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
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
The Professional Footballer’s Association has revealed it’s six-man shortlist for player of the year, including Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale, Manchester United’s Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick, Chelsea’s Juan Mata and Eden Hazard, and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. Surprisingly, the shortlist does not include any defenders or goalkeepers, and is also short of any players for reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. Swansea’s Michu, who’s £2 million move from Rayo Vallecano over the summer many people’s signing of the season, is also not on the list despite being tied for third highest goalscorer in the Premier League and playing a crucial part in Swansea’s season. Continue reading
Tottenham have gotten a good 2-1 win over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, with Spurs rising above Chelsea into thir place in the Premier League. Tottenham started the match on top, and amazingly took the lead in the sixth minute when Jan Vertonghen played the ball to Gareth Bale in the center of the Swansea half. Vertonghen ventured forward, and Bale chipped the ball above the Swansea defense to Vertonghen. The center-back took the ball out of the air, and coolly volleyed past Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm to put Tottenham 1-0 up. Spurs started to dominate possession, with Swansea starting to fall out of the match. Tottenham almost doubled their lead in the twelfth minute when a brilliant through ball put Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togo international took the ball into the box, and hit a low shot on goal, but the shot was easily saved by an oncoming Vorm.
Spurs stayed on top, and doubled their lead in the twentieth minute when Vertonghen played the ball to Bale right outside the Swansea box. Bale hit a beautiful first-time outside of the boot shot that curled into the corner of the net leaving Vorm hapless. Swansea started to get themselves back into the match, but needed a miracle to come back into the match before halftime. The Swans almost scored in the thirtieth minute when Nathan Dyer met a cross form two yards out from goal. Dyer’s header looked like it was in, but hit the top crossbar and bounced wide. Tottenham slowed the tempo of the match, and neither side could score again before the break, and after two minutes of injury time, the first half ended 2-0. Continue reading
Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale has played down suggestions that he is on of the worlds best players, despite being on the best form of his life. The twenty-three-year old has already scored twenty-three goals this season, said that he is flattered to be compared with some of the worlds best players, mainly Cristiano Ronaldo. The Welshman also said that he does not model his game on Ronaldo, despite having similar styles.
“I think anybody would love to be mentioned alongside the best in the world,” Bale told Sport Magazine. “It’s flattering but I don’t really look too much into it. I don’t get the newspapers or read too many reports, so I don’t really know how much hype there is. My friends tell me things but I just treat every day as normal and focus on my job.
“I don’t model my game on Ronaldo’s. I have my own way of playing and it’s not exactly the same but we do have similar attributes. I just like watching the best players: seeing Messi and Ronaldo. I’ve watched Ronaldo in the past and you do take things from other people’s games to try to improve as a player.”
Bale credited Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas to have much to do with his amazing form though, saying their is a lot more tactical work in his style than in former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp’s, which has helped Tottenham.
“Harry was more ‘go out there and play how you feel and express yourself’. With André, there’s a certain shape and a style we play,” Bale commented. “I think Harry was more free and let you do what you want. André does that too but there’s a lot more tactical work. I think it’s something that’s good to learn. We’ve done well this year and I think that’s down to our defending as well as attacking.”
Despite being slow to get going, Bale has proved to be one of the best players in the English Premier League this season, scoring some superb dipping shots, mainly freekicks. He also scored Tottenham’s injury time winner against West Ham and the winger is said to be Real Madrid’s main transfer target in the summer, and may replace Cristiano Ronaldo.
There is a new free-kick master in the world of football, Gareth Bale, he has scored three fantastic free-kicks in his last three games. The Tottenham Hotspur player’s Cristiano Ronaldo-esque stance matches his Ronaldo-like shot, that goes over the wall and has a magnificent dip.
Here is the latest of those free-kicks vs Lyon in the Europa League: