By Tony Samboras
It was only a matter of time before English footballer Steven Gerrard was going to bid farewell to his Liverpool fans and teammates. After a dazzling 17 year career with The Reds, he will be departing in the coming weeks to join the L.A. Galaxy of the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States. Here’s to hoping football fans were able to get down with their free bets, on his final game.
After his final game on May 16, Gerrard was noticeably emotional during an on-pitch address about departing from an organization that has been such an important part of his life. When asked if he had any final words, he said, “I’ve loved every minute. I’m absolutely devastated I’m never going to play in front of these supporters again.” He also went on to thank all his current and former teammates as well as the fans that have supported and cheered him on through the years.
A Look At His Career
Steven George Gerrard was born in Whiston, Merseyside, England on May 30, 1980. After spending 10+ years in the Liverpool Youth Soccer Organization, he was finally promoted to the Liverpool Soccer Club in 1998. While he played several positions during his distinguished career, he made his mark as a central midfielder. He is certainly considered to be one of the greatest English footballers of this or any other generation. After five years with the Liverpool team, he replaced the legendary Sami Hyypiä as team captain in 2003. During his stint with the club, he has been able to succeed at the highest levels of the sport. Among His many honours, he has been a key component in winning one UEFA Champions League, two FA Cups, three League Cups and one UEFA Cup as well as two UEFA Super Cups.
Along with his importance to Liverpool, Gerrard also became a fixture on England’s international team. After being selected to join his first England national football team in 2000, he went on to proudly represent his country in the UEFA European Football Championships (2000, 2004, 2012) as well as the FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) where he received the honour of being named team captain over the last two tournaments. On an individual basis, he was named as the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2005 and also claimed additional honours when he won the Ballon d’Or Bronze Award that same year.
The Move to L.A.
The sad news reached UK football fans in early 2015. Just days after announcing he was officially retiring from English football, Gerrard announced he had come to terms on a contract to play with L.A. Galaxy of the MLS. The deal was reported to be an 18-month contract for $8,000,000 US dollars. For Galaxy fans, it’s a chance to see a true world class footballer ply his trade on US soil. Gerrard has big shoes to fill as he will be taking the mid-field position formerly held by MLS superstar Landon Donovan. Due to transfer regulations, his first opportunity to play with his new club will be on July 8. The Galaxy are scheduled to play Club América on July 11, which should be the first time American soccer fans see Gerrard in a Galaxy Uniform.
Sports bettors can circle that date on their calendars. There will be plenty of opportunities to place free bets with the various bookmakers that can be used to perhaps wager on Gerrard’s first game played as his begins his second career in football.
This article was written by Tony Samboras who writes for www.freebets.com.au.