A look at some top football events

by Mystical Mike

Sunday, April 13th, 2008
 

English Premier League

(Stars of today)

Cristiano Ronaldo, Man United

The Portuguese star, who has scored no less than 38 times in the 2007-08 season, may well win the European “Golden Boot” award, despite playing on the right wing for much of the season. His all round ability, coupled with this remarkable scoring record has led the Manchester United star to be rated one of the best in Europe, if not the world.

Wayne Rooney, Man United

Wayne Rooney is not the most prolific goalscorer in the Premiership. However, he has the ability to drop deep to spark attacks, with devastating results. He has an outstanding talent for producing sensational goals from seemingly nowhere.

Fernando Torres, Liverpool

A shining light in Liverpool’s poor season. He played an instrumental role in the recent 5-3 aggregate win over Arsenal in the Champions League quarter-finals, notching up his 29th goal of the season.

 

Memorable Premiership Moments

Premiership “Firsts”

Brian Deane scored the first ever Premiership goal, for Sheffield United vs. Manchester United on the opening day of the 1992/93 season. Ledley King of Tottenham scored the fastest ever Premiership goal, timed at 10 seconds in their 3-3 draw with Bradford in the 2000/01 season. Eric Cantona was the first player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League, when Leeds Utd beat Tottenham 5-0 on August 15 1992. Efan Ekoku of Norwich City was the first player to score four goals in one Premier League match. Andy Cole was the first player to score five goals in a Premiership match, for Manchester United vs. Ipswich in the 1994/95 season. The final score was 9-0, which is also a Premiership record for the biggest victory/defeat.

Manchester United “Treble”

The greatest achievement by any Premiership side is undoubtedly Manchester United’s treble of Premiership title, FA Cup and European Cup in 1999.

 

Scottish Premier League

(Stars of today)

Steven Naismith, Rangers

Former SPL Young Player of the Year. Signed from Kilmarnock, where he usually played as a left-winger. A versatile player, he can also operate effectively on the right or in a striker`s role. He has been compared to Damien Duff and Ryan Giggs for the way in which he leaves defenders in his wake.

Scott Brown, Celtic

Signed from Hibernian for £4.4 million, the largest transfer fee exchanged between Scottish clubs. A classy midfielder, a product of the Hibernian youth development programme.

Kris Boyd, Rangers

A product of the Kilmarnock youth system and was 2nd all-time top scorer in the SPL at the age of 23. Holds the SPL record for the most goals in a game (5 for Kilmarnock v Dundee Utd).

 

Memorable SPL Moments

Rangers UEFA Cup Semi-Finalists

The most recent memorable moment for the SPL was Rangers recent 2-0 defeat of Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA cup quarter-final. After a goalless home leg, Rangers produced a scintillating second-half performance, with goals from Jean-Claude Darcheville and substitute Steven Whittaker.

Celtic First British European Cup Winner

Celtic were the first British club to win the European Cup in 1967.

 

Champions League

(Notable players)

Francesco Totti, Roma

A World Cup winner, he is best known for playing as a second striker. Totti, who has spent his entire career at Roma, is the number one goalscorer and the most capped player in club history.

Miroslav Klose, Bayern Munich

A German international striker, renowned for his goalscoring instincts and aerial ability. Top scorer in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, scoring 5 goals.

Alessandro Del Piero, Juventus

Captain of Juventus, Del Piero usually plays as a supporting-striker. His creative playing style, along with free-kick and penalty taking, are highly regarded.

 

Memorable Champions League Moments

Manchester United, 1999

Entering injury time, United trailed 0-1 to Bayern Munich. A brace of goals in 3 minutes from Solskjaer and Sheringham gave Manchester a remarkable victory.

Liverpool’s Fifth, 2005

AC Milan led 3-0 at half-time. However, Liverpool struck back with 3 second-half goals, eventually winning in a penalty shoot-out, perhaps the most dramatic comeback in Champions League history

 

FA Cup

Giant killers

There is much conjecture amongst football fans as to the greatest ever FA cup “giant-killers”. The following must be leading contenders:

Hereford 2 Newcastle 1

Victory looked assured when Malcolm Macdonald fired Newcastle in front in this 3rd round replay. However, a Ronnie Radford “rocket” and an injury-time winner from Ricky George secured the tie for the non-leaguers.

Sutton 2 Coventry 1 (1989

First division Coventry, cup-winners in 1987 were brought crashing back down to earth by the part-timers of non-league Sutton United.

 

Today the “beautiful game” is watched by billions on television the world over. With so much interest it’s no wonder that football betting has taken off, with supporters ready to bet on a host of football events, including Premiership (England and Scotland) matches, Champions League, Euro 2008 and FA cup 2008 online betting Today the “beautiful game” is watched by billions on television the world over. With so much interest it’s no wonder that football betting has taken off, with supporters ready to bet on a host of football events, including Premiership (England and Scotland) matches, Champions League, Euro 2008 and FA cup 2008 online betting .

To bet on any football matches go to FA cup online sports betting

 

 

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