With 2009 almost over and a new decade on the horizon, here’s my predictions for football in 2010.
Premier League Champions: Man United
Champions League Qualifiers: Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham
Europa League Qualifiers: Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City
Carling Cup winners: Manchester City
F.A. Cup winners: Liverpool (well, a man can dream!)
Relegated: Portsmouth, Wolves, Hull
Promoted to the Premier League: Newcastle, West Brom
Playoff Winners: Swansea
Champions League Winners: Real Madrid
Europa League winners: Benfica
World Cup Predictions
England will draw with the USA in their opening match of the World Cup but will win the group on goal difference.
The ‘easy’ group everyone (in England anyway) thought England had will be anything but easy, with Algeria giving England a particularly tough game.
One of the Netherlands’ major stars will be sent home/walk out of the squad after clashing with the Manager or a team-mate.
There will be a mass brawl in one of the group stage games.
At least one high-profile player will fail a drugs test during the tournament.
England will beat Australia in the second round, but only after extra-time.
USA will reach the Quarter Final after a shock win against Germany but will narrowly lose to Argentina.
France will knock out England at the Quarter Final stage. On penalties or by a Thierry Henry goal, sending the press into a frenzy about how France shouldn’t have been there in the first place and Henry should have been banned for his handball.
Spain will beat the Ivory Coast, Italy and Argentina en route to the final.
Brazil will be world cup winners
World Cup Golden Boot: Luis Fabiano
World Cup Golden Ball (best player): David Silva
Yashin Award (Best Goalkeeper): Iker Casillas
Best Young Player: Cesc Fabregas
Fairplay Award: Brazil
Most Entertaining Team: Spain
Premier League managers who won’t be managing their current club at the start of the 2010/11 season: Roberto Mancini (when an even bigger name manager becomes available), Rafael Benitez (please!), David Moyes (will finally get frustrated at Everton and move on), Owen Coyle (will get offered a job at a bigger club), Phil Brown.
Players Player of the Year: Didier Drogba
Young player of the year: James Milner
Football Writers Player of the Year: Didier Drogba
Manager of the Year: Owen Coyle
The Ukraine will be stripped of its status as a host nation for EURO 2012
Liverpool’s new stadium will finally start getting built. Everton will spend 2010 with their stadium plans wrapped up in red tape.
Chelsea will break the transfer record by signing Sergio Aguero in January.
Chelsea will successfully overturn their transfer embargo.
Portsmouth will be the first Premier League team to go into administration.
Bolton will appoint Darren Ferguson as manager. He will try to implement an expansive passing game. This will fail miserably and he’ll switch to the traditional Bolton tactic of smacking balls toward Kevin Davies.
Newcastle will get off to a horrible start in the Premier League and sack Chris Hughton. Gary Megson will replace him and be despised by the fans
What are your predictions?
Happy New Year everyone!