A thrilling last day for the 2011/12 Premier League season has set the scene for a summer of football, delivered by the European Championships.
Manchester City toppled local rivals United to lift the trophy on goal difference, courtesy of two injury time strikes from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero, in a match against Queens Park Rangers that had it all.
Such was the manner in which City walked out 3-2 winners on the day – a +64 goal difference helping them to the title – many could be looking for venues to hire to stage screenings of Euro 2012 games, as England kick-off against France on June 11.
It was business as usual for United, where an early goal from Wayne Rooney gifted the Red Devils victory at Sunderland, however, the title fight was to go right down to the wire. QPR held a 2-1 lead going into the final five minutes at the City of Manchester stadium, which meant Alex Ferguson’s side were unaware of whether they’d won the championship even after their match had reached full-time.
As captain Joey Barton received his marching orders for a violent lash-out on three City players, QPR struggled to contain the pressure. This took its toll when Bosnian Dzeko headed in on 92 minutes, but the trophy was still going to Old Trafford until Aguero slotted home in the fourth minute of added time in one of the most dramatic victories ever to be seen.
According to thetelegraph.co.uk, City captain Vincent Kompany labeled the victory as “crazy”, while manager Roberto Mancini said that he was left feeling “90 years old” after going through virtually every emotion on the touchline. The Italian boss also told bbc.co.uk that he had “never known a moment like this”; a feeling most neutrals will share after the rollercoaster afternoon.
This could provide the perfect ramp for those in the hospitality sector, as football fever prepares to hit England yet again; with the venues ready for action.