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.
51. David Villa becomes Spain’s all time leading scorer after scoring twice against Czech Republic to take his total to 46 – two better than Raul’s 44. Unfortunately a leg-break at the FIFA Club World Cup in December placed into doubt when Villa will score his next international goal.
52. Only the host of a Summer Olympics would build a $700M “temporary” stadium to house Athletics. Turning the stadium into a permanent facility will cost even more but beyond that London 2012 (or the Olympic Legacy board to be more accurate) has got itself embroiled in a fiasco that has yet to conclude over the long-term football operators. Undue influence, phone-hacking, private detectives, a decision made only to be revoked and re-tendered makes it a farce worthy of a west-end run.
53. After typically long drawn out negotiations Barcelona finally sign Chile international Alexis Sanchez from Udinese and Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal.
54. The UEFA Champions League often throws us an unlikely semi-finalist. In 2011 it was Schalke who despite hovering in the lower reaches of the Bundesliga managed to beat Inter and Valencia before succumbing to Manchester United.
55. The New York Red Bulls dressing room is a far from happy camp as Rafa Marquez publically criticizes his team mates and subsequently gets a suspension for voicing his opinion.
56. A day of high-drama as the final day of the 2011 Premier League season focuses on the relegation spots. Things are not finally decided until the last few minutes of the season. When the smoke clears Birmingham and Blackpool are the clubs joining West Ham in the Championship for 2011/12.
57. The long-standing “drama” of Arsenal’s ownership is settled when USA sports entrepreneur Stan Kroenke takes control of the club.
58. The two-legged Copa del Rey is decided by an extra-time goal from Cristiano Ronaldo. Later as the victorious squad parades the cup from atop of a bus defender Sergio Ramos shows why he is not a goalkeeper after he drops Spanish Cup from a great height and it is then run over by the bus.
59. West Ham are relegated but the feisty Scott Parker wins Footballer of the Year by English Football Writers Association. Later in the season after signing for Spurs, Parker becomes another in a line of “best players ever” to play for Harry Redknapp and joins his over-the-top eleven.
60. Porto wins Portuguese League without losing a game and they also win the Europa League.
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