These days not much separates Tottenham and Manchester City. The same could be said for the early aughts, only with a vastly different level of play. A lot of hoofball on display then in this FA Cup Fourth Round Replay. The hosts have already claimed a decisive lead when City’s Joey Barton gets himself sent off shortly before half time. Surely it would be smooth sailing for Spurs after the break?
The Ghost of Christmas Past brings you a boxing day meeting of Manchester United and Everton. While the hosts fielded talents such as David Bellion, Quinton Fortune and Eric Djemba-Djemba, Everton relied on the steel of Thomas Gravesen and Duncan Ferguson. Oh and each side boasted a future all-time great. It’s Cristiano Ronaldo running into Wayne Rooney for the first time. They tussled and they fought; but did Everton pull of a christmas miracle at Old Trafford? Humbug they did.
There were days in the early aughts when Thierry Henry was simply unstoppable. Unfortunately for Internazionale November 25th 2003 was such a day. The Invincibles were guests at San Siro that day but while their domestic campaign was taking off, Europe seemed elusive. On the fifth Champions League matchday a win was needed to survive in the competition. Luckily for the Gunners they had Henry.
The Champions League final of 2002/03 had seen Milan take on Juventus. The latter had to do without the mercurial Pavel Nedved on the day. And it showed. Bereft of much attacking threat Juve limped into a penalty shootout which they lost. For the rematch in Serie A the following autumn Nedved had some demons to exorcise.
Our journey through the 2003/04 season continues. Having taken a look at Barcelona and Real Madrid it’s now time to take stock of Spain’s third power. No, not Atletico but Valencia! Because in the early 2000s Los Che likely came closest to break up the duell of Barca and Real. With Rafa Benitez on the sidelines Valencia had claimed La Liga in 2001/02. In Europe too they had come mighty close… What would 2003/04 hold in store?
Some further reading:
Our romp through the 2003/04 season continues. After checking in on Ronaldinho at Barca we’re crossing the Clasico divide. A certain David Beckham had joined the Galacticos party in the summer of 2003. Los Blancos had already picked up their first silverware of the season (the Spanish Super Cup) and were hosting Valladolid on the third matchday of the season.
Some further reading:
- Revisiting History: Beckham Signs With Real Madrid | Managing Madrid
- What Did the Real Madrid Leave behind for Asia? | People’s Daily
The full match is available on footballia, highlights below: