With under 48 hours left until we kiss 2008 goodbye, many are taking stock of the year that was and a variety of videos have been put together reminding us of how the season has so far panned out for some of football’s biggest names.
12 months ago Amr Zaki was unknown to most outside Egypt. However, after just five months of plying his trade at Wigan, and bagging an impressive 11 goals so far this campaign, Zaki has propelled himself as one of the hottest striking talents around. It is hugely doubtful whether Steve Bruce will be able to hold onto his main goalscorer past the end of the season when a bidding war could well break out for the striker.
Highlights of Amr Zaki’s season so far can be seen here.
Arguably the most high profile transfer last summer saw AC Milan sign Ronaldinho from Barcelona for Â£14.6m. The 28-year-old had been experiencing a wretched time at in Catalonia, falling out of favour with Frank Rijkaard, piling on the pounds, and with huge doubts being placed about the Brazilian’s future. But moving to Italy appears to have given the bucked-tooth genius a new lease of life, with Ronaldinho having been in outstanding for for the Rossoneri so far this term.
Highlights of Ronaldinho’s season so far can be seen here.
In Ronaldinho’s absense at the Nou Camp, Thierry Henry has appeared to have finally settled at Barcelona. His first season in Spain after his move from Arsenal was largely a disappointment with Henry failing to hold down a place in the Barca starting line-up. Yet, under new manager Pep Guardiola, the Frenchman has managed to get a lot more playing time under his belt, and with it his performances have been a marked improvement.
Highlights of Thierry Henry’s season so far can be seen here.
Lastly, Harry Kewell’s renaissance at Galatasaray has also been one of the unsung stories of this season so far. At Liverpool Kewell was a permanent fixture on the injury table with the Aussie never able to string together a decent run of games in attain the match fitness needed to play week in, week out in the Premier League. Looking to resurrect his career, Kewell opted to move to Turkey and so far he has not looked back. Managing to keep his fitness in check, Kewell has so far scored nine goals this season with Gala winning every match in which their number 19 has his the net.
Highlights of Harry Kewell’s season so far can be seen here.
Setanta Sports have put together a brilliant video, just 3.51 minutes long, reviewing all the major highlights to unfold during the first half of the 2008/09 Premier League season. It’s quick, slick and straight to the point.
See Setanta’s Premier League review of the season so far here.
On a separate note, the top 10 goals from the last year in the Eredivisie can be seen here.