- 26/06/2017From football maestro to tennis pro.
"Everything came easily to him for a quarter of a century but he wasn’t afraid to test himself and start again from the bottom. He could have chosen to live off past glories. Instead he is proof that it is never too late to learn a few new tricks."Paolo Maldini courts new love to join grand band of sport switchers | Jacob Steinbergwww.theguardian.com Paolo Maldini, the legendary Milan and Italy captain, will make his professional tennis debut this week after stepping away from football to pursue an unexpected...
- Producer25/06/2017The Greatest International Team in the History of FootballSpain (2008-2012) - A golden generation As we all know football is the most popular sport in the world. With only some countries being an exception, football is something more than a sport in most countries - it is craziness, a way of life. From...
Comments26/06/2017 #18 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThere are two reasons why the fans of Barcelona today treat the late and great Johan Cruyff as God-like legend.
1. He inspired and brought tiki-taka style of Dutch play to the Barcelona way of playing, which then became a Spanish way
2. He championed the cause of Catalonia, and even went on to manage the Catalonia football team
There is no doubt that the Spanish team that arose between 2008 and 2012 had the results to lay claim to the greatest international team, but one cannot and should never exclude the chief architect here and that was the Dutch master Cruyff. The greatest irony for Cruyff was "anti-football" detailed here : https://www.theguardian.com/football/2010/jul/12/world-cup-final-johan-cruyff-holland
For me the most exciting team in International football is one that I was young enough at the age of 9 remember playing, and that is the 1970 World Cup winning team of Brazil. The names Jairzinho, Pelé and Rivelino are still today as magical as the masterclass they put forth in smashing Italy to win that World Cup. I have never seen anything like that ever since.
I have not endeared myself to the great efficiency of the best German teams, so naturally I am glad to see Spanish players find a style of play that was nearly as attractive but perhaps not as exhilarating as that 1970 Brazilian team when Pele was at the height of his powers.
It is indeed good for a Spanish person to be absolutely proud of the accomplishments of his countrymen and women. I would encourage this love and passion to grow, because those who otherwise would not be involved or take interest in the beautiful game, are the most welcomed when they decide to engage it.26/06/2017 #15 John White, MBAThe origins of the word "soccer." Blame the British, it originated there. Now, only countries that have another sport known as football use the term soccer (Canada, Austrailia, USA, New Zealand and maybe a few others).
I remember going to watch El Racing (they were First Division en La Liga then!) play with my host brother in Santander. I had never seen anything like a First Division futbol game in Spain before. Talk about a cultural experience!
The game has really grown here in the US. It's far from the most popular sport but it has really taken off in the last 25 years. I remember when we didn't even have a Division 1 pro league in the US or Canada. Soccer was played at the amateur level (and mostly just by kids).
Television has also helped grow the game here. When I was a kid we didn't have any exposure to European futbol. You couldn't even read about it the newspaper or magazines. Now, you can watch all the games from all the leagues around the world on tv. European games make the highlights on Sports Center.
Hosting the World Cup in 1994 made the difference. That is when things started to change. We got a Division 1 league again shortly thereafter with the MLS. It's not European futbol but at least we have a decent league now where our players can develop. Fans can go watch a game live with their friends and family.
Read more about the origins of the word soccer via this link:
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/06/why-we-call-soccer-soccer/372771/25/06/2017 #11 Pamela 🐝 Williams#8 To keep American football separate from European football, I think of the German spelling: "futbol" as being the European game. How is it actually spelled, referred to, pronounced in Spanish?
Which gets me thinking: HOW they could call what American do "Foot" ball as the foot has very little to do with the game, they should have called it: "Crash into to each other and cause permanent brain damage ball" They took Rugby and crossed it with bumper cars and came up with American Football :-).
And Spain is definitely on my and my daughters bucket list to 'see'25/06/2017 #10 Pamela 🐝 Williams#3 I actually knew about the Formula One and Golf. Sergio Garcia is a well known name in this part of the USA, he won the Wyndham Championship in 2012, which is played at the Sedgefield Country Club. Sedgefield is a small town (suburb of) outside Greensboro, where I live. My son-in-law is about anything to do with speed, that's why he owns two BMW motorcycles, he loves watching Formula One, but not as much as the cycles flying around the tracks .25/06/2017 #7 Javier 🐝 beBee#1 thanks @Pamela 🐝 Williams for your comment ! The reality is that Spain is having happy moments in Sport during the last years (
Football - Real Madrid / Barcelona / Spain
Basketball - Spain (despite of being always defeat by USA :-)
Tennis - Rafael Nadal
Cycling - Miguel Indurain, Alberto Contador
In addition to football, Spaniards can take pride in their country's success in Basketball If U.S. fans didn't know how good Spanish basketball was before 2008, they found out at the Beijing Olympics when the Spaniards shocked Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and others, scoring 107 points in a heroic losing effort and taking the silver medal. There are currently five Spaniards in the NBA, including Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Jose Calderon, Ricky Rubio, etc
These are just the four most popular sports in Spain. You can also find Spanish names in the ranks of Formula One racing, the two-time world champions Fernando Alonso ; golf, where Sergio Garcia won The US Masters25/06/2017 #6 Javier 🐝 beBeeSpain & Tourism
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/spain-tourism25/06/2017 #5 Javier 🐝 beBee25/06/2017 #4 Javier 🐝 beBeeSpaniards and Americans love basketball :-)
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/reasons-why-i-love-the-usa25/06/2017 #2 @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez LopezGrant us the glory that corresponds to us @Javier 🐝 beBee
Albiol, Villa, Silva, Mata, Marchena and Alba of the Valencia CF.
Few can say that they won the World Championship by playing well, Brazil, Germany and Spain. Italy efficiency and Argentina with doubts in the 78 and Maradona the 86.
Great and emotional article. Thank you for reminding me great time.25/06/2017 #1 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsYour pride in your country and your football team is impressive and admirable!
Soccer, as we call it here was the sport of choice when my daughter was young. It was the only sport in which she participated in school. It sadly came to an end due to an irresponsible and stupid action by her coach but for several years her dream was to become the next Mia Hamm and she had dreams of attending the University or North Carolina where Mia got her professional start. She was quite small for her age and at first she was easily intimidated until we sat down and talked about it. I told her that her size could work in her favor. She could whip in unnoticed, steal the ball, and be gone before the other player knew she was even there. That plan actually worked. She took great pride in dodging in front of much taller players and kicking the ball to the strikers. Her setups led to scored points many times. (You think I'm a proud momma or what?, Though I still believe one day I'll have the chance to tell that coach what a jerk he is and all I hope is that I don't jack-slap the living daylights out of him!)
- Producer12/06/2017Top Ten American Sports FranchisesA few weeks ago I was listening to a morning radio program and the announcers read a list they found on the Internet of the Top Ten American Sports Franchises. Quite simply, the list was a complete joke full of bias for and against certain...
- 08/06/2017Neymar Jr. Attempts Terrifying Shot from Jimmy Kimmel’s Roof If you are a soccer fan, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the superhuman known as Neymar Jr. He’s the star player for both Barcelona and the Brazilian...
- 08/06/2017As Social Media Director and former Player, follow us as we bring back the World College Soccer Championship. Like and share our FB page for latest teams in. FB: http://www.facebook.com/collegesoccer1/ #soccer #futbol #collegesoccer
- 04/06/2017Spare a thought for the Juventus players and fans. They hoped, they saw and they went home disappointed. They had been hoping for a winner's medal after a series of flops in the finals. They've only won two in the previous 9 finals. I had predicted them to win, to give a fight. Their defence throughout the Italian league and the European season has been solid. Last night, Real Madrid were better and more clinical. Commisserations Juventus. Congratulations Real Madrid!Gianluigi Buffon and Juventus endure more regret as prize slips away again | Stuart Jameswww.theguardian.com The Italian legend will feel pain once more after losing in his third Champions League final, against Real Madrid, in what may well prove his last...
- Producer03/06/2017Dirt Don't Hurt - A football Hooligan StoryFootball - Hope and Homelessness. Scene: Between 2006 and 2010 I was in college in the UK. I spent my summers in Ireland - because that was how the finance worked (I could explain, but its not relevant). In 2009 my wife gave birth...
Comments19/06/2017 #18 Claire L Cardwell#17 Well - there is always a 'black Russian' to play with. My version. Leave the Guinness alone please? No we do not make cocktails with the best beer in the world. You replace the guineas with coffee (yes that was indeed a deliberate spelling mistake) and leave the minor details to me. I am looking at the weather and I am trying to decide whether it's vodka chilli coffee or maybe a nip of Courvousier.... I am french, (with a small f) and I feel that at my time in life - I am entitled to decide how I am going to pace myself and be the last woman standing in the morning. You know the one. The one with the broom that you have to get up and assist first thing in the morning - that one. Yup, she's not sleeping..... I look at my little bottle of Tabasco. We are going to have a busy night. Let's do - AQUAVIT19/06/2017 #17 ☘️Don Philpott#16 There's no better, nor worse - its all personal expression. I like the red rag to the Irish "ladies." Bovver boots and farming - a cultured mix. Alright lets dig into it...liked your article on absent friends and the fragility of life. Sustainable, architecture, design, artistic, tough, well traveled and knows her own mind -- yeah, you'd give Mna na h"Eireann (the women on Ireland) a good run out. The coffee part is probably the deciding factor - its hard to bottle somebody with coffee cup :). Enjoy your week! D18/06/2017 #16 Claire L Cardwell#15 Well I was the only student that didn't have Hunter Green Wellies - or in fact any wellies at all. I had leather boots. Big leather baby DMs. I only went on one site meeting. Fucking freezing cold. Tour of the farm (it's fucking huge) on foot ending up at the silage yard. I stood quite close as rotting grass is nice and warm. (cleaning my boots on silage and hay). However a mate of mine - Justin decided to show off. And we had an in depth discussion of the science of silage. I refused point blank from then on to go on any long lecture tours and walks. They all thought I was a City Slicker. Full on farm girl mate - Country Girl born and bred. I think a good little Irish girl with a cut glass accent really drives men absolutely nuts. They will never ever win an argument with me. But you - I think by the calibre of your writing I think you would actually win a few arguments. (Loud Discussions in the pub after the football). I don't drink by the way. Alcohol. I drink Coffee. That's it. Coffee. I have sent your marketing article to a couple of my mates - the facebook one. I actually have to reluctantly admit that you are a better writer than me. Fuck it, you are better (don't tell anyone else).18/06/2017 #15 ☘️Don Philpott#14 Farm School? - where they teach you to slow down vowel sounds and walk in green "wellies"...know it well, my father drives cattle; not in the wild west sense, more the west of Ireland version. My mother, to this day, goes green at the smell of cowshit and musty fug from used wellies. She managed to banish the entire ensemble to the garage - so now she gets the whack when she goes for the golf clubs instead...fore!18/06/2017 #14 Claire L CardwellI actually attended Farm School - the one near Loughborough. (or Louga baragoa as the Yanks like to say). Yup I was at Sutton Bonnington. I did not study agriculture. I studied Caffeine, Philosophy, the art of debate and microbiology. and physiology. Animal Physiology. I also did not attend rugby matches. Our guys were well - let's just say that if you have never witnessed the fastest runner in the UK at the time (yes he was a runner not a rugby player) getting taken out - pile drivers I think were involved. In the first five minutes. Then yeah - I was on the unofficial medical team. My job. I had one job. I had to run the bath. That was it. Run the bath and throw people in there fully clothed immediately. The bath was about 50% saline and hot. Then I would leave the field and open the bar. I was the bar manager's assistant.18/06/2017 #13 Claire L CardwellWow Don - when I saw your name I actually thought that you were a bloke I went to college with about 100 million years ago. But that was Alistair Philpott not you! Wow - I love your writing. I am actually telling you this - I am stealing this - "the first touch of Jesus on a blind leper, he was a football god." I actually think I said this first? isn't this one of mine? Love it!04/06/2017 #9 Jerry FletcherDon, There is something about soccer, football to the rest of the world, that can connect with everyone. Here in Portland we have the Timbers, one of the few Pro teams in the USA. You can't get a ticket and they are expanding seating in the park again. One group of fans never sits during a match. There is, to me, no other game like it. Those really good at it are a wonder to behold. Yet the rest of us can join in (at least when we're young). Thanks for a wonderful memory.
- 03/06/2017AB FAB ! Harlso @Harlso on Twitter
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- 02/06/2017“They massacred me. They said I was in bad shape and much else. Then I stepped on to the pitch, scored a goal, and suddenly everyone says I’m in great form. Sometimes I really don’t understand this stuff.”
"No other player in Juventus’s squad can lead the line so effectively, bullying centre-backs with his power before choosing his moments to slip into the gaps he engineers between them."
Looking forward to a great final!Gonzalo Higuaín: Juve's £75m man who was 'massacred' but never looks back | Paolo Bandiniwww.theguardian.com Gonzalo Higuaín is unbowed by big-stage flops and ready to deliver the Champions League trophy Juventus fans crave against Real...
- 02/06/2017Mañana Europa tendrá a su campeón 2017.UEFA Champions League Emotional Filmvimeo.com This is "UEFA Champions League Emotional Film" by Designwerk on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love...
- 29/05/2017A 7th FA Cup win for the manager who has been under a lot of pressure this season. A remarkable achievement given that the season did not go too well for Arsenal. I am not an Arsenal fan but fans should probably give him credit where it is due.Arsène Wenger smiles better as he shakes off Arsenal hurt and suffering | David Hytnerwww.theguardian.com FA Cup-winning manager says: ‘One thing you cannot question is my commitment … I have desire, I love my job, I love to win, I love to...
- Producer26/05/2017The clash of the European heavyweightsJuventus will win the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid. My Spanish bee friends will not be happy with this prediction. What makes me say this? Let's look at Juventus history first. Winner of Serie A 33 times, Coppa Italia 12...
Comments04/06/2017 #3 Vincent Andrew#1 Juventus didn't turn up in the second half. Once the third goal went in the contest was over. I was expecting more from Juve. But credit to Real for showing real class on the night. Ronaldo was, as usual, his exceptional self. Breaking records for fun. That 80m pounds for his signing is now a bargain!
- Producer26/05/2017Online Soccer betting, Soccer Tips and NewsMost people call the world’s most favorite sport football, but to Australians it will always be soccer. The game’s fame extends far beyond the field though, because it is also one of the most profitable sports to bet on. The widespread TV...
- Producer24/05/2017Potty EuropeAlready there is much drama about why Spurs should be placed in Pot 3 in the seeded draw for next years Champions league and even wilder talk about being drawn into a potential nightmare group with either Real Madrid, PSG and Roma or Bayern Munich,...
- 18/05/2017How can any Spurs fan be disappointed when Spurs have not been runners up for the past 54 years. Our criticism of Daniel Levy also needs to be reexamined because his Top 6 finishes are only matched by a period of top 6 six finishes between 1899 and 1907.
What feels odd is that there are still two more games to be played though the season itself feels finished and done. Levy has also set the marker for the future with the stadium build. The Tottenham chairman for all the daft criticism that comes his way, including me - on actual records has done a phenomenal job as a Chairman. Sometimes it pays to look at the actual data to get a real sense of perspective about what success actually looks like. For sure the disappointment would be if this team does not land silverware in the coming 2017-18 season - but the season has not finished, so we as Spurs fans should take care to continue enjoying these "best of times'.List of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. seasons - Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org
Comments16/05/2017 #3 Jose Antonio Rueda CardenasMás allá de los colores, aprecio las genialidades y la inteligencia... y Zidane era un mago... este gol fué un acto de fe porque la altura de la bola era imposible y sin embrago, el creyo en si mismo y la puso donde nadie más la hubiese puesto... :) Un gol para no olvidar
- Producer14/05/2017Last Game at White Hart LaneThe score was Tottenham Hotspurs 2 Manchester United 1, but today the score was just a backdrop. Jose Mourinho did not come to win the game and fielded a team that he hoped did not pick up injuries because his focus is on winning the Europa League...
Comments15/05/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#1 Tottenham have a waiting list of 40,000 for season tickets, so it is about time they built a larger stadium. Chelsea will be increasing their capacity from 41,000 to $60,000 in a couple of years time - but these capacities are mandated by the municipal councils. Spurs got approval to use the top deck of Wembley stadium for Premier League games, so that will be 90,000 crowds - but they did the same for the Champions League - BUT they did not learn a single lesson from Arsene Wenger's experience because playing temporarily at Wembley while the Emirates Stadium was being built was detrimental to their results. They too had an awful Champions League campaign and struggled to make a "home" at Wembley. What seems on paper like a marvelous thing is actually not that great - and for Spurs the larger pitch is one problem they have not solved, but at White Hart Lane the atmosphere was electric and the fans were in touching distance of the team. At Wembley the players cannot feed of that kind of atmosphere and they have to get used to playing at distance from the fans. The other problem is that the bulk of fans who will fill Wembley Stadium are not regular football fans - so they won't know the songs or the club fan culture. Old Trafford does not have these limitations, the 75,000 fans that turn up are from the core and not people buying tickets to see a football match. In reality, while Spurs home form was superb, the away form was relatively poor and in September EVERY match in reality for Spurs is an away game. They better learn fast how to make Wembley a "home" or get much better at knowing how to play away and win!
- 14/05/2017Interestingly enough the construction that was initially supposed to end in March of 2009 continues until now, with “some cosmetic changes to be finished soon”. As of right now the stadium is astonishing 518% late and 548% over budget.What Happens When Corruption Meets Incompetence - Krestovsky Stadiumwww.linkedin.com Some time in 2005 as part of preparations for a (highly controversial but nevertheless successful) bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup the government...
- 05/05/2017Manchester United a step closer to the Europa final!
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/04/celta-vigo-manchester-united-europa-league-semi-final-first-leg-match-reportCelta Vigo vs Manchester United 0-1 - All Goals & Highlights - Europa League 04/05/2017 HD Celta Vigo v Manchester United 04 May 2017 0-1...
- 04/05/2017Juventus' goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, is one of my favourite goalkeepers. Totally professional. Juve, you have a great chance to play in the Champions League Final!
“In every game I want to show that I deserve to play at this level despite my age,” he said afterwards. “I work hard every day for this. The day I quit, I want people to be sad about it. We played a great game today, exactly the game that we needed to survive at Monaco because they have a great attack. We want to improve day by day. We are close to our objective and it would be naive not to work as hard as possible now.”Juventus set for Real in final after Gonzalo Higuaín double against Monacowww.theguardian.com Two goals from the Argentinian striker gave a classy and ruthless Juventus side a 2-0 victory against Monaco in the Champions League semi-final first...
- 01/05/2017This was the day when Spurs finally are guaranteed to finish above Arsenal in the table and such is the beleaguered expectations of Tottenham fans, for success-starved fans of Spurs this was a big deal. For Spurs new manager it did not matter one iota that Spurs will finish above Arsenal - he is talking title and winning. In the joy of today's win we Spurs fans may forget that Arsenal are in another cup final, their third FA Cup Final appearance in four years. If they miss out on a Top 4 place, they have still been to the Champions League dance every year for the past two decades. Spurs managed two top 4 finishes in that time. It is a wonder that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is being hammered by Arsenal fans in a very harsh manner, whereas in the time Wenger managed Arsenal, there have been 11 Tottenham managers who have not come close to achieving anything close to Wenger's achievements. The real test for Tottenham is not in beating Arsenal but winning the league and being a powerhouse in Europe. Until Tottenham get into the business of winning, today's win over Arsenal is not much to write home about. other than it satisfies the need to celebrate the most superficial of achievements and that attitude is exactly what Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to change in the mindset of his own team and club.Spurs fans' relief as Arsenal curse ends with cancellation of St Totteringham'swww.espnfc.us For 22 years, Spurs have suffered the agony of finishing below Arsenal. Now St Totteringham's Day is no more, and for one fan, the feeling is...
Comments01/05/2017 #8 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#6 Spurs have always attracted and produced great players but their only "Golden Age" was Bill Nicholson's double winning team of 1961. History would have been different had not been for two Tottenham goals disallowed by corrupt officials in the 1962 European Cup Semi-Final against Benfica.
Benfica went on to win the European Cup with a 5-3 win over Real Madrid. The following year Spurs won the lesser European Cup Winners Cup with a 5-1 demolition of Athletic Madrid and became the first English club to win a European competition..
After that Benfica were hit with the curse of Bela http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/europa-league-final-seville-0-benfica-0-what-is-the-curse-of-bela-guttman-and-where-does-it-rank-9373886.html and Spurs themselves never got to build on the team of their golden age they terms "Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur".
Otherwise the success Spurs talk of is as a "Cup Team". Arsenal have reached 3 FA Cup Finals in the last four years, now that is a real "cup team" and if Arsene Wenger wins, it will be his 7th FA Cup triumph and today Wenger is considered to be a failure! Spurs have lost their last 7 semi-finals in the FA Cup, so even the moniker of being a "Cup Team" is a currently a stretch.01/05/2017 #7 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#4 Mourinho is shrewd and calculating in a good way, he recognizes the value of the Europa League as a passport to the Champions League and the need for a team to have silverware.
Manchester United and Real Madrid have always assumed that they are destined for glory, whereas Tottenham and Valencia are nearly teams who once in a blue moon have a momentary success, yet they view themselves as big clubs, without the psychology of a big club.
Look at what Pochettino did in surrendering the Europa League to a loss to a small club like Gent. His view was the top 4 was the surest way into the Champions league.
Yet the Europa league was a winnable competition. It is a pity that Mourinho never came to manage Tottenham, Pochettino is remarkable but he has yet to reach the heights that Mourinho has. It would have been easier job for Mourinho and his attitude about winning silverware is what Spurs need.01/05/2017 #6 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA#5 Thanks Manjit. Maybe ye Spurs are on the cusp of another golden age. I well recall their two FA cup victories in early 80's with Ossie Ardiles and Garth Crooks (if I recall correctly) leading the line. Glen Hoddle from the same era - a very creative midfielder01/05/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#2 Not surprising, Chelsea players have shown a ruthless mindset that can eek out results where other teams would lose heart. The problem today at Everton is that they celebrated as if victory over Everton was the last hurdle. It is not, the gap is still 4pts and Spurs have a superior goal difference. Chelsea must win at Middlesbro and at least draw with West Brom in order to secure the title for sure. I can't see Chelsea failing against Watford or Sunderland. If Spurs get past West Ham, they may encounter a generous Mourinho who has a deep wound what those Chelsea players did to him and even if he does not, this is Spurs last game at White Hart Lane.
Yet even if Chelsea slip up the four points at home to Middlesbro and away to West Brom, Spurs have to go to Leicester on a Thursday night, and dropped points at Leicester would end Spurs outside hopes of a title. It would be the reverse of Spurs losing at Chelsea to give Leicester the Premier League title.
Spurs would then hope that Sunderland hold Chelsea and their former striker Jermain Defoe score to steal a win for the relegated outfit. Now all of that is magical thinking. What is not is premature celebrations by Chelsea at Everton when the title has not yet been secured. This is what Liverpool did when they beat Manchester City, they celebrated with skipper Steven Gerard slipped against Chelsea and Liverpool imploded, and ever since the joke with Gerard has followed him https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/ad133395728image001.png
Can Chelsea implode? Probably not, after all they are not the Atlanta Falcons or the Cleveland Indians or even the Golden State Warriors - but strange and bizzare things have happened in Sports in 2016-17 and a Chelsea collapse would be sweet for Mourinho and for Tottenham.01/05/2017 #4 Vincent Andrew#3 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Would you say Mourinho has accomplished much if he wins the Europa? The League Cup has already been won. So two titles not too shabby I think. But I'm sure fans, me included, hope that United can play Champs League regularly and win leagues again.01/05/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#1 The average years between titles since the Football League began is about one title every 60 years for Tottenham. Spurs have never won the Premier League since its inception in 1992. In that time Manchester United have won the Premier League 13 times under Sir Alex Ferguson.
If Spurs keep to their average, it will take them 780 years to match what Sir Alex Ferguson achieved for United. Spurs have had good managers and did have good players but have failed often at the board level. focused on financial dealings rather than building a culture of success.
Ferguson did that and Chelsea are indebted to their Chairman who fired managers at will with only the top prize being acceptable. Spurs fired managers because either they failed or created tensions with the Chairman. Ironically Wenger who is now so berated has an incredible managerial record.
If Spurs had a Wenger he would be treated as a cult figure - as it is Arsenal fans see him as a dinosaur - as if changing managers guarantees them greater success. Today's game is key in this regard, Spurs have a board now that support their manager, Arsenal have fans who are now the one's whose anger seeks magical thinking.
The Arsenal board will give Wenger a new contract unless he resigns due to severe vilification by fans. The best poster Spurs held out was "WENGER IN" and posters that cancelled St.Totteringham Day with the bye-line "WENGER PLEASE STAY". Yet he who laughs last laughs longest !
- Producer21/04/2017Red Passion, Leagues and CupsYou're a football fan if you follow your club's fortunes wherever you may be in the world. Football is now a global game, not necessarily restricted to the fans of the local city or country where the club plays in. The 1983 FA Cup Final between...
Comments22/04/2017 #7 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#5 United needed the second leg to be at Old Trafford and they have got it. Celta are about 10th place in La Liga. Tottenham should not have lost to a Belgian team like Gent but they did, these things happen in football, but Celta won't relish coming to Old Trafford - it would have been better for them if Utd were coming to Spain in the second leg.22/04/2017 #5 Vincent Andrew#3 Cruyff - a legend and a skillful player! I would like to see Man United meet Ajax in the final. But first we need to overcome Celta. I don't know much about Celta but Spanish teams don't always make it easy for English teams in the past. Eg, United lost twice to Barca in the Champions League Finals. It'll be nerve-jangling stuff all over again. An away goal will be a good start.22/04/2017 #4 Dean Owen#1 Great to have you back! Although born and raised in Chelsea, I never took interest in football and have attended just one match, Chelsea vs Fulham 30+ years ago, albeit reluctantly, but I do know the reds are hugely popular in Asia, and the MU store in Singapore does brisk business! So glad you made it to the Old Trafford, a stadium with a legendary reputation. I am more familiar with Lords and Twickenham though, for cricket and rugby!21/04/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 ManjitOur two youngest lads are die hard Manchester United supporters and they said that the team that they would like to avoid in the next round is Celta Vigo. I used to enjoy in my younger days the exploits of the great Johan Cruyff. His Ajax Amsterdam team had so many Dutch masters. Cruyff went on to give this total football philosophy to Barcelona and even today Barcelona fans hold huge banners of #14 in homage to him at their games. http://cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.11645852.1459623840!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/display_960/image.jpg
That he died last year, it would be great to see Ajax lift the Europa league because that would be a fitting tribute. Of course I want to see Manchester United in the Europa League final also but for rather selfish reasons, for if Leicester City do not ironically end Tottenham''s outside chance of a league title bid, then the other irony is if Manchester United beat Spurs and that defeat hands the title to Chelsea. Ajax vs Manchester United would be a terrific final, but due to my admiration for what Johan Cruyff represented and his contribution to football - it will be great to see an Ajax team win and dedicate that final to him.