SportsNet - June 2012
Manchester United will attempt to rebound from a 2011-2012 season where the famed Premier League club not only failed to advance to the knockout rounds of Champions League, but also finished second in the domestic league to local rival Manchester City.
Here's a look at the Red Devils' Premier League schedule for the 2012-2013 season. While the schedule to start the season appears rather weak, two late-season matchups with Arsenal and Chelsea might be the vital to their title hopes.
The New York Red Bulls had a so-so season despite having France's all-time leading scorer Thierry Henry and Mexican midfielder Rafa Marquez at their disposal. According to reports, it now appears that a third designated player is on his way to New York, however, general manager Erik Soler and head coach Hans Backe have kept tight lipped on who the arrival is.
Soler was questioned by the media as to whether German Michael Ballack or Irish midfielder, Stephen Ireland were possible targets said that Ballack wasn't in play for the Red Bulls but didn't comment on Ireland's situation.
While the Red Bulls organization has clammed up tighter than CIA headquarters about who their next designated player will be here are three possible players who could be playing in New York next season.
Just take a look at the names of the Netherlands' top players which include, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van Der Vaart, Robin van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. There is nothing these guys can't accomplish if they played like a team. But playing like a team is a challenge for these Dutch stars. They must take a leaf out of the books of teams like Greece, who despite having an average group of players, managed to back each other and roared past the rampant Russian's who looked certain to qualify.
There is no one single person you can blame for losing all their group games. There were several factors contributing to it.
It's amazing to believe that a 33-year old man considers himself to be "graduating", but that's how LaDainian Tomlinson looked at it during his retirement press conference yesterday.
"I'm graduating today. I've been playing football 20-some years and so at some point it almost seems like school every year where you sacrifice so much and there is so much you put on the line, mentally and physically, with your body, everything,'' Tomlinson said. ''So today, I take the words of Junior Seau: I feel like I'm graduating. I really do, because I've got my life ahead of me, I'm healthy, I'm happy with a great family and I'm excited to now be a fan and watch you guys play.''
Usually when athletes step away from the game they love, they tend to get emotional, but there were no tears in the eyes of Tomlinson as the five-time Pro-Bowler was all smiles.
Tomlinson signed a one-day contract on Monday and retired as a Charger, who he played nine seasons with, and resided in New York for his final two professional football seasons with the Jets.
Tomlinson was joined by his wife LaTorsha, mother Loreane, son Daylen, and daughter Daylah.
Entering Euro 2012, Holland was one of the favorites to win Euro 2012 but after a nightmarish tournament they have been eliminated after three consecutive losses left them without a point in Group B.
Holland is a team with world class quality players but instead they played like a group of strangers. Winger Arjen Robben even pinpointed selfishness as a cause for the Netherlands' tumultuous tournament.
The team had to battle with a bevy of egos within their dressing room, that created tension room before the tournament kicked off. Unfortunately, manager Bert van Marwijk failed to sort out the off field ego clashes between the Dutch players.
"It's very difficult for us in this group, because there are just too many big egos. After the World Cup they may have become even bigger. That makes it hard for us," the attacker told the official Dutch Football website.
28-year old striker, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has been crying for the golden opportunity for a long time. 0 attempts and 0 goals along with a 57% pass completion was Huntelaar's contribution to the Dutch side against Portugal. The stats speak more than anything.