The best of the decade
As we enter the final days of the decade, what better time to reflect on the greatest football moments of the past ten years?
Back in 1999, the world had yet to hear of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo; Jose Mourinho was still a glorified translator at Barcelona and facing David Batty was as fearsome a prospect as the Millennium Bug. How the landscape has changed.
While it may have been the decade in which the dreaded acronym 'WAGs' became a staple of our lexicon, it was still a good one, so over the next few weeks ESPN Soccernet will be donning the rose-tinted glasses and remembering the goals, matches, moments, players and quotes that made the noughties so memorable.
• Ten of the decade's best goals - Dec 11
• Ten of the major stories/controversies - Dec 14
• Ten innovations over the decade - Dec 16
• Ten of the decade's best matches - Dec 18
• Ten of the decade's best players - Dec 21
• Worst kits of the decade - Dec 23
• World team of the decade - Dec 25
• Premier League team of the decade - Dec 28
• Quotes of the decade - Dec 30
• Soccernet's personal memories - Jan 1
• Gallery of some iconic images - Jan 1
• Feel free to post your thoughts at the bottom of every story and keep your eye on ESPN Classic for the Player of the Decade on Dec 21. Stay tuned to the Classic channel (SKY Channel 429, Virgin Media 533) for extended footage of the winner too.