It is a statement that has been made by thousands of children. When Nelson Valdez promised that he would score at a World Cup tournament for Paraguay to his mother, who was crying after Paraguay had been eliminated in 1998, it was a promise that had been heard by many other parents. Nelson Valdez was different though, he would strive to fulfil this pledge.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
2010 is likely to be a year remembered, in footballing terms, by Spanish fans most fondly after their side lifted the famous Jules Rimet trophy for the first time. It has also been a year in which a Barcelona side, possibly the greatest team of all time, have continued to revolutionise football with their style of play. The “Tika-Taka” style they play makes football look like an art form. When watching Barcelona play you realise why football is known as “the beautiful game”. It has also been a year where, in the top leagues and at international level, the 4-2-3-1 has emerged as the modern formation of choice and it becomes a new trend in the changing world of tactical footballing strategies which have moved from the “W-M” formation all the way to the “4-4-2”.
6 years. That’s all it took. From the Conference to the Championship. It’s not normally that easy. They’d gone from playing against full-time postman to finishing above former European Cup champions. Doncaster Rovers’ rapid rise up the English football pyramid is one of the greatest recent achievements any team has experienced.