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Man City vs. Liverpool: The battle of honor in the Premier League

Not having a chance to stop Liverpool from winning the Premier League, but Man City still won. This was to keep the style and spirit for the FA Cup and Champions League.

12 years as a professional coach, Pep Guardiola has never once stood in line to welcome the new champions. In part, because he won so much: 8 in 10 seasons ago. The other reason, the two clubs that have surpassed Guardiola-led teams, Real Madrid in 2011-2012 and Chelsea in 2016-2017, have to wait until the end of the 36th round to take the throne.

Liverpool and Man City are the two strongest clubs in England at the moment

Welcome Liverpool tonight brings Guardiola a strange feeling. The same period last season, his students often tape to the finish line and set records. Then this year, Guardiola will lead the team to welcome the new Premier League king.

There is a remarkable detail, the queue to welcome the champion team is not a required ritual. Two years ago, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was criticized for refusing to wait in line for Barca, then crowned La Liga.

In response, Barca also refused to welcome the world’s number one club in the El Clasico match. This was after Real won the FIFA Club World Cup. Barca said they did not attend this tournament.

The image of City lining up to welcome Liverpool, if it happens tonight, makes many people reminiscent of Man Utd and Chelsea 15 years ago. Meanwhile, “The Blues” in the first season was led by Jose Mourinho winning as splitting bamboos and became the first team after Blackburn Rovers 1994-1995 season, breaking the dominance of “Reds” and Arsenal. The first match after taking the throne, the owner of Stamford Bridge was a guest at Old Trafford and convincing Man Utd 3-1.

However, only two years later, Alex Ferguson’s teachers and students destroyed the unique position of Chelsea. Destiny once again brought the two teams to meet in the 37th round, and the “Hair Dryer” did not forget to prank opponents by lining up many substitutes such as Dong Fangzhou, Chris Eagles, Kieran Lee, Tomasz Kuszczak to browse the team. It includes all Chelsea players such as John Terry, Claude Makelele and Michael Essien.

In terms of the confrontation record in the English Premier League, Man City has the right to confidently win Liverpool in the last two home games. In the last 10 matches at Etihad, the Manchester team also dominated with six wins, three draws and only one loss.

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Premier League restarts after 100 days of being postponed (Part 2)

Jurgen Klopp’s students played the ball with the highest performance, forming a strong team beyond imagination. Last season, they earned the third highest score in English Premier League history, but still one point behind the City champions. Klopp stated that Liverpool will play more focused this season. And he was right.

Answering to The Athletic in November 2019, Klopp revealed how to change the students’ competitive mentality. The Liverpool boys are like bullets that have been loaded, just waiting for Klopp to pull the trigger. But the German military commander had no plans to improve the mentality of the students.

Instead, he pays tribute to the team’s psychologist – Lee Richardson. The results exceeded expectations. From a team that often collapsed under pressure throughout the season, Liverpool was all acknowledged.

Liverpool struggled to win

Even when sharp cracks appear, they are healed immediately. Liverpool struggled to win at the last minute against Sheffield, Leicester, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, not to mention Adam Lallana’s late equalizer at Old Trafford.

It all took eight weeks, culminating in a victory over Man City on November 10, 2019. Three months earlier at Burnley, Sadio Mane was clearly angry at Mohamed Salah despite the home team leading 3-0. The two stars reconcile even before entering the locker room.

Both Mane and Salah need an ego to reach today’s level. A man who left his family, left his village in Senegal to pursue his football dream. The rest also had to travel throughout Egypt on mini buses. They combined with a Brazilian striker possessing strange white teeth, forming a trio that fascinates the soccer world.

Goals from Fabinho, Salah and Mane have helped Liverpool beat Man City nine points after 12 matches. The gap has been widening ever since. Coach Pep Guardiola has the right to question the referee.

Just a few dozen seconds before Fabinho opened the scoring, the ball touched Alexander-Arnold in Liverpool’s penalty area. Guardiola waited for VAR’s decision, but the goal was still recognized.

There are six players conceding both Liverpool and Man City this season, including Teemu Pukki. The Finnish striker, 29, first tried in the Premier League, but integrated as fast as the fish met the water. The people of the fishing village of Kotka in Finland were not surprised by the explosion of their native son Pukki earlier in the season.

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The MU vs Stoke match was canceled due to a case of Covid-19

The friendly match between MU and Stoke had to be canceled at the last minute because of a confirmed positive case of corona virus.

After the training period, MU arranged a friendly match against Stoke City on Carrington training ground to prepare for the Premier League’s restart date. As expected, the friendly match will take place on Tuesday night (9/6, UK time). However, the match was canceled at the last minute, when Stoke City coach Michael O’Neill was found positive for Covid-19.

When the whole Stoke team arrived at Carrington, they were arranged by MU to go to the building of the Training Academy, quite far away from the Reds player’s training place to ensure safety principles.

But just one day after coming here, Stoke received test results from the authorities for players of the clubs. The match was immediately canceled and the entire Stoke team quickly left Carrington.

A source from MU said the Red Devils players were ready for the match, so it was a bit disturbing when it was canceled. Fortunately, no MU star has come into contact with Stoke. Coach Ole Solskjaer, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and teammates practice separately at the AON training complex.

A dangerous situation for MU

This is a dangerous situation for MU in the context that they are close to returning in the Premier League. Prudence from the beginning helped them avoid troubles.

As expected, MU will have another friendly match with West Brom on Friday. However, the match has not been officially announced. he team that is ranked 2nd in the English Premier League rankings wants to play on their home turf rather than moving to Carrington.

As can be seen, Covid-19 pandemic still has certain affects to sports around the world today. It may take more time for the sports world to return to its normal status.

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Football is the most popular sports in the UK nowadays

Europe is one of the cradles of world culture, the birthplace of many sports activities that are very popular today. The following article would like to take a look at some of the sports most popular with the people here.

Football

Football is one of the popular sports in Europe in general and in the UK in particular. Each soccer match has 2 teams, each team consists of 11 players.

There are more than 150 million European football fans. The ball used in the match was made with 32 pieces, each piece representing a country in Europe. As a young man, Queen Elizabeth II once disguised to participate in a football match near Buckingham Palace.

There are many world famous football players are from Europe like David Beckham. David Beckham is one of the richest football players in the world. His income from football matches amounted to more than US $ 50 million. Besides, many world famous teams like Manchester United, Arsenal and Real Madrid are from Europe.

Cricket

Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the UK. This world famous game captured the English in the 16th century, and was played by two teams of 11 members each. Professional cricket matches include Single-day matches as well as 5-day Fight matches.

There are over 120 million professional cricket players worldwide. European Cricket Council is responsible for overseeing matches in European countries.

The only well-trained European team is the England team. The remaining teams such as Scotland, Turkey and the Netherlands are still trying to reach the standards of international matches. Despite being a vanguard, to this day, England has yet to win the World Cricket Championship. However, the UK has organized the tournament 4 times.

Andrew Flintoff, a member of the British cricket team, is considered one of the most comprehensive players in the world. The only team that has ever made it to the World Cricket finals is England with 3 runner-ups. There are over 12 million cricket fans across Europe.

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Interesting things about English football on Boxing Day

While most of the other top European national leagues have entered the winter break, players in the Premier League still have to play normally to serve the fans in Boxing Day.

Boxing Day is a traditional holiday in the United Kingdom, held on October 26 every year. This is a holiday that dates back to the Middle Ages. Here, rich families will prepare gifts in the box to give to the poor after Christmas.

In the UK, Boxing Day is the second most important holiday after Christmas. On this day, almost all entertainment activities on British television will stop to make room for the “heat” on the pitch in the Premier League. Over time, the football matches in the Gifting Day have gradually become a familiar tradition in the culture of “the land of fog”.

Here are the interesting things of English football on Boxing Day.

History of football culture on Boxing Day

For British football fans, watching Boxing Day football is not only for entertainment but also reminds them of deep historical values.

At Christmas 1914, when World War I was taking place during a fierce period, a truce was signed between British and German soldiers to participate in football matches. This event was later known by many people as “Christmas Eve”.

The football match between British and German soldiers has become part of the history of football culture on Boxing Day in England

At the event, the soldiers who are rivals of each other on the battlefield have abandoned the gun to participate in a friendly football match. Together, they overcome the barrier of hatred to play shoulder to shoulder on the field in the rare spaces of the trenches.

The matches of the soldiers on both sides took place in a very gentle atmosphere by the simple joy of the ball. All hostility between them seems to have been set aside to make way for a noble sportsmanship.

“Specialty” of English football

While other national championships in Europe have officially entered the winter break, the Premier League is normal. Even this is the most harsh time of the season with a very dense schedule of up to 2-3 days per 1 match.

With a “heavy” competition density, the players also often face injuries due to overload. This has also received a lot of opposition, even criticism from coaches and experts. But despite the mixed opinions, Boxing Day football in the UK is still a “specialty” to serve audiences across five continents on holidays.

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Arsenal headed the Premier League for salary cut due to COVID-19

Arsenal announced a pay cut but Mesut Ozil unexpectedly refused to join.

The Arsenal club has officially announced on the homepage that the team has reached an agreement with the players and coaching staff about the plan to reduce wages during the Covid-19 pandemic season. Accordingly, the members of the first team will be cut 12.5% ​​of income per week, this amount will offset the salary paid to the staff working for the club.

Arsenal announced a cut of 12.5% ​​in player and coaching wages

Arsenal thus became the first club in the Premier League to cut wages. Southampton and West Ham are the first two clubs to postpone wages to players and coaches rather than cut wages, meaning members of the two teams will be paid at another time. Newcastle United and Norwich, meanwhile, have used government grants to secure employee income.

Despite the pay cut, Arsenal also announced they would pay back the money the players and coaches agreed to cut at an unspecified time. The condition is that the team earns the results set out this season and the next season (for the European Cup), and if a player is sold before that time, the club will also pay the cut.

It is worth noting that Mesut Ozil has rejected the pay cut, he and two other Arsenal players are said to have not participated in the negotiation. Ozil currently earns £ 350,000 a week at the Emirates Stadium.

Ozil refused to cut 12.5% ​​of his salary

Ozil refused to cut 12.5% ​​of his salary but was willing to make a bigger deduction to help the club

According to Sami Korbel of the Daily Mail, Ozil is in fact willing to deduct an amount greater than 12.5% ​​from his salary to support the salaries of Arsenal employees. Besides, he has also been financially supporting organizations to fight against epidemics.

Not only Arsenal, Chelsea are also talking about salary reduction. Chelsea players are discussing a 10% pay cut while coach Frank Lampard is willing to deduct 25% of his salary to support the lower-income employees at the club.

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Premier League may be postponed for a longer time

In the middle of the complicated situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, the information that continued to postpone the two top English leagues, the Premier League and the FA Cup, still made fans more sorrowful.

In an effort to finish the FA Cup season fully, the English Football Association (FA) is ready to postpone the rounds. The oldest tournament in the history of contemporary football began in the 1871-72 season and after the Second World War, the FA Cup took place very steadily and had never been unfinished for any reason.

Man City waits for the second trophy of the season

The Covid-19 pandemic caused more than 500,000 cases of infection along with more than 23,000 deaths worldwide. Therefore, most European countries now blockade the country to prevent the spread of infection is the exception. This situation caused many activities to gather in many people, including football, which was seriously affected and many clubs that intended to train players to return to had to cancel their plans.

Liverpool are still anxious to receive the first Premier League title

The Daily Mail reported that the FA, the Organizing Committee for the Premier League, the Organizing Committee for the First Division and the Association of English Professional Players (PFA) will meet next week around a new timeline. to get the football tournaments back to work. The comprehensive crisis caused by Covid-19 made the latest 30-4 timeline gradually becoming impossible.

Man United and Tottenham are competing for European Cup next season

The fact that all sides pledged to make the Premier League fully complete was the first victory for the football of the foggy country. Liverpool are eagerly awaiting the day of winning the first championship in nearly 30 years, while the First Division Leeds United and West Brom begin to hope to return to the Premier League stage.

Only thing, when the Premier League has to delay the day back, the consequences are not small when the next season is difficult to take place on time and will certainly end late, affecting the progress of the Euro 2016 finals that had to be moved. again one year.

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Many Premier League clubs supports cancelling the results

The situation of the Covid-19 epidemic is complicated in England, causing many Premier League teams to rethink the future of the 2019/20 season.

During a meeting not so long ago, the Premier League clubs agreed on a plan to postpone the season and continue playing at an appropriate time.

However, according to Theathletic, the complicated situation of the Covid-19 epidemic is gradually changing the views of the leading English teams. As of March 27, the fog country had more than 11,000 sick people and 578 of them did not survive.

The teams are concerned about the prospect of having to play when the disease has not been controlled. The plan to organize matches in the audience is also considered but there are still many shortcomings. Not to mention many players who left the UK when the tournament was postponed and could become a source of infection for colleagues.

If 14 out of 20 teams simultaneously vote to cancel the season result, the Premier League will be forced to change its decision.

A number of non-professional clubs have so far submitted applications to cancel Nations League results. The tournament for amateur players in the UK this year will likely not have the champions, teams promoted, relegated as usual.

This is unhappy information for teachers and coach Juergen Klopp when they are only 20/20 away from the Premier League championship by 2 wins.

The current season of Premier League can be cancelled

An unnamed senior manager in the Premier League believes the current season will not end, according to The Athletic.

When the newspaper first stopped Premier League, the organizers announced that they would try to kick off the final rounds. During last week’s meeting, all 20 teams agreed that the season will not be canceled. But as Covid-19 became more and more widespread in England, many teams wanted to end the season. Semi-professional tournaments and movements in the UK all decide to end the season.

According to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein, any Premier League decision needs at least 14 of the 20 teams to agree. The UK is the country with the 8th highest number of nCoV infections in the world. Many celebrities have been infected, including Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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England football and the great ambition at Euro 2020

The England team is having an impressive Euro 2020 qualifying campaign and shows their ambition to spread in the summer to next year.

Gareth Southgate’s army registered their name on the train to Euro 2020 early. The Three Lions will certainly end the qualifying campaign with the top of Group A. With what has shown, England fans have the right to expect something special next summer.

Wembley advantage

England will start Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium on July 14, 2020. If able to go to the final match, the Three Lions will be playing at home 5 out of 7 matches. Although the FA has tried to reduce the fact that their team benefits from home advantage, head coach Gareth Southgate emphasizes the benefits of this.

It is clear that the advantage played at Wembley will greatly help England, especially with the nature of the knockout matches. This is considered to be the greatest advantage of the Three Lions at Euro 2020.

Destructive attack power

England have scored 33 goals in just 7 matches in the qualifying campaign, more than any other team. Although the opponents in Group A are relatively weak, but can not therefore deny the attack of the Three Lions.

The England head coach makes perfect sense to say so. Croatia could be considered the first major opponent they met at the 2018 World Cup. And the match ended with a defeat for the Three Lions. They also lost 2 times to Belgium in procedural matches. Things are not allowed to recur at Euro 2020 if the British want to make things happen.

The most satisfactory map

Gareth Southgate has been trying to build a 4-3-3 scheme for England since after the World Cup and it is showing effectiveness. The 49-year-old strategist has shared his decision.

Harry Kane is undoubtedly the number one choice for spearhead striker position if he is healthy. Tammy Abraham will be a backup plan. Not to mention Callum Wilson can step in the race if he continues to maintain high form.

Youth and experience

Half of England’s squad for Euro 2020 will be under the age of 22. Although holding a youthful squad like Southgate still emphasizes the importance of the two oldest players in the team including Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph, both 29 years old. A gameplay that has been shaped over time and has passed fire tests. Youth combined with experience. And besides those excellent individuals who can make a difference with an instant.

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The way Man City rose to be the global football empire (Part 4)

It is understandable that part of Mancini’s salary is paid by Al Jariza, and the name “adviser” is just an excuse. Salaries went to Mancini from Man City, to Al Jariza, then to Sparkleglow Holdings – an offshore company in Mauritius.

Offshore companies are usually set up in countries that are considered tax havens, like Mauritius. It can carry out tax-free financial transactions. This is how Man City paid Mancini wages, at least in 2011. Without the law-bypassing scheme, vague payments and suspicious money injection, Man City has not been as successful as it is now.

From a little-known football team, Man City became a global brand, under the name City Football Group (CFG). When we drink a cup of Starbucks, whether in Seattle or Singapore, we have to pay exorbitant prices. So are the soccer branches of Man City.

Man City, New York City or Melbourne City all have the same logo, shirt color and sponsors. It was Etihad Airlines. In addition, Man City also owns shares in teams of Uruguay, Spain and Japan. They signed a cooperation agreement with clubs in the Scandinavian peninsula, and opened a football academy in Africa.

The investment in Girona Club in Spain has the same model. “Young City players need to rub in a highly qualified tournament. Girona will create opportunities for them”, the internal Man City document said. Due to the quality of City’s first team, young players are sent to branch teams to develop. The global football system makes it easy for Man City coaches to filter out players good enough to lift Manchester.

Rarely has any team kept up with City and the “global empire”. For over 11 years, Mansour spent nearly three billion dollars on Man City. Last season, their net profit reached more than 10 million pounds. This profit is not really attractive compared to the investment of billions of dollars.

Not to mention Mansour is always willing to pay for the expensive players. But, Man City is still on the rise. In 2008, Mansour bought Man City for £ 100 million.