The way Man City rose to be the global football empire (Part 1)

In November 2019, the price of City Football Group – the global empire that owns Man City – was about $ 4.8 billion, higher than any other club.

Pep Guardiola, in the eyes of football fans, never seemed to stand still. He does not always control his actions. Outside the boundary line, he paced back and forth, shouting to direct the player, shouting at the referee with every adverse and exciting decision after each goal. But when he met Mansour Al Nahyan – UAE Prince and president of Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG), Guardiola was like a different person.

“All or Nothing” is a documentary about Man City, which the crew has been with the team for a year. In the film, Guardiola is so polite that he is embarrassed whenever he has to talk to his boss. Viewers don’t even hear what they’re saying to each other. Just know they both still smile.

The film, produced by Amazon, features Man City’s trip to Abu Dhabi. This segment as to promote UAE tourism. There, the players were wearing uniforms, British actors worked in the laundry room, and President Khaldoon Al Mubarak always dressed like a gentleman. Khaldoon laughed spontaneously and stood pedestal next to Noel Gallagher – a crazy English artist Man City. Khaldoon is Mansour’s right-hand man, helping Abu Dhabi expand to Europe.

In August 2010, two years after acquiring Man City, Mansour first came to the Etihad Stadium. He laughed and waved to the crowd, while his subordinates were nervous. Even Khaldoon is the same. Tension disappeared when Man City defeated Liverpool 3-0. Mansour’s visit was considered successful. And that was the only time he attended the Man City match.

It is not uncommon for Mansour not to interfere in the management of Man City. Even Khaldoon doesn’t stick to financial details, or football tactics. In Abu Dhabi, Khaldoon manages Mubadala investment company and EAA executive consulting agency.

Mubadala is a UAE state-owned enterprise, specializing in investing abroad billions of dollars in oil. And EAA is the right hand of the UAE government, directing international relations strategy. The two companies explain why Mansour invests in Man City.


Will Bruno Fernandes be able to revive Man United?

After a long time of pursuit, Man United finally successfully recruited Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese midfielder is expected to help “Red Devils” flourish.

In the winter of 2020, Bruno Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford for 68 million pounds, the amount was not small. Therefore, the expectation for the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder is quite large. Immediately, he was coach Ole Solskjaer to start the match against Wolves in the 25th round of the Premier League.

Fernandes has shown his worth. He was the one who made the most passes and the most shots on the United side. However, the goal did not come with the home team. This shows that the “Red Devils” are having many problems.

In the first half, all five shots from Man United were taken outside the box. Fernandes can improve the quality of long shots for the “Red Devils”. At the Portuguese National Championship last season, 114 of his 180 shots were out of range 16.5 meters.

However, a team takes many long shots only when they are deadlocked. Man United need to increase the number of shots at a closer distance. That’s the problem coach Solskjaer needs to solve.

Even in Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Man City in the League Cup, this issue was exposed. The Norwegian strategist acknowledged that the students could not create many opportunities. Luke Shaw or Fred have the opportunity to put the ball into the penalty area, but they play safe. Meanwhile, Anthony Martial frequently took wing.

In the Portuguese league, Fernandes was the one who made the shortest passes in the last two seasons. Coach Solskjaer also emphasized that he wants the rookie to maintain that style of play, which can help Man United deploy better and create more opportunities.

Fernandes showed his strong points in the debut of the new team. He made 10 passes into the Wolves penalty area, the most on the United side. If calculated every 90 minutes, this number of Juan Mata or Paul Pogba are 6.2 and 4, respectively, far behind Fernandes.

In addition, Man United has 7 touches or finishes in the penalty area after a combination of 10 or more passes. This number is equal to the first 7 matches of the “Reds” season combined. Fernandes shows that he can become a builder for the Old Trafford team.

Underwater hockey

Overview of underwater hockey (Part 2)

In order to play underwater hockey, an athlete needs to be a good swimmer, able to dive deep and keep a good breath for as long as possible, so besides competing against the goal. Phuong, this is a swimming match with deep dive and long dive. Anyone who has the ability to dive longer can bring victory to his team.

The ball used in water hockey is of normal size, round, flat but it is important that it has enough weight to sink to the bottom. Usually an orb to play in this interesting match weighs between 1.3 and 1.5kg.

Hockey sticks for playing underwater

Each member of the match may use a hockey stick about 30cm long, not too long for the athlete to move easily and use a stick to hit the opponent’s net.

In addition to swimming, athletes participating in the match must learn the skill of accurate underwater polishing, because the water strength can obstruct the path of the bridge, and the bridge is quite heavy, requiring athletes Must be in good health to be able to fight.

Equipment for athletes

Each athlete participating in the match will be equipped with propellers, swimwear, bats, masks, gloves made from rubber. And to distinguish underwater, each team will be equipped with tools of the same color

Specification of swimming pool for water hockey

The surface of the lake is used to organize an underwater hockey game with a depth of 2-4m and a flat lake bed to ensure the bridge can move in the direction of the polish. Usually, the lake size must reach 25x12m. The goal of each team is made of metal that looks like a tray and each team has to make it to put the ball into the opponent’s tray as much as possible.


Each team participates in water hockey including 10 athletes, of which 6 will compete and the other 4 will be in reserve. This sport does not distinguish between men and women, as long as you have good health, you can play it.

The order to start the game begins with the whistle and then the players of both teams will rush into the lake, dive and start to serve the center line of the lake.

An underwater hockey game is extremely attractive to the participants as well as the spectators watching the match. The athletes will be able to show their great swimming ability, extremely nice serve. Whether winning or losing, all have to climb up, the winning team is definitely up to congratulate each other.

Underwater hockey

Overview of underwater hockey (Part 1)

Underwater hockey is one of the oldest sports in the world. To be able to play this sport, players need good physical strength, excellent swimming ability, can dive deep for as long as possible, and especially if you’re not passionate about hockey then surely It sure is hard to be an amateur.

History of hockey sport

Hockey is one of the most favorite sports, with interesting antagonism, the two teams will use the sticks to hit the ball into the opponent’s goal without using the collision of any of the above components. the body. This game requires good technical players and excellent observation ability and determination to win the team together.

According to studies, hockey was played a few decades ago, but the majority of people who played this sport were aristocrats, showing their elegance and for a long time, Ordinary people are almost unaware of the presence of this interesting water sport.

Hockey is played on many different terrains and the most popular and famous is the image of athletes who both skate and play hockey extremely skillfully.

Ice hockey is played a lot in countries where the climate is cold enough to make the ice thick, flat, wide and safe. And it is this beautiful image of ice hockey that inspires so many people and thus spreads the sport around the world.

 Underwater hockey

Underwater hockey was born very casually in a situation unrelated to sports. In 1950, the British Navy often devised a way to practice and play in a manner similar to ice hockey in the water to help divers improve their ability to move and perform effective tasks under the water.

In 1954, Underwater hockey (also known as Octopush) was officially considered a sport after Alan Blake founded the first Southsea Sub-Aqua Club in England.

Underwater hockey was then enthusiastically responded to by a harmonious combination of swimming and diving skills, while a mixed form of hockey and basketball. Both men and women can participate in this subject, just need to have good endurance to the challenge of holding your breath for a certain period of time underwater.


Lampard was angry after Chelsea’s victory in the FA Cup

The British strategist has just sent a strong message to the Chelsea leadership, which requires the club to strengthen its forces during the winter transfer window.

On the morning of January 26 (Hanoi time), Chelsea defeated Hull City 2-1 with a chance to win the FA Cup fifth round. This is a match “The Blues” very hard to win. In this match, the ability of Chelsea to continue to face problems. And this has become the reason why the club has been fluttering over time.

According to coach Frank Lampard, Chelsea urgently needs to increase forces to improve the situation. The English leader said after the game: “We lost one of the most prestigious players in the history of the club is Eden Hazard. Everything is here. At the moment, Chelsea need short-term contracts. that will solve everything “.

According to ESPN, Chelsea would like to have one more striker to create depth for the attack. Tammy Abraham or Michy Batshuayi are playing well, but “The Blues” still needs more talented new elements to share the fire with them. There are rumors that the Stamford Bridge Stadium team is pursuing PSG’s Edinson Cavani.

However, Lampard was tired of the transfer of the club. He said: “There is nothing progressing to talk about the club ‘s policy of buying players now. In the last summer, we lost the best card (Hazard), and now we have to pay.”

On Hull City’s KCOM Stadium, Chelsea made 16 shots, but only 4 times the ball hit the target. This makes them have to undergo difficult moments. ESPN describes “The Blues” has not found a solution to the problem of poor finishing, and the disease has followed the club all the time.

Talking more about the match, Lampard said Chelsea had played well, but did not know how to finish the opponent. Meeting Newcastle on January 19 in the Premier League, “The Blues” had a similar problem, and had to pay with a 0-1 defeat.


Man City drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace at Etihad

Sergio Aguero scored twice in 10 minutes but Man City only drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace in the 23rd Premier League on January 18.

Two goals in the 82nd and 87th minutes of Aguero seemed to bring a comeback to Man City – the team was led in more than 80 minutes. But the final table of the match belonged to Crystal Palace in an unexpected way.

Fernandinho smashed the ball home after a cross from Wilfried Zaha in the 90th minute. The goal lost the hopes of the Man City champions almost as soon as the gap with the top of the Liverpool table reached 13 points, and maybe 19 points if Jurgen Klopp‘s teachers won the last two matches.

The front goal on the home net is a specialty of Man City this season. Pep Guardiola’s teachers and students were conceded in six of the last nine home games, though always the dominant team. In the first half against Crystal Palace, Man City finished 11 times and created eight corner kicks.

Crystal Palace only finished once, from their only corner in the half, but was the only team to score in the first 45 minutes. Cenk Tosun – a new recruit from Everton – headed into a table from Gary Cahill’s overhead pass.

The match represents the entire domestic season of Man City. Everything against them, from luck, referee to VAR. In the first half, the ball almost rolled on the Crystal Palace yard, but refused to find Guaita net. After Kevin De Bruyne hit the bar and bounced off the bar, it was Sergio Aguero’s turn to miss the cross.

A total of 25 shots were launched by City during the match, 14 of which came in the second half. After a lot of misses, Sergio Aguero scored after Gabriel Jesus’s cross with a cross in the 82nd minute. When the excitement returned, the Argentine striker completed the brace in just five minutes. From Benjamin Mendy’s cross, Aguero headed the ball into the far corner to beat Guaita a second time.

Crystal Palace won at Etihad last season. As a result, they did not lose faith in getting points, even though they lost two goals in five minutes. From making a rare ball in the second half, Zaha dribbled and stretched horizontally.

None of the Crystal Palace players approached the penalty area fast enough to catch the ball, but the cross stretched with great force made Fernandinho frantically break the ball home. Draw 2-2, City for the eighth time lost points after 23 rounds this season.


Man Utd escaped the series of three matches without winning

Thanks to a double from Rashford, Man Utd beat Norwich 4-0 in round 22 and reclaimed the fifth place in the Premier League.

Man Utd exploded in the second half, with two goals scored within two minutes. Starting from the 50th minute, goalkeeper Tim Krul made a mistake with left-back Brandon Williams in the penalty area. Referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the 11m mark, when the score was 1-0 in favor of Man Utd.

In the first phase of the encounter, Tim Krul twice blocked the penalty successfully. One of the two men who broke it that day – Marcus Rashford – continued to claim responsibility on the evening of 11 January. The Dutchman still guessed in the right direction, but couldn’t touch the ball because Rashford placed his dangerous heart in the lower right corner, doubling the gap.

Man Utd’s victory was more complete when their remaining two strikers, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood fired together. Martial increased the lead to 3-0 with a header from the near post, after choosing the correct position to catch the cross from the right wing.

Greenwood came in for Andreas Pereira, and it took just five minutes to register on the electronic board. He received the second ball, dragged two more beats, before sinking into the far corner, setting the score to 4-0 for “Red Guards”.

Escaping from the end of the first half, Man Utd seemed to wake up in the second half, with the highlight of the arrival of Juan Mata. After a month and a half, the Spanish midfielder was named in the starting line-up in the Premier League. The former Chelsea player left a mark with two precise lines from the right wing, giving Rashford and Martial a goal.

The victory won more confidence for Man Utd, before replaying the third round of the FA Cup against Wolves on January 15, followed by the trip to Liverpool on January 19, and ended the month with a semi-final second leg of the Cup. Federation with Man City in Etihad.

Ice Hockey

How elaborated is ice hockey? (Part 2)

Today, ice hockey thrives in width and depth. The most common is still in geographic regions cold enough to form a seasonal ice layer with perfect hardness such as Canada, Czech Republic, Latvia, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the region is located in the Northern latitude of the United States.

Some countries like Canada and other European countries officially choose ice hockey as their national winter sport. Professional tournaments in North America such as the American Professional League (NHL), the Women’s Federation in Canada (CWHL) are becoming increasingly popular, attracting tens of thousands of people to the field, hundreds of thousands of followers. via television and just as pervasive as football.

Difficult, not eye-catching but still attractive

Most hockey players share the same perception that skating skills account for more than 50% of success. Traveling on a special shoe (similar to roller skates but without the wheels on the sole of the shoe instead of a metal slice) requires the player to have excellent balance.

For movement skills to reach the “upper level” players need to go through a long process from observation, training to practice often with a strong determination.

Seen from outside, hockey is not a sport that leaves a beautiful image. A group of players scramble a tiny disk, the messy clashes on the field sometimes make viewers feel frustrated and boring. That is not to mention the extremely high direct opposition that many people fear injury problems. However, once in the “insider” position, those “negative” comments will immediately reverse.

Usually, every sport requires special skills in specific parts. For example, football needs the dexterity of the feet, basketball and table tennis are more inclined to special skills from the hands, etc. With hockey on the player, the player must exercise the whole body and need to know how to coordinate smoothly. between the aforementioned parts.

Ice Hockey

How elaborated is ice hockey? (Part 1)

If football was dubbed the “King” sport of the Summer Olympics, then Ice Hockey would occupy a similar position during the Winter Olympics. Ice hockey has been the favorite sport in many countries such as the UK, the US, Canada, etc. Let’s learn something about this elaborated sport!

Long-standing origin

There are many theories about the birth of hockey, but so far most people still believe that the sport comes from a game in ancient Greece called “keritizein”. From the end of the eighteenth century, hockey was gradually improved by the British until it became a unified whole as it is now.

According to the regulations of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the standard game field must meet the basic requirements of size 60.98x30m. The rules are quite simple with each team of 6 players using skateboards (made of wood, aluminum or synthetic plastic) to hit the ball into the opponent’s net.

The match lasts 60 minutes and is divided into 3 innings without recess. The team that takes the ball more into the opponent’s net will win. The big difference between hockey and football is that there is no time limit and number of substitutions per match. The half-time break lasts from 15 minutes 30 seconds to 17 minutes.

First appeard at the Summer Olympics

Ice hockey first appeared in Summer Olympics 1920 in Belgium. The test was then completely transferred to the winter sports system starting from the 2004 Winter Olympics and defaulted until the last Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014.

Seven countries including Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States are considered the great powers of ice hockey in the Olympic arena. In the men’s content only 6/64 medals do not belong to one of the seven countries mentioned above.

On the women’s playing field, the medal competition in the Olympics and the World Championship is always the battle of this group of “giants”, the gold medal is always a competition of both Canadian and American teams.


Joshua: ‘The championship match must take place in 2020’

Having received four heavyweight boxing belts, Anthony Joshua aims to acquire the missing WBC belt.

“The heavyweight championship match must take place in 2020. We are in the same weight class, again in the same generation. All want to go down in history, especially Deontay Wilder, because he has a The last title I want to own, “said Anthony Joshua during the” Zoe Ball Breakfast Show “on BBC Radio 2.

Joshua intended to be the absolute champion in 2019, but the loss to Andy Ruiz on June 1 changed the plans of the British boxer. The 30-year-old boxer had to wait until the end of last week to reclaim the four title belts lost at the rematch.

Meanwhile, Wilder – who owns the WBC championship belt – is also eager to compete with Joshua but has not agreed on the terms of the bonus.

The American boxer wanted to fight at home, and was willing to meet the $ 50 million prize money for Joshua, but the British opponent disagreed. Wilder was forced to compete with Tyson Fury, Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz in the meantime.

“I think we should create a real heritage by 2020. It will be a match like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (Joshua pun, taking the name of a movie with the word” ring “, also means the ring),” Joshua continued.

The heavyweight boxing championship match, if it takes place, will be held in the second half of 2020. Wilder and Fury now have a rematch on February 22, 2020. Joshua will play against the designated boxer of WBO (Oleksandr Usyk) or of IBF (Kubrat Pulev). In it, Usyk has just climbed to the super heavy category. He used to hold four cruisers WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO.

Let’s looking forward to the championship match in 2020 of this great boxer.