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The Busby Babes Story

On Wednesday 4th December 1957 the Busby Babes came up against Dukla Prague in an away fixture in the European Cup in which they lost but went into the next round on aggregate. A few delays in the team return journey home almost caused the team to miss their league match against Everton FC the following weekend. For United’s next away tie against Red Star Belgrade the team had a plane chartered due to their previous problems.

On the 14th of January 1958 at Old Trafford, United defeated Red Star Belgrade 2-1 in the first leg of their second round European Cup tie.

Monday 3rd February 1958, Manchester United boarded their flight to Belgrade and arrives a few hours later to poor conditions. The visibility there was poor and it was snowing, the standards are below the average required by British European Airways. The airport engineer saw the plane only when it was parked on the apron.

On Wednesday 5th February 1958, the tie between United and Red Star Belgrade ended in a 3-3 draw which was enough to see them through to the semifinals of the European Cup for a second year running. The team celebrated their achievement with a cocktail party at the British Embassy.

February 6th 1958, the team along with five other people departs Belgrade in the sunshine as they head towards Manchester but the takeoff is delayed by an hour as Johnny Berry lost his passport. The plane then finally makes it trip to Munich for a scheduled refueling and arrives to an airport filled with snow, rain and low cloud. Captain James Thain was forced to use anti-icing equipment in order to make his descent into Munich. Continue Reading »

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Feb 6th 1958: Lest We Forget

I’ve been a fan of United since 1991, As a fan of Manchester United there’s three days i anticipate every season, opening day, season ending day and this very tragic day. I never knew much about United when i started supporting them, i loved their style of play and the players on the team that’s it.

Over the years my interest in the history of the club grew and i started researching and found out about the Busby Babes. I always heard a few names (Sir Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards) mentioned who were apart of this elite squad of players but that wasn’t enough i had to find out more about the legend of the Busby Babes.

After some years of research it was a very bitter sweet situation for me when i learned of the history of the Busby Babes but it was well worth the time. I gained more respect for club for going through such a rough and painful time and recovering from it. I always wondered how good the team would’ve gotten if this tragic day didn’t occur. Hearing the stories being told by survivors of this horrific incident is gut-wrenching. Continue Reading »

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What’s The Mata?

After having a highly productive 2012/13 season  where he had many outstanding performances in key matches and scored or assisted key goals the 25-year-old has started just nine Barclays Premier League games this season since the self-proclaimed Special One returned for his second managerial spell at Stamford Bridge.

During Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Southampton the Spaniard was substituted in the 53rd minute and had an angry reaction on the bench by throwing his arms in the air and pointing to the sidelines where Jose was. Mourihno has quickly jumped to defuse the situation by claiming Mata reacted that way due to the score being 0-0. I highly doubt that was the reason of Mata’s actions, nice try Jose.

With the 2014 World Cup which will be played in Brazil coming up in the summer making the national team will be high priority for the Spaniard and with very limited playing time with the Blues he must feels that his chances of making the team is dwindling. A move away from Stamford Bridge will be best for the player if he wants to fulfill his dreams of making it to the 2014 World Cup and get some much needed playing time.

Regarding Mata’s future the Chelsea boss said:

“I want to keep him. I don’t want him to go. That is my opinion, my wish, but my door is open,” the Chelsea manager said. “The club’s door is open too so when a player wants to speak to us we are there waiting for them. If you are asking do you want the club to sell him? I don’t want to.”

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City No Match For Munich

Robben celebrates

Robben celebrates

The defending UEFA Champions League Champions proved too much for City at the Etihad Stadium. It took the Bavarians seven minutes to open the scoring much to the demise of Joe Hart.  Frank Ribery’s effort was powerful enough to beat the England international at his near post much to the demise of his teammates and the home support.

Thomas Muller extended the lead for Bayern ten minutes into the second half. Four minutes later and Arjen Robben was at it as he got a goal of his own beating Hart at his near post, once again the England international was at fault for another Bayern Goal.

Munich was showing their difference in class to the Citizens who were surely fearing that the scoreline could get a lot worse. Pep Guardiola’s men were in rampant fashion as they were clearly dominating the match with 66% of the possession. The tie ened 3-1 in favor of Guardiola’s men with Alvaro Negredo scoring a consolation in the 79th minute after entering the match as a substitute with a curling shot beating Manuel Neuer. The match wasn’t a complete success for Munich as Jerome Boateng was sent off for fouling and denying Yaya Toure a clear goal scoring opportunity. City couldn’t capitalize on the free-kick but came close enough as the resulting kick by David Silva struck the crossbar.

Pellegrini’s men will look to pull themselves together after a disappointing showing when they come up against undefeated Everton over the weekend in the English Premier League.

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This Is Their Year?

The last time Liverpool won the league title was during the 1989-90 season which was then the Football League First Division. For years Liverpool fans had endured the pain of watching the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and recently the blue side of Manchester (City) lift the league title.

The Reds have not gone trophyless during this 23 year period though. They have won (3) three FA Cups, (4) four League Cups, (3) three Charity/Community Shields one which was shared in 1990, (1) one UEFA Cup, (2) two UEFA Super Cups and (1) UEFA Champions League title.  If you mention those achivements to any Liverpool they are surely going to enjoy talking about those triumphs but they will quickly mention not winning a Premier League title. Winning the league title is highly coveted on the Merseyside.

Could Brendan Rodgers be the man to lead The Reds to the promise land or will it be another season of heartbreak for Liverpool. Having started out the 2013/14 campaign winning three our of their first three matches once which included a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Anfield. Their fine for was achieved without their trouble but talented striker Luis Suarez. The Reds are currently in second place behind Arsenal by two points, it might be a too early to  consider them serious title contenders but with Suarez back and in fine form himself shouts of title contenders might just be right. The season has a long way to go and this can possibly change but this year could quite possibly be “Their Year”.

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Liverpool Fan Throw Flare At United Fans

During the Carling Cup match between at Old Trafford a Liverpool FC fan threw a flare into the section of Manchester United fans.

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RVP Deal Completed

Robin van Persie has completed his move to 19 Time English Champions Manchester United earlier today. The former Arsenal player signed a reported 24m deal which will see him at United until 2016, the 29 year old striker enjoyed his best ever season in the English Premier League last season .

Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Robin is a world-class striker with a proven record in England and in European football. His talents need no introduction to our fans – he has scored a number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former club. His movement, finishing and all-round ability are outstanding.”

An official unveiling will take place today, we’ll be sure to bring you a more detailed post on this major deal.

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Spain Eliminated From The Olympics

The nation of Spain are European Champions, Under 21 Champions and World Champions but Olympic Gold will not be added to the list of achievements. La Roja were eliminated from the competition after suffering a second consecutive 1-0 defeat, this time in the hands of Honduras. A 7th minute Jerry Bengtson header was enough to grab a surprise victory for his country while eliminating favorites Spain from the competition at St. James’ Park.

Spain had their chances in the match as they struck the post on three occasions, the Hondurans could’ve ended the match six minutes into the second half as Espinoza saw a headed chance came off the bar. The Hondurans had to fight a huge battle in the second half after an onslaught of attacks by the Spaniards, they fought well and managed to hold on to secure a historic victory and advance into the next phase of the tournament.

The loss leave the Spaniards bottom of Group D with zero points and zero goals scored thus far. Their final match of the competition will see them come up against feloow Group D strugglers Morocco, August 1st at Old Trafford, the home of 19 time English Champions Manchester United and club of goalkeeper David De Gea.

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Chelsea Captain John Terry Racially Abused Ferdinand

Chelsea captain John Terry appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court where his racial abuse case started. The former England skipper was accused of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in a match on October 23rd, 2011. Terry and Ferdinand got into a heated argument and words were exchanged, during this argument Ferdinand allegedly taunted Terry about his affair with the Chelsea captain’s former teammate Wayne Bridges wife in which the skipper responded by racially abusing Ferdinand.

The prosecution was opened by David Penny who said: “The Crown alleges that the words he used demonstrated hostility based on Mr Ferdinand’s membership or presumed membership of a racial group.”

“The Crown alleges that the defendant, most probably in response to physical gestures being made by Mr Ferdinand which the defendant understood to refer to the well-publicised allegation of an extra-marital affair with a team-mate’s wife, shouted at Mr Ferdinand.”

During the case the Chelsea skipper was shown video footage of his alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand. This case is expected by some fans to be a long one where the Chelsea captain could wrongly walk away with just a slap on the wrist even though he deserves more than that. Racism is something that FIFA has been fighting to get rid of from football and behavior like this by the former England captain is highly unacceptable.

“The Crown’s case is that the words were abusive and insulting in a straightforward sense and they were uttered by the defendant in response to goading by Mr Ferdinand on the issue of his extra-marital affair, rather than by way of exaggerated and instant querying of a perceived false allegation.”

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It’s A Goal? Goal-Line Technology Approved By FIFA

Over the years football governing body FIFA have been under pressure to intro due  goal-line technology in football. At first fans were skeptical about the introduction of technology in football amidst fears it will slow down the match, some said it will take away some the excitement missed calls sometimes bring to a match.

In a recent meeting held in Zurich the technology was finally approved and will be done by using two systems, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef. This decision came was given the green light by the IFAB after passing a series of tests set out by FIFA.

Jerome Valcke (FIFA General Secretary) said they intend  on introducing goal-line technology in December for the Club World Cup in which will be held in Japan, the Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Over the years there have been many instances of goals being scored but were not allowed as the referee or his linesmen failed to see it. A few notable instances were Manchester United v Tottenham (Premier League 2005), England v Germany (World Cup 2010), Ukraine v England (Euro 2012).

The English FA haven been lobbying for this decision for many years and they have welcomed this news with opened arms.

“We welcome today’s decision by IFAB and will engage in discussions with both Hawkeye and GoalRef in the near future with a view to introducing goal-line technology as soon as is practically possible.”

Do you welcome technology in football?

 

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