2008/09 Draws to a Close

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Yes, the triumphant squads from Brazil and the German Under 21 side will barely have had their winning soccer kits cleaned and stored away to preserve the memory of their win but soccer continues. It seems as though the close season break gets shorter and shorter and with the summer of 2010 being a World Cup summer, there is an obvious desire to get the new season underway to allow proper preparation time for the biggest show on earth.

At half-time in the Confederations Cup final, it looked as though USA were going to pull off the shock of the season, if not the millennium as they roared into a two goal lead over Brazil. This may have been the result that finally kick-started life into soccer in America but you know when you are playing that famous golden soccer kit, nothing can be taken for granted. A goal seconds into the second half brought Brazil back into the game and the rest of the half was one way traffic as the samba loving soccer stars swamped all over their opponents. It was a tough way to lose for the Americans but no one can deny that Brazil were worthy champions. Hopefully the US public will be able to take comfort in what their team achieved in the tournament and wear their own US soccer jersey with pride over the next few months.

The final game of the season was the Under 21 European Championships final between Germany and England and many were predicting a close tie. Many were wrong though as Germany, wearing their unfamiliar change soccer top of red, humiliated England by a score line of 4-0. This result means that the Germans are now European Champions at Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21 level which is some record and possibly indicates a strong future for the German national side. The English team may have looked smart in their tailored Umbro soccer shirts but their performance and blunders made them look amateur at best.

So with the past season behind us, its time to look forward to the new season and this is always an exciting time for soccer fans. Your team is yet to lose a game and there is always the hope of new signings and the launch of a new soccer kit and equipment to raise your spirits. Mind you, if you support any team but Real Madrid, and maybe Manchester City, it is likely that you will be casting envious glances at the money that is being spent. Real Madrid may have a world famous all white soccer kit but the real stars next season will be Kaka and Ronaldo and you just know millions of children all over the world will be wearing replica jerseys with they names emblazoned on the back.

It also seems as though Manchester City mean business and are seriously courting Samuel Eto’o from Barcelona. Barcelona have just had the best season a Spanish club has ever achieved but a busload of money may be enough to convince Eto’o to swap the blue and red stripes of Barcelona for the sky blue soccer jersey of Manchester City and the English Premier League.

write by Merlin

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