The 2008-09 UEFA Cup was the last season of the competition. It was replaced by the UEFA Europa League in 2009/10. Over the course of the season, nearly 160 teams from 53 UEFA member associations participated in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup.
The UEFA Cup had 3 qualification rounds to reach the group stage.
|New non-Intertoto or UCL teams|| Teams in |
|New teams from Intertoto or UCL|
| 1st |
|74 teams >>>||74 teams|
| 2nd |
| 16 teams >>> || 37 winners from 1st Q |
16 new teams
11 Intertoto Cup teams
<<< 11 Intertoto Cup 3rd Round winners
|1st Round|| 32 teams >>> || 32 winners from 2nd Q |
32 new teams
16 UCL teams
<<< 16 losing teams from 3rd Qualifying Round
|Group Stage||40 winners from 1st Round|
|Knockout Stage|| 8 Group Stage winners |
8 Group Stage runners-up
8 Group Stage third place
8 UCL teams
<<< 8 third place Group Stage teams
The 40 teams form 8 groups of 5 teams, playing 2 home and 2 away matches.
The top 3 teams from each group are joined by the 8 third-place finishers (indicated by ³) from each group of the UEFA Champions League to form a 32 team knockout stage. Each team play two matches against each other on a home-and-away basis.
³ Third place finishers in UEFA Champions League Group Stage
The final this season was played at Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Istanbul where Shakhtar Donetsk defeated Werder Bremen.