Daivd Beckham becomes the latest legend to announce his retirement from football
David Beckham has announced he will retire at the end of the season, bringing one of the most illustrious and incredible careers in the history of football to an end. Beckham has spent over two decades at the top of the game, and while the English international was expected to sign a new one-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain, he will join fellow member of the famous class of ’92 Paul Scholes and manager Sir Alex Ferguson as another Manchester United and football legend to retire at the end of the season.
The midfielder recently won the French Ligue 1 with current club PSG, making him the only Englishman ever to have won league championships in four different countries, having won the Premier League, La Liga, and MLS with Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Los Angeles Galaxy, respectively. Although some argue that Beckham’s fame has outstripped his actual playing ability, one cannot deny how talented the 38-year-old is, and has been over his career.
Beckham has won 19 major trophies, including one UEFA Champions League, during an amazing career that spanned over 20 years. Although stats will give you an idea on how Beckham and his right foot have made their mark upon the footballing world, one must look at the player’s work ethic and determination to realize what he has achieved during his career. The 38-year old has the joint-second most assists ever in the European Championships, and was the first Englishman to score at three World Cups. Continue reading
Times up: Rio Ferdinand has called time on his England career
Rio Ferdinand has called time on his international career for England to keep his club career at Manchester United in good shape. The 34-year-old has informed England manager Roy Hodgson of his retirement before the Hodgson will announce the Three Lions squad for their friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
Ferdinand won 81 caps for England during his 16-year career with the Three Lions, and was the youngest defender to ever to play for the national team when he made his debut for England in a match against Cameroon in 1997 at the age of 19. Although the center-back’s international career Continue reading
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that David Luiz’s “dying swan”-like reaction lead to Rafael’s sending off during Manchester United’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea. Rafael became the first United player to get sent off in United’s Premier League campaign after David Luiz elbowed the Brazilian twice, before Rafael reacted by lashing out with his right leg. Although looking in considerable pain after the tackle, Luiz was seen laughing at the feet of assistant referee Sian Massey once noticing Rafael’s sending off a few seconds later.
The indecent happened in the eighty-ninth minute of United’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea, and Ferguson has smartly accused Luiz play-acting to get Rafael dismissed, taking the spotlight off of United’s lackluster performance. Continue reading
Gareth Bale has added another award to his total by winning the Football Writers’ Award.
Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has completed his set of awards in the 2012/2013 season by winning the Football Writers’ Award. Bale, 23, topped the vote between journalists, winning an astounding 53% of votes. The award comes less than a week after the Welsh international became won both the PFA Player of the Year award and the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Bale was favored to win the award after his dazzling performance for Tottenham so far this season, with the Welshman having scored 24 goals in 41 appearances, also having 10 assists. The winger has almost single-handedly spearheaded Tottenham’s bid for Champions League qualification, and was a massive part in taking Tottenham to the quarterfinals of the Europa League. Bale is the first Welshman to win the FWA award since David Ginola in 1999, with the winger marginally beating Manchester United forward Robin van Persie to claim the award. Chelsea’s Juan Mata took third place, but was far adrift of the top two. Reports also suggested that Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, who was widely predicted to win the award before his bite on Branislav Ivanovic, only received two votes. Continue reading
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has urged his side to keep cool ahead of their Wembley Champions League final date with rivals Borussia Dortmund. The Dutchman also expressed his excitement at reaching the final for the third time in four years after Bayern’s 3-0 thumping over Barcelona in the semifinal second leg. Bayern, who recently re-claimed the Bundesliga title, will play fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund in the first ever all-German final on May 25th, which will be a mouthwatering fixture.
Bayern proved themselves to currently be the best club in Europe by thrashing Barcelona 4-0 in Munich in the first leg of their semifinal. Amazingly, Bayern nearly repeated the feat in the intimidating Nou Camp in the second leg, winning 3-0. Robben scored once in both legs, and played a key part in both of Bayern’s historic wins. The twenty-nine-year-old has urged his side to keep cool ahead of the final, which will be the clubs third in four years, although they disappointingly lost in all three of them. Continue reading
Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has become the third man to win the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year award in the same year, after bagging both 2012/2013 prizes. The twenty-three-year-old’s fellow professionals voted for the Welshman ahead of Luis Suarez, Robin van Persie, Michael Carrick, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata in the senior competition, and Hazard, Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere in the young player award.
Bale was favored to win both prizes after his dazzling performance for Tottenham so far this season, almost single-handedly spearheading their bid of Champions League qualification. He has scored twenty-four goals in forty games for Tottenham so far this season in all competitions, also having ten assists. Winning the senior prize for the second time in two years, Bale also became part of the prestigious group of two-time winners, which features only Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer. Continue reading
Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has chosen not to appeal to the ten match ban given to him by the English FA for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against The Blues in the Premier League. Although the Uruguayan apologized to Ivanovic over the incident, and claimed that a three-match ban would suffice, he has chosen not to appeal to the ban. Suarez, who had until midday on Friday to appeal to the ban, accepted the punishment and issued another apology via Twitter and his official website.
“I am truly very sorry about the incident with Branislav Ivanovic,” a statement on his official website read. “I hope that all the people who I have offended at Anfield last Sunday will grant me forgiveness. I know that all the things that are happening to me in England will help me improve my conduct on the field. Right now I just want to focus on becoming a better footballer on and off the field. Continue reading