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May 13 16 8:17 PM

I also think that Mourinho seems to have got away fairly lightly with a shockingly poor season. Not to mention his disgusting handling of the whole Eva Carneiro matter, it seems somehow people are keen to blame the Chelsea players rather than the coach for the team's pathetic defence of their title. As if the coach should not be responsible for the attitude of the players?!
Whatever people can say about Ranieri's lack of trophies (before this season), he always was a man of class and dignity. He will be applauded back to Chelsea in triumph this weekend.

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May 15 16 10:27 PM

nfm24 wrote:
Benitez is the Anti-Ranieri.

I can't remember whom, but I'm sure there was a player who won a Scottish and English championship medal in the same season after transferring in January. Probably there are many cases in other countries.

Ljubomir Fejsa was on the news as he won the Portuguese league title with Benfica this Sunday, his ninth consecutive championship medal. Two of them came in the 2013/14 season (Greece with Olympiakos and then Benfica).

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May 29 16 9:15 AM

Luca wrote:
If we look at this subject from a reverse angle, the Spanish coach Rafa Benítez deserves the "loser award" of the season.
Sacked by Real Madrid in January; relegated with Newcastle in May....
Hopefully Real Madrid see sense and give that beautiful man his second CL winner's medal... it'll buy him a bit more time when Mike Ashley gets impatient...

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May 29 16 2:39 PM

mattsanger92 wrote:
Luca wrote:
If we look at this subject from a reverse angle, the Spanish coach Rafa Benítez deserves the "loser award" of the season.
Sacked by Real Madrid in January; relegated with Newcastle in May....
Hopefully Real Madrid see sense and give that beautiful man his second CL winner's medal... it'll buy him a bit more time when Mike Ashley gets impatient...

That beautiful man can surely buy a lot of precious medals thanks to the 13,000,000 £ he has earned this season. 13,000,000 £ for a dismissal and a relegation. Well done, Rafa.....Thumbsup


Joking apart, it's interesting to note that, out of 61 editions, this is the 6th time in which the Champions League is lifted by a coach who has replaced another coach during the season.


1959/60, Real Madrid: Miguel Muñoz for Manuel Fleitas Solich
1974/75,
Bayern Munich: Dettmar Cramer for Udo Lattek
1981/82,
Aston Villa: Tony Barton for Ron Saunders
1999/00,
Real Madrid: Vicente del Bosque for John Toshack
2011/12,
Chelsea: Roberto Di Matteo for André Villas-Boas
2015/16,
Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane for Rafa Benítez


Two additional notes:


In 1958/59, Real Madrid coach was Luis Carniglia, but Miguel Muñoz led actively the Spanish team over the two quarter finals versus Wiener Sport-Club, as, at that moment, Carniglia was hospitalized because of a calculosis.

In 1992/93, Olympique de Marseille replaced Jean Fernandez with Raymond Goethals, but before the group stage phase, so, technically, not in the proper Champions League tournament.




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Sep 9 16 10:49 PM

Sensini wrote:
nfm24 wrote:
I still think the "Bus Driver of the Year" event should be televised instead of the Oscars.
It's a shame the in this thread mentioned IFFHS didn't have a "World Best Bus Driver 1863-2016" election! ;-)
Also lacking are the statistics of the bus drivers of each international match since 1872.

Ghanaian Times, 31 Jan 1997:

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