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Striking out 12, he helped Chicago end a four-game losing streak that had trimmed three games off their lead for the second wild card over San Francisco.

”You see other guys around the league do it and you want to be a part of something like that,” Arrieta said. Opponents are batting .278 against him in the first, compared to the league average of .249.

The Cubs scored twice in the top of that inning in San Francisco on Wednesday, but Hendricks gave up a leadoff home run to Nori Aoki and then walked the bases loaded with two outs before another run crossed on a fielder’s choice.

“It was kind of a sloppy first that permitted them to get back in and that pretty much was the difference in the game,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told MLB’s official website.

The last-place Reds (53-76) have posted the worst record in the majors in August at 7-21. They embraced me after the game, and it was extremely special to see how excited they were for what I was able to do.”

Now 5 1/2 up after the Giants lost Sunday, Chicago (74-55) hopes to get the back end of its rotation in order.

Hendricks (6-6, 4.11 ERA) has gone 2-2 with a 5.97 ERA in his last seven starts, a stretch that began with a 9-1 loss to Cincinnati on July 22 in which he gave up five runs in six innings. The benefits and rewards will play out in `16 and `17, but maybe not as much as we had hoped in `15.”

The Reds placed outfielder Brennan Boesch on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right ankle Sunday. We’re having to go through a lot of the growing pains,” manager Bryan Price said of his rotation that includes three rookies and two second-year pitchers. He faced the Reds on June 13 with better results, throwing five innings of one-run ball in a 4-3 win.

Hendricks made it through six innings for the first time in four starts in Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to the Giants, but he gave up four runs while walking three.

Early inning trouble has plagued the right-hander this year.

Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers came at the perfect time for the Chicago Cubs.

Kyle Hendricks would probably settle for a quality start.

Hendricks looks to end his struggles as the Cubs host the slumping Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Arrieta delivered the Cubs’ first no-hitter since Carlos Zambrano in 2008 in Sunday’s 2-0 win. ”So it’s not only special for me and my family and friends, but for the organization and my teammates. Price said the team wouldn’t announce his replacement until Monday.

. Their 3.43 runs per game, .233 batting average and .364 slugging percentage all rank last in the NL this month.

The Reds have lost 14 of 16 and are 4-9 against the Cubs this season.

Cincinnati recalled right-hander Michael Lorenzen from Triple-A Louisville following Sunday’s 4-1 loss to Milwaukee, and the right-hander will make his 18th start this season.

Lorenzen (3-8, 5.46) scuffled to an 0-6 record and 9.82 ERA in his last seven big-league starts, but he earned another shot in the Reds’ rotation after going 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA in three minor-league outings.

”It’s exciting and it’s frustrating. ”Some guys might be up here a little prematurely and that’s out of necessity

Impossible for Chelsea to lose title now, says Wenger | Reuters

We go to Hull next and before we play the Cup final we want to secure our place in the top four, that’s not done yet.

(Reporting by Mike Collett; Editing by Ian Chadband)

Asked if Chelsea were going to finish as champions, he told reporters: “Yes we know that, it is impossible for them to lose it now.

“After that the top three, then the top two and that’s all to do now.”

But he downplayed his long winless run against Mourinho and the fact that Arsenal have not beaten Chelsea for eight matches since they won 5-3 at Stamford Bridge in October 2011. What you want is to win the game, the rest is good for media talk. You look at the other results and every game is difficult. You get what you deserve. They started strong and that made the difference in the first part of the season compared to us, they played very well.”

Sunday’s result ended Arsenal’s run of nine successive home league wins and also their run of nine successive wins in all competitions and left Wenger still without a win against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in 13 meetings over the last decade.. They have not scored against them in their last five games either.

If Chelsea win at Leicester City on Wednesday, the only team that can still theoretically catch the leaders are Arsenal, but Wenger admitted he did not think that would happen.

“It’s about our club and our team and not about me. The result at the Emirates Stadium leaves Chelsea, who have five games remaining, top on 77 points, 10 clear of champions Manchester City, who have four games left, and Arsenal, who also have five to play.

“Now we want to finish the season well. What is interesting is what happens on the football pitch,” said Wenger.

Arsenal’s season can still end on a high, though, if they retain the FA Cup against Aston Villa and Wenger was upbeat about their performances in the second half of the season and their immediate future prospects.

“I think we have closed the gap (on Chelsea) since the start of the season,” he said.

LONDON Arsenal may still have a mathematical chance of winning the Premier League but their manager Arsene Wenger conceded it was now “impossible” for Chelsea not to finish as champions following the London rivals’ 0-0 stalemate on Sunday.

“They are not champions yet, but they will be

Arturo Vidal: Bayern Munich transfer imminent

The deal includes an option for the Italian Serie A club to purchase the midfielder at any point during the campaign.

Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic signs for Champions League runner-up Juventus from Atletico de Madrid for a reported $20.5m.

Europe’s summer signing window

France international Morgan Schneiderlin completes his move from Southampton to Manchester United for a reported fee of $39 million. “I am delighted to be a Manchester United player.

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

The most talked about English Premier League deal on Twitter during the European window was Chelsea’s capture of winger Pedro from Barcelona for $33.5m. The Spain international arrives off the back of a treble-winning season with the Spanish giants and also boasts a World Cup and European Championship.

World Cup winner Sami Khedira signs a four-year contract with Juventus. United paid $93.2 million to bring the Argentina international to Old Trafford last summer, but after a frustrating first season he has now moved to the French Ligue 1 champion for a reported $69.2 million.

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Robin van Persie has completed his move from Manchester United to Fenerbahce. The Switzerland international, who has inked a five-year contract, spent just seven months at Inter after joining from Bayern Munich in January.

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Andrea Pirlo completes his move from Juventus to MLS side New York City FC. The Argentine is returning “home” after beginning his professional career with the Buenos Aires-based club back in 2001.

Liverpool complete the signing of 22-year-old striker Danny Ings for a reported fee of $18.3m.

Bayern Munich has completed the signing of Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal from Juventus. The 29-year-old scored an impressive 72 goals from just 117 starts for City, but struggled to hold down a regular first-team spot.

Sergio Romero has joined Manchester United on a free transfer from Italian team Sampdoria after his contract expired. It is the second time Louis van Gaal has signed the Argentine, previously bringing him to AZ Alkmaar when he was manager in 2007.

Despite its transfer ban, Barcelona signed Sevilla’s Europa League-winning player Aleix Vidal for $24.4m. The 30-year-old has won every major trophy available and captained his country to World Cup victory in Brazil last year.

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Manchester City made Nicolas Otamendi one of the most expensive defenders in history after paying Valencia $50m for his services. The former Atletico Madrid forward managed just four goals in 29 appearances for Manchester United last season.

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Stoke City has broken its club transfer record to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan for $18.7 million. Once I learned that United were interested in signing me, it was a very easy decision to make,” he said after signing a four-year-deal.

One of the biggest talking points centered on a deal that did not go through — Real Madrid claims it received David De Gea’s registration from Manchester United too late to make the Spanish deadline. The Spanish goalkeeper won every major trophy available, including one World Cup and two European Championships with his country.

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Angel Di Maria has joined Paris Saint-Germain — just one year after signing for Manchester United for a British record fee. The 36-year-old joins up with Frank Lampard and David Villa.

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Manchester City’s long-running bid to sign Kevin De Bruyne finally ended after the English club paid Germany’s Wolfsburg 55 million ($84.7m) for the highly-rated Belgium midfielder on August 30.

Raheem Sterling has completed his move to Manchester City from Liverpool. Champions League finalists Juventus signed Paulo Dybala from Seria A rivals Palermo for $35m.

Manchester United splashed a reported $55 million on 19-year-old French forward Anthony Martial, who agreed a four-year deal to leave Monaco ahead of the September 1 British deadline. The striker previously spent 18 months at the San Siro and has returned there after struggling to make an impact with the Reds since signing last summer.

Chelsea have loaned out Mohamed Salah to Roma for the season.

Juventus has signed Colombia international Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea on loan for the season. The Argentina international — who was part of the Copa America team that lost out to Chile in the final — has signed a five-year-deal with the club,

Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas has joined Portuguese club Porto. Cuadrado only joined the Blues in February from Fiorentina for a reported $35.9 million, but has since been deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

James Milner turned down a contract extension at Manchester City to sign with Liverpool.

Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina has joined Italian club Napoli from German champions Bayern Munich. The 31-year-old enjoyed a Premier League title-winning debut season under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012/13, but struggled to make an impact since his departure.

Carlos Tevez’s $7.2 million move to Boca Juniors from Juventus has been confirmed by the Italian club. He joins the Serie A side on July 1 when his contract with Real Madrid expires.

Firmino (left) is congratulated by his teammate Willian after scoring the winning goal against Venezuela in the Copa America. The 20-year-old is the most expensive English player ever, signing for a reported $76 million. Reina had a previous loan spell in Naples during the 2013-14 season.

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has joined Roma on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer. Barca has inserted a buy-back clause in the deal enabling it to bring Traore back to the Camp Nou. He scored his first goal for the club on his debut in a friendly against AS Roma.

Europe’s summer signing window

Chelsea confirm the signing of Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Stoke City on a four-year-deal. Liverpool have signed the 23-year-old for around $45 million from German Club Hoffenheim.

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Mario Balotelli has joined former club AC Milan on a season-long loan from Liverpool. It has been a rapid rise to the top for Vidal, who was playing in the second division with Almeria just two years ago.

Europe’s summer signing window. 1 shirt vacated by Petr Cech.

Memphis Depay heads to Manchester United off the back of a prolific, title-winning season with PSV Eindhoven for around $34m.

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has agreed to join Manchester United from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on a three-year-deal. The 28-year-old will take the No. Traore, the English Premier League club’s 10th buy this summer, has penned a five-year deal at Villa Park. “The King” has signed a four-year-deal with the Bundesliga champion after returning from his holiday following the Copa America win with his country.

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Aston Villa has secured the signing of 19-year-old winger Adama Traore from Barcelona for $13.3 million. The goalkeeper was the most talked about individual on deadline day, according to Twitter.

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Europe’s summer signing window

Chelsea confirm the signing of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from French club Monaco

BBC Sport – Scotland were not complacent in Georgia

“But we are still there with a big chance, obviously Germany. I’m looking forward to the European Championship because it looks like there are a few countries that haven’t been in it before.

“I think it means there is up and coming players coming through from other nations. Scotland have been there before but it is a long time since qualifying. It was always going to be a tough game for Scotland.”

Moyes says there is still a chance Scotland can qualify for next year’s European Championship in France under manager Gordon Strachan.

“I think the expectations had got where we felt we just turn up and win the game, but it was far from it,” said the Real Sociedad manager.

“Gordon has done such a good job that everybody really went there (Georgia) with the belief that it would happen. Gordon though is doing a great job and we should all be grateful and the team have done very well and let’s hope we make it.”

He says beating Germany will be difficult but not impossible.

“It’s possible to win any game.

Instead he says they were beaten by a better team in the Euro 2016 qualifier that leaves Scotland fourth in Group D.

“I don’t think there is ever complacency when you play for your country,” Moyes told BBC Scotland.

“I think you must never underestimate the opposition.

“It will be a big test but I’m sure Hampden will be rocking and everybody will be behind the team.”

. Many times what we have done here in Scotland is do it the hard way so let’s hope we can beat the World Champions and that would probably make us the best in the world again.”

Wales, England and Northern Ireland all likely to be at the Euros and Moyes says it would be great if Scotland were to join them next summer.

He said: “The home nations are beginning to get a bit of a revival. Sometimes we do it the hard way and let’s hope we can. But you have to remember the quality of the players that Germany have got. Former Manchester United boss David Moyes says there was no complacency in the Scotland team that lost 1-0 to Georgia on Friday

Top 5 Premier League Youngsters

Since the beginning of the season heads have been turning towards the excellent young left back, and with the World Cup just around the corner the calls for him to be on the plane to Brazil come June have been increasing in volume. If Southampton manage to keep hold of their young star, along with their other talented players, they are in for a bright future.

Best Young Footballers In The Premier League

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2. Lukaku has shown he is cut out for the physically demanding Premier League, and standing at 6″3 with a muscular build it is no surprise. England’s future has been perennially pessimistic, with the old guns of Gerrard and Lampard declining with age having never really cut it on the International level and no new wave of youngsters shining brightly.

Jose Mourinho has been lamenting his lack of striking options for the whole of the 2013/2014 league season and, with Lukaku continuing to impress, he is sure to feature in Mourinho’s plans next season. They are in a much more stable situation at the moment, but talk of a 30 million move to one of Europe’s elite has been in the pipeline for months now, with Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea all rumoured to be interested. So it was no surprise that some Belgian players showed up in the list. Ross Barkley is one of those young starlets, breaking into the Everton side at the start of the season, he has been a key player in helping Everton secure 5th place in the Premiership, featuring in 34 league games out of a possible 37. Especially since Chelsea have lacked a world class striker since the similarly built Didier Drogba left the club.

Best Wonderkids in the Premiership

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5. Another was the emergence of a 19 year old Belgian attacking midfielder named Adnan Januzaj. Alongside Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert, Nathaniel Clyne, and Adam Lallana, Shaw has been a key part of Southampton’s excellent season under Maurio Pochettino. At the age of just 20, this central attacking midfielder has already been lauded as the next Paul Gascoigne and England’s answer to Michael Ballack. Does he stick to the old guns of Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard and the like, or does he bring in fresh, invigorating faces such as Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling? We shall have to wait to find out!

But there were a few rays of hope during Moyes’ rein at Old Trafford, one was getting Wayne Rooney to agree to sign a new contract. I, myself, have no doubt that at least one of these will be named amongst the elite in the future and they are all destined for glory if they continue as they have been doing.

1. Since moving to Chelsea he has been unable to break into the first team squad there, and has been sent out on full season loans twice, first to West Bromwich Albion and then to Everton.

However, this season, that long awaited new wave has emerged and crashed onto the shores of the Premiership. Finishing outside the top three for the first time in Premier League history and their worst position in the league since 1987, it has been a dismal performance. Despite being only 18, Luke Shaw has already made his England debut, and there is no doubt, barring any major catastrophes, that he will push Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines out of the door in the next few years and become the first choice England left back.

How long he will stay at Southampton remains to be seen. Introduction

Every season a new wave of youngsters breaks through the ranks to take centre stage on one of the biggest stages of world football, the English Premier League. This is in no part down to the exceptional English talent they place great emphasis on in their line ups. The 2013/2014 season was no different in this respect, and plenty of young starlets took to the pitch in a bid to prove that they can be amongst the best in the world. What is more surprising is the future the England team. This being said, the future is most certainly bright for the Premier League and, looking at my top list, for England and Belgium.

Belgium have been tipped as future powerhouses for years now, ever since their young starlets started shining so brightly, with young Belgians playing for top clubs all over Europe. Due to his impressive debut season, multiple European powerhouses have begun monitoring Januzaj, with rumours abound that Juventus and the ultra-rich Paris Saint German are ready to make a bid in excess of 30 million to secure the young starlet’s services.. He has also been mentioned in the same breath as legendary midfielder Ronald Koeman.

Along with a host of inexperienced players, Sterling has been tipped to make the plane to Brazil in June, with Roy Hodgson watching him closely and probably trying to decide whether it is worth the risk taking a host of youngsters to the biggest stage in football.

Best Youngsters In The Premier League

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3. Raheem Sterling broke into the Liverpool side in the 2012/2013 season under Brendan Rodgers and has been a key part of Liverpool’s attack since then. Walcott and Chamberlain were both shipped out to Arsenal for hefty transfer feesearly in their careers, but that was at a time when Southampton were struggling financially. Romelu LukakuChelsea

Another one of Belgium’s up and coming superstars, Romelu Lukaku is a 20 year old striker who signed for Chelsea after impressing during his debut season at Anderlecht, ending up as top scorer in the Belgian Pro-League. Luke ShawSouthampton Football Club

Southampton Football Club have had an excellent season, after years in turmoil following their relegation from the top flight at 27 successive years and then going into administration and being relegated to the third tier of English Football. One major player in this race for glory has been 19 year old winger Raheem Sterling. Raheem SterlingLiverpool

Another team that has had an excellent season is Liverpool. Januzaj impressed in his full debut for Manchester United, starting against Sunderland and scoring twice to come from behind and secure a 2-1 win. Despite his best efforts, Sterling’s contribution has been slightly overshadowed by the incredible striking partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez but, make no mistake, he has been absolutely vital in Liverpool’s season.

During his loan spells he has become key members of both West Brom and Everton sides, and at the age of just 20 he has two full Premier League seasons behind him, averaging just under a goal every two games. This comes after the retirement of the great Sir Alex Ferguson and the appointment and subsequent sacking of his successor, David Moyes. Should Moyes have been sacked so soon? It remains to be seen.

Recently, Januzaj committed his future to the Belgium international side, this was subject to speculation due to him being eligible to play for a number of countries including Kosovo, Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, Albania, Belgium and, eventually, England.

Best Youngster In The Premiership

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4. Despite his tender years, Lukaku already has 27 international caps and is part of a young Belgium squad who are set to become a force to be reckoned with in the future.

As is the case with Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw, the support for Barkley to be in the England squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been growing all season. Despite their troubles, Southampton have always had an excellent academy, breeding top class talents such as Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, next in line is 18 year old left back Luke Shaw. With the World Cup just over a month away, this will be giving Roy Hodgson that old football cliche of the best kind of headache: A selection headache. Ross BarkleyEverton

Since David Moyes’ departed Everton for the seemingly greener pastures of Manchester United, new manager Roberto Martinez has brought a new sense of youth and vibrancy through the ranks at Everton. With one game to go, they still have a chance of lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time in history, it would be their first top flight success in a huge 25 years, and they have already secured the best finishing position in the league since the 2008/2009 season. With dazzling pace, great ball control and an awareness beyond his years, Sterling is destined for greatness. Adnan JanuzajManchester United

In stark contrast the the previous two entries, Manchester United have had a dreadful season. Already a full England international player, Barkley’s performances have just continued to improve and he has shown that he can cut it in the big games as well.

Best Young Players In The Premiership

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Conclusion

It was hard to leave a lot of players out, such as the impressive Saido Berahino for West Brom and the reformed Ravel Morrison at West Ham

Barca eye six-trophy haul in calendar year, says Iniesta | Reuters

This all went well and we arrived at the end of the season very strong.

It is difficult to compare one season to another but we always have the same mentality of wanting to have the ball and building play from the goalkeeper forward. We know the team well and they have an excellent coach.

Barcelona became the first Spanish side to win the treble in 2009 and then went on to lift six trophies in a calendar year with successes in the Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.

After you win the treble then you start to think about whether you can go on from there and lift the two Super Cups (including the domestic Super Cup against Athletic Bilbao later this month) and the World Club Cup, added Iniesta.

The next step is against Sevilla which will not be easy as they are a strong side. When the Catalan side take on Sevilla in Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup, they will be eager to build on last season’s success — when they claimed La Liga and King’s Cup titles before capping it off with victory over Juventus in the Champions League final.

BARCELONA Winning the treble last season has spurred Barcelona to try and win all six trophies up for grabs this year and replicate the feat they achieved in 2009, midfielder Andres Iniesta said on Monday.

(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Last season we got better as we went along and that is the way that it should be, Iniesta told reporters in Tbilisi.

Tactical changes were made and also new players were assimilated into the team. We need to keep growing and making changes and we have to build and evolve from here as well.”

UEFA Champions League 2013/14 Group Stage

At the end of the group stage, the top two teams from each group with the most points advance.

Matchday 1 – 17-18 September 2013 – Complete – See Standings Below

Matchday 2 – 1-2 October 2013 – Complete – See Standings Below

Matchday 3 – 22-23 October 2013 – Complete – See Standings Below

Matchday 4 – 5-6 November 2013 – Complete – See Standings Below

Matchday 5 – 26-27 November 2013 – Complete- See Standings Below

Matchday 6 – 10-11 December 2013 – Complete- See Standings Below

The competition brings together the best teams in Europe for an incredible showcase of talent, skill, teamwork and passion.

The 2013 Final, between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, had a TV audience of 360 million worldwide.

The season will run from September 2013 through May 2014, when the Final take place, and you can see the schedule for the group stage below:.

The UEFA Champions League is an annual tournament that puts the best club teams in Europe against each other in a season long competition. It first started way back in 1955, and is one of the biggest stages for players and clubs to compete on.

2013 UEFA Champions League – Schedule

Round of 16 – Draw held on December 16th

On each Matchday, every team will play another team from their group, earning pots for a win or draw

Arturo Vidal, detenido por conducir bajo los efectos del alcohol

El jugador no sufri heridas de gravedad.. Luego del accidente, el jugador de Juventusfue trasladado al Hospital de Buin donde se realizarn los exmenes de rigor, dijo CNN Chile.

(CNN Espaol) – El futbolistachileno Arturo Vidal fue detenido en la noche de este martes por conducir bajo los efectos del alcohol, inform CNNChile.

El resultado arroj que Vidal manejaba “bajo la influencia del alcohol”, por lo que deber permanecer durante la noche en el recinto de Carabineros.

Este martes en la noche, el jugador public un video en YouTube en el que agradeci los mensajes de apoyo y dijo que el accidente “no fue su culpa”

Vidal se accident en su Ferrari rojo en Santiago cuando ibacamino al lugar de la concentracin de ‘La Roja’

Why Sir Alex Ferguson Underachieved at Manchester United

The number of trophies he won both at Manchester United and more impressively at Aberdeen is not debatable. However only 2 wins in European football’s premier competition in 26 years shows he cannot be classed as the best.

European Failure

To be considered the very best then you have to prove it. But United outspent them over the 1990s.

Fergie won 2 European Cups in 22 years. So Fergie didn’t even have to win the league!

The Truth

Sir Alex, or ‘Fergie’ as he is known, is one of the greatest managers in British football, but when you considerdifferent judging criteria he comes up short as the best of all time. Remarkably United scored twice in 3 minutes from David Beckham corners to pip the Germans. If we include non-British managers then Jose Mourinho has won 2 in the space of 12 years already and with different clubs (Porto and Internazionale). He knew Cantona was the best player in his team and he would do anything to keep him at the club. However it could be argued that he had a greater competitive advantage over his rivals for a longer period than these managers due to Manchester United’s rise as a global superpower. And I’ll tell you why.

Modus Operandi

First of all let’s look at his methods. This goes for any sport. Brian Clough won 2 with little Nottingham Forest! Bob Paisley won 3 European Cups in a very short spell. Pep Guardiola won 2 with his superb Barcelona team in just 4 seasons.

Over 22 years of leading United into Europe, Fergie would have to have won 4 or 5 European Cups to merit the “Greatest Ever” tag. Possibly the only depth of young talent to come through in bulk like that were the Busby Babes of the 1950s and the Quality Street kids of the late 60s and early 70s at Celtic.

Fergie won 2 European Cups in 22 years. This was true at Aberdeen and again at United. This is an impressive success rate over a sustained period in charge of a football club. He took the club from Scotland’s oil capital and won the 1983 European Cup Winner’s Cup in the Swedish city of Gothenburg against the mighty Real Madrid. Ironically once Cantona retired, Fergie finally gained the European success at United he craved.

Fergie can also be credited with bringing through a talented stream of youth players. David Beckham, Jaap Staam, and Roy Keane are three such high-profile cases. He had a financial superiority over his domestic rivals for years until Chelsea turned up in 2004 under Russian oligarch Roman Ambramovitch. However hiscontrol was found lacking during Eric Cantona’s infamous ‘kung fu’ kick at a spectator. 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and 2 European Champions League trophies. He contested 4 European cup finals in total winning 2. His trophy count outstrips them massively. Obviously a lot of credit has to go to the scouts and youth coaches too. More than 1 team from each country could now contest the big prize. It is one of British sports great “What If” questions to imagine what Fergie would have achieved at Aberdeen? What would Scottish football have been like in the 1990s? And what would Manchester United, Sky Sports, and the English Premiership have been like without Fergie and his all-conquering United side?

The Myth

Manchester United’s former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson is the greatest manager in the history of football. Domestic Success

This is the foundation ofFergie’s reputation. However, his greatest achievement was actually ending the Old Firm dominance of Scottish Football by Celtic and Rangers. Critics of the Scottish league would say that for Jock Stein or Walter Smith to win many championships at Celtic and Rangers is down to the lack of competition in a ‘poor’ Scottish league, then one could argue that Fergie may not have had a great deal of competition too. This may impress some, but if he was the manager of Ipswich Town or Sunderland and had done this, then it is an impressive record. I believe he underachieved in the European Cup. Fergie broke his own rule. Perhaps Fergie was coming to achieve the dominance he craved near the end of his career as from 2008-11 he reached 3 out of 4 European finals, an achievement if he had sustained earlier then he would have become the all time best.

Aberdeen

Fergie’s greatest success was with Aberdeen. Blackburn Rovers and their millionaire owner Jack Walker ‘bought success’ when they won the title in 1995. And 2 European Cup Winners Cup (1 with United and 1 with Aberdeen).

The 2 wins Fergie achieved were also in very dramatic circumstances and could easily have went the other way. It is often overlooked that United outspent many rivals in the late 80s and early 90s. However he contested 8 European Cup semi finals, again winning 4. But as manager of Manchester United – “The Biggest Club in the World” then it doesn’t look so good. You have to win the big competitions. Fergie believes in control and discipline. He has won 13 Premier League championships with United. This ban was lifted in 1990 and Fergie won the Cup Winner’s Cup in 1991 at the first time of asking when United beat Barcelona 2-1. It could also be argued that when the European Cup was revamped to the Champions League he gained an advantage previous British and European managers never had. Indeed the so-called “Class of ’92” which included Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Beckham and the Nevilles is rare in British football. The Glasgow clubs have a duopoly on Scottish titles and cups with almost 100 league titles between them in around 120 years of competition. If you are unlucky and lose a few times in the big events (Jimmy White was a perennial loser in snooker’s World Championship and golfer Colin Montgomerie may have won 8 European Order of Merits but he could never win a major championship and there are 4 a season in golf) then you are atalented person or coach but you are not the best.

This is where domestic trophies should always be discounted when we discuss the best managers. His longevity at United is comparable to the likes of Brian Clough (Nottingham Forest), Matt Busby (Manchester United) and Jim McLean (Dundee United). So Fergie, in his 26 years at United we can remove 4 when he wasn’t allowed to be in Europe. United’s goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar had went the wrong way!

Fergie took over at United in 1986 when English clubs were banned from Europe. His Aberdeen side won 3 Scottish championships, 4 Scottish cups and a league cup, all won within his 8 year spell at the manager. He was outspent in his early years by the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid but in his later years he could attract the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo away from the European giants to play for him at Old Trafford.

Pantheon of Greats

Without question Sir Alex Ferguson is an all time great. He has let many players who did not agree with his view go. This is perhaps a tad unfair, but when we go into Europe it does hold.. Fergie broke this mould along with to a lesser extent Jim McLean at Dundee United. His first final in 1999 saw United trail Bayern Munich 1-0 as the game went into injury time. In 2008 in the first all English final in Moscow, Chelsea’s captain John Terry had a penalty kick to win the trophy but he slipped and hit the post

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Luke ShawSouthampton Football Club

Southampton Football Club have had an excellent season, after years in turmoil following their relegation from the top flight at 27 successive years and then going into administration and being relegated to the third tier of English Football. With dazzling pace, great ball control and an awareness beyond his years, Sterling is destined for greatness. Adnan JanuzajManchester United

In stark contrast the the previous two entries, Manchester United have had a dreadful season. He has also been mentioned in the same breath as legendary midfielder Ronald Koeman.

However, this season, that long awaited new wave has emerged and crashed onto the shores of the Premiership. Lukaku has shown he is cut out for the physically demanding Premier League, and standing at 6″3 with a muscular build it is no surprise. Alongside Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert, Nathaniel Clyne, and Adam Lallana, Shaw has been a key part of Southampton’s excellent season under Maurio Pochettino. Walcott and Chamberlain were both shipped out to Arsenal for hefty transfer feesearly in their careers, but that was at a time when Southampton were struggling financially. This comes after the retirement of the great Sir Alex Ferguson and the appointment and subsequent sacking of his successor, David Moyes. Raheem SterlingLiverpool

Another team that has had an excellent season is Liverpool. With one game to go, they still have a chance of lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time in history, it would be their first top flight success in a huge 25 years, and they have already secured the best finishing position in the league since the 2008/2009 season. So it was no surprise that some Belgian players showed up in the list. Despite his tender years, Lukaku already has 27 international caps and is part of a young Belgium squad who are set to become a force to be reckoned with in the future.

Recently, Januzaj committed his future to the Belgium international side, this was subject to speculation due to him being eligible to play for a number of countries including Kosovo, Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, Albania, Belgium and, eventually, England.

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4. Despite his best efforts, Sterling’s contribution has been slightly overshadowed by the incredible striking partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez but, make no mistake, he has been absolutely vital in Liverpool’s season.

As is the case with Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw, the support for Barkley to be in the England squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been growing all season. They are in a much more stable situation at the moment, but talk of a 30 million move to one of Europe’s elite has been in the pipeline for months now, with Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea all rumoured to be interested. This being said, the future is most certainly bright for the Premier League and, looking at my top list, for England and Belgium.

During his loan spells he has become key members of both West Brom and Everton sides, and at the age of just 20 he has two full Premier League seasons behind him, averaging just under a goal every two games. At the age of just 20, this central attacking midfielder has already been lauded as the next Paul Gascoigne and England’s answer to Michael Ballack. Since the beginning of the season heads have been turning towards the excellent young left back, and with the World Cup just around the corner the calls for him to be on the plane to Brazil come June have been increasing in volume. Raheem Sterling broke into the Liverpool side in the 2012/2013 season under Brendan Rodgers and has been a key part of Liverpool’s attack since then. Should Moyes have been sacked so soon? It remains to be seen.

Belgium have been tipped as future powerhouses for years now, ever since their young starlets started shining so brightly, with young Belgians playing for top clubs all over Europe. If Southampton manage to keep hold of their young star, along with their other talented players, they are in for a bright future.

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2. Januzaj impressed in his full debut for Manchester United, starting against Sunderland and scoring twice to come from behind and secure a 2-1 win. What is more surprising is the future the England team. Already a full England international player, Barkley’s performances have just continued to improve and he has shown that he can cut it in the big games as well.

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Conclusion

It was hard to leave a lot of players out, such as the impressive Saido Berahino for West Brom and the reformed Ravel Morrison at West Ham. The 2013/2014 season was no different in this respect, and plenty of young starlets took to the pitch in a bid to prove that they can be amongst the best in the world. England’s future has been perennially pessimistic, with the old guns of Gerrard and Lampard declining with age having never really cut it on the International level and no new wave of youngsters shining brightly.

But there were a few rays of hope during Moyes’ rein at Old Trafford, one was getting Wayne Rooney to agree to sign a new contract. Romelu LukakuChelsea

Another one of Belgium’s up and coming superstars, Romelu Lukaku is a 20 year old striker who signed for Chelsea after impressing during his debut season at Anderlecht, ending up as top scorer in the Belgian Pro-League. Ross Barkley is one of those young starlets, breaking into the Everton side at the start of the season, he has been a key player in helping Everton secure 5th place in the Premiership, featuring in 34 league games out of a possible 37. Despite being only 18, Luke Shaw has already made his England debut, and there is no doubt, barring any major catastrophes, that he will push Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines out of the door in the next few years and become the first choice England left back.

How long he will stay at Southampton remains to be seen. Ross BarkleyEverton

Since David Moyes’ departed Everton for the seemingly greener pastures of Manchester United, new manager Roberto Martinez has brought a new sense of youth and vibrancy through the ranks at Everton. One major player in this race for glory has been 19 year old winger Raheem Sterling. I, myself, have no doubt that at least one of these will be named amongst the elite in the future and they are all destined for glory if they continue as they have been doing.

1. With the World Cup just over a month away, this will be giving Roy Hodgson that old football cliche of the best kind of headache: A selection headache. Does he stick to the old guns of Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard and the like, or does he bring in fresh, invigorating faces such as Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling? We shall have to wait to find out!

Introduction

Every season a new wave of youngsters breaks through the ranks to take centre stage on one of the biggest stages of world football, the English Premier League. Despite their troubles, Southampton have always had an excellent academy, breeding top class talents such as Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, next in line is 18 year old left back Luke Shaw. Jose Mourinho has been lamenting his lack of striking options for the whole of the 2013/2014 league season and, with Lukaku continuing to impress, he is sure to feature in Mourinho’s plans next season. Due to his impressive debut season, multiple European powerhouses have begun monitoring Januzaj, with rumours abound that Juventus and the ultra-rich Paris Saint German are ready to make a bid in excess of 30 million to secure the young starlet’s services.. This is in no part down to the exceptional English talent they place great emphasis on in their line ups. Another was the emergence of a 19 year old Belgian attacking midfielder named Adnan Januzaj. Since moving to Chelsea he has been unable to break into the first team squad there, and has been sent out on full season loans twice, first to West Bromwich Albion and then to Everton.

Along with a host of inexperienced players, Sterling has been tipped to make the plane to Brazil in June, with Roy Hodgson watching him closely and probably trying to decide whether it is worth the risk taking a host of youngsters to the biggest stage in football.

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3. Finishing outside the top three for the first time in Premier League history and their worst position in the league since 1987, it has been a dismal performance. Especially since Chelsea have lacked a world class striker since the similarly built Didier Drogba left the club.

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