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
Ozil on the Defensive    
In an interview with German news outlet FAZ, Arsenal's much-maligned playmaker Mesut Ozil defended his record ...
LVG: We Threw Away Three Points     
Louis van Gaal said that Manchester United threw three points away as Leicester City twice rallied ...
Messi Closes in on 400 Career Goals     
After scoring the last of Barcelona's five goals against Levante on Sunday, Lionel Messi moved to ...
Bayern Looking Up at Paderborn    
Just four games into the Bundesliga season and Bayern Munich finds itself in the unfamiliar position ...
PSG Continues Slow Start     
For the third game in a row, struggling French champ Paris Saint-Germain drew 1-1 after taking ...
Inzaghi Responds to Milan President's Criticism     
Milan President Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday fired a thinly veiled criticism at Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi ...
Mourinho: Lampard 'Love Story' Over at Chelsea     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho proclaimed that the "love story" between his Blues and current Manchester City ...
Nigerian U-20 star Dike hopes more Cowgirl goals will come    
Goals by Courtney Dike helped Nigeria reach the final of the Under-20 Women's World Cup in ...
Inzaghi: Milan Has Nothing to Lose Against Juve     
AC Milan on Saturday hosts Juventus in an early-season top-of-the-standings clash of Italian heavyweights. While Milan ...
London Wins Semis and Final of Euro 2020    
UEFA on Friday awarded Wembley Stadium in London as the venue for the semifinals and final ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives