David Beckham ended his professional career with a vintage performance against Brest, in a match that was played more like a testimonial than a league match. Beckham didn’t have to wait long to have a good start to the final match of his career, and Paris Saint-Germain went up within four minutes of kick-off. Clement Chantome played it to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who’s brilliant first-touch cut took him past his marker, before the Swede slammed a low shot to past Brest goalkeeper Alexis Thebaux into the far corner of the net from a tight angle on the right side of the box. Brest were stunned after going behind so early, and it took a brilliant burst off his line for Thebaux to intercept Beckham’s classic long ball over the top for Ibrahimovic. Although Brest Kamel Chafni forced PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Siriguto tip his fierce volley from thirty-yards away, PSG unsurprisingly doubled their lead in the thirty-first minute when Beckham’s corner found Blaise Matuidi, who had died his hair the PSG colors in celebration of the French side winning the league title, at the front post. The Frenchman mishit his first-time half-volley, but it still managed to bounce off the ground and squeeze it’s way into the top corner of the net.
In the thirty-fifth minute Beckham was given a perfect opportunity to score a classic goal when Mario Licka conceded a foul in Beckham-free-kick range, but instead, Ibrahimovic stepped up to take the kick. The PSG No. 10 beautifully curled the free-kick from the left towards the top corner of the net, and while Thebaux should have saved, he flapped at the shot, allowing it to curl into the back of the net. Ibra should have had his hat-trick in the forty-second minute, but could only volley wide from the edge of the box after beating two Brest defenders. The Swede could not earn a first half-hat-trick though, and the first half ended 3-0.
Kevin Gameiro came close to giving PSG a fourth in the fifty-seventh minute, but his diving header from Beckham’s magnificent cross from the right whizzed wide of the post from the edge of the box. In the sixty-first minute Gameiro was put slipped through into a one-on-one position with Thebaux, and the forward’s low shot was expertly saved by the legs of the goalkeeper. Brest were given the pride of scoring a constellation goal in the eighty-first minute when the midfielder was slipped in on goal, before firing a low shot past substitute goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. Beckham was subbed seconds later, and after emotionally applauding the crowd and hugging his teammates (and opponents) he walked of the pitch for most likely the last time. The final ten minutes of the match was played in a celebratory mood, and the match finished 3-1 after three minutes of added time.
Man of the Match: David Beckham (Zlatan Ibrahimovic really)
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
Wenger has squashed rumors of a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rubbished rumors that he would move to French club Paris Saint-Germain over the summer. PSG’s Qatari owners were reported to be confident that they could prise the Frenchman away from Arsenal and the club reportedly offered a £30 million three-year contract to the manager in January, but Wenger has delayed any confirmation of talks with the Parc des Princes club. Continue reading
Barcelona have earned a place in the Champions League semifinals, with the injection of a half-fit Lionel Messi making the difference. Barcelona started the match playing their usual tiki-taka style, and Xavi almost put them up after only two minutes when his curling free-kick from the edge of the box beat PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, but skimmed just wide of the far post. Despite barely seeing the ball in the opening minutes, PSG settled into the match well, with Lucas Moura’s low drive from the edge of the box forcing a good save out of Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes. PSG became more and more confident, and the French side did not let Barca spend too much time on the ball. The match started to become very open, and Sirigu pushed Pedro’s low cross away just before it reached Xavi, before Iniesta did well to hit a drive straight at Sirigu in the twenty-fourth minute. Seconds later PSG almost got in front when Zlatan Ibrahimovic played a brilliant through ball to Ezequiel Lavezzi who was making a run into the box. Lavezzi took one touch to control it, before hitting a low shot that an oncoming Valdes awkwardly palmed away.
PSG became more and more threatening, and then almost went up in the twenty-eight minute when Marco Verratti chipped the ball over the Barca defense for Ibrahimovic. The Swede took the ball down the left side of the box, before curling in a cross to Moura at the far post, who forced Valdes to punch his blazing header out for a corner. Continue reading
Paris Saint-Germain have started their Champions League Quarterfinal second leg against Barcelona brightly, with the absence of Messi hurting Barca. Barcelona started the match playing their usual tiki-taka style, and Xavi almost put them up after only two minutes when his curling free-kick from the edge of the box beat PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, but skimmed just wide of the far post. Despite barely seeing the ball in the opening minutes, PSG settled into the match, with Lucas Moura’s low drive from the edge of the box forcing a good save out of Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes. PSG became more and more confident, and the French side did not let Barca spend too much time on the ball. Continue reading
Barcelona are set to take on Paris Saint-Germain at the Camp Nou in the Champions League Quarterfinals , with the possible absence of Lionel Messi looming over The Blaugrana. Messi had to be substituted at halftime in the first leg through a hamstring injury, and if the Argentine is declared not fit enough to play, Barca would play Cesc Fabregas in his “false number nine” position. The two sides drew 2-2 in the first leg in France , with Blaise Matuidi scoring an injury time equalizer for PSG, despite Barca having a 65% possession throughout the match. Barca only need a 0-0 or 1-1 draw to progress to the semifinals for the sixth consecutive time, and should not be to worried, even though center-backs Javier Mascherano and Carles Puyol are injured along with Messi. Mascherano and Puyol’s injury will be a huge boost to PSG, who will be looking to give the Barca defense, who have been looking very shaky in recent weeks (shipping thirteen goals in their last ten matches), a very hard time.
Barca have nearly locked down the La Liga trophy (being thirteen points clear of rivals Real Madrid with only eight games left in the season), and their focus is now concentrating on the Champions League (as they are also out of the Copa del Rey). The Blaugrana have been in inconsistent form by their standards, and have suffered Continue reading
Paris Saint-Germain scored an injury time goal to earn a draw against Barcelona at the Parc des Princes in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League Quarterfinal tie, giving the French side hope in their almost impossible bid to beat the Barca and qualify for the Semifinals. Amazingly, PSG started the match relatively well (for a side playing Barcelona), with the French side almost opening the scoring only four minutes into the match when Javier Pastore gave Ezequiel Lavezzi space in the Barca box with a chest-pass. Lavezzi cut the ball across his body to lose Barca defender Gerard Pique, and curled a shot to the far post with his left foot that beat Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes, but hit the inside of the post and bounced away. Barca started to settle into the match, playing their usual tiki-taka style, although The Blaugrana were a bit sloppy with their passes which allowed PSG multiple counter-attacks.
PSG had another chance to open the scoring in the fifteenth minute when Zlatan Ibrahimovic collected the remains of a David Beckham free-kick on the left flank and laid the ball to Pastore at the edge of the box, who hit a dipping shot on goal. Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes scrambled across goal to palm the shot away at the near post. Barca kept on top, forcing PSG to retreat into their own box for minutes at a time. The Blaugrana almost scored in the seventeenth when Andreas Iniesta received the ball on the edge of the eighteen and curled a shot inches above the top corner of the goal. Continue reading