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2008 at a glance

Published: Tuesday 1 February 2011, 18.41CET
As Spain sparkled in Vienna, Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Manchester United FC triumphed in Moscow, while Barrack Obama and Frenchwoman Ingrid Betancourt also had cause to celebrate.
2008 at a glance
Cristiano Ronaldo collects his 2007/08 UEFA Club Footballer of the Year prize in Monaco ©Sportsfile
Published: Tuesday 1 February 2011, 18.41CET

2008 at a glance

As Spain sparkled in Vienna, Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Manchester United FC triumphed in Moscow, while Barrack Obama and Frenchwoman Ingrid Betancourt also had cause to celebrate.

World champions Italy, Marco van Basten's free-flowing Netherlands and two-time winners France all had high hopes in Austria and Switzerland. However, it was Germany who emerged from the pack, advancing from the UEFA European Championship group stage for the first time in three attempts and reaching their first final since EURO' 96. The Vienna showpiece, however, belonged to unbeaten Spain, who ended a 44-year wait for their second EURO thanks to Fernando Torres's solitary goal.

Teams
Winners: Spain
Runners-up: Germany
Semi-finals: Russia, Turkey
Quarter-finals: Portugal, Croatia, Netherlands, Italy
Group stage: Austria, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland

Top scorer: David Villa (Spain) – 4

Did you know?
Cesc Fàbregas had never taken a penalty before his decisive effort in the shoot-out as Spain overcame Italy in the quarter-finals following a goalless draw in Vienna.

Also in 2008
European Champion Clubs' Cup winners: Manchester United FC (1-1, 6-5 on pens v Chelsea FC)

European Footballer of the Year: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United FC)

Eurovision Song Contest winner: Dima Bilan (Russia) singing Believe

European Golden Boot winner: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United FC)

Nobel Peace Prize winner: Maarti Ahtisaari (Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, France)

Men's Olympic 100m champion: Usain Bolt (Jamaica) running 9.69 seconds

Formula 1 world champion: Lewis Hamilton (United Kingdom) driving a McLaren

Oscar for Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

Key events
19 February – Fidel Castro announces his resignation as president of Cuba, effective of 24 February, ending 31 years in office

2 July – After six and a half years in captivity kidnapped Frenchwoman Ingrid Betancourt is rescued in Colombia

4 November – Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States, the first African American to hold the post

Last updated: 15/05/12 10.30CET

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