With the closing of the transfer Window, January was officially over. Whilst it wasn’t the exciting window that many had hoped for, there were some key moves that caught the imagination. The questions surrounding Jermaine Defoe’s future were answered as he became the latest player to make the jump across the pond to the MLS, signing for Toronto FC. The Canadian club were in overdrive as manager Ryan Nelsen reshaped his team ahead of the new season. US midfielder Michael Bradley and Brazilian Gilberto (not the former Arsenal one) moved to Toronto as owners MLSE splashed the cash. PSG continued their spending too by snapping up Yohan Cabaye fro Newcastle for a reported £23million, in a move that was only a matter of time coming. The transfer whilst expected stirred the Geordie fans up into yet another protest as they watched the window close with only one arrival – Luuk De Jong, albeit on loan.
Cardiff have been busy too in January not only with new players arriving but also a new manager in the form of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. We asked the question of whether the baby faced assassin turned manager could cope with the interfering Vincent Tan and so far he has but results on the pitch have been poor so it may only be a matter of time before he resurfaces. Tan’s main grievance with out going manager Malky MacKay was his overspending, something that Michel Platini is also keen on stamping out as part of his new financial fair play rules. The rules however as we discovered are anything but fair and we exposed the risks presented to clubs under the new guidelines. The subject will be debated strongly over the next year as it formerly kicks in this summer. Also this summer is the World Cup in Brazil. Last month we looked at the story of Thomas Donohoe, the father of football in Brazil. Many believe that it was Charles Miller but in fact it was Donohoe, a Scottish worker who emigrated to Brazil to work in a textile factory that arranged the countries first ever game. The world has Donohoe to thank for giving Brazil the beautiful game and he will rightly be remembered come June. The World Cup is likely to be a celebration but it will also be filled with sadness, mostly for Portugal who lost the great Eusebio in January. The Portuguese and Benfica legend will be always remembered for what he contributed to the game and how he became one of the games greatest ever players.
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