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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?

The end of an era?

Following Barcelona’s exit from the Champions League at the hands of Chelsea, questions were being asked. Is this the beginning of the end for one of footballs all time great teams? This is the first time Barcelona have failed to win in three consecutive games since 2009.

It was truly a week to forget for Barcelona, as they lost to their rivals Real Madrid 2-1, which led to them falling a colossal seven points behind with only  four games left. The competition that the Catalan club have won for the past three seasons is on it’s way to the capital, Madrid.

Following that defeat they went into the Champions League semi-final second leg match against Chelsea at the Camp Nou. Many expected Guardiola’s men to bounce back and proceed to the final in Munich following their 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge the week before. However this was not the case. Ten men Chelsea battled and secured their place in the final with a 2-2 draw. One of the major talking points of the game was Barcelona’s penalty, one that Lionel Messi stepped up to take and missed. Are teams starting to adapt to Barcelona’s “total football” tactics?

Guardiola is set to leave Barcelona at the end of the season.

Not much people would argue the fact that Pep Guardiola is one of the finest managers in the game today, having won 13 trophies with Barcelona in just four years and turning them into one of the most attractive  free-flowing teams in the world today. Although his time with Barcelona is now up. Guardiola has announced today at a press conference that he will be stepping down as manager come the end of the season. He will hope to leave on somewhat of a high by beating Athletic Bilbao in next months Copa Del Rey final.

Two questions are on everybody’s lips, 1) What’s next for Guardiola should he leave Barcelona? 2) Who will replace him?

1)  Many expect him to take time off management following claims that he is “exhausted” and at only 41 years of age he won’t be in any hurry to get back. However when he does return it’s rumoured that it will be to the Premiership, although I wouldn’t rule him out taking over the Spanish national team.

2) It’s official, Francesc “Tito” Vilanova will succeed Pep Guardiola as manager. Vilanova was assistant coach under Guardiola since 2008 and has been part of the reason for Barcelona’s success. Tito was once the manager of Barcelona’s youth team which featured Messi, Pique and Fabregas. Will he be the one to bring the Champions League trophy back to the Nou Camp next season?

Is this just a minor setback or is this truly the end of the “Barcelona era”?