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Football Topic end of season awards.

The end of the season has come and it’s time to declare the winners of each category in our opinion for the Premiership, Serie A and La Liga.

Barclays Premier League:

Darren’s picks –

Player of the season: Vincent Kompany
Young player of the season: Sergio Aguero
Manager of the season: Alan Pardew
Signing of the season: Nikica Jelavic
Overachievers: Newcastle/Norwich
Underperformers: Aston Villa
Flop of the season: Stewart Downing
Comeback player of the season: Paul Scholes
Moment of the season: City’s comeback on the last day to clinch the title.
Match of the season: Man United 4-4 Everton
Goal of the season: Haten Ben Arfa vs Bolton. Wonderful solo run.
Hero of the season: Fabrice Muamba. It was amazing to see him back at the Reebok.
Villain of the season: Luis Suarez/Joey Barton
Unsung Hero: Alex Song


Our young player of the season.

Craig’s pick –

Player of the season: Robin Van Persie
Young player of the season: Sergio Aguero
Manager of the season: Alan Pardew
Signing of the season: Demba Ba
Overachievers: Newcastle
Underperformers: Aston Villa/Liverpool
Flop of the season: Stewart Downing
Comeback player of the season:Paul Scholes
Moment of the season: Fabrice Muamba returning to Reebok
Match of the season: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham
Goal of the season: Mata Volley v MUFC
Hero of the season: Mario Balotelli
Villain of the season: Carlos Tevez
Unsung Hero: Grant Holt

Serie A:

Ibra had his best season as an individual but failed to win a major title in the end.

Player of the season: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Young player of the season: Gaston Ramirez
Manager of the season: Antonio Conte
Signing of the season: Andrea Pirlo
Overachievers: Lazio
Underperformers: Inter/Genoa
Flop of the season: Diego Forlan
Comeback player of the season: Andrea Pirlo/Diego Milito
Moment of the season: Del Piero and Pippo Inzaghi scoring on the last day of the season
Match of the season: Inter 4-2 Ac Milan/ Inter 4-4 Palermo
Goal of the season: Juan Cuadrado vs Siena
Hero of the season: Heroes, Udinese offering to take care of the late Piermario Morosini’s disabled sister.
Villain of the season: Delio Rossi for attacking his own player/ Genoa Ultras.
Unsung Hero: Antonio Nocerino

La Liga:

Player of the season: Cristiano Ronaldo
Young player of the season: Javi Martinez
Manager of the season: Jose Mourinho
Signing of the season: Radamel Falcao
Overachievers: Malaga
Underperformers: Villarreal
Flop of the season: Ruud Van Nistelrooy 28Games 4 goals
Comeback player of the season: Abidal playing again after cancer
Moment of the season: Ronaldo silences the Nou Camp
Match of the season: Levente 3-5 Rayo Vallecano
Goal of the season: Ronaldo 1st v Levante
Hero of the season: Eric Abidal
Villain of the season: Pepe
Unsung Hero: Xabi Alonso

Pepe seemed to be constantly in trouble. What’s new?

Who would be your picks?


Europa League Final 2012

On the 9th of May in Bucharest, Athletic Bilbao will meet Atletico Madrid in an all-Spanish Europa League final.

Athletic Bilbao have been praised for their attractive football that they play. They are a team that never seems to stop attacking from kick-off to the final whistle.

Bilbao topped a group containing Slovan Bratislava, Red Bull Salzburg and big spending Paris Saint-Germain. In the round of 32 they scraped by Lokomotiv Moscow on away goals. Following this they met Manchester United, a game which many expected them to lose. However they outplayed United at Old Trafford and won 3-2. They later bet them in the San Mamés 2-1, progressing 5-3 on aggregate. Bielsa’s men knocked out German side Schalke to progress to the semi-finals where they contested in a highly entertaining fixture with Sporting Lisbon. It took a late Fernando Llorente goal to put them through.

Having not won a trophy since 1984, this season could prove to be one of Bilbao’s most successful yet being in both the Europa League and Copa Del Rey final.  The Basque side have only made it to one European Final previously, the Uefa Cup final in 1977 where they lost on away goals to Juventus. They will be hoping for better luck this time around.

Llorente celebrates his 88th minute winner against Sporting Lisbon.

2010 winners Atletico Madrid will be hoping to add their second Europa League to their trophy cabinet come the 9th of May.

Los Rojiblancos only lost once in a group that included Udinese, Celtic and French side Rennes. They comfortably bet Lazio 4-1 on aggregate  in the Round of 32. Besiktas proved to be no match for Atletico as they were brushed aside, losing 6-1 over the two legs. Like Bilbao, Atletico Madrid met a German team in the quarter-finals, Hannover 96. Madrid won 2-1 in each leg, which progressed them to the semi’s where they met fellow Spanish side Valencia. This was to be Atletico’s toughest task of the Europa League campaign. However, a Falcao brace helped them on their way to a 4-2 win at the Vicente Calderón. In the second leg, Valencia attacked from the start but it proved to be a frustrating night as they couldn’t get the goal they so badly needed. Then on the hour mark, Atletico Madrid forward Adrián shot down any hope of a Valencia comeback as he put the ball past Diego Alves. On the 80th minute Atletico captain Tiago was sent off and will now miss the final.

Atletico Madrid players celebrate goal against Valencia.

Atletico striker Radamel Falcao will be hoping to get a goal or two in the final to move him up the Europa League scoring charts. If he can score two he will be the second highest goalscorer in Europa League history on 30 goals only after two seasons. He could also lift his second Europa League in two seasons following his success with Porto last year.