2008 UEFA Cup Final

The 2008 UEFA Cup Final was a football match that took place on 14 May 2008 at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, England.[2] It was the 37th annual final of the UEFA Cup, UEFA's second tier club football tournament.

2008 UEFA Cup Final
Match programme cover
Event2007–08 UEFA Cup
Date14 May 2008
VenueCity of Manchester Stadium, Manchester
Man of the MatchAndrey Arshavin (Zenit Saint Petersburg)
RefereePeter Fröjdfeldt (Sweden)
Attendance43,878
WeatherSunny
16 °C (61 °F)
43% humidity[1]
2007
2009

The match, which was contested by Zenit Saint Petersburg of Russia and Rangers of Scotland, was billed [by whom?] as a battle between former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat, then the manager of Zenit, and incumbent Rangers boss Walter Smith, both of whom had completed the Scottish domestic treble; Smith in 1993, Advocaat in 1999.

Zenit won the match 2–0 with goals from Igor Denisov and Konstantin Zyryanov,[3] to claim their first UEFA Cup title, making them only the second Russian side to win the competition, after CSKA Moscow in 2004–05.

The fixture is notable for having the largest travelling support in football history, with close to 200,000 Rangers fans travelling to Manchester for the occasion.[4][5]


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