicon|SWE}} [[Peter Frojdfeldt]]}} ==Honours== {| class="wikitable" |- !Competition !Winner !Details !Match report |- |[[UEFA Champions League]] |[[Manchester United F.C.|Manchester United]] |[[UEFA Champions League 2007-08]]
    Beat [[Chelsea F.C.|Chelsea]] 6–5 on penalties (1–1 a.e.t.) |[ Report] |- |[[Premier League]] |[[Manchester United F.C.|Manchester United]] |[[Premier League 2007-08|Premier League 2007–08]] |[ Report] |- |[[Football League Championship]] |[[West Bromwich Albion]] |[[The Football League 2007-08|The Football League 2007–08]] |[ Report] |- |[[Football League One]] |[[Swansea City F.C.|Swansea City]] |[[The Football League 2007-08|The Football League 2007–08]] |[ Report] |- |[[Football League Two]] |[[Milton Keynes Dons F.C.|Milton Keynes Dons]] |[[The Football League 2007-08|The Football League 2007–08]] |[ Report] |- |[[FA Cup]] |[[Portsmouth F.C.|Portsmouth]] |[[FA Cup 2007-08|FA Cup 2007–08]] |[ Report] |- |[[Football League Cup|League Cup]] |[[Tottenham Hotspur F.C.|Tottenham Hotspur]] |[[Football League Cup 2007-08|Football League Cup 2007–08]]
    Beat [[Chelsea F.C.|Chelsea]] 2–1 a.e.t. |[ Report] |- |[[Football League Trophy]] |[[Milton Keynes Dons F.C.|Milton Keynes Dons]] |[[Football League Trophy 2007-08|Football League Trophy 2007–08]]
    Beat [[Grimsby Town F.C.|Grimsby Town]] 2–0 |[ Report] |- |[[FA Trophy]] |[[Ebbsfleet United F.C.|Ebbsfleet United]] |[[FA Trophy 2007-08|FA Trophy 2007–08]] |[ Report] |- |[[Conference League Cup]] |[[Aldershot Town F.C.|Aldershot Town]] |[[Conference League Cup 2007-08|Conference League Cup 2007–08]]
    Beat [[Rushden & Diamonds F.C.|Rushden & Diamonds]] 4–3 on penalties (3–3 a.e.t.) |[ Report] |- |[[FA Community Shield]] |[[Manchester United F.C.|Manchester United]] |[[2007 FA Community Shield]]
    Beat [[Chelsea F.C.|Chelsea]] 3–0 on penalties (1–1 a.e.t.) |[ Report] |- |} ==League Tables== ===Premier League=== {| cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3" style="text-align: right;" ! !! !! !!P!!W!!D!!L!!F!!A!!GD!!Pts |-align="right" style="background:#f0bf3f;" |'''C'''||1||align="left"|[[Manchester United F.C.|Manchester United]]||38||27||6||5||80||22||+58||87 |-align="right" style="background:#f0bf3f;" |'''CL'''||2||align="left"|[[Chelsea F.C.|Chelsea]]||38||25||10||3||65||26||+39||85 |- align="right" style="background:#f0bf3f;" |'''CL'''||3||align="left"|[[Arsenal F.C.|Arsenal]]||38||24||11||3||74||31||+43||83 |-align="right" style="background:#f0bf3f;" |'''CL'''||4||align="left"|[[Liverpool F.C.|Liverpool]]||38||21||13||4||67||28||+39||76 |-align="right" style="background:#ccccff;" |'''UC'''||5||align="left"|[[Everton F.C.|Everton]]||38||19||8||11||55||33||+22||65 |-align="right" style="background:#ccccff;" |'''UC'''||6||align="left"|[[Aston Villa F.C.|Aston Villa]]||38||16||12||10||71||51||+20||60 |- | ||7||align="left"|[[Blackburn Rovers F.C.|Blackburn Rovers]]||38||15||13||10||50||48||+2||58 |-align="right" style="background:#ccccff;" |'''UC'''||8||align="left"|[[Portsmouth F.C.|Portsmouth]]||38||16||9||13||48||40||+8||57 |-align="right" style="background:#ccccff;" |'''UC'''||9||align="left"|[[Manchester City F.C.|Manchester City]]||38||15||10||13||45||53||-8||55 |- | ||10||align="left"|[[West Ham United F.C.|West Ham United]]||38||13||10||15||42||50||-8||49 |-align="right" style="background:#ccccff;" |'''UC'''||11||align="left"|[[Tottenham Hotspur F.C.|Tottenham Hotspur]]||38||11||13||14||66||61||+5||46 |- | ||12||align="left"|[[Newcastle United F.C.|Newcastle United]]||38||11||10||17||45||65||-20||43 |- | ||13||align="left"|[[Middlesbrough F.C.|Middlesbrough]]||38||10||12||16||43||53||-10||42 |- | ||14||align="left"|[[Wigan Athletic F.C.|Wigan Athletic]]||38||10||10||18||34||51||-17||40 |- | ||15||align="left"|[[Sunderland F.C.|Sunderland]]||38||11||6||21||36||59||-23||39 |- | ||16||align="left"|[[Bolton Wanderers F.C.|Bolton Wanderers]]||38||9||10||19||36||54||-18||37 |- | ||17||align="left"|[[Fulham F.C.|Fulham]]||38||8||12||18||38||60||-22||36 |- style="background:#ffcccc;" |'''R'''||18||align="left"|[[Reading F.C.|Reading]]||38||10||6||22||41||66||-25||36 |- style="background:#ffcccc;" |'''R'''||19||align="left"|[[Birmingham City F.C.|Birmingham City]]||38||8||11||19||46||62||-16||35 |- style="background:#ffcccc;" |'''R'''||20||align="left"|[[Derby County F.C.|Derby County]]||38||1||8||29||20||89||-69||11 |} ===Football League Championship=== {| cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3" ! !! !! !!P!!W!!D!!L!!F!!A!!GD!!Pts |- align="right" style="background:#f0bf3f;" |'''C'''||1||align="left"|[[West Bromwich Albion F.C.|West Bromwich Albion]]||46||23||12||11||88||55||+33||81 |- align="right" style="background:#f0bf3f;" |'''P'''||2||align="left"|[[Stoke City F.C.|Stoke City]]||46||21||16||9||69||55||+14||79 |- align="right" style="background:#f0bf3f;" |'''P'''||3||align="left"|[[Hull City A.F.C.|Hull City]]||46||21||12||13||65||47||+18||75 |- align="right" style="background:#ccccff;" | ||4||align="left"|[[Bristol City F.C.|Bristol City]]||46||20||14||12||54||53||+1||74 |- align="right" style="background:#ccccff;" | ||5||align="left"|[[Crystal Palace F.C.|Crystal Palace]]||46||18||17||11||58||42||+16||71 |- align="right" style="background:#ccccff;" | ||6||align="left"|[[Watford F.C.|Watford]]||46||18||16||12||62||56||+6||70 |- align="right" | ||7||align="left"|[[Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.|Wolverhampton Wanderers]]||46||18||16||12||53||48||+5||70 |- align="right" | ||8||align="left"|[[Ipswich Town F.C.|Ipswich Town]]||46||18||15||13||65||56||+9||69 |- align="right" | ||9||align="left"|[[Sheffield United F.C.|Sheffield United]]||46||17||15||14||56||51||+5||66 |- align="right" | ||10||align="left"|[[Plymouth Argyle F.C.|Plymouth Argyle]]||46||17||13||16||61||49||+12||64 |- align="right" | ||11||align="left"|[[Charlton Athletic F.C.|Charlton Athletic]]||46||17||13||16||63||58||+5||64 |- align="right" | ||12||align="left"|[[Cardiff City F.C.|Cardiff City]]||46||16||16||14||59||55||+4||64 |- align="right" | ||13||align="left"|[[Burnley F.C.|Burnley]]||46||16||14||16||60||67||-7||62 |- align="right" | ||14||align="left"|[[Queens Park Rangers F.C.|Queens Park Rangers]]||46||14||16||16||60||66||-6||58 |- align="right" | ||15||align="left"|[[Preston North End F.C.|Preston North End]]||46||15||11||20||50||55||-5||56 |- align="right" | ||16||align="left"|[[Sheffield Wednesday F.C.|Sheffield Wednesday]]||46||14||13||19||54||55||-1||55 |- align="right" | ||17||align="left"|[[Norwich City F.C.|Norwich City]]||46||15||10||21||49||59||-10||55 |- align="right" | ||18||align="left"|[[Barnsley F.C.|Barnsley]]||46||14||13||19||52||65||-13||55 |- align="right" | ||19||align="left"|[[Blackpool F.C.|Blackpool]]||46||12||18||16||59||64||-5||54 |- align="right" | ||20||align="left"|[[Southampton F.C.|Southampton]]||46||13||15||18||56||72||-16||54 |- align="right" | ||21||align="left"|[[Coventry City F.C.|Coventry City]]||46||14||11||21||52||64||-12||53 |- align="right" style="background:#ffcccc;" |'''R'''||22||align="left"|[[Leicester City F.C.|Leicester City]]||46||12||16||18||42||45||-3||52 |- align="right" style="background:#ffcccc;" |'''R'''||23||align="left"|[[Scunthorpe United F.C.|Scunthorpe United]]||46||11||13||22||45||69||-24||46 |- align="right" style="background:#ffcccc;" |'''R'''||24||align="left"|[[Colchester United F.C.|Colchester United]]||46||7||17||22||62||86||-24||38 |} ===Football League One=== {| cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3" ! !! !! !!P!!W!!D!!L!!F!!A!!GD!!Pts |- align="right" style="background:#f0bf3f;" |'''C'''||1||align="left"|[[Swansea City A.F.C.|Swansea City]]||46||27||11||8||82||42||+40||92 |- align="right" style="background:#f0bf3f;" |'''P'''||2||align="left"|[[Nottingham Forest F.C.|Nottingham Forest]]||46||22||16||8||64||32||+32||82 |- align="right" style="background:#f0bf3f;" |'''P'''||3||align="left"|[[Doncaster Rovers F.C.|Doncaster Rovers]]||46||23||11||12||65||41||+24||80 |- align="right" style="background:#ccccff;" | ||4||align="left"|[[Carlisle United F.C.|Carlisle United]]||46||23||11||12||64||46||+18||80 |- align="right" style="background:#ccccff;" | ||5||align="left"|[[Leeds United F.C.|Leeds United]]||46||27||10||9||72||38||+34||76* |- align="right" style="background:#ccccff;" | ||6||align="left"|[[Southend United F.C.|Southend United]]||46||22||10||14||70||55||+15||76 |- align="right" | ||7||align="left"|[[Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.|Brighton and Hove Albion]]||46||19||12||15||58||50||+6||69 |- align="right" | ||8||align="left"|[[Oldham Athletic A.F.C.|Oldham Athletic]]||46||18||13||15||58||45||+13||67 |- align="right" | ||9||align="left"|[[Northampton Town F.C.|Northampton Town]]||46||17||15||14||60||55||+5||66 |- align="right" | ||10||align="left"|[[Huddersfield Town F.C.|Huddersfield Town]]||46||20||6||20||50||62||-12||66 |- align="right" | ||11||align="left"|[[Tranmere Rovers F.C.|Tranmere Rovers]]||46||18||11||17||52||47||+5||65 |- align="right" | ||12||align="left"|[[Walsall F.C.|Walsall]]||46||16||16||14||52||46||+6||64 |- align="right" | ||13||align="left"|[[Swindon Town F.C.|Swindon Town]]||46||16||13||17||63||56||+7||61 |- align="right" | ||14||align="left"|[[Leyton Orient F.C.|Leyton Orient]]||46||16||12||18||49||63||-14||60 |- align="right" | ||15||align="left"|[[Hartlepool United F.C.|Hartlepool United]]||46||15||9||22||62||65||-3||54 |- align="right" | ||16||align="left"|[[Bristol Rovers F.C.|Bristol Rovers]]||46||12||17||17||45||53||-8||53 |- align="right" | ||17||align="left"|[[Millwall F.C.|Millwall]]||46||14||10||22||45||61||-16||52 |- align="right" | ||18||align="left"|[[Yeovil Town F.C.|Yeovil Town]]||46||14||10||22||38||59||-21||52 |- align="right" | ||19||align="left"|[[Cheltenham Town F.C.|Cheltenham Town]]||46||13||12||21||42||64||-22||51 |- align="right" | ||20||align="left"|[[Crewe Alexandra F.C.|Crewe Alexandra]]||46||12||14||20||47||65||-18||50 |- align="right" style="background:#ffcccc;" |'''R'''||21||align="left"|[[A.F.C. Bournemouth|Bournemouth]]||46||17||7||22||62||72||-10||48* |- align="right" style="background:#ffcccc;" |'''R'''||22||align="left"|[[Gillingham F.C.|Gillingham]]||46||11||13||22||44||73||-29||46 |- align="right" style="background:#ffcccc;" |'''R'''||23||align="left"|[[Port Vale F.C.|Port Vale]]||46||9||11||26||47||81||-34||38 |- align="right" style="background:#ffcccc;" |'''R'''||24||align="left"|[[Luton Town F.C.|Luton Town]]||46||11||10||25||43||63||-20||33* |} * Leeds deducted 15 points for failure to comply with rules on insolvency, Luton and Bournemouth deducted 10 points each for entering administration. ===Football League Two=== {| cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3" ! !! !! !!P!!W!!D!!L!!F!!A!!GD!!Pts |- align="right" style="background:#f0bf3f;" |'''C'''||1||align="left"|[[Milton Keynes Dons F.C.|Milton Keynes Dons]]||46||29||10||7||82||37||+45||97 |- align="right" style="background:#f0bf3f;" |'''P'''||2||align="left"|[[Peterborough United F.C.|Peterborough United]]||46||28||8||10||84||43||+41||92 |- align="right" style="background:#f0bf3f;" |'''P'''||3||align="left"|[[Hereford United F.C.|Hereford United]]||46||26||10||10||72||41||+31||88 |- align="right" style="background:#f0bf3f;" |'''P'''||4||align="left"|[[Stockport County F.C.|Stockport County]]||46||24||10||12||72||54||+18||82 |- align="right" style="background:#ccccff;" | ||5||align="left"|[[Rochdale F.C.|Rochdale]]||46||23||11||12||77||55||+22||80 |- align="right" style="background:#ccccff;" | ||6||align="left"|[[Darlington F.C.|Darlington]]||46||22||12||12||67||40||+27||78 |- align="right" style="background:#ccccff;" | ||7||align="left"|[[Wycombe Wanderers F.C.|Wycombe Wanderers]]||46||22||12||12||56||42||+14||78 |- align="right" | ||8||align="left"|[[Chesterfield F.C.|Chesterfield]]||46||19||12||15||76||56||+20||69 |- align="right" | ||9||align="left"|[[Rotherham United F.C.|Rotherham United]]||46||21||11||14||60||58||+2||64* |- align="right" | ||10||align="left"|[[Bradford City A.F.C.|Bradford City]]||46||17||11||18||63||61||+2||62 |- align="right" | ||11||align="left"|[[Morecambe F.C.|Morecambe]]||46||16||12||18||59||63||-4||60 |- align="right" | ||12||align="left"|[[Barnet F.C.|Barnet]]||46||16||12||18||56||63||-7||60 |- align="right" | ||13||align="left"|[[Bury F.C.|Bury]]||46||16||11||19||58||61||-3||59 |- align="right" | ||14||align="left"|[[Brentford F.C.|Brentford]]||46||17||8||21||52||70||-18||59 |- align="right" | ||15||align="left"|[[Lincoln City F.C.|Lincoln City]]||46||18||4||24||61||77||-16||58 |- align="right" | ||16||align="left"|[[Grimsby Town F.C.|Grimsby Town]]||46||15||10||21||55||66||-11||55 |- align="right" | ||17||align="left"|[[Accrington Stanley F.C.|Accrington Stanley]]||46||16||3||27||49||83||-34||51 |- align="right" | ||18||align="left"|[[Shrewsbury Town F.C.|Shrewsbury Town]]||46||12||14||20||56||65||-9||50 |- align="right" | ||19||align="left"|[[Macclesfield Town F.C.|Macclesfield Town]]||46||11||17||18||47||64||-17||50 |- align="right" | ||20||align="left"|[[Dagenham & Redbridge F.C.|Dagenham & Redbridge]]||46||13||10||23||49||70||-21||49 |- align="right" | ||21||align="left"|[[Notts County F.C.|Notts County]]||46||10||18||18||37||53||-16||48 |- align="right" | ||22||align="left"|[[Chester City F.C.|Chester City]]||46||12||11||23||51||68||-17||47 |- align="right" style="background:#ffcccc;" |'''R'''||23||align="left"|[[Mansfield Town F.C.|Mansfield Town]]||46||11||9||26||48||68||-20||42 |- align="right" style="background:#ffcccc;" |'''R'''||24||align="left"|[[Wrexham A.F.C.|Wrexham]]||46||10||10||26||38||70||-32||40 |} * Deducted 10 points for entering administration

Transfer deals



See also

2007–08 season


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