Reasons to Love Football #21

One match. Two teams. Last day of the season for this division, and the winner of this match will be promoted to The Championship.

O.M.F.G.

Click this link to read a much better report of the match. But do, do, DO watch the most exciting 30 seconds of football seen this season.  And don’t worry – the losers have a second chance to gain promotion via The Play Offs, which is where 2nd to 5th placed teams play against each other for that one remaining place.

Aahhh, football…

It is so fickle a game.

Yesterday ManU lost 1-0 to ManCity in a bitter Derby* battle. Not good in this household with Husband a staunch supporter all his life, born only 2 miles from the ground and his sons supporting their father’s team.

My team, the lowly and generally “regarded as a joke” team, Birmingham City, won yesterday, thus increasing their chances of staying in the premier league this season.

And today. Today was Arsenal v Liverpool, a most stupendously boring game with nil points on the board. Most stupendously boring for the first 90 minutes of the match. That was going to change in the last 12. Yes. 8 minutes of extra time due to injury translated to 12 minutes of time being played.

Arsenal are given a penalty in the 98th minute of play, and score.

We think it’s all over. BUT Liverpool are given a 102nd minute penalty to equalise, this giving each team one point, rather than the three points got for actually winning, increasing United’s lead and making their title to throw away.

And this is MiddleSon’s current Facebook status:

#20 of #365 – Birmingham! Bir-ming-ham!

Because we won today.

Because I will never have a player in my team who can score a goal like Rooney did today

Because everyone else in my house who cares about football supports ManU.

But man.  That goal was sick. Look.

Stick with it – the best view of the goal is at 1.30. Just Wow. Really. That boy has talent. Damn,

Quote of the Week

“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars,” George Best once said. “The rest I just squandered.”

Arguably one of the best footballers of his generation (137 goals in 361 appearances for Manchester United, 205 in a career spanning 579 appearances for all clubs), he once stole a fur coat and passport from Miss World, struggled with alcohol, and died five years ago, age 59.

Much loved and missed, still.

I expect it would not be on sale if we had done better…..

What you cant see from this are the numbers 1966 underneath the sale sign. So, someone in the design department was hedging their bets.  Obviously not a seller!

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Phoar!

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo after their Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, April 23, 2008.    Last night he seemed a little less himself, but still ManU managed to win 1-0 to make this Champions League final an All-England affair.  For the first time ever, from the best teams throughout Europe, two English teams have made it to the Final of the Champions League.
 
Sometimes football can make you proud!

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Manchester United 1 – Roma 0

There is just something breath taking about watching Cristiano Ronaldo head the ball, appearing as if from nowhere and putting the ball into the back of the net.

Breath taking.

That is all.

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