The 2008 UEFA Cup Final
was the 37th final of the UEFA Cup
's second tier club football
tournament. The match was played at the City of Manchester Stadium
, home ground of Manchester City F.C.
, in Manchester
, at 20:45 CEST
(19:45 local time) on 14 May 2008.
The match was contested by Zenit St. Petersburg
. It was billed as a battle of Rangers managerial staff, with ex-boss Dick Advocaat
, currently the manager of Zenit, pitted against current boss Walter Smith
, who has had two stints as manager of Rangers, with both completing the Scottish domestic treble
; Smith in 1993, Advocaat in 1999.
Zenit won the match 2–0, with goals coming from Igor Denisov
and Konstantin Zyryanov
, to win Zenit their first UEFA Cup title, and make them only the second Russian
side to win the competition, after CSKA Moscow
The logo of the final shows a picture of the City of Manchester Stadium, created by English artist Liam Spencer
. It was unveiled at a ceremony in the stadium on December 6.
Route to the final
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
. 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... Read More