A Different League’s Review of 2012

With 2012 now consigned to the history books and 2013 upon us, a few of the A Different League team have taken a look back at the players, managers, moments and teams that made last year of the Premier League and elsewhere memorable, and what we might expect from the next 12 months.

Scott Johnson

Player of 2012: Sergio Aguero

A seamless transition from La Liga to the Premier League with 26 goals, including the strike that decided the title. I don’t think Premier League enthusiasts appreciate how lucky we are to be witnessing a genuine superstar in his prime.

Manager of 2012: Roberto Di Matteo

He came, he saw, he conquered, then he was no longer required. Exceeded all expectations, delivered the FA Cup, Champions League and aesthetically pleasing football. Has significantly enhanced his reputation and Chelsea’s lost will be someone else’s gain.

Team of 2012: Swansea City

Impressed everyone last season with their passing and discipline, lost their manager and key players in the summer and have managed to maintain their high standards. Well run on and off the pitch, Laudrup and Michu have proven to be inspired additions.

Moment of 2012: Sergio Aguero’s title winning goal

You don’t win the title in injury time every season, it would be churlish to not select Sergio Aguero’s winner against QPR.

Disappointment of 2012: The managerial merry-go-round

After so many managerial changes in the last twelve months, it was disappointing that David Moyes was again overlooked. Paul Lambert’s puzzling sideways move has been a disaster. The potential demonstrated at Norwich has evaporated at Villa, where he has been staggeringly na

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