2008 cup

I guess it’s time to bring this back.

This illustration was drawn by Yana back in 2008:

And this is a panel from the latest chapter (ch126):

I’m not saying these are the same photo, but it’s good to keep in mind that Yana has had the idea of the “burnt family photo” since 2008 :D


In 1979, Bayern was invited by Real Madrid to play the inaugural tournament in memory of the former Real player, coach and president Santiago Bernabéu. A Bayern team featuring stars Paul Breitner and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge beat Ajax Amsterdam in the final to win the competition at the first attempt. The prize was a giant cup that came with a model of the Bernabéu stadium from the 70s. The silver cup has a lid depicting the famous Real boss and is mounted on a heavy wooden plinth. 

“The Bernabéu throphy had to be dismantled in Madrid so it would fit on the plane back to Munich”, recalls Willi O. Hoffmann, the president at the time. For many years, the 64 kg, 1.70m x 1.50m cup stood in the club’s office at Säbener Strasse, and was also displayed in the entrance to the former fan shop. The 100.000€ trophy was slightly damaged in that spot, and again when the club offices were renovated in 2008. The cup had to be repaired. Bayern supporter Uwe Richter from Lengefeld completed this task with aplmb, and the Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu has now been restored to its full glory in this treasure room. 

The trophy awarded at this annual invitation tournament for European top clubs has become progressively smaller over the years. The Bernabéu trophy from Bayern’s 2-1 win against the hosts at Real Madrid’s centennial tournament in 2002 is also on display in the museum.


2008 U-20 World Cup Final. USA beats Korea DPR 2-1.

Alex Morgan took off on an inspired run, beating three Korean defenders before slamming a left-footed shot into the top corner of the net.

Alex’s goal was considered the best goal of the tournament and would later be named FIFA’s second-best goal of 2008.


U-20: 24 Goals 35 Caps

In her stint as a principal forward for the U-20 and U-23 USWNTs from 2006-2009, KO scored more goals than Alex, A-Rod and Press combined, and is tied with Syd (24 goals in 39 caps).

Jersey numbers 10, 19, 17 & 21. Pics from 2007 U-20 World Cup, Concacaf Cup, 2008 Pan-American Games qualifiers etc…

Technically not a statistical tie with Syd if you include the formula. Hate to quibble cuz I love Syd way too much, but if you add Syd’s caps for CANWNT, she has 24 goals in 41 caps as a U-20 to KO’s 24 goals in 35 caps. Add that to KO’s parallel achievements at the Stanford Cardinal, where she led the team in scoring in 3 out of her 4 years there, and led the the nation in goals (26) and points (65) as a senior in 2009. As a pure offensive starter, the case for her being the dominant collegiate and USWNT youth-development player of the late ‘aughts, is pretty good. And all without a NCAA D1—nor a U-20 championship—especially when you consider that UNC won three titles in the same period. As Bruins, Syd and Lauren Cheney come the closest…and if they played Press more as a U-20/23.

Darren Fletcher is set to leave Manchester United, a club he’s played In since 1995, and join West Ham in the next couple of days. Before his illness, he was one of the best box to box midfielders. I will truly miss him, a red through and through! A legend for this club!

Here are his biggest honors :

Premier league(5)
07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
FA Cup (1): 2003–04

FA Community Shield (4): 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010

UEFA Champions League (1): 2007–08

FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008

Petr Čech’s Achievements ‘Cech’-List

Win the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and Golden Player of 2002 - Cech  ✔

Win the Premier League -  Cech ✔

4 times - 2004/05, 2005/06, 2009/10, 2014/15

Win the Carling/ Capital One Cup - Cech  ✔

3 times - 2004/05, 2006/07, 2014/15 

Win the Premier League Golden Glove
- Cech ✔

3 times - 2004/05, 2009/10, 2013/14 

Win the FA Community Shield - Cech ✔

3 times - 2005, 2009, 2015

Win the Czech Footballer of the Year Award - Cech ✔

7 times -  2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Win the Czech Golden Ball - Cech ✔

8 times -  2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Win the Uefa Club Football Best Goalkeeper Award - Cech ✔

3 times -  2005, 2007, 2008

Win the FA Cup - Cech ✔

 4 times -  2006/07, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2011/12

Win the Champions League 2011/12 - Cech ✔

Win the Europa League 2012/13 - Cech ✔

Break the Premier League Record of Clean Sheets
- Cech ✔

170 clean sheets in 352 games