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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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Facts you may not know about the oldest golf tournament (Part 2)

In 2014, The R&A announced that Royal Portrush will return in October 2015 and Portrush will become The Open 2019 venue.

Champions: Willie Park Sr (1860), Tom Morri Sr (1861), Andrew Strath (1865), Tom Kidd (1873), Bob Ferguson (1882), John Ball (1890), David Brown (1886)…

Important milestones at The Open Championship

On October 17th, 1860 the first match took place at Prestwick Golf Club – Scotland with 8 golfers playing in 3 rounds around 12 holes in a single day.

In 1861, the season attracted 8 amateur golfers and 10 professional golfers.

In 1971 due to no award, the tournament was canceled.

In 1892 the tournament increased from 36 holes to 72 holes, that is, 4 rounds of 18 holes.

In 1894, the tournament took place for the first time outside Scotland, with an increasing number of contestants, so the organizers applied a golfer-cutting format after two rounds.

In 1920, the right to organize The Open Championship belonged to The Royal & Ancientt Golf Culb.

From 1890-1930, The Open was dominated by professional athletes, with only 6 amateur golfers taking the throne during this period.

In 1946, The Open welcomes the first American champion after the second world war.

In 1947 the champion of this tournament was Fred Daly of Northern Ireland.

In 1948 – 1958 The Open was dominated by the Commonwealth golfers, golfers from Australia and South Africa won the championship 8 times.

In 1953, The Open competed at the American Carnoustie golfer to win the championship that year.

In 1959, the South African golfer won the championship.

In 1960, the “Big Three” era in the professional golf village began.

In 1966, 1970 and 1978, Golfer Nicklaus came second seven times and 16 times ranked top 5 at The Open.

Golfer John Daly won the championship in 1995.

2000-2005, Tiger Woods who won 3 championships.

In 2006, Golfer Hoylake won the Open title.

In 2013, golfer Phil Mickelson won the first Open Championship at Muirfield.

In 2015, the match took place at the Old Course at St Andrews golfer Zach Johnson won by payoff.

The 2018 Open Championship is the 147th tournament held at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland. This is the 8th Open Champiomship tournament at Carnousetie.

In the first time since 1951, The Open took place at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

Nowadays, The Open Championship is considered to be among the top 6 tournaments in the world.

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Facts you may not know about the oldest golf tournament (Part 1)

The Open Championship is also known as The Open and British Open. It is the oldest of the four major golfer major tournaments, held for the first time in the UK and the only major tournament outside of the United States.

The tournament took place firstly on October 17, 1860, at the Pretwick Golf Club with 8 professional golfers playing 3 rounds around the 12-hole golf course in a single day.

Features of The Open Championship

Tournaments are held at the golf courses adjacent to the coast (Link course) and these courses often bring a lot of difficulties and challenges for golfers due to extreme weather conditions.

High performing countries at The Open can be named as the United States with 44 championships; It was followed by Scottland with 41 times and ranked third in England with 22 times.

Trophies and medals in The Open history

In 1860 – 1870 Challenge Belt was awarded to the champion.

In 1870, golfer Young Tom Morris was awarded the perpetual belt for a three-year championship.

In 1872 Young Tom Morris was the first champion to have his name engraved on the trophy.

From the tournament in 1872 the champion was awarded a gold medal before Claret Jug was born.

In 1949 the doctor’s medal was awarded to an amateur golfer

In 1872 bronze medals were awarded to all career golfer who participated in the final round.

Competition format

The Open is a 72-hole stroke play golf tournament that takes place in 4 days from: Thursday to Sunday (From 1979 the tournament takes place on the 6th and 3rd of July). In the rounds after hole 36, there are only 70 golfers leading the record.

If after 72 holes there is no identification of the champion the golfers will enter the 4-hole playoff series to calculate the total score if they still tie golfers into the series of live matches until they find the champion.

Golf course

From 1860 to 1870, the tournament was held at Prestwick Golf Club in Soctland. The Open was held in Scotland, northwestern England and southeast England and the same pitch in Northern Ireland.

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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.

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The way Man City rose to be the global football empire (Part 3)

To control information, Man City media experts assess potential risks on every step of the way. They select partners, and when necessary, evaluate whether the contract value is large enough to risk.

In early 2014, Man City leaders met to sign a contract with the Arabtec construction company, based in Dubai. At that time, the Arabtec leader was Hasan Ismaik – the infamous owner of Munich 1860 Club. Man City asked the media group to sum up the potential risks if the two sides closed the contract.

Not long ago, The Guardian reported on the poor living conditions of migrant workers in Abu Dhabi. In 2009, the BBC also revealed how badly Arabtec treated its workers. This problem is not new to the Gulf state that enriches the deserts. Over the past 40 years, Abu Dhabi has employed many workers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, building skyscrapers on barren ground.

Man City leaders ignored the warning, to receive seven million pounds a year from Arabtec. But, they came to an agreement on regional advertising contracts. Man City and Arabtec contracts are only published in Arab countries, Russia and Turkey – where democracy and human rights are not necessarily a priority.

To ensure Man City also has a part in the profit pie named football, the leader set the unprecedented model: A global empire. Owning a team is not enough. The global team network will be more profitable, and Man City has understood this since 2009.

That year, Roberto Mancini signed two contracts at the same time: one is Man City coach, the other is Al Jazira adviser – the leading UAE team. Mansour Al Nahyan is the boss of both teams. The value of the contract will surprise many: Mancini receives a higher salary from Al Jazira than from Man City. The Premier League club pays £ 1.45 million a year, while the Gulf club pays £ 1.75 million for Mancini.

“We have to help Al Jazira with some payments,” a Man City director wrote to his associates in September 2011. “We will send money to ADUG, then ADUG will transfer to Al Jazira, with payment instructions.” ADUG is Abu Dhabi United Group – the group that owns Man City. Its owner is also Mansour. ADUG is considered the head of Man City’s campaign against the Financial Fair Law.

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The way Man City rose to be the global football empire (Part 2)

Mansour is the half-brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MbZ). MbZ is considered the current head of the UAE, when President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has suffered health problems since 2014. The Al Nahyan family has not interfered with the management of Man City, which they assigned to their subordinates.

When Mansour bought Man City, MbZ sent Simon Pearce to be one of the directors. According to an investigation by Der Spiegel (Germany), Pearce is a PR expert of MbZ, responsible for implementing ghost sponsorship contracts for Man City. He represented Abu Dhabi in negotiations, but still needed Khaldoon to pass decisions. “OK, let’s go,” sometimes Khaldoon just needs to text.

Pearce and his Manchester City directors drew enough ways to manipulate the contract, dealing with Financial Fairness laws. Their secret activities are all codenamed. They are willing to resolve foreign affairs with tacit agreements.

The appointment of Guardiola is also an understatement. The contract between Man City and Guardiola was signed on October 10, 2015. The Spanish strategist earned £ 13.5 million ($ 17.6 million) in the first year, rising to £ 16.75 million in the following years. The unusual point is not in the salary, but at the time of signing. Meanwhile, Guardiola entered the new season for only two months, as Bayern Munich coach.

A few weeks later, a Sunday Mirror reporter wrote that City’s football director – Txiki Begiristain – met Guardiola in Barcelona. He released the news: “Begiristain and Guardiola are negotiating a contract”. This news is of course wrong. The contract has been signed.

Man City spokesman Simon Heggie immediately wrote to the leaders: “I have called and asked the reporter to remove the article.” A moment later, Heggie said the story had been removed. “I will correct it with other papers,” he added. This helps Man City control the time to announce the contract – February 2016.

Control is Man City’s motto. They control the pitch, and the media. The leaders understand that the team and the Abu Dhabi owners are always skeptical. With a professional PR team, Man City prevents a lot of unfavorable information targeting them. The British press – a country claiming to be the source of modern democracy and law – received a rave review of Abu Dhabi owners. But in the UAE, adulterers are executed and kissing in public will go to jail.