Tears and Glory: Football in 2021


The year 2021 is ending where despite all the problems related to the coronavirus, sport, especially football, has made a stunning comeback where fans have witnessed a lot of excitement and drama.

Bol News offers you a list of all the important events organized during a calendar year in the world of football.

January:

Lampard’s dismissal as Chelsea manager

January remains a delicate month for managers of club football where the hierarchy often presses the panic button after concerns about the position of the team. The case turned out to be similar for Frank Lampard, who despite his legendary status at Chelsea FC was sacked on January 26, just 18 months after taking the lead at Stamford Bridge. During his time at the London club, the 43-year-old

managed the team in 84 games, winning 44 and losing 25 as 15 games ended in a draw. One of the main reasons for his downfall was his inability to install Chelsea’s defensive unit.

February:

Bayern triumph in the Club World Cup

The FIFA Club World Cup has lost some of its glory over the years, but even to this day it’s a trophy worth fighting for for clubs around the world. In the 2021 edition of the competition, defending European and German champions Bayern Munich claimed victory at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan on February 11. The German team beat Mexican club Tigres UANL in the final to win their second FIFA club. World Cup title with the score of 1-0, thanks to a goal in the 59th minute from Benjamin Pavard.

March:

Unprecedented takeover of the PFF house

March 2021 will be remembered as one of the darkest days in Pakistani football history. the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) was attacked and recaptured on 27e of March by a group led by Ashfaq Shah. They would have taken charge of the building, harassed members of the Standardization Committee including its leader Malik Haroon who had to flee after

break the glass door. The incident was unprecedented in the history of football in the country and what followed was a ban by football’s governing body, FIFA, from Pakistan’s participation in international events. To this day, soccer activities in the country remain suspended as the building still controls Ashfaq Shah’s group and FIFA has categorically stated that unless it returns control, Pakistan’s soccer status will remain inactive.

April:

Jose’s untimely sacking of Spurs

On April 19, 2021, English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur sacked coach Jose Mourinho. The decision was interesting as the north London-based club were due to play in the League Cup final in six days against Manchester City, where they ultimately ended up losing. Mourinho joined Spurs in 2019 following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino. During his time at the club, he managed 86 games, winning 45 and losing 24 while 17 ended in a stalemate.

Can:

Villarreal stuns Manchester United

On 26 May, Spanish club Villarreal surprised English giant Manchester United by winning their first UEFA Europa League title. Despite very limited resources compared to their Stadion rivals

Gdańsk, Gdańsk, the Yellow Submarine showed immense courage and finally emerged victorious in penalties with the score of 11-10.

The magic of Chelsea in the Champions League

Three days later, Chelsea put on a remarkable performance and outscored compatriot Premier League Manchester City to claim their second UEFA Champions League title. The Blues, under the management of Thomas Tuchel who just joined the club four months ago, beat the already crowned champions of England by the score of 1-0, thanks to a strike in the 42nd minute from Kai Havertz.

June:

Eriksen’s fear in the field

On June 12, the football world united after Denmark’s star midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest during the UEFA Euro 2020 group game against Finland. The 29-year-old collapsed on the pitch in the 43e minute of the match and the match was temporarily suspended. Eriksen received medical assistance in the field for 15 minutes before being transported to hospital. Since then, the attacking midfielder has not played any professional football. On December 17, Italian club Inter Milan suspended the contract of former star midfielder Tottenham Hotspur by mutual agreement because he could not have made Serie A due to his implantation of heart device.

End of the era of Ramos at Real

On June 17, veteran defender Sergio Ramos announced he would leave Spain’s La Liga giants Real Madrid at the end of his current contract. The 35-year-old left Santiago Bernabéu after 16 seasons in the Spanish capital. He represented Los Blancos after making 671 appearances in all competitions, scoring 101 goals and winning up to 22 trophies, including four UEFA Champions League titles and five La Liga titles. The highlight of his career will undoubtedly be his equalizer in added time in the Champions League final in 2014 against city rivals Atletico Madrid.

July:

Mancini Euro 2020 Masterclass

On July 11, Italy recorded a memorable UEFA Euro 2020 triumph after beating host England in the penalty shoot-out final as the game ended in a deadlock at the end of regulation time and time. additional time. The victory was special for Gli Azzurri as it was the first mega event after missing a place at the 2016 World Cup. Italy remained completely dominant in the competition where they won every game on their way to the big one. final, something for which manager Roberto Mancini deserves a lot of credit. The biggest surprise of the competition turned out to be Switzerland, which knocked out world champion France in the round of 16.

End of Messi’s long wait for international glory

On the same day, Argentina won their first major title in over 25 years, beating Brazil in the Copa America final 1-0, thanks to a goal from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the 22nd minute. it’s Angel Di Maria. The victory ended star striker Lionel Messi’s long wait for a major title with the national team. The 34-year-old was an inspiration to the winning team in the competition where he was top scorer (4) and main passer (5).

August:

Messi’s tearful farewell

On August 5, Messi with tears in his eyes announced he would be leaving Barcelona as a free agent. The Catalan giants were unable to renew the Argentina international’s contract due to their financial crisis. He left Barcelona as arguably their best player of all time. The 34-year-old has represented the Spanish club in 778 appearances in all competitions, scoring 672 times and providing 301 assists. Meanwhile, Messi has won 35 major titles with Barcelona, ​​including 10 in La Liga and four UEFA Champions League triumphs.

September:

Ronaldo tops international goals

On 02 September 2021, Portugal’s star striker Cristiano Ronaldo became the top scorer in the history of international football. The 36-year-old broke Iranian Ali Daei’s record of 109 international goals after scoring a brace in the World Cup qualifiers against Ireland. As it stands, Ronaldo has scored 115 goals in international football and provided 41 assists in 184 games in all competitions.

October:

Painful end of era for the Magpies

On October 7, 2021, fans of English Premier League club Newcastle United witnessed the end of Mike Ashley’s painful and rather frustrating reign as owner of the club. A consortium of PCP Capital Partners, Reuben Brothers and the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF) bought the club in a deal worth more than £ 300million. The involvement of Saudi Arabia’s PIF, which now owns 80% of the club’s shares, was the main topic of discussion, as this development has made Newcastle the richest football club on the planet. After that, the new management of the Magpies sacked manager Steve Bruce and he was replaced by former Bournemouth coach Eddie Howe.

Koeman’s early dismissal

On October 29, 2021, Ronald Koeman was sacked from his position as head coach of FC Barcelona. The 58-year-old, who was named club manager in August 2020, left the club after leading the team in 67 matches, where they won 40, suffered 16 losses while 11 matches ended in one game. bad. He was replaced by former midfielder and club legend Xavi Hernandez.

November:

Spurs Tale Jackpot

On 02 November 2021, Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur appointed Antonio Conte as head coach. He replaced Nuno Espirito Santo who was sacked after the team’s dismal start to the current campaign. Conte is a proven activist at the highest level and has already won league titles in Italy and England with Juventus, Inter Milan and Chelsea.

Portugal, the failure of Italy

On November 16, international football witnessed a series of startling results that left 2016 European champion Portugal and reigning European champion Italy missing a direct spot for the World Cup. FIFA next year. The Portuguese only needed a draw in their last home game against Serbia but suffered a loss, thanks to a winner in added time from Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrović. On the other hand, the reigning European champions, despite having made a brilliant start

in the qualifying phase, has not won any of their last four matches and ultimately finished second in Group C behind Switzerland with 16 points. Both teams are also on the same path in the playoffs, meaning one of the two European giants will miss a spot in next year’s mega event.

More driving

Premier League giants Manchester United on 22 November 2021 sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the team’s horrific 4-1 loss to Watford, who are struggling for relegation. The 48-year-old, who joined the Red Devils after José Mourinho left in March 2019, has not won a single major title despite spending millions during his 30-month reign at the club. Solskjaer has led United in 149 appearances in all competitions, winning 78 times, losing 38 times as 33 matches have ended in a draw.

December:

Kun’s sad end

On December 15, 2021, veteran striker Sergio Aguero announced his retirement from all forms of football due to a heart problem. The 33-year-old suffered a minor heart attack during the game against Deportivo Alaves on October 30. Aguero will be remembered as one of the best strikers in modern football history, especially for the heroism of his former club Manchester City. He left the football arena after making 664 appearances in all competitions, scoring 380 times and delivering 118 assists.

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