On the December 27 and January 3 podcasts Eoin and I offer up out biggest twenty soccer stories of 2011. Over the next few days the blog will bring you another eighty stories that just failed to make into the top twenty.
31. Sir Alex Ferguson completes 25 years in charge of Manchester United and marks his 70th birthday on the last day of the year.
32. A certain Manchester United player became the latest high-profile personality to seek a super-injunction from an English court to ban publication of his name by the media after he had been caught being naughty.
But a Scottish paper took advantage of Scotland’s separate legal system and went ahead and published a likeness that could be no other than Ryan Giggs.
33. Written off as the underdog to ESPN and NBC Fox secure FIFA World Cup rights for the next 2-cycles in the United States along with Telemundo. The rights flip to Fox and Telemundo with the Women’s World Cup in 2015 in Canada.
34. The year of Manchester City splashing the cash with big money spent acquiring Aguero, Dzeko and Nasri. It was also the year of a £194M loss for City – a record not surprisingly. By year-end Mr. never-satisfied-with-the-size-of-the-squad Roberto Mancini is told that sell before buy is now a requirement with financial fair play.
35. Juventus turn to former captain Antonio Conte to take over as manager of the club.
36. For a man supposedly off to PSG tout de suite David Beckham had still not made the move as the bells brought in 2012.
37. Emirates Stadium is a revolving door at the end of the summer transfer window with Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leaving joining the already departed Gael Clichy. Meanwhile four players arrive on deadline day.
38. In July Santos win the Copa Libertadores for third time and vow to hold on to young players such as Neymar and Ganso. So far Ganso has not gone gonzo.
39. This has been very much the year of match-fixing. Rarely has a month passed without another allegation being made or a case proven. There are too many to list but Turkey stands out as perhaps the highest profile case.
40. A flock of the Mexico national team fail doping tests at the Gold Cup but the initial bans are overturned after it is claimed that the positive tests were caused by additives given to fatten up chickens. On the other hand it was a tad embarrassing to Mexican food authorities who claimed that no such risk existed.
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