The Legend of Number 7

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The number 7 has been graced by many gifted players both in the past and present. Some iconic names that come to mind include: Raul, David Villa, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Andriy Shevchenko.

However nowhere has the number been more extraordinary and famous than at Manchester United.

It is widely known that only the best and most gifted players are given the opportunity to sport the lucky number 7 jersey at Old Trafford.

It takes more than a player of remarkable skill to wear the famous number 7.

One has to be a superstar with a personality and attitude of his own. It takes a very astonishing play maker that rarely belts down under pressure and that can stand his own. Especially when the team is going through a tough season or are in transition and the media is ripping them apart constantly.

Two of the most widely recognized players in the world today also happened to grace the Man U #7: David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

While both players had different playing styles while at United, they were both astonishing when it came to free kicks and dealing with the daily media storm that came with being a famous and successful player.

While George Best, Eric Cantona and Bryan Robson have all managed legendary careers, Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia were not quite able to make their mark.

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With Manchester United’s brand currently going through an identity crisis, a game changer in the squad would definitely make things livelier.

Potential candidates for the jersey would definitely have to be more on the attacking side. A player I think would fit in perfectly with what number 7 stands for would certainly be Marco Rues.

Like Ronaldo, he is an attacking winger that has proven himself as a game changer. He also formed a fearful attacking partnership with former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, before he left for Bayern Munich last year, which was one of the main factors to Dortmund’s success.

Although Rues may not have many trophies to show for his decent career so far, the 25 year old has gone on record to clearly state that although his fellow Dortmund players Robert Lewandowski and Gotze made expensive moves to the Bundesliga power house that is Bayern Munich, he has reiterated that he would do no such thing.

I have spoken to many of my fellow Manchester United fans and they all seem to agree that the next player to don the number 7 shirt would have to be a superstar in the making.

Either that or Manchester United may have no choice but to retire the number like they retired the number 42 in baseball in honour of Jackie Robinson (for those of you not to familiar with the sport, Robinson was the first African American to play in the MLB (Major League Baseball).

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Manchester United Players at the World Cup 2014

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The World Cup is officially over and done with and life can finally go back to how it was before all this welcomed chaos. Although the anticipation of seeing the new champs Germany begin their defense of the trophy on the road to Russia 2018 is certainty an enticing one.

Even though no Manchester United player was in the final on July 13, we fans were able to take a lot out of this World Cup.

For starters we had 13 players plus our new manager Lois van Gaal representing Manchester United.

Of all the thirteen players (Adnan Januzaj, Antonia Valencia, Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck, David De Gea, Javier Hernandez, Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini, Nani, Patrice Evra, Phil Jones, Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa and Wayne Rooney) it was by far Van Persie that had the most successful tournament. He was also the only player that made it all the way to the semi finals.

While Mata, Fellaini, Hernandez, Nani and Rooney were all able to get on the score sheet with one goal apiece, van Persie was the one to score the most with an impressive 4 goals. In general 9 goals were scored by 6 United players.

But there was one other Man United representative that had a remarkable tournament and it was none other than our new manager Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal showed all the United fans that he is just as disciplined as Fergie and demands only the best from his team. From the Netherlands first game where they thrashed the Spaniards 5-1 to their third place victory against Brazil, the Dutch sure knew how to entertain which explains the 11 goals the team scored in total with Van Persie and Robben providing 7 of those.

One particular surprising moment was Belgium’s first game when substitute Marouane Fellaini became the first Belgian to score in the tournament with his header against Algeria. It was a promising display overall from the Belgian international and hopefully he will be able to emulate the same form when he starts his second season at United next month.

It was unfortunate that once again the British media were quick to attack Rooney. I understand that some may view Rooney as only showing up for his club and not country. But to blame one player for a country’s lacklustre display is wrong. I watched all three of England’s games and they did show potential but one has to remember that they were in a group of death with two former champions in Italy and Uruguay as well as the surprising breakout team of the tournament in Costa Rica.

Nani was another player that dealt with a lot of criticism and was also in the same predicament as Rooney. It really goes to show that no team is safe which was one of the reasons why England, Portugal, Italy and Spain all made early exits.

Although most players did not make it past the knockout phases, it was nice to see them come out and play in the international stage.

Now the countdown begins to the opening game in the EPL against Swansea City on August 16, 2014 which fingers crossed will be the beginning of a golden era at Old Trafford.

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OMG I WAS RIGHT: Argentina vs. Germany it is!!

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I may not be a soccer player but it sure felt nice having people text, call and email me how I was a genius to pick the right two teams, Germany and Argentina, to make it to the final.

The 2014 World Cup has been filled with so much goals and controversy that seeing the best two teams fight tooth and nail to make it to the final is just a wonderful thing to experience (especially when so much people believed Brazil were going to win it on home soil).

Since I never liked gambling to begin with I did not place any bets on the game. I would however like to rub it in everyone’s face who said I was making the wrong decision for not supporting Spain, U.S.A and Brazil.

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Photo courtesy of: tjuel

I would also like wave my middle finger right back at that crazy Mexican guy that gave me the middle finger during the group stages while I was driving to a party. He did not even know me yet was so quick to swear at me and my teams and then speed off.

With the final set to take place on Sunday I honestly have no clue which team I would prefer to see lift the trophy.  But I wish both teams good luck and may the best team win.

I do however hope that the EPL hurries up and starts back up. Since we Manchester United fans did not have much to celebrate last season I think the success of our new manager Louis van Gaal had with the Netherlands should only be a positive thing for us.

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Viva la Deutschland!!!!!

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Viva la Deutschland. I am not sure if my title even makes sense but I really do not care. After watching the Brazil vs. Germany game today with my fiancé, I could not hide my pride when it came to supporting the Germans.

As I have stated before, I did not think Brazil would make it to the final because I did not think their team had that winning mentality in them that you so often see in teams like Columbia and Mexico.

GermanyI was quite mesmerised to see how pathetic the Brazilian defense was. They were literally in shambles. The only Brazilian player that may have left the stadium with a smile had to be the suspended Thiago Silva. With all the hype to the build up of the game surrounding the loss of the talented yet over rated Neymar, it was good to see that it was Silva and not Neymar that was the missing piece to the puzzle. He is such a vital part to both Brazil and his club Paris Saint Germain that when he is not there the goal scoring opportunities for the opposing team just increases by ten folds.

It was very special moments for all the German and even Polish supporters to see the Polish born striker Miroslav Klose surpass Ronaldo’s record of the most goals scored in the World Cup with 16 goals to his name. Although it is quite the impressive record my fiancé still believes his favorite player after Lionel Messi, which is Thomas Muller, will still surpass that after scoring his 10th goal today. It is a shock that he is only just 24 years old.

As I expected many people who do not know squat about soccer were so quick to jump the German band wagon without even knowing one player in the team.

With the next semi due tomorrow I have my fingers crossed that Lionel Messi will lead his Argentine troops to the final. I really do not think anyone would want to see a European final.

It still remains 50/50 but with Angel di Maria and Robin Van Persie both expected to miss the game, it will be an entertaining spectacle indeed.

***Being the wicked minded people we are, my fiancé and I could not help going out in the rainy weather after the amazing 7-1 rout by the Germans to celebrate. While I have a Germany and Argentina flag my fiancé refuses to support anyone but Germany as you can tell by his two flags :)

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