31 December, 2013 - 09:25

Top 5 football events 2013

Top 5 football events 2013

Dear friends,
FootballTop.com wishes you a Happy New Year and brings back the most illustrious football events of 2013.

1. Bayern Munich dominance
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You don’t have to think too much to remember the most impressive club of the year. Bayern Munich definitely stole the limelight in 2013. Well, it would be unfair to forget Juergen Klopp and his Borussia Dortmund who knocked out Real Madrid from the Champions League and beat the Bavarian side in the German Super Cup but still there was no other team like the one from Allianz Arena. They claimed Bundesliga title with an astonishing +80 goal difference and conceding just 18 goals in 34 matches. They won the German Cup and ruined Barcelona’s tiki-taka by 7-0 on aggregate in Champions League semi-finals. They beat Chelsea in UEFA Super Cup and went on with their impressive form in the new season, leading in the German championship and qualifying for the last 16 round of the main European tournament. They went through managerial change after Jupp Heynckes stepped down for Pep Guardiola. To complete the trophy cabinet Bayern won the Club World Cup in December. They are arguably one of the strongest teams to ever play football.

2. Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement
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There is an entire generation of football fans who have never seen Manchester United play under somebody other than the great Scot. Many of them took it for granted and thought he would last at the club forever. But Sir Alex turned 71 and decided to end his 26-year era in the dugout at Old Trafford. Just after winning his 13th Premier League title. Leaving a huge heritage and responsibility to new gaffer David Moyes, Ferguson became the club’s director and embarked on his out-of-football interests. Have a nice retirement, Sir Alex!

3. Gareth Bale and the most expensive transfer in history
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Tottenham Hotspur and their chairman Daniel Levy have produced an incredible piece of business of keeping it late to the end of summer transfer window following Real Madrid’s interest in getting the Welsh player. They inflated the price tag to the point that it exceeded the one paid for Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009. One hundred million pounds is the new transfer record. Seems like Florentino Perez can pay any price indeed for the players he wants.

4. Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland are emerging as new national teams to consider as powerhouses
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Qualification campaign to the World Cup 2014 revealed some truly admiring national sides that might become leaders of European football in the years to come. Belgium are the team that could make it to the final stages of the World Cup in Brazil with the likes of Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Dembele, Thibaut Courtois and many brilliant more in the roster. Young and bold, they finished top of their qualifying group ahead of Croatia and Serbia. Bosnia and Herzegovina produce some of the best attacking football with Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic leading the team. They finished first in the group having scored 30 goals in 10 matches and have become the youngest country to get to the World Cup. Iceland might not have beaten Croatia in play-off round but managed to surprise Europe finishing second in the group and managed to fight hard against Luka Modric and co. A truly fine generation of young players, competing in the championships of Netherlands, Italy and England.

5. Premier League title race has never been that tense
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While Spanish, German, French and Italian national championships turned into two or three-horse races, Barclays Premier League clubs invested hundreds of millions in new players and promise breathtaking clashes every matchday. Top-class European and South-American players added gloss to the tournament and by the end of the year top eight teams lie within just nine points. There is nothing decided in relegation battle either and we are looking forward to the second half of the season.

Hopefully, World Cup and other football events will bring us many more emotions in 2014!
Happy New Year!

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Author: Leon Smolski

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31 December 2013, 10:09

I'll be missing Fergie, honestly, he was an integral part of Premier League to me, like Wenger, or Giggs :)

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