2008-09 UEFA Cup
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2008%E2%80%9309 UEFA Cup
2008-09 UEFA Cup
?ükrü Saraco?lu Stadium in Istanbul hosted the final.
Tournament details
Dates17 July 2008 - 20 May 2009
Teams80 (competition proper)
157 (qualifying)
Final positions
ChampionsUkraine Shakhtar Donetsk
Runners-upGermany Werder Bremen
Tournament statistics
Matches played221
Goals scored572 (2.59 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Vágner Love
(11 goals)
(Europa League) 2009-10

The 2008-09 UEFA Cup was the 38th season of the UEFA Cup football tournament. The final was played at the ?ükrü Saraco?lu Stadium, home ground of Fenerbahçe, in Istanbul on 20 May 2009.[1] This season was the final one to use the UEFA Cup format;[2] starting in 2009, the event was known as the UEFA Europa League. Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk beat Werder Bremen 2-1 after extra time to win their first European title.[3]Zenit Saint Petersburg were the defending champions but were eliminated by Udinese in the Round of 16.

Association team allocation

A total of 157 teams from 53 UEFA associations participated in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup. Associations were allocated places according to their 2007 UEFA league coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2002-03 to 2006-07.[4]

Below is the qualification scheme for the 2008-09 UEFA Cup:[5]

  • Associations 1-6 each have three teams qualify
  • Associations 7 and 8 each have four teams qualify
  • Associations 9-15 and 22-51 each have two teams qualify, except Liechtenstein, which has one team qualify (as Liechtenstein only has a domestic cup and no domestic league)
  • Associations 16-21 each have three teams qualify
  • Associations 52 and 53 each have one team qualify


Association ranking

Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1 Spain Spain 76.891 3 +1(IT)
2 England England 68.540 +1(FP)
3 Italy Italy 66.088 +1(UCL)
4 France France 53.656 +2(UCL)
5 Germany Germany 44.364 +2(UCL)
6 Portugal Portugal 42.749 +1(UCL)
7 Romania Romania 40.165 4 +1(IT)
8 Netherlands Netherlands 39.379 +1(UCL)
9 Russia Russia 36.125 2 +2(UCL)
10 Scotland Scotland 30.500
11 Ukraine Ukraine 29.475 +2(UCL)
12 Belgium Belgium 29.075 +1(UCL)
13 Czech Republic Czech Republic 26.825 +2(UCL)
14 Turkey Turkey 26.641 +1(UCL)
15 Greece Greece 25.497 +1(UCL)
16 Bulgaria Bulgaria 24.582 3 +1(UCL)
17 Switzerland Switzerland 23.850 +1(IT)
18 Norway Norway 19.725 +1(UCL)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
19 Israel Israel 19.208 3
20 Serbia Serbia 18.958 +1(UCL)
21 Denmark Denmark 18.575 +1(UCL)
22 Austria Austria 19.575 2 +1(IT)
23 Poland Poland 17.000 +1(UCL)
24 Hungary Hungary 14.165
25 Slovakia Slovakia 10.832 +1(UCL)
26 Croatia Croatia 10.708 +1(UCL)
27 Cyprus Cyprus 10.582
28 Sweden Sweden 10.541 +1(IT)
29 Slovenia Slovenia 9.915
30 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.665
31 Latvia Latvia 8.664
32 Lithuania Lithuania 7.332 +1(UCL)
33 Finland Finland 7.331
34 Moldova Moldova 7.166
35 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 6.498
36 Georgia (country) Georgia 6.164
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
37 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 6.000 1
38 North Macedonia Macedonia 5.831 2
39 Iceland Iceland 4.999
40 Belarus Belarus 4.665
41 Albania Albania 3.832
42 Estonia Estonia 3.665
43 Armenia Armenia 3.498
44 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 3.166
45 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 2.332
46 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2.165
47 Wales Wales 1.998
48 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 1.665
49 Luxembourg Luxembourg 1.665
50 Malta Malta 1.665
51 Montenegro Montenegro 0.000
52 Andorra Andorra 0.000 1
53 San Marino San Marino 0.000
  • (FP): Additional fair play berth (Denmark, England, Germany)[6][7][8][9][10]
  • (UCL): Additional teams transferred from the UEFA Champions League


Since the winners of the 2007-08 UEFA Cup, Zenit Saint Petersburg, qualified for the 2008-09 UEFA Champions League through domestic performance, the title holder spot reserved for them in the playoff round was vacated. As a result, the following changes to the default allocation system were made to compensate for the vacant title holder spot in the group stage:[11]

  • The domestic cup winners of associations 14 (Turkey) was promoted from the second qualifying round to the play-off round.
  • The first UEFA Cup entrant of associations 19 and 20 (Israel and Serbia) were promoted from the first qualifying round to the second qualifying round.
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round Teams transferred from Champions League Teams transferred from Intertoto Cup
First qualifying round
(74 teams)
  • 33 cup winners from associations 21-53
  • 32 runners-up from associations 19-37, 39-50 and 53
  • 6 third-place finishers from associations 16-21
  • 3 entries through UEFA Fair Play
Second qualifying round
(64 teams)
  • 6 cup winners from associations 15-20
  • 7 third-place finishers from associations 9-15
  • 3 runners-up from associations 16-18
  • 37 winners from the first qualifying round
First round
(80 teams)
  • 14 national cup winners from associations 1-14
  • 2 third-place finishers from associations 7-8
  • 5 fourth-place finishers from associations 4-8
  • 7 fifth-place finishers from associations 1-3, 5-8
  • 2 sixth-place finishers from associations 1-2
  • 2 League Cup winners from associations 3-4
  • 32 winners from the second qualifying round
Group stage
(40 teams)
  • 40 winners from the First Round
Knockout phase
(32 teams)
  • 24 top-three finishers from the group stage

Redistribution rules

A UEFA Cup place is vacated when a team qualifies for both the Champions League and the UEFA Cup, or qualifies for the UEFA Cup by more than one method. When a place is vacated, it is redistributed within the national association by the following rules:[5]

  • When the domestic cup winners (considered as the "highest-placed" qualifiers within the national association) also qualify for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup place is vacated, and the remaining UEFA Cup qualifiers are moved up one place, with the final place (with the earliest starting round) taken by the domestic cup runners-up, provided they do not already qualify for the Champions League or the UEFA Cup. Otherwise, this place is taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the European competitions.
  • When the domestic cup winners also qualify for the UEFA Cup through league position, their place through the league position is vacated, and the UEFA Cup qualifiers that finish lower in the league are moved up one place, with the final place taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the UEFA Cup.
  • A place vacated by the League Cup winners is taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the UEFA Cup.
  • A Fair Play place is taken by the highest-ranked team in the domestic Fair Play table that has not yet qualified for the Champions League or the UEFA Cup.


Round of 32
Italy Fiorentina (CL GS) France Marseille (CL GS) Russia Zenit Saint PetersburgTH(CL GS) Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (CL GS)
France Bordeaux (CL GS) Germany Werder Bremen (CL GS) Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (CL GS) Denmark Aalborg BK (CL GS)
First round
Spain Valencia (CW) Germany Hamburg (4th) Netherlands Heerenveen (PO) Belgium Standard Liège (CL Q3)
Spain Sevilla (5th) Germany Wolfsburg (5th) Netherlands NEC (PO) Czech Republic Slavia Prague (CL Q3)
Spain Racing Santander (6th) Germany Dortmund (CR) Russia CSKA Moscow (CW) Czech Republic Sparta Prague (CL Q3)
England Portsmouth (CW) Portugal Benfica (4th) Scotland Motherwell (3rd) Turkey Galatasaray (CL Q3)
England Everton (5th) Portugal Marítimo (5th) Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv (3rd) Greece Olympiacos (CL Q3)
England Tottenham Hotspur (LC) Portugal Vitória Setúbal (6th) Belgium Club Brugge (3rd) Bulgaria Levski Sofia (CL Q3)
Italy Milan (5th) Romania Rapid Bucure?ti (3rd) Czech Republic Baník Ostrava (3rd) Norway Brann (CL Q3)
Italy Sampdoria (6th) Romania Dinamo Bucure?ti (4th) Turkey Kayserispor (CW) Serbia Partizan (CL Q3)
Italy Udinese (7th) Romania Unirea Urziceni (5th) Germany Schalke 04 (CL Q3) Poland Wis?a Kraków (CL Q3)
France Nancy (4th) Romania Timi?oara (6th) Portugal Vitória Guimarães (CL Q3) Slovakia Artmedia Petr?alka (CL Q3)
France Saint-Étienne (5th) Netherlands Feyenoord (CW) Netherlands Twente (CL Q3) Croatia Dinamo Zagreb (CL Q3)
France Paris Saint-Germain (CR) Netherlands Ajax (PO) Russia Spartak Moscow (CL Q3) Lithuania FBK Kaunas (CL Q3)
Second qualifying round
Russia Moscow (4th) Greece Aris (4th) Israel Maccabi Netanya (2nd) Portugal Braga (IC)
Scotland Queen of the South (CR) Bulgaria Litex Lovech (CW) Serbia Red Star Belgrade (2nd) Romania Vaslui (IC)
Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (4th) Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia (3rd)[Note BUL] Spain Deportivo La Coruña (IC) Switzerland Grasshopper (IC)
Belgium Gent (CR) Switzerland Young Boys (2nd) England Aston Villa (IC) Norway Rosenborg (IC)
Czech Republic Slovan Liberec (CR) Switzerland Zürich (3rd) Italy Napoli (IC) Austria Sturm Graz (IC)
Turkey Be?ikta? (3rd) Norway Lillestrøm (CW) France Rennes (IC) Sweden Elfsborg (IC)
Greece AEK Athens (3rd) Norway Stabæk (2nd) Germany Stuttgart (IC)
First qualifying round
Bulgaria Cherno More (5th)[Note BUL] Croatia Hajduk Split (CR) Georgia (country) Zestaponi (CW) Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy (3rd)
Switzerland Bellinzona (CR) Cyprus APOEL (CW) Georgia (country) WIT Georgia (2nd) Northern Ireland Glentoran (2nd)
Norway Viking (3rd) Cyprus Omonia (3rd) Liechtenstein Vaduz (CW) Northern Ireland Cliftonville (3rd)[Note NIR]
Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona (3rd) Sweden Kalmar FF (CW) North Macedonia Milano (2nd) Wales Bangor City (CW)
Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv (CR) Sweden Djurgården (3rd) North Macedonia Pelister (3rd) Wales The New Saints (2nd)
Serbia Vojvodina (3rd) Slovenia Interblock Ljubljana (CW) Iceland FH (CW) Faroe Islands EB/Streymur (CW)
Serbia Borac ?a?ak (4th)[Note SER] Slovenia Koper (2nd) Iceland ÍA (3rd) Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn (3rd)
Denmark Brøndby (CW) Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar (CW) Belarus MTZ-RIPO Minsk (CW) Luxembourg Grevenmacher (CW)
Denmark Midtjylland (2nd) Bosnia and Herzegovina ?iroki Brijeg (2nd) Belarus Gomel (2nd) Luxembourg Racing FC (2nd)
Denmark Copenhagen (3rd) Latvia Liep?jas Metalurgs (2nd) Albania Vllaznia (CW) Malta Birkirkara (CW)
Austria Red Bull Salzburg (2nd) Latvia Olimps (CR) Albania Partizani (2nd) Malta Marsaxlokk (2nd)
Austria Austria Wien (3rd)[Note AUT] Lithuania S?duva (2nd) Estonia Flora (CW) Montenegro Mogren (CW)
Poland Legia Warsaw (CW) Lithuania V?tra (CR) Estonia TVMK (3rd) Montenegro Zeta (2nd)
Poland Lech Pozna? (4th)[Note POL] Finland Haka (2nd) Armenia Ararat Yerevan (CW) Andorra Sant Julià (CW)
Hungary Debrecen (CW) Finland Honka (CR) Armenia Banants Yerevan (2nd) San Marino Juvenes/Dogana (CR)
Hungary Gy?ri ETO (3rd) Moldova Dacia Chi?in?u (2nd) Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran (CW) England Manchester City (FP)
Slovakia ?ilina (2nd) Moldova Nistru Otaci (3rd) Azerbaijan Olimpik Baku (2nd) Germany Hertha (FP)
Slovakia Spartak Trnava (CR) Republic of Ireland Cork City (CW) Kazakhstan Tobol (CW) Denmark Nordsjælland (FP)
Croatia Slaven Belupo (2nd) Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic (2nd)
  1. ^
    Bulgaria (BUL): After Bulgarian champions CSKA Sofia failed to obtain a UEFA licence and replaced in the Champions League by runners-up Levski Sofia, league 3rd-placed team Lokomotiv Sofia moved up from First to Second qualifying round, while 5th-placed team Cherno More were awarded a spot in the First qualifying round.[12]
  2. ^
    Serbia (SER): 2007-08 Serbian Cup runners-up FK Zemun failed to obtain a UEFA licence and were replaced by Serbian Superliga 4th-placed team Borac ?a?ak.[13]
  3. ^
    Austria (AUT): 2007-08 Austrian Cup winners SV Horn were not admitted to UEFA Cup as the Austrian Cup was limited to amateur clubs that season. Austrian Bundesliga 3rd-placed club admitted to UEFA Cup instead.[14]
  4. ^
    Poland (POL): Polish Ekstraklasa 3rd-placed team Dyskobolia lost their UEFA Cup spot after merger with Polonia Warsaw and were replaced by 4th-placed team Lech Pozna?.[15]
  5. ^
    Northern Ireland (NIR): 2007-08 Irish Cup runners-up Coleraine failed to obtain UEFA license and were replaced by Irish Premier League 3rd-placed team Cliftonville.[16]

Round and draw dates

The calendar shows the dates of the rounds and draw.[11]

Date Event Date Event
1 July 2008 Draw for first qualifying round 17 December 2008 Group stage, Matchday 5
17 July 2008 First qualifying round, first leg 18 December 2008
31 July 2008 First qualifying round, second leg 19 December 2008 Draw for Round of 32 and Round of 16
1 August 2008 Draw for second qualifying round 18 February 2009 Round of 32, first leg
14 August 2008 Second qualifying round, first leg 19 February 2009
28 August 2008 Second qualifying round, second leg 26 February 2009 Round of 32, second leg
29 August 2008 Draw for first round 12 March 2009 Round of 16, first leg
18 September 2008 First round, first leg 18 March 2009 Round of 16, second leg
2 October 2008 First round, second leg 19 March 2009
7 October 2008 Draw for group stage 20 March 2009 Draw for remaining rounds
23 October 2008 Group stage, Matchday 1 9 April 2009 Quarter-finals, first leg
6 November 2008 Group stage, Matchday 2 16 April 2009 Quarter-finals, second leg
27 November 2008 Group stage, Matchday 3 30 April 2009 Semi-finals, first leg
3 December 2008 Group stage, Matchday 4 7 May 2009 Semi-finals, second leg
4 December 2008 20 May 2009 Final in Istanbul, Turkey

Qualifying rounds

The three UEFA Cup regions, used for the regionalised qualifying stage draws, in a map

First qualifying round

The draw for the first qualifying round took place on 1 July 2008.[17] The first legs were played on 17 July 2008 and the second legs were played on 31 July 2008, with the exception of the Nordsjælland vs TVMK match, which was played on 29 July 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Southern-Mediterranean region
Cherno More Bulgaria 9-0 Andorra Sant Julià 4-0 5-0
Pelister North Macedonia 0-1 Cyprus APOEL 0-0 0-1
Vaduz Liechtenstein 1-5 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar 1-2 0-3
?iroki Brijeg Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-1 Albania Partizani 0-0 3-1
Ironi Kiryat Shmona Israel 4-1 Montenegro Mogren 1-1 3-0
Koper Slovenia 1-2 Albania Vllaznia 1-2 0-0
Zeta Montenegro 1-2 Slovenia Interblock Ljubljana 1-1 0-1
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel 5-0 San Marino Juvenes/Dogana 3-0 2-0
Hajduk Split Croatia 7-0 Malta Birkirkara 4-0 3-0
Omonia Cyprus 4-1 North Macedonia Milano 2-0 2-1
Marsaxlokk Malta 0-8 Croatia Slaven Belupo 0-4 0-4
Central-East region
Red Bull Salzburg Austria 10-0 Armenia Banants Yerevan 7-0 3-0
Gy?ri ETO Hungary 3-2 Georgia (country) Zestaponi 1-1 2-1
Ararat Yerevan Armenia 1-4 Switzerland Bellinzona 0-1 1-3
Dacia Chi?in?u Moldova 2-4 Serbia Borac ?a?ak 1-1 1-3[5]
Tobol Kazakhstan 1-2 Austria Austria Wien 1-0 0-2
Hertha BSC Germany 8-1 Moldova Nistru Otaci 8-1[6] 0-0[7]
Khazar Lankaran Azerbaijan 1-5 Poland Lech Pozna? 0-1 1-4
Legia Warsaw Poland 4-1 Belarus Gomel 0-0 4-1
Spartak Trnava Slovakia 2-3 Georgia (country) WIT Georgia 2-2 0-1
MTZ-RIPO Minsk Belarus 2-3 Slovakia ?ilina 2-2 0-1
Shakhter Karagandy Kazakhstan 1-2 Hungary Debrecen 1-1 0-1
Vojvodina Serbia 2-1 Azerbaijan Olimpik Baku 1-0 1-1
Northern region
FH Iceland 8-3 Luxembourg Grevenmacher 3-2 5-1
V?tra Lithuania 1-2 Norway Viking 1-0 0-2
Racing Luxembourg 1-10 Sweden Kalmar FF 0-3 1-7
Honka Finland 4-2 Iceland ÍA 3-0 1-2
Glentoran Northern Ireland 1-3 Latvia Liep?jas Metalurgs 1-1 0-2
Brøndby Denmark 3-0 Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 1-0 2-0
TVMK Estonia 0-8 Denmark Nordsjælland 0-3 0-5
EB/Streymur Faroe Islands 0-4 England Manchester City 0-2[8] 0-2[9]
Olimps Latvia 0-3 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 0-1 0-2
Djurgården Sweden 2-2 (a) Estonia Flora 0-0[10] 2-2
S?duva Lithuania 2-0 Wales The New Saints 1-0 1-0
Cliftonville Northern Ireland 0-11 Denmark Copenhagen 0-4 0-7
Cork City Republic of Ireland 2-6 Finland Haka 2-2 0-4
Bangor City Wales 1-10[11] Denmark Midtjylland 0-4 1-6[12]
  1. ^
    Played in Smederevo at Fortress Stadium as Borac ?a?ak's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
  2. ^
    Played in Berlin at Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark because Olympiastadion was occupied by another event.[18]
  3. ^
    Played in Chi?in?u at Zimbru Stadium as Nistru Otaci's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
  4. ^
    Played at Tórsvøllur as EB/Streymur's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
  5. ^
    Manchester City played their home game at Oakwell Stadium, home of Barnsley, because the pitch at their home ground needed to be relaid after a Bon Jovi concert.[19]
  6. ^
    Played at Råsunda Stadium as Djurgården's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
  7. ^
    Midtjylland were originally drawn to play at home in the first leg, but the order of the games was reversed.
  8. ^
    Bangor City's home leg was played at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground, as their own ground did not meet UEFA criteria.

In each region of the draw for the first qualifying round, teams were divided into two pots, on the basis of UEFA coefficients. The lower pots contained unranked teams from associations 34-53, together with V?tra of Lithuania (the 33rd association). The higher pots contained teams from associations 1-32, together with S?duva of Lithuania, and FH (who had a team ranking, 209).

Three of the 37 ties were won by the lower ranked team, all involving teams whose ranking was that of their association: WIT Georgia (Georgia, ranked 38) beat Spartak Trnava (Slovakia, 24); Vllaznia (Albania, 43) beat Koper (Slovenia, 29); and St Patrick's Athletic (Ireland, 35) beat Olimps (Latvia, 31).

Second qualifying round

The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 1 August 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland,[20] and featured 16 teams entering directly at the second qualifying round, as well as the 37 winners from the previous round and the 11 third round winners of the UEFA Intertoto Cup. The first legs were played on 14 August 2008 and the second leg on 28 August 2008.

Because there are an odd number of teams in the Central and Northern groups in the 2nd qualifying round, UEFA moved Rennes from the Central-East group to the Northern group. Furthermore, Liep?jas Metalurgs and S?duva were moved from the Northern group to the Central-East group, and Vaslui and Interblock Ljubljana were moved from the Southern-Mediterranean group to the Central-East group. It is unknown why UEFA decided on these last moves since it is not strictly required. One of the reasons could be[original research?] to have more balance in the groups with respect to the coefficients.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Southern-Mediterranean region
?iroki Brijeg Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-6 Turkey Be?ikta? 1-2 0-4
Braga Portugal 3-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar 1-0 2-0
Borac ?a?ak Serbia 2-1 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia 1-0[13] 1-1
Vojvodina Serbia 0-3 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 0-0 0-3
Aris Greece 1-2 Croatia Slaven Belupo 1-0 0-2
Litex Lovech Bulgaria 2-1 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 0-0 2-1
Deportivo La Coruña Spain 2-0 Croatia Hajduk Split 0-0 2-0
APOEL Cyprus 5-5 (a) Serbia Red Star Belgrade 2-2 3-3 (aet)
Vllaznia Albania 0-8 Italy Napoli 0-3 0-5
Maccabi Netanya Israel 1-3 Bulgaria Cherno More 1-1 0-2
AEK Athens Greece 2-3[14] Cyprus Omonia 0-1 2-2
Central-East region
Liep?jas Metalurgs Latvia 1-5 Romania Vaslui 0-2 1-3
Zürich Switzerland 2-2 (4-2 p) Austria Sturm Graz 1-1 1-1 (aet)
Stuttgart Germany 6-2 Hungary Gy?ri ETO 2-1 4-1
Lech Pozna? Poland 6-0 Switzerland Grasshopper 6-0 0-0[15]
Slovan Liberec Czech Republic 2-4 Slovakia ?ilina 1-2 1-2
WIT Georgia Georgia (country) 0-2 Austria Austria Wien cancelled[16] 0-2
Young Boys Switzerland 7-3 Hungary Debrecen 4-1 3-2
Legia Warsaw Poland 1-4 Russia FC Moscow 1-2 0-2
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Ukraine 4-4 (a) Switzerland Bellinzona 3-2 1-2[17]
Interblock Ljubljana Slovenia 0-3 Germany Hertha BSC 0-2[18] 0-1[19]
S?duva Lithuania 2-4 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 1-4 1-0
Northern region
Djurgården Sweden 2-6 Norway Rosenborg 2-1[20] 0-5
Queen of the South Scotland 2-4 Denmark Nordsjælland 1-2[21] 1-2
Gent Belgium 2-5 Sweden Kalmar FF 2-1 0-4
Manchester City England 1-1 (4-2 p) Denmark Midtjylland 0-1 1-0 (aet)
Honka Finland 2-1 Norway Viking 0-0 2-1
Haka Finland 0-6 Denmark Brøndby 0-4 0-2
Stabæk Norway 2-3 France Rennes 2-1 0-2
Copenhagen Denmark 7-3 Norway Lillestrøm 3-1 4-2
Elfsborg Sweden 3-4 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 2-2 1-2
FH Iceland 2-5[22] England Aston Villa 1-4 1-1
  1. ^
    Played at Fortress Stadium in Smederevo as Borac ?a?ak's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
  2. ^
    Order of legs reversed due to APOEL playing the same day at Omonia's stadium
  3. ^
    The return leg was played in AFG Arena, St. Gallen as Grasshoppers' home ground, the Letzigrund is occupied by a Golden League athletics meet the following day.[21]
  4. ^
    Due to the current conflict in Georgia and the ensuing safety concerns, UEFA ordered the first leg to be cancelled. The match was held as a single leg tie in Vienna.[22]
  5. ^
    Played at Stadio Cornaredo in Lugano as Stadio Comunale in Bellinzona did not meet UEFA criteria.
  6. ^
    Played at Arena Petrol in Celje as Interblock's home ground in Ljubljana did not meet UEFA criteria.
  7. ^
    Played at Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark because Hertha BSC's usual home ground, Olympiastadion, was occupied with a Madonna concert.
  8. ^
    Played at Råsunda Stadium as Djurgården's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.
  9. ^
    Played at Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie as Queen of the South's home ground in Dumfries did not meet UEFA criteria.
  10. ^
    Order of legs reversed at the request of both clubs.[23]

In each region of the draw for the second qualifying round, teams were divided into two pots, on the basis of UEFA coefficients. The higher pots contained teams with a ranking of 176 or higher, and unranked teams from associations ranked 1 to 15 (or 17 in the Southern-Mediterranean region).

12 of the 32 ties were won by the lower-ranked team. The 12 teams that lost to a lower team were: AEK Athens, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Aris, Red Star Belgrade, Grasshopper, Slovan Liberec, Viking, Lokomotiv Sofia, Elfsborg, Gent, Queen of the South and Debrecen. St Patrick's Athletic were the only team to beat a higher-seeded team in each of the two qualifying rounds.

First round

The number of each teams from each nation which qualified for the First Round

32 teams entered the tournament at the first round, along with the 32 winners from the previous round and the 16 losers from the Champions League third qualifying round. The 80 teams were then split into eight groups of ten teams; five seeded teams and five unseeded teams. The draw was based on their coefficient ranking with one exception: no country can have multiple teams in any group. Teams ranked 108 or higher were seeded, as were unranked teams from England and Spain.

The draw, which was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor, was held on Friday, 29 August 2008 at 13:00 CET in Monaco. The matches were played on 18 September and 2 October 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Group 1
Milan Italy 4-1 Switzerland Zürich 3-1 1-0
Timi?oara Romania 1-3 Serbia Partizan 1-2 0-1
Hertha BSC Germany 2-0 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 2-0 0-0
Baník Ostrava Czech Republic 1-2 Russia Spartak Moscow 0-1 1-1
Be?ikta? Turkey 2-4[22] Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv 1-0 1-4
Group 2
Portsmouth England 4-2 Portugal Vitória Guimarães 2-0 2-2 (aet)
Kayserispor Turkey 1-2 France Paris Saint-Germain 1-2 0-0
Sevilla Spain 4-0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 2-0
Wolfsburg Germany 2-1 Romania Rapid Bucure?ti 1-0 1-1
Sampdoria Italy 7-1 Lithuania Kaunas 5-0 2-1
Group 3
Marítimo Portugal 1-3 Spain Valencia 0-1 1-2
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 3-3 (a) Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0-0 3-3
Omonia Cyprus 2-4[23] England Manchester City 1-2 1-2
Young Boys Switzerland 2-4 Belgium Club Brugge 2-2 0-2
Nancy France 3-0 Scotland Motherwell 1-0 2-0
Group 4
Everton England 3-4 Belgium Standard Liège 2-2 1-2
Napoli Italy 3-4 Portugal Benfica 3-2 0-2
Bellinzona Switzerland 4-6 Turkey Galatasaray 3-4 1-2
NEC Netherlands 1-0 Romania Dinamo Bucure?ti 1-0 0-0
Racing Santander Spain 2-0 Finland Honka 1-0 1-0
Group 5
APOEL Cyprus 2-5 Germany Schalke 04 1-4 1-1
Litex Lovech Bulgaria 2-4 England Aston Villa 1-3 1-1
Austria Wien Austria 4-5 Poland Lech Pozna? 2-1 2-4 (aet)
Vitória Setúbal Portugal 3-6 Netherlands Heerenveen 1-1[24] 2-5
Brann Norway 2-2 (2-3 p) Spain Deportivo La Coruña 2-0 0-2 (aet)
Group 6
Slavia Prague Czech Republic 1-1 (a) Romania Vaslui 0-0 1-1
Slaven Belupo Croatia 1-3 Russia CSKA Moscow 1-2 0-1
Brøndby Denmark 3-5 Norway Rosenborg 1-2 2-3
Cherno More Bulgaria 3-4 Germany Stuttgart 1-2 2-2
Rennes France 2-2 (a) Netherlands Twente 2-1 0-1
Group 7
Borac ?a?ak Serbia 1-6[22] Netherlands Ajax 1-4 0-2
Tottenham Hotspur England 3-2 Poland Wis?a Kraków 2-1 1-1
FC Moscow Russia 2-3[25] Denmark Copenhagen 1-2 1-1
?ilina Slovakia 2-1 Bulgaria Levski Sofia 1-1 1-0
Borussia Dortmund Germany 2-2 (3-4 p) Italy Udinese 0-2 2-0 (aet)
Group 8
Braga Portugal 6-0 Slovakia Artmedia Petr?alka 4-0 2-0
Feyenoord Netherlands 2-2 (a) Sweden Kalmar FF 0-1 2-1[26]
Hamburg Germany 2-0 Romania Unirea Urziceni 0-0 2-0
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel 2-4 France Saint-Étienne 1-2 1-2
Nordsjælland Denmark 0-7 Greece Olympiacos 0-2 0-5
  1. ^
    Order of legs reversed.
  2. ^
    Order of legs reversed due to AC Omonia's ground-share fixture congestion.
  3. ^
    Played at Alvalade XXI, since Vitória FC's homeground at Setúbal does not meet UEFA criteria
  4. ^
    Order of legs reversed due to Spartak Moscow playing the same day in Moscow.
  5. ^
    Played at Borås Arena as Kalmar FF's home ground did not meet UEFA criteria.

Nine of the 40 ties were won by the unseeded team. The nine seeded losing teams, with their ranking, were: Everton (50), Rapid Bucure?ti (58), Be?ikta? (60), Sparta Prague (68), Dinamo Bucure?ti (69), Levski Sofia (80), Austria Wien (82), Rennes (97) and Hapoel Tel Aviv (108).

Group stage

The draw for the group stage of the 2008-09 UEFA Cup was held at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on 7 October 2008. The 40 teams in the draw were divided into five pots based on their UEFA coefficients. The eight teams with the highest UEFA coefficient were allocated to Pot 1, the next eight teams to Pot 2, and so on. One team from each pot was drawn for each group, with the restriction that no team could be drawn with one from the same country.[24]

The top three teams (highlighted in green) of each group qualified for the next round. Based on paragraph 6.06 in the UEFA regulations for the current season, if two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:[5]

  1. superior goal difference from all group matches played;
  2. higher number of goals scored;
  3. higher number of goals scored away;
  4. higher number of wins;
  5. higher number of away wins;
  6. higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons.

Final phase

Except for the final round, the rounds in the final phase are two-legged. In the event of aggregate scores being equal after normal time in the second leg, the winning team will be that which scored more goals on their away leg: if the scores in the two matches were identical, extra time is played. The away goals rule also applies if scores are equal at the end of extra time. If there are no goals scored in extra time, the tie is decided on a penalty shoot-out. The team first out of the hat in each tie plays the first leg of their tie at home, and the second leg away.

The draw for the Round of 32 was held on Friday, 19 December 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor, Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA's director of professional football and 2009 UEFA Cup Final ambassador Can Bartu. In this round, each UEFA Cup group winner paired with the third-placed team from another UEFA Cup group and each UEFA Cup group runner-up paired with a third-placed team from the UEFA Champions League, with the only restriction on the draw being that teams from the same national association could not be drawn together. The UEFA Cup group winners and runners-up each played the second leg of their Round of 32 ties at home.[25]

The draw for the Round of 16 also took place on 19 December 2008, immediately after the draw for the Round of 32. Each tie in the Round of 32 was numbered, and teams were drawn for the Round of 16 as "Winners of match 1", "Winners of match 2", etc. Unlike the Round of 32, teams from the same group or country may be drawn together from the Round of 16 onwards, meaning that they were entirely randomly drawn.

The draws for the quarterfinals and semifinals were both held on Friday, 20 March 2009 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by David Taylor and Can Bartu.


Round of 32   Round of 16   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Final
 France Paris Saint-Germain 2 3 5  
 Germany Wolfsburg 0 1 1      France Paris Saint-Germain 0 1 1  
 Portugal Braga 3 1 4    Portugal Braga 0 0 0  
 Belgium Standard Liège 0 1 1        France Paris Saint-Germain 0 0 0  
 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (a) 1 2 3        Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0 3 3  
 Spain Valencia 1 2 3      Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (a) 1 2 3
 Italy Sampdoria 0 0 0    Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv 0 3 3  
 Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv 1 2 3        Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1 1 2  
 England Aston Villa 1 0 1        Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1 2 3  
 Russia CSKA Moscow 1 2 3      Russia CSKA Moscow 1 0 1  
 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 2 1 3    Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0 2 2  
 England Tottenham Hotspur 0 1 1        Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 2 2 4
 France Marseille (p) 0 1 1(7)        France Marseille 0 1 1  
 Netherlands Twente 1 0 1(6)      France Marseille 2 2 4
 Italy Fiorentina 0 1 1    Netherlands Ajax 1 2 3  
 Netherlands Ajax 1 1 2        Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 2
 Germany Werder Bremen (a) 1 2 3        Germany Werder Bremen 1
 Italy Milan 1 2 3      Germany Werder Bremen 1 2 3  
 Greece Olympiacos 1 1 2    France Saint-Étienne 0 2 2  
 France Saint-Étienne 2 3 5        Germany Werder Bremen 3 3 6  
 Poland Lech Pozna? 2 1 3        Italy Udinese 1 3 4  
 Italy Udinese 2 2 4      Italy Udinese 2 0 2
 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 2 2 4    Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 0 1 1  
 Germany Stuttgart 1 1 2        Germany Werder Bremen (a) 0 3 3
 Netherlands NEC 0 0 0        Germany Hamburg 1 2 3  
 Germany Hamburg 3 1 4      Germany Hamburg 1 3 4  
 France Bordeaux 0 3 3    Turkey Galatasaray 1 2 3  
 Turkey Galatasaray 0 4 4        Germany Hamburg 3 1 4
 Denmark Copenhagen 2 1 3        England Manchester City 1 2 3  
 England Manchester City 2 2 4      England Manchester City (p) 2 0 2(4)
 Denmark Aalborg BK 3 3 6    Denmark Aalborg BK 0 2 2(3)  
 Spain Deportivo La Coruña 0 1 1  

Round of 32

The first legs were played on 18 February and 19 February, and the second leg matches were played on 26 February 2009.

Manchester City were the only team from the first qualifying round to reach the Round of 16. Braga were the only team from the Intertoto Cup to reach the Round of 16 and were therefore awarded the title of Intertoto Cup winners.

Of the eight teams who had been placed in Pot 5 of the group stage draw, only Metalist Kharkiv and Saint-Étienne reached the Round of 16. Of the eight teams that entered the Round of the 32 from the UEFA Champions League group stage, two lost: Fiorentina and Bordeaux. Of the eight ties between a third-placed team and a first-placed team from the UEFA Cup group stage, two were won by the third-placed team; the winners were Braga and Paris Saint-Germain.

Round of 16

The first leg matches were played on 12 March, and the second leg matches were played on 18 March and 19 March 2009.


The first legs were played on 9 April and the second legs were played on 16 April.


The first legs were played on 30 April and the second legs on 7 May.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Werder Bremen Germany 3-3 (a) Germany Hamburg 0-1 3-2
Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine 2-3 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 1-2


The final of the 2008-09 UEFA Cup was held on 20 May 2009 at the ?ükrü Saraco?lu Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. This was the first time that the UEFA Cup Final had been held in Turkey and followed the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, which was held in Istanbul's Atatürk Olympic Stadium.

Top goalscorers

Source: Hammond, Mike, ed (2009). The European Football Yearbook 2009/10. London: Carlton Books. ISBN 978-1-84732-360-6.

See also


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  12. ^ CSKA without UEFA licence, Tomov takes the guilt
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  15. ^ Polonia merged with Groclin
  16. ^ Euro heartache for Coleraine
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