Best English football Soccer highlights of 2008

A look back at football in 2008 saw united win Uefa champions league,spurs win the carling cup,portsmouth the Fa Cup and much more.See all the main highlights and videos below

Cristiano Ronaldo

His narcissistic preening, on field play-acting and adolescent sulking may provoke revulsion in opposing fans but for much of last year Ronaldo was quite simply the most devastating player the Premier League had seen. With 42 goals, many from the wing, Ronaldo approached perfection and not since George Best has one player so terrified opposition defences. His summer agitation for a move to Real Madrid may have besmirched it somewhat but the achievement is astonishing.

 

Tottenham win the Carling Cup, Feb 24

It all looked so promising. Just months into the job as Tottenham manager and Juande Ramos had his first trophy. Spurs came from a goal down ­ Didier Drogba¹s free-kick ­ to win the match, courtesy of a Dimitar Berbatov penalty and an extra time header from Jonathan Woodgate. This should have been the first step in a Tottenham revival but seven months later they were bottom of the league and Harry Redknapp was arriving with the cavalry.

Portsmouth win the FA Cup, May 17

No club outside the so-called big four had won the cup since Everton in 1995 so it was refreshing to have three Championship sides in the semi-finals with Portsmouth, who had not win this competition since the outbreak of the Second World War. Kanu was the hero, scoring the only goal in both the semi against West Brom and the final against Cardiff. A superb achievement for Harry Redknapp and ultimately a parting gift to the club he had so thoroughly revitalised.

The Champions League final: Manchester United v Chelsea, May 21

High drama in Moscow as the all-English final lived up to expectations. The game kicked off in hammering rain. Ronaldo scored. Lampard levelled. Drogba punched. Ronaldo missed. Terry slipped. Van der Sar saved. Roman Abramovich¹s dream of winning the trophy eludes him at the last moment but for Sir Alex Ferguson it is a second Champions League title and proof that this team is the best he has assembled.
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The Special One returns, June 2

Job offers came and went as Jose Mourinho played the Portuguese king in exile. Internazionale owner Massimo Moratti finally tempted him back into the game with the challenge of breaking English hegemony in the Champions League. Jose being Jose he gave his first press conference in fluent Italian and, as some Italian journalists observed, with a hint of a Milanese accent. It will come as no surprise that Inter swiftly established themselves at the top of Serie A.

Theo Walcott¹s hat-trick, Sept 10

Not since John Barnes stunned the Maracana has a young English winger announced his talent so spectacularly on the international stage. Croatia had not lost at home since their entry into international football and had twice beaten England in Euro 2008 qualifying. All that was forgotten as Walcott tore the Croats to pieces in the most morale-boosting England victory since the 5-1 defeat of Germany in Munich.

Arsenal 4 Spurs 4 29th Oct

Surely the most thrilling finale to a North London derby as Harry Redknapp inspired Spurs to an incredible comeback. David Bentley, a former Arsenal player, scored probably the goal of the season to give Spurs the lead only for a bewitching Arsenal to cruise into a 3-1 lead. Darren Bent pulled one back but Robin Van Persie restored the two-goal cushion. In the dying minutes Spurs scored twice ­ through Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon ­ to level an enthralling game.


Germany 1-2 England, Nov 19

After so many defeats at so many tournaments it is now customary for England teams and managers to be measured against the great Teutonic rivals. Fabio Capello took his team to Berlin after an excellent start to World Cup qualifying but even he could not have anticipated the ease with which an English second string outclassed the Germans. Only a Terry-Carson error gifted Germany a goal, otherwise there was only one team in it. Germany looked a spent force, England, inspired by Michael Carrick, looked like world beaters. Never before has a friendly match felt so significant.

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