They were the originally Premier League big spenders in the early 1990s but those heady days could return to Blackburn thanks to a proposed takeover.
Back in the early days of the Premier League local businessman-made-good Jack Walker pledged to turn his local side, then still in the old division two, into the champions of England.
He transformed the ramshackle stadium into one of the country’s finest and funded the signings of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton as Rovers burst into the top division and finally topped the tree back in 1995.
The club have never come close to scaling those heights since, even dropping into the Championship for two years at the turn of the century. But they have since cut their cloth accordingly, establishing themselves in the top flight as a solid well run outfit.
Brazil National Team Line up
Back row (L to R): Lucio, Julio Cesar, Luis Fabiano, Juan, Maicon, Gilberto Silva
Front row (L to R): Gilberto Melo, Dani Alves, Kaka, Robinho, Michel Bastos
Netherlands National Team Line up
Back row (L to R): Arjen Robben, Maarten Stekelenburg, John Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen, Dirk Kuyt, Mark Van Bommel
Front row (L to R): Gregory Van Der Miel , Giovanni VAN Bronckhorst, Nigel de Jong, Wesley Sneijder, Roben Van Persie
Ghana National Team Line up
Back row (L to R): Asamoah Gyan, Hans Sarpei, Jonathan Mensah, Richard Kingson, John Mensah
Front row (L to R): Kevin-Prince Boateng, Andre Ayew, John Paintsil, Kwadwo Asamoah, Samuel Inkoom, Anthony Annan
Argentina National Team Line up
Back row (L to R): Sergio Romero, Nicolas Otamendi , Martin Demichelis, Nicolas Burdisso, Gabriel Heinze
Front row (L to R): Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez, Maxi Rodriguez, Javier Mascherano
Germany National Team Line up
Back row (L to R): Cacau, Per Mertesacker, Dennis Aogao, Mesut Oezil, Sami Khedira, Manuel Neuer
Front row (L to R): Philipp Lahm, Arne Friedrich, Thomas Mueller, Lucas Podolski, Bastian Schweinsteiger
Spain National Team Line up
Back row (L to R): Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Juan Capdevila
Front row (L to R): David Silva, Andres Iniesta, David Villa, Xavi, Carles Puyol
A short video by JuniorMessi10 about Cristiano Ronaldo’s years at Manchester United.
Every so often the planets align as one nation moves to the centre of the footballing universe. Clouds part and the sun shines as dreams become reality. For Spanish football the forecast often looked promising but rarely delivered, then in 2008 everything changed.
ESPN Top 10 Goals from the Champions League 2008/2009
10. Del Piero – Juventus vs Real Madrid
9. Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona vs Lyon
8. Marcos Senna – Villarreal vs Arsenal
7. Steven Gerrard – Liverpool vs Marseille
6. Arjen Robben – Real Madrid vs Zenit
5. Glorgos Karagounis – Panathinaikos vs Werder Bremen
4. Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United vs FC Porto
3. Michael Essien – Chelsea vs FC Barcelona
2. Emmanuel Adebayor – Arsenal vs Villarreal
1. Andres Iniesta – FC Barcelona vs Chelsea
Barcelona 2 Manchester United 0
Barcelona are so often exponents of the ‘beautiful game’ but less often have they turned this into tangible success. In Rome last night they upset the Champions League odds and made history in a way that not even Real Madrid have done before – a Champions League title the final ingredient of a historic League, Cup and European treble.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Rio Ferdinand talk about the Champions League Final, and what it takes to keep the likes of Lionel Messi at bay.
Hughes on City’s future prospects & summer transfer rumors.
Manchester City boss Mark Hughes talks about the future plans for the club and the potential transfer rumors that will fly around, including Lionel Messi.
Alan Shearer is convinced Newcastle will stay up
Newcastle boss Alan Shearer says he is convinced the Magpies will avoid relegation and stay in the Premier League.
With only a few games left now in Italy, Spain and England, important matches are being played every weekend. Although, in Spain and Italy there doesn’t seem to be much of a title race with Barcelona and Inter Milan dominating La Liga and Serie A respectively, it isn’t the same case in England where Liverpool are closing the gap on title rivals, Manchester United.
Inter Milan have dominated the first tier of Italian football once again. Jose Mourinho has had a fantastic start to his Inter career, and although the Champions League won’t be coming their way this season, the reigning Italian champions are currently seven points ahead of second placed AC Milan, which should be enough for yet another league title.