A year full of emotions in international football

After a long period of mandatory stoppage due to the Covid 19 pandemic, at the end of 2020 competitive activity returned in several of the main

After a long period of mandatory stoppage due to the Covid 19 pandemic, at the end of 2020 competitive activity returned in several of the main leagues in the world, while in 2021 they found definition. A year where they have had to play, in many cases, in totally empty stadiums.

At the level of national teams, the highlights were carried out by Argentina and Italy, they became flagrant monarchs of the Copa América and Eurocopa respectively.

Argentina was proclaimed champion in our continent after beating Brazil 1-0 in the final, thanks to a goal from Ángel Di María. The “Albiceleste” thus perched on top of America, or South America to be fair, while Lionel Messi, after winning thirty titles with Barcelona, ​​conquered the first with the absolute. Fair award for “Pulga”, who finished first in goals (4) and assists (5) thus participating in nine of the 12 goals for his team.

Argentina kissed glory 28 years later, while Brazil could not win the two-time championship after suffering another hard fight at the legendary Maracana stadium, where they also lost the 1950 world championship final against Uruguay in the presence of nearly 200,000 spectators. by Lionel Scaloni they equaled Uruguay with fifteen titles, as the most winning teams in the South American competition.

For its part in Europe, Italy lifted the trophy after beating England in a penalty shoot-out. In the presence of more than 60 thousand spectators who gathered at Wembley, the team of “The Three Lions” silenced the local fans after finishing hugging in 120 minutes. From the 11 steps, the English missed three shots, and with this Italy became champion of Euro 2020 (a tournament postponed from last year) for the second time in its history, the first in the last 53 years.

In the Champions League, the title went to Chelsea who beat Manchester City 1-0 and lifted the trophy of the most important club tournament in the world. In a match that took place at the Estadio Do Dragao in Portugal, those led by Thomas Tuchel achieved the feat after the goal scored by Kai Havertz.

This was the second Champions League in the history of the English team, while Pep Guardiola’s “citizens” saw their aspirations to win the “Orejona” frustrated after winning the Premier League and the English Cup final. This setback joins the one suffered recently against Chelsea themselves in the FA Cup final, their nightmare this season.

In the Europa League, the highest award went to Villarreal’s showcases. The Spanish team won in a marathon penalty shootout against Manchester United and was proclaimed champion of this contest for the first time in its history.

Unai Emery’s men started in front through their star scorer Gerard Moreno, but in the second half Edinson Cavani put the equalizer on the scoreboard. Thus ended the meeting after the ninety regulations; then came the extension and the anecdotal of the game.

Eleven penalties were taken by each team until Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea charged weakly, and goalkeeper Rulli managed to stop the Yellow Submarine to win 11-10 from eleven steps.

Villarreal thus obtained the first relevant trophy in its 98-year history, defeating one of the giants of European . In the European Super Cup, the victory belonged to Chelsea who defeated Villareal on penalties 6-5. The English team, monarch of the Champions League, prevailed in a round-trip match against the recent Europa League champions.

The women were also very active this year. The Barcelona team beat Chelsea 0-4 in the Champions League final, and in this way the Catalan entity became the first to lift the trophy of the highest competition in both sexes. This title achieved in Gothenburg, Sweden, represents the first in this competition in the history of the Catalan club.

As for the leagues of the old continent, Inter prevailed in Italy, Bayern Munich in Germany, while Manchester City and Atlético de Madrid did so in England and Spain, respectively.

Let’s start by reviewing what happened in Serie A, where Inter Milan won the Scudetto as champion, and in this way put an end to the hegemony of the Turin Youth, which held the title of the last nine editions in their showcases.

It is worth noting that this was the first league championship for the Italian capital team since the 2009-2010 season, at that time, under the command of José Mourinho.

This was the nineteenth league title in its history, one more than its archrival, Milan, who remain with 18 in third position. Juve is the winner with 36 Scudettos.

Meanwhile, in the Bundesliga, the parchment corresponded to Bayern Munich, who celebrated with a 6-0 defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach the ninth consecutive trophy in the German tournament, their 31st in the history of the league competition. The Bavarians had been proclaimed champions minutes before the game, after Borussia Dortmund beat their closest rival, RB Leipzig, 3-2 at Signal Iduna Park.

In the Premier League, Manchester City returned to the top of the podium. After winning the title in 2018 and 2019, Liverpool dethroned them in the last edition, but the Citizens once again proved to be the best English club in recent times. This league crown represented the third in four years and the fifth in the last decade. Also, this was the seventh champion trophy in its history, making it the sixth-winningest cast of all time in England.

Finally, in the Santander League, Atlético de Madrid won in a contest that found definition in the last game. The colchoneros finished ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona. This title represented eleventh in the showcases of the Spanish capital club, while Real did not bring a trophy to their showcases this season for the first time in the last decade.

In terms of individual performances, the highlight of the season was the seventh Ballon d’Or for Lionel Messi. The Argentine player further enlarged his legend after winning the award ahead of Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho and Karim Benzemá, an award full of controversy as many believe that the Bayern striker deserved it, who did win the Golden Boot for top scorer , after scoring 48 goals in the German Bundesliga, which represents a new record for that tournament.