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21 May 2008 at 20:45 CEST
Manchester United Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia Chelsea FC
1 6-5 pen. 1
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2008 UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United vs. Chelsea F.C.

British football clubs Manchester United and Chelsea today competed in the first ever Champions League final containing only English clubs. The UEFA Champions League is a large European football tournament, where the highest ranked teams from many countries compete. Manchester United won 6-5 on penalties.

The match started off slowly, with the first goal being scored by Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United. The goal was scored at 19:11 UTC.

Claude Makelele and Paul Scholes were both given yellow cards in the 22nd minute due to a collision in air which resulted in Scholes receiving treatment for a small injury.

A goal scored just before half time, by Frank Lampard, put both sides at an equal position for the start of the second half. The goal was scored from a free kick which was taken as a result of a foul by Rio Ferdinand in the 44th minute. Ferdinand got a yellow card as a result of the incident.

In the first few minutes of the second half, Manchester United were awarded a free kick due to a foul by Ballack, which resulted Ronaldo falling to the ground.

At the mid point in the second half a BBC commentator predicted that changes would be made to the Manchester squad. "Fergie [Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager] remains impassive on the United bench, but surely he can't leave it too much longer before making a change? His team are being over-powered at present," he said.

Drogba aimed to give Chelsea a lead with a shot in the 79th minute, which hit the left hand post.

A late substitution resulted in Paul Scholes being taken off and Ryan Giggs being brought on for Manchester United,

UEFA Champions League

UEFA Champions League

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LOGO
  • Founded 1955
  • Region Europe (UEFA)
  • Number of teams 32 (Group stage) - 76 or 77 (Total)
  • Current champions Manchester United
  • Most successful club Real Madrid (9 times)

UEFA Champions League, which replaced the European Champions Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. The prize, the European Champion Clubs' Cup (more commonly known as the European Cup), is widely considered to be the most prestigious club trophy in the sport. The UEFA Champions League is separate from the UEFA Cup

The tournament consists of several stages. In the present format it begins in mid-July with three preliminary knockout qualifying rounds. The 16 surviving teams join 16 seeded teams in a group stage. Eight group winners and eight runners-up enter the final knockout rounds, which end with the final match in May. Previously only the champions of their respective national league could participate in the competition; however, this was changed in 1997 to allow the runners-up of the stronger leagues to compete as well.

The outgoing holders of the UEFA Champions League are AC Milan, who beat Liverpool FC 2-1 at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece on 23 May 2007. Moscow will host its first European Cup final for the 2007-08 season; this will be between the top two sides from the English Premier League, Manchester United F.C. and Chelsea F.C.

UEFA Champions League History

The tournament was inaugurated in 1955, at the suggestion of the French sports journalist and editor of L'?quipe Gabriel Hanot, as a continental competition for winners of the European national football leagues, as the European Champion Clubs' Cup, abbreviated to European Cup.

The competition began in 1955/56 using a two-leg knockout format where the teams would play two matches, one at home and one away, and the team with the highest overall score qualifying for the next round of the competition. Entry was restricted to the teams that won their national league championships, plus the current European Cup holder. This qualification system continued until 1992. In the 1992-93 season, the tournament was renamed to UEFA Champions League and in 1997/98, eligibility was expanded to include not just domestic champions but also the best performing runners up according to UEFA's coefficient ranking list. In UEFA's coefficient system, a team finishing second in the Spanish La Liga would be more deserving of an automatic place in the Champions League than a team finishing first in, for example, Polish Orange Ekstraklasa. As a result, the system was restructured to force "weaker" national champions to qualify for the group stages, while other, "stronger" national runners-up would automatically get places.

Between 1960 and 2004 the winner of the tournament qualified for the now defunct Intercontinental Cup (against the winner of the Copa Libertadores of South America). Since then, with FIFA taking over, the winner automatically qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup with other winners of continental club championships.

Champions League finals

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
2007/08 Manchester United FC 1-1 a.e.t.,
6-5 pen.
Chelsea FC Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
2006/07 AC Milan 2 - 1 Liverpool FC Ol?mpico de Luzhniki, Mosc?, Rusia
2005/06 FC Barcelona 2 - 1 Arsenal FC Stade de France, Paris
2004/05 Liverpool FC 3 - 3 a.e.t.,
3-2 pen.
AC Milan Atat?rk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul
2003/04 FC Porto 3 - 0 AS Monaco FC Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
2002/03 AC Milan 0 - 0 a.e.t.,
3-2 pen.
Juventus FC Old Trafford, Manchester
2001/02 Real Madrid CF 2 - 1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen Hampden Park, Glasgow
2000/01 FC Bayern Munich 1 - 1 a.e.t.,
5-4 pen.
Valencia CF San Siro, Milan
1999/00 Real Madrid CF 3 - 0 Valencia CF Stade de France, Paris
1998/99 Manchester United FC 2 - 1 FC Bayern Munich Camp Nou, Barcelona
1997/98 Real Madrid CF 1 - 0 Juventus FC Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
1996/97 Borussia Dortmund 3 - 1 Juventus FC Olympiastadion, Munich
1995/96 Juventus FC 1 - 1 a.e.t.,
4-2 pen.
AFC Ajax Stadio Olimpico, Rome
1994/95 AFC Ajax 1 - 0 AC Milan Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna
1993/94 AC Milan 4 - 0 FC Barcelona Olympic Stadium Spiros Louis, Athens
1992/93 Olympique de Marseille 1 - 0 AC Milan Olympiastadion, Munich
1991/92 FC Barcelona 1 - 0 a.e.t. UC Sampdoria Wembley Stadium, London
1990/91 Red Star Belgrade 0 - 0 a.e.t.
5-3 pen.
Olympique de Marseille Stadio San Nicola, Bari
1989/90 AC Milan 1 - 0 SL Benfica Prater Stadium, Vienna
1988/89 AC Milan 4 - 0 FC Steaua Bucuresti Camp Nou, Barcelona
1987/88 PSV Eindhoven 0 - 0 a.e.t.
6-5 pen.
SL Benfica Neckarstadion, Stuttgart
1986/87 FC Porto 2 - 1 FC Bayern Munich Prater Stadium, Vienna
1985/86 FC Steaua Bucuresti 0 - 0 a.e.t.
2-0 pen.
FC Barcelona S?nchez Pizju?n, Seville
1984/85 Juventus FC 1 - 0 Liverpool FC Heysel Stadium, Brussels
1983/84 Liverpool FC 1 - 1 a.e.t.
4-2 pen.
AS Roma Stadio Olimpico, Rome
1982/83 Hamburger SV 1 - 0 Juventus FC Olympic Stadium Spiros Louis, Athens

UEFA Champions League Odds Rules

1st Round: Spread Wagering and Three Way Result.
All Next Rounds:
Home and Home games (2 games matches).
1st Game: Spread Wagering and Three Way Result.
2nd Game: Spread Wagering and Three Way Result. Does not include Overtime or Shootouts, NO Tie Breaker Formula is applied.
Final Round: One Game: Spread Wagering, Three Way Result and Final Result Wagering.

UEFA Champions League Lines

For soccer games there can be four different types of lines:

Spread Wagering (90 Minutes: 1st and 2nd Halves plus injury time):
Only includes 1st and 2nd halves plus injury time to decide the winner of the bet. Does not include any shootouts if any or overtime. The possible results in the game include a home win, an away win or a draw.

Final Result Wagering:
Includes 1st and 2nd halves, injury and overtime periods. You bet on the team that will advance or will be declared the winner of the match, therefore any shootouts goals help determine the winner. One team must win the match.

Three Way Result (90 Minutes..1st and 2nd Halves plus injury time):
Includes 1st and 2nd halves and any injury time, does not include overtime or shootouts. You can bet on Team A, Team B or a Tie.

Total Wagering (90 Minutes: 1st and 2nd Halves plus injury time):
Includes 1st and 2nd halves plus injury time. Does not include shootouts if any or overtime unless specified otherwise.

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