AN ANALYSIS OF THE 2011-2012 ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON
"Blue Moon, You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
Blue Moon, You knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I could really care for"
The strains of this classic ballad reverberated around the Ettihad Stadium on the 13th of May 2012 as the world paid homage to a set of players who by a herculean performance had typified the true import of grit and determination.
Manchester City with a narrow 3-2 win over Queen Park Rangers in the last game of the season had just secured the 2011-2012 English premier League title.
But that is just half of the story. Not even Alfred Hitchcock at his best could have conjured a plot so gripping, so intense and so full of suspense as was the menu served in that final crucial game at the Ettihad.
In April of 1990, Liverpool won the league title with two games to spare, beating QPR 2-1 at Anfield.
The Liverpool class of 1989-90 was so focused that despite the fact that the league was sewn up by the 28th of April they still ensured that they won their last two games:-1-0 over Derby County and 6-1 away to Coventry City.
Fast forward to the end of the 2012 season and a tired, dispassionate Liverpool team crumbled to defeat away at Swansea. The loss to Swansea marked a series of results that have led to an un-enviable record- Liverpool's worst league form for eighteen years. The vultures had been circling over Anfield and eventually the Fenway Sports Group saw it fit to get rid of Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool coach.
At the time Dalglish joined the club for his second spell, Liverpool was without doubt a club in big trouble. The same fans that wanted him to be fired at the close of the season were the same fans who chanted his name from the stands and from far and wide as the Reds stumbled to mediocre defeat after mediocre defeat under the tutelage of Roy Hodgson.
Football fever is upon us once again as the clock winds down to the kick off of the UEFA Euro Cup 2012 competition.
On June 8, Europe's elite will be showcased in Poland and the Ukraine as 16 teams try to outdo the other in this continental showpiece.
The teams are drawn in 4 groups. The two teams in each group qualify foe the quarter finals. Co-hosts Poland are in Group A along with Greece, Russia and the Czech Republic.
Group A is a tricky affair with the Greeks being formidable opponents on a good day and the Czech Republic counting on the experience of leaders Peter Cech and Tomas Rosicky to forge their way to the quarterfinals. The Poles have every chance as well of making it to the quarter-finals from this group.
Group 'B' has been aptly named the 'group of death'. Continental powerhouses Netherlands, Germany and Portugal are grouped together with Denmark in a simmering cauldron of talent and ambition.
Jose Mourinho used these words to describe Brendan Rodgers when Rodgers was his understudy at Chelsea: "I like everything in him. He is ambitious and does not see football very differently from myself."
Coming from the "Special One," the words were a glowing recommendation of Rodgers capabilities.
Brendan Rodgers has finally been appointed the Liverpool head coach after a remarkable public search for a successor to 'The King' as Kenny Dalglish was reverently known at Anfield.
The appointment marks a new phase in the club's transition. It is a phase that many Liverpool fans hope will be a positive, defining moment in the club's history.
Liverpool's early overtures were spurned by Rodgers but it seems that the persistence of Fenway Sports Group (FSG), the conglemorate that owns the club, finally convinced the 39-year old North Irishman to put pen to paper.
Rodgers is no stranger to football management. He was initially head hunted by Mourinho to coach Chelsea's under-18 squad in 2004 but so compelling were his managerial talents that he rapidly rose through the ranks to become the reserve team head coach by the time he left the club in 2008.