Brazilian love for the Football League - a season review
If you are unfamiliar with Gilmar Siqueira and Football League Brasil, please, please read this article first.
If you already know about them, read on…
I asked for Gilmar to sum up his thoughts on Football League Brasil’s first season covering the Championship, League One and League Two. In his reply, he apologised for his English and I could have attempted to rewrite this. But I think it reads far more beautifully without any of my meddling. I just wish I could speak as eloquently in Portuguese about the Brazilian lower leagues.
One last thing – I don’t often ask for retweets or shares or anything like that, but feel free to spread this around Facebook and Twitter. These Brazilian kids slog their guts out writing about the Football League in this country and it would mean the world to them if a lot of people read it.
Sorry, I’m going now. Without further ado, Gilmar Siqueira…
Best possible start
The season of “The Football League” to “Brazil Football League” could not have developed a better way. First, we started to write and comment on what we love most, with support from many people, especially in England, and second, it seems that the whole team this season was very striking.
The Championship was marked by the dominance of QPR
Under the guidance of Neil Warnock the Hoops started the season very well and remained unbeaten for 19 games, including getting a draw in the last minute against Derby County. The main name in the Rangers’ season was also the ace of the division, the Moroccan Adel Taarabt, who scored 19 goals (being the top scorer of the team).
It is noteworthy that the QPR developed an excessive reliance on this player and will not even think about missing it. The same title was only for the final round thanks to “Faurlin case” since the Hoops could have sacred champions after they had beaten Watford. Still, the feeling of returning to the elite of English football after 15 years has been elusive.
The fight was really intense from the second place which was only decided at the end of the championship. Who’s got the way into the Premier League was Norwich, newly arisen from League One as champions. Fantastic seasons that counted the Canaries with goals from Grant Holt to ensure access.
The last wave came logically through the playoffs and ended up with the Swansea, who became the first Welsh team to compete in the Premier League. Brendan Rodgers’s team (which among the three previously mentioned has the best squad) beat Reading 4-2 in a historic game at Wembley Stadium, having passed through Nottingham Forest.
At the bottom of the table had to drop the traditional Preston who failed to save even under the leadership of Phil Brown. Another who tried to survival in the later rounds but found nothing was Scunthorpe. Perhaps among the three, the situation more complicated was that of Sheffield United, which had a good cast and good coach.
If QPR dominated the Championship, did the same in the Brighton League One
Led by Uruguayan Gus Poyet the excellent Brighton, even without large medallions, demonstrated an impressive regularity to bring the trophy to the South of England, despite having a cast technically weaker than that of Southampton, runner-up.
With Lambert playing very young and growing Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain during the season, the very traditional Southampton proved effective both at home and away from their fields. With 52 points earned at Saint Mary’s Stadium, the Saints ended their League One just three points behind the champions Brighton.
Even depending on the playoffs to reach the promotion, Peterborough might have shown the best football of the competition. One team clearly focused on the attack charmed fans in London with a “trident” formed by Mackail-Smith, voted best player in the competition, George Boyd and Grant McCann, who under the baton of Darren Ferguson returned to the first level of a Football League years after his demotion.
As for the bottom of the table, no big surprise. Plymouth probably would have remained but for the huge financial crisis that hit him, but in general the downgrades were fair. It must be noted also the lantern Swindon, that even with many remnants of last season, when almost guaranteed access to the Championship, failed to repeat the good performances and just one more step down the pyramid of English football.
In League Two had emotion from the top to the bottom of the table all season
This season’s League Two certainly be missed. Until the last round, many teams still have something to play, is at the top of the table, with the dispute, of vacancies remaining to League One, either in the fight against relegation. Another striking point this season was the fickleness of some teams. Many of them lived in troubled phase out the four lines, which ended up influencing the pitch, or by sale of athletes or late payments.
The champion, undisputed, was the Chesterfield. With a stunning contribution to his players, like Craig Davies, Danny Whitaker and Deane Smalley, beyond the experience of Ian Breckin side, former Nottingham Forest. The team made a very safe during the entire campaign season. When tripped, was lucky his competitors do not win, which prevented them from approaching the then leader of the competition.
In addition to Bury, the striker Ryan Lowe, who ended up finishing as runners-up, and Wycombe, third place, other teams tried to impose pressure on the Chesterfield. However, Rotherham, Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra have been dropped from production, making room for teams that targeted the area of the play-offs. Rotherham and Crewe Alexandra suffered from the lack of cast during the season, and despite having a good starting lineup, left to be desired on the bench.
Joins all the growth of teams like Shrewsbury, Torquay United, Stevenage and Accrington Stanley. The Accrington, who was a favorite to secure a play-off places on it amended a fine unbeaten sequence, broken only in the defeat to Stevenage, exactly in the play-offs. Stevenage moreover, that stood out for many points this season, winning the play-off, taking the right spot to League One, eliminated the mighty Newcastle in the FA Cup, and gained access coming from the fifth division, that is, moved up two divisions in two seasons.
In the fight against relegation, thrills to the end. With a 1-0 victory in the last round, got rid of the Barnet hell. The other lowered, that, consequently, ended as the worst team in the competition, was the Stockport.
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