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England’s Dominance Against Bulgaria


There’s no denying the importance of Harry Kane in the England soccer team. After he managed to score a hattrick in the 4-0 win against Bulgaria in the Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley, the forward for Tottenham Hotspur impresses with 25 goals in a total of 40 appearances for England. However, is Kane too central or too critical when it comes to the plans set forth by Gareth Southgate? England, despite all the goals scored by Kane, need a Plan B if the squad is keen on winning an international tournament. However, the consistency portrayed by Harry Kane is making it impossible for the England manager to come up with an alternative plan.

Harry Kane’s Record

For the statisticians and historians, Kane is currently ranked in 14th when it comes to the all-time list of goal scorers for England. He is one ahead of Geoff Hurst, who is the World Cup-winning hero of 1996, and one behind Bryan Robson, who is the former captain for Manchester United.

Alan Shearer (30 goals) and Frank Lampard (29 goals) are now within reach for Harry Kane and he could easily surpass both football legends by the end of the Group A campaign for England thanks to two matches against Kosovo, a game against Montenegro, a game against the Czech Republic, and a clash against Bulgaria still on the horizon. Seeing as Kane is currently in his peak, he firmly believes that he can eclipse Wayne Rooney as the leading scorer for England with 53 goals.

However, if England is interested in stepping up their overall performance and make it onto the world stage, the manager needs to find a way to avoid making Harry Kane the primary man. Think about it, when England required goals in the group stages of the World Cup in 2018, Harry Kane was unable to deliver against Croatia and Sweden as he did against Tunisia and Panama. He also fired blanks in the finals of the Nations League where he failed to score against Switzerland and the Netherlands. However, the England manager faces a massive dilemma with the striker from Spurs. He needs to select Kane because he is currently ranked as the number one forward.

England’s Other Attacking Players

England comes with an arsenal of attacking players in the squad thanks to Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, and Marcus Rashford. There’s no doubt that Gareth Southgate has looked at these players to see if he could replicate the movement and pace of the attacking trio of Liverpool or perhaps the trio that Tottenham Hotspur has used when Harry Kane is unavailable. Kane becomes less and less important the more profound the England side goes into a tournament, and that is just a fact. So, how exactly will Gareth Southgate deal with this issue once England advances to the quarterfinals or even semi-finals in the Euro 2020 tournament? Something to keep in mind once the tournament rolls around.

Neymar Fails To Go Back to Barcelona


It was considered a modern transfer saga with an extraordinary football tale that will never be forgotten, making headlines across the globe for almost three months. Everything was set to go for the most massive transfer during the summer. Two years after arriving in France from Spain for a whopping £222 million, the 27-year-old Neymar decided its time to move back to Spain. His trusty agent Pini Zahavi, his father, and Neymar himself was convinced that the transfer would take place sooner rather than later.
However, despite being desperate to depart PSG, the superstar from Brazil is still a player for the French football club. Both PSG and Barcelona are frustrated, fans are heartbroken, and the football star is still stuck in France. So how exactly did we manage to get here?

The End of Neymar and the Transfer Saga

There were mainly two incidents that complicated everything for Neymar. On 15 August, Bartomeu had the opportunity to meet with Al-Khelaifi in Liverpool but eventually decided against it at the last minute. Two days after this occurred, Barcelona agreed to load Philippe Coutinho to Bayern Munich, who is a player that PSG was very interested in when it came to the Neymar deal. This created a significant step back in terms of negotiations. On 17 August, Barcelona lost both Dembele and Suarez to injuries and was defeated by Athletic Bilbao.

After the loan offer fell through, Barcelona had to return to the drawing board to come up with a new plan to obtain Neymar. Eric Abidal, the sporting advisor for Barcelona, attempted to convince Dembele to be part of the deal. However, both his agent and the player refused to be part of the negotiations as he wanted to remain at Camp Nou. On 27 August, there was a glimmer of hope as one of the directors informed the media that talks were close to reaching a final verdict. However, on 29 August, a final discussion occurred between the two clubs and at the end, the Catalans wasted loads of energy and time on someone that they could never actually afford.

Will the Neymar Saga Continue in 2020?

As of now, Neymar will be brought back to the PSG first-team squad. He is required to rebuild his relationship with the French football club. Thankfully, he is considered a significant asset for PSG when he plays at his best. It’s mostly down to the player to recover from this drama and to prove that he is still worthy of playing for an elite team like PSG. For the French club, this is a significant plus even to have such a remarkable football star on their side. No one knows if this transfer saga will continue next year. However, with players getting older with each passing year, it makes sense to move this drama over to next year’s transfer window and to wait and see what happens patiently.

Barcelona’s Deal to Retrieve Neymar


Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have finally set a price for Neymar at around £170 million. However, details surrounding the payments are currently holding up the deal. The Ligue 1 side would like to receive the full refund upfront, while Barcelona would like to explore different ways to cover the payment due to their busy summer transfer window where they bought Junior Firpo, Neto, Frenkie De Jong, and Antoine Griezmann for £239 million in total.

Meeting Between Barcelona and PSG

During the meeting between PSG and Barcelona earlier this week, an offer was made by Barcelona to pay the Ligue 1 side £40 million during 2019, while an additional £65 million will be paid in 2020 as well as 2021. However, PSG rejected this proposal and wants to have the entire fee paid in full during 2019. Barcelona is attempting to include Ousmane Dembele as a way to sweeten the deal. However, this could lead to another bump in the road as the agent for the French international would like the former Borussia Dortmund player to stay with Barcelona.

Several reporters have stated that the desire from Neymar to return to Camp Nou will play a vital role when it comes to negotiations, and that the forward for Brazil is genuinely involved with everything and has managed to take the first step to make his return to Camp Nou after he was transferred to PSG in 2017 when the club paid the full £222 million release clause. Both clubs will continue discussing the situation in the next few days. However, with the summer transfer window closing on 2 September 2019, these talks will need to conclude before it’s too late.

Current Situation for Both Clubs

Javier Bordas, the technical secretary for Barcelona, has recently stated that the meetings occurring between the two clubs are finally looking like a deal when compared to the last few days. Reporters have also said that PSG is more open to offers at the moment from Barcelona as opposed to the first couple of meetings where PSG rejected all proposals thrown on the table. PSG quickly rejected the initial offer that included Ivan Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho, and £80 million. The club also dismissed to take Coutinho on loan this year ahead of a permanent position next year. PSG was quite interested in taking Coutinho, but the footballer has recently joined Bayern Munich on investment, so that offer is off the table.

PSG are interested in ending the saga as soon as possible because Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe are both on the sideline for at least a month. The club needs to know whether they will have Neymar as a player this season or if they should look for new forwards before it’s too late. PSG is currently showing an interest in Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala, and Christian Eriksen. It simply boils down to when this deal will be done and dusted.

Lack of Leadership at Manchester United


Manchester United have managed to make huge leaps forward with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their manager. They are hungrier, younger, and fitter than previous seasons. However, it took Paul Pogba a single missed penalty to highlight how far this club still needs to go before they are ready to face the elite clubs of the Premier League once again.

Manchester United vs Wolves

In all honesty, a 1-1 draw at Molineux against the Wolves after being defeated 2-1 in the FA Cup and the Premier League last season can be seen as progress for Manchester United. However, there is still a distinct lack of leadership and experience in the young team of Solskjaer with an average age of only 24 years, making United the most inexperienced team in the Premier League at the moment. Due to this, Paul Pogba managed to miss his fourth penalty since the beginning of the previous season, with Rui Patricio blocking the shot during the 67th minute of the game.

A mere eight days ago, Marcus Rashford managed to score from the same spot at Old Trafford during their incredible 4-0 victory over Chelsea in the opening weekend of the Premier League. The successful penalty has assisted Rashford to maintain his 100% record when it comes to penalties for both club and country and has managed to take several pressure kicks during that time for state and club. However, during their spell against the Wolves, Paul Pogba decided to brush him to the side and take the shot himself because he won the penalty kick after Conor Coady fouled him.

Lack of Experience in the Team

If the Manchester United squad were packed with experienced characters and players that were strong enough to intervene, Paul Pogba would have been instructed to walk away, leaving the penalty to Marcus Rashford, especially when you take into account his excellent record when it comes to penalty kicks. Unfortunately, the squad did not have a Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, Eric Cantona, or Roy Keane in the mix, and no one on the current team had the guts to step up and take the penalty shot for Pogba.

The post-match explanation from Solskjaer on the penalty incident only made things worse, which indicated Manchester United’s lack of principles on the pitch at times. According to the manager, both Rashford and Pogba are the penalty takers for the club, so that means that even he is unable to decide which player should be considered the number 1 penalty shooter and who should be considered the second. The manager leaves the decision up to them at the end of the day, which causes loads of unnecessary confusion on the pitch when a penalty needs to be taken.

Manchester United was unable to control the tempo of the game due to lack of experience, and this is something that needs to be rectified before they face a much stronger and elite team down the road.

Liverpool Wins UEFA Super Cup Against Chelsea


It was 43 minutes after midnight when Adrian managed to save the penalty shot from Tammy Abraham to claim the UEFA Super Cup for the Reds. Thirty minutes later, Jordan Henderson and his team lifted the prestigious cup to mark the second European trophy for Liverpool in just three months. It was a remarkable match for both Chelsea as runners-up and Liverpool as the victorious team of the evening.

Winning is undoubtedly a very intoxicating feeling and to see Jurgen Klopp and his team sprint to Adrian at the Vodafone Park after his remarkable save just highlights how much a win means for the Reds. They appeared just as delighted as they did in Madrid after claiming the Champions League trophy against Tottenham Hotspur. However, after the dust settled in this incredible 5-4 penalty shootout victory against Chelsea, Liverpool is starting to realize the exact cost for their recent success.

Liverpool’s Next Match

There’s no denying that the 2019/20 Premier League season is going to be a demanding, challenging, and long road before they reach the finish line. If Liverpool is interested in building on their Champions League victory and finally end a three-decade wait for the glorious Premier League title in May 2020, they will face an even greater battle than the previous season where they nearly claimed the title from Manchester City.

They will first need to recover both their mental and physical fitness in time for the 3:00 pm match against Southampton on Saturday after enduring a 4-hour journey back home to England on Thursday. Chelsea, who managed to restore their pride and showcased unbelievable talent after their 4-0 defeat against Manchester United, will not play their next match until Sunday where they will also be on home turf against Leicester as opposed to travelling once again like Liverpool.

Klopp Needs to Find a Way

Winning the Champions League is only a taste of what Liverpool needs to deliver this season to remain victorious. The Reds didn’t have an easy road last season by any means. However, Liverpool only played a total of 52 games in all competitions. The team didn’t advance in the Carabao Cup and were taken out by Wolves in the FA Cup. This season they have already missed out on the Community Shield against Manchester City and needs to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup before 2020 is on our doorstep. This involves two matches and an 8-hour trip to Qatar and back.

Manchester City placed a total of 61 matches to claim their domestic treble, and the Reds will probably play around 60 games at least this season unless they endure similar draws or losses in their local competitions as they did last year. This will be a tough season for Klopp and his team, especially when you consider the additional energy that each team member needs to give this season to stay afloat. Let’s hope they have what it takes.

Community Shield Indicates Liverpool and Man City Will Once Again Reign Supreme in 2019/20 Premier League


Manchester City and Liverpool, the winners of the opening game at Wembley, showed absolutely no signs of giving up while playing against each other. They looked far more determined than ever before, especially given the fact that they were playing against each other. Each side provided their best performances ahead of the Premier League season, even though this was considered a friendly between the two teams.

The iconic stadium played host to over 77,000 spectators to witness the glorious 1-1 draw which was eventually settled by a 5-4 penalty shootout which went to Manchester City. However, the overall score was nothing when compared to the overall performance and abilities that were displayed by both sides.

Mohamad Salah

The desire from each team to succeed was noticeable if you paid any attention to Mohamad Salah, who only made his return to Liverpool after a postseason break where he only played for 45 minutes against Lyon before participating in this cruelling test against Manchester City. He was continually speeding around defenders, showing fast feet and shrugging off markers to get a total of 10 shots on goal. Two shots managed to hit the post, while another was cleared from the line which is much more than Manchester City could produce.
This was also visible during the 93rd minute when the Egyptian seemed quite satisfied to have claimed victory for Liverpool with a fantastic header, only for an incredible scissor kick on the goal line from Kyle Walker to avert the danger before it went into the back of the net. Those high acrobatics during this friendly encounter tells you everything about the refusal and ruthlessness of Manchester City. The most intense factor of the game didn’t even occur on the field, but in the technical area where the managers were screaming and dictating the play from the sidelines.

Pep Guardiola

The Manchester City manager paced throughout the game in frustration where he furiously pointed to spaces on his side that were not being exploited enough to his liking. He placed his hands over his head in disbelief when his team missed golden opportunities or even when a pass was missed. He was also found leaning against advertising boards after Sterling missed the perfect opportunity when he only needed to beat Allison to score a goal.

Pep Guardiola was so worked up during the match that he even created a red-card situation when Joe Gomez and David Silva challenged the referee for a high ball incident where the defender from Liverpool got to it first. Pep Guardiola was furious with the fourth official, stating that the Liverpool defender went in on his player with dangerous force. He continued with this outcry until he received a yellow card. And this all occurred in a friendly between these two teams, so can you imagine what it will be like in the Premier League season this time around?

What We Learned About Manchester United During the Pre-season


Manchester United are finally back on home soil following a successful pre-season tour to the Far East and Australia. So what exactly did we learn from their pre-season abroad? The team managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ended their glorious summer with a victory 0-1 victory over Kristiansund, a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur, a 2-0 win over Perth Glory, and additional victories against Inter Milan and Leeds United. The Man Utd boss only has one game remaining against Milan before starting his 2019/20 Premier League season against Chelsea on 11 August 2019. Solskjaer also provided a few hints surrounding how his team will look like during the 2019/20 season, and we decided to share some of these hints with you.

Additional Signings Required

The Man Utd manager has been timid when it comes to new signings for the team. He continued to state that the squad is working on a few plans to improve the overall performance. However, things are quite complicated with the situation surrounding Romelu Lukaku. Should he leave before the new season gets underway, Solskjaer needs to replace him quickly to keep the goal tally he wants, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Moussa Dembele, Mauro Icardi, and Paulo Dybala are linked to this improvement.

Anthony Martial Used in the Middle

Anthony Martial initially started his career at United as a central striker under Louis van Gaal but spent the last three years as the left-wing. Most people exacted Marcus Rashford to be the first choice for the club manager as a centre forward, but Martial has been running down the middle for most of the pre-season tour. This makes perfect sense as Martial is a far more natural finisher than Rashford who has more discipline out wide. Hopefully, we will see more of Martial in the middle during the upcoming Premier League season.

Daniel James is Fast

Daniel James has never played in a Premier League match before. However, the player from Swansea has been enjoying a lot of time on the field during the pre-season games which suggest that he will be thrown into the deep end during August. Thankfully, the 21-year-old is going to make quite an impression as he is lightning-fast on the field. He looks like an Olympic sprinter against other players on the ground. He merely needs to work on finishing, but there’s loads of time for that this season.

Jesse Lingard Needs to Step Up

Lingard had a tough summer after a vacation video was posted on social media which received unwanted attention. There are reports that the player is currently keeping his head down at the camp and hasn’t discussed the video with any media outlet as of yet. Lingard needs to focus on the upcoming season and perform like never before to keep his fans and the team happy. HE should spend more time practising and improving instead of making videos where he sings about beans.

The Most Common Injuries in Sports


Extreme sports provide the most left-threatening and thrilling experiences you’ll ever have in your lifetime. They come with a high risk of injuries due to extreme stunts, heights, speeds, and sometimes even death. This is the primary reason why adrenaline junkies participate in these sporting events. Some of the most popular extreme sports include:

  • Parkour
  • Cave Diving
  • BMX Racing
  • Snowboarding
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Skateboarding
  • Base Jumping
  • Surfing

Injuries associated with each of these sports can be fatal, and the most common injuries usually occur with inexperienced athletes or professional extremists.

Sprains/Broken Bones

You will notice that broken bones are possible in nearly all extreme sports, ranging from BMX racing through to skateboarding. These injuries often occur when athletes attempt to break a fall or fall from high heights or in a weird position. Sprains and bone breaks can be quite painful, taking extended periods to recover.

Brain/Head Injury

Brain or head injuries are considered the most life-threatening of all injuries on our list. This type of injury can have huge implications on your daily life and mental health. Head trauma caused by a sports injury can have long term effects, and some of the most common head injuries include brain contusion, cerebral oedema, skull fracture, bleeding, concussion, and hematoma. Extreme sports are the leading cause of head and brain injuries, so you must always wear protective gear, especially when it comes to your head.

Spinal Injury

Spinal injuries are far less familiar with extreme sports. However, there are still loads of instances where it can quickly occur if you are not careful. If you ever have a spinal injury due to sports, it might be the last time you ever enjoy the game as spinal injuries will have implications on your spinal discs and nerves. You might not be able to move or walk again after a spinal injury.

Lacerations

Lacerations are undoubtedly the most famous injury type when it comes to extreme sports. Tears can occur with surfing, skateboarding, BMX racing, and others. It takes a few sharp objects in your environment and an unexpected fall to receive several lacerations across your hands, knees, and other areas of your body depending on how you fall or the objects around you. Injuries can also lead to infection if you do not take care of them immediately with proper care.

Neck Injury

Extreme sports require a high level of movement, regardless of the competition. This can lead to neck injuries as you are always moving your head around to see where you are going and to determine your next move. Several parts of your neck can be injured in an accident. Any tension or muscle strain can cause your throat to become stiff, leading to severe pain in the process. Whiplash is a widespread neck injury that can last for weeks if you don’t recover properly. Sometimes you might even need physical therapy before its resolved.

The Largest Indoor Sports Arenas in the World


An indoor arena is essentially a circular-shaped or overall design that is used to provide sporting events or musical performances and is usually an enclosed area. A stage often has an ample open space that is surrounded from every side with multiple tiers that house seats for fans and spectators. The most prominent feature of any arena is the massive free space at the lowest point of the arena to provide maximum visibility to spectators. One of the oldest and biggest stages in the world is the Colosseum situated in Rome. Apart from the Colosseum, there are a handful of indoor arenas across the globe.

The Philippine Arena

This arena is considered the largest multipurpose indoor arena in the world with a 55,000 seating capacity that covers more than 140 hectares, which are located in Bocaue. The indoor arena is currently owned by the INC institution which forms part of the New Era University. The structure’s construction began in 2011 and was only completed in 2014 at the cost of over $200 million. The Philippine Arena comes equipped with four floors and reaches a height of 65 meters. The indoor arena is renowned for its safety features as it withstands earthquakes and typhoons every year.

Paris La Defense Arena

This indoor arena was initially constructed for the Olympic Games that will take place in 2024 as the sporting event will be hosted in Paris, France. The indoor arena is situated in Nanterre and can take up to a maximum of 40,000 spectators. Apart from musical events, the indoor arena can also host various sporting events, including Paris Motorcross, rugby matches, and basketball games.

Romexpo

This structure is a massive indoor arena that is situated in Bucharest, Romania. The indoor arena can comfortably seat up to 40,000 spectators and has been in use since the early 1960s. The indoor arena is also regularly used for a wide range of other events, such as large expos and several sporting events.

The Saitama Super Arena

This arena is considered the second-largest multipurpose and indoor arena in the world, which is located in Saitama City in Japan. The indoor arena comes with a maximum seating capacity of more than 37,000 spectators and comes equipped with large moveable sections where seating capacity can be reduced to make smaller events much more intimate. This is the only arena that you’ll find in Japan that can host American football games. The stadium is home to the Saitama Broncos, a professional basketball team from Japan.
SC Olimiyskiy

This sports complex also referred to as the Olympic Stadium, is an indoor arena situated in Moscow, Russia. It’s considered the third largest arena across the globe and has a seating capacity of up to 35,000 spectators. It was initially constructed back in 1980 and can host a wide variety of events, including musical concerts and sporting events. In 2014, the indoor arena was auctioned, were an oil company bought more than 65% at $108 million.

What Exactly is Floorball?


Floorball is regarded as an indoor sporting event that is very similar to the game of hockey. The sport is played in an area of 20 x 40 meters that is bordered 0.5 meters high on all sides. A team that participates in a competitive game of floorball has a total of 5 players that each play with sticks along with a goaltender who doesn’t carry any special equipment. The goaltender has a stick and can be recognised through a distinctive jersey. The ball used in floorball needs to have a circumference of between 8.7 inches and 9.1 inches, while the stick needs to measure between 37.8 inches and 45.5 inches in length.

Floorball Origins

The earliest development of this sporting event began during the 1960s or 70s in Sweden. These days, the game of floorball is viral in countries like Finland, Denmark, Latvia, and Estonia. Each of these countries has managed to develop the sport over a long-time period, which makes the sport quite developed and accessible in European countries.

Floorball is also gaining immense popularity in several other countries around the world, including Ireland, Malaysia, and the United States. In 2014, more than 300,000 people registered as floorball players from across the globe. You will also find several floorball tournaments that take place every year, including the Sweden Svenska Superligan and the Finland Salibandyliga. , and both women and men participate in leagues around the world.

The makeup of a Team

Each team in a game of floorball needs to have two defenders, a goaltender, and three attackers. The goaltender is allowed to hit the ball with any part of their body and can hold the ball for a maximum of three seconds. When a game rule is broken, the player needs to leave the field temporarily.

When a match is underway, a player cannot get his the ball with their head or hand. A player is also not allowed to jump during a game or receive the ball while both feet are off the ground. Players will get a 2-minute penalty if a shot is taken with a stick that is above the waist. You will also receive a penalty when the ball is encountered above knee level. You are also not allowed to disrupt your opponent with the floorball, and you should measure shoulder-to-shoulder among players.

Rules of Floorball

The basic rules of the game were first introduced during 1979, following the inception of Sala IBK within Sweden. This club was considered the first team in the world of floorball when the sporting event was initially established. Three years after that, the official rules of the sport managed to take effect. However, the laws of the game can still vary significantly from one country to the next. For instance, in one country a goaltender may hold a stick, while in other countries this is not allowed. Floorball will form part of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo during 2020.