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Sir Alex Ferguson chose a good year to retire, as his Manchester United squad ended up winning their 13th Premier League title -- which also happens to be Ferguson's 13th with the club. The club made good use of striker Robin van Persie's league-leading 25 goals, but he wasn't the only one to excel this year. Despite a controversial season, Luis Suarez was a force for Liverpool, and Gareth Bale came into his own at Tottenham Hotspur. Juan Mata's vision led to bunches of Chelsea goals, while Everton's Leighton Baines might have been the league's best defender. Regardless, the league's power structure seems to be oriented toward Manchester United once again.
Player of the year?
Robin van Persie and Manchester United managed to hold off all comers, but does he deserve the honor of best player?
Man U's strengths?
This year's title was the 20th overall for Manchester United, undoubtedly aided by an 18-match unbeaten streak.
Luis Suarez had a bit of a rocky season with Liverpool -- he scored 23 goals but was banned for 10 matches after a biting incident.
Is Ferguson tops?
Manchester United undoubtedly will miss their iconic manager, who has retired -- did he do a better job with his collection of stars than anyone else?
David Beckham to retire
David Beckham has announced he will retire at the end of this season with Paris St.-Germain later this month. He won six Premier League championships and two FA Cups along with a Champions League title for the Red Devils. He landed on U.S. soil in 2007 and led the L.A. Galaxy to two titles. He has model good looks, a famous wife and the ability to make a ball go wherever he wants it. Sound like any Boston-area athletes you may know?
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Man U hires Moyes
David Moyes has left Everton to take over as the new manager at Manchester United. Moyes will replace the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, who steps down after 26 trophy-filled years at the club. But is Moyes the right man for the job? And what kind of impact will his hiring have on Wayne Rooney's future with the club? Vote now!
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Man U's Alex Ferguson retires
After 26 years at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring. During his tenure as the Red Devils' manager, Ferguson captured 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues titles, five FA Cups and countless other honors. But is Ferguson the greatest manager of all time? And how will Man U fare without him next season? Vote now!
Only four teams remain as the battle to be crowned winner of the UEFA Champions League continues on. It will be the best of Spain taking on the best of Germany, as Bayern drew a matchup with Barcelona, while the other half of the bracket pins Real Madrid against Borussia Dortmund. Which team will play its way to a league title?
Team USA might have benefited from the snow in their win against Costa Rica, but unless there's a blizzard coming that everyone missed, they won't have that luxury in Mexico. Tonight's World Cup qualifier in Estadio Azteca is a daunting one for Team USA, which is 0-5-1 in qualifiers when visiting Mexico. Can the U.S. pull off a win this time?
Team USA beat Costa Rica 1-0 in match conditions that could be accurately described as "wintry," but Costa Rica's not happy about the entire ordeal. The country's soccer federation has filed a protest against the result due to the "physical conditions" of the match. Costa Rica's protest may not succeed -- the team has to follow a list of very specific procedures -- but does it have a point about the match's legitimacy?
We love it when American football is played in the snow, because it reduces the game to a primitive state, but soccer in blizzard conditions is an entirely different beast.
It's still early in World Cup qualifying, but Team USA can't be feeling good about its 2-1 loss to Honduras on Wednesday. An early goal from Clint Dempsey seemed to have the U.S. on track, but Honduras responded quickly with a stunning bicycle kick score and then went ahead in the second half after Tim Howard failed to corral an errant shot. Jurgen Klinsmann was highly critical of his squad after the game. Can the U.S. turn it around in time to secure a spot in the 2014 competition?
Bad sign for the future?
Many fans still have fond memories of Team USA's exciting performance in the 2010 World Cup, but the Honduras loss might not bode well for a repeat performance.
Jurgen Klinsmann's emphasis on an attacking style of soccer wasn't totally evident in Wednesday's loss to Honduras.
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is in a lot of trouble for his reaction to a Swansea ball boy's shenanigans during Wednesday's League Cup semifinal. With Chelsea trailing 2-0 in the second-leg match and time ticking away, Hazard attempted to boot the ball out from underneath 17-year-old ball boy Charlie Morgan, who had leapt on it instead of returning it -- and apparently kicked Morgan in the process. The English FA says a standard three-game suspension for Hazard is "clearly insufficient" and plans a tougher penalty. But some have expressed sympathy for Hazard given Morgan's game-delaying tactics. Does Hazard deserve a harsh penalty for his actions?
The debate over the best current American soccer player is a heated one, with some new names and faces threatening to unseat the long-established one-two punch of Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan. With the next World Cup approaching faster than you might think, whom do you have as the top men's player on Team USA?
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