When Steven Gerrard signed for LA Galaxy it felt like a watershed moment for soccer in the United States.
Here was a man who had dedicated his life to one club in the Premier League, a player in the mould of Ryan Giggs or Paolo Maldini, choosing the MLS as the only place he would ply his trade away from his Liverpool heartland.
With the sights and sounds of the summer’s World Cup in Brazil now just a distant memory, the focus has switched to the upcoming Premier League kick-off next month. With the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all looking set to be in the race for this season’s title, we could be about to witness the most exciting Premier League campaign in recent years.
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The entire world is glued to their televisions watching that incredible soccer tournament in Brazil, but wouldn't it be cool to actually be in one of the countries participating in the final game? I experienced that as a child back in 1982 when Italy was the winner. I was in Rome at the time on vacation and I experienced first hand the energy that the fans felt before, during and after that final game. I'd love to experience that again, and I'd happily give up my expensive new headphones to do it!
Who will make it to the final game this year? Unfortunately for me, Italy has been eliminated, but the United States and other great countries are still playing. Wouldn't it be incredible to be in a place like Argentina or Costa Rica while their team is playing for the ultimate championship?
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So which country do you want to win, and which one do you want to visit during the game?
It’s been a wild World Cup so far, and if you’ve been betting the underdogs you’re a happy guy right now. Traditional powers like Spain were booted, and Italy got screwed on a lame red card and a biting incident that was missed by the officials, highlighting just how difficult it has been to predict the outcome.
So keep that in mind when you’re about to bet on sports at www.williamhill.com. Sure, some traditional powers are winning as well, as Argentina looks pretty damn good with Messi pumping in goals. Brazil keeps winning, but they’ve looked pretty mediocre so far. Still, if you predicted a Brazil/Argentina final things are shaping up that way even with all the upsets so far.
Sir Alex Ferguson will end this Premier League season having managed Manchester United for the 1,500th time.
The retiring Old Trafford boss who has won 38 trophies now during his 26 year reign will be replaced by Everton manager David Moyes. Check out http://www.freebets.com to keep up to date with the odds on Manchester United to win the Premier League next season or for who will be the next Everton manager.
Last week Manchester United played Swansea which was Ferguson’s final home game in charge of the Red Devils. Ferguson received a huge ovation before thousands of people lined the streets for the Premier League champion’s parade on Monday.
“Sunday was amazing and the parade on Monday, it was incredible, even better than 1999.” Ferguson said.
“I thought the scenes after the treble in 1999 couldn’t be beaten but I think Monday probably did.”
“I went home that night and got 10 hours sleep, the first time in my life. It was marvellous, really good.”
Ferguson will stay on at Old Trafford as a director and an ambassador and has asked United fans to support Moyes when he takes over as manager this summer.
The 71-year-old prepared for his last game at the helm by holding his final pre-match press conference on Friday morning at United’s training ground. The media presented Ferguson with a cake before the news conference to honour the 26 years he has spent in charge of Manchester United.
Ferguson admits his final act will be to look to the future. “I’ll make some changes to the team and play some of the younger ones on Sunday,” he said. “Anders Lindegaard will be in goal and I want to play Phil Jones and Jonny Evans at centre half as they could be the future. ”Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic can sit on the bench with me.”