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Monday, 28 November 2016

Manchester United The Road to Recovery

As a Manchester United fan I have taken my time to pay close attention to what many people have to say about Manchester United performances this season under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.
Many wish to convince themselves that the problem is solely from the special one, a point which I tend to disagree with because no one can provide any reasonable proof to support that reasoning. Rather they say that sentimentally either because of his encounter with his former club's doctor Eva Carneiro at Chelsea or due to his arrogance thanks to his success in a very short coaching career which includes: Porto (2002–2004)
Primeira Liga (2): 2002–03, 2003–04
Taça de Portugal (1): 2002–03
Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira (1): 2003
UEFA Champions League (1): 2003–04
UEFA Cup (1): 2002–03
Chelsea (2004–2007)
Premier League (3): 2004–05, 2005–06 , 2014-2015
FA Cup (1): 2006–07
Football League Cup (2): 2004–05, 2006–07
FA Community Shield (1): 2005
Manchester United (2016 - till date)
FA Community Shield (1): 2016
Internazionale (2008–2010)
Serie A (2): 2008–09, 2009–10
Coppa Italia (1): 2009–10
Supercoppa Italiana (1): 2008
UEFA Champions League (1): 2009–10
Real Madrid (2010– 2013)
La Liga (1): 2011–12
Copa del Rey (1): 2010–11
Supercopa de España (1): 2012

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Primeira Liga Manager of the Year (2): 2002–03, 2003–04
Premier League Manager of the Year (2): 2004–05, 2005–06
Premier League Manager of the Month (3): November 2004, January 2005, March 2007
Serie A Manager of the Year (2): 2008–09, 2009–10
Albo Panchina d'Oro (1): 2009–10
Miguel Muñoz Trophy (2): 2010–11, 2011–12
UEFA Manager of the Year (2): 2002–03, 2003–04
UEFA Team of the Year (4): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010
Onze d'Or Coach of the Year (2): 2005, 2010
FIFA World Coach of the Year (1): 2010
IFFHS World's Best Club Coach (3): 2004, 2005, 2010
World Soccer Magazine World Manager of the Year (3): 2004, 2005, 2010
LPFP Awards Best Portuguese Manager in Foreign Countries (2): 2008–09, 2009–10
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award (1): 2005
La Gazzetta dello Sport Man of the Year (1): 2010
International Sports Press Association Best Manager in the World (1): 2010
Prémio Prestígio Fernando Soromenho (1): 2012
SPECIAL AWARDS
Officer of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique 
Honoris causa – degree by the Technical University of Lisbon for his accomplishments in football
Football Extravaganza's League of Legends (2011) and many more.....
Manchester United's problem is more than the special one and whether the United fans like it or not, they will need to be patient and forget about comparing themselves with other teams doing well until the problem is fixed.
In this article I wish to express my opinion on what I tend to understand to be the problem.
1. Sir Alex Ferguson
This is one truth many football fans tend to shy away from when discussing the issue of Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson was at United for 26 years, he knew the club like the back of his palms, he made every thing in the club tick and was fully involved in all that went on in and around the club, ranging from the food prepared by the chefs, activities of the kit man, the grounds man, the security officials, the board of directors and in fact everything. He ran the club, he was the Boss. Everything revolved around him, whatever he says stands. He always made it clear that no one is more important than the manager.
Only for him to retire and leave the club without setting up a transition committee (Yes, United are much more than just a football club) that will help navigate the club into this new reality.
Ferguson got results on the field because he got things right off the field. He began winning even before a ball is kicked. That was the reason teams and officials (referees) were intimidated whenever they visit Old trafford. They were not just scared of the 11 players on the field but were also intimidated by the air in Manchester because Ferguson controls that too.

Friday, 26 August 2016

The UEFA Champions League Draw 2016/2017

The draws for Europe most prestigious club competition the UEFA Champions League was drawn yesterday in Monaco with team finding out who their opponent will be as they prepare to battle it out of the group phase.
This year's competition promises to be a very competitive one as teams now realize how much profit the competition present to their respective clubs financially. As the competition have been a contributing factor to the ever presence of  teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal on the list of Europe's richest clubs.

The draw as always was based on a pot by pot bases as teams were seeded according to the new UEFA rule which favoured teams like New comer's Leicester City who automatically found themselves in pot 1 by virtue of winning the English premier League.
Along side Leicester City in pot 1 were: Paris Saint German, Benfica, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Juventus, and Real Madrid which means none of them will come against each other in the first stage of the competition.

The second pot comprised of the following teams: Arsenal, Napoli, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Leverkusen, Dortmund, Fc Porto, Sevilla.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The 2016 European Championship which kicked off on the 10th of June has been a fascinating one not only because of the beautiful display on the filed of play by the players, or the type of goals scored, neither is it because of the inability of pre tournament star players to stamp their authority on games. But because it has been able to produce some certain feat which includes;

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