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2008 UEFA Cup Final
Event 2007–08 UEFA Cup
Date 14 May 2008
Venue City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester
Man of the Match Andrei Arshavin (Zenit)
Referee Peter Fröjdfeldt (Sweden)
Attendance 43,878
Weather Sunny
43% humidity
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The 2008 UEFA Cup Final was the 37th final of the UEFA Cup. It is UEFA's second tier club football tournament. The match was played at the City of Manchester Stadium. It is the home stadium of Manchester City F.C., in Manchester, England, at 20:45 CEST (19:45 local time) on 14 May 2008.

The match was played by Zenit St. Petersburg of Russia and Rangers of Scotland. It was called a battle of Rangers coaching staff, with ex-boss Dick Advocaat, currently the manager of Zenit against current boss Walter Smith. Smith has had two times as manager of Rangers. Both coaches led the Rangers to the Scottish domestic treble; Smith in 1993 and Advocaat in 1999.

Zenit won the match 2–0. They had goals from Igor Denisov and Konstantin Zyryanov. It was their first UEFA Cup title. It made them only the second Russian side to win the competition, after CSKA Moscow in 2004–05.

The logo of the final shows a picture of the City of Manchester Stadium, created by English artist Liam Spencer. It was first shown at a ceremony in the stadium on December 6.

Route to the final

Knockout stage

Zenit St. Petersburg Rangers
Spain Villarreal
1 - ;0
Pogrebnyak 63' Round of 32
First leg
Greece Panathinaikos
0 - 0
Spain Villarreal
1 - 2
Zenit St. Petersburg won on away goals
Pogrebnyak 31' Second leg Greece Panathinaikos
1 - 1
Rangers won on away goals
Novo 81'
France Marseille
1 - 3
Arshavin 82' Round of 16
First leg
Germany Werder Bremen
2 - 0
Cousin 45'
Davis 47'
France Marseille
2 - 0
Zenit St. Petersburg won on away goals
Pogrebnyak 39', 78' Second leg Germany Werder Bremen
0 - 1
Germany Bayer Leverkusen
4 - 1
Arshavin 20'
Pogrebnyak 52'
Anyukov 61'
Denisov 64'
First leg
Portugal Sporting CP
0 - 0
Germany Bayer Leverkusen
0 - 1
Second leg Portugal Sporting CP
2 - 0
Darcheville 60'
Whittaker 90+2'
Germany Bayern Munich
1 - 1
Lúcio 60' (o.g.) Semi-finals
First leg
Italy Fiorentina
0 - 0
Germany Bayern Munich
4 - 0
Pogrebnyak 4', 73'
Zyryanov 39'
Fayzulin 54'
Second leg Italy Fiorentina
0 - 0
Rangers won 4 - 2 on penalties


UEFA CUP Display in Manchester
UEFA Cup on display at Manchester Town Hall

Zenit and Michel Platini asked the British government to ease visa procedures for Russian fans, despite Russia having cancelled visas for British fans travelling to 2008 UEFA Champions League Final in Moscow. However, the Director for British Visa Services for the CIS, Mandy Ivemy, said that "for the U.K. government, visas and biometric checks are a vital part of immigration policy, and we are not prepared to waive them".

Meanwhile, there was a mass flow of Rangers fans into Manchester. Over a hundred thousand supporters 'invaded' the city despite the club's official ticket allocation being just 13,000 and police requests for fans to stay at home. The influx of people resulted in there being no vacant hotel rooms in a twenty-mile radius of the city and the total amount of money that was ploughed into the local economy was estimated to be around £25 million.

Rangers' home ground, Ibrox, was opened to show a live beamback of the match to approximately 30,000 spectators. Fans queued overnight for a seat in the stadium. The capacity was reached more than two hours before kick-off.


Team news

Zenit St. Petersburg were without the competition's top scorer, Pavel Pogrebnyak, who had picked up two bookings in the knockout stages of the tournament and was therefore suspended. However, they were able to call upon their other star names such as attacking midfielders Andrei Arshavin and Konstantin Zyryanov, as well as holding midfielder Anatoliy Tymoschuk.

Rangers manager Walter Smith started with Jean-Claude Darcheville on his own up-front, with a five-man midfield supporting him comprising Steven Davis, Kevin Thomson, Steven Whittaker, Barry Ferguson and Brahim Hemdani. Neil Alexander was making only his tenth start in goal for Rangers, first choice keeper Allan McGregor was injured.

Match details

14 May 2008
20:45 CEST
Zenit St. Petersburg Russia 2 - 0 Scotland Rangers City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester
Attendance: 43,878
Referee: Peter Fröjdfeldt (Sweden)
Denisov Goal 72'
Zyryanov Goal 90+4'
Zenit St. Petersburg
GK 16 Russia Vyacheslav Malafeev Booked in the 90+2th minute 90+2'
RB 22 Russia Aleksandr Anyukov
CB 4 Croatia Ivica Križanac
CB 15 Russia Roman Shirokov
LB 11 Czech Republic Radek Šírl
DM 44 Ukraine Anatoliy Tymoschuk (c)
RM 18 Russia Konstantin Zyryanov
LM 27 Russia Igor Denisov Booked in the 72nd minute 72'
RW 20 Russia Viktor Fayzulin Substituted off in the 90+3th minute 90+3'
LW 10 Russia Andrei Arshavin
CF 9 Turkey Fatih Tekke
GK 1 Slovakia Kamil Čontofalský
DF 5 South Korea Kim Dong-Jin Substituted on in the 90+3th minute 90+3'
MF 2 Russia Vladislav Radimov
MF 25 Netherlands Fernando Ricksen
MF 57 Russia Aleksei Ionov
MF 88 Ukraine Olexandr Gorshkov
FW 7 Argentina Alejandro Domínguez
Netherlands Dick Advocaat
Zenit vs Rangers
GK 13 Scotland Neil Alexander
RB 21 Scotland Kirk Broadfoot Booked in the 90+4th minute 90+4'
CB 3 Scotland David Weir
CB 24 Spain Carlos Cuéllar
LB 5 Bosnia and Herzegovina Saša Papac Substituted off in the 77th minute 77'
DM 7 Algeria Brahim Hemdani Substituted off in the 80th minute 80'
RM 28 Scotland Steven Whittaker Substituted off in the 86th minute 86'
CM 6 Scotland Barry Ferguson (c)
CM 8 Scotland Kevin Thomson
LM 35 Northern Ireland Steven Davis
CF 19 France Jean-Claude Darcheville
GK 16 Scotland Graeme Smith
DF 30 Scotland Christian Dailly
MF 11 Scotland Charlie Adam
MF 39 Senegal Amdy Faye
FW 9 Scotland Kris Boyd Substituted on in the 86th minute 86'
FW 10 Spain Nacho Novo Substituted on in the 77th minute 77'
FW 27 Scotland Lee McCulloch Substituted on in the 80th minute 80'
Scotland Walter Smith

Man of the Match:
Russia Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St. Petersburg)

Assistant referees:
Sweden Stefan Wittberg
Sweden Henrik Andren
Fourth official:
Sweden Martin Ingvarsson

Match statistics

Zenit Rangers
Goals scored 2 0
Total shots 19 8
Shots on target 8 3
Ball possession 56% 44%
Corner kicks 9 2
Fouls committed 12 12
Offsides 3 0
Yellow cards 2 1
Red cards 0 0

Fan violence

Piccadilly Police split Zenit and Rangers
Police split Zenit and Rangers fans

The event was marred by fans rioting in Manchester city centre; these riots started after a big screen that was due to show the match had failed. BBC News 24 interrupted normal programming to broadcast the riots live on television. ITN's flagship News at Ten programme gave a lot of coverage to the riots.

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