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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.

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.

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.