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David Beckham: From Hero to Zero

Started on 9 February 2013 by Glenn T
Latest Reply on 7 October 2014 by Mr.O
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A Second Cup Final

Aston Villa are through to the FA Cup Final, after beating Chelsea 2-1 courtesy of goals from former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard himself and striker Christian Benteke.

Chelsea's John Obi Mikel struck first, but Lampard cancelled it out, dealing his former club misery with a fantastic strike to make it 1-1.

Benteke broke Chelsea hearts and delighted Villa fans as he scored a late goal in the closing minutes of the game, after the match went to extra time.

It was a fantastic match for Villa who fought back in the second half after looking particularly sloppy before the half-time whistle.

"A combination of luck and skill," mused David Beckham. "We restrained Chelsea's attack very well, especially Stevan Jovetic. You can never stop him on his day.

"But what has mattered is we're now in the FA Cup Final. It is an opportunity to win another trophy and I think if we do win it I can call this season a success."

Aston Villa will face League One side Preston North End in the Final, but Beckham has urged his players to block out the words of fans that say the team has already won the cup, instead telling them to focus on the game and not get complacent.

"Preston has had an unbelievable run in this tournament. They beat Swansea and Stoke, and they will be looking to beat us next.

"With all they have accomplished, they will be fighting for victory and they won't be looking to throw it away, absolutely not.

"If we're not at our best, Preston might just be able to get that victory they want.

"I'm not listening to what anyone else is saying, and I can only urge my team to do the same. This will be a close match. It is not a sure-win thing.

"When we win the FA Cup, then this season will truly be a successful season."
Super Frank
Super Frank
Super Frank
Super Frankie Lampard!

2013-03-18 22:46#85690 DarKillerChris : Super,
Super Frank
Super Frank
Super Frank
Super Frankie Lampard!


Indeed ;)
Lol. FA Cup is in the bag!

April: Dat Form

Aston Villa have hit form and have been unbeatable throughout the month, something that will please both David Beckham and the Villa board. The team are also through to the FA Cup Final after outwitting Chelsea 2-1 in the Semis.

Premier League
Aston Villa 1 - 0 West Ham

Huddersfield 0 - 0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa 3 - 1 Wigan

Fulham 1 - 3 Aston Villa

FA Cup Semi Final
Aston Villa 2 - 1 Chelsea

Aston Villa's Mattheus has come 2nd place in the Young Player of the Month award.

Wellington Nem is also runner-up for the Player of the Month award.

Meanwhile, Beckham himself has won the Manager of the Month award after leading his side to an unbeaten run this month and he will no doubt be pleased about that.

The 100 Club

Aston Villa forward Wellington Nem has joined the 100 club after making his 100th appearance in a Villa shirt against Tottenham Hotspur today.

The Brazilian joined Villa only three years ago from Fluminense on a 3.5 million bargain. He is now worth 13.5 million after scoring 25 goals and notching up 30 assists in the 100 appearances he made for the Birmingham club.

"I didn't know that was my one hundredth appearance," Nem reveals with a chuckle after the match. "It's very pleasing to know that I've done so much for Villa. I love this club and I hope to be able to make 200, 300, 400 appearances in the future."

Nem has established himself as one of the key players at Villa and is a firm fan favorite among the fans - having been the club's top assist winner each season since his arrival.

Amazingly, the 23-year-old has only 2 caps for the Brazil national team, something his manager David Beckham has expressed frustration about.

However, Nem has admitted that he is disappointed at his lack of caps, but will remain patient.

"The Brazil team is one of the best in the world. I am disappointed but I do understand that fact. I will remain patient because I am confident I can be a Brazil regular in the future."
A great milestone for a great player on a great story :)
2013-03-19 00:41#85709 Blue : A great milestone for a great player on a great story :)

Indeed :)

FA Cup Final 2015

Gary Neville: Welcome, one and all, to Wembley Stadium! Once again, it is me, Gary Neville, and with me here is former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, part-time media pundit and Colchester United assistant manager.

Jamie Carragher: Glad to be here.

Gary Neville: Loosen up on that Scouse accent today, will you, Carra? Let's get on with the team line-ups.

Aston Villa: Lindegaard; Johnson, Vlaar, Doria, Clark; M'Vila, Lampard, Hughes; Kaka, Nem; Benteke

Preston: Stuckmann; Francomb, Huntington, Cansdell-Sherriff, Laird; Carruthers, Mousinho, Keegan, Buchanan; Beavon, Hume

Jamie Carragher: Lindegaard starts in goal for Aston Villa as usual and at right-back we have my old teammate Glen Johnson. Vlaar and Doria make up the central defense while Ciaran Clark plays at the left-back position. A very strong defense and Preston will find it extremely hard to break it down. Yann M'Vila will support both the defense and midfield in his role as the defensive midfielder. A very strong defense and Preston will find it extremely hard to break it down.

Gary Neville: Frank Lampard has returned for the FA Cup Final after helping his team beat his former team Chelsea in the Semis. Will Hughes will play alongside him while Kaka and Wellington Nem man the wings.

Jamie Carragher: And lastly, in-form striker Christian Benteke will spearhead the attack. What do you think of David's chosen line-up for today, Gary?

Gary Neville: It obviously shows he is not making the mistake of underestimating Preston. Fabian Delph will miss this match after a very silly dive in Villa's last match against Newcastle, and he will be a big loss for Villa but Frank Lampard and Will Hughes are just as good. I'm just surprised Gary Gardner is on the bench today.

Jamie Carragher: Probably because of his poor performance against Newcastle but I'm certain he'll be coming on as a substitute later on.

Gary Neville: Let's move on to the Preston squad today. Thorsten Stuckmann will play today. He's a very good goalkeeper for Preston and will be doing his best to keep Christian Benteke's shots away from goal.

Jamie Carragher: A four-man back line of Francomb, Huntington, Cansdell-Sherriff, and Scott Laird. Laird will be key to Preston's hopes for victory today, he is a quality full-back. His fellow defenders today are not rotation players either, they are all solid first-team players. Preston boss Steve Cotterill has picked a very strong defensive line.

Gary Neville: Former Aston Villa youth player Samir Carruthers will play against his old team today. John Mousinho and David Buchanan also start the match but I am puzzled over the inclusion of Paul Keegan. He hasn't been on form lately, but then again, Cotterill has a really small squad to work with.

Jamie Carragher: Leading the attack for Preston will be Stuart Beavon and Ian Hume. They have scored 24 goals between them this season, but can they get through a defense of Johnson, Vlaar, Doria and Clark?

Gary Neville: I suppose we will have to wait and see, don't we, Jamie? Right, they are getting in their positions. There goes the referee's whistle. Time for the game!

1' - We kick off here at the Wembley Stadium, with both FA Cup hopefuls Aston Villa and Preston going up against each other.

26' - Ciaran Clark's intended cross for Christian Benteke instead goes past Stuckmann and into the net, but before the Villa players can celebrate, the ref has given a free kick to Preston because of Benteke fouling Stuckmann with a push.

31' GOAL - Will Hughes plays it to Wellington Nem who effortlessly weaves past Preston defenders to coolly slot in a beautiful finish. Aston Villa 1-0 up!

45' - HT: Aston Villa 1 - 0 Preston. A very good match for the Villans so far.

45' - We return to the Wembley Stadium for the second half, and Christian Benteke, who has been ineffective so far, has gone off for Jack Grealish to come in. Wellington Nem will move to play Benteke's position, while Grealish will go to the left wing.

66' - Glen Johnson has picked up a knock from a dirty challenge by Samir Carruthers.

69' - A double substitution from Aston Villa as Frank Lampard and Glen Johnson come off for Gary Gardner and Kolo Toure respectively.

70' - Cotterill also makes a change as Carl Finnigan comes on for Ian Hume.

72' GOAL - Wellington Nem puts in a cross for Gary Gardner who unleashes a powerful strike to keep his side up 2-0, just minutes after his introduction into the match. It seems we won't be seeing a Preston upset today.

90' - FT: Aston Villa 2 - 0 Preston. And Aston Villa have secured the FA Cup! David Beckham's first managerial trophy! Villa's first FA Cup since 1957! Villa supporters will be partying all night!

FA Cup: The Aftermath

Aston Villa have won the FA Cup after a 2-0 win against Preston in the FA Cup Final.

It is, indeed, David Beckham's first trophy as a manager and Aston Villa's first FA Cup since 1957.

Randy Lerner and the Aston Villa board are understood to be pleased with Beckham and the team's performance.

Villa favorite Nigel Spink has also heaped praise on Beckham.

And best of all...

May: End to Epicness

It was indeed an epic season for Aston Villa and David Beckham, who failed to do well in the Premier League, yet played in two cup finals, winning one of them.

Premier League
Tottenham 2 - 2 Aston Villa

Aston Villa 1 - 3 Newcastle

Aston Villa 3 - 2 Blackburn

FA Cup Final
Aston Villa 2 - 0 Preston

Premier League 2014/15

Aston Villa: 12th

Champions: Manchester United
Runner-Up: Manchester City
Champions League Qualification: Manchester United; Manchester City; Tottenham; Arsenal
Europa League Qualification: Liverpool; Chelsea; Aston Villa
Relegated: Sunderland; Huddersfield; Cardiff

Premier League 2014/15 Awards

There were no awards given to any Aston Villa players this season, but Gary Gardner came runner-up for the Young Player of the Year award.

Golden Glove

Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Footballer of the Year

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Goal of the Season

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Manager of the Year

Jose Mourinho (Manchester United)

Players' Player of the Year

Stevan Jovetic (Chelsea)

Players' Team of the Year

Hart; Jones, Badstuber, Kompany, Baines; Valencia, Mata, Rodriguez, Bale; Rooney, Jovetic

Players' Young Player of the Year

James Rodriguez (Arsenal)

Golden Boot

Stevan Jovetic (Chelsea)
Wow! So many ups and downs in this season man! The win of the FA cup is something to be incredibly proud about. Unlucky to lose the Carling Cup final but a 1-0 loss to United is still a very good performance. Well done mate, more success surely around the corner!
2013-03-19 13:30#85833 VellaMagic : Wow! So many ups and downs in this season man! The win of the FA cup is something to be incredibly proud about. Unlucky to lose the Carling Cup final but a 1-0 loss to United is still a very good performance. Well done mate, more success surely around the corner!

Thanks Vella :)

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