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.
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.
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.