June Story of the Month
So, another month of reading and posting of stories has passed, and the judges have made their decisions in yet another difficult month for the judges to decide their nominations. Competition for a coveted nomination seems to be hotting up more and more each month. So, let's have a look at what stories made it onto this month's poll...
Glenn T's David Beckham: From Hero to Zero
Glenn T is back on the June SotM poll after missing out on the previous month's. It has been an eventful June for Glenn and David Beckham. Having secured a domestic treble with Bayern Munich the previous season, Beckham was determined to go all out this time and signed players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thiago Alcantara for high fees. The season started off well as Bayern clinched the DFL Super Cup for the second consecutive season, and they never looked back as Beckham's boys went on to storm the league, winning the Bundesliga with 0 losses in 34 league games. However, that wasn't all for David Beckham as his side soon made history as the first ever club on the planet to win four trophies in one season - the Bundesliga, the DFB Pokal, the DFL Super Cup and the Champions League. After a great season, Beckham travelled to Turkey with his England team for Euro 2020. England bossed the tournament, finally only losing out to Spain on penalties in the Final.
k1rups' Olympique Lyonnais: Reclaiming France
Last month's SotM winner makes it on the poll again. Since the last month, k1rups and Remi Garde have been going places. They ended the 2013/14 season with a domestic treble, clinching the Trophee des Champions at the start of the season, followed by the Ligue 1 title, and the Coupe de la Ligue. Garde built on this by signing players like Sebastian Corchia and Younes Belhanda for the new season, and it went well. A job offer from Serie A side Inter Milan was rejected mid-season as Garde stayed loyal. In response, Lyon went one step further, claiming the Champions League to complete a quadruple. Another tempting job offer was rejected at the end of the season as Garde opted to stay with Lyon instead of move to the big time with Spanish giants Real Madrid. Lyon charged on into the 2015/16 season and are currently top of the league once again with 22 wins and 1 draw in 23 games. Can they finish the season unbeaten? Even if they don't, it is clear - that Remi Garde and Lyon have succeeded in reclaiming France.
Justice's Vauxhall Motors - The Path To Power
Regular SotM nominee Justice returns with his Vauxhall Motors story. Bono's Vauxhall started the month of June in bad shape as they sat 22nd in the Championship and in danger of being relegated back to League One. However, Vauxhall eventually managed to pull through, finishing 21st, five points away from the relegation zone. A mass recruitment in the summer saw star players like Isaiah Osbourne joining the club. In their first month of the 2019/20 season, it gave a hint of what was to come ahead as Vauxhall enjoyed a great run of results. As Vauxhall steadily rose to the top of the Championship table, former Premier League stars Mark Bunn and Lee Cattermole were brought in to keep Vauxhall going. However, temptation soon arrived in the form of Scottish champions Celtic, who wanted Bono to lead as manager. Having been a Celtic fan all his life, it was certainly a hard decision to make. Ultimately, Bono decided to stay on with Vauxhall Motors, and the Motormen finished 2nd in the Championship despite being predicted to be relegation contenders again. The Premier League beckons.
neal09's The Rise of the Nerazzurri-The Danish Invasion
It is neal09's first time getting a nomination on the SotM poll. On his story, Neal adopts the persona of Inter Milan legend Giuseppe Bergomi, who takes over as manager of his old club, and later, also attains the job of Denmark's national team boss. This month saw Bergomi top of the table with Inter in October 2014, 5 points clear of 2nd-placed Juventus. With Inter having been a major force in Europe and Italy since Bergomi took over, this wasn't really much of a surprise. Moussa Sissoko and Giuseppe Bellusci were recruited in January to keep the title push going, but crisis soon struck the blue half of Milan as Francesco Bardi and Samir Handanovic both suffered injuries, meaning third-choice Vid Belec had to keep goal for awhile. Meanwhile, Denmark rose to an astonishing 4th in the FIFA World Rankings, citing their continuous rise since the appointment of Bergomi. In the Champions League, Inter were drawn with Barcelona in the Champions League Quarter Final. Belec was incredible and the third-choice certainly gave Bergomi some food for thought as the first leg finished 1-1 at the Nou Camp. Unfortunately, Barcelona eventually went through on away goals after a 2-2 draw in the second leg. At the end of the season, Inter finished as Serie A champions with 99 points and only 1 loss from 38 games, while also winning the Coppa Italia to give retiring captain Javier Zanetti a proper send-off.
Okikos' Dynastie de Rouge, Éric Cantona - Manchester United
This particular story is a new one on both the poll and the site. Manchester United legend Eric Cantona was announced as the new manager of the Red Devils after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, beating names like David Moyes, Jose Mourinho and Laurent Blanc to the coveted job. King Eric quickly marked his return by sacking various staff members and bringing in his own, as well as a typical explosive press conference. Great players were quickly added to United's star-studded team, like Sandro and Stevan Jovetic, while youngsters like Mattia de Sciglio, Hachim Mastour and Neal Maupay were also recruited. Will the return of King Eric be successful for Manchester United? Well, whatever happens, we all know that the Red Devils' dazzling reporter, Gemma Atkinson, will always be there.
Get voting! (paragraphs by Glenn T)