Real Madrid triumph over the English Champions at home

Manchester City may have triumphed at England but they know very well that they are yet to be tested in the whole of Europe. Winning a league is a difficult job, one that requires determination and consistency but winning in Europe is quite another thing and the players at City were well aware of the fact when they traveled to Spain to face the Spanish giants in what was billed as the most exciting match in the group stages of the Champions League.

The match was also being billed as a match between Jose Mourinho and Roberto Mancini. It was Mourinho who replaced Mancini at Inter after he failed to win the Champions league and here was Mancini again, trying to carry out Sheik Mansour’s dream of becoming the European Champions. Manchester City has assembled a marvelous team at a jaw dropping expense. And with such lavish expenditure one can be sure that the club officials are not just aiming for the domestic crown.

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Giggs Named Captain of Team GB Olympic Football Team

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has been handed the captain’s armband of the football team for Team Great Britain at the London Olympic Games. The former Wales international is one of three players over the age of 23 years picked for the side by Stuart Pearce and will lead the team out when they take on Uruguay, Senegal and the United Arab Emirates later in the month. The 38 year old is the oldest player that has been named in the side and is also the most decorated player of the team with 12 English Premier League titles, 5 FA Cup wins and 2 UEFA Champions League titles to his name but the Olympic Games in London represent the first major competition for Gigs in international level.

The left winger was capped 64 times by his country Wales and also captained the side before he retired from the international game back in 2007. Craig Bellamy, another Welshman and Micah Richards of Manchester City are the other two over age players who have been named into the side by Stuart Pearce. However, no players from either Scotland or Northern Ireland have managed a place in the side.

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