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The dark art of Ramos

The Andalusian has been one of the best center-backs in the world for more than a decade. This is showing no signs of stopping, with what he has shown this season. Ramos scored, Ramos defended, Ramos did everything to stop the opponent.

A few days before breaking Messi‘s record, Ramos angrily cursed his junior Martin Odegaard in Real Madrid’s defeat to Real Sociedad. “You bastard”, Ramos shouted at Odegaard. The center-back is always very real, and doesn’t lie on the pitch

“In football, there is no room for brotherhood”, Ramos once said in a documentary produced last year. Last season, Real fell into a disaster with total defeats in La Liga and the Champions League, Ramos talked about the embarrassment that he could not take his children to the park.

Football is always a story about results, about winning. And Ramos will do everything to get there. Even if it made him trade. Ramos has conquered every player’s most important collective title. He won the World Cup, then won the Euro twice. He won the Champions League 4 times and countless other titles. However, Ramos will never be able to penetrate the noble individual titles, like the Golden Ball or The Best.

For a simple reason, in the era when football always worshiped beautiful superheroes like Messi or Ronaldo, people did not like to honor butchers like Ramos. Whether he is the best center back, the most stable football world in years.

Even Ramos’s son doesn’t want to be a footballer like his father. In the documentary film about Ramos’s life, it is seen that his son, Sergio Jr, sees Luka Modric as an idol. No child dreamed of being the 1 position villain in superhero movies.

But life is not like movies. There is not always a clear black-and-white boundary, which sometimes appears gray.

Ramos is the perfect symbol for that gray.

Sad part of La Masia under Bartomeu

In the Champions League semi-final of the 2012/13 season, Barca was crushed by Bayern Munich with a total score of 0-7 after 2 matches. A year later, at the 2014 World Cup, the defending champions were eliminated from the group stage. These failures show that tiki-taka shows signs of being caught.

Then, under coach Luis Enrique, Barca changed with quality additions including Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar. Thanks to that, they stepped up to the top of Europe in the 2014/15 season.

Things have gotten worse since 2016, when Josep Maria Bartomeu became the new president of Barca. Unlike his predecessors Joan Laporta or Sandro Rossell, Bartomeu prefers to bring in blockbuster deals.

In the past 4 seasons, Barca has lost nearly 320 million euros on the transfer market. In return, Bartomeu earned Barca lucrative contracts from Nike or Qatar.

Blockbusters like Philippe Coutinho, Malcom, Ousmane Dembele were not very successful. Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann or Frenkie de Jong need more time to assert. In the opposite direction, many promising talents of La Masia such as Gerard, Deulofeu, Cristian Tello … are forced to leave. It is difficult for them to compete with the stars who have become famous in other teams.

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With this policy, Mr. Bartomeu was criticized by former president Laporta: “Mr. Bartomeu is under Qatari control and will destroy La Masia training furnace”. Recently, Bartomeu also made Barca internal waves because of problems outside the pitch. Pique even called the incumbent president “a puppet”.

In 2018, for the first time in 16 years, Barca came out without any mature players from the academy or any indigenous people. That squad includes Ter Stegen, Semedo, Yerry Mina, Thomas Vermaelen, Lucas Digne, Paulinho, Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, Paco Alcacer and Coutinho. At this time, the percentage of La Masia players in the first team Barca is only 36%.

Coming soon “Golden Ball” for goalkeepers

The prestigious French Football magazine (France) has confirmed since this year that the “Golden Ball” award for the goalkeeper will be awarded in Paris in honour of “the best guard of the year”. This title will be separate from the “Golden Ball” for all other positions on the field.

Recently, organizers of the “Golden Ball 2019” award have determined the date of the Gala by the prestigious French Football magazine (France) for the best player of the year on December 2. The venue for this great event will be the Chatelet theatre in Paris and in particular, the host will be the legendary Ivory Coast and of Chelsea club, “Elephant Forest” Didier Drogba.

The organizers also affirmed that from this year there will be more Yashin – “Golden Ball for Goalkeeper” in addition to other important awards given annually. It is the traditional “Golden Ball” title honouring the best male player of the year award since 1956 or two new awards were formed last year, the Golden Ball for women and the Kopa Award for those players under 21 years of age.

20 female candidates will be voted on by 50 reporters and journalists who follow women’s football. As for male players, 30 candidates will be chosen by 180 famous sports journalists from around the world. The specific list will be published by L’Equipe and France Football on October 21.

The Yasin Prize was born in the name of the legendary former Soviet goalkeeper – Lev Yashin. He is the first and only goalkeeper to date in the history of ever winning the title of “Golden Ball” (1963). At that time, Yasin, who was playing for Dynamo Moscow club, finished in 1st place with 73 votes, surpassing the two rivals behind him, Gianni Rivera (AC Milan – 53 votes) and Jimmy Greaves (Tottenham – 33) promissory note).

France Football editor-in-chief Pascal Ferré said that the creation of the Yashin award is an inevitable step when the main Golden Ball award is usually for attacking players (such as Messi or Ronaldo, …). However, he did not see this as a consolation reward for the temple guards.

“The award will go to the best goalkeepers in the world, and will be voted on by a jury of international experts who voted for the Golden Ball”, he said.

In 2019, the election revolves around the Champions League and goalkeeper Alisson Becker is a prominent figure, so the possibility of him winning the first Yashin is very high when he reached the top of Europe with Liverpool.

The 26-year-old star also received the “Golden Glove” award for the best goalkeeper in both the FIFA The Best, Champions League gala, the English Premier League and this year’s Copa America – where he and Brazil were champions. at home.

With Liverpool, they are secretly wishing their two pet players, midfielder Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson Becker, to acquire both the noble titles “Golden Ball” and the Yashin title in December this year.

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, Mesut Oezil was not included in the list. Meanwhile, 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. 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 in the past). The problem here is not about age. In addition, we are not surprised anymore 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.

In the situation that the competition density is increasing, the military have to naturally turn around the squad to avoid the risk of tired players. Some football teams like Arsenal will naturally replace almost the entire squad while playing in the League Cup as well as 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.

Premier League and winter break like no one

After a few decades of debate, after all, one of the most respectable traditions in the football homeland has (probably will) collapse. For the first time in history, Premier League teams will have a two-week winter break, in February!

England is the birthplace of football. As everyone knows, one of the most unique features of the football homeland is that the ball never stops rolling, even during the most important holidays of the year (the opposite is the opposite: the bigger the ceremony, the more football must be played, to entertain the public).

Now, when the English football executives have to surrender to the grievances of the insiders, having issued a winter break to give players a chance to rest, the first strange thing is the Premier League winter break in the February (most other tournaments winter break during the Christmas – New Year). But that is not the only difference.

Extremely unique, the English football operator has devised a solution for the players, the team is winter break, but in the end, the Premier League still not stop! In principle, there will be a Premier League round within 2 weeks. The matches of that round will last for 14 days, instead of all taking a break. The original idea was to draw lots for 8 teams to play (12 teams get a break) in one weekend, then reverse (8 teams take a break) in the next weekend.

Of course, when applied in practice, the rest time of the teams will not be the same. On the one hand, people take advantage of the break time to solve the postponed matches, the matches must be rematched in the FA Cup. On the other hand, they still have to give priority to the television schedule. In short, people who take a lot of rest or who don’t get a lot of rest must accept it by chance.

Having to play against Tottenham in the FA Cup fourth round on February 5, Southampton will be the team with the least winter break: 9 days. In contrast, Chelsea and M.U are the two teams with the most winter break: 15 days. Wolverhampton has 12 winter holidays. But judging from this, this team can only take a winter break after having played 40 games since the beginning of the season (in all competitions). Of the five players who have played more than 3,000 minutes in the UK this season, four are Wolverhampton: Conor Coady, Joao Moutinho, Rui Patricio, Leander Dendoncker (the other is Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk).

The tragedy crashed world sports concussion

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant of the US died on January 26 (local time) after the helicopter crashed and caught fire on the outskirts of Los Angeles.

The accident recalled aviation tragedies in the past that have deprived many world sports legends.

Here are 6 tragedy of aviation world sports.

1958: Manchester United

The plane carrying members of the Manchester United club crashed in Germany upon returning from a European Cup match in Belgrade. Eight players and 3 other employees were killed after the accident. The team of legendary coach Matty Busby then won the European Cup in 1968 and a walkway under Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium was named the “Munich Tunnel” in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the accident.

1961: American figure skating

All 18 athletes on the American team figure skating died on their way to Prague to compete in the World Championship when their plane crashed while approaching the airport in Brussels (Belgium). The tournament was later canceled and the entire team and their coach were honored at the American Skating Hall of Fame in January 2011.

1972: Old Christians rugby club

The Uruguayan team lost 12 members when the plane took off in Santiago (Chile) in a remote area of ​​the Andes Mountains. After running out of food due to being in the middle of the snow, the survivors even had to eat dead flesh and they were found 71 days after the accident. Books, films and documentaries have been shown of the accident and the pedestrians later made it to the site of the accident at 3,570 meters to honor and remember the unfortunate athletes.

2016: Chapecoense Club

A flight from Bolivia to Colombia carrying 77 people claimed the lives of 19 members of the Brazilian team after kicking the Copa Sudamericana final leg. The title was later awarded to Chapecoense Club at the request of their rival Atletico Nacional. The Spanish club Barcelona also held a friendly match with Chapecoense less than a year later to raise funds when one of Alan Ruschel’s survivors played their first match since the incident.

2018: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Leicester City club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was killed when the helicopter carrying him and four others crashed outside the King’s Power Stadium a few hours after an English Premier League match.

Thousands of “Foxes” fans (nicknamed Leicester club) took a walk to remember the victims before their next match and the son of the Thai billionaire Aiyawatt came to control. take control of the UK team.

2019: Emiliano Sala

The Argentine striker was traveling by plane from Nantes to Wales to finish joining the Premier League club Cardiff City but the plane carrying him crashed in the English Channel.

To date, the accident still has unresolved issues surrounding the death of the ill-fated player, such as a payment of 17 million euros already agreed for a transfer between the two teams.

Kevin De Bruyne and the secret to becoming the king of assisting Premier League

Former Manchester United player Gary Neville shares ways to turn the Belgian midfielder into a very dangerous drill in the hands of Pep.

The defending champion, Man City, is flying high under the guidance of the genius brain of Pep Guardiola and the talented feet of Kevin De Bruyne. After the 2018/2019 season spent most of the time sidelined by injuries, the Belgian midfielder marked his spectacular return.

The former Chelsea star set an unbelievable record with a hat trick in Belgium’s 4-0 destruction to Scotland. He became the first player to own 3 passes in the EURO qualifier, more specifically, De Bruyne took only 32 minutes to complete it.

In the club shirt, the 28-year-old star owns 8 assists after the last 6 matches with Man City. His excellent form contributed greatly to the Etihad team winning jubilant victories and fiercely chasing Liverpool on the rankings.

Pep solved the problem of filling the void left by De Bruyne in the 2018/2019 season. The Spanish captain put his faith in Bernardo Silva’s shoulders and reaped great sweet fruits. B.Silva provides creativity and delicious opportunities for the surrounding teammates.

Can see, De Bruyne increasingly becoming a fearsome weapon in the hands of Pep. The intelligent play thinking, the keen observation mind, the impressive ability to create an impression from the 28-year-old midfielder to help the ball to control the ball of the blue half of Manchester is promoted optimally.

“Unbelievable. It reminded me of the peak time I spent playing alongside David Beckham at Man United. De Bruyne is recreating Beckham’s fantastic, previous quality passes. I think the Premier League will hardly own such a good midfielder for a long time to come”, former player Gary Neville told Sky Sports.

The Belgian midfielder can shine in the center circle in the middle of the pitch or play in a two-wing hallway when needed. De Bruyne always put his teammates in a good position to receive the ball, finding the empty space behind the opponent.

Experts say De Bruyne is the true boss of half the space on the opponent’s court. The Belgian is flexible in the play, emitting extremely dangerous when able to lead the ball straight into the middle, attracting your defenders and launching deadly assists or long shots from thunder.

De Bruyne possesses the speed of a full-back but appears to excel in technical quality. He has the ability to handle David Silva’s skillful ball but has a superior speed.

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.