The best of 2008?

Discussion in 'The Beautiful Game' started by comme, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. comme

    comme Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 21, 2003
    Perhaps a little bit premature, but what have been the best bits of 2008?

    The best player?

    The best team?

    The best goal?

    The best game?

    The best moment?

    Any more you care to imagine.
     
  2. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    I am putting more weigts on the 1st half of the year.

    Best player: CR7(Messi will be mine for the last 3 months)

    Best team: Man Utd

    Best game: I think I will vote an Euro 2008 game, but my memory of Euro 2008 is fading fast. Can someone enlight me?

    Best moment: Terry's pk miss against Man Utd in the CL final(not really best moment, but certainly the moment I remembered for 2008).
     
  3. lanman

    lanman BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 30, 2002
    Turkey vs Czech Republic was the pick for me.
     
  4. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Houston Dynamo
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Jennifer Anniston's GQ shoot gets my vote. As far as the other categories you mentioned....

    The best player? - Christiano Ronaldo

    The best team? - club/NT - Man U/Spain

    The best goal? - hmm... too hard to mention just one goal.... some that I remember..
    - Ronaldo v Portsmouth - amazing free kick (or was that 2007?)
    - Wesly Schneider v France - best goal of Euro 2008 maybe
    - Bentley v Arsenal - great shot from way out

    The best game?
    - Germany v Turkey Euro 2008, Arsenal v Spurs 4-4

    The best moment?
    - Spain winning their first international trophy since the 60s

    Any more you care to imagine.
     
  5. Bronaldo

    Bronaldo Red Card

    Apr 8, 2007
    Canada

    The Ronaldo goal, IIRC was in 2007. I think it was the boxing day game
     
  6. Big Soccer Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Surrey, England
    Club:
    Newcastle United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    The best player? Cristiano Ronaldo

    The best team? Hoffenheim

    The best goal? Can't really look past Ronaldo's against Portsmouth

    The best game? Liverpool 4 - 2 Arsenal
    Tottenham 4 - 4 Chelsea

    The best moment? Turkey's equaliser against the Croats.
     
  7. Big Soccer Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Surrey, England
    Club:
    Newcastle United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    No, it was late January.
     
  8. eiresoccer

    eiresoccer New Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    I have to go with Cristiano Ronaldo for player of the year! He was just too good this year.

    I woudl like to add the biggest under performers of the year- AC Milan, From Champions League contendors to barely making the uefa cup.

    I have to say in terms of US soccer, New England winning the Super Liga was the highlight!
     
  9. Naco

    Naco Member

    Aug 5, 2001
    Please.
     
  10. Big Soccer Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Surrey, England
    Club:
    Newcastle United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Obviously they are not the best team in the world this year. That will obviously go to Spain or Manchester United. But for a club of their size, to even get promoted to the Bundesliga is astonishing, and then to get to the top is team of the year stuff.
     
  11. Naco

    Naco Member

    Aug 5, 2001
    Of the SEASON, maybe. This is calender year though.
     
  12. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Houston Dynamo
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The best player?

    - Freddy Adu

    The best team?

    - Derby County

    The best goal?

    - Eddie Johnson vs.... ugghhh, who was it again?

    The best game?

    - Barbados 0-1 USA

    The best moment?

    - Lee Nguyen going to Vietnam
     
  13. Perú FC

    Perú FC Member+

    Nov 16, 2007
    Lima, Perú
    Best Player: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal & Manchester United)
    Best Team: Spain (National Team) and Manchester United (Club)
    Best Goal: I'm not sure
    Best Game: Turkey 3-2 Czech Republic (European Championship)
    Best Moment: Spain winning the European Championship
     
  14. The_ChelseaSupporter

    Mar 25, 2007
    Olympia, WA
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Best player? Ronaldo, unfortunately.
    Best team? Chelsea
    Best goal? Riise's own goal against us :)
    Best game? Turkey vs. Czech Republic
    Best moment? Barnsley over Liverpool at Anfield
     
  15. lost

    lost Member

    May 24, 2006
    England
    player: ronnie
    team: united
    goal: scholes v barca, fab v milan, gerrard v inter
    game: milan 0 arse 2, perfection for 90 mins, and the first time an english side had taken on the mighty milan in san siro and won
    moment: realisation that anelka penalty was final action of cl final, about ten seconds after the miss had taken place.

    points of note:

    yes hoffenheim have been incredible, congrats to spain for that win after such a long wait, many top matches: chelsea spurs in league and league cup, spurs v arse in lc, great fa cup runs for lesser sides, holland were awesome at the euros, russia rebirth after so many years of dormancy, turkey get to another semi and sooo nearly get to a final, great cl for the prem again, 3 semis for 2nd yr in a row and then both finalists, zenits great uefa cup run, their wins v german sides especially great performances, bayerns game v getafe was an unbelievable night of football. also, even though its very recent, pep guardiola seems to be playing his own real life version of fantasy football with all the cheats ebabled so that his team wins every game by a 6 goals margin, unbelievable run of form since he took charge and imo clear favourites to win everything in 2009.

    shit, almost forgot about the england nt, obviously we werent at the euros so 2008 will be a year that blackens our history books for many , many years, but with cappello we have had many great moments already, croatia away, germany away, the general feeling that we are getting back to be being a credible and organised force in football again after 2 years being mis-run by a gloryfied p.e. teacher.
     
  16. johan neeskens

    Jan 14, 2004
    For me personally (you can only comment on what you know about, after all)

    The best player? Eljero Elia. Superstar Dutch left winger of the future, you've heard it here first.

    The best team? I have to admit it's AZ in the Dutch league.

    The best goal? Not sure, theres too many to choose from.

    The best game? The first 30 minutes by Twente away at arch rivals Groningen.

    The best moment? Eljero Elia's interview with the Dutch media. "Are you leaving Twente" - "Only if a really big club turns up" "Are Man City a big club" "No. They're a very rich club."
     
  17. lost

    lost Member

    May 24, 2006
    England
    funny quote: eredivision is shit, from lost, circa just now.
     
  18. lanman

    lanman BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 30, 2002
    I think Ryan Giggs breaking Bobby Charlton's appearance record for Man Utd is worth a mention here. I still find it difficult to avoid thinking of the skinny 17 year old and not the veteran with over 800 games under his belt.
     
  19. schafer

    schafer Member+

    Mar 12, 2004
    Best player: Ferdinand/Schelotto

    Best team: Manchester United

    Best goal: Ali Gerba vs. Mexico / Glen Johnson left-footed volley a few weeks ago, I can't even remember the opposition tbh.

    Best game: Turkey-Czech Republic

    Best moment: Tomasz Radzinski terrorizing Honduras and Mexico at the age of 34 and ending his international career on a high. Another would be Hiddink's bit about being 'scared as hell' and therefore needing to attack against Holland.
     
  20. Dr. Know

    Dr. Know Member+

    Dec 5, 2005
    Macondo
    Player: Ronaldo

    Team: Spain

    Goal: Have to think about it.

    Game: Turkey-Czech Republic

    Moment: Boca Juniors winning the Apertura and River Plate finishing dead last.
     
  21. comme

    comme Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 21, 2003
    A few of mine:

    Best player: Ronaldo obviously, probably Xavi second as he has been consistently excellent the whole year.

    Best team: United by a nose ahead of Chelsea and Spain

    Best game: Probably Spurs v. Arsenal recently

    Best goal: I thought Robinho's chip was superb against Arsenal, and Lampard's against Hull I think.

    Best moment: Spurs beating Chelsea and Arsenal to win the Carling Cup. Most touching moment was when Lampard scored against Liverpool in the CL semi-final and pointed to the sky in tribute to his mother.
     
  22. Bronaldo

    Bronaldo Red Card

    Apr 8, 2007
    Canada
    Player: Ronaldo, I'd say Xavi and Casillas deserve mention, but Ronaldo stands out for sure

    Team: Manchester United, followed by Spain and that Portugease Side that came up from the second division and got 3rd or 4th (i feel dumb for forgetting the side's name)

    Goal: Ronnie vs Pompey, Ronaldo vs Villa (back heel), Robinho vs Arsenal, Scholes vs Barca

    Game: Turkey vs Czech Republic.

    Moment: Van Der Saar stopping Anelka, Terry Missing, but overall i have to say Giggsy breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's record and scoring the goal that guarunteed United the league.

    If you guys could hear the amount of shit Giggs gets from the supporters now a days you'd understand why that moment was even more amazing.
     
  23. phil80

    phil80 Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    One of the most memorable goals:

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  24. KumarsS

    KumarsS Member

    Jul 10, 2007
    Champaign, IL
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Player: Xavi - over 12 months (including the EC) he's been more of a world-beater than Ronaldo

    Team: Spain

    Goal: Messi 2-0 vs. Sevilla this season

    Game: Germany 3-2 Portugal, Ricardo's Schweinsteiger nightmares continue

    Moment: Chelsea through to the CL final, courtesy of one John Arne Riise
     
  25. prowazekii

    prowazekii Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

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