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Ferguson's retirement; Bayern's triumph move football fans

Dec 25 2013, 5:46am CST | by

Beijing, Dec 25 (IANS) From all-mighty Bayern Munich to newly Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande, and from retirement of Alex Ferguson to David Beckham's final game, football has brought fans smiles and tears in the year of 2013.

Beijing, Dec 25 — From all-mighty Bayern Munich to newly Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande, and from retirement of Alex Ferguson to David Beckham's final game, football has brought fans smiles...

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Ferguson's retirement; Bayern's triumph move football fans

Dec 25 2013, 5:46am CST | by

Beijing, Dec 25 (IANS) From all-mighty Bayern Munich to newly Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande, and from retirement of Alex Ferguson to David Beckham's final game, football has brought fans smiles and tears in the year of 2013.

Beijing, Dec 25 — From all-mighty Bayern Munich to newly Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande, and from retirement of Alex Ferguson to David Beckham's final game, football has brought fans smiles and tears in the year of 2013.

European champions Bayern Munich claimed their fifth title of 2013 as they lifted the Club World Cup with a 2-0 win over Raja Casablanca, Dec 21, reports Xinhua.

The German club have already claimed the Bundesliga, German Cup, Champions League and European Super Cup.

"Congratulations to Bayern for an incredible 2013," said coach Pep Guardiola, who only took credit for one of those four trophies after replacing Jupp Heynckes in the late June.

Earlier this month, the World Cup Draw was unveiled Dec 6. FIFA's seeding system and draw procedures triggered controversy once again because under those rules, Belgium, Uruguay, Colombia and Switzerland, were all seeded than more famous teams like Portugal, Italy, France, England and the Netherlands.

After the draw, Groups B, D and G all have claims to be the tournament's most difficult. Group B comprise world champions Spain as well as the Netherlands and Chile, Group D boasts three former World Cup winners in Uruguay, England and Italy, while Group G has Germany, Portugal, Ghana and the US.

The host country Brazil's inner unrest also provoked worries, as the draw was staged against a backdrop of anti-government protests, which began during the Confederations Cup in June.

Football fans were also shocked as Ferguson announced his retirement May 8, ending his legendary career that included 13 English League titles, five FA Cups and two UEFA Champions League trophies in his 26 years in charge at Old Trafford.

Apart from his excellent coaching experience, Alex is also considered as a talent developer as he helped develop many famous football stars such as David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona, Gary Neville, Paul Ince and Bryan Robson.

Ferguson's memoir, My Autobiography, released on Oct. 24, also turned out to be bestselling sports book in many countries.

Ferguson's most famous student Beckham also a bid a teary farewell to the game. The 38-year-old former England captain made his final home appearance for Paris St Germain in the Ligue 1 champions May 16.

Barcelona and Argentina No.10 Lionel Messi, Real Madrid and Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich and German midfielder Frank Ribery will fight for the title, after FIFA announced the shortlist recently.

The award in each of last four years all went to Messi, and Ronaldo claimed the title in 2008 and has been repeatedly placed second since then.

Messi led Barcelona's charge to the Liga title last season with 46 goals, while Ronaldo has not only played well for Real but also helped his country qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals. Ribery has also had a fabulous season with five-star Bayern Munich.

The unpredictable result will be unveiled at the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich Jan 13, 2014.

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Dropping Steven Gerrard might be the right decision at the wrong time

Nov 4 2014 6:07am CST | Source: SBNation

Brendan Rodgers has suggested that his captain may not begin tonight's game against Real Madrid. Whatever his reasons, it's a very delicate moment for a manager to drop a club legend. It's coming. Whether it comes tonight against Real Madrid, on Sunday against Chelsea, or at some unspecified point in the season, it's coming. Some time soon, Steven Gerrard is going to get rested. Or rotated. Or, Brendan Rodgers being Brendan Rodgers, will have his priorities recal ...
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Fan Footage of DAT John O’Shea goal v Germany, showing Martin O’Neill & Roy Keane reaction

Nov 3 2014 4:12pm CST | Source: 101 great goals

John O’Shea’s last gasp goal in Gelsenkirchen last month reverberated around the world, as little Ireland pulled off an epic draw at the home of the world champions in their Euro 2016 qualifier.The goal celebration was brilliant, as all the players chased down O’Shea, but until now, the reaction of management duo Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane had been a bit of a mystery, as the TV cameras missed them.Fear not, thi ...
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Football Manager 2015: Tracksuit Manager v Tactical Manager

Nov 3 2014 1:59am CST | Source: Soccerlens

Football Manager 2015: Tracksuit Manager v Tactical Manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com Book it in your diary, November 7th, the day Football Manager 2015 is fully released. Known for their attention to detail, Sports Interactive have added a host of new features, from a revamped match day experience to the new interface. All these features bring the game closer to real life. The most realistic of these? Deciding what type ...
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AC Milan star reveals Manchester United approach

Nov 3 2014 1:46am CST | Source: Soccerlens

AC Milan star reveals Manchester United approach - originally posted on Soccerlens.com In an interview with French magazine L’Equipe, AC Milan midfielder Jérémy Ménez has admitted he received an approach from Manchester United. The 27-year old midfielder admitted that Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to bring him to Old Trafford ten years ago. Jérémy Ménez said: “Am I afraid that my career is a mess? No, that’s the way fate would have it.  I accomplished the dream of every young person in t ...
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Manchester United Flop David Moyes A Leading Contender For Real Sociedad After They Sack Manager

Nov 2 2014 3:46pm CST | Source: CaughtOffside

Sociedad dumped Jagoba Arrasate after defeat to Malaga. Former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes could be set to make a surprise return to football management in La Liga, report the Mirror, with the Scot on the list of candidates to replace Jagoba Arrasate at Real Sociedad after a 1-0 defeat to Malaga this weekend spelled the end for the Basque club's coach. SEE MORE: Tottenham p ...
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Aguero clinches Man City derby win over United

Nov 2 2014 9:41am CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MANCHESTER, England — Sergio Aguero kept Manchester City in range of Premier League leader Chelsea with a second-half derby winner on Sunday that consigned Manchester United to its worst 10-game start to a season in nearly 30 years. The defending champions maintained their recent supremacy over their fiercest rivals by winning 1-0 at Etihad Stadium, with Aguero finishing off a sweeping move in the 63rd. City now has four straight league victories against United for the first time sin ...
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Nathaniel Clyne | Rumoured to be signing for Southampton

Nov 2 2014 6:41am CST | Source: RedCafe

Nathaniel Clyne wanted by Manchester United | Mail Online Sir Alex Ferguson sees Crystal Palace's Nathaniel Clyne as the answer to Manchester United's problems at right back. The United manager was impressed with England Under 21 defender Clyne's composure in Palace's shock Carling Cup quarter-final win at Old Trafford last month and is ready to make a move after hearing ...
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Having a master tactician in big games

Nov 2 2014 3:25am CST | Source: RedCafe

It goes without saying that Fergie was an unbelievable manager, but I think it's fair to say that he didn't always fare brilliantly when the opposing manager was a master tactician. That said, United had spells, especially when Queiroz was number two, when we were able to tactically mix it with the very best. Under Moyes, it's fair to say we had a rather archaic manager when it came to ...
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Manchester United’s Statistically Best Players 2014/15 With Di Maria Joined By Two Other New Signings And Surprise Defender

Nov 2 2014 12:31am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Who has been performing the best for the Red Devils? It remains a transition phase for Manchester United currently which started when Sir Alex Ferguson retired from his position as manager back in 2013. READ MORE: Ten things to watch out for this weekend. Manchester United eye stunning £147m triple transfer swoop as Louis van Gaal revamps attack. Manchester United make huge contract offer to hijack Arsenal ...
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Why Real Madrid Should Buy Mexico Striker Javier Hernandez

Nov 1 2014 11:41am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Two months ago, Javier Hernandez arrived in Real Madrid on a one-year long deal. Little by little the Mexican has proven to be a good long-term option for Carlo Ancelotti. Hernandez has made seven appearances with Los Blancos so far: four in La Liga, two in the Champions League and one in the Copa del Rey. As it happened with Manchester United, Chicharito isn't an undisputed starter for his new club, but he has scored four goals and made one assist in 307 minutes pl ...
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