Moments of 2007

ausbarca

Reserve Team
SYDNEY 5 - 4 CENTRAL COAST MARINERS
not many people on here would know what i';m talking about but a game that i will never, ever forget if you can find highlights on youtube you'll find what i'm on about, might be in front of a small crowd but was just end to end stuff
 

kramer11

Youth Team
One for me has to be Steve McClaren standing in the technical area against Croatia with his umbrella up. Totally unable to do anything to alter the game and being exposed as a very average manager.
 

Bobby

The Legend
I'm bored, so I'll post the story behind my moment.

In 1993 the J. League was formed with 2 Yokohama clubs (Yokohama Marinos and Yokohama Flügels), both sprouted up from existing JFL teams so they weren't brand new teams and both had entrenched followings.

The Yokohama Flügels never won anything, but still managed a strong following. They were always fighting with the top teams, but not winning any titles. In 1998 Sato Kogyo & All Nippon Airways (The Flügels main sponsors) announced it was pulling all financial backing, and, rather than dissolve the club or sell it to another potential investor (such as the supporters trust) the owner stuck a deal with Nissan Motors (major shareholder of crosstown rivals Marinos). That evening it was announced that the two clubs would merge with Flügels players becoming members of the Marinos squad, this is where the "F." in "Yokohama F. Marinos" comes from. This is similar to telling West Ham fans they have to support "Tottenham W.H. Hotspur" now.

Needless to say, the Flügels fans were less than happy. The fans physically invaded the ANA offices and demanded the team be revived. The media caught on, the suits were ****ting on themselves, but in the end the writing was on the wall and the club would be merged into YFM.

Despite all this chaos the Flügels did have one final game to play, on New Years Day 1999 they faced Shimizu S-Pulse in the Emperor's Cup final. In support of the fans the players took a courageous step and spat in their bosses faces by wearing black tape over the sponsor logos on their shirts. They won 2-1.

After this the fans organized a group to get their team back and gained an associate membership to the J. League so long as they could win promotion from the newly formed JFL. Through these efforts, Yokohama FC was born. Yokohama FC won the JFL title two seasons in a row and was promoted to J2. Motohiro Yamaguchi, once a Flügels player captained Yokohama FC to the win which secured promotion.

In their first J1 match they were beaten 2-1 by Urawa Reds, but their minds were clearly on week 2, the Yokohama Derby. Despite being out played and outshot, Yokohama FC's defenders produced an heroic effort to make sure Tomonobu Hayakawa's 7th minute strike was enough to see off the old enemy.

In one final twist Yokohama FC would defeat Urawa on the final day, just as Urawa had defeated them on the first day, and hand the title to Kashima Antlers, another Marinos rival.

They were relegated this year. But it doesn't matter. It was their year.

I thought it was a nice story to see passion and love trump money in an age of $40m transfers.
 

Mus

Fan Favourite
ausbarca;2460338 said:
SYDNEY 5 - 4 CENTRAL COAST MARINERS
not many people on here would know what i';m talking about but a game that i will never, ever forget if you can find highlights on youtube you'll find what i'm on about, might be in front of a small crowd but was just end to end stuff

yes that was a great game
 

rony31

Team Captain
-Milan, CL champions after getting revenge against the Scousers
-Kaka winning the Ballon d'Or and Fifa Player of the Year
-City's rise under SGE/Sinawatra
-Newcastle paying ~6M GBP for the con Barton (H)
 

MikeyM

Big Daddy
Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville raising the Premier League trophy at Old Trafford :bouncy:

Fergie giving the United boys the "It's 2-2" signal. That was the moment I knew we'd be champions.

Tevez signing for United.

Aldershot going 7 clear on top of the Blue Square Premier league last week. (threw 3 away on Saturday though - but we beat Woking today!)

I also enjoyed immensely Obi Wan Mikel whatever walking off at Old Trafford. Almost as much as I enjoyed us beating Chelsea.
 

PSVFOREVER

Fan Favourite
Of course 29-04-2007. The amazing 3 team battle for the Dutch championship on the last matchday of 2007 and PSV winning it by a better goaldifference of 1 goal to Ajax.

I was there and was expecting a very frustrating match with AZ winning the championship.
 

easyeasyeasy

Senior Squad
Bobby;2460743 said:
Despite all this chaos the Flügels did have one final game to play, on New Years Day 1999 they faced Shimizu S-Pulse in the Emperor's Cup final. In support of the fans the players took a courageous step and spat in their bosses faces by wearing black tape over the sponsor logos on their shirts. They won 2-1.


I see no black tape on the shirts (H)
 


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