With the European season coming to an end in dramatic fashion across Italy, Spain and France, attention now shifts to the biggest sporting event in the world. The FIFA World Cup scheduled to begin in about 23 days will for the first time be held in the Continent of Africa with South Africa having the pleasure of hosting this prestigious event.
The Serie A really had its fair share of nerve racking moments towards the end of the 2009/2010 campaign but Inter Milan managed to successfully defend their title amidst a stiff challenge from AS Roma. So which team offered the biggest surprise this season? Well, according to me, none. However, the Viola or Fiorentina were pretty impressive in the early stages of the campaign with Stefan Jovetic and Alberto Gilardino blending in well to create problems for many clubs.
That said, i guess the biggest disappointments were Juventus and i know i speak for the masses when i say this. The Bianconeri were the flops of the year and their 7th place finish tells it all. After starting their campaign very strongly, Juventus begun to go downhill right after their 4-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Their coach Ciro Ferrara was eventually sacked and Alberto Zaccheroni was named as his replacement however the Italian could not salvage their already disastrous season.
With the new season still a good 2 months away, it remains to be seen whether the many transfer rumours hitting the media will materialise. Inter coach Jose Mourinho might be the league’s high profile departure as Spanish giants Real Madrid are considered to be in the forefront in trying to lure the Portuguese to the Santiago Bernabeu. I think the plus 10 million Euro annual salary might just do the trick.
Good news for all the AC Milan fans as their Brazilian play maker Ronaldinho has pledged to remain at the club in the new year. Dinho has undoubtedly been the player of the season in my eyes. Scoring 12 goals and adding another 14 assists, made him earn the title of the league’s top assists ( if there is anything like that).
Roma were the club that turned around their fortunes to finish the season in 2nd spot behind Inter. The Giallorosso were the most improved team and after missing out on the scudetto, and they are bound to come back with a renewed determination. So what does the new season hold for us. Well, we will just have to wait and find out.
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