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The Top Stories of 2011 – 41 to 50

Written by on January 1, 2012 | 1 Comment »
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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 it into the top twenty. 

41.    The 2011 Asian Cup is hosted by Qatar and won by Japan after beating Australia in the final 1-0.

42.    Three Portuguese clubs FC Porto, Braga and Benfica make it to the last four of the Europa League with Villarreal the other. However, Porto and Braga do make the final an all-Portuguese affair. 

43.    Roma come under new ownership as US businessman Thomas DiBenedetto gains control of the club. At various times during the year the manager’s chair is occupied by Messrs. Ranieri, Montella and finally Luis Enrique.

44.    Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala splash the cash for Roberto Carlos (April) and Samuel Eto’o (September) and join Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid as the clubs most likely to be associated with the stupidest transfer rumours.  

45.    Iconic Argentine club River Plate are relegated – maybe not – ok yes they are.

46.    Frank Arnesen leaves his position at Chelsea and joins Hamburg.

47.    Charlie Davies returns to football on loan with DC United after being involved in a horrific car accident in 2010.

48.    Spurs go to the San Siro in the last sixteen of the UEFA Champions League and return with a 1-0 win courtesy of a Peter Crouch goal. Nonetheless much of the post game talk was off a dust-up between Milan pit bull Gennaro Gattuso and Spurs coach Joe Jordan. The battle of the Toothless and the Brainless.

49.    Kolo Toure thinks he is looking a bit too plump and decides that a pill or two from Mrs. Toure might be a solution to his problem. A failed drug test and extended ban later it did not seem such a good idea after all.

50.    Rogerio Ceni becomes first goalkeeper to score 100 career goals when he scores for Sao Paulo against Corinthians – later in the year the same player made his 1,000th appearance for Sao Paulo since his debut in 1992.

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One response to “The Top Stories of 2011 – 41 to 50”

  1. Ed Gomes says:

    Portugal looks at last seasons Europa League, as they should, with great pride. I would like to point out a couple of things that undermined Braga. Before the Europa Final and the league season ending, Paciencia (manager) announced he was leaving for Sporting next season. Keep in mind that he was going to finish out the season at Braga. Needless to say Braga went on to lose the Europa final and slip up in league play. They drew with Academica in the next to last match and lost the final game, to Sporting, costing them 3rd place.
    Braga should be competing with Portugal’s big three, and are doing well so far this season, but after profiting from Europa and transfers they’ve done little to improve squad. It’s hard to see them maintain the necessary level to compete at a high level.
    And no, I’m not a Braga fan and actually dislike them.
    Hope that wasn’t boring.

    Roma is still a mess. I used to blame Totti for most of it but he’s not alone on this one.

    Anzhi will not become the next City, PSG or even Malaga.

    It seems impossible that River Plate got relegated. Proof that there’s plenty of presidents/boards throughout the world pocketing money.

    Gattuso is the opposite of Zanetti, who was mentioned earlier on the list. Gattuso is a guy that is really worthless and hurts his club on the field yet gets praised for his fire/tenacity/will. All I see is a guy that commits a foul or gets a red card that kills his team.

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