The year 2010 presented entertaining and sizzling football stories related to some of the biggest names in world football. From cheating scandals to World Cup news, and from club transfers to club football surprises, the last 12 months have just presented a host of searing stories.
In this non-ranking article, we gather various genders of football yarns which made the headlines in 2010. Gathering the 100 top stories of the year obviously requires a decent organization so as to ease the list’s construction and avoid controversy. In effect, this slideshow is divided in 20 categories—consisting of the 20 different competitions and genders of the headlines mentioned.
Since the 2010 World Cup was the most important football subject of the year, readers may notice that this topic constitutes the major part of this article. Other subjects such as the Champions League, football transfers, and cheating scandals eventually form the rest of the list, with several other football-related themes.
Note: The following slides are organized in no particular order in terms of news importance or date.
After impressively drawing 2-2 at the Emirates in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League last season, a Fabregas-less Arsenal side were poised to stop FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou. The Gunners controversially took the lead through Nicklas Bendtner, but the match soon turned into a nightmare for Arsene Wenger’s army.
An uncontainable Lionel Messi immediately replied to put Barcelona back into the game, and by the time the referee blew the final whistle, Messi had already scored 4 trademark goals to crush the visitors 4-1 and push Barca into the semifinals of the competition.
Containing the likes of Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Lionel Messi, Xavi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Samuel Eto’o, Wesley Sneijder, Lucio, Maicon, Dani Alves, Carlos Puyol and other important players—the first leg of the Inter Milan vs Barcelona match in the UEFA Champions League’s semifinals last season could not be an ordinary one.
Instead of ending beautifully though, its outcome sparked serious arguments between fans from both sides. Of course, the main source of the verbal war between the two teams was the referee.
Barca’s Pedro first snatched the opener, but controversial decisions from the official eventually allowed Wesley Sneijder, Maicon, and Diego Milito to give Inter Milan a high advantage ahead of the fixture’s second leg.
Read More after on this story: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/382144-cheats-inter-giving-barcelona-perfect-reminder-of-2009-ovrebo-episode
The first leg of this match in last year’s UEFA Champions League semifinals caused Barcelona fans to illegally attack Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho. With such a bad behavior from the Barca fans, Pep Guardiola’s men knew they had to win so as to cool down the tension.
Indeed, they did so controversially, but a single goal from Gerard Pique was not enough to rescue Los Cules. In the end, they bowed out of the competition, as their hopes of lifting the Champions League trophy for a second time in a row ended.
Join the debate on this story, after: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/385794-inter-milan-beat-messi-and-barcelona-has-mourinho-done-the-impossible
It was not the plain fact that Real Madrid lost to Olympique Lyonnais which really made the headlines. Most especially, it was the fact that even after spending an unbelievable amount of money in the 2009 summer transfer window, Los Blancos still weren’t able to break their Round of 16 curse in the Champions League.
Subsequent to their draw away to Lyon in the first leg, Madrid had to get the needed result at the Bernabeu Stadium in the return leg. Cristiano Ronaldo gave Los Blancos the lead in the first half, but a disappointing Gonzalo Higuain failed to take his chances to place Real Madrid even further in front afterward. There were brief emergences of controversy in the second half, and finally, it was the Galacticos who paid the price for not leaving up to expectations.
It is hard to believe that Chelsea have never won a Champions League title. Well, last season, they had another chance to try their luck in the European Cup, but they failed again. They however failed in a bizarre manner…
Guided by Carlo Ancelotti, the Blues were robbed on a second consecutive occasion in the Champions League; but this time, by an Inter Milan team powered by Jose Mourinho. Having already suffered a contentious defeat away to the San Siro, Chelsea were again enslaved at the Stamford Bridge. A goal from Samuel Eto’o sealed their fate in the competition, and next, the Blues only had to surrender.
How many English teams have won against AC Milan at the San Siro in the UEFA Champions League? Not many, and Manchester United can be proud of the attainment they got last season, when they defeated the Italians 3-2 at the Giuseppe Mazza.
Milan first imposed themselves, but an in-form Wayne Rooney was just too good for the hosts.
Probably, you also fell in Bayern Munich’s trap. When Manchester United were leading 1-0 after the hour mark in last season’s Champions League quarterfinals thanks to a Rooney goal, the majority of the game’s spectators certainly did not anticipate a Bayern comeback.
A wicked deflection from Rooney himself and a very late decider from Olic however changed what many would have initially looked upon as the match’s “deserved result”.
The first leg might have not been too pretty in the eyes of Manchester United followers, but the beginning of the second leg went pretty much in their favor. An early 3-0 score line at the Old Trafford owing to Nani’s superb influence almost killed the visitors.
Bayern Munich nevertheless fought back with everything they had; and in the long run, they got the final laugh by means of 2 goals from Olic and Robben.
The first leg of the AC Milan-Manchester United game was already not positive for the Italians, but the return leg proved to be even more terrible. Rooney again led the Red Devils to victory, helping his side to score 4 goals against their visitors at the Old Trafford.
Milan were clearly humiliated...
Since the UEFA Champions League is the most followed club football competition in the world, its final matches are always highly popular. The 2009/10 Champions League final was no different in terms of media attraction, and both finalists (Inter Milan and Bayern Munich) were given the opportunity to expand their respective army of worldwide fans.
The final at the Bernabeu Stadium was not a disappointing one, and after 90+ minutes of proceedings, 2 goals from Argentine striker Diego Milito gave Inter the victory. It was their first Champions League title since 1965.
Notwithstanding the strangeness behind the repeated fixtures in this season’s Champions League Round of 16, the outcome of the recent draw certainly brought interesting upcoming matches which we can already wait for with impatience.
Arsenal-Barcelona, Real Madrid-Lyon, Inter Milan-Bayern Munich... These football fixtures are just mouth-watering.
The US President had stated a few weeks before the World Cup that he would come and see his country play in the tournament only if they crossed the group stage. Despite South Africa’s efforts to deploy several thousands of policemen throughout the areas influenced by the tournament’s occurrence, the Police Commissioner of South Africa strongly recommended that Obama stayed away from the hosting country due to security reasons.
National team players usually appreciate the live support of their leaders during international matches; but in the case of the North Americans, they just had to forget about their president’s presence at the World Cup. Fortunately for them, they had another prominent personality to cheer them up in their Last 16 game against Ghana: Bill Clinton.
Music is one the world’s most useful source of entertainment. As in many previous competitions, FIFA consented to brighten the 2010 World Cup with official songs, and their main choices fell on the following 2 artists: K’naan and Shakira.
K’naan’s Wavin’ Flag made a hit worldwide; its Spanish version featuring David Bisbal was also very much welcomed by the public. Shakira then released her tune Waka Waka, which turned out to be the tournament’s core official song. The Colombian artist’s nationality caused some Africans to reject the song, but all the same, its video clip ended up being one of YouTube’s most viewed videos ever.
Know more on the massive success of Shakira's Waka Waka on Youtube: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/430270-shakiras-sway-official-waka-waka-video-clip-makes-shakira-youtube-star
Nike’s famous 2010 World Cup video advert gave watchers strange ideas about the episodes which were about to enfold in South Africa. The destinies of Drogba, Cannavaro, Rooney, Ribery, and Cristiano Ronaldo in the competition were all questioned. Predictions and analysis spread out swiftly; yet the company never agreed to give a full, convincing explanation of the mystery behind the commercial.
South Africa were willing to conquer millions of music lovers with the 2010 World Cup, and they did. It took them a lot of money and work to accomplish their task, but what counted in the end was the result of their labor.
The Black Eyed Peas, Angelique Kidjo, John Legend, Alicia Keys, K’naan, and Shakira were all invited at the World Cup’s pre-ceremony, and that night—on June 10—not many televisions were inoperative.
The 2010 World Cup kicked-off with a well-organized ceremony, enlightened by the presence of renowned African artists and American star R. Kelly. The tournament’s first match also saw the South African national team and the Mexican national team get into action.
The opening game ended in a 1-1 draw—with football websites benefiting from a high increase in their number of visitors that day. There were also reports that the tournament’s kick-off had submitted Akamai’s network to its highest ever delivered traffic.
England started the first minutes of their campaign in the 2010 World Cup finals superbly, with Steven Gerrard putting the Three Lions ahead of USA by a goal to nil after only 4 minutes. The party was however spoiled for the English as goalkeeper Robert Green failed to catch the easiest of balls moments after.
A disgraceful gaff took away 2 precious points from Group C’s favorites, and this grimly affected the standings in the group.
Germany have long been regarded as the side expert in penalties. To be sure, they were good in penalties—having never failed to convert from the spot since 1974 at a World Cup in a non-shootout sequence, but their 26-year penalty record ended at the 2010 World Cup in a group stage match against Serbia, on June 18, subsequent to a miss from Podolski.
South Africa, Nigeria, and Algeria all failed to get 3 points out of their first games at the World Cup. The tournament’s hosts drew their first match 1-1 with Mexico, the Super Eagles lost 1-0 to Argentina, while the North Africans lost 1-0 to Slovenia.
The Black Stars of Ghana however managed to triumph 1-0 over Serbia on June 13, thanks to a late penalty from Asamoah Gyan. This made the majority of Africans proud.
Spain had an impressive undefeated run under their coach Del Bosque. They got a 100% record in their World Cup qualification campaign; nonetheless, they were stunned in their opening game in South Africa. They lost 1-0 to Switzerland in a match were they were by far the better side.
South Africa do not have the best football players, but they are still a side not to under-estimate. Especially looking at their opening encounter against Mexico, they were anticipated to give Uruguay a tough time on Day 2. Surprisingly, they lost 3-0 to the South Americans after conceding goals from Diego Forlan and Pereira. What a shock that was…
The French FA probably made a mistake to let their country go to the World Cup under the leadership of Coach Raymond Domenech. Subsequent to his lack of understanding with his players, the team spirit got destroyed, and every player in the French squad had to fight for himself.
The news somehow sounded funny to many neutral fans, but for the French supporters, it was a matter of disappointment. In fact, this dilemma had come at a very bad time.
Losing their spirit of unity wasn’t all for the French squad. The result of the team’s irresponsibility couldn’t have gone unseen.
France got a single point out of their 3 group stage matches, and therefore, they were bound to finish as Group A’s bottom side.
Italy didn’t enjoy a better World Cup than France… They also got kicked out of the competition in the group stage, and with only 2 points in 3 matches, they also finished as their group’s bottom side. This was quite unexpected from the 2006 World Champions.
When you support a team which really needs to win to survive in a competition, and that your team’s striker squanders an easy chance from 3 yards, and that your team eventually gets disqualified—then it can be really disturbing.
That is exactly what happened to the Super Eagles and the supporters of the Nigerian football side. Sadly for Yakubu, he was the one who missed from 3 yards while being clear on goal with no keeper to beat. Well, his miss against South Korea certainly made him more popular, as his name quickly entered the Oxford English Dictionary—but for a negative meaning, of course.
USA nearly suffered a scare in the group stage of the 2010 World Cup. They drew their first game to England, but in their last game against Algeria, a late winner from London Donovan sent the Americans through the Round of 16 stage.
It was said that this moment marked one of the internet’s heaviest traffic level ever.
Relive this match: http://www.livesoccertv.com/news/1092/2010-world-cup-usa-1-0-algeria-report/
Kaka is normally described as the disciplined player who is righteous on the pitch, as well as off the pitch. Well, in his group stage match against the Ivory Coast, the referee appeared to see none of his good sides, and he did not hesitate to show him a red card after giving him 2 bookings.
The official was nonetheless wrong in his decisions, and Kader Keita was in fact the malicious man to blame. Well, this made big news on renowned football websites; but of course, the red card never got retrieved.
USA complained of being robbed in their last group stage game of the 2006 World Cup against Ghana. Thus, they were hoping to take their revenge against the Black Stars in the Round of 16 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Former leader Bill Clinton got himself a seat in the stadium, but despite all the support and mental power they had behind them, the Americans were not capable of humbling an “inexperienced” Ghanaian side. 1-1 was the score line after 90 minutes; therefore, extra time took place. But the additional 30 minutes favored the Africans, as Asamoah Gyan again showed his talent by giving Ghana the victory with a world-class winning goal.
The goal line technology has been a great subject of debate over the past few years. This issue was intensified during the 2010 World Cup, especially when England got a goal wrongly disallowed against Germany in the Round of 16 of the 2010 World Cup.
It all happened when Chelsea’s Frank Lampard fired a long-range shot goalward in the first half to level the score line to 2-2. The shot was accurate, and hence beat the German goalkeeper. The ball did not hit the back of the net though, but it smacked the cross-bar and then crossed the goal line as it dropped on the grass.
The incomprehensible referee however ruled out the goal; and shortly after, his controversial decision was the source of furious arguments from English fans all over the internet.
England were initially considered as favorites in the World Cup. The winless side had nothing to exhibit in the group stage though, and in the South African tournament’s Round of 16, they suffered one of their worst nightmares ever.
They were trounced by 4 goals to 1, following wonders from Klose, Podolski and Muller. Of course, the British media did a great work in the coverage of this bombshell.
Enhancing football through the use of technology and additional cameras has long been a fragile subject of debate. At the 2010 World Cup, a host of mistakes from referees reminded FIFA and the public about the suggested development of the sports, and the Round of 16 match between Argentina and Mexico was one of the main games which intensified arguments.
In that encounter, Carlos Tevez was granted a clearly offside goal subsequent to an error in his exchange of ball with Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi. This angered the Central Americans; nevertheless, the stubborn referee refused to consider their complaints.
Well, Cristiano Ronaldo was expected to be one of the tournament’s most shining players following his remarkable performance in his first season with Real Madrid. Startlingly, his overall performance happened to be below par, and his inability to lead the Portuguese national side in hard times was exposed in the World Cup’s Last 16 stage.
Against Spain, Ronaldo did not do anything impressive. The Spanish eventually got the final say with an offside goal from David Villa, and Portugal’s disqualification goaded legendary player Luis Figo to doubt the winger’s headship spirit. This was a happy moment for anti-Ronaldo fans, but for real supporters of A Selecção, the outcome of their poor run was unbearable.
“Almighty Brazil”… This is how the Brazilian national team was referred to by a large part of the worldwide football audience before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Their performance in South Africa was nowhere near perfection though; and a middling South American side expectedly managed to reach the quarterfinals—but only to be humbled by the Netherlands.
Brazil were leading 1-0 after 10 minutes thanks to Robinho, but the second half turned into an all-Sneijder affair. The Inter Milan midfielder rose twice to kill the 5-time champions, and after the final minute of additional time, everyone knew that there was not going to be any 6th World Cup trophy for Dunga’s men.
Diego Maradona is somehow described as a “fool” by the British media. Regardless, his side showed great performances in their group stage games, as well as in the Round of 16.
Senior football analysts then predicted that the decider between Los Albicelestes and the DFB Eleven was going to end in a close call; nonetheless, it appeared that the match’s result portrayed a totally different story all together.
Everybody knows what happened, for sure… 4-0 was what was finally indicated on the score board.
Ghana nearly broke Africa’s curse in the World Cup to reach the semifinals against Uruguay, but it took one man’s “guts” to stop the Black Stars from reaching their goal. As the Ghanaians were nearing success through an on-target header from Dominic Adiyiah, Ajax forward Luis Suarez raised his arms on the goal line to prevent the ball from entering the net after it had beaten the goalkeeper.
Suarez never turned into a hero… He was rather portrayed as the Devil who illegally used his hands to make the game ugly.
Subsequent to Luis Suarez’s handball, Ghana were given a penalty. A last-minute goal for the Black Stars would have sent them into the semifinals; yet, an unlucky Asamoah Gyan saw his shot from the spot smash the cross-bar, at the relief of Uruguay.
An animal predicting winners of matches is a very rare thing… During the World Cup, Paul the Octopus established himself in the world of superstars thanks to his abilities to predict the fate of the German national football team.
Paul also predicted the winner of the 2010 World Cup final, and his “prophecy” happened to be correct.
More on the Octopus' popularity: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/419700-top-twitter-trends-shakira-vs-cristiano-ronaldo-vs-pulpo-paul-octopus
The final ceremony of the 2010 World Cup glued millions of people to their televisions. It preceded the final match, and it also presented the likes of Shakira, along with other high-profile celebrities.
This ceremony was without doubt one of the year’s main event.
The 2010 World Cup final was all about controversy. Regardless, an official winner was named; and at the end of the day, it was Spain who lifted the trophy after beating the Netherlands 1-0.
Andres Iniesta got the last goal of the tournament, and he was therefore the last man to make history in South Africa.
Wayne Rooney was on the right path to becoming the best player of the 2009/10 season. However, an injury spoiled his ambition. Rooney sustained his wound very strangely against Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League, and since then, he has no longer been at his best.
There was fright when this news broke out as it was supposed that he would not be able to feature at the 2010 FIFA World Cup; but Rooney eventually recovered and was able to play for England afterward.
Check Wayne Rooney's full career in pictures: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/500816-wayne-rooneys-career-in-pictures-from-everton-to-manchester-united
This video shows the terrible scene from a close angle. In the FA Cup final, Boateng tackled Ballack so badly that the German ace was not even able to play in South Africa. This is one of the many pre-World Cup stunners that took place.
On 19 May 2010, an agreement was reached between FC Barcelona and Valencia for the transfer of David Villa. It is said that Barcelona splashed 40m Euros for the Spanish striker, who was then given the No.7 jersey.
This is what everybody wanted. On May 28 2010, it was confirmed that Jose Mourinho would succeed Manuel Pellegrini at Real Madrid. 3 days later, he was unveiled as the new coach of the club, after signing a 4-year deal.
Following his display at the 2010 World Cup, Ozil was caught in the radar of Real Madrid. On 27 August 2010, an agreement was reached between Werder Bremen and Los Blancos.
He made his debut for Madrid on August 22.
Next to his bad moments at Barcelona, Zlatan Ibrahimovic landed in AC Milan. The Swedish striker was giving on loan to the Italians on August 28, 2010.
Robinho left Manchester City on 31 August 2010 to join AC Milan. It was once again rapid transfer from the Brazilian midfielder, who had already underwent a similar stunning move from Real Madrid to Man City 2 years ago.
More on Robinho's move to AC Milan: http://www.livesoccertv.com/news/1388/former-manchester-city-player-robinho-joins-ac-milan/
Mascherano escaped Liverpool's struggles this season by signing for FC Barcelona on 28 August 2010. He passed his medical test 2 days after.
This was among the year's biggest news. When Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed on October 19 that Wayne Rooney wanted to leave Manchester United, rumors that Manchester City, Real Madrid or Barcelona were going to fetch him began to sprout.
Happily for United fans, Rooney made a vital u-turn which now keeps him bound to the club for a few more years.
More on the reported Ferguson-Rooney feud: http://www.livesoccertv.com/news/1841/it-s-over-between-wayne-rooney-and-man-united-ferguson-is-heartbroken-again/
This news has seen a lot of repetition. Perhaps it is no longer interesting now, but it used to be the main transfer topic earlier this year, with Barcelona's Lionel Messi and some of his mates relentlessly trying to drag Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas back to Spain.
Do Barca need anyone? Join the debate: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/537007-barcelona-transfer-rumors-do-fc-barcelona-really-need-anybody
On 28 August 2010, Raul ended speculations over the future of his career by signing for Schalke 04. The former Real Madrid legend scored his first goal for the Germans on August 1.
Moving from Chelsea to Liverpool is a great thing to do, and this is exactly what English winger Joe Cole did in July 2010 when he became Coach Roy Hodgson's first successful signing at the summer.
Rafael Benitez jumped into the spotlight when he took over at Inter Milan. Jose Mourinho was previously the man in charge of the Italian club, but Benitez saw himself as the right man for the position.
FC Barcelona were hoping to repeat their treble achievement in the 2009/10 season; however, their dream was shattered on January 13 2010, after Sevilla eliminated them from the Copa del Rey.
Despite the lack of evidence, it was reported that icon Kim Kardashian had entered a relationship with Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo. This breaking news prompted many Ronaldo fans to google detailed keywords to find the truth behind this rumor; nevertheless in the end, it was believed that the spreading of this gossip had a premeditated purpose.
The Kim Kardashian-Cristiano Ronaldo rumors... true or false? Read More: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/384524-the-cristiano-ronaldo-kim-kardashian-yarn-a-plan-to-cover-lionel-messi
For some reasons, Paris Hilton refused to be the next high-profile WAG by naming herself the "loyal partner of Cristiano Ronaldo". Whatsoever the case may be, there have been proofs upon her relationship with the Real Madrid forward.
Beneficially for Ronaldo himself, these buzzes have helped him target a wider audience of entertainment activities.
This was probably the most followed football-entertainment story of the year. In early February 2010, it was reported that Chelsea defender Ashley Cole had cheated on his wife, Cheryl Cole. This was the beginning of the couple's feud.
The consequences of Ashley Cole's dirty games quickly followed. After seperating from her husband days after hearing about the scandal, Cheryl filed for divorce in May.
In early September, the X-Factor star obtained her decree nisi, officially ending her marriage with the footballer.
In September, Wayne Rooney was accused of cheating on his wife Coleen Rooney while she was pregnant of the couple's son Kai. The scandal's effects were then so huge that England coach Fabio Capello and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had to affirm their authority in the issue.
Read the FULL reports on the Wayne Rooney Scandal: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/453784-wayne-rooney-coleen-jenny-and-the-cheating-scandal-will-they-divorce
Luckily for Wayne Rooney, Coleen accepted to return home after leaving the couple's mansion to seek advices and comfort from her parents. Apologies and tears from the Manchester United forward were apparently enough to heal Coleen's wounds...
Coleen forgives Wayne Rooney... Read More: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/463234-wayne-rooney-scandal-more-on-coleen-cheryl-cole-kerry-katona-and-coca-cola#page/3
Rooney and Ashley Cole were not the only English players to betray their partners in the year 2010, Tottenham's Peter Crouch also betrayed his dear Abbey Clancy by being involved in a scandal with a hooker named Monica Mint.
It was publicized late in January 2010 that Chelsea defender John Terry, who is said to have had an affair with Wayne Bridge's ex-lover, made Vanessa Perroncel pregnant and made her abort the pregnancy in order to keep his dirty game secret.
Obviously, there was no secret in the end, and this revelation truly damaged Terry's chances of leading England as the captain in the 2010 World Cup.
In April 2010, Tottenham's Jermain Defoe was caught red-handed with a woman in a car, while young children were playing about 100 yards away from the striker.
Defoe nearly went to jail for his action, but he was fortunate enough to escape any major penalty against him.
On 16 September 2010, Tottenham striker Peter Crouch revealed that his fiancee Abbey Clancy was pregnant. It appears Crouch was not the first one to know about his model's good news; yet, all that matters now are the preparations for the arrival of the baby.
Read More on this story: http://www.livesoccertv.com/news/1561/tottenham-s-peter-crouch-to-become-a-father/
Quickly after Portugal's disqualification from the 2010 World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo cooled down his angry fans by announcing that he had become a father. Ronaldo made this news known in the early hours of July 4 through announcements on his Twitter and Facebook pages. He did not make mention of the mother's identity though, and up to now, she still remains a "mysterious woman".
For several months in 2010, the leading board of Liverpool FC were tempted to sell the club in order to save the Reds from total destruction. Financial problems were rising, and in May, it was revealed that Liverpool's debts had reach an amount of 350 million pounds.
There were then risks that the club would be removed 9 points in the Premier League for entering administration; but Liverpool were finally saved on October 15 as the club was acquired by New England Sports Ventures for a fee of 300 million pounds.
Early in 2010, Forbes evaluated FC Barcelona's worth to dwell around the sum of 1 billion dollars. In July, lather in the year, Deloitte declared that the club's net debt was around 440 million euros. This is thus equal to 58% of Barcelona's net worth.
It was also said that Barca had recorded a loss of 79 million euros over the course of the year, in spite of their success in the Spanish La Liga.
When the time of El Clasico is near, La Liga always overshadows most of the other leagues in Europe. This was once again the case in April 2010; but it were the Barcelona fans in the end who had smiles on their faces, as their side beat Real Madrid 2-0 at the Bernabeu Stadium thanks to goals from Lionel Messi and Pedro Rodriguez.
This win was also a very important one for Barca in their race for the league title in the 2010/09 season. Watch the video highlights highlights of this match and relive this moment.
The recent Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid ended with a scandalous result... 5-0 to Barca. Who would have imagined such a score line in a match featuring some of football's biggest players?
This is what we call a "shocking result", anyway...
Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off in January 2010 during a league match against Malaga. The Portuguese superstar broke an opposing player's nose more or less accidentally whilst dribbling, and gave the referee no other option than showing him a red card.
There was controversy in the official's judgment, but Ronaldo could only endure his punishment--while receiving words of comfort from the injured Mtiliga afterward.
We've seen many big teams winning league titles with a bit more than 80 points, in the past. Some exceed 90 points, and last season, Barcelona were an inch-close to reaching 100 points in La Liga table (99 points). Regardless of the Spanish League's level of performance in the 2009/10 season, the Catalans ruled the competition and surpassed an unlucky Real Madrid side in the standings who finished second with 96 points.
As World Champions, Spain were really not expected to disgrace themselves through a 4-1 international friendly defeat against Argentina in September 2010.
Spain suffered another friendly humiliation 2 months later against Portugal. What a blow that was...
Just look at this "mistake" from the referee. Replays showed that it was quite clear Cristiano Ronaldo had scored what was a legal cracker against Spain. It was in fact needless to look at Nani's position during the time of Ronaldo's strike, as the ball had already crossed the goal line by the time the Manchester United winger had contact with it. Again, this brought up the subject of goal line technology.
We all know that every 2 years, when the African Cup of Nations tournament takes place in January, the Premier League loses its saltiness and African influence.
This is because a number of African players have their names registered in various top English clubs, and since the CAN tournament was underway in January 2010, the English league was again affected. At that time, Portsmouth was among the clubs which were the most "victimized".
It was up to Tottenham and Manchester City to decide the last Champions League qualifying spot in the Premier League's 2009/10 season, at the City of Manchester Stadium, on May 5. This match was a tremendous one, and its outcome was interesting.
A late Peter Crouch goal saved the visitors, making the final result: Manchester City 0-1 Tottenham.
How shocking was it? Nobody expected Liverpool to miss a position in the Big Four before the start of the 2009/10 season. In any case they did, as they finished in 7th place with 63 points.
Wining a league title on the last day with a final league victory is great, but winning a league title on the final day specially with a vicious victory can be even better. This is what Chelsea did at the end of the 2009/10 Premier League season, when they humiliated Wigan 8-0 at the Stamford Bridge on May 9.
A set of 5 winless games in a row at the beginning of the 2010/11 Premier League season pushed Liverpool into the relegation zone. The Reds drew goalless at Birmingham, before losing 3-2 away to Manchester United, then drawing 2-2 at home to Sunderland, and losing 2-1 and 2-0 to Blackpool and Everton respectively.
Chelsea have really gone through fruitless weeks since the departure of Ray Wilkins. The results below just explain their terrible situation, lately:
Chelsea 0-3 Sunderland
Birmingham 1-0 Chelsea
Newcastle United 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-1 Everton
Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea
Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea
Their disappointing form has also been an active source of debates and arguments.
Terrible weather conditions in England have truly disturbed the Premier League's fixtures in recent weeks. Among the big games which got postponed in December 2010 was the much-anticipated Chelsea vs Manchester United match.
On 28 February 2010, Manchester United retained their Carling Cup title by defeating Aston Villa 2-1 in the final. The Red Devils were down by a goal to nil after 5 minutes, but Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney placed their names on the scoring sheet later on to rescue the Mancunians.
After Real Madrid's humiliation against Barcelona in El Clasico, Manchester United were also disgraced by West Ham in the Carling Cup, late in November 2010. The Hammers beat the Red Devils 4-0 in their home.
A 1-0 win for Chelsea over Portsmouth on 15 May 2010 was enough for the Blues to get their hands on the FA Cup title. The winning goal was scored by Ivorian striker Didier Drogba on 59 minutes.
Inter Milan beat Siena 1-0 away from home on the last Serie A match-day of the 2009/10 season to win their second consecutive league title under Coach Jose Mourinho. Inter went on to win the treble at the end of that particular season.
Liverpool were on the verge of reaching what would have been their 3rd European final in 5 years, but they were disqualified from the Europa League semifinals by Atletico Madrid on 29 April 2010.
The Reds won their second leg encounter at Anfield 2-1, but the Castellans progressed into the final on away goals subsequent to their 1-0 win in Spain, in the first leg.
After Juventus won 3-1 over Fulham in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League third round fixture on the 11th of March 2010, the Londoners' chances of remaining in the competition were considered to be very low.
Fulham fought back at everyone's surprise in the return leg, and they succeeded in overturning their first leg setback by defeating Juventus 4-1 at the Craven Cottage. Watch the video highlights of this match and see their exploit for yourselves...
It took 116 minutes for Atletico Madrid to beat Fulham in the UEFA Europa League final of the 2009/10 season. Diego Forlan first gave the Spanish giants the lead on 32 minutes, before Simon Davies equalized for the English 5 minutes later.
On extra time, Forlan sealed a victory for his side by netting a late goal which gave his side the trophy, and the match eventually ended 2-1 in Atletico Madrid's favor.
In October 2010, the Euro 2012 Qualifying match between Italy and Serbia was abandoned due to crowd disturbance. The blame was apparently thrown on the Serbian fans, and consequently, it was the 2006 World Cup champions who were given the 3 points after being awarded an automatic 3-0 victory.
On 2 December 2010, FIFA selected Russia and Qatar to host the next editions of the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 respectively.
On 26 August 2010, Inter Milan monopolized the UEFA Club football awards ceremony by snatching all 5 honors. The results of the ceremony for awards given were as follow:
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: Diego Milito
UEFA Club Forward of the Year: Diego Milito
UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year: Wesley Sneijder
UEFA Club Defender of the Year: Maicon
UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year: Julio Cesar
Immediately after the finish of the 2010 World Cup, the awards were given, and below are the winners of honors with their prizes:
Gold Ball for best player: Diego Forlan (Uruguay)
Silver Ball for best player: Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)
Bronze ball for best player: David Villa (Spain)
Golden Boot for top scorer: Thomas Mueller (Germany)
Silver Boot for top scorer: David Villa (Spain)
Bronze Boot for top scorer: Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)
Best young player: Thomas Mueller (Germany)
Golden Glove for best goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Spain)
FIFA Fair Play Award: Spain
On December 6, the final candidates for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or were revealed, and the players involved all belonged to FC Barcelona: Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, and Andres Iniesta.
On 10 January 2010, the Africa Cup of Nations tournament kicked-off in Angola with a dazzling opening ceremony. The first match also presented a heavy surprise, as Mali scored 4 goals in 11 minutes to draw their first encounter 4-4 with Angola, despite being down 4-0 moments after the hour mark.
Just days before the start of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, the Togolese national football team's bus got attacked by gunmen. It was reported that some players got injured, while the driver got killed on the spot.
This brought hesitation upon the continuance of the tournament's preparation; but despite everything, the competition never got called-off.
On January 24, the majority of inhabitant in the Sub-Saharan section of the African continent gave their support to the Ivorian national football team, as they faced the Algerians in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.
Ivory Coast took an early lead through Salomon Kalou on 4 minutes, but Karim Matmour put Algeria back into the game with an equalizer 40 minutes after. Abdulkader Keita almost turned into a hero when he fired a long-range shot into the back of the net on 89 minutes to score the Elephants' second of the match; but a stunning last-minute goal from Madjid Bougherra sent the game to extra time, where the North Africans won the encounter.
Watching the match, it was clear that Didier Drogba did not play his role well enough to power his side to victory.
This was perhaps Egypt's perfect revenge against Algeria for not being able to participate in the 2010 World Cup. Controversially, the Pharaohs were capable of getting a humiliating 4-0 result in the semifinals of the tournament.
Egypt struggled in the final of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations; but still, they managed to get the needed result against a young Ghanaian side on the last day of the tournament to raise the trophy. Ghana had previously shown great power in the competition, and the final could have well gone their way...
They were just not meant to be champions--hence an 85th-minute goal brought them down on January 31. They eventually finished their campaign in Angola as runners-up.
In May 2010, Lord Triesman resigned as chairman of the English Football Association and of England's 2018 World Cup bid by reason of betrayal in the FA's team.
Following his failure to make Argentina proud at the 2010 World Cup, Argentina manager Diego Maradona was sacked on July 27, 2010.
In the past few months, some women have been accusing superstar David Beckham of having had an affair with them a few years back. Beckham has been denying all the claims, and he is even ready to appear in court to defend his image. Luckily for him, he presently has the support of his wife Victoria Beckham.