2008–09 Premier League

The Premier League 2008 /09 is the 17th season of the English Premier League, while the 110th Erstligasaison in English football. It started on 16 August 2008 and ended on May 24, 2009. Defending champion Manchester United was after this club had won in the previous season 's tenth Premiership title and the 17th overall English champions trophy. The first goal of the season 2008/ 09 achieved Samir Nasri from Arsenal FC in the opening match against the movers and second division champions West Bromwich Albion.

By a 0-0 draw against Arsenal Manchester United could celebrate the successful defense of the title already in the penultimate round. In order for the team of Alex Ferguson won the third English championship in a row and took a total of 18 titles gained the hitherto sole record champions FC Liverpool one.

Course of the season

Cup decision

The team result serenity of Manchester United was due to the re- master title. Based on an in-form central defense with Nemanja Vidić and Rio Ferdinand as well as using the " keeper Dinos " Edwin van der Sar, who remained in 21 league games without conceding a goal, ensured next especially in midfield, Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher for the necessary stability and attack Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as Wayne Rooney next to the record player Ryan Giggs for the crucial creative moments in the season 2008 /09.

The Liverpool FC could make with the guide players Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres for a long time hopes at first league title in 19 years, celebrated with a 4-1 success at Old Trafford a moderate success, but lost by the excessive number of eleven draw decisive points in the championship race. Both Chelsea under new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and the young team of Arsenal FC from the "Big Four" of English football considered slow connection and even ran intermittently risk forfeiting the qualification for the lucrative Champions League. While Arsenal early in the season experienced a boom phase and later it was suffering, that in the middle and in the creative zone next to Cesc Fàbregas in midfield too little substance was present, the "Blues " consolidated themselves after the coaching change to Guus Hiddink at the end of the season.

Aston Villa long ranked in fourth place, and possessed with the rapid Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor effective offensive players in the battle for a Champions League place. At the end of the "Villans " but fell back to a form of weakness to the courts and prosecutors still behind Everton, whose own ambitions were again " braked " by injury problems. Behind qualified somewhat surprising coached by the 61 -year-old Roy Hodgson Fulham FC for the new Europa League and was especially in the eight games on enemy space without conceding a very strong defensively.


The Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United have booked their eighth and ninth final table space as a success. It had the " Spurs " to cope with a disastrous start, then started under the new coach Harry Redknapp to catch up; the problems of West Ham United were against the backdrop of the financial crisis in relation to the Icelandic ownership of an economic nature, but showed no significant sporting impact under manager Gianfranco Zola. The top half of the table was completed by Manchester City, which is the high transfer spending this season - including Robinho with the most expensive purchase to date an English professional football clubs - could not be implemented in footballing quality and attention to strange places disappointed with only two wins.

In no man's land of the Premier League Wigan Athletic landed and promoted Stoke City, where the " Latics " fought long to qualify for a European club competition and lost in the last two months crucial ground. Stoke was extremely strong in the tackle, was in home games only difficult to defeat and distanced himself surprisingly clear of the relegation zone.

Similarly 41 points accumulated Bolton Wanderers, FC Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers. In Bolton was again Kevin Davies with eleven hits a key player in one of the smallest squads was within the English top league which to defy the financial constraints the club will be able. The active in the UEFA Cup FC Portsmouth a long time could not compensate for the departure of Harry Redknapp, maneuvered himself under successor Tony Adams in a downward spiral and then brought under the third coach Paul Hart in the last home games again important points. Dues with Ex - champion Blackburn had to pay Premier League novice Paul Ince, who was replaced lying halfway and on the penultimate rank by the coach veteran Sam Allardyce, which ultimately succeeded in reversing the trend for the better.

Relegation battle

Behind the AFC Sunderland, the midway with Roy Keane - as a total of six clubs in this table region - dismissed his trainer, also Hull City could barely escape relegation. Hull City had made ​​in the preliminary round attracted attention with some sensations, while Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur defeated a few weeks and took second place. Later it went downhill in a nosedive and the team of head coach Phil Brown escaped with only a point distance to the finish.

The way in which second-rate Football League Championship had to play Newcastle United, FC Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion. While in Newcastle four coaches were " worn out" within ten months, including former players legend Alan Shearer, in a turbulent season, the deficits in Middlesbrough were mainly in the offensive game. The team of Gareth Southgate scored only 28 goals. Table was with most goals conceded " WBA ", which thus relegated for the third time in four Premier League seasons of the 2000s to the second division.

Final Table

Results Table

In the left column of the home teams are listed.

Top scorers

Awards during the season


The champion team of Manchester United

According to the rules of the Premier League, a player receives an official award medal when he graduated at least 10 Premier League appearances for the club champion. Against this background, include only the following players as English champions of the season 2008/09. In brackets the number of bets as well as the goals achieved are called.

Anderson (17/ 0 ) | Dimitar Berbatov (31/ 9) | Michael Carrick ( 28/4 ) | Jonny Evans (17/ 0 ) | Patrice Evra (28/ 0 ) | Rio Ferdinand (24/ 0 ) | Darren Fletcher ( 26/3 ) | Ryan Giggs ( 28/2 ) | Nani ( 13/1) | Gary Neville ( 16/ 0 ) | John O'Shea ( 30/ 0 ) | Park Ji-sung (25/ 2) | Rafael ( 16/1 ) | Cristiano Ronaldo (33/ 18) | Wayne Rooney (30/ 12) | Paul Scholes ( 21/1 ) | Carlos Tévez (29/ 5) | Edwin van der Sar (33/ 0 ) | Nemanja Vidić ( 34/4 ).

  • Coach: Alex Ferguson

Chronicle of the coaching change

  • After Avram Grant was sacked on 24 May 2008 as the coach of Chelsea FC, the former Portuguese coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is early in the season successor of the Israelis. ( 1 July 2008)
  • After differences with regard to the transfer policy of the club, Alan Curbishley resigns as manager of West Ham United. ( 3 September 2008) New coach is the former 35-fold Italian international Gianfranco Zola. (11 September 2008)
  • Kevin Keegan resigned as manager of Newcastle United. The day before this step had been nor denied the part of the club's management. (4 September 2008) Joe Kinnear takes on the training line. (26 September 2008). Due to health problems in Joe Kinnear takes assistant Chris Hughton as of February 2009, the line briefly as interim coach.
  • The club of the winless to date Juande Ramos dismisses Tottenham Hotspur (26 October 2008) and committed a day later the coach of Premier League rivals Portsmouth Harry Redknapp for a transfer fee of five million pounds. (27 October 2008)
  • The Portsmouth promoted the former England captain Tony Adams and Kotrainer as successor to Harry Redknapp in the head coach position. (28 October 2008)
  • After slipping into the relegation zone Roy Keane resigns as coach of Sunderland AFC. (4 December 2008) pledged as Kotrainer until November Scot Ricky Sbragia first takes over on an interim basis the following and will be installed after Christmas with a new 18- month contract as a permanent head coach. (December 27, 2008)
  • The Blackburn Rovers sacked Paul Ince (16 December 2008), and require only a day later Sam Allardyce as his successor. ( 17 December 2008)
  • Two coaches from the Premier League are On 9 February 2009 with Tony Adams sacked at FC Portsmouth and Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea. On an interim basis until the end of the season to take Paul Hart in " Pompey " and Guus Hiddink at the "Blues ", the sports management. From next season, the Italian star coach Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea will train.
  • On March 31, 2009 Alan Shearer replaced the ailing Joe Kinnear until the end of the season as a coach at Newcastle United. Kinnear had resigned all his offices on February 16, according to the consequences of a necessary bypass surgery.
  • On 24 May 2009 Ricky Sbragia steps down as coach of Sunderland AFC. Successor will be on June 2, 2009 Steve Bruce, the Wigan Athletic was still active to this and the "Black Cats" pay to which a transfer fee in the amount of three million pounds.
  • To succeed Steve Bruce at Wigan Athletic the former coach of the second division Swansea City appointed on 15 June 2009 with Roberto Martinez.