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You can see me on Soccer Central most Mondays and Thursdays on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. I write a regular column for Forbes.com and Soccerly.com and frequently guest on various podcasts and radio shows.


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The Top Stories of 2011; 81 to 90

Written by on December 29, 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.  

81.     Manchester City announced the construction of the Etihad Campus adjacent to their stadium and an associated sponsor deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

82.    Former German international and Werder Bremen midfielder Torsten Frings signed for Toronto FC and became their version of superman.

83.    UEFA Champions League had become a tad predictable but not on match day 6 in 2011.  Both Manchester clubs were eliminated and Lyon qualified at the expense of Ajax after a flurry of second half goals.

84.    UEFA Financial Fair Play – never has so much been said and written but so little understood. But finally this year we saw the first buds appearing.

85.    Swiss club FC Sion and their certifiable owner were embroiled in a battle to stay in Europa League after UEFA tossed the club out of the tournament on account of fielding ineligible players.

86.     After the footballing equivalent of backpacking around Europe for the last few years Freddy Adu returned to MLS signing for the Philadelphia Union.

87.     They tweet him here, they tweet him there – Newcastle then QPR’s Joey Barton was a signal that could not be disconnected in 2011.

88.    Wayne Rooney is sent off for England against Montenegro in the last group game of Euro 2012 qualifying for kicking out at an opponent. On subsequent appeal Rooney’s suspension reduced to two games rather than the expected three.

89.    Asamoah Gyan decided he did not like Sunderland anymore and insists on being sent out on loan to UAE side Al Ain (still don’t believe we have been given the full story).

90.    Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is named Europe’s player of the year – not to be confused with Europe’s player of the year trophy which was an award combined with World Player of the Year a couple of years ago.

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One response to “The Top Stories of 2011; 81 to 90”

  1. Ed Gomes says:

    Wait a minute, City’s so called “stadium sponsorship deal” ans Fair Play Rules mentioned in the same article/post and no comments.
    Let’s just say that City will meet all Fair Play Rules due to being able to obtain as many sponsorship deals as deemed necessary through their very own ownership.

    I admit that although the Champions League is usually unpredictable, I’ve always enjoyed seeing the “smaller” clubs fight real hard. This season you saw some fight hard enough.
    I guess APOEL will be mentioned further down the line.

    Just when you thought Rooney looked as if he matured, stupidity shines through.

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