2008: Top 10 Personal Highlights, part 1

Posted on December 30, 2008 9:36 am

Tis the season for arbitrary lists and awards. In that spirit, here are my favourite football moments of the year, in no particular order:

1. John Terry’s penalty miss in the Champions League final
I don’t like John Terry much. I don’t like his chavvy hairstyle, I don’t like his yobbish past, I don’t like his parking etiquette, I don’t like the way he always calls Frank Lampard ‘Lampsy’ and Wayne Rooney ‘Wazza’. I do like the fact that Terry has to live forever with the knowledge that he choked from the penalty spot – yeah, he slipped, but he slipped because he choked – in the biggest match of his career. I like that a lot.


2. Joe Kinnear’s rant

F**king brilliant. What a c**t.

3. Euro 2008
It was a peculiar joy to watch a major tournament without England. No tabloid hype, no quarter-final exit on penalties, no familiar feeling of emptiness, no drunken idiots slinging plastic chairs at riot police (well, no English idiots, at least). And the right team won.

4. This photo of Cristiano Ronaldo on crutches
Wrong on so many levels, but you can’t deny C-Ron is an inspiration to every aspiring Guido out there – yes, it is possible to look like a total dick on crutches.

5. Victoria Beckham v Falkor, the luckdragon from The Neverending Story
The football lookalike of the year, no question.

Part 2 goes up tomorrow.

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