‘Ifreke talks Sports: Stand up for the champions – 5 things that happened in football last weekend

by ‘Ifreke Inyang

Ferguson United 20th title

1. Stand up for the champions

It was hair-raising stuff at Old Trafford on Sunday, as Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of his last home game against Swansea. From the moment the retiring manager nervously made his way to the pitch, to Rio Ferdinand’s emphatic winner, to lifting their 20th League title, it was worth having a season ticket for those moments.

In the FA Cup final, Wigan Athletic stunned Manchester City to lift their first ever major silverware. It was indeed a pleasing sight for the neutrals and a victory for toil over oil.

Elsewhere, PSG won the Ligue 1 crown, courtesy of Menez’s strike, while Barcelona regained the La Liga – it’s their fourth in the last five years.


2. It’s nice to Michu again

Apparently, Michael Laudrup and his troops did not get the memo. Old Trafford was buzzing all day, but Michu and co tried to be party poopers. United struggled to break down the Welsh side, but after Chicharito gave the home team the opener, Michu went ahead and equalised with a sublime flick. The Spaniard is such a finisher. Moyes might want to take him, as Rooney haggles for a move away.


3. Frankly, he is a Lamp to Chelsea’s path

Frank Lampard’s numbers are stunning. And they didn’t need him breaking Bobby Tambling’s 202-goal record to be remarkable. For the last 10 years, the Chelsea midfielder has ended the season with double figures. Beyond setting a new record, his double against Aston Villa ensured the Blues qualified for the Champions League. Surely, it would be madness for Roman Abramovich to let him leave.


4. The curious case of Sturridge and Adebayor

One is always caught between describing players like Daniel Sturridge and Emmanuel Adebayor appropriately. Call them good players and they turn up, worse than malnourished donkeys running for their dear lives. If you think they are crap, then they go ahead and shut you up with fantastic performances. It might really be tiring for Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspurs fans. Sturridge struck a hat-trick, as they beat Fulham 3-1, but he could have easily scored six. Andre Villas-Boas had Adebayor to thank, after the Togolese scored again, to keep them in the hunt for Champions League football.


5. Kelvin has teen interest in the title

Saturday’s night game between FC Porto and Benfica, was effectively going to decide the destination of the League title in Portugal. Seperated by two points, with two games to go, it was a fierce football match. In added time, with the scoreboard showing 1-1, Porto substitute, Kelvin, just 19, struck a fine winner. The result means the title is Porto’s to lose.

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