2021 has been a difficult year in every way, the pandemic that continues to attack us has not let things return to normal at all, but even so we have had very great moments and movements in the Soccer World:
In the months of March and April the Super League came from the hand of Florentino Pérez. A new competition that would bring together the great clubs of the world and disadvantage the smallest. Today’s war with UEFA is still latent. The English clubs, faced with the threats, left the project and had to pay a fine. Atlético de Madrid also left. Only Real Madrid, the main founder, along with Juventus, remained at the forefront of the project due to the good relationship between them. And Barcelona because financially the Super League was going to give it a boost. The future of the competition remains unresolved.
Soccer belongs to the people, not the teams or the presidents and their interests. Without the fans, soccer would have no meaning. The revolt that created the Super League among the fans and the smaller teams was one of the moments of the year. The union of all against the Super League brought football closer together. UEFA also warned that the players who played in the Super League could not play either the Champions League, the Euro Cups, or the World Cups. The money and the interests of a few cannot carry the sport that we all love.
Football belongs to the fans and without them nothing makes sense. One of the most anticipated moments by all was when the stadiums reopened. In the Premier League, the first match with fans we had was West Ham United vs Cristiano’s Manchester. A unique moment awaited by all, to feel the warmth of the fans in the stands once again.
They won one of the tightest leagues in recent years. Real Madrid fought with them until the last day but finally Simeone’s were the ones who took the cat to the water. Title that they had not won since 2014. On the penultimate day Luis Suárez came to the rescue to keep Atlético alive for the title. We arrived at the last day with everything to decide. Atlético was gambling to win La Liga, Valladolid to stay. Those of Pucela went ahead to the counter with a goal that the League gave at times to Real Madrid and the permanence of themselves. But Correa with a toe goal and a goal from Suárez in the last moments gave Atlético de Madrid victory.
The departure of Zizou was to be expected, the best coach in the history of Real Madrid left as what he is, like a gentleman. His second stage was not as fruitful as the first where he won three Champions in a row. He won a Super Cup and a League and even having one more year on his contract, he knew when to say goodbye. The Sergio Ramos thing was embarrassing, he played only three games with Real Madrid since January, he knew that Madrid’s offer was expiring and he preferred to hold on and play with Florentino Pérez. And the one who plays with Florentino, we all know what ends up happening, after 16 years defending the Madrid shield he went through the back door and with the fame of “pesetero”.
Chelsea was planted in the Champions League final after eliminating Madrid in the semifinals. He came from a strange year, Lampard could not find the key to make that team play, but the arrival of Tuchel changed everything. Mason Mount, Havertz, Kanté, Jorginho and a very worked defense were the key to making that team work. Guardiola’s Manchester City reached the final, we would have a duel with English teams. It seemed that we were going to see a heart attack final, but it was surely one of the most boring Champions League finals in recent years. Havertz scored the only goal of the match, taking advantage of a high-carat pass from Mount. 1-0 and Chelsea got a title that they had not won since 2012 with Drogba at the helm.
After a not entirely good experience at Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo, the greatest scorer in football history, was returning to what was his home at the beginning of his career. The signing closed at 25 million euros and Old Trafford was more than happy with the return of the prodigal son. The United project looked very good, Varane came from Real Madrid, Sancho from Borussia Dortmund to which we had to add Pogba, Maguire, Rashford, Bruno Fernandes … They say that the stars always tend to understand each other, but United he is seventh in the Premier League. In the Champions League they have Atlético de Madrid ahead, the good thing is that they have the best player in the competition in their ranks.
After a lifetime at Barcelona, the best footballer in the world today and of all time, had to leave when he could not renew his contract. The management of Bartomeu was probably one of the worst managements that a president has had in Barcelona. His departure generated an overwhelming media impact, leaving Barcelona bankrupt in football and economics (something from which they are still recovering) and arriving at PSG of the stars to meet again with Neymar, Mbappé and company …
England and Italy reached the final of the Eurocup after defeating Denmark and Spain respectively. Luke Shaw advanced to the English as the match began, an improper oversight of the Italian team that in the 67th minute, put the tables on the scoreboard through Bonucci. After the draw in the 90 minutes and the extension, the penalty lottery would be the one who decided the clash. The decisive penalty was for Jorginho, the Italian specialist who usually has a huge success rate missed his chance to make Italy champion. Saka was the one who would decide, if he scored he would continue the batch, if he failed Italy would be the winner. Donnarumma appeared and gave the victory to Italy.
One of the biggest events that we can see in the Soccer World, the final of the Copa América with two of the best teams on the planet Argentina and Brazil, plus the confrontation between them. The setting was ideal, Maracaná, it was played in Brazil and the rival was Brazil. Argentina had just defeated Colombia in the semifinals on penalties 3-2. Messi was in charge of leading the Argentines and gave them their first title in 30 years. Di María was in charge of scoring the goal and giving the victory to the albiceleste. A historical milestone for the stadium and the rival.
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