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PSG break Arsenal’s record to reach UCL final

French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain has qualified for their first-ever UEFA Champions League final by breaking Arsenal’s record, after defeating Bundesliga side RB Leipzig 3-0 in the semifinal.

 

Thomas Tuchel’s team scored the opener in the 13th minute with a Marquinhos header. Angel Di Maria scored the second goal after a brilliant flick from Neymar 3 minutes before the break. Left-back Juan Bernat scored the final goal in the 56th minute to send the Parisians to their first-ever final in 50 years.

 

According to OPTA, reached their first-ever European Cup/Champions League final after their 110th game in the competition, the most played by a side before reaching their first final, overtaking Arsenal's record of 90 between 1971-2006.

 

Do you think PSG will win the final?

 

video source: SuperSport

19/08/2020 15:47

 

Mikel returns to England, joins former Naija teammate

Former captain of the Naija Super Eagles, John Mikel Obi has returned to England, after leaving the country in 2017, reuniting with former teammate Oghenekaro Peter Etebo at Stoke City.

 

Mikel became a free agent after his contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor was terminated in May 2020. Though several clubs were interested in signing the Naija star, the former Chelsea midfielder has officially joined Championship side, Stoke City.

 

On the club’s YouTube Channel, Mikel said “I can bring that winning mentality into this team. There is always a way to win, we need to find that way. That mentality needs to come into the team, it’s all about winning week in, week out, and that’s something I’ve done all my life at Chelsea and I can bring that experience and winning mentality here, I’d be very happy.”

 

The 33-year-old’s first stint in England was with Chelsea from 2006-2017, where he spent 11 years and played 372 matches for the Blues winning lots of trophies, before joining Tianjin TEDA in China.

 

Two years later, the former Naija star returned to England to play for Middlesbrough for one year, where he made 19 appearances. He then joined Trabzonspor and his contract was terminated after 24 games, due to his social media outburst.

 

Do you think Mikel Obi will do well at Stoke City?

 

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18/08/2020 12:16

 

Hansi Flick: the man behind Barcelona and Brazil’s humiliation

Two of the most embarrassing results in football for top teams was Bayern Munich thrashing Barcelona 8-2 in the quarterfinal of the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League season, and Germany humiliating Brazil 7-1 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. One man was behind these matches, his name is Hans-Dieter "Hansi" Flick.

 

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Hansi Flick led his Bayern Munich team to tear Barcelona apart in style, to enter their first Champions League semifinal since Pep Guardiola left the German club in 2016. With goals from Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, and 2 goals each from Thomas Mueller and Philippe Coutinho, who is on loan from Barcelona, the Catalan club did not stand a chance.

 

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Flick joined Bayern Munich as assistant manager on July 1st, 2019 but was appointed as the head coach in November, and he has proven his tactical master class, bringing Alphonso Davies into the first team, making him one of the most sought after left-back, converting David Alaba to a central defender, creating a bond with Kimmich and Leon Goretzka in the midfield, and bringing out the best in Lewandowski, scoring the highest goals in his career.

 

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Before taking the Bayern job, Flick worked as an assistant to Germany’s coach, Joachim Löw from 2006 till 2019, and he was right there when the Germans thrashed football world power, Brazil 7-1 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Mineirão before going on to win the tournament.

 

Kicker": trener mistrzów świata negocjuje z Bayernem (sport.tvp.pl)

 

Do you think Bayern Munich will win the Champions League?

 

image source: dailymail.co.uk

17/08/2020 09:19

Match of the Week

Barcelona v Bayern Munich

This is the biggest clash of the quarterfinals with five-time winners facing each other as Lionel Messi will be leading Barcelona to face German Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich.

 

In 10 Champions League meetings between both teams,  Barcelona won just 2 games while Bayern Munich won 6 matches, with the other 2 ending in a draw.

 

Arturo Vidal and Sergio Busquets both return from suspension for Barcelona to boost their midfield options. Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele are injury concerns. Alphonso Davies sat out training on Wednesday as a precaution and Bayern will be desperate to have the left-back available here. Philippe Coutinho could face his parent club if he gets to play for the German club.

 

Bayern Munich are the favourite for this clash based on form and they look more coordinated than Barcelona, but there is no underestimating a team that has Lionel Messi in their ranks, who aims to win the Champions League this season. This will be an entertaining clash.

 

Who are you rooting for??

13/08/2020 18:09

Match of the Week

Manchester City v Lyon

This is a clash between two teams who want to win the UEFA Champions League for the first time as Manchester City will go head to head with Olympique Lyonnais.

 

There have been just two meetings in the Champions League between these two teams and Lyon won 1 game and the other ended in a draw. Manchester City have not defeated the French side in the UCL.

 

Sergio Aguero is facing a fitness battle ahead of the clash. Left-back Benjamin Mendy is back from suspension. Youssouf Kone is the only injury concern for the French side. Jason Denayer will face his former side.

 

It will be unwise to underrate Lyon after they defeated Juventus, but Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City teams are the favourites. The English club is expected to come out victorious after 90 minutes.

13/08/2020 18:06

Match of the Mid-Week

Atalanta v PSG

This is a clash between 2 of the best scoring sides in Europe fighting for their first-ever Champions League semifinal slot, as French champions, PSG will be battling it out with Serie A side Atalanta.

This is the first-ever meeting between these two teams, but with over 250 goals between the two sides, this encounter is going to have goals in it.

 

Atalanta will be without first-choice goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini due to injury. Josip Ilicic has barely featured for Atalanta since the restart after struggling for peak fitness and misses out here.

 

Kylian Mbappe was initially ruled out of PSG after suffering a nasty ankle injury, but he may feature in this clash. Marco Verratti has reportedly been ruled out with a thigh injury. Angel Di Maria is suspended, while Thomas Meunier and Edinson Cavani both left PSG in July after their contracts expired.

 

PSG will be missing some key players, but they still have enough firepower to hurt the flying Italian side. Goals will flow in this clash, but Atalanta have a porous defence and that may be the key to victory for PSG.

12/08/2020 10:18

Match of the Mid-Week

RB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid will have another chance of winning the UEFA Champions League, knowing there is no Real Madrid or a Cristiano Ronaldo led team but will be facing RB Leipzig, who are hoping to make their first-ever semifinal.

 

This is the first-ever meeting between these two teams, but unlike the Atalanta vs PSG games, this is a clash between a very good defence against a good attack.

 

Leipzig will be without Timo Werner, who has joined Chelsea already. Yussuf Poulsen is also a doubt as he has not fully recovered from ankle ligament damage. Atletico on the other hand will be without Angel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko, who both tested positive for Coronavirus.

 

Werner has been involved in 45% of Leipzig’s goals and will be missed and with Poulsen’s fitness in doubt, their chances of victory are slim. Since Diego Simeone took charge, Atletico have always lost to only teams where there is Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now out of the competition, the Spanish club may be on their way to their first Champions League title.

12/08/2020 10:15

 

Where does Ronaldo and Messi rank among top 10 highest scorers of all time

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are regarded by many as the two greatest players of all time, but where do they rank among the highest goals scorers in the history of football? Here My11 list the top 10 highest goal scorers of the game.

 

9. Tulio Maravilha – 575 goals – 1988-2019 | in a stellar career that lasted over 30 years, the Brazilian journeyman retired in 2019, playing for nearly 40 clubs in his career. He scored 13 goals in 15 appearances for the Brazil national team.

 

9. Uwe Seeler – 575 goals in 649 games – 1953-1978 | Uwe was known for his spectacular scissors-kicks and aerial prowess. The Germany and Hamburg legend was one of the most prolific goal scorers the country ever produced.

 

8. Ferenc Deak – 576 goals – 1940-1957 | Derek may not be as popular as Ferenc Puskas, but he is also prolific in his own right. In his first club, Szentlorinci AC, he 220 in 72 league games. For his second club Ferencvárosi TC, he scored 200 goals in 140 league games. He scored 29 goals in 20 games for the Hungarian national team.

 

7. Lionel Messi – 704 goals in 868 games – 2003-present | the magical Messi has lit the modern-day football world with his quick feet and mesmerizing skills, scoring different types of goals. 70 of his goals were for Argentina in 138 matches, others are for Barcelona.

 

6. Gerd Muller – 734 goals in 793 games – 1962-1981 | the 1974 FIFA World Cup winner is the reference to many scorers. He had the record of most goals at the Mundial. He is the record goalscorer for Bayern Munich.

 

5. Cristiano Ronaldo – 737 goals in 1016 games – 2001-present | The Portuguese captain and his rival Messi have set very high standards for this generation, but unlike the Barcelona man, Ronaldo has gone to different leagues to leave his mark. A modern great for Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus. He scored 99 goals in 164 games for Portugal.

 

4. Ferenc Puskas – 746 goals in 754 games – 1943-1966 | He was part of the Hungarian team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1952 and got to the World Cup final two years later. FIFA's best goal of the year, the Puskas goal, was named after him.

 

3. Pele – 767 goals in 831 games – 1957-1977 | Regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, Pele is a three-time World Cup winner and he scored nearly a goal-per-game in his competitive games for Santos. There are some claims to have scored 1000 in his career, but not all were official matches.

 

2. Romario – 772 goals 994 games – 1985-2007 | Romario is also another Brazil great, who lead the national team to World Cup glory in 1994, scoring five goals in the tournament. He enjoyed a stellar career at several top clubs around the world.

 

1. Josef Bican – 805 goals in 530 games – 1931-1956 | Bican was part of the Austria team that got to the World Cup semifinals in 1934. He scored 395 in 217 games for Slavia Prague, Bican claims the honour as football’s leading goalscorer of all-time.

 

All stats correct as of 11/08/2020

11/08/2020 16:53

 

Ronaldo breaks 86-year record as Juventus lost to Lyon in UCL

Italian Serie A Champions Juventus were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League due to the away goal rule despite winning 2-1, but five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo still did enough to break and set a new record for the Old Lady.

 

Lyon took the lead early in the game from a controversial penalty, Memphis Depay stepped up to score the spot-kick in the 12th minute. Ronaldo levelled matters following another controversial penalty in the 43rd minute. The Portuguese then scored the winner with a long-range shot from his weaker foot on the hour mark.

 

 

The goal was not enough to send Juventus into the quarterfinals, as they lost 1-0 to Lyon in the first leg, and on away goals rules, the Italian champions were eliminated, but Ronaldo still got into the record books.

 

Ronaldo scored his 36th and 37th goal for Juventus this season, a mark set in Turin more than 86 years ago by club legend Felice Borel, who scored 36 goals in the 1933/1934 season, to become the player with the highest goals in a single season for the Old Lady.

 

Ronaldo now has 737 career goals, 30 short of Pele’s 767 official goals.

 

Do you think Ronaldo will beat Pele’s goals?

10/08/2020 08:53

Match of the Week

Bayern Munich v Chelsea

This is one of the games that fans of Chelsea will not want to watch as Bayern Munich, who have a 3-0 advantage will be welcoming the Blues at the Allianz Arena.

 

There have been 5 meetings in the Champions League between these two teams. Bayern Munich won 2 games while Chelsea won just 1 match with the other 2 matches ending in a draw.

 

Bayern Munich will be without only Benjamin Pavard due to injury. Chelsea, on the other hand, will be without many key players. Cesar Azpilicueta, Christian Pulisic, and Pedro all picked up injuries in the FA Cup final and will miss out, while Willian is close to agreeing to a deal with Arsenal and is unlikely to feature. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour ruled out. Marcos Alonso and Jorginho are also suspended for this clash.

 

This is probably the easiest game to predict among all the matches. Bayern, who have a huge advantage, had a good run towards the end of their league winning season, and they are well rested for this clash, Chelsea, on the other hand, will be heading into this game low in spirit. It is almost impossible to see anything but a win for the home side and it could be a blowout.

07/08/2020 14:27

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