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
Wigan Athletic are set to travel to The Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in a highly important match for both sides. Wigan currently sit in eighteenth place in the Premier League, and need at least a draw to maintain their hopes of staying up. Arsenal on the other hand sit at the other end of the table in fifth place, and will be looking to go above Tottenham Hotspur into fourth place with a win, heavily increasing their chances of a top-four finish. Both sides know they desperately need the win, although it is perhaps more important to Wigan, who are on the brink of being relegated. The two sides will also be confident about gaining the three points, as they have both been on excellent form. Arsenal have been unbeaten in their last nine matches in all competitions, winning seven out of those nine matches and drawing twice. Wigan have only lost twice in their last eleven matches, and come off the back of a stunning 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final to win the FA Cup for the first time.
Although Arsenal have recently had the upper hand in this fixture, winning four of the previous six meetings, Wigan will be looking to pull if an upset as they did the last time they faced Arsenal at the Emirates when the beat The Gunners 2-1. But whether The Lactics can pull off the upset of not, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review right here on Football Every Day!
Something to ponder: Manchester City sack manager Roberto Mancini
Manchester City have finally axed manager Roberto Mancini, a year to the day after Mancini lead City to their first Premier League title in 44 years. After the 72 hour wait for City’s Abu Dhabi-owner’s and 24 hour after Mancini was told he would be shown the door at City by chairman Khaldoon al Mubara, the Italian’s sacking has been confirmed. City’s owners’ claimed Mancini had failed to meet any of their targets or the season (except Chapions League qualification), resulting in the 48-year-old’s sacking.
Mancini’s City future was in doubt after City’s shock 1-0 loss to Wigan in the FA Cup final, meaning City will go without silverware this season. Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini was reported to have been approached by City after their FA Cup defeat, and with Mancini out the Chilean looks set to move to Manchester.
Assistant manager Brian Kidd will take over for City’s remaining two Premier League matches, unless a replacement for Mancini is found before Sunday. Continue reading
Daniel Sturridge performs some fancy footwork against Fulham
Daniel Sturridge’s hat-trick has given Liverpool solid, although meaningless, 3-1 win against Fulham in The Cottager’s last match at Craven Cottage of the season. Liverpool started the match looking the better side, keeping much of the possession in the opening minutes. Philippe Coutinho came close to putting The Red’s in front in the fourteenth minute when he beat a Fulham defender before unleashing a fierce shot on goal from twenty-five yards out, which Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer brilliantly pushed away. Although Fulham began to gain confidence, Liverpool managed to keep most of the possession.
Fulham looked dangerous on the counter-attack, and in the thirtieth minute the home side almost took the lead through Eyoung Enoh. Enoh’s dipping volley from thirty-yards out forced Reina to awkwardly catch it, but it was no real danger to Liverpool. Two minutes later Fulham surprisingly took the lead through Dimitar Berbatov’s fourteenth league goal of the season. Sascha Riether’s superb cross from the right found Berbatov unmarked six yards out from goal, and the forward brilliantly headed it into the corner of the net to put Fulham up. The Cottager’s lead was short lived though, and Liverpool equalized only three minutes later when Andre Wisdom’s long ball found Daniel Sturridge open in the Fulham half Continue reading
Wigan score their dramatic late winner to seal their first FA Cup title ever
Wigan Athletic have stunningly won their first ever FA Cup, with The Lactics earning an outstanding 1-0 win over Manchester City through Ben Watson’s injury time goal. The Lactics were competing in their first ever FA Cup final, and became the first side since 1988 to win the trophy after reaching the final for the first time. Although City were given the chance to win the cup for the second time in three years, they failed to grasp what would have been an important title.
City were the dominant side in the opening minutes, and Yaya Toure almost put Roberto Mancini’s side in front after only four minutes with a fierce dipping volley from the edge of the box that Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles brilliantly pushed wide. Wigan settled into the game though, with Callum McManaman coming close to opening the scoring for Wigan in the eighth minute. Arouna Kone sent McManaman in down the right, and after taking the into space in the right side of the City box, the McMananman cut back onto his left foot and curled an effort just wide of the far post. Continue reading
Manchester City are set to take on Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final, with City aiming to win the trophy for the second time in three years. City are in safe second place in the Premier League, and barring a miracle, they will stay there. Wigan on the other hand are battling hard to stay in the Premier League, and will need a win in their last two matches is they are to stay up. On top of that, David Moyes has left Everton for Manchester United, leaving Wigan manager Roberto Martinez favorite for the job, resulting in Martinez having to bat away questions about the job instead of spending time preparing for the final. Although City have no such problems, a loss for them would most likely see manager Roberto Mancini’s future put in further doubt as it is rumored City have approached Manuel Pellegrini about replacing Mancini.
It will take an upset for Wigan to claim the title, and although they held Tottenham Hotspur to a draw and beat West Bromwich Albion recently, they have not been on the best of form. Surprisingly, City have also been on below average form, only winning two times out of their last five matches. But whether City can win the come out of their recent slump in form, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!