Sunday, 19 May 2013

Beckham and Heynckes in tears as they say goodbye to the beautiful game.


One last piece of magic from the dead-ball master. One last corner, one last caress. And then the tears, the embraces, the standing ovation.

Even if David Beckham had scored — rather than providing one final, inch-perfect assist — it could not have been more dramatic. And as he left the field for the last time at the Parc des Princes in Paris, the tears would not be denied.

An emotional Beckham hid his face on the shoulders of Paris Saint-Germain team-mates as they embraced him. He wiped his face on his shirt, waved to his family in the stands and fell into a hug from the bear-like figure of manager Carlo Ancelotti. 
Up you go: After the final whistle, Beckham was flung into the air by his team-mates
Moving: Beckham put the English flag around his neck for a lap of honour after the match

Proud: David Beckham was joined by his three sons with the Ligue 1 trophy after helping PSG to victory

When he returned to the field after the final whistle, his team-mates picked him up and threw him in the air. When all was said and done, Beckham had that final assist to savour. Crafted with the skill that was his gift from the footballing gods, Beckham sent a corner in the 31st minute into a deadly arc. A late dip sent the ball beyond despairing defenders and Blaise Matuidi, gave this parting gift the treatment it deserved by scoring on the volley.
It was just what the evening demanded. Two thunderous finishes by Zlatan Ibrahimovic sandwiched Beckham’s own farewell party piece — and ensured that the Englishman ended a 3-1 winner over Brest in Paris. The heart-wrenching exit, accompanied by an unforgettable reception from the Parisian crowd, was the perfect way to bow out, much as it pained the emotional superstar.


Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes also brought the curtain down on his domestic career with the Bundesliga champions with a tearful performance in the post-match press conference.  The 68-year-old is making way for former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola at the end of the season and Munich ensured he signed off with a win as they won 4-3 at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Heynckes began his career as a prolific striker at home club Moenchengladbach before clocking up 1,011 Bundesliga games as player or coach.
Emotional: Jupp Heynckes was in tears after his final Bundesliga game in charge of Munich




'I said that this will be my last Bundesliga game, here where I began in 1964. I noticed the players were pleased afterward that they gave me this gift,' said Heynckes.


  1. They will all be missed.. + all d great ones bowing out later 2dae

  2. Tears of joy