Year 2015 is well into December and as we wait to usher in 2016 it is time to take a look back into the events of this year that saw so many amazing battles on the football pitch and witnessed history being made as Barcelona became the first club to win a treble for a second time in their history. We will take a look at the footballing incidents that kept Twitterati abuzz this year.
In one of the most hotly-contested battles of the 2014/15 Champions League campaign, ten-man Paris Saint-Germain defeated Chelsea in the second leg of their round of 16 clash to eliminate the reigning English champions prematurely. The first leg had ended in a 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes and heading into the return leg at home the Blues were confident of securing their passage to the last eight. However, former Blue David Luiz struck late in the second half to send the match into extra time where Thiago Silva scored a header to send the Londoners packing. Luiz didn’t held back in celebrating against his former employers which helped the Twitteratis embrace the story with glee.
Jose didn’t get on the train… pic.twitter.com/y95U0UQ6Sq
— Footy Memes (@FootyMemes) March 11, 2015
Lionel Messi played one of the games of his life when he scored twice and assisted once for Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayer Munich to help his side to a 3-0 win. His second goal was a connoisseurs’ delight as he left Jerome Boateng on his backside and lobbed the ball over Manuel Neuer into the Bayern net. The goal of such precise beauty and the manner of its execution had Twitter buzzing.
Watch it in slow motion and you can see the exact moment when Messi reaches over and takes Boateng’s batteries out.
— Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh) May 6, 2015
One of the first acts of Louis van Gaal as Manchester United boss was to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal. His decision came back to haunt him as the Red Devils’ youth product won the FA Cup quarter-final for the Gunners with his goal at Old Trafford in March.
Brilliant celebration from Welbeck none of that respect Man Utd fans nonsense. Did they not celebrate when Rooney scored out of respect? — Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 9, 2015
Arsenal secured their second successive FA Cup when they humiliated Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley in May. The Gunners’ successive FA Cup triumph made waves on Twitter.
REMINDER: I’ve suspended my #WengerOut campaign until end of the season. But minor Wenger moaning will be unavoidable.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 13, 2015
Leicester City barely escaped relegation last season, and not much was expected of them this year either. However, contrary to all expectations, they are sitting atop the league table. Jamie Vardy, who was playing non-league football not too long ago, has gone on to make a Premier League record of scoring in 11 successive games. The England international’s unprecedented success captured the attention of social media. Players with similar or better goalscoring streaks than Jamie Vardy
BRILLIANT: Lionel Messi reacts to Jamie Vardy’s record-breaking goal. https://t.co/y3XT6LGbCA
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) November 28, 2015
Steven Gerrard’s red card against Manchester United also kept twitter fiends abuzz. The former Liverpool skipper came on as a substitute at the start of the second half but his appearance for the Reds didn’t last for a complete minute as the match referee gave him his marching orders after a rough tackle on Ander Herrera.
Heatmap of Gerrard’s appearance today. pic.twitter.com/sLLtKGgPpO
— Alwyn Payne (@AlwynPayne) March 22, 2015