Ok, so this is England and we’re Manchester United fans. Apparently, by default that should make us despise England’s National team and poke fun at it, but for me that’s just way too stereotypical so, having been asked by Bwin to give them my England Dream Team, that’s exactly what I’m about to do.
In my opinion Roy Hodgson was appallingly treated by the sham of a newspaper that is (I’m not even going to name it, we know which one it is that has the lowest standard of all newspapers….and that’s saying something!). With the FA (yes I know we’re supposed to hate the FA too but I’m sorry, I’ll hate the things they do to United that I feel were unfair but I’m not reverting to type and hating them per se) promoting Respect and Anti this-and-that campaigns, it was important to hire an England manager that fit in with their ‘vision’ and their future preachings.
Following Eden Hazard’s decision to join Chelsea, Manchester United and the French Ligue 1 have been linked again in the papers, with Wayne Rooney rumoured to be the target of a £120 million move by cash-loaded PSG.
“No one’s bigger than the club”
How many times have we heard that said? How many times has that old cliche been rolled out in a bid to justify a decision that’s (arguably correctly) been taken to remove an ego from Manchester United?
An unwanted presence, be it at the club, in the changing rooms or on the training ground, is a problem that’s best dealt with decisively and a problem that Manchester United and in particular Sir Alex Ferguson, has never had a problem with. But after 25 years at the helm, have we witnessed the rise of the only person in history to defy that old cliche?
Following one of the worst self-advertisement stunts in recent years, Eden Hazard announced his move to Chelsea via twitter last night.
The west London club have added a potentially excellent player to their squad – Hazard is the only player together with Lionel Messi to have scored more than 20 goals and have more than 15 assists in any European league this year – and an even bigger ego to go with it.
Despite the transfer being done and dusted virtually before the start of the transfer window, the saga dragged on long enough to disappoint fans of the two Manchester clubs who have – allegedly – missed out on the former Lille man.
International teams from across Europe have battled for supremacy to become European Champions since 1960 when France hosted the inaugural championships won by the Soviet Union with Yashin, Ivanov & Bubukin out muscling their Yugoslav counterparts.
52 years and 13 finals later, Poland & Ukraine host the championships with Spain arriving as both current holders and current favourites to win the championship with Betfair’s Euro 2012 market. Whatever happens the tournament promises to be a hotly contested one with ageing world stars going head-to-head with more youthful, up-and-coming talent.
This DVD boxset (available from Amazon) takes you on a journey through time chronicling the drama, the passion and the untold stories behind each tournament.
Manchester United striker Michael Owen revealed last week via Twitter that the club would not be offering him a new contract. This brings an end to Owen’s three years at Old Trafford which have been marred with injuries. His imminent departure signals the availability of the famous Number 7 shirt for next season. “What’s the fuss over a jersey? It’s just a number” you may say, but the importance of this jersey to the Old Trafford faithful cannot be overlooked.
It goes without saying that it is arguably the most famous jersey in Manchester United’s history. The mumbles and the grumbles from fans when Owen was handed the jersey at the start of the 09/10 season said it all, with many claiming he would do the jersey a disservice.
Don’t let the end of the football season bring to an end your love of football. Don’t hibernate until August playing xBox or PS3. Don’t wait until the Olympics or the European Championships to be inspired to get your soccer boots on. Make the most of the weather and play some football.
Manchester United offer a fantastic range of Summer Football Camps during July and August with residential facilities an option.
The season has finally ended in nightmarish proportions for United fans.
Liverpool put out United in the F.A.’s famous show piece competition and even managed to reach the prestigious finale. Horrible Suarez and co did lift silverware in the shape of the Carling Cup this year a long time before Athletic Bilbao humbled us too, this time in the much coveted European Champions League in which John Terry unashamedly fondled, slavered and pawed at a trophy he never actually won, those moments were amazing and horrific in equal measures. For Hodgson to bump Ferdinand in favour of the same ‘alleged’ racist for ‘football reasons’ (that exist only in the southern driven media myth-dom) is pitiful. But these are only the beginning acts.
These are the Apéritifs’ to the main nightmare.