Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
End of an Era at Real, Barcelona
Associated Press, June 18th, 2007 4:30PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Those who don't believe need only be strapped in front of a TV and forcibly subjected to the 6,840 minutes that made up the 2006-07 season for Real Madrid and Barcelona. Indeed, forget about luck, something far stronger-call it Fate-drove the Merengues' to their first La Liga title in four years. Just ask Zinedine Zidane: soccer comebacks seldom, if ever, end this tidily.

As recently as February, David Beckham was in the stands, the team wasn't scoring or winning, and the Madrid fans were calling for the resignation of the club's coach and president. But the way in which the entire organization responded to that nadir has to be unprecedented in the history of sport. Ruud van Nistelrooy, David Beckham, Roberto Carlos, Robinho, Guti, Raul-even Michel Salgado and Jose Reyes in the end-and certainly Coach Fabio Capello, who will forever be remembered for his league-winning substitution, all returned from personal lows to become part of a meteoric rise the likes of which we may never see again. And there can be no more fitting way to end the "galactico" era than to have three of its originals-Raul, Roberto Carlos and Beckham-walk away having shown future generations that teams, not individuals, win leagues.

Which is exactly why Barcelona lost its title. Notwithstanding a solid last few performances, Barca for large chunks of the season relied too heavily on individual displays. Ronaldinho, especially, proved this season that superstars can win games, but not titles. Sadly, now, it's the end of an era for both Real and Barcelona, as many of their brand-name players will be departing. It's also the end of one of the best and most inspiring seasons in sports history.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Pellegrini: David Silva Out Three-Four Weeks    
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini on Thursday confirmed that playmaker David Silva will miss three-to-four weeks ...
Reus Distances Himself from Bayern Ahead of Der Klassiker    
Germany and Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus on Thursday issued a statement distancing himself from a ...
Neymar to Play in 2016 Olympics     
Neymar will be joining the Brazil squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, coach ...
Gerrard Hints at Possible Liverpool Exit     
It's almost unthinkable for Liverpool fans: Could Steven Gerrard really leave the only club he has ...
Report: FA Racking Up Social Media Fines    
Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand on Wednesday became the latest Premier League player to be ...
Real's Navas Seeks Legal Action for Costa Rican Spying    
The Associated Press is reporting Thursday that Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas will take legal action ...
Mandzukic: Guardiola 'Didn't Treat Me with Respect'    
In an interview with Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, Mario Mandzukic says he is enjoying playing for ...
Roma's Destro to Consider Future     
Mattia Destro on Wednesday cast doubt around his future after scoring the opening goal in AS ...
Allegri: 'Lack of Maturity' Costs Juve     
Despite hitting the woodwork several times and having much the better play throughout, Juventus lost 1-0 ...
Report: Former President Hoeness Warns Bayern     
German daily Bild reports that former Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness, who is currently in prison ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives