#1 playoff victory since winning the by jinshuiqian0713 27.11.2019 02:49

It was back in late January 2011 when Liverpool announced on their website they had rejected a bid from Chelsea for Fernando Torres. The offer was reported to be worth £40 million. After failing to land Torres shortly after Chelsea had completed a domestic double in May 2010, Roman Abramovich would not be denied a third time. Just before the clock struck midnight on the closing day of the January 2011 transfer window Chelsea announced on their website the signing of a player the owner craved most. Where Liverpool had adamantly stated through a club spokesperson only a few days earlier that the player fastest in the clubs history to register 50 league goals was not for sale, even they could not turn down an English transfer record for the then 26-year old Spaniard. Robinhos summer 2008 move to Manchester City for £32.5 million had stood as the record until Abramovich wrote that now infamous £50 million cheque to Liverpool for Torres. A player entering his supposed prime years, who only six months earlier had helped Spain bask in the glory of a very first World Cup triumph. We all know now of course that Torres would not ever rediscover the form for Chelsea he displayed in abundance during his early seasons at Anfield. His debut season in English football, where Torres became the first Liverpool player in over two decades to score twenty league goals, and 33 in all competitions was followed up in 2008/2009 with a nomination on the three-man short list for FIFA World Player of the Year. This though was a season where Torres was hampered by a number of hamstring injuries which restricted him to only 24 BPL appearances. It ended with Liverpool recording their best-ever finish in the BPL era, a runners up spot in a season where they pushed Manchester United all the way to the title. The following season, which culminated in that South African World Cup triumph, was ended early due to a recurring knee injury which required surgery on two occasions. The second of which in April 2010 made Torres a huge doubt to even make Del Bosques squad. Make it though Torres did. There would be no match-winning heroics like at EURO 2008 where the lone Torres marker late in the first half was enough for Spain to overcome Germany in the final. Appearing in a World Cup Final is the dream of all footballers, the pinnacle of any professional career. For Torres it heralded the beginning of the end. Regime change at Anfield in summer 2010 with Hodgson replacing Benitez likely hastened the Spaniards desire to leave Liverpool and the club which launched him into the conversation as one of the most feared strikers in all of world football. Much like loaned out players who are prevented from appearing against their own clubs, Torres would most definitely have preferred that his Chelsea debut did not come against Liverpool. For Liverpool supporters at Stamford Bridge, February 6, 2011 afforded an opportunity to let Torres know how they felt. In the crowd that day I was keenly interested to see how they and Torres would react with their almost instant reunion. I got my answer as the two teams emerged from the tunnel area and onto the pitch. Out into the glare of the cameras and floodlights, Torres glanced knowingly to the section of the ground where he knew the 3,000 Liverpool supporters would be. He Who Betrays Will Always Walk Alone one banner read. Taunting Torres each time he touched the ball, Ancelotti had seen enough when he hauled a clearly affected Torres off just after the hour mark. There would be no loving glance to the Liverpool supporters as he took his place on that vastly expensive Chelsea bench. The man with the £50 million price tag weighed him down like an anchor for the remainder of that 2010/11 season. Torres only scored a solitary goal, which came in his fourteenth appearance, during a BPL match in late April against West Ham. A muddy pitch playing its part as Torres slotted home late in the game, the relief all around was evident in the celebration. In all Torres would play three more frustrating seasons in West London. The goals didnt flow but the titles did. An FA Cup, Champions League and a Europa League for Chelsea and the EURO 2012 crown, in a competition where Torres was top scorer. For the defining image of his Chelsea career the jury is still out, and always will be. Was it that moment back in September 2011 where he wanted the Old Trafford pitch to swallow him hole after he slumped to his knees having rounded De Gea and then proceeded to miss the simplest of open goals? Or was it when he left Victor Valdes on his knees as he rounded the Barcelona goalkeeper in that April 2012 Champions League semifinal second leg, scoring the decisive goal en route to Chelseas only ever Champions League triumph in Munich a few weeks later? Abramovich might be poorer because of the close to $100 million he lavished on Torres, but the club the billionaire Russian owns are certainly richer for it. With Torres expected to go out on loan next month from the San Siro to Atlético Madrid, the club he has supported since childhood and who he captained at only 19, what price if the two teams are paired again in the later stages of this seasons Champions League? Noel.Butler@BellMedia.ca @TheSoccerNoel on Twitter Marcell Ozuna Cardinals Jersey . Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane wanted to stay in Chicago and the Blackhawks wanted to keep the high-scoring forwards in the only NHL uniform they have ever known. Miles Mikolas Jersey . 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The Lions fired Schwartz on Monday, one day after their late-season slide ended with a loss at Minnesota. He had two years and nearly $12 million left on his contract. Schwartz informed the players of the decision during a team meeting. "I feel awful for him," Lions centre Dominic Raiola said. "I feel like we let him down." Team President Tom Lewand said the search has begun for what he thinks is one of the most -- if not the most -- attractive opportunities for a head coach in the NFL. "I can verify that by the number of calls we have already gotten since the announcement was made," Lewand said. "Going through a thorough process is extremely important. That doesnt necessarily it has to be a long process." San Diego Chargers offensive co-ordinator Ken Whisenhunt is among the potential candidates. Whisenhunt led the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl during a six-year run as their coach and Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is a former Washington Redskins teammate. The Lions also let offensive co-ordinator Scott Linehan and wide receivers coach Tim Lappano seek other jobs, saying the rest of the staff is under contract, including some assistants for the 2014 season. Detroit flopped to a 7-9 record this year after a 6-3 record start put the franchise in a position to win a division title for the first time since 1993. "That is the reason we are sitting here having this conversation," Lewand said. Schwartz was 29-51 over five seasons, including a 10-6 mark in 2011 that lifted the Lions to their only post-season appearance this century. The former Tennessee Titans defensive co-ordinator was hired in 2009 when Detroit was coming off the NFLs first 0-16 season. "Jim inherited a very tough job," Mayhew acknowledged. Schwartz led the Lions to two wins in his first year, six the next and to double digits in victories two years ago for the first time since 1995 to help them end an 11-year post-season drought. The Lions lost their last eight games last year after a .500 start. They collapsed again this season with four straight losses and six in a seven-game stretch -- blowing fourth-quarter leads in each setback -- after they took control of the NFC North race. Detroit and the 2000 San Diego Chargers are the only NFL teams since 1940 to lose fourth-quarter leads in seven games in a season, according to STATS. "From where we were in 2008 to where we are now its a big differencce," quarterback Matthew Stafford said.dddddddddddd. "We owe a lot of that to him. Hes a really smart guy and helped us get to where we are. Obviously, we didnt win as many games as we needed to or as we should have this year." The Lions took on the personality of their demonstrative and emotionally charged coach and that wasnt always good news for them. When Detroit ran the ball instead of having turnover-prone Stafford throw late in regulation of its 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Giants in Week 16, the crowd reacted with a loud chorus of boos. Schwartz responded by looking away from the field and screaming something toward the stands. Schwartz negated a video review and was called for unsportsmanlike conduct by angrily throwing a challenge flag last season when Houstons Justin Forsett scored after two Lions tackled him, leading to a defeat during an eight-game, season-ending slide. The previous year, Schwartz had a heated exchange with San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh and had to be separated following their postgame handshake. "The stuff that happened with Harbaugh just was an incident," Detroit guard Rob Sims said. "The stuff with the fans just was an incident. Thats not an everyday occurrence." Schwartz was 12-32 in games in November or later for a .273 winning percentage that was the worst for a coach in five-plus straight seasons with a team since Denvers Lou Saban won one-quarter of those late-season games from 1967-1971, according to STATS. His .363 winning percentage overall with the Lions is the worst by an NFL coach in his first five full seasons since John McKay won fewer than 30 per cent of his games with the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976-1980. The Lions gave Schwartz an extension entering the 2012 season, when he had one year left on his four-deal worth about $11 million. The second contract made him the longest-tenured coach the franchise has had since Wayne Fontes led the Lions from 1988-96. Bobby Ross, Gary Moeller, Marty Mornhinweg, Steve Mariucci, Dick Jauron -- on an interim basis -- and Rod Marinelli all had a chance to lead a franchise with only one playoff victory since winning the 1957 NFL title before Schwartz got a shot to be a head coach for the first time at any level. The Lions would like to hire someone, who runs a 4-3 defence and has head coaching experience, but theyre not going to overlook assistants who fit the profile theyre looking for. "The goal isnt to hire the biggest name or the most popular candidate and win the next press conference," Lewand said. "Its to win football games in 2014 and to win a championship." ' ' '

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