Madrid and Munich faced off in the 2012 semifinals in a thrilling series that needed penalty kicks to determine which team advanced to the final. Madrid have it all: a fantastic stadium, great fans, outstanding players and a manager with a lot of experience.
Provided he fully recovers from a hamstring injury, Ronaldo will lead a star-studded Real Madrid side in its quest to dispatch the reigning kings of Europe.
Robben will be joined in the Munich attack by French midfielder Franck Ribery, who joined Ronaldo as one of three finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013. Dutch striker Arjen Robben showed off his speed and skill with yet another scintillating left-footed strike against Manchester United as Munich sealed its spot in the last four. . It’s all politics.”
In a clash of European titans, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich were paired in an epic Champions League semifinal when the matchups were revealed at UEFA headquarters in Nyon on Friday.
Fans in the Spanish capital will hope Ronaldo can do something like this to the Bayern defense:
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The 29-year-old Portuguese superstar will have plenty of help, including from attacking midfielder Gareth Bale. “They have quick players in their attack and quick players at the back, including a great keeper. Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals for Real Madrid in the second leg but had his shot during the penalty shootout stopped by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as Bayern Munich prevailed. “I won everything, with the team and individually.
The first legs of the semifinal will be played on Wednesday, April 23 at Bernabeu in Madrid. on Twitpic”/>(GIF via @DesaiDevang)
“A fantastic draw I’m really looking forward to it, Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, who has plenty of experience battling Madrid during his days in Barcelona, said after the draw.
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Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012 and Atletico Madrid sat atop La Liga standings when the semifinal draw took place but the pairing of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid was undeniably the glamor matchup. After Ronaldo edged Ribery and Lionel Messi to take home the prize awarded annually to the world’s best footballer, the Frenchman did not hide his disappointment.
The best isn’t always saved for last. I know them very well and I know how difficult it’s going to be. The 24-year-old Welshman joined Madrid on a record-setting transfer at the start of the season. It’s going to be a big test for us against one of the best teams in the world.”
Ribery should want nothing more than to do something like this to Ronaldo or any Madrid defender in his path:
Like Madrid, Bayern Munich will have no shortage of stars in action as it attempts to become the first side ever to win the Champions League in consecutive years. The scintillating semifinal matches the reigning champions with the club which has won the competition more than any other. Ronaldo won nothing,” Ribery said in an interview with Munich’s TZ newspaper, via The Guardian
It started out as a straight forward knockout football competition in 1955, in which only the club champions of each European country could enter.
What’s more, participating clubs also receive TV revenue on top of prize money which again is highly lucrative considering that the Champions League final is the most watched sporting event in the world with around 100 million global viewers. Only 12 teams have managed to win the competition more than once and the record for most wins is held by Real Madrid with a tally of 9. In terms of country wins the Champions League has been held the most in Italy, Spain and England with 12 titles for Spain and Italy and 11 titles for England.
The current Champions League champions are Inter Milan but the 2010/2011 competition is already underway and so it will not be long until there is a new title added to this list. Both Valencia and Stade Reims have reached the Champions League final twice but lost on both occasions. However, after Inter Milan and Bayern Munich defied bookies and reached the final last year anything could happen is this year’s Champions League!
. In its current form the Champions League also allows more than national champions to enter with countries such as England and Spain having 4 teams qualify for the competition.
Champions League Prize Money and TV Ratings
The European cup is a highly lucrative competiton for football clubs in the modern era with Champions League prize money reaching up to 36.4 million for a championship winning campaign. Even if a club lost every match in the group stage of the Champions League they would still walk away with 3.3 million.
What is now known as the UEFA Champions League began life as the European Champions Club Cup and did not change its name to the Champions League until 1992. Here is a list of all the Champions League winners:
Football Team – Times Won – Years WonReal Madrid – 9 titles – 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002AC Milan – 7 titles – 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007Liverpool FC – 5 titles – 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005Bayern Munich – 4 titles – 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001Ajax – 4 titles – 1971, 1972, 1973, 1995Barcelona – 3 titles – 1992, 2006, 2009Inter Milan – 3 titles – 1964, 1965, 2010Manchester United – 3 titles – 1968, 1999, 2008Benfica – 2 titles – 1961, 1962Juventus – 2 titles – 1985, 1996Nottingham Forest – 2 titles – 1979, 1980Porto – 2 titles – 1987, 2004Celtic – 1 title – 1967Hamburg – 1 title – 1983Steaua Bucuresti – 1 title – 1986Marseille – 1 title – 1993Feyenoord – 1 title – 1970Aston Villa – 1 title – 1982PSV Eindhoven – 1 title – 1988Red Star Belgrade – 1 title – 1991Borussia Dortmund – 1 title – 1997It can be seen that Real Madrid and AC Milan have been most prolific in the Champions League throughout history, but in the modern era Barcelona have dominated with 3 wins in the last 18 years. As ever Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid have been ranked as favourites for the competition. 2 teams qualify from each group through to the knockout stage of the Champions League. Given all this it is no surprise that the Champions League is considered the biggest and best club football competition in the world.
Champions League Winners List
Since the Champions League competition began in 1955 there have been 21 different clubs who have lifted the trophy. In its modern form the Champions League has 3 stages; First there is the qualification stage for the clubs who do not qualify automatically, then when the main competition begins there is a group stage consisting of 8 groups of 4 teams
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The former Borussia Dortmund hero scored the only goal of the game on his Bundesliga return to the Westfalonstadion as Bayern Munich came out on top in a closely-fought Der Klassiker fixture.
In truth, this was hardly a surprising outcome given the recent opposing fortunes of these two sides.
While the pair may have dominated German football for the past five seasons, Bayern have excelled yet further this year while Dortmund have stalled.
Jurgen Klopp’s men sat way off the pace in tenth position at the start of play. Eden Hazard and Loic Remy knocked in the goals for the Blues while Stoke’s Charlie Adam scored a spectacular strike from inside his own half.
Serie ARoma claimed a valuable 1-0 victory at home to Napoli thanks to a Miralem Pjanic strike. Predictably, Bayern dominated possession and looked the more likely of the two to score.
But Dortmund, which has been far from convincing in defensive matters this season gave little away — until Lewandowski pounced after 35 minutes.
The Pole initially showed great strength to hold off Dortmund defender Neven Subotic near the halfway line to play in Thomas Muller. The result marks a first victory at home for Rudi Garcia’s men in four months.
The win closed the gap on leaders Juventus to 11 points and stretched its lead over third placed Lazio to four points — at least temporarily.
Roma’s city rivals soon brought the gap back to a solitary point thanks to a 3-1 win away to Cagliari, its seventh consecutive victory.
Elsewhere in Serie A, fourth-placed Fiorentina defeated Sampdoria 2-0 at home while Milan won 2-1 away to Palermo.
Roberto Mancini’s Inter could only draw 1-1 at home to financially troubled Parma.
Juventus can re-establish its 14-point lead over Roma should it defeat Empoli in Saturday’s late fixture.
. Although both sides remain in the relegation zone, QPR is now only a point away from safety while Leicester lie three points further back.
In the day’s late game, league leaders Chelsea won 2-1 at home to Stoke City. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired high and wide from a tight angle shortly after.
But despite pinning the champions back and coming close through a Reus free-kick as the game ebbed away, there was to be no Dortmund equalizer.
The result means Bayern require a maximum of just four more victories to ensure another Bundesliga crown.
For Dortmund, the end of this torrid season can hardly come soon enough.
Bundesliga roundupElsewhere in the Bundesliga, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen both registered wins in the race for the third automatic Champions League place.
Patrick Herrmann scored twice for Gladbach in its 4-1 victory away to Hoffenheim while Germany international striker Stefan Kiessling also grabbed a brace in Leverkusen’s convincing 4-0 win over relegation threatened Hamburg.
The results mean Gladbach now has 50 points for the season, two more than fourth placed Leverkusen with just seven games to play.
Second placed Wolfsburg remain seven points clear of Gladbach thanks to a 3-1 home triumph over Stuttgart.
At the other end of the table, Freiburg moved three-points clear of the relegation zone after a 1-0 win at home to Cologne.
Meanwhile, Hanover was dragged closer to the relegation battle, and behind Freiburg on goal difference, after it could only draw 2-2 with Eintracht Frankfurt.
English Premier LeagueArsenal dealt a heavy blow to Liverpool’s Champions League hopes with a convincing 4-1 win at the Emirates Saturday.
Three rapid-fire goals in the space of nine minutes from Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez put the Gunners well ahead.
Although Jordan Henderson pulled one back from the spot in the second period, a late Liverpool charge petered out when defender Emre Can was sent off. Although Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller closed the angle and saved well from the German international striker, Lewandowski was on hand to nod the rebound into an unguarded net.
As has become the custom for returning players these days, Lewandowski refused to celebrate scoring against his former club.
The game quickly returned to its pedestrian pace but Dortmund began the second half with a renewed sense of purpose.
Marco Reus wasted a golden opportunity to level after the hour mark, lashing into the side-netting when played through on Manuel Neuer.
Dortmund took heart and increasingly began to take the game to the visitors. Olivier Giroud then added a brilliantly struck fourth in injury time.
The result pushes Arsenal above Manchester City into second position although Manuel Pellegrini’s men don’t play until Monday.
For Liverpool, it means finishing in one of England’s four Champions League spots is now unlikely. The Merseysiders lie seven points off the hallowed ground of fourth position.
To add insult to injury, arch rival Manchester United moved eight points clear of Liverpool and up into third place with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa in which Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera scored twice.
Southampton could also have climbed above Liverpool Saturday, however, they went down 1-0 away to Everton.
Further down the table there were important wins for relegation threatened Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers.
QPR claimed a big 4-1 victory away to West Brom while Leicester took down West Ham 2-1 at home. Bayern, by comparison, is cantering to its third straight title.
It was perhaps this disparity in league position and the fact there was less on the line than some of the recent classic encounters between the two that ensured the game started at a slower pace.
Chelsea’s Didier Drogba posted the fun clip with a reference to fans chanting boring, boring Chelsea” following the team’s 0-0 tie against Arsenal on Sunday, outlets noted.
H/T For The Win
A bunch of highly paid professionals from the Chelsea football club recently batted around a soccer ball with impressively close headers, and then went bonkers when teammate John Obi Mikel knocked it into the trash can.
Chelsea resides at the top of the Premier League standings, and the team has shown it can still have a good time, at least off the field.
Think you wouldn’t be celebrating too if your family completed this trick shot at the dinner table?
Recent research by Richard Steiner of New Yorks Yeshiva University has found the script to be Proto-Canaanite from which biblical Hebrew later emerged. He also found parts of what may have been the mummy of Unas.
Oakes, Lorna and Lucia Gahlin Ancient Egypt: An Illustrated reference to the myths, religions, pyramids and temples of the Land of the Pharaohs Hermes House (2002)
Recent discoveries of Proto-Canaanite spells, the earliest Semitic texts in existence, were found amongst the oldest written Egyptian religious texts. The Pyramid Texts reveal the iimportance of Osiris who had been a local deity but during during the time of Unas his worship became more widespread. Sakkara which is close in proximity to Cairo, is the burial site for at least 16 Kings of the Old Kingdom of Egypt who had their capitol in Memphis.
Malek, Jaromir “The Old Kingdom (c.2160-2055 BC)” The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt Oxford University Press (2000. Raise him up to You, enclose him in your arms, for he is the son of your body forever!
Ancient Semitic Texts also Found
It is also believed that among the Pyramid Texts in the Unas Pyramid are inscriptions of an ancient Semitic dialect written alongside the Egyptian script, making it the earliest written version of a Semitic language. Upon reaching Re, they will travel together forever in the sky in a solar boat. The Egyptians called on the Canaanite priests because they thought that some of the dreaded snakes could speak Canaanite and would obey the Canaanite magic.
The Semitic text aids in the understanding of the development of Phoenician and biblical Hebrew. It is also possible that his successor, Teti, the first king of the Sixth dynasty, was married to a daughter of Unas, known as Iput. The texts were located in the Saqqara pyramid of King Unas of the Old Kingdom. There is still much to be learned from the ancient texts written on the walls of the underground tomb of the little known King Unas of ancient Egypt.
“Unas,” Digital Egypt digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/chronology/kingunas.html Accessed Feb 14 2010
Milstein, Mati Ancient Semitic Snake Spells Deciphered in Egyptian Pyramid, National Geographic News (Feb 5 2007) Accessed Feb 14 2010
Pyramid Texts of Unas Accessed Feb 14 2010
The Pyramid Texts give direction to aid Unas (and other deceased pharaohs) in overcoming obstacles in the Underworld in order to return to the Father, the Sun God Re-Atum. Amidst the ancient Saqqara pyramids, and south of King Djosers step pyramid complex (Third Dynasty), lie ruins of King Unas small pyramid. The passages show that the ancient Egyptians turned to the Canaanites from Byblos, Lebanon to assist them in creating spells and magic. (The Digital Egypt website at the University College of London gives the alternate dates of Unas as 2450-2300 B.C.E.) Not much is recorded about his reign, but Manetho believed that he probably did not have any sons. These texts were copied in later Sixth dynasty royal pyramids, but the Pyramid Texts of Unas contained spells and verses not seen in later Sixth dynasty copies.
O Re-Atum, your son has come to You, King Unas has come to You. Unas was worshipped locally for years after his death. At the end of verse 217 in Section III of the Burial Chamber, the Pyramid Texts read:
The spells, known as the Semitic Snake Spells, were to help ward off snakes and keep them from harming the mummified remains of the pharaoh. Many of the words found in the spells appear in the Bible. His pyramid is now in rubble in a mound of dirt, unlike the royal funerary memorial that it once was and important evidence that it presents. Unas was also known as “Unas, the Slayer and Eater of Gods.”
The Oldest Pyramid Texts
The pyramid of King Unas is remarkable as it holds the oldest written religious texts in existence, known as the Pyramid Texts. While the Egyptians had their own magic, they also had much respect for the power of the spells of the Canaanites.
King Unas pyramid was poetically named Beautiful are the Places of Unas. In 1881, Gaston Maspero discovered the underground vaults of historical text in the Pyramid of Unas. Many of the characteristics of biblical Hebrew are already seen in these very early Proto-Semitic texts.
King Unas, also known as Wenis, was the last king of the Fifth dynasty of the Old Kingdom, who ruled between 2375 and 2345 B.C.E
m88 top scorer of the tournament, Ronaldo helped the Brazilian team to win their 5th FIFA World Cup title.
He is the man who shouldered the responsibility of giving the Brazilian football the solidity, it deserved. He also played for Bayern Munich, New York Cosmos, and Hamburger SV, besides being the manager for West Germany, Marseille, and Bayern Munich.. He scored 49 international goals during his international career, and 208 club level goals for Manchester United, Preston North End, and Waterford.
A teammate of the legendary Pel, Garrincha was part of the Brazilian team that won the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. After the season of 1997 – 1998 season, Beckham was selected for England’s World Cup team. This pre-Pel era player was known as the Rubberman because of his elastic body. He grew up in Brazil and honed his skills in its slums. Known for the talent not easily found in the so many of the footballers, he is their hope for the glory. He represented Italy in the World Cup 1994 and scored 5 goals for his team. Most unfortunately, Baggio missed his penalty kick. In the year 1957, at the age of 15, Pel was included in the Brazil national team for the World Cup. In June 2005, Ronaldinho captained the Brazilian side to their second FIFA Confederations Cup title by beating Argentina in final match 4 – 1. He was named as the Italy’s Player of the Year in 2000 and in 2003. You can find him in the right wing of the Barcelona attack, trying to concoct a blend of speed and trickery to frustrate and get past multiple defenders. In the FIFA World Cup (2006), David Beckham led the English football team. His career lasted for 26 years from 1975 to 2001. Well-known for his fitness and stamina levels, he was a part of the English team that won the World Cup, whom he represented from 1958 to 1970. He joined the Portugal national team in August 2003, and scored 2 times for his country in Euro 2004. Olympic Games 2008 held in China saw him win the gold medal for his country. It took him 18 domestic yellow cards, earned during 2003 – 05, to realize that not every provocation needs to be taken seriously. His full name is Ronaldo Lus Nazrio de Lima. After a span of 5 years, Beckham was finally selected for the Manchester United team. He started his professional career with CSKA Sofia and later moved on to the FC Barcelona soccer club. At the age of 9, he joined the Everton club’s academy and in 2002, found himself as a FA Youth Cup finalist. He participated in Euro 2004 and World Cup held in 2006 and 2010.
This most beloved Italian footballer was included in the greatest living footballers list that was prepared by none other than the famous Pel. The lethal combination of speed, strength and skills, and the irresistible urge to score made him the most expensive player of the 2009. During his career, Stoichkov earned global acclaim four times in a row. Zico was a part of the ’80s Brazilian squad that was widely considered to be the best team Brazil ever produced. Born on February 5, 1985 in Funchal, Portugal, Cristiano was signed by Sporting Lisbon at the age of 10 years. Born on October 24, 1985 in Liverpool, England, this footballer has done wonders on the field. He is often compared to Pel, and hence was fondly know as ‘White Pel’. In his debut match, Pel scored two goals. Can you recollect his real name in full? His real name is Edison Arantes do Nascimento.
Lenidas da Silva
A true specimen of the present day footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro has everlasting stamina that leaves his opponents worried. His goal, in the Premier League, scored against Arsenal, 5 days before he turned 17, made him the youngest scorer in the history of the league. Winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2009 and 2010, Messi has won five league titles, and in the 2008 – 09 forming a triad with Andrs Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, scored 38 goals only to better the record, in next two seasons, to glorious 45 and 50. The most famous footballer of his time, Lenidas da Silva is also believed to the father of the Bicycle kick. He was the first player to score 4 goals in World Cup soccer bout.
Statistic: Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, France, England, Italy, Germany and Spain are the only eight countries who have managed to win the biggest prize ever in soccer – the World Cup.
Maradona is the most celebrated Argentine football player. In the past, he has played for the Gremio, Paris SG, FC Barcelona soccer clubs. His conversion rate was so good that he managed to score an average of one goal per game in his world cup matches. The highlight of this prestigious tournament was the goal, a 35 meter free kick, scored by the Ronaldinho against England. Although his full name is Manuel Francisco dos Santos, he earned the nickname of Garrincha, a term meaning ‘little bird’, for his playful behavior on the field. He was a member of the French team that won the 1984 European Championship, and his nine goals in that tournament is still a record that has not been broken. Although, France beat Italy in the final match, they couldn’t stop Totti from lifting the Man of the Match title.
Pel is the best footballer ever to play on the field. Many believed that Germany reached the 2002 World Cup finals not because the team was a great one, but because Oliver Kahn’s goalkeeping skills managed to keep Germany alive in the tournament. His skills included decisive and accurate passes and he was well-known for his powerful free kicks. Born on June 24, 1987, this Argentinian footballer has joined the Barcelona when he was 13 years old. He bade good-bye to the field of soccer in 2003.
Zinedine Zidane played as an attacking midfielder for France, and was a part of the team that won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship. He played at a time when Germany was not unified, which is why he represented West Germany in 103 games, from 1965 to 1977. In 2009 and 2010, Rooney won Premier League for the United but, lost to Barcelona in the finals of Champions League. The Time magazine, in the same year, included Pel in the list of 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century. Even though he was involved in many controversies, on and off the field, he is still regarded as one of the greatest footballer of all time.
Hristo Stoichkov is thought of as the most successful Bulgarian soccer player. He was well-known for his free kicks, passing skills, and finishing, and scored 52 goals for his country. He received the ‘Golden Ball’ award after being chosen as the best player in the tournament. For these clubs, he managed to score 95 goals in total.
His full name is David Robert Joseph Beckham. Put on a display of his sublime talent in the 2010 World Cup.
Lenidas da Silva
Christian Vieri was an Italian center-forward, who was named by the great Pel as one of the greatest living footballers ever. However, in the year 2002, as a member of Brazil squad for the FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo scored eight goals in only seven games. Throughout his career, Maradona enthralled his fans and the opponents with his extraordinary footwork and balance. Records at the end of the 2006 – 07 season showed 23 goals against his name in 53 appearances for the United and the first title in four seasons for his club. Through Lenidas da Silva, in 1938 World Cup, soccer world came to know about the natural talent, techniques and the spirit of Brazilian football. Italy lost to Brazil in the final match in penalty shoot out. Roma, to win the first league title, since 1983. He represented France from 1994 to 2006, and in his 108 appearances, he scored 31 goals and was the play maker for hundred others. In 2008, he partnered with the teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and won the Premier League and Champions league for his club, the Manchester United. He was part of the Italian National squad in the Euro 2000 qualifiers. This skillful footballer has won many awards and acclaims. At the club level, he played for Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, and Real Madrid. With his 7 goals in qualifiers, he took his team to 2006 World Cup, but couldn’t take it past the semi-finals. Francesco Totti is also known as the Prince and Er Pupone. Currently, he is the coach of the national team of Iraq.
Weird: In 1998, Second Division club Jiul Petroani Ion sold Radu, a midfielder from Romania, to Valcea for 500kg of pork.
There is no doubt that Ronaldo is one of the most celebrated players from Brazil, after Pel. For his skills with the ball and the goal scoring capacity he is known as the King of Soccer. 2007 – 2008 season rejoiced in his 42 goals in 49 games, the Premier League and Champions League titles that he won for the Manchester United and FIFA World Player of the Year award. In his long career, spanning 25 years, he scored 1,000 goals. He is also known as the Phenomenon, because of his speed, dribbling and passion for scoring again and again. Their skills, timing and desire to shoot the ball in the net are still admired all over the world even when, they are no more on the field.
Amazing: In the 1950 World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay, which was played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, there was a record attendance of 199,854 spectators.
One of the most well-known German footballers, Oliver Kahn was a goalkeeper who represented his country from 1994 to 2006. Platini was a free kick specialist, and scored 41 international goals and 224 goals for the clubs that he played for.
Zico, whose real name is Arthur Antunes Coimbra, played for Brazil from 1976 to 1988. Brazil went on to win the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He started playing for his country in August, 2005, and participated in 2006 World Cup. Garrincha ranks second, after Pel, in the list of best Brazilian soccer players.
Astonishing: In 1973, Marcello Donadini, a referee from Italy had to be hospitalized, after a player who didn’t quite like his decision bit him on his back.
In 2000 – 01, Totti, another celebrated Italian football player, scored 13 goals and helped his favorite club, A.S. Kahn also represented clubs like Karlsruher SC II, Karlsruher SC, and Bayern Munich.
Ronaldinho is another jewel from Brazil. Diego Armando Maradona is an icon and hero for many footballers. He scored 27 goals, in all, for his national team. He was chosen twice, for the FIFA World Player of the Year Award.
Born in Munich, Germany, Franz Beckenbauer was also known as Der Kaiser or The Emperor, simply because he was extremely elegant in his style of play. Nine of these goals were scored in three World Cups. Born in the poor suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he was influenced by another legend of the footballer, Zico. In his club’s history, he became the first footballer to scale the ladder of Under (16, 17, 18), B-team, and first team in a single season. In 1991, Manchester United, signed this 16-year-old teenager for its youth squad. In 2003, he transferred to the United Manchester and scored 10 times in the first season. In the 2006 World Cup, he was the best player of the tournament, and won the ‘Golden Ball’ award. He was a part of the Brazilian team, for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which was jointly hosted by Korea and Japan. Christiano participated in the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup in which, team Portugal exited in the quarter finals and the second round, respectively.
Famous soccer players, such as Pel and Maradona are not only worshiped in their native places, but they are also idolized throughout the world. At the age of 17, while playing for England against Australia, he scored and became the youngest Englishman to do so for his country. He scored against Romania and Belgium and got the team in the Finals. He is famous for his natural play and terrific control over the ball. He was one of the best forwards in all of Europe, and besides playing for his country, represented as many as 12 clubs throughout his career. He shares the honor of representing the England in 3 World Cups with the 5 others, including Sol Campbell and Michael Owen.
Sir Robert ‘Bobby’ Charlton was arguably the best midfielder and English player of all time. He played an influential role in club’s winning the Spanish Primera Divisin. Ronaldo played for Brazil in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, in which Brazil lost to the French side in the final match. He retired from football in 2004.
A terrific presence on the field, Lionel Messi, according to some, has reserved a spot for himself in the ranks of all time great players like, Pel and Maradona. In all, he scored 23 goals for Italy and 194 goals for all the clubs that he played for.
Michel Platini represented France from 1976 to 1987, and was also the coach of the team from 1988 to 1992. In 1999, Pel was chosen as The Athlete of The Century, by the international Olympic committee. In 1992, his scintillating play was responsible for his club’s Championships League victory. He is the current president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Besides coaching various countries and clubs, he also played for Flamengo, Udinese, and Kashima Antlers, for whom he scored 192 goals. For Real Madrid, in 2010 – 11, he won the Copa del Rey and in La Liga, netted 40 times to create a record. He also played for clubs such as Nancy, Saint-tienne, and Juventus. But in the same event, in the finals, he was involved in a controversial incident, in which he headbutted Italian defender Marco Materazzi. He won the title of ‘European Footballer of the Year’ twice, He is only the second footballer to win the World Cup as a player and coach, and the only one to win it as a captain and coach
m88 chris Ramsey will still be in charge of Queens Park Rangers in the second tier next season, but will have much work to do on the evidence of Sunday’s 5-1 thrashing at Leicester — which climbed off the bottom by picking up 22 points in the last nine games.
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. “He had a problem with his knee — in normal conditions he wouldn’t play the game. When Thibaut was injured, Petr made decisive saves in matches for us. It was John’s desire to give him the armband and for the players to bring him from the pitch was up to them — they like him a lot.”
Mourinho said he hoped goalkeeper Petr Cech — another key player during his first reign but this season a backup for Thibaut Courtois — would stay at Chelsea.
The Czech played the full game against Sunderland but has expressed his desire to find a club where he will be a first-team regular.
“He’s a legend of this club, a legend at 33 — and for a keeper he is a young legend,” Mourinho said.
“One of our strengths this season was to have the two best goalkeepers in the league. I’m not sure if he wasn’t here we would have been champions.”
If Cech leaves, defender Terry will be the last remaining player from Mourinho’s first spell at Chelsea, when he won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups.
“I belong to both generations, but to be back for the end of my team was hard — to see Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Drogba leave is very hard for me,” Mourinho said.
“But my job is Chelsea’s future and that’s the team we have been working on in the last two years.”
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard had a less successful sendoff before his move to Los Angeles Galaxy, though the former England midfielder did score one last time in Sunday’s 6-1 humbling at Stoke.
It was the first time in 52 years that the five-time European champion had conceded that many goals in a league game, and the defeat meant Tottenham finished fifth after beating Everton 1-0.
Liverpool had a disastrous end to the season, falling from Champions League contender to now facing two rounds of qualifying to get into the group stages of the Europa League.
Manager Brendan Rodgers dropped Raheem Sterling to the bench following the controversy over the young England forward’s apparent desire to leave and reject a lucrative new contract.
Rodgers’ own future is now in doubt after failing to win a trophy in three seasons at Anfield.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is another man tipped for the sack, but the Chilean is confident he will be retained despite failing to defend the EPL title — or win any trophy.
City’s 2-0 victory over Southampton was the sixth in a row since dropping down to fourth place last month. Reports have linked him with a move to the U.S.
“He did because it was his last and he wanted to be on the pitch.
Former Chelsea star Lampard scored on his 609th and final Premier League appearance before joining Gerrard in the U.S.
“He was very good for the young players like Hazard, Willian and Oscar — they learn from good examples and he made a fantastic contribution for us this season.”
Drogba departed with Chelsea trailing 1-0, and missed the chance of a goalscoring goodbye as his replacement Diego Costa equalized from the penalty spot soon after coming on, netting his 20th Premier League goal since joining from Atletico Madrid.
“Didier was due to take the penalty but he was not on the pitch,” Mourinho said. They’re not owners who think because you do not win the title you must go out.”
Third-placed Arsenal thrashed West Brom 4-1, as England forward Theo Walcott scored a first-half hat-trick to raise the stakes in his expected postseason contract talks.
Manchester United will go into the Champions League qualifying rounds next season, confirming fourth place with a 0-0 draw that relegated Hull.
Steve Bruce’s team needed to win to have any chance of staying up, but could not capitalize on the second-half dismissal of United substitute Marouane Fellaini.
After the match, United confirmed that the club would not be signing on-loan Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal from Monaco.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane finished second in the golden boot standings after scoring his 21st in the league, and 31st in all competitions, with a first-half header against Everton.
Southampton, meanwhile, may yet feature in the Europa League next season if Arsenal beats Aston Villa in next weekend’s FA Cup final.
Villa avoided relegation before the final round of games, but the 1-0 defeat by second-bottom Burnley left Tim Sherwood’s team just three points above the drop zone.
Newcastle stayed up by beating West Ham 2-0, and after that defeat the mid-table London club announced that manager Sam Allardyce’s contract will not be renewed. with MLS club New York City FC, while Sergio Aguero’s late second gave him a leading 26 goals in the top flight.
“I’ve never had any doubt in my mind all season,” Pellegrini told BBC Sport.
“I know what the owners think, I speak with them all the time. Major League Soccer competition.
The 37-year-old hopes to extend his career by one more season, having come back to London last year as a bit-part squad player — a shadow of the striker who terrorized defenses across European and at international level, but a key element in Mourinho’s big plan.
“He was part of the other team but he is also part of the new Chelsea,” the Portuguese coach said after a 3-1 victory left Chelsea eight points clear of second-placed Manchester City. Didier Drogba was paid the ultimate tribute by his teammates Sunday when they carried him off the field to mark his final appearance in the royal blue shirt, having been given the captain’s armband by regular skipper John Terry.
The Ivory Coast veteran bowed out in the 29th minute against Sunderland in a prearranged substitution, having announced before the closing game of Chelsea’s Premier League-winning campaign that he is leaving for a second time