Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Soccer in 2007

In 2007:

The Iraq national team was crowned champions of Asia.

The United States national team won the CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) Gold Cup championship.

Brazil won the Copa America and the Confederations Cup.

Boca Juniors, of Argentina, won the Copa Libertadores.

Manchester United was crowned champions of England.

Real Madrid was crowned champions of Spain (La Liga) after the final match of the season.

AC Milan was crowned the Champions of Italy's Serie A, the Champions of Europe and won the FIFA World Club Championship. I guess this means that AC Milan was the best club in the world in 2007.

Houston Dynamo was crowned champions of MLS.

David Beckham signed with the LA Galaxy. Becks and his wife, Victoria, took America by storm and have settled nicely in Los Angeles.

Juan Pablo Angel joined Red Bull New York, to become part of the crop of first-rate international players to join Major League Soccer, in 2007. The others, Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Chicago Fire), and Luciano Emilio (D.C. United) all had a major impact on their teams, even if they did not deliver a championship. I pray that more international stars will join MLS and help increase the league's standing in the international market.

Jose Mourinho left Chelsea F.C. of the English Premier League after guiding them to two titles. It was believed that he would take over as England manager when Sven Goren Eriksson stepped down, but that job went to Fabio Capello,

Eriksson took over Manchester City F.C. and have turned them into a success story.

What did your club or country do?

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