Arsenal beat Newcastle, Chelsea beat Everton, Ferguson ends career with 10-goal thriller; EPL final weekend review

Victor Anichebe challenges Oscar in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Everton

Victor Anichebe challenges Oscar in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Everton

The 2012/2013 English Premier League has come to a close, with the final day of football proving as dramatic as it was exciting.  Although Arsenal held on to take fourth place and a spot in the Champions League, The Gunners had a nervy finish in their match against Fulham after Tottenham beat Sunderland 1-0.  Chelsea held on to third place in their 2-1 win over Everton, while Queens Park Rangers ended the season with a 1-0 loss to Liverpool.  Elsewhere, Norwich beat Manchester City, Southampton drew 1-1 with Stoke City, Fulham beat Swansea 3-0, West Ham United took the three points against Reading, Wigan’s matcg against Aston Villa ended level, and Sir Alex Ferguson singed off at Manchester United with a thrilling 5-5 draw at West Brom.

West Brom looked like they were doomed from the start at The Hawthorns, and The Baggies were down by the third minute cortesy of Shinji Kagawa’s header.  Jonas Olsson directed the ball into his own net, before Alexander Buttner’s low shot gave United a 3-0 lead.  James Morrison pulled one back for West Brom five minutes before the half, and Romelu Lukaku’s low effort from the edge of the box made it 2-3.  Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez made the score 5-2 in United’s favor, but two late goals by Lukaku and Youssuf Mulumbu from low crosses made it 5-4, before Lukaku earned his hat-trick by shuffling the ball into the back of the net.

Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny’s volley from point-blank range gave Arsenal a 1-0 win over Newcastle, and while Theo Walcott cold have relieved the late nerves in the last minute, his chip from six-yards hit the post.  Anyhow, Arsenal still took fourth place.

Tottenham missed multiple chances in their 1-0 win over ten-man Sunderland, and it took a eighty-ninth minute stunning thirty-five yard curler from Gareth Bale too give Tottenham the win.  Spurs should have taken the lead much earlier though, but they didn’t, even though Scott Parker had his shot blocked on the line and Aaron Lennon hit the post in a goalmouth scramble in the sixty-first minute. Continue reading

David Beckham retires from football

Daivd Beckham becomes the latest legend to announce his retirement from football

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

Moyes confirmed as Manchester United manager on six-year contract

David Moyes will succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United

David Moyes will succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United

Manchester United have confirmed David Moyes has been new appointed manager of the Red Devils on a six-year contract.  Moyes will take over from the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson,  on June 31 after he finishes the current season with Everton.

Moyes’ ability to cope with the pressure of succeeding Ferguson had been questioned, but their is no doubt about the fifty-year-old’s talent.  He took over at Everton in 2002, and has since done wonders with the side on a very tight budget, consistently earning the Toffes’ a top ten finish in the Premier League.  Everton even achieved a top four finish during Moyes’ reign, despite only spending around £131 million during his 11 year spell at Everton, compared to Manchester United’s total of around £393 million during that time.  Although Moyes went without a trophy during his time at Goodison Park, his work their impressed Ferguson enough for the 71-year-old to recommended Moyes to be his successor after the Everton manager had been picked as favorite for the job. Continue reading

Sir Alex Ferguson retires as Manchester United manager

Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United career: 26 Years, 13 Premier League titles, 10 Community Shields, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 European Cups, 1 Piece of Chewing Gum

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United career: 26 Years, 13 Premier League titles, 10 Community Shields, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 European Cups, 1 Piece of Chewing Gum

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has shocked the world of football after Manchester United announced that Ferguson will retire at the end of the season after a stunning 39-year managerial career.  Although the Scot, who has become the most successful manager in British football, will stay at United as a director and ambassador, he will leave behind one of the most successful managerial career’s ever.

Ferguson’s last competitive match as a manager will be played against West Bromwich Albion on May 19th, his 1500th game for United.  The 71-year-old took the reigns at United in 1986, and went on to stay at United for another 27 trophy-laden years.  United won an astounding 38 trophies during Ferguson’s reign, which will be an almost impossible feat to match by Ferguson’s replacement, who is set to be Everton manager David Moyes. Continue reading

Ferguson claims David Luiz’s “dying swan” reaction lead to Rafael red

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

MOTD- Manchester United 0-1 Chelsea

Manchester United defender Rafael frowns after receiving a straight red card for a foul on David Luiz

Manchester United defender Rafael frowns after receiving a straight red card for a foul on David Luiz

Chelsea have grabbed a crucial late winner at Old Trafford to earn a crucial win over Premier League champions Manchester United, with referee Howard Webb not doing his reputation of favoring United any favors, by sending off United right back Rafael.  The match started fairly slowly, although Chelsea were getting much freedom down the right flank.  The flow of the game became very open as both sides settled into the match, and Oscar almost put Chelsea in front in the fourteenth minute.  Oscar took on Nemanja Vidic after romping down the right flank, and after taking the ball up to the edge of the eighteen yard box, spanked a shot through the legs of Vidic.  United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard amazingly managed to push onto the post, before smothering the rebound.

Although very open, the match lacked a bit of zip.  Demba Be attempted to put Chelsea Continue reading

MOTD halftime- Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Manchester United are still tied with rivals Chelsea at halftime in the English Premier League, with Chelsea desperately needing a win to take them into third place.  The match started fairly slowly, although Chelsea were getting much freedom down the right flank.  The flow of the game became very open as both sides settled into the match, and Oscar almost put Chelsea in front in the fourteenth minute.  Oscar took on Vidic, and after taking the ball up to the edge of the eighteen yard box, spanked a shot on goal, which United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard amazingly managed to push onto the post, before smothering the rebound. Continue reading