Unreal O’Neill

The 06/07 season has come to a fascinating end, and although Liverpool aren’t really involved in the title race, there’s still a cup final to be won. Here we go then…

League Cup

Balls.

LC Final 07A devestating 118th minute defeat courtesy of Ben Thornley. So it’s come to this. Still, a decent run and nothing really lost. Brian Little will be hoping to make it a double with the Premier League race still well and truly on.

FA Cup

FA SF 07The semi finals see Chelsea and Bolton make their moves to Wembley, which pretty much goes to form although all 4 sides have enjoyed varying degrees of success over the 10 seasons. Who’s your money on?

FA Cup Final 07Colin Todd, what a guy. An easy win in the end and Bolton will play in the Cup Winners Cup. There’s more success for English sides in Europe, too.

Man Utd UEFA Cup FinalCWC FinalLeicester’s win is particularly impressive, it has to be said. Man Utd lost in the Champions League qualifiers to Lyon to drop into the UEFA Cup but they’ve made the most of it. The Champions League is less surprising however.

Champions League

CL SF resultsBarcelona vs Milan should be a decent final! Good run from Malmo though. It’s Barcelona’s year though

CL Final 07With La Liga in the bag too, Real Madrid grow tired of competing and send their B Team out in the Copa del Rey instead, with similar results

CDR SFBarca go on to win the final to cap another wonderful season for Van Gaal.

Premier League

Important things out the way first, Keane joins me in the old “beating your old club” routine

leeds 1 - 2 liverpoolYou might remember in the last update, the league was squashed up and it was a bit of a free for all. Well it’s certainly continued that way, to the point where the league table with one game to go looks like this:

prem top 1 game to goO’Neill has got Sunderland firing on all cylinders, with Christian Vieri leading the line. Some would say Man Utd discarded him too early, but whatever. The bottom is looking tricky too

prem bottom 1 game to goEverton have gone, Sheff Utd look like they’re on the verge and that just leaves Keegan’s Blackburn or Anderton’s Arsenal. Galactic Keegan would be gutted. Here are the fixtures

prem last day fixsAll Sunderland need to do is beat lowly Burnley at home. If they fail, Chelsea will surely beat bottom of the table Everton. Villa are the outsiders, but can relegate Sheff Utd.  Arsenal could do with a result at Bolton whilst Blackburn have the easier game against Birmingham.

prem last day resultsSunderland come from 2-1 behind to claim their first title. Chelsea & Villa’s wins are in vain with Chelsea taking the second Champions League spot. I’m in 5th, which for a first season back in the league is more than decent – though it’s Sunderland’s too, so maybe not that good. Man Utd finish a lowly 7th but their UEFA Cup win means they will be back in that competition next season .Arsenal survive with a 0-0 at Bolton. Blackburn would have survived with a win but a terrible home defeat means Keegan’s side are relegated. Awards time!

Awards 07Bit odd that Grant Ball, Birmingham’s ex-Real Madrid keeper gets PFA player of the year but keeper’s get a lot of awards for high average ratings. Few could argue with Aussie Paul Harries winning the writers awards, though I’ll have to research Bruno Portela. John Toshack decides to bow out on the high of a cup winners cup, and who can blame him?

Toshack retires

So another season gone, see you again for the 07/08 season – yes?

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