Bittersweet Symphony

Season 4 has reached it’s finale and as usual, the events vary from sublime to ridiculous. Is Brian Little going to retain the Premier League for Aston Villa? Can anybody stop Barcelona & Real Madrid dominating European football? Let’s find out.

Transfer Window

Before we get into the winners and losers, a couple of panic buys

Romario to Man City

If that doesn’t keep them up, nothing will. Meanwhile, in Heskeywatch

heskey to luton

League Cup

This is Liverpool’s tournament really, not even Brian Little can stop them. That’s one defeat in 4 years in this tournament, and that was in the final. Riccy Scimeca lifts the cup.

LC final 01

LC history

Ridiculous.

FA Cup

The Semi finals kept the apparent big hitters Villa and Man Utd apart, but they will meet in the final

FA Cup SF 01

It’s heartbreak again for Villa though as they can’t beat Man Utd. Never get on the wrong side of Sir Alex.

FA Cup Final 01

Premier League

It’s a double for Man Utd, as Villa fall short with a couple of draws late in the season. Man Utd only lose two games in the whole season though, which was always going to be difficult to keep pace with. Gordon Milne recovers Chelsea to 11th, somehow.

Prem top 01 final

Meanwhile at the bottom, it turns out Romario can’t save Man City, as the 35 year old nets zero times in 8 games. Wimbledon survive at their expense, I’m pleased for my old boys but don’t think they’ll be around much longer.

prem bottom 01

UEFA Cup

I don’t normally comment on the UEFA Cup after my inevitable early exit but I’ll make an exception here as Man Utd complete a treble, beating Vicenza

uefa cup final 01 result

Incidentally, Wenger led Bordeaux to the Cup Winners Cup, which is a decent achievement.

Champions League

The semi finals looked a bit lop sided, but it gets us the final we want

CL Semi final 01

Real won La Liga before Barca beat Real on penalties in the Copa de Rey final – but it’s not to be for the Catalans in the Champions League final…you’ll never beat Steve Haslam!

CL final 01

Ligue 1

You may remember from the previous update, I’ve got Auxerre in the mix in Ligue 1 despite having nothing to spend. To cut a long story short, we’ve been awesome and managed to beat PSG and Marseille to get ourselves into this position:

One game to go Ligue 1

There’s only 34 games in Ligue 1 so it comes down to the last day of the season. We brush Monaco aside, but sadly Ludovic Guily scores an 80th minute winner for PSG at Nantes

last day result

So close! Why is this bittersweet you may ask? Well, 2nd is enough for Champions League football, and that is far more than I could have hoped to achieve without a major signing.

Ligue 1 final 01

PSG, like Man Utd, only lose twice all season, and one of those was to me. I could babble on all day about what a good season it’s been, take a look at this home record

Auxerre home record

Zanotti is the main standout with 19 goals from midfield, though Guivarc’h gets 21 goals and 16 assists in the lone striker role, which is a good return

Auxerre 01 avg ratings

Enough about France though as the curtain comes down on another season. Southampton have suffered relegation to divison 3 (that’s 3 relegations in 4 seasons) and they sack another manager. Who do you appoint?

ruddock to soton

That won’t help. Let’s see some awards

awards 01

Marashliev’s at it again! Clearly the Messi of his day. Steve Simonsen sweeping up the PFA Awards is a bit of an odd one. Incidentally Roy Hodgson took Lille to Ligue 2 title and they are back in the “big time” – Auxerre received £335k for finishing 2nd in Ligue 1…

Arsenal waste no time in bidding for the 2 time Footballer of the Year

world player of the year

But he turns them down! Better off at Banik Ostrava anyway. And so, as the transfer windows starts to go daft again, look who Joe Kinnear’s bought…

heskey to spurs

Join us next time as we kick off the 01/02 season, where I’ll hopefully take my first footsteps in the Champions League

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