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.
If 2011 had seen a disappointing end, 2012 didn’t get off to the best of starts either for Manchester United, as they suffered a second consecutive league defeat falling 3-0 at St.James’ Park against Alan Pardew’s high-flying Newcastle.
Four days later, United faced the mother of all third round tie in the FA Cup, away at holders Manchester City, presenting them with the perfect chance to make amend for the humiliation suffered back in October.
Just before kick off, news filtered that United legend Paul Scholes had come out of retirement following pleas from Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson has pulled off many tricks and surprises in the past, so much so that Manchester United fans have learnt to expect the unexpected. But when Cristiano Ronaldo left for Madrid in 2009, no-one could have foreseen that Ferguson would try and plug the gap by signing the injury plagued goal scorer, Michael Owen.
After leaving a relegated Newcastle United at the end of the 2008/09 season, he was expected to sign for a mid-table club, with the likes of Stoke and Hull City rumoured to be interested. Yet Old Trafford turned out to be his ultimate, and unlikely, destination.
We had left at Wembley on a balmy night in May, humbled and outclassed by Barcelona’s spider-web of exquisite passes and touches, we reunited with them at the same venue barely more than two months later, on a sunny August afternoon for the most unfriendly of Community Shields against bitter rivals Manchester City.