An entire year of sport must consist of many things, mostly the divide between success and defeat, but also the chance of a self-made sense of stupidity in the public eye. Here are some of those people who managed to play out the year with egg on their faces.
Feel free to comment give your opinions on who you think has been a fool this year.
8. MICHAEL OWEN
This year saw the end of an era as Michael Owen ended his career at Stoke City. He went on to be a commentator for BT Sport and most would say he has so far been without actual insight and rather dull in his presentation.
His main downfall for the year though, was his comments on twitter. Owen has a tendency to reply to most negative comments that come his way. In one instance, he replied to some jesting banter, calling the tweeter a peasant.
Michael Owen currently continues to express his opinions freely on twitter.
7. JACK WILSHERE
Although not being a massive threat this year, Jack Wilshere has still managed to make a bit of a fool of himself.
Wilshere was pictured smoking, which only really made him look like a bad role model at worst, it was only made worse when he compared himself to French football legend Zidane.
When needed in a vital match against Manchester City, Wilshere put more notice into making rude gestures at fans rather than helping his team.
Arsenal went on to lose 6-3 to City.
6. LUIZ SUAREZ
Of course, as always, Luis Suarez and controversy tend to come hand-in-hand. In this instance, it was something that although had happened before, shocked football fans most.
Playing Chelsea towards the end of last season, it had been a close game which an onlooker could happily watch. This was until Suarez decided to bite Ivanovic on the arm in anger/frustration/hunger
He received a 10 match ban for his exploits.
5. GENNARO GATTUSO
If you mentioned the name Gattuso, what would most likely come to mind is his aggressive playing style in the red and white stripes of AC Milan.
After his retirement from playing in February, he took over at FC Sion as manager. 2 days later, he won his first match but 3 months later, he was sacked.
After some speculation, Gattuso moved to recently relegated Italian side Palermo and was sacked 3 months later for 2 wins and a draw in 6 games.
Gattuso is currently in trouble for making sexist comments suggesting that women don’t belong anywhere in football.
Recent reports suggest he is to be part of investigations of allegations of match fixing.
4. MARIO BALOTELLI
In his time at Manchester City, Balotelli became notorious for being one of the most peculiar figures in sport of recent times.
After speculation of his future at the Etihad, Balotelli finally was transferred to AC Milan in the country of his origin after a training ground scuffle between him and manager Roberto Mancini.
He has since been a beloved figure playing at the San Siro but still has continued his legacy of lunacy. In September when playing Rafa Benitez’s rising Napoli side, he managed to miss his first ever penalty, score one of his best ever goals, and finish the day with a sending off.
Most recently, he has been pictured with specially designed football boots complete with negative headlines based around him.
3. PETER ODEMWINGIE
When at West Bromwich Albion, Peter Odemwingie was a fans favourite for the most part. It was only up until the last day of the January transfer window where this changed.
After some talk of Queens Park Rangers wanting to sign the Nigerian, he took it upon himself to travel to Loftus Road in order to seal the deal himself without an accepted offer.
This ended with Odemwingie having to return to the Midlands and no move until the following window. He was understandably an unfavourable figure at the Hawthorns from then onwards.
2. VINCENT TAN
Being a successful businessman of Vincent Tan’s status, you’d think he would be knowledgeable in every field. Every field except the football one from the looks of it.
Tan, as owner of the controlling share of Cardiff City, already had changed their colour controversially from blue to red. But now, he had even stranger plans.
Malky Mackay had been Cardiff manager since 2011 and in that time led them to a Carling Cup final and promoted them to the premier league.
Mackay had been a man the fans rely on and had a reasonable first season in the premier league with a 2-2 draw with Manchester United and a shock victor over Manchester City.
This clearly was somehow not good enough for Tan. From nowhere, reports came to light that Tan had sent Mackay an angry email giving an ultimatum of either a letter of resignation or the sack.
Following this, Cardiff played Liverpool which they fought hard for even with an eventual 3-1 loss. The fans stood out especially as people committed to their manager.
After the match it was confirmed Mackay had his faith put back into him by Tan and his job was no longer in contention.
As a final turn of events in this odd saga, the next game Cardiff played and lost against rising team Southampton led to a surprise sacking of Mackay.
In conclusion, this whole turn of uncomfortable events looked to end with Cardiff standing behind the manager they had complete faith in, but instead, Tan decided to do the foolish thing and get rid of Mackay after all of the troubles they went through to keep him.
1. ANDRE VILLA-BOAS
Now, of course it is a dreadful thing to be relieved of your duties whatever your profession, but in this case, there is little space for sympathy.
Andre Villas-Boas had originally been known as the man who without playing experience who led Porto to a Europa league win. Following this, he was hired by Chelsea and sacked just months later.
He went on to be manager of Tottenham Hotspur, giving him another big chance of managerial success in England.
With a last minute drop below top 4, he ended last season with only one real thing: Gareth Bale at his best.
Bale was sold to Real Madrid for around 85 million pounds. This money was put to use bringing in Nacer Chadli, Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela, Etienne Capoue and Christian Eriksen.
You’d think with what was a dream window, he would be able to do magical things. You’d expect a push for the league title would be a very easy possibility. This was not to be.
Spurs had on and off performances and only seemed to stand out in the Europa league.
To add to how people saw AVB throughout the world, he did something foolish which showed a very childish side to his attitude. Against a Norwegian side, he had a fan thrown out of the stadium for chanting jokey chants implying he was up for being sacked.
After a 6-0 defeat to Manchester City and a 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool, AVB was sacked with people questioning what he truly has to offer if he struggles to lead a team packed with as much quality as he had.