A year filled with football memories right from cup victories to player and manager departures, here are 3 moments that according to us were the most notable ones in 2013.
1. Sir Alex Ferguson’s Departure
After a career spanning 27 years came to an end as Sir Alex Ferguson decided to finally hang his boots. His emotional speech after his last premier league game summed up his life for almost 3 decades and hence, this has to go down as the greatest moment in the world of football this year. Such manager’s do not come often nor do they stick around for so long. A career spanning 1,500 games with 895 wins, 490 draws and 412 losses came to an end in 2013.
He led Manchester United to 12 Premier League victories, 5 Domestic cups, 4 League cups, 2 Champions League titles, 1 Europa League title, 1 UEFA Cup Winners honor, 1 UEFA Super Cup and 1 FIFA Club World Cup. He is responsible for building careers of some top players like Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and so on. Truly the world will never witness another manager like him.
2. Bayern’s Treble
Bayern Munich’s dominance over world football came into light with this achievement, the greatest one that a club could achieve. They managed to win their first ever treble. Often being called the champions of a league with 2 top teams, Bayern proved it in the Champion’s league on just how good they were as they knocked out Juventus, Barcelona, Arsenal and Borrussia Dortmund in the finals.
Franck Ribery too was acknowledged for his performance as he bagged the European Player of the Year award. Jupp Heynckes who led the team to this amazing feat was replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of this perfect season.
3. Gareth Bale’s Transfer Saga
A 100 million euros transfer has to make it to this list. The transfer saga lasted for months and was stressful for everyone. Bale topped his now teammate Ronaldo’s transfer fee by 7 million euros. Known for his dominating performances in the Premier League and often believed that he was single handedly leading his former club Tottenham Hotspur; his transfer did not come as a surprise to many. What was rather astonishing was the fee.
Since then, Bale has made good of the opportunities at his new club and has also managed scoring a hat-trick. Right from a speculation of 70 million Euro transfer to a massive rise up to a 100 million, Gareth Bale’s transfer saga was quite the talking point for several months.
Other moments that could have made it to the list included Pep Guardiola’s appointment as Bayern Munich manager, Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea, David Moyes’s appointment at Manchester United and the Mourane Fellaini transfer, Juventus’s dominance in Serie A, AS Monaco signing Radamel Falcao and the tax issue, PSG signing Cavani, and so on. But obviously not everyone could have made the list.
This has been a great year for football and with several nails biting clashes and new player’s turning into superstars; it just keeps getting better and better.