Roberto Martinez made a lot of fans out of Liverpool supporters today, an incredible feat for any Evertonian.
Then again, the Toffees manager wasn’t part of an ordinary day, rather the memorial service for the Hillsborough 96.
His speech was equal parts soccer fan, Merseyside resident and fixture in the game. He remembered hearing about the disaster as a teenager in 1989 as “a football mad kid in a football-mad family.”
“As a family, we couldn’t believe the pain and horror the families would get by receiving the news that their loved ones wouldn’t be coming home from a football match. How can anyone die watching the game they love? That isn’t right. That isn’t fair. What happened after wasn’t right or fair either. To have to fight for the good names of the ones you lost was appalling. But as my chairman said a year ago, the authorities took on the wrong city if they thought they were going to get away with that.”
7. United States — Hosting is a big deal, and Jurgen Klinsmann seems ready to take a more orthodox approach to his lineups. The Yanks will run more than a few teams ragged, depending on how the chips fall.
6. Uruguay — Navigating the absence of Luis Suarez, which could last the group stage or longer, knocks them down a peg.
5. Mexico — It’s another golden generation for El Tri, and it’s not far-fetched to imagine Mexico makes a run at everything.
4. Colombia — James Rodriguez goes back to being the focal point of an attack, and will remind us just how good he is while under the spotlight.
3. Chile — Repeating is hard, and Chile had a lot of home cooking good fortune in its hosted run to a first title.
2. Brazil — No the side won’t be fully loaded, but Dunga has shown he knows how to run a side with or without Neymar.
Argentina — This could be Lionel Messi’s year to lift hardware for club and country.
Ferdinand, 37, made 455 appearances for United in a 19-year career that included stops at West Ham, QPR, Bournemouth and Leeds.
He says Mourinho will be a motivated and dangerous boss when he takes control in place of fired manager Louis Van Gaal.
“After his recent unsuccessful time at Chelsea in the final year, I can assure you this winner is now a wounded animal which makes him such a mouthwatering appointment. Jose went from winning the League Cup & Premier League to a season of disappointment at Chelsea and I am certain he will want to restore all of that very quickly.”