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RICHARDS’ FALL FROM STARDOM: WHAT WENT WRONG?

On November 15, 2006 in Amsterdam,   Micah Richards became England’s youngest-ever defender and earned rave reviews for brilliant performances against the Netherlands, neutralizing the threat of then-Chelsea winger Arjen Robben.


Much has changed over the decade for Richards, who, after suffering relegation to the Championship with Aston Villa, now finds himself down the pecking order at the Midlands club, behind the likes of Tommy Elphick, James Chester and Nathan Baker. With only three appearances to his name this season, it appears an opportunity will only come for the player should injuries or suspension occurs.

Bursting onto the scene as a teenager, Richards made his senior club debut against Arsenal in October 2005, he made quite impression both on and off the pitch, when after scoring a last-minute equalizer in the FA Cup fifth-round clash with Aston Villa in February 2006, he swore on television. But despite the F-bomb blunder, it was refreshing to see a youngster show genuine passion and his youthful exuberance only endeared him further to the city faithful.

The Birmingham-born star would not have to wait long to feature for his country and was picked by Steve McClaren to play against the Netherlands. He featured 11 times scoring once against Israel at Wembley in 2007.

The same season, Richards had cemented himself as a first-choice member of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Manchester City side, becoming the youngest player to captain the club in a match due to the absence of Richard Dunne.

The takeover of City by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008 saw the influx of high-profile players, but it was to be the arrival of Argentina’s Pablo Zabaleta – who signed a day before the change of ownership – that would have the biggest impact on the long-term future of Richards.

Four years on from his England debut, Richards had made just one international appeaerance under Fabio Capello. He suffered ignominy after he was taken-off at half-time as City fell 3-1 to sunderland at the Etihad in March 2012, with their title aspirations under threat, they battled back to draw 3-3. From then on, he was replaced by Zabaleta as The Citizens went on to win the league. Read more »

Mark Warbuton is eager to reach the Champions League

For the past few years, the only Scottish club that has been able to consistently reach the Champions League and compete in the European competition is Celtic FC but the head coach of Rangers FC, Mark Warbuton has recently voiced his desire to push his team to the prestigious tournament just how Celtic has been regularly doing.


“It’s good for Scottish football that they got through to the group stages. At some stage, I want to be involved in the Champions League. Then you have to get the squad to deal with that. The big clubs have the strength in depth to deal with the difficulties thrown up by those types of high-quality games, but getting there has got to be our long-term aim.

To get into the Champions League you need to win the Premiership title, it’s that simple.Are we ready to win the title is the obvious question because, if you do that, then you’re in the qualifying rounds. We’ve got to make sure we’re highly competitive and I’m very comfortable with what we have in terms of the squad.”Mark Warbuton of Rangers said as he expressed his ambition of competing in the Champions League. Read more »

Ronaldinho Tribute – Impossible to Forget HD.mp4

Video Rating: 4 / 5