Top 10 2012 Moments in World Football

As the year comes to a close I would really like to thank all of you guys helping me out with my newly started blog. I really appreciate the support guys, hats off to you all for actually visiting this rather than any other established page.

As a present I have chosen the few memorable moments in 2012.

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10. Scholes Makes Return

Looks like he hadn’t had enough! Scholsey came back from retirement just after the first half and many suggested that this was Manchester Uniteds much needed signing in January. The veteran made his mark in the FA Cup tie against Manchester City in the derby where he came on as a substitute for Nani.

9. Fabrice Muamba

In a FA Cup quarter finals against Tottenham Hotspurs, a Bolton player Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch and was dead for 78 minutes before making a recovery with his heart beating again. It was a disastrous moment for all the people there as this unfolded but after 15 attempts of shocks from the defibrillator Muamba had his heart beating once more. For a 23 year old this was near death experience which led to retirement in the new season. He also named his autobiography “I’m Still Standing” due to this incident.

8. Manchester United lose on GD

The most heartbreaking moment in the Premier League came in the last kick of the season as Manchester City scored twice in stoppage time to comeback and beat Queens Park Rangers and steal the title from Manchester United on goal difference. It’s looking good for United though as they are 7 points clear on top of the table right now producing thirsty performances showing the hunger of regaining their title.

7. Drogba wins Chelsea Champions League

Many were waiting for this fixture to unfold as Bayern Munich took on Chelsea at the Allianz Arena  where the home side were predicted to win the game. It took 83 minutes for Thomas Muller to break the deadlock after a ton of tries on both ends a header that took Cech by surprise and went into the net. It wasn’t over yet though Didier Drogba shot in a header through a Juan Mata corner to equalize just before time as Chelsea were crowned the champions of Europe in a thrilling shootout where Drogba got the last game winning goal.

6. Spain Win Euro

La Roja showed no mercy once again in this international tournament where they thrashed Italy in a 4-1 final at the Euros. Vicente Del Bosque applied a new formation known as the 4-6-0 or the “False 9” formation in a tactic that showed no strikers but only the creative side of the midfielders showing Juan Mata, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas a chance to go forward.spain euro

5. Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to PSG

Big money spenders PSG snatched Milan duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva from the Serie A to capture them into their stride which has paid off for Zlatan who has scored at an incredible ratio for this club at 18 goals in 16 appearances in Ligue 1 and 20 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions.

4. Van Persie to United

Another signing that caught attention of critics around the world was Arsenals talisman Robin Van Persie moving under Sir Alex’s command. As many predicted this striking pair has already done wonders combining with Wayne Rooney, Van Persie has scored 14 goals making him the top scorer in the Premier League and 17 goals in all competitions including a brace against CFR Cluj in the Champions League.

3. Ibrahimovic’s Fabulous Goal Against England

Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled another magnificent show as Sweden beat England 4-2 where Zlatan scored all four finishing with an overhead kick from improbable range. It doesn’t need much saying this goal simply tells the tale of the year! Watch video below.

2. Chelsea Champions League Exit

The loss of Didier Drogba was a big blow to the European Champions as they lost out in the group stages and became the first team to not qualify for the knockout rounds as defending champions.

1. Messi Breaks Mullers Record

Everybody waited for this but it happened, Lionel Messi broke Gerd Mullers long standing record of 85 goals in a calendar year with his own personal best of 91.

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One for the Future; Nick Powell

Nicholas Edward “Nick” Powell is a young midfielder who is currently playing at Manchester United. Nick started off his career at Crewe Alexandria, the local team of the city where he was born. At the delicate age of 16, Nick made his debut for Crewe.

Putting up great performances in the middle of the park with great movement and passes which were capped off with some brilliant strikes impressed his critics. Showing up only 19 times on the pitch in his first full season was “valuable” experience that did pay off in the following year.

Nick’s next season [2011-2012] was just an uphill ride from where he started off. Having being sent off earlier in the season, Nick hadn’t fully shown what he was capable of. Making his mark right after new years, Nicholas scored at a rate what seemed nearly impossible for a kid his age. There was still more to come though, Nick Powell bagged a brace included a 30 yard cracker in a 4-3 win against Gillingham.

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Becoming the first player to win all the honors for Crewe at the end of the season, including Player of the Year, Goal of the Year and Young Player of the Year got the top division mangers on their feet but Sir Alex was the one to react quickly as he signed him in the transfer window.

On his Premier League debut Nick Powell scored a similar goal to one we have seen Scholes pull off. Coming on as a sub Powell winded up for a shot from outside the area to finish past Al-Habsi where the score was 4-0 in favor of the Manchester Club.

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Tribute to Harry; Part 3; Tottenham Hotspurs

Hi guys this is the third and final part of the “Tribute to Harry” series!

In his first season he grew as a manager beating teams like Manchester City and Liverpool. He remarkably tied against Arsenal in the North London Derby with a score of 4-4 to silence his critics. During his spell he brought in talented faces in the transfer window including Jermaine Defoe, Wilson Palacios and Carlo Cudicini. This was a major confidence boost for Harry as he had a full squad to play around with. In March 2009 he led them to the League Cup final where they eventually lost to Manchester United on penalties. They finished 8th on the table just missing the chance to play in Europe.Image

In the 2009-10 season, his first full campaign with the London team which was also their most successful season to date started off with 4 straight wins. They qualified for the UEFA Champions League through a play-off, a result of them finishing 4th. A great season gave Harry Redknapp the Premier League Manager of the Year award. The following season his side went as far as the Quarter Finals of the Champions League where they were eventually knocked out by Real Madrid on a score of 5-0 at aggregate.

Despite of him finishing fourth again, he was not able to qualify for the Champions League as Chelsea took their place as Champions.

After the sacking of Mark Hughes, Harry Redknapp took charge of Queens Park Rangers and won their first game on December 15 this season against Fulham with a score of 2-1 at Loftus Road, both goals coming from Adel Taarabt.

This is sadly the end of “Tribute to Harry” series, and comment if you want more of this!

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