Is Barcelona’s move for Neymar on the verge of collapse?

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It was a move that seemed unlikely even as recently as a few weeks ago, but the Neymar saga is destined to be the soap opera of this summer’s transfer window.

Clearly, the Brazilian wants out at Paris Saint-Germain and, if media reports are to be believed, Barcelona are the only club he wants to go to.

That the Catalans have even considered re-hiring a player who burned every bridge in the book when he left, is a surprise, but it just shows you that football as a business is a breed apart. Continue reading

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This online video slot has 5 reels, 3 rows and 243 ways in which a player can win. The game is full of packed features as Microgaming released this video slot just in time for the world cup played in 2014. The logo of the Football Star slog is wild and replaces for all others except the scatter symbol. In addition, the wilds are stacked on the reels, with well over 40 on the reels which increasing 3, 4 and 5, boosting your chances of winning on the reels. The game also includes an arbitrarily activated striking wild features. Here, a footballer will shoot a ball at the reels, which would in turn transform either 2,3 or 4 into a completely wild reel, with guarantees a win.

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Champions League 2020 Final: All you need to know

26 of the 32 fixed teams joined by the six playoff winners in August will move onto the Champions League 2019/2020 Group Stage. The final game lined up on the 30th of May 2020 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul holds great significance for Liverpool and we will tell you why.  Plus, if you are on Betway and are looking to bet on games, the Final is one great time! All you need to do is log in at Betway on th.betway88.com, and opt for which team you think is going to win!

Here are key facts about the 2020 edition of the Champions League and controversies revolving around it that every football fan must know.

Liverpool’s History at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium 

This stadium was the venue for the 2005 Champions League final which ended with Liverpool hoisting the vessel of victory. A legendary collision between AC Milan and the Merseyside that until the half-time seemed to be in the bag of AC Milan. But the magical second half was hands-down one of Liverpool’s best performance. The Reds smashed Milan finding the net three times and taking the game to penalty shootouts. Beating AC Milan 3-2 in the penalties, the Reds secured the title of football’s most prestigious competition.

Jurgen Klopp’s Promising Start

The Reds’ Manager vowed that his team will find their way to the Champions League climax in Istanbul. Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi led Klopp’s club to victory in Madrid last season of the Champions League. The manager showed a high spirit while making a very public announcement. The Reds’ slammed Mauricio Pochettino’s men with their 2-0 triumph and the wild celebration after the game’s final whistle. Klopp made up for the loss of the Premier League title and went on to win his first trophy as the manager of Liverpool in the last season of the Champions League.

Calling It In

The Citizens’ manager Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp promised to kick butt [sic] again next year, revealed Klopp. The Merseyside manager had Guardiola on the phone when this conversation took place. It will be exciting to see whether or not both the teams last long enough to see eye to eye at the 2020 Champions League final in Istanbul.

The Manchester City Controversy

Meeting the Reds in the finals and kicking butt may have to wait for Guardiola. Manchester City found itself in a scandal following allegations of unfair financial practices. If proven correct, the former Premier League Champions may not be a part of the Champions League tournament in 2020.

Despite the claims, the club denies any financial wrongdoing and is cooperating with the UEFA in their ongoing investigation into their finances.

The 2020 UEFA Super Cup

The winners of the Champions League and the Europa League in 2020 will compete to lift the silverware at the Super Cup at Portugal in August the same year.

After Turkey hosted 2005’s historic game of the Champions League final, this is the first time that Liverpool sets foot on the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. Whether the Reds will get a chance to protect their reigning title in the finals or not, one thing remains certain. Football fans around the world will mark 30th May 2020 in their calendars to witness another great climax of Europe’s most prestigious league.

 

Top Ligue 1 Goalkeepers in 2018/19: Benoit Costil

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Benoit Costil’s career will always be remembered by his time at Rennes but since 2017 he has been guarding the goal of Bordeaux and this past season he had a decent campaign with Bordeaux finishing in the top half of the league and for him he finished 7th with 35 points.

During the season he kept 9 clean sheets which was impressive for the 32 year old and he ended up being the only goal keeper from the top 9 in Ligue 1 that was neither sent off or booked for the whole season.

Costil’s went into last season with a value of 8m. While Bordeaux struggled at times, they did find enough form at one point in the season to think they could challenge for a Europa League finish but it quickly became evident that it couldn’t be the case for this year.

Costil started the season with by earning -4 points in his opening two games as the club kept conceding goals. In fact it wouldn’t get easier for him at the beginning of the season as in the next games Bordeaux beat Monaco but conceded with that match finishing 2-1 and the following game ended in a 2-0 loss to Rennes. The next match was a thriller but for Costil it did his points total no favours as Bordeaux drew 3-3 with Nimes. The next match ended in a 3-1 win over Guingamp but again Bordeaux had conceded. It meant that Costil did not earn any positive points until his 7th game of the season. But once he started he couldn’t at least for a while stop.

The great run begun when Bordeaux beat Lille and Costil kept 3 clean sheets in a row to earn 21 points. While he would gain some more consistency it was this run which started at the end of September and ran until the first week of October that ended up being the goal keeper’s best run of the season.

His single worst game points was against Nimes, Saint Etienne and Lyon were in those fixtures he earned -4 points on each occasion.

Costil ended the season much like he had begun it and earned no points in his last 6 games with a total points haul of -10.

This wasn’t a great season for Costil, although in some games he was outstanding, but Bordeaux simply were not strong enough and it showed. Still Costil beat his total from the season before which was 31,and he will be hoping to improve in the points stakes and try to keep a few more clean sheets next season.

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Final nail in PSG’s coffin Neymar fails to return back to France

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The relationship between PSG and Neymar has reached a new low after the Brazilian failed to show up for training on Monday.

PSG’s official statement said: ‘On Monday 8 July Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was due to return to pre-season activities with the Paris Saint-Germain senior squad. Paris Saint-Germain notes that Neymar Jr was not in attendance at the agreed time and place. This was without the club’s prior authorisation. The club regrets this situation and will therefore take appropriate action.’

The obvious problem is that Neymar was never going to be back in France with PSG a day after Brazil won the Copa America in Brazil. True Neymar has been injured for the tournament but it was obvious that he was going to be at the final, Brazil’s first in 12 years and when the team won it is again obvious that he is naturally going to celebrate with the team, to think otherwise means you want to start an excuse for an argument.

Some could argue that why would PSG want Neymar back in training if he is injured. But today in Paris was all about medical check ups, and so in theory Neymar should have been there. But it is clear that there has been a breakdown in communications between club and player. It now looks inevitable that Neymar will be fined for his actions, not that he will care, he will just enjoy to celebrate with Brazil.

At the same time Neymar could have contacted the club and told them in advance of his plans and this is what has clearly irked them. There is an underlying cause of course and that is PSG want to keep their player whilst Neymar wants to leave and return back to Barcelona, could this be part of his chess move to force PSG’s hand so he can move back to La Liga?

This could well be the final nail in the coffin and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Neymar really has played his last game for PSG. The catch in all of this is can Barcelona afford both Griezmann and Neymar, the truth of the matter has to be no, and the deal looks like it will only go through if PSG will take on at least 3 of Barcelona’s players in some kind of player swap deal plus cash.

The summer is hot but in Paris and in Barcelona it just got hotter.

Brazil win Copa America, Lionel Messi is sent off and Gary Medel loses the plot

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The Copa America 2019 is over and the first reaction is to say congratulations to Brazil, who without Neymar who was injured before the tournament won it. This was Brazil’s first international trophy since 2007 as they beat Peru 3-1.

The talking point of the competition though hasn’t really been about Brazil who conceded just 1 goal on their way to winning but about Lionel Messi and Argentina.

Yet again Messi has seen a competition pass him by and an opportunity to win something with the national team looks like a dream that will never realise itself for one of the greatest players to ever play the game.

But Argentina did improve as the competition went on, and did play well against Brazil even though they ended up losing 2-0. During that game they hit the woodwork twice, including a shot from Messi and claimed that they should have had two clear penalties. This is when the paranoia clicked in and Messi suggested that everything was being done to ensure Brazil win the competition in their own country. That sounds like a stretch but at the same time it could be suggested that VAR isn’t working.

VAR is at the teething stage and needs many more modifications to make it work 100% of the time. This is for another story, but as far as VAR goes it seems that Messi does have a point.

So Argentina were denied to play in the final which meant that they played in the match that no one really wants the 3rd place play-off, only it would be against a fierce rival in Chile. It seems that every time the nations play each other there is fireworks and their Copa America meeting would be no different. On top of that is the fact that there is no love lost between the nations after Chile beat Argentina in the final of the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals.

It all came to ahead when Messi chased the ball out of play but got too close to Chile’s Gary Medal who was trying to shepherd the ball away. Medel reacted by body checking Messi not once, not twice but three times and then putting his head into his. The menace in Medel’s face as Messi just stood there was frightening. The referee ran over to both players and sent them both off.

Messi had done little to nothing to get his first red card in 14 years, while Medel’s was justified. At the same time it may have made sense to send both players off as the match could have continued to boil over had one stayed on.

Argentina won the game 2-1, but they would have wished that victory to be exchanged for the two final losses they have had to endure against them.

Argentina in a way go away from this competition not sad but seeing that there has been progress in a team who are on the face of it quite average. Messi will be hoping that his nation can rise from this and get better, but they clearly will need a couple of more players to break through into the squad if they are soon to win trophies.

Athletes who played both Football & Cricket

Growing up, did you love playing cricket and football or perhaps a combination of other sports? Playing two sports at the international level takes great talent and effort. Football and cricket are certainly two of the most popular games in the world. Did you know that some players have represented their country in both of two extremely popular sports?

The top Players who tried both Football and Cricket

Here is a look at some of the most versatile athletes who played cricket and football:

5. Sir Vivian Richard:  Sir Viv is the only player to have ever represented his country in cricket and football at international events. He played during the World Cup Cricket in both 1975 and 1979. He also featured in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 1974. Although his football career did not pick up, he still became one of the best batters in Test with an average of 50.23. Also in ODI, he averaged 47.

4. Sir Ian Botham:  Sir Ian Botham is arguably the best cricketer in England. He led his teams to many victories in the 1980s including the Headingley in 1981. However, he did have a brief career in football as well. In March 1980 he joined Scunthorpe United where he played in 11 matches. He perhaps could have gone on to play as a center-back for decent clubs, but he had to choose between football and cricket. He chose the latter.

3. Charles Burgess Fry: C.B. Fry was a versatile sportsman. He not only played football and cricket but ventured into other sports such as rugby and athletics. At one period in time, he held the record for long jump in athletics. Fry played in 26 Test Championships and one international football tournament. He played in the FA final
for Southampton against Sheffield United in 1901. However, he ended up on the losing side as Sheffield won.

2. Ellyse Perry: Ellyse Perry is the epitome of a modern dual sportswoman. She has been able to balance her career in cricket and football. Since she debuted in cricket, she has participated in four Test cricket tournaments. Perry has won international cricket events such as the ICC Women’s World Cup and the World T20 twice. She has represented Sydney FC in the W-League tournament which is the top level football tournament for women in Australia. At only 21 she has accomplished so much having taken part in international football events such as the FIFA 2011 World Cup. She also scored a spectacular goal for Australia against Sweden.

1. Dennis Compton: Dennis Compton is a force to be reckoned with in cricket. He is one of the few to have an average of 50 in Test cricket. Interestingly, he is also among one of the 25 batters in first-class cricket to score over 100 centuries. He has also had a successful career in football having played for Arsenal. Compton played as a winger! He was part of the 1950 squad that won the FA Cup.

Which of the players above do you rate the most? Let us know below in the comment section.

Top Ligue 1 Strikers in 2018/19: Moussa Dembele

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Moussa Dembele came 6th in the Ligue 1 rankings as the best striker and he finished the season earning 65 points finishing just 1 point behind Andy Delort. The Lyon striker who helped his side to a 3rd place finish thus providing them with a chance to play in next seasons Champions League scored 15 goals and also assisted in a further 4, making him have quite a successful personal season.

Dembele is just 22 and it is interesting to see how his career has developed because even though he was born in France the wealth of his experience as a footballer is in the United Kingdom. That is because Premier League side Fulham bought him from the youth team of PSG when he was just 16. After spending three seasons with the club where he only scored 15 times he was sold to Scottish club Celtic where he fared quite better scoring 26 goals and winning six trophies with the Bhoys.

Lyon finally came in for him in 2018 and the chance to move back to France was simply too great and it would be to one of the best clubs. At Lyon in his debut season he has had a very good one, 15 goals is a fantastic return when we consider this is from just 21 starts. He did play a total of 33 games for the club last season but 12 of those started from the bench.

Dembele did not score in his first two games of the season and it wasn’t until his 3rd match that he chalked up the points although it was worth waiting for as he scored two goals in Lyon’s 3-0 win over Dijon earning him 8 points in the process. This would equal his best single match points tally which he repeated a further two times when Lyon beat Toulouse 5-1 and when they drew against Strasbourg 2-2.

His best form of the season was at the end of September and lasted for a month, scoring points in 4 consecutive games. He earned 16 points in that period.

The worst moments for Dembele came in February as he couldn’t find the net in 3 games in a row. Dembele ended the season consistently being able to earn an average of 4 points but in his last game of the season away to Nimes, which Lyon won 3-2 he wasn’t able to score a goal and didn’t earn any points.

This past season was Dembele’s best as a player and he looks frighteningly good when we consider his age. His value is 5m and that looks set to rise at the beginning of the upcoming season as he really fits into his role at Lyon.

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Will Lionel Messi ever win a major trophy for Argentina?

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After Argentina were knocked out of the Copa America by Brazil this week a dejected Lionel Messi was not a happy man. He blamed the referee, he blamed VAR- and he had some points but at the end of the day Argentina simply were not good enough, even though the side had played one of their best games in the last three years. They were out and Messi’s quest for a national trophy goes on.

Of course suggesting that Messi has never won a trophy for Argentina is one of the biggest mistakes that fans and pundits regularly make. He has won two trophies in the under 21 World Cup and an Olympic Gold. But of course the trophies that really count at national level is the World Cup and Copa America. Messi has come close reaching 4 finals, 1 World Cup and 3 Copa America’s only to lose each time. Indeed Argentina had reached the last 2 Copa America finals only to go home empty handed as on both occasions they lost to Chile.

But is it simply to be accepted that Messi regarded as one of the true footballing greats will never win a national award- he would be one of the very first players to do so if it did happen. When Argentina did lose against Brazil journalists were waiting for Messi to announce his early retirement as he did a few years ago, borne out of frustration than actually meaning it, and Messi will not retire.

What is evident though is that he isn’t getting any younger. Messi is 32 now and probably has four more years at the very top of his game. That means that he should be able to compete in another World Cup and another Copa America. The next World Cup takes place in 2022 in Qatar but the next Copa America will be next year. It will be held in two countries in Colombia and Argentina and that could be significant for Messi. Not all is lost.

It could well be a fitting way for Messi to end his international career winning Argentina’s first national trophy in almost 30 years and it has been a frustrating time for a nation that has produced so much quality throughout the years and has had nothing to show for it.

For now the quest goes on and some will point to the fact that you can’t really be considered the best if you don’t win international trophies too- whether that is really true or not is open to debate for another time.

 

 

Top Ligue 1 Midfielders in 2018/19: Houssem Aouar

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In his professional career Houssem Aouar has only ever known playing for Lyon, and the fans love the midfielder. One of the reasons for this is that Aouar is a local boy and was born in Lyon in 1998 just weeks after France won their first World Cup.

Aouar has grown into his role at Lyon over the last couple of seasons and is now seen as a natural selection when the team plays each season. What caught Lyon’s attention was that Aouar was to be found to be able to play in any position in midfield and he can play as a winger, attacking midfielder and even a holding one- that is priceless for a club and quite rare.

Aouar finished 6th in the European Fantasy League rankings for midfielders in Ligue 1 and ended up with a points total of 60, the same as Ismaila Sarr who plays for Rennes. The player started 35 games last season and was involved in 14 of Lyon’s goals- scoring 7 and assisting in 7. When he played Lyon had 10 clean sheets and he was only booked two times with no red cards showing his maturity and he is still only 21. His value last season was placed at 8m.

It was not a good start to the season for Aouar who in his first five games managed just 4 points. Arguably his best game came in November when Lyon played Guingamp away from home, it was a thrilling match that ended 4-2 to Lyon. Aouar scored a goal and assisted in another and was able to earn 6 points. He earned 6 points in two other games later that season for more assists and clean sheets but was not able to topple that score for one game.

His worst points tally came against PSG when Lyon lost 5-0. Because of his position he didn’t lose points for goals conceded but he did pick up a yellow card and ended the game with -1 point. To his credit this was the only game of the season where he ended with minus points.

Aouar’s best period of the season started when Lyon beat Nimes 2-0 in mid October and ran for the next four games where he remained consistent and so did his club and picked up 18 points.

Lyon chased for Europe but could not catch eventual runners up Lille who had a superb season themselves. However 3rd place for Lyon was good enough to enter the play-offs for the Champions League proper where they will feel very confident that they can qualify from.

The most impressive statement to make about Aouar is that he was Lyon’s best midfielder last season. Better than Nebil Fekir which says everything and statistically better than Tottenham bound Tanguy Ndombele. His future in football looks very exciting.

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