The New year heralds a new season of ups and downs in the beautiful game. But should we should never forget where we came from as a guide to doing things better and efficiently in the future. From Christian Erikson’s health scare to the ugly side of the beautiful game manifested in the Nice-Marseille crowd violence, soccer has some lessons in life as well as entertainment value. Should old acquaintance be forgot we risk forging ahead in life blind which leads to disaster.Here is my top five matches of the year starting with arguable the most soccer mad nation in the world.