On the December 27 and January 3 podcasts Eoin and I offer up out biggest twenty soccer stories of 2011. Over the few days the blog will bring you another eighty stories that just failed to make it into the top twenty.
71. The draw for the Euro 2012 finals gives us a mouth-watering group B containing the Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark and Germany
72. Just when qualifying for the Euro 2012 finals look as predictable as transfer rumours in January Estonia and Montenegro make it to the Euro 2012 play offs.
73. The goal seen around the world – a truly spectacular effort from Eric Hassli for the Whitecaps against the Seattle Sounders.
74. After looking down and out Toronto FC make a remarkable recovery in group play and qualify for CONCACAF Champions League knock out stage
75. As the Good Shepherd Jurgen Klinsmann encourages his flock to look overseas a number of MLS players head to Europe in the off-season for training and in some cases trials.
76. Shocks of the 2006 Italian match influencing scandal are still felt when the man at the epicenter Luciano Moggi is banned from involvement in the game for life.
77. In March Ruud Gullit surprises the soccer world by accepting a job as coach of Terek Grozny (July) – the soccer world is underwhelmed when he is fired four months later.
78. Jose Mourinho wins his power struggle with Jorge Valdano and the former Argentina World Cup winner leaves Real Madrid.
79. The year of Javier Zanetti – he breaks Giuseppe Bergomi’s record of 756 appearances for Inter and makes his 1,000th competitive appearance in a game against Roma in the Coppa Italia.
80. Real Madrid’s Ronaldo wins Europe’s Golden Boot as the continent’s top scorer for 2010/11.
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