The end of another year of Premier League football has come. We end where we started, with the two Manchester clubs at the top followed by three London sides that suffered through glaring stretches of futility before getting it together just in time. Chelsea are into the Champions League group stage thanks to Fernando Torres, the much maligned striker that has been fantastic the last few months.
Arsenal finish fourth, playing an uninspiring yet effective brand of football that has been a hallmark of their late run. Gareth Bale pushed Tottenham to victory, like he has so often, but that wasn’t enough for Spurs. They face a summer of endless will he or won’t he speculation. Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game as manager of Manchester United featured 10 goals and a remarkable comeback by West Brom and Paul Scholes, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher played the last games of their distinguished careers. Before we go, some lasting images of the final day in the Prem.
We’ve been a little Beckham heavy in these parts over the last week. You can read about him here, here, here and here. Beckham–who wore the captain’s armband–probably played his last professional game today, as PSG defeated Brest 3-1 at the Parc Des Princes. Paris St.Germain have one more Ligue 1 game remaining, but Beckham’s teary exit after he was substituted with 10 minutes to play indicates this was probably it.
“It was quite amazing. He has won the FA Cup, been in the final, second in the league and won the league and it’s not good enough?” he told reporters. “I was surprised, but actually no, you can’t say you are surprised not with some owners today. You can’t be surprised, but I still don’t think it was right.”
See you tomorrow for the final day of the 2012/13 campaign.
From the horses mouth, the horse being a club statement from Manchester City.
“It is with regret that Manchester City Football Club announces that Roberto Mancini has been relieved of his duties as Manchester City Manager. This has been a difficult decision for the owner, Chairman and Board to make and it is the outcome of a planned end of season review process that has been brought forward in light of recent speculation and out of respect for Roberto and his extensive contributions to the Football Club.”
Expected stuff, especially after speculation from the weekend. Richard will have more on this shortly.
We’ve all been there. Crystal Palace leads Brighton by two late in the second leg of their Championship semi-final. The writing is on the wall for this young Brighton supporter. There will be better days ahead, my friend.
The legend of Zlatan grows as French spending kings PSG captured the Ligue 1 title for the first time in 19 years. Jérémy Menez’s goal in the 53rd minute was enough against Lyon at Stade de Gerland. The title marks the 12th title in 13 years for Swedish superman Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Trophies for six clubs in four different countries–Ibra the best. The result also means we’ll be seeing Joey Barton and the folks from Marseille in the Champions League group stage. That will be fun.
David Beckham becomes the first English player to win a championship in four different countries (England, Spain, USA and France).
And I’m not talking about Milan’s third kit which is an affront to common decency. Sulley Muntari was shown a red card in the 41st minute for antics that can only be described as foolish. Muntari was trying to prevent the referee from giving Mario Balotelli a card. Holding the ref’s arm, losing his mind etc. obviously didn’t help things. Balotelli has been the target of racist taunts from Roma fans, chants so glaring the public address announcer has told them to stop or risk having the game suspended. It’s 0-0 at halftime.
Milan-Roma has been suspended due to racist chants from Roma fans. Francesco Totti sent over to speak to fans.#Milan#Roma