Well, that’s it then, the end of 2010… and what a year it’s been (in the world of sport anyway)!
If you’d have told me that Bolton Wanderers would be sixth in the Premier League at the end of 2010 having only lost four matches so far this season, I’d have NEVER have believed you! Owen Coyle’s doing a FAB job keeping us where we belong and, dare I say, pushing for a European spot next season!
The other shock, of course, is my Danish team, FC Copenhagen, doing well yet again in the Danish Superligaen and Champions League. Yes, we were knocked out of the Danish cup by AC Horsens (we fielded a team of youngsters because most of the main team were being rested for the big matches) but, apart from that and a couple of losses during our Champions League run, we haven’t lost ANY matches in the first half of the season. We have the Copa del Sol in January alongside fellow Danish Superligaen rivals FC Nordsjælland, then we face Chelsea in the Champions League, so here’s hoping we continue our success.
In other football-related news, it’s been a great year for my hometown club, Leeds United (see my best mate’s Leeds United blog for that) but I will say that they’re sitting comfortably in fourth place in the Championship, having gained promotion before losing a few games and getting hammered by Preston North End. I’m not a Leeds United fan, as you might have already guessed, but I DO have respect for them since I’m from Leeds and all that.
Oh and I have to say congratulations to Wigan Warriors for beating St. Helens in the Grand Final and winning the Super League after so many years. We (Leeds Rhinos) had won it three seasons in a row so it was time to hand the spoils to someone else. We’ll be back next year though.
END OF YEAR AWARDS
English Premier League Team Of The Year: Blackpool (they were the first team to secure top spot in the Premier League having been promoted from the Championship and their manager’s a LEGEND). Second place: Bolton Wanderers (obviously). Third place: Manchester United (no explanation needed).
Championship Team Of The Year: Leeds United (they beat Manchester United 1-0 thanks to a stonking great goal from Jermaine Beckford). Second place: QPR (top of the league). Third place: Derby County (no real reason – just because one of their players (if he still plays for them) apologised to my mate on Twitter after she’d been offended by an imposter).
League One Team Of The Year: Sheffield Wednesday (purely because they managed to get themselves out of trouble). Second place: Tranmere Rovers (managed to stay up after a bad season – BLAME JOHN BARNES). Third place: Brighton and Hove Albion (top of the league).
Scottish Premier League Team Of The Year: Celtic (I’m not being biased (I’m a Celtic fan) but it’s purely based on the fact we hammered Aberdeen 9-0). Second place: Rangers (I hate to say it but they’re doing well and they’re still in Europe for now). Third place: Inverness Caledonian Thistle (they’re fourth in the league instead of being rock bottom).
International Team Of The Year: Spain (they won the World Cup). Second place: Holland (they got to the World Cup finals). Third place: Denmark (purely on the basis they surprised everyone by finishing top of their World Cup qualifying group. It’s just a shame they didn’t do well in the main tournament).
Super League Team Of The Year: Wigan Warriors (see above). Second place: Leeds Rhinos (not leaving us out). Third place: Warrington Wolves (they retained the Challenge Cup having beaten us).
Star Of The Year: Paul The Octopus. No explanation needed for that one.
Premier League Let-Down Of The Year: Liverpool (no explanation needed – HODGSON OUT). Second place: West Ham (again, no explanation needed). Third place: Aston Villa (they sacked Martin O’Neill having been in Europe last season and have gone downwards ever since).
Team Of The Year: England’s cricket team (watch and learn football team). Second place: Red Bull Racing (double winners of this season’s F1). Third place: Europe’s Ryder Cup team (I don’t like golf but they still did us proud).
Cock Of The Year: Wayne Rooney (do I REALLY have to say why?!). Second place: Alex Ferguson. Third place: the entire Chelsea FC football squad (except maybe Frank Lampard).
Match Of The Year: Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United (I LOLLED). Second place: FC Copenhagen 4-0 Brøndby IF (I LOLLED EVEN LOUDER). Third place: Denmark 2 Germany 2 (look and learn England).
AND THAT’S THE WRAP! GODT NYTÅR!