The Olympics has overshadowed one of the Togel Hongkong game’s best player’s retirement
With the Olympic Games hogging all the space in the papers this past week, one far more important football news story has ended being given far less fanfare than it deserves.
This week Andriy Shevchenko announced his retirement from the sport to pursue a career in politics – bringing to an end one of the greatest careers in the history of European football. Having started out with local-side Dynamo Kiev, Shevchenko’s name became more and more well known throughout the mid-nineties, before he officially burst onto the scene with a hat-trick at the Camp Nou in 1997 and another three goals against Real Madrid in the 1998 Champions League quarter final s.
It was at AC Milan where he truly cemented his name in the history books however, scoring 24 goals in his first season. He went on to become the clubs second highest all-time goalscorer, scoring another 24 goals in their 2003/04 league winning campaign under Carlo Ancelotti; he also scored the winning penalty in 2003 Champions League final and still holds the record with 14 goals scored in matches between Inter and AC Milan.
There were some low-lights however to Sheva’s career – notably missing the crucial penalty against Liverpool in the 2005 UCL final, he also endured a disappointing two years at Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea, struggling to adapt to the English game in the later years of his career.
Despite never really recovering from that slump, Shevchenko carried on, returning to former Togel Hongkong clubs AC Milan and Dynamo Kiev, with the prospect of leading out his country on home soil at Euro 2012 enough to avoid an early retirement. The games proved to be a fitting swansong for the striker who scored twice against Sweden to give Ukraine brief hopes of qualification from the group – though it wasn’t meant to be.
It’s a shame to think some people will remember Shevchenko for being a major flop at Chelsea. Luckily though there are plenty of educated football fans out there who will remember the forward for what he was – one of the greatest players and men that the sport has ever seen.
The anatomy of a modern football transfer rumour
Modern day transfer rumours have something of the whiff of the chicken-and-egg situation about them when it comes to the question of where does the waves of gossip come from?
A perfect example is today’s episode in the ongoing Robin van Persie saga.
At around 2pm, Twitter exploded into life with rumours that the Dutch striker was on the verge of signing for Manchester United.
Various unconfirmed reports stated that the player was on course to sign for the Old Trafford outfit as soon as this afternoon after the Red Devils had made an improved offer for the striker to Arsenal.
At a similar time, the odds from most bookies on van Persie joining United plummeted to odds on levels.
After these two events, the national newspapers and Sky Sports came into play and built on the story all without real basis for their stories seeing as United are currently away on tour and were preparing for a friendly against Barcelona.
Thus, no chance to get player quotes and it being too early to quiz Sir Alex Ferguson to get information outside of idle speculation and the ubiquitous “unnamed source”.
Therefore, the chicken-and-egg conundrum comes from where did all of this start?
Everyone knows there is no such thing as a poor bookie so perhaps they culled the odds on the striker joining United after a tip-off and Twitter users put two and two together and assumed a transfer was on the cards and it snowballed from there.
Or, perhaps one influential Tweeter posted the rumour and the way the social media platform works led to the reaction of the press and bookies?
Perhaps more far fetched but agents are known to leak information to the press to attempt to engineer a move so a new tactic for them is to do the same to influential Tweeters and bloggers and thus spreading the rumour like wildfire as happened today?
In theory, the odds on van Persie joining United should have plummeted in the wake of Roberto Mancini saying the Dutchman would not be joining Manchester City as the three widely recognised options for the striker are City, United and Juventus.
As it happens, van Persie has not joined United yet (despite Sky Sports News building up the inevitably of the move to stratospheric levels), Ferguson not confirming a new offer has been made and suggesting the ball is still in Arsenal’s court and the odds on van Persie joining United standing at 1/5 at the time of writing.
In essence, very little would appear to have changed in the situation, on the face of it at least, apart from lots of Tweets, column inches, broadcasting minutes have been filled and we’re all left just as confused as where van Persie will end up and where this huge tidal wave of speculation came from.
One thing is for sure, however, and that is we can fully expect a similar situation to happen again at least once this summer.