I thought long and hard who, for me, is the team of the year.
AC Milan, Manchester United and Madrid all added more cups to their already
Milan took revenge on Liverpool for the 2005 defeat in the Champions League
Final in Istanbul (Thank God too, lol, I would have found this very hard to cope
with if they make it 6 wins uh oh).
Manchester United finally win the Prem League after a 3 year wait Wooooo
Madrid collected title number 30 too......but the first since 2003.
So who was the best ?
Well there are no great surprises here for me.
Milan, United and Madrid are top teams for Europe right now so for them to win a
trophy is no big deal - though for us United's win was pretty special - but not
The team of the year for me is the Iraq national team !!!
I know, I know but wait.
They beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in The Asia Cup......
But this victory transcended sport !!!
Few people gave them a hope of making it past the group stages.
They had a patched up team made up of Shia, Sunni and Kurdish players - who
should never have been together due to the sectarian violence in their country -
but they were thrown together and make the most of this.
Many of these guys had family or friends killed before this tournament.
Goalkeeper Noor Sari's brother-in-law was killed just before they begin this
tournament. Midfielder Nashat Akram relatives were kidnapped and killed and
Hawar Mulla Mohammeds stepmother died 2 days before the quarter finals
against Vietnam !!!
If this tragedy strikes an England player he would be home next day unable to
But these men fought on, and on and on !!
Iraq got to the final as people laughed at them - made ridicule of their chance to
win this game. Saudi were in their 6th final in 23 years and trying to win title for
4th time !!
I watched with Iraqi friends this game - and how I cheered for Iraq !!
They won 1-0.......
This is one of sports great fairytales - in the UK nobody knew of this or even
But for me these guys showed true spirit and bravery - and performed so far
beyond expectation it is remarkable !!
Even Pope Benedict watched them and said after wards he hoped this may bring
peace to Iraq......
Well done Iraq - my team of the year
What is your team of the year ?