Ronaldo hat trick against Sweden, in the final play off of World 2014
A wonderful goal you need to see.
PSG or Paris Saint-Germain Football Club is a professional association football club based in Paris, France. This more than 40 year old club was founded by merger of Paris FC and Saint-Germain. Their home stadium is Parc des Princes.
The 2012-13 season was the club’s 40th season in Ligue 1. Ligue 1 is the French professional league for association football clubs. It is also sometimes referred as Le Championnat. There are two divisions that make up the Ligue de Football Professional, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. 20 clubs play on a system of promotion and relegation in this league. The 2012-13 season marked the 75th season for the league. The season began on 10 August and ended on 26 May 2013.
PSG didn’t have a good start to the season with three consecutive draws and spent only 2 weeks at the top of table in the first four months. Marseille who ultimately finished second was on the other hand on fire winning their first six matches, the first team to do so since 1960. PSG were in more trouble in December as they lost to Nice and now had just four points from five matches. Coach Carlo Ancelotti’s place was being questioned now. He promised to make radical changes and saw immediate results. He changed the formation to 4-4-2 and this saw his team winning 13 matches on a trot. A home win against Lyon on 16 December 2012 took them to the top of table. But by the year ended PSG, Lyon and Marseille were within sniffing distance of each other and it was looking as if it is going to a three horse race. Start of 2013 again changed the fortunes of PSG as both Lyon and Marseille won very few matches PSG though remained consistent.
On May 12, PSG played Lyon in an away from home match. Lyon looked the stronger side at the beginning of the match and were close to scoring early on with attack from Bafetimbi Gomis. PSG maintained their strong defense through the pair of Alex and Mamadou Sakho and started to dominate the game later on.
Jeremy Menez scored the winner for PSG in the 53rd minute when Thiago Motta, the 30 year old Italian international produced the perfect pass to him and Menez slide a left-footed finish past the Lyon goalie Anthony Lopes to clinch the title for Carlo Ancellotti’s men. The match overall lacked any style and will be remembered by fans and players more for the celebration that followed the victory rather than the match itself. This is PSG’s 3rd Ligue 1 title after a gap on 19 years. They conceded just 23 goals in the entire season. Ibrahimovic, captain Thiago Silva and Blaise Matuidi were all nominated for the Ligue 1 Player of the Year prize. Ibrahimovic who was the top scorer in the league with 30 goals won the prize.
The 2012/13 season of the Russian Premier League was the 21st season of Russian Football League since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Under the banner of the Russian Premier League this is the 11th season. The 2012/13 season kicked off on the 21st of July 2012 and the last game being played on the 26th of the May 2013. The winter break was from December and through March. With 240 games played by the 16 teams with each team playing 30 matches, the season was a huge hit.
This Russian Premier League season was full of surprises and firsts like for e.g. this was also the first season in the history of Russian Football that the league was played according to the autumn and spring calendar instead of the usual schedule used by the Russians.
This league comprises of mainly 16 teams participating from 12 cities. The defending champions Zenith St. Petersburg faced strong competition. The 16 teams playing this season comprised of the best fourteen teams from last season i.e. 2011/12, the other two teams were the two clubs promoted from the previous season of the NFL. Surprisingly this season there was not a single Serbian club participating in the league. This has happened for the first time since 2005.
The two teams relegated at the end of the 201/12 season were Tom Tomsk and Spartak Nalchik. These two teams finished the last season at the bottom two positions and hence were relegated for this one. The relegated teams have made their positions in the First Division. Highlights of the participating teams were the first timers Mordovia and the former champions Alania that got promoted and made a comeback to the Russian Premier League from the NFL.
The teams that participated in the Russian Premier League 2012/13 were:
- Alania Vladikavkaz
- Amkar Perm
- Anzhi Makhachkala
- CSKA Moscow
- Dynamo Moscow
- FC Krasnodar
- Krylia Sovetov Samara
- Krylia Sovetov Samara
- Lokomotiv Moscow
- Mordovia Sarasnsk
- FC Rostov
- Rubin Kazan
- Spartak Moscow
- Terek Grozny
- Volga Nizhny Novgorod
- Zenith St. Petersburg
Each team played two other teams twice; once on home ground and once away. Thus making up the total of 240 matches. The champions of this season were the CSKA Moscow and the runner up was Zenith St. Peterburg. Every month we had a player of the month who swept everyone off their feet with his game. The following players won this honor for this season:
- Yura Movsisyan of Krasnodar for the month of August
- Samuel Eto’o of Anzhi for the month of September
- Aleksandr Kokorin of Dynamo for the month of October
- Kevin Karanyi of Dynamo for the month of November
- Vagner Love of CSKA for the month of March
- Dmitri Kombarov of Spartak for the month of April
With all the changes and firsts, the players made this season worth remembering. Excellent football from the players marked the characteristic of this season.
The Swiss Super League is the top most Swiss Football League. It is also more popularly known as Raiffeisen Super League. The 2012/13 season is the 116th season of this league. The league started off on 14th July 2012 and winded up on 2nd June 2013. The defending champions were FC Basel and they have successfully defended their title. Another interesting update is that this league has secured the second spot of the UEFA Champion’s League. After a structural change in the lower tiers of the league from this season onwards the relegation and promotion system has been abolished by the Swiss Super League Federation. 180 matches were played in this league and the defending champions emerged victorious yet again.
The Swiss super league comprises of teams that are extremely talented. And with the exceptional performance of the Switzerland team in the European Cup the overall ranking of the Swiss Super League has gained the second position in the UEFA league correlation ranking. The Swiss Super League comprises of amazingly talented teams. They are listed below:
- FC Aarau
- BSC Young Boys
- FC Basel
- FC Lausanne – Sport
- FC Luzerm
- FC Sion
- FC St. Gallen
- FC Thun
- FC Zurich
- Grasshopper-Club Zurich
At the end of the 2011/12 season no team was relegated on the competitive grounds. Neuchatel Xamax was expelled mid way through the 2011/12 season due to financial irrregularitites and was eventually liquidated. This team was replaced by FC St. Gallen who were the 2011/12 Champions League Champions. Another spot in the league was contested in a playoff between FC Sion and FC Aarau. This playoff was won by FC Sion but FC Aarau still remained in the league despite a 36 point deduction. This penalty was levied as they were fielding unfit players throughout the series.
The champion this season was Basel. They defended their title for the fourth consecutive year. The second position was claimed by Grasshopper-Club Zurich. St. Gallen made it to the third position of the Swiss Super League. The fourth Position was taken by Zurich.
The Top Scorers:
The Swiss Super League was filled with a lot of goals. A total of 462 goals were scored in the league. The top goal scorers list was topped by Ezequiel Scarione of St Gallen with 21 goals. He gained a huge lead over other players in the top goals list. The second top goal scorer was Marco Streller of Basel with 14 goals. The third position as shared by two players with 13 goals each, Josip Drmic of Zurich and Marco Schneuwly Thun.
The Swiss Super League is the most popular football league in Switzerland. It is the top tier football league and being part of this league is something that all the teams pride themselves on. The Raiffeisen league is the most sought after league by the fans, by the teams and players and also the sponsors. It is an entertainment packed season of top class football.