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.

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.