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Five emerging Indian footballers from ISL 2020-21
Having just turned 26, Mumbai City FC winger Bipin Singh neither is the youngest on the list nor new to the ISL. However, until this season, Bipin Singh’s role had been strictly restricted to that of an impact sub, mostly coming in the last few minutes of matches. Despite playing 34 ISL matches in total in his first three seasons, Bipin was on the field for just 1,265 minutes.
World Football: Ranking the Top 1-6 Players In the World Right Now
This is one guy's list of the 1-6 best footballers on the planet right now. It's as easy as that. Let's be clear, though, about those words "right now." This list takes into account the players' current form with their club and country. If a player is not playing well right now—of if he's not playing at all—he doesn't make the list. But it's not all about the present. We've tried to balance current form with overall talent as best we can. We hope you like the list, but we've been around the block enough times to know that there will be plenty of dissent from the gallery.
Rio Ferdinand's take on the European Super League
The FA Cup Semi-Final between Leicester City and Southampton had just concluded. A game in which Leicester City had managed to reach the cup final for the first time since 1969. They had never won the competition in their history. Another unbelievable story for Brendan Rodgers' overachievers. A success that added to their out-of-this-world Premier League title in 2015/16.
European Super League
As I write this, the news of the pending formation of a new “European Super League” is now hours old. Many of you may or may not be aware of the formation of this new league. But for those of you out there oblivious to the world of football (soccer) let me enlighten you about the impact of this announcement and breakdown its impending implications for football as a whole.
Is the European Super League about to bring the 1975 film Rollerball into existence?
Wow. Big statement. So Let me explain. The European Super League was announced to the public on the 18th April 2021. This involved 12 super clubs in European Football stating an intention to create a new breakaway tournament. The clubs who stated their intention were AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid, Athletico Madrid, Barcelona, Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.
Europe's Biggest Football Teams Plan The Creation Of New European Super League
Twelve of Europe's biggest football clubs have come up with a joint agreement to form a new European Super League which is meant to be an alternative or replacement to the UEFA Champions League. The Premier League's so-called 'Big Six' joined Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and the two Milan clubs as the 12 of the 15 'founding' members of the new 20-team breakaway league. The tournament would be an elitist event which would be held every year which would have no forms of promotion or relegation.
It's as satisfying to me as, uh, coming is, you know? As, ah, having sex with a woman and coming. And so can you believe how much I am in heaven? I am like, uh, getting the feeling of coming in a gym, I'm getting the feeling of coming at home, I'm getting the feeling of coming backstage when I pump up, when I pose in front of 5,000 people, I get the same feeling, so I am coming day and night. I mean, it's terrific. Right? So you know, I am in heaven.--Arnold Schwarzenegger
What happend to Liverpool FC?
There are six weeks to go yet in the English Premier League, but while no one will say so openly, this strangest of strange seasons is more-or-less decided. Machester City will win the title, likely followed by Manchester United, while Fulham, Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion will be relegated to the second division.
How to Coach a Heisman Trophy Winner
As a football coach of forty plus years, and a man that has coached a Heisman Winner, the best way to get him to full potential is let him be himself. There are certain things you simply can and cannot change, when you have a thoroughbred you let them run and All American athletes are much the same.
Doing Things Differently
Doing Things Differently I have a tendency, fuck it, a need, to see something and change it, so it fits my terms of easier. I believe some call it ‘looking at the big picture’ and I just like changing the norm. Most every team I’ve ever coached has been undermanned, but we always played with a passion that other teams grappled with. We played differently, especially on offense, where I’d try anything to put points in the board. That is the name if the game, just score more than the other team.
A Viking Funeral
A Viking Funeral There’s a fine art in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and I’ve seen it accomplished as a player, a coach, a fan, and a parent, but please don’t try this at home, it will take a huge piece of your ego and leave you scratching your head like you have lice.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
The question of the last two decades: Who is the best footballer in the world? If being the best is measured by Ballon d'Ors then Messi is the best, but if it is measured by goals then Ronaldo is the best. I guess we can all agree that we may never find an answer to this question.