There is no greater glory for a football team than lifting a trophy. Most football analysts, pundits and fans will argue that there are grades to the trophies won. For example, in the English Premier League, the ranking is Community Shield < EFL Cup < FA Cup < Premier League Trophy.
Regular champions have contended and won trophies, new champions have emerged, and even strange and “How did this happen” teams have also lifted great trophies. But no one has noticed the curse that seems to affect the teams that win 2 particular trophies.
Let’s start with the greatest, The World Cup!
When Spain won the 2010 world cup in South Africa, many believed it was inevitable, as the other two teams who could have posed a great enough threat (Brazil and Germany) were eliminated in the knockout stages.
However. 2014 World Cup in Brazil showed a side of the then defending champions that we were shocked to see. Losing 5-1 to the Netherlands, and not qualifying out of their group was a phenomenon that no one could have ever predicted. The same thing happened to Germany after winning the 2014 World Cup, only to have a very disastrous outing in the 2018 edition.
Down to England!
Sir Alex Ferguson retired from Manchester United in style by winning the Premier League, and the next year saw the rise of David Moyes from managing an average club to a world-class club. and the fall of Manchester United out of the Top
A rise which began the terrible fall of Manchester United out of the Top 4. The Red Devils finished 7th.
Mourinho beat his chest with pride when Chelsea FC won the EPL trophy in his second year back managing the blues.
However, the following season was a real disaster for the Champions as they barely made the top half of the table.
2016 was the most shocking season in the English Premier League in recent times when Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City lifted the English Premier League Trophy. It still feels like a dream and an unbelievable feat, especially when the season before, they were desperately fighting relegation.
The following season, however, saw them go back to the position they were two seasons ago. Although they tried in Europe’s elite tournament – The Champions League, their foothold in the local league was more like that of a man standing in sinking sand.
I wonder if there is really a curse or it’s just a series of strange coincidences.