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The Top Stories of 2011; 61 to 70

Written by on December 30, 2011 | 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. 

61. Less than a season after leading Bayern Munich to the 2010 Champions League Final Louis van Gaal is told that he will be allowed to leave at the end of the season. A little later Bayern Munich decide that sooner is better than later and the Dutchman does not see out the season.

62.     England’s captain John Terry is charged with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. Stay tuned for this one being one of the top stories in 2012 when  (or if) it goes to court.   

63.    With Ukraine co-hosting the Euro 2012 finals the powers that be turn once more to Oleg Blokhin and place him in charge of the national team.

64.     France’s national team Coach Laurent Blanc gets himself mixed up in a controversy over the imposition of quotas based on race for France’s football academy.

65.    Ireland’s all-time leading scorer Robbie Keane signs for the LA Galaxy.

66.    The start of the MLS season is marred by a couple of horrendous challenges. The worst  brings a ten-game suspension to Brian Mullan (Colorado Rapids) and Steve Zakuani of the Seattle Sounders misses  the season on account of a broken leg.

67.     There are shocks galore in the African Nations Cup 2012 qualifiers – Cameroon, Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria, and South Africa are all eliminated.  Embarrassingly South Africa plays for a draw in the mistaken belief that it is sufficient to take them through. They then discover during their  post-game celebrations that they failed on a head-to-head tiebreaker. 

68.    Qualifying gets underway for World Cup 2014 when Belize beats Montserrat 5-2

69.    American Samoa finally win a match but alas shortly after their dream of a spot at the World Cup Finals in 2014 ends.

70.    Barcelona convincingly wins the FIFA Club World Cup for the second time in two years – this time demolishing Santos 4-0.

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One response to “The Top Stories of 2011; 61 to 70”

  1. Ed Gomes says:

    How do I put this. Depending where you’re from, Racism is dealt and meant in different ways.
    I remember an interview of a black Frenchman when he was caught throwing a banana at a black player during a match. When asked how he could have done such a thing he answered; I’m not black I’m French.
    Suarez called Evra what he did, because he was trying to insult him and curse at him. That word was the most flagrant so he used it. Just like he would have used a different vile word if the player was white. We know as much just by reading his explanation to the FA. He thought he did nothing wrong.
    Terry, we feel, should have known better. Actually we feel everyone in the world should know better in this day and age.
    I will say that I have been fortunate and not so fortunate to have been able to travel abroad a great deal. And in seeing different cultures, many a things we would find appalling is acceptable there. And yes, these are third world countries.
    Please don’t think I’m providing excuses. Players and people in general have to realize the given times and places they are in. In other words, don’t be stupid.

    I didn’t find Barca’s win shocking, but what was more surprising was Santos demolishing. Maybe unbeknown to most, Santos either kept players or sold them with the stipulation of them remaining until after the Cup, due to their belief in winning it.

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