Arsene Wenger refused to Bayern Munich

The former Arsenal coach claimed he had no intention of taking over the coaching chair at Bayern Munich.

Arsene Wenger has revealed he will not be Bayern Munich’s coach and confirmed that he was approached by the defending champion of the Bundesliga last week.

Since Bayern Munich sacked coach Niko Kovac shortly after the 1-5 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this month, the former Arsenal boss has always been told the media will move to the Allianz Arena not only for his expertise but also for his good performance. However, to make things clearer, the 70-year-old strategist announced he would not take over “Gray Lobster” through Goal: “I am not involved in the work there. First of all, I have never been I was also approached but decided not to go to Bayern Munich”.

There are many doubts that he turned down the job because he chose a more suitable place to coach, but Wenger answered directly: “No, not necessarily so”.

Interim coach Hans-Dieter Flick led Bayern to victory against Olympiacos in the Champions League group stage and specifically helped the Bavarians crush Borussia Dortmund 4-0 over the weekend to return to the top 3 in the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich is third with 21 points, 4 points behind Monchengladbach and the championship race for them is still intact.

In a statement, Mr. Wenger also wanted to return to the training: “Coaching is my whole life, everyone who does this feels the same way. We miss the football atmosphere. I’ve lived with me till now: the happiness after the victory, the pre-match anxiety, the emotions. I did this at 33 until I was 69 without a season off. It is such a great year”.

Since leaving the Emirates Stadium, Mr. Wenger has compensated for his stressful time with the days of enjoying life, resting with his family. Perhaps he will not return to football.

Colombian legend revealed the offer to assassinate goalkeeper Chilavert

Former Newcastle United striker Faustino Asprilla has revealed he once accepted an offer from a drug trafficking tycoon to kill the famous Paraguayan goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert after a World Cup qualifying match.

Speaking in a documentary about his life – shown this weekend, the former Colombian football legend said the gruesome offer was made in 1997. It was three years after the defender. Colombian national team Andres Escobar was shot dead in his home town of Medellin and the alleged culprit was a gang member after he scored an own goal in the 1994 World Cup.

Both Asprilla and Chilavert were sent off in the 1998 World Cup qualifying match in Asuncion, which hosts Paraguay 2-1. Later, Asprilla said that he had received a call from Julio Fierro, who was considered a drug trafficking tycoon. Fierro invited Asprilla to a hotel in Asuncion with former Colombian colleague Victor Hugo Aristizabal.

There, Fierro was waiting for them with 10 people, drunk and prostitutes playing Paraguay. Asprilla said: “We were very upset because we lost when the man came and said they wanted them to stay in Asuncion to kill the fat Chilavert”. The 50-year-old former striker told them that what happened on the pitch is still there and the problem is over. But the other boss still insisted and asked Asprilla to assassinate the legendary goalkeeper of Paraguay. Fierro’s body was discovered in 2004 and is suspected of being a payment by criminal gangs.

The 1990s were a gloomy time for Colombian football. Some clubs like America, Millonario and Envigado have received mafia funding and have suffered devastating consequences.

Before Escobar was assassinated, the Colombian team was threatened in the 1994 World Cup. In which, midfielder Gabriel Gomez left the tournament after playing a match due to many life-threatening threats and aimed at if my family is out in the match against the American home. Coach Francisco Maturana also received a death threat if he chose Gomez.

A spokesman for Colombia at the time said it was not uncommon for a player to receive threats. Asprilla – nicknamed “Tino”, made a name for himself in Europe when playing for Parma to win the UEFA Cup (now the Europa League) in 1993. Three years later, he moved to Newcastle – the team currently play in the Premier League.

U23 Asian Cup: Jordan closed the official list

Recently, the Jordan Football Federation (JFA) has announced the list of 23 official players of the U.23 team for the upcoming U23 Asian Cup 2020.

According to Al Ghad, coach Ahmed Abdel Qader and member of the JFA technical committee closed the list of 23 official players of U.23 Jordan on December 20 (local time).

After completing this, members of the U.23 Jordan team will take a flight to Malaysia on the evening of December 22 to begin training to get used to the weather conditions and time zone changes.

According to JFA, the star midfielder Musa Al-Taamari was not on the official list of U.23 Jordan to gather with the team in Malaysia because Cyprus’ s APOEL club only agreed to return this player on January 13, 2020. Therefore, if selected, Qader will be absent in the first two matches of Group D against U.23 North Korea (October 2020) and U.23 Vietnam (January 13, 2020).

This is certainly not a small loss when Al-Taamari is considered to be the greatest hope of U.23 Jordan in the ambition to win tickets to the 2020 Olympic Games. The midfielder is considered the soul of the U.23 attack. Jordan and experienced 26 times for the national team. He also left many marks in the shirt for the APOEL club (the team that has just reached the round of 32 Europa League teams) since joining in May 2018.

In addition to Al-Taamari, U.23 Jordan suffered worse losses when having to strike out the names of midfielders stars Yousef Abu Jalboush and Mohammed Abu Zureik (who had previously negotiated to join Greece’s AEK Athens club) due to injury. However, Qader said he was still in a good squad after testing in friendlies during the past time.

As planned, after coming to Malaysia, U.23 Jordan scheduled a friendly match with U.23 Saudi Arabia before flying to Thailand on January 3, 2020.

Premier League: The 18-year-old talent saved M.U from losing at Old Trafford

18-year-old striker Mason Greenwood saved Manchester United (M.U) a 1-1 draw against Everton at Old Trafford at 17 Premier League on December 15. In the other match, Tottenham under Jose Mourinho continued to fly high with a 2-1 victory at the Wolves field.

After two victories against the big boys Tottenham and rival Man City, M.U welcomed Everton at home to Old Trafford with a burning atmosphere despite playing in the rain. Meanwhile, despite having just revived by a Chelsea win under the guidance of interim coach Duncan Ferguson, Everton was no longer themselves in the previous seasons while trying to avoid the relegation group.

Entering the excitement, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s army easily controlled the game when the visitors took the initiative to play defensively. But ironically, this game is inherently not what Solskjaer wants because M.U is always really dangerous whenever the ball is lower than the opponent. The main evidence is the last 2 wins against Tottenham and Man City. So, in addition to a beautiful direct free-kick from Rashford, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made a brilliant save, the “Reds” attack almost stopped.

In front of the crowd, the speed of Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Jesse Lingard on the attack almost did not work effectively. In contrast, after being replaced by Marco Silva (who has just been fired), Duncan Ferguson has breathed new life and confidence for Everton. Not only playing fiercely in the defense, “The Toffees” constantly gave warning to M.U with many speedballs and the smooth coordination between Alex Iwobi, Bernard and Richarlison. The visitors’ effort brought a lucky goal thanks to an own goal from Victor Lindelof after a corner kick in the 35th minute.

The attacking plans of M.U are more and more difficult in the second half against opponents determined to preserve the score. The menacing situations of “Red Devils” only stop from outside the penalty area. This forced Solskjaer to adjust the line by launching the 18-year-old Mason Greenwood striker, who left many marks when given the opportunity to rub in the Europa League arena. The seemingly daring decision by the Norwegian military leader brought immediate effect when Greenwood scored a 1-1 equalizer for M.U in the 77th minute with a dangerous finish with his left foot.

One point in the match against Everton despite helping M.U (25 points) stomp in the 6th position, 4 points behind Chelsea (the team ranked 4th) but it will not satisfy Old Trafford’s fans. Because Solskjaer’s army not only showed a flurry of play but also missed the rush to jump to the top when it was going to be a breathtaking Christmas season against Watford, Newcastle, and Burnley.

In the match at the same time, Tottenham had the fourth victory in five matches in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho when beating host Wolves 2-1. The visitors soon took the lead in the eighth minute thanks to Lucas Moura, but Wolves proved why they were ranked above the opponent and had just won tickets to the round of 32 Europa League teams with an equalizer by Adama Traore.

However, when the match seemed to close with a 1-1 draw, Jan Vertonghen became the hero of the London team with a late minute goal to bring 3 points for Tottenham. This victory helped Spurs jump to the fifth position with 26 points to close Chelsea with 3 points less.

Chelsea – Bournemouth: Delicious bait at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea will have to win all 3 points in the meeting with Bournemouth in the 17 Premier League to consolidate the 4th position which is starting to waver.

Chelsea’s form has recently started to show signs of decline as they have only won 3 points in the last 4 matches. However, having just officially reached the knockout round of the Champions League in the middle of the week will certainly help Frank Lampard’s army to relieve many burdens to pay full attention to the domestic arena.

Man City’s confrontation with Arsenal in this round is an opportunity for Chelsea to close the gap to occupy the third place of the Etihad home team, especially in the context of Manchester United and Wolves are gradually approaching from the side. following with 5 points less.

Meanwhile, coach Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth is even going through a much worse time when they have lost five matches in a row. Although desperate to end the game, the continuous confrontation with the big guys and the storm of raging injury makes Bournemouth drowned in 15th place with only 1 point more than the relegation group. However, before the match, the boss of “The Blues” was still very cautious after two games of losing to West Ham and Everton.

Lampard is not only the head coach but also the legend of Chelsea with 14 seasons for this team. However, this is the first time in Lampard’s training and playing career against Bournemouth, who have lost to Chelsea 11 times in 15 previous encounters.

The worry is that Bournemouth has won 2 of the last 3 confrontations with Chelsea and collective strength is the most dangerous weapon in front of the Stamford Brigde youth team. But at the moment, Eddie Howe’s army is seriously weakened by the trauma of pillars like Callum Wilson, Nathan Ake and David Brooks.

Once again the visitors were unlucky to encounter Chelsea having almost full mighty generals. The main striker Abraham came back from injury and ready to fire, along with the return of pillar-back Rudiger after 3 months of injury will help Lampard feel more secure in the defensive wall in front of the goalkeeper Kepa.

Although not in good form in the Premier League, Chelsea’s midfield has regained stability in the Champions League match against Lille in the middle of the week thanks to the excellent coordination of Jorginho’s brain and the mobility of the two. shuttle midfielder Kante and Kovacic. Perhaps Lampard will continue to use this trio to maintain stability for “The Blues” because they will have exactly one week to prepare for the Christmas match.

Chelsea became Everton’s lifebuoy

In a severe crisis of form, Everton suddenly got life buoys in the Premier League round of 16 with a 3-1 victory over Chelsea, the team is ranked 4th with a fairly stable performance this season.

Before the match at Goodison Park, Everton and Chelsea were at two opposite extremes. If coach Frank Lampard’s youth army maintains a steady-state and has just received news of a transfer ban reduction, Everton are diving in the relegation group (losing 8 of the last 11 matches) and sacked coach Marco Silva just before the match.

With pressure to win to find a way out, interim manager Duncan Ferguson was relieved somewhat when Everton soon had a heavy psychological relief goal in the fifth minute after a fair equalizer by Richarlison. The goal helped the feet of the home team players more confident to block the speed up the ball of the foursome of Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Willian of Chelsea.

In addition to the defense defending his net in the first half, Everton once again made “The Blues” again conceded early in the second half after the goal of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (49 minutes). Although Chelsea rekindled their hope of earning points with Mateo Kovacic’s equalizer in the 52nd minute, Everton proved they were regaining a new spirit in the game to aim for a full 3 points.

The speed of former England stars Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi in two wings constantly makes Chelsea’s inherently uncertain defense always in an embarrassing position. But most importantly, coach Duncan Ferguson brought a strong spirit to the players to overcome the most difficult time. One of those efforts and desires, the home team Goodison Park had submerged hope to reverse the situation of Lampard’s students when Calvert-Lewin completed his double in the 84th minute, setting the victory 3-1 for Everton.

Winning against Chelsea not only helped Everton with disappointment after losing to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby last round, but most importantly helping them temporarily escape the red light area. Chelsea, meanwhile, have not faced the risk of losing the fourth position, but the Stamford Brigde team has missed the opportunity to temporarily occupy the third position of Man City, the team will face rivals Manchester United in this round.

What happened to the player Mesut Oezil?

Mesut Oezil was not even on the reserve list, when Arsenal met Standard Liege in the Champions League on midweek.

Earlier, the German player was not included in the list, when Arsenal clashed with M.U in the Premier League. Coach Unai Emery explained: “Ozil has no room because other players deserve better.”

Again, we’re just talking about bench seats. From M.U in the Premier League to Standard Liege in the Europa League, these are different opponents, in different leagues, with completely different nature, requiring different players. Coach Emery has changed to 10 positions in the main team in those two matches. But, in any case, Oezil just made the audience. Gabriel Martinelli didn’t play at all in the match against M.U. But he started, scored 2 goals and created one in the match against Standard.

Ozil’s appearances in the Premier League have decreased in the last 5 seasons: 35, 33, 26, 24, 1 (he has only played one match this season). The number of goals also decreased in that order: 25, 17, 12, 7, 0. Obviously, the value of Oezil has decreased even when he was at the most brilliant age (28-29 in 2 seasons. past). The problem here is not about age. Besides, it is no longer a surprise when Oezil is not used by coach Emery this season. The surprise is just: it’s hard to imagine him falling to the point where he no longer has a place on the bench, in a side tournament.

When competition density is increasing, the military must naturally turn around the squad to avoid the risk of tired players. Teams like Arsenal will naturally replace almost the entire squad when playing in the League Cup or the Europa League.

James Rodriguez is a similar case. Ozil is not even better than Rodriguez as “number 10”. But the Colombian star has struggled over the years because of the general situation: the death of the “number 10” role in modern football. Anyway, Rodriguez is very modest, and he knows how to adjust to survive. Similarly are Isco, Christian Eriksen, Paolo Dybala. They are all more talented than they are. But anyway, they are not completely turned on as Oezil, because they know or subject to change.

Changing to a striker, winger or central midfielder is the solution for the “number 10” to save themselves. But the problem is the gameplay, not the position. Ozil must be free to play and promote creativity. He did not want to change, or could not change.

Tottenham fired Pochettino coach, Mourinho waited

The Tottenham club decided to fire coach Mauricio Pochettino after a miserable start this season. According to British media sources, “Special person” Jose Mourinho is said to be ready to replace the Argentinian military leader.

The decision to fire was issued by the Tottenham club management on November 19 after Spurs experienced a poor start to the Premier League this season. Currently, after 12 rounds, Pochettino’s army is ranked 14th in the rankings (3 wins, 5 draws, 4 losses), eliminated from the League Cup (Carabao Cup) in September by Colchester United – the team is playing in the fourth division.

Pochettino is the leader who has left the most marks in the history of Spurs since arriving from Southampton in 2014 despite not winning a trophy in 5 and a half years leading the London team.

The biggest success of the 47-year-old Argentine ruling came from the season before Tottenham reached the final of Europe’s most prestigious tournament (Champions League) for the first time but lost to Liverpool 0-2. Besides, during his time in London, Pochettino helped Tottenham won the Champions League four times.

However, Spurs have started a serious decline this season in the Premier League and are now 11 points behind City’s fourth team and are far behind by leaders Liverpool with a gap of 20 points. In the Champions League, Spurs experienced an embarrassing 2-7 home defeat to Bayern Munich in Group B in September. Despite revival to rise to 2nd place and rekindle the body was in the round of 16, but the Tottenham leadership could not keep the patience.

“We had to be reluctant to make this change. Unfortunately, domestic results at the end of last season and the beginning of this season are extremely disappointing. That makes the board must make a difficult decision this time. We have had memorable moments with Mauricio and his coaching team but the team has to do so for the best benefit”, said Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy.

In fact, Pochettino has received admiration not only from Tottenham when the team has achieved certain success despite a tight budget in the context of the club having to build a new stadium at a cost of over 1 billion pounds. Pochettino’s success comes from the youth growing up from the Spurs training room like Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

Pochettino’s departure is foreseen after disagreements with the team leader. After 18 months of not signing a player, Levy finally relaxed his financial position for Tottenham to buy Tanguy Ndombele for a club-record £63 million in July and added Jacani lo Celso (borrowed) and Ryan Sessegnon during the summer transfer window last. However, injuries prevented the trio from being able to contribute to the team, while Pochettino had a headache about Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are no longer in the mood to devote themselves to wanting to leave.

Mourinho is currently expected to take over Tottenham. According to Sky Sports, the Spurs leadership is negotiating with the famous Portuguese leader. Mourinho is currently hungry to return to the hot seat after being sacked 11 months ago by Manchester United.

Former FIFA vice-president is banned from football for life

After being sentenced to nine years in prison for corruption, former President of the South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) and FIFA Vice President Juan Angel Napout have been banned from football for life.

A lifetime ban on Napout was granted by FIFA on September 12. Earlier, the former South American football official was convicted of corruption by a New York court and received a nine-year prison sentence. This is the heaviest prison sentence of 42 officials and directors of the world’s most powerful football organization in the trial of the FIFA corruption court, also known as “Fifagate”.

FIFA ethics committee on 12.9 said they found Napout guilty of corruption and decided to ban him from participating in all activities related to football for life with a fine of nearly $1 million.

The U.S. investigation revealed tens of millions of dollars in bribes paid by sports companies to CONMEBOL senior figures in exchange for the right to broadcast and marketing events at tournaments belonging to Such organizations as: Copa America and Copa Libertadores. The US court also fined Napout $1 million and forced the 61-year-old Paraguayan official to pay $3.3 million in bribes he received.

Napout is one of the highest FIFA officials to be indicted by the US for corruption charges along with Jack Warner, former FIFA Vice President and President of the North Central American Football Association & Caribbean (CONCACAF). Mr. Napout had headed the Paraguay Football Federation from 2007 to 2014, then held the position of President of CONMEBOL from August 2014 until he resigned on 12 November 2015 due to his arrest in Zurich (Switzerland) related to “Fifagate”.

Earlier, in the hearing of the case, the court sentenced former Brazilian Football Federation President Jose Maria Marin to 4 years in prison. Meanwhile, Mr. Warner is likely to be extradited from Trinidad & Tobago to the US for trial in the near future.

La Liga: Messi scored, Barcelona still lost

Lionel Messi continued to score but was helpless to help Barcelona extend the series of victories when receiving a shock defeat to Levante with a score of 1-3 in La Liga round 12. Real Madrid is not much better when Real Betis is held at home.

Messi successfully carried out an 11m penalty in the 38th minute to put Barcelona ahead. However, the Argentine superstar’s sixth goal in five matches only served as a backdrop for an impressive comeback in just seven minutes of Levante at home to Ciutat de Valencia.

Jose Campana and Borja Mayoral scored respectively in the 61st and 63rd minutes before Nemanja Radoja scored in the 68th minute to finish Barcelona with a 3-1 victory. “Everything was made too clear when we didn’t play well at the beginning of the second half. We did not create chances and although they did not naturally score two goals. The third goal drove us down a lot”, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the match.

Thus, after 7 consecutive victories in all competitions, Barcelona had to taste bitter fruits on the day Messi marked the 500th goal with his left foot for the Catalan team. Worse, Barcelona also saw Luis Suarez being forced to leave the field in the 41st minute due to an injury to his right calf and may be absent in the Champions League group stage match against Slavia Prague by midweek.

Winning the La Liga giant, Levante rose to 8th place. Meanwhile, Barcelona’s unexpected defeat (22 points) opened the door for Real Madrid (21 points) to retake the throne. headboard. However, in the late match, Zinadine Zidane’s army missed the chance to take the lead when Real Betis held 0-0 at home. In this match, Real Madrid have to blame themselves when creating a series of scoring opportunities to be able to bring back 3 points but Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Ferland Mendy, etc., cannot be converted into goals.

Before Real, the same team at Atletico Madrid (21 points) also missed the opportunity to occupy the top of Barcelona when dividing points on the Sevilla field with a 1-1 draw in the match where they have many chances to succeed upstream.