Why the Exploits of Cardiff City will be one to remember

For any football team or player, the pinnacle of one’s career in the English game surely must be reaching the top flight?

For Cardiff City, after a few years of being around the playoffs and a series of new misses, this was finally made a reality after a 0-0 draw with Charlton.

What is all the more significant, however, is that this will be Cardiff’s first ever time in the Premier League, and as a Welsh club they will be only the second team behind Swansea to do this.

The story of Cardiff is somewhat heart-warming. A new owner has brought in increased finances after years of difficulty as well as an extremely debatable decision to change the traditional kit from blue to red.

In recent years, Cardiff have become a big side in the Championship and came close to an FA Cup win in 2008; losing to Portsmouth in the final.   

A changed stadium from Ninian Park to the Cardiff City Stadium further increased the incentive from Cardiff to go up one more step.

A League Cup penalty defeat to Liverpool brought more heartache for the fans but a new light for the following season saw Cardiff-boy Craig Bellamy signed on a permanent basis, perhaps giving Cardiff the boost they needed.

Having led the table since November, promotion has finally been confirmed and the famous South Wales derby will be contested in England’s top division where a tenth of the team’s are Welsh.


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Vettel Wins in Malaysia as he ignores Team Orders

It seems that Sebastian Vettel may be making his own way to China for the next race in the Formula One Calendar. His actions which gave him the Race win will be on everyone’s mind.

The Malaysian Grand Prix however provided many talking points which also saw Fernando Alonso retire after just Lap 2 from a collision which saw his wing-mirror come off. The decision made by Alonso to not Pit-Stop proved to be the wrong one and he was out.

Lewis Hamilton; a man who has just transferred teams from McLaren to Mercedes paid his old mechanic team a visit in a pit-stop.

The battle from the offset was between Vettel and fellow Red Bull team mate Mark Webber. Webber had been advised to stay in front throughout the race but Vettel ignored these orders.

In a tight confrontation the pair were both vying for first place with Vettel eventually doing so and closing out the race.

Third place went to Lewis Hamilton and fourth to fellow team-mate Nico Rosberg who in fact obeyed team orders to stay behind Hamilton.

Warned by his Red Bull boss to not do so, Vettel took over Webber with 13 laps to go.

In Formula One, all drivers want to win badly as Vettel showed. What is crucial is that Vettel will go into the next race in a few weeks, ahead in the Championship. What will come from events in Malaysia is another thing though and it will be interesting to see so.