Gerrard, the last of the red-hot scousers

The end of a great Liverpool career is nigh. Steven Gerrard, who couldn’t sound more Anfield if he tried – “Course” – has announced his departure from the club he has been with since Primary School. As is customary these days, high-profile players make a media event out of their retirement, international withdrawal, new haircut or the latest line in their burgeoning cosmetic range. Good luck to Gerrard, nobody can accuse him of not giving his all in the cause of “the redmen”. But closure on a long Liverpool career is symbolic in many ways. It’s the end of an … Continue reading Gerrard, the last of the red-hot scousers

Suarez, Gamba Osaka, Simeone, Gerrard and Germany scoop our awards

A star-studded cast attended this year’s Game of the People Awards in London’s Leicester Square, and there were some surprises, with Ronaldo and Messi both being snubbed by the judges. The shock winner of the Game of the People Impact Award, given to the player who has made the most influence on 2014, be it positive or negative, was none other than Luis Suarez. The Impact Award 1- Luis Suarez (Liverpool, Barcelona and Uruguay) 2- Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich and Germany) 3- James Rodriguez (Monaco, Real Madrid and Colombia) Luiz Suarez commanded more column inches than virtually every other player … Continue reading Suarez, Gamba Osaka, Simeone, Gerrard and Germany scoop our awards

As Gerrard goes, the “golden generation” calls time

In a time when players respected management and their employers, the England manager decided when a player’s time was up. Even as recently as the early 90s, when Gary Lineker found himself surplus to requirements on the international stage, the gaffer let players know when it was all over. The ridiculous situation in 2006, when David Beckham held a press conference to tearfully proclaim the end of his tenure as England captaincy, heralded the start of stage-managed retirement announcements: Cole, Ferdinand, Terry and so on and so forth. Gerrard’s announcement is just the latest in a long line of grand … Continue reading As Gerrard goes, the “golden generation” calls time