May, 2002: Start of Lyon Domination In French League
Lyon players celebrating
In 2002, for the first time Lyon won the French league and in the years to come they will become the only club from league 5 (England,Germany,France,Italy,Spain) who won the domestic crown for 7 times in a row.
They also did solid reults in Europe (3x quarter finals of the champions league).
Lyon earned a lot by selling their players, but from their own academy and continuously produced.
Players like Malouda, Essien, Abidal, M.Diarra, Benzema all ended up in football giants like: Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
July, 2002: Brazil at The Top Of The World For The Fifth Time
Brazil - 2002 World Cup
Led by a fascinating attacking trio, popularly called "three R" (Ronaldo,Ronaldinho & Rivaldo), Brazil on world cup in Japan and Korea became the world champion for the fifth time and also confirmed the status of the best team of all time.
Ronaldo was the best goalscorer as he scored 8 goals!
World Cup in 2002 will also be remembered for the sensation called South Korea (4th place), whose players became very interesting for European clubs.
However, there was a large number of the judge's failure which were often influenced on the final result.
Football world was shocked after Cameroon star collapsed during a Confederations Cup semifinal against Colombia and died.
Foes death caused a profound shock. Numerous tributes to his joyous personality and infectious humor were expressed in the media.
Former Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan announced that the club would no longer use the number 23 shirt Foe wore during his successful season there.
Football club Lens also retired his number 17.
Lyon also also decided to withdraw the number 17 shirt that Foé wore a year before when he played in Stade de Gerland with the Lyon team.
However since the transfer of fellow Cameroonian Jean II Makoun to Lyon, the number 17 shirt will be used by Makoun, who stated on wearing the number: "In memory of Marc, for me and for the whole Cameroon, this will be for something."
Prior to the kick-off of the 2009 FIFA Confederation Cup final final between the USA and Brazil, his son, now fourteen years old, gave a brief speech in memory of his father.
September, 2003: Glazers Took Over Manchester United
After the controversy over the ownership structure of one of the world's biggest clubs, the majority owner of Manchester United became Malcolm Glazer.
The trend of internationalization that has continued, only this time the money came from America, not from Russia.
However, the Glazer family has disposed of much smaller funds than Abramovic.
Fans were against the Glazer family. They began to write banners, compose an "anti Glazer" songs and wear the golden-green color as a sign of "original" Manchester United. David Beckham also supported them.
Even they established the new, protest club - F.C. United of Manchester. Only, that club did not have Ronaldo and Rooney.
In 2003-2004 Arsenal went unbeaten throughout the league season - a rare feat.
Some of the goals and plays from that season are simply breath taking.
The team was called the "Invincibles" and consisted of Arsenal and football greats like Henry, Viera, Bergkamp, Toure and Pires.
Their final record for the 2003-2004 league campaign stood at 26 wins, 12 draws and 0 losses, out of 38 games total, an unbeaten run not matched in any single season by any team in an English league division
Arsenal ended the run 49 league games unbeaten, also a national record, the sequence coming to an end with a controversial defeat to Manchester United.
The Premier League commissioned a special gold version of the Premiership trophy to commemorate Arsenal's unbeaten season.
Greece prepared the biggest surprise in the history of European football championships.
While many will still say that the Greeks until the end came with a lot of luck and close wins, but ten, fifty and one hundred years later the majority will remember only the title.
The tournament in Portugal has shown that powerful European leagues due to the large number of foreigners does not necessarily guarantee a strong team.
Greece has announced and upcoming events confirmed a definitive sunset once powerful team, whose league, meanwhile, completely transformed. Germany, for example is one of the few teams that has resisted such a change (it is enough to observe the constant borrowing backbone of Bayern). Later, Spain thanks to Barcelona will join them.
CSKA Moscow won the UEFA Cup, and it was only the beginning of the good results of Russian clubs and national team.
Football in the biggest country in the world broke out among the most popular sports, primarily due to high marketing potential.
These are teams with strong financial support, excellent logistics and ambitions that were planned in accordance with the possibilities.
Football fans are well aware that the success of CSKA, Zenit, Shakhtar and in the end the Russian national team and other quality teams are not created overnight.
These clubs are not among the elite broke thanks to stupid purchases and real appetites of their power.
Although it is indisputable that behind the powerful lobby hides filled rich people but for years working hard and patiently working to establish their own professional drive, creating a brand renewal infrastructure, networks scouts and similar essential things.
Shopping wisely confirmed by numerous players such as: Jo, Vagner Love, Srna, Willian, Willian, Ilsinho, Fernandinho, Jadson, Olić, Krasić, Honda, Škrtel, Danny.......
Champions League final in Istanbul was one of the most exciting in the history of the competition.
Liverpool against AC Milan turned 0:3 and then celebrated after the penalty, although the Italians after the first half, had three goals and started to dream of the seventh Champions League trophy.
We will never know, but we can assume what one and the other coach, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez, said to their players at halftime.
However, for sure will be remembered, rarely seen perseverance and hope that Steven Gerrard showed when seemingly elusive behind his team turned to the crowd and forced them to fiercely support Liverpool.
My only problem is that I currently can not find words to describe what has just happened - famous Benitez words after the final match.
Million of fans greeted their heroes in Liverpool, and studies have shown that every fifth Englishman took a vacation.
Liverpool will, unfortunately, shortly afterwards sunk in a results and financial crisis.
The scandal of massive proportions, much higher than that in Germany a year ago, broke out in the Apennines.
Italian police uncovered a network of corruption and complicity between the biggest clubs (without Inter and Roma) and judicial organizations.
The main operative in the dishonorable actions was the Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi, who, in addition to being banned from football for life, still awaiting a final verdict.
During the punishment for match fixing the worst has passed Juventus. Kicked in the Serie B and deducted his titles in 2005 and 2006. The others (Milan,Fiorentina,Lazio,Reggina) lost some points.
After such a drastic drop, Juventus as the most successful Italian club is no longer able to return to the old paths of glory, while Inter skillfully used the resulting situation and dominated domestic football. From 2006 until now, they have won five consecutive national titles.
January, 2007: David Beckham: Good Morning, America
David Beckham is a person who, with Landon Donovan and some more, mostly contributed to the promotion of football in the most powerful global force.
His departure in the MLS gained enormous media attention.
The five-year contract with LA Galaxy earned him a total of 32 and a half million dollars, but it is only a small piece of the pie that is Beckham going to get hold in the USA. In addition to LA Galaxy suddenly turned into a genuine factory money, Becks is according to some estimates, the sponsorship contracts received about 200 million U.S. dollars.
Should we even mention that the club without any problems sold all their tickets a year?
In the first season they sold 250,000 Beckham jerseys with the name.
After 16 years there has been a change at the helm of the European football federation.
Frenchman Michel Platini succeeded Lennart Johansson as president of UEFA, and immediately began to change.
For starter he announced that he wants to reduce the number of participants from Europe's strongest league in the Champions League. The project is, of course, liked by the second and third grade of Europe, but when it was supposed to achieve, there have been pressures from the powerful clubs.
A compromise solution is achieved in the modified form of the Champions League qualifying round, which allows weaker teams, but a little easier breakthrough in the group.
In Cardiff they choose the host country for EURO 2012.
During the latest round for the first time was Croatia, but the joint candidature with Hungary ended infamous - with zero votes. Italians were also dissapointed when UEFA gave EURO 2012 to Poland and Ukraine. Soon problems occurred.
For a few months later, Michel Platini has threatened the tandem of the East that they will take them EURO because of slowness.
Due to the lack of resources the process of restoring the stadium construction of necessary infrastructure in Ukraine ran very slowly, and Poland are found on thin ice because of the decision of the government to suspend the domestic football league.
After much negotiation about possible host cities, in December last year it was confirmed that the matches will be played in Poland in Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw and Gdansk, and in Ukraine in Donetsk, Kharkov, Kiev and Lviv.
England national team left for the first time after 24 years without a placement on Euro 2008.
It was a shock on the island, whose football league is perhaps the best in the world, but is also full of foreigners.
Points have been spilled on all sides, and especially against the Croatians, who beat the England at Wembley thanks to goals from Kranjcar, Olic and Petric and the doors for the final were closed for England national team.
English players simply were no longer competing so much as once. Only a few of them, like Gerrard, Rooney, Lampard and Terry, in their clubs played major roles.
A good part of the team is due to surge of quality foreign staff in the club was in second place. The same scenario we saw in South Africa.
Due to the failure Steve McClaren has been sacked immediately. England media with pleasure wrote about "bad" manager Steve McClaren, but later, he proved not to be so bad when he led Twente.
May, 2009: Paolo Maldini, The Captains Of All Captains Says Goodbye To Football
We haven’t had a retirement this big since Zinedine Zidane in 2006.
Over 25 years, over 1000 games, countless inspirational performances, endless football… Paolo Maldini finally said goodbye to AC Milan, bringing down the curtain on a glorious and glittering career.
Paolo Maldini has been playing for Milan since 1985, which is nothing short of remarkable. But what’s downright flabbergasting is that Paolo Maldini has been playing at a high level for Milan since 1985. No drop off, no letdown, very few's signs of that career killer known as “age”. For two and a half decades, nothing but class.
Maldini has always played with a rare combination of athleticism and style. Time and again he has bombed up and down the channels, crossing deep or driving forward, displaying dribbling skills and a light touch worthy of any top-level midfielder.
Long defined as the symbol of Milan, the world’s premiere defender and the man with a trophy cabinet enough to make all but a few clubs in the world jealous.
But it’s perhaps his dignity and class which have seen him become the favorite of so many without ties to Milan or those who don’t even follow Serie A on a regular basis. Always the gentleman with a bounty of gifts from God.
Whomever Milan turn too, they have cavernous boots to fill. Who, really, could give us the style, grace and beauty that Maldini has? Don't waste your time thinking of an answer to that question… just watch the great man in action.
June, 2009: Real Madrid's Second "Galacticos" Era Begins"
After re-election as president of Real Madrid, Fiorentina Perez threw to create new Galacticos.
He immediately broke the records: Cristiano Ronaldo was bought for 94 million euros, the biggest transfer in football history. Kaka arrived from Milan for 68 million euros. More than 160 million euros for two players.
All international media agreed that the football market touched unimaginable limits.
There were also several large transfers, but they quickly fell into shadow because of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka.
Real's administration again showed great when it comes to business, but bad in the transfer policy.
Some players left Real such as Sneijder and Robben, who Inter and Bayern, led to the title or the Champions League final.
Exactly ten years after France, Spain has managed to combine the European and world crown.
The backbone of Spain was the team Barcelona.
And while France, Italy and England and even Brazil and Argentina tried to justify their failures by exhaustion of players, it is interesting that such problems did not have Uruguay, Netherlands or Germany, whose players also perform a full and exhausting season in the top clubs.