As the 2022/2023 elite season resumes next Friday, do you have in mind everything that happened during the last exercise? On all continental lawns, spring has once again given birth to extraordinary scenarios. In the five major championships, for the race for Europe, for the Premier League title, everything was decided in the last minutes of the last day. Before looking ahead to next season, flashback to the money-time of the season.
The low blow: Algeria stays at home
For the second time in a row, no Fennec will participate in the World Cup, it is all the more infuriating that the men of Belmadi held their qualification until the additional time of their extension against Cameroon, while they had just taken the lead through Blida (118th). It was a strike from Lyonnais Toko-Ekambi that propelled the Indomitable Lions to paradise.
The 2019 African champions, however, remained on a series of 35 matches without defeat… interrupted in the group phase of CAN 2022 and therefore in the play-offs of the 2023 World Cup. With Cameroon of Rigobert Song, Senegal of Aliou Cissé, Tunisia of Jelel Kadri and Ghana of Otto Addo and Morocco of Vahid Halilhodzic will represent Africa from November 21 to December 18.
The blow too much: the Union Saint Gilles began to dream
After an absence of 48 years, the small Belgian club from the Brussels municipality of Saint Gilles has returned to wreak havoc in the Belgian top flight and to dream of a 12th league title… 87 years after the last! But after finishing first in the regular season, his five-point lead over
FC Bruges, during the play-offs, its two successes over big brother Anderlecht (the first of which, 3-1, on April 24, 1st day), confirming the supremacy of Brussels for the season (3-1 and 1-0 in the regular phase, 3-1 and 2-0 in the play-offs) were not enough. A third qualifying round in the Champions League still awaits Felice Mazzu’s men.
The blow of bamboo: Mino Raiola drops the case
In the ruthless world of football sharks, he was undoubtedly the most feared agent. The former pizza maker died on April 30 at the age of 54, leaving his main players, Ibrahimovic, Haaland, Pogba, Donnarumma or Verratti, to manage without him now. Raiola had accumulated a fortune estimated at more than €50 million.
The good move: Red Star redeemed, extended beye…
And if we had the second big club that Paris is looking for since the disappearance of Racing? While Paris FC has been failing for two years in the L1 accession dam, the takeover of Red Star by the American investment fund, 777 Partners gives hope to the young coach, Habib Beye, extended for two years, more ambitions higher than the National for the red star club.
The stroke of luck: Nantes wins the Coupe de France
They’ve been waiting for this for 22 years. Thanks to a penalty from Blas just after the break, the Nantes Canaries beat the Nice Aiglons 1-0 for a fourth French Cup stamped Kombouaré. The first title of the Kita era.
The blow of old: Milan AC cocoon version
A victory in Sassuolo thanks to a double from Giroud (3-0) offers a 19th Scudetto to AC Milan, just ahead of Inter. The Rossonneri had been waiting for this since 2011. If we had told them that their salvation would go through a 35-year-old French striker and another, Swedish, 40-year-old (Ibra)!
The shot came close: City in 5 minutes and 30 seconds flat
A quarter of an hour from the end of the last day of the Premier League, the Citizens were not leading wide, led 0-2 on their lawn by Aston Villa while Liverpool prepared to march on Wolverhampton (3-1) and to style Guardiola’s players on the post. But that was without counting on Pep’s coaching. In 5 minutes and 30 seconds, Gundogan twice, Cancelo once, overturned the table to confirm that across the Channel, for ten years (6 titles and 3 times second), the best is City!
The masterstroke: Mourinho’s grand slam
Times are tough for the Special One… forced to be satisfied with a victory in C4 with Roma (Europa League Conference), in the small stadium of Tirana, in Albania, against Feyenoord (1-0) to still exist. And remember that this is his fifth European trophy in five finals, the first coach to win three European cups (C1 in 2004 and 2010, C3 in 2003 and 2017, C4 in 2022) with four different clubs.
The lead: Benzema Ballon d’Or!
Seen from France, Real’s 14th victory in the Champions League, against Liverpool 1-0, was mainly due to the quality of the organization (kick-off delayed by 35 minutes!) and the assurance of seeing the former public enemy number 1 of French football, KB7, to become Ballon d’Or at 34 years old. Like what, you should never despair of anything…
The blow of blues: the Greens in hell
History will remember that it was a Mother’s Day that the Greens experienced their fifth descent into L2. On penalties, against Auxerre, in the chaos of an evening marked by numerous violence inside and outside the Cauldron, the ghosts of the past resurfaced when the club was about to change hands. From L2… to L2, from 2004 to 2022, the Romeyer-Caiazzo duo did not really advance ASSE. And Prime Video to cancel a doc being filmed for this rescue that didn’t happen…
The crush: Wales shatters the dream of Ukraine
Postponed in March due to the Russian offensive, the 2022 World Cup play-off semi-final was played on June 1 at Hampden Park in Glasgow with a fantastic victory for Ukraine (3-1) but above all a stadium in unison who sang the Ukrainian anthem.
The final in Wales did not allow Zbirna to continue their epic (0-1 defeat), but it offered Gareth Bale the unique opportunity to participate in a World Cup. You have to go back to 1958 to find the trace of the only presence of the Welsh in a final phase of the World Cup. 64 years later, Wales will find their best enemy, England, the United States and Iran in a group B within their reach.