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How did the Bundesliga giants fluctuate during the pause?

The Bundesliga officially plays back this weekend. So how did big players like Bayern, Dortmund, Leipzig change during the pause?

Bayern Munich – Lewandowski is back

Like most Bundesliga clubs, Bayern started small group training on April 6. In the past, players practiced together through video exchanges.

A lot of things happened in terms of personnel at Bayern: coach Hansi Flick and midfielder Thiago received a new contract, goalkeeper Neuer threatened to leave freely if not signed long-term. Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski and Ivan Perisic fully recovered to return. Philippe Coutinho, Corentin Tolisso and Niklas Sule are all sidelined.

Bayern’s remaining schedule is very difficult when faced with three major obstacles: Dortmund, Leverkusen and Gladbach.

Before the COVID epidemic, the defending champion was back on track to winning under the new coach Flick.

Borussia Dortmund – There were no top 4 stars in the derby

Dortmund have started small group training since the end of March. They will not have Marco Reus and Dan-Axel Zagadou due to long-term injuries. In addition, Emre Can and Axel Witsel were doubts for the derby against Schalke in round 26.

Even after the derby, Dortmund’s schedule was still hot with Wolfsburg and Bayern clashes.

The loss of an important trump card like Reus was a significant loss to the yellow army in the final stages.

RB Leipzig – Unrest from Werner

Leipzig has been allowed to practice small groups since April 2 and spend a week of isolation in the academy to practice separately. The last week before the reboot, Leipzig worked at the RedBull Arena.

Ibrahima Konate and Kevin Kampl are two of Leipzig’s top players who can recover from a pause. Transfer rumors about Timo Werner and Dayot Upamecano have brought a bit of instability in the team.

Leipzig is said to be the easiest schedule compared to the big Bundesliga teams when only meeting Dortmund is the only opponent in the top 6 in round 33.

Monchengladbach – Zakaria still injured

Fourth-placed Gladbach are hoping midfielder Denis Zakaria will recover from injury after goalkeeper Yann Sommer. However, the Swiss player is expected to have a few more weeks off after knee surgery.

In a crucial match to win Champions League tickets with Leverkusen, Gladbach has a home advantage. After that, they also have to be guests in Munich.

Leverkusen – Bender is back

Bender and Nadiem Amiri are ready for this prologue. Top scorer Kevin Volland is still sidelined after an ankle injury, but hopes to return by the end of May.

After the match against the relegation team Bremen, 5 teams from the top half of the standings are waiting for Leverkusen.

Schalke 04 – Top stars ready for derby

Schalke returned to small group training on 1/4 and normal practice from 7/5.

The top three players Suat Serdar, Salif Sane and Daniel Caligiuri have returned after the season’s pause.

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Real Madrid outstripped Barca in terms of playing time for U21 players

Real Madrid have spent more time playing for U21 players in La Liga this season than their rivals Barca.

Real Madrid is the Spanish club that uses the most U21 players. Coach Zinedine Zidane has given the opportunity to young faces with more time rate than any team in La Liga.

Specifically, Real Madrid took the lead with 13.1% of the total minutes played, closely followed by Real Sociedad, one of the teams that brought more opportunities to the youngest player.

This is the result from the International Sports Research Center based on the percentage of minutes the young players in each team play.

Among Real Madrid’s young players, Federico Valverde is most trusted with 1,266 minutes in La Liga. Vinicius also played quite a lot: 900 minutes, followed by Rodrygo (666), Brahim (23) and 432 minutes of Militao, before the defender turned a new age in January.

This is also the reason that Real Madrid is the third lowest average age team in the tournament (26.9), after Real Sociedad (25.9) and Celta (26.4).

Surprisingly, Real Sociedad took second place thanks to opportunities for Martin Odegaard, Alexander Isak and Ander Barrenetxea.

Third place went to Atletico de Madrid with 12% of the total minutes, typically Joao Felix (1,409), Renan Lodi (1,672).

Meanwhile, Barca has only 5.4% of the total minutes, with limited time for Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig. This is a low rate for a club that is usually proud of its young training system.

However, 7% of La Liga’s total minutes is the lowest in Europe’s top 5 leagues, behind Ligue 1 (15%), Bundesliga (9.8%), Premier League (8.5%) and Serie A (7.7%).

Clubs with the highest U21 player utilization rate:

Lille 32.1%

Chelsea 23.3%

Ajax 22.5%

Dortmund 22.3%

Arsenal 17.8%

Milan 15.5%

MU 13.7%

Lyon 13.5%

PSG 11%

Liverpool 9%

Benfica 8%

Juventus 7.9%

Bayern Munich 7.4%

Inter Milan 5.3%

Porto 3.2%

Napoli 2.8%

Man City 2.3%

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How strong is the Brazil squad for the 2002 World Cup?

The Brazilian squad that won the 2002 World Cup is a collective that achieves the perfect balance, from the position of the guard of Marcos to the attacking trio of Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Ronaldo.

At the 2002 World Cup, Brazil went down in history when it became the fifth king of world football. Few know that, before the tournament took place in Japan and South Korea, Selecao was only ranked 4th by the dealer William Hill in terms of coronation, after Argentina, France and Italy.

However, looking at the team that coach Felipe Scolari owns in hand, everyone understands that Brazil will make a big deal. They have two golden balls Ronaldo and Rivaldo – with two rising stars – Ronaldinho, Kaka. The full-backs Roberto Carlos and Cafu are also the best men in history in their positions.

Indeed, the 2002 World Cup became the stage for Samba dancers. Returning to the national team after a long injury, Ronaldo scored 8 goals, including a double in the final against Germany.

Ronaldinho and Rivaldo also showed a bright performance, in which the impressed with a free-kick from the yellow leaf falling from a distance of 40 meters, bringing the victory for the home team against England in the quarterfinals.

At the bottom, the trio of Lucio – Elmilson – Roque Junior is like a wall of idioms in front of goal of Marcos, enabling Carlos and Cafu to constantly rise and support the upline.

In the middle of the field, Gilberto Silva and Kleberson form the number 1 midfield pair in the tournament, playing the role of intercepting, holding the rhythm and providing the ball to the upper line perfectly.

From a team suspected of just winning the World Cup in the final elimination round, Brazil became the absolute champion thanks to the timely explosion of the elite stars.

Brazil squad to win the 2002 World Cup:

1. Cafu (1973, Palmeiras)

2. Cafu (1970, AS Roma)

3. Lucio (1978, Leverkusen)

4. Roque Junior (1976, AC Milan)

5. Edmilson (1976, Lyon)

6. Roberto Carlos (1973, Real Madrid)

7. Ricardinho (1976, Corinthians)

8. Gilberto Silva (1976, Atletico Mineiro)

9. Ronaldo (1976, Inter Milan)

10. Rivaldo (1972, Barca)

11. Ronaldinho (1980, PSG)

12. Dida (1973, Corinthians)

13. Juliano Belletti (1976, Sao Paulo)

14. Anderson Polga (1979, Gremio)

15. Kleberson (1979, Atletico Paranaense)

16. Junior (1973, Parma)

17. Denilson (1977, Betis)

18. Vampeta (1974, Corinthians)

19. Juninho Paulista (1973, Flamengo)

20. Edilson (1971, Cruzeiro)

21. Luizao (1975, Gremio)

22. Rogerio Ceni (1973, Sao Paulo)

23. Kaka (1982, Sao Paulo)

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Updated European transfer news last week (Part 2)

This is entirely possible when many big clubs in Europe still want Griezmann. Among them, PSG is considered to be very serious with this deal.

The French team wants to bring Griezmann to join Mbappe and Neymar to become the strongest attacking trio in Europe. Not to mention having him also helps PSG better retain the other two stars before the drag of Real Madrdi and Barcelona.

In addition to the liquidation of Griezmann, Barcelona is currently on a contract extension with Clement Lenglet. The former Sevilla star is currently the only name the Catalan upper class can trust in the center of the execution. Because the remaining two names including Pique are old, Samuel Umtiti is injured. Information from the Nou Camp reveals Lenglet’s new contract will help him nearly double his income. In addition, the cost of breaking new contracts will increase to 300 million Euro.

Another Spanish giant is also active on Techmart. According to a source from the Daily Mail, Vulture is keen to get Sadio Mane of Liverpool. This is the name that coach Zinadine Zidane has long admired and many times shared his desire to work with. This season Mane still plays very well in Liverpool with 16 goals and 8 assists. His contract with The Kop is still valid for more than 3 years. So Real Madrid will have to prepare up to 140 million pounds to get him.

To get this number, it is likely that Real Madrid will liquidate some pillars. Luka Jovic, one of the five recruits of Vulture’s last summer will most likely be the one to leave. Since arriving at the Bernabeu, the former Frankfurt star has performed poorly. Up to this point, he played only 770 minutes and only 2 goals and 2 assists for the Royal team. In the last 3 matches, Jovic is not included in Real’s registration list. There are 3 teams that want to rescue him, MU, West Ham and Napoli. In which Napoli is considered the most positive when the attack is quite thin and ineffective. The price of Jovic is currently around 50 million euros.

Since becoming the new coach of The Blues, Frank Lampard has continuously discovered and hit many young stars of the team. Under his direction, Tammy Abraham played explosively and was among the top scoring goals in the Premier League. Mason Mount or Tomori also made clear progress. The most recent is the case of Billy Gilmour. The 18-year-old has consistently performed superb performances in the Blues shirt. The most outstanding is his contribution to their 2-0 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Facing extreme training ability of Lampard, BLD Chelsea is aiming for a new shopping strategy. They focus on potential young players but are unnoticed at low prices. A series of goals have been listed by Chelsea. These include 14-year-old Harvey Gilmour, Billly’s younger brother, Middlesbrough’s Calum Kavanagh (16) and Hartlepool’s younger goalkeeper Brad Young who is just over 17.

In addition to the three young shoots, Leon Bailey is also in the sights of the Blues. This will be Chelsea’s blockbuster deal as sources say they are willing to spend up to £ 85 million to acquire Leverkusen’s player. Bailey will be the perfect replacement for veterans like Willian and Pedro, who are set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

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Updated European transfer news last week

Due to the influence of COVID-19, tournaments across Europe were interrupted. However, this makes the player transfer market more exciting than ever.

A series of soccer teams aggressively welcomed the stars during this period. Among them are the giants such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Barcelona, ​​PSG or Juventus.

As usual, the name Manchester United has always been the destination of all transfer news. However, during this time, the Reds are in need of keeping quality factors rather than buying more. After the Ighalo firefighting contract was sublime, the Red Devils as well as the fans wanted the team to buy him from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua. The idea of ​​this deal will easily take place recently, Chinese sources said that the management team of Ighalo is intent on making its star price.

Specifically, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua has offered Ighalo up to 17 million euros. The figure is three times higher than the cost the club spent to get Ighalo in early 2019. Prior to this move, the United side is intending to suspend the deal. They will consider more next time the football activities come back and see if Ighalo really worth the price above or not.

In another development, Chelsea desperately wants Dean Henderson. The Red Devils’ keeper has a booming season on loan at Sheffield Utd. That’s why the Blues are desperate to bring him to Stamford Bridge to replace Kepa, who is unstable. Chelsea even want to pay the Reds up to £ 50 million for the remaining 2 years of Henderson’s contract. However, the United side proved to be very tough. Coach Ole Solskjaer also wants to use Henderson in the future to replace David De Gea. He said he would not let the young goalkeeper leave at any cost.

Last summer, Barcelona spent 100 million euros to bring Antoine Griezmann to the Nou Camp. However, after two-thirds of the season, what the French striker has shown is not convincing enough. The Catalans still rely on Messi’s talent to compete for the throne rather than Griezmann’s dripping goals. Even many sources believe that the BLD team is trying to sell him to re-invest in more potential deals.

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How did Messi debut Barca B 16 years ago?

16 years ago, Lionel Messi launched the Barca B team with an impressive performance to help the home team win the Catalan derby.

Messi officially launched the Barca B team in the Catalan derby against Espanyol on March 6, 2004. At that time, the 16-year-old Argentine boy surprised everyone with his quick steps, handling technical balls and especially tactical thinking superior to his peers.

In this match, Messi constantly created situations of dribbling and speed techniques, stirring the opponent’s defense to bring the opportunity to score for the home team. In particular, the Argentine player directly participated in both goals of Barca B, contributing 1 goal and 1 assist.

This impressive performance and other imprints in Barca B helped Messi quickly make his debut for the Barca team just a few months later, particularly in October 2005. Coincidentally, the opponent was still Espanyol.

This achievement helped Messi become the youngest player to debut on the first team of Barca at the age of 17, 3 months and 22 days. In May 2005, the Argentine striker scored his first goal for a first-team Barca, opening the journey to becoming a legendary striker with a total of 627 goals after 718 official matches.

Messi started his football career at the age of 7 when he joined the youth team of Newell’s Old Boys. After 6 years at home, the Argentine boy went to Barcelona to develop his career. Since then, Messi has in turn surpassed Barca’s youth levels: Infantil A, Cadete B, Cadete A, Juvenil A, Barca C and Barca B.

However, when he was still a member of the Juvenil A team in November 2003, Messi was introduced to the first team Barca in a friendly against coach Jose Mourinho’s Porto. He has an impressive performance that will cause many experts to become the world’s top star in the future. Now, the prediction has come true.

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Real Madrid compete with Barca to get Lautaro Martinez

The Spanish media revealed that Real Madrid jumped into the race to recruit the Argentinian striker, the leading target of rival Barca.

SPORT newspaper reported that in February Real Madrid tried to contact and persuade Martinez to sign a contract. However, the Argentine striker was not interested in the Bernabeu’s proposal when the talks between him and Barcelona were going well.

Therefore, Real Madrid will only be able to return to the Martinez deal in the summer of 2020. The 22-year-old’s contract release fee is up to 111 million euros.

The reason

The reason why Real Madrid constantly pursued Martinez is because rookie Luka Jovic did not meet expectations and Karim Benzema started showing signs of age. However, their plan is facing many difficulties because of competing with Barca.

Martinez prioritizes joining Barca more than any other club. He also informed BLD Inter Milan that he only wanted to move to the Camp Nou team. In addition, he expressed his desire to play with superstar Lionel Messi, Argentina team-mate.

How good is Martinez?

In the 2019/20 season, Martinez scored 16 goals and 4 assists for Inter after 31 appearances in all competitions. In Serie A alone, he scored 11 goals in 22 matches.

Martinez is praised by professionals for speed and finishing. Barca has long admired the talent of the Argentinian striker and sees him as a permanent replacement for Luis Suarez. However, to make this deal, Barca is considering plans to exchange Arturo Vidal or Ivan Rakitic with Inter to reduce the transfer cost of Martinez.

Barca can even sell 5 players Nelson Semedo, Arthur, Arturo Vidal, Carles Alena and Jean-Clair Todibo to have money to recruit Martinez. In the summer of 2019, Barca used to be very close to the Argentinian’s signature. However, they withdrew at the last minute when Inter asked for 80 million euros.

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The former president died of coronavirus

Lorenzo Sanz died at the age of 76 on March 21, four days after being hospitalized and tested positive for nCoV.

Mr. Sanz was hospitalized on March 17, with a fever for more than a week. Before that, he tried to treat himself at home, taking fever-reducing pain medicine. One of Sanz’s three sons, Fernando, revealed his father was hospitalized because he could not breathe normally and lacked oxygen in the blood. The former Real president has diabetes. He suffered from kidney failure due to a serious infection and did not recover from the critical illness.

Mr. Sanz was Real’s executive director from 1985 to 1995. He became president of Real Madrid from 1995 on behalf of Ramon Mendoza, and remained in office until 2000. He once brought back Real stars like Roberto Carlos, Predrag Mijatovic, Clarence Seedorf or Davor Suker.

Under Sanz, Real won the Champions League in 1998 and 2000, ending the thirst for 32-year titles in the most prestigious arena in Europe. Sanz’s successor Florentino Perez is famous for his “Galaxy” policy, bringing many of the world’s top stars to the Bernabeu field.

Dybala is infected with nCoV

Italy striker Juventus, Paulo Dybala and girlfriend Oriana positive for nCoV, March 21.

Dybala also confirmed that neither he nor his girlfriend Oriana had any symptoms, despite a positive test. The Argentine striker is the 14th player in Serie A to be infected with nCoV, and the third player to be positive for Juventus, after Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi.

Dybala was linked with a move to Man Utd Summer 2019, but the transfer failed. The Juventus striker scored seven goals in 24 matches in Serie A this season.

Also on March 21, Italian football legend Paolo Maldini and his son Daniel were positive for nCoV. The information is confirmed by AC Milan Club. Paolo Maldini has been with Milan for 25 years, and is currently the technical director of the team. His son is playing for the Milan youth team.

Juventus, recently, allowed some players to leave Italy to visit their families, even though the country was blocked. Midfielder Douglas Costa is the latest to be allowed to return home. Cristiano Ronaldo is in Madeira, Portugal while Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira are allowed in Argentina, Luxembourg and Germany respectively.

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La Liga postponed the match because of Covid-19

The British organization of La Liga announced that it would postpone at least two rounds in the context of the complicated Covid-19 epidemic in Europe.

The notice posted on the La Liga homepage said: “Given the complicated developments of the disease, as well as the positive side of the quarantine being conducted at Real Madrid and possibly at other clubs, La Liga for that the time has come for the next phase in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic “.

The Covid-19 epidemic is greatly affecting sports activities around the world.

Initially, La Liga’s proposal was for the matches to take place on the field without an audience. However, the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic are growing in Spain. Recently, a Real Madrid basketball player has been confirmed positive for the corona virus, leaving both the soccer team and its employees in quarantine to ensure safety.

In the round 28 and 29 of La Liga, teachers and coaches of Zinedine Zidane will receive Eibar and Valencia respectively at the Bernabeu. Meanwhile, the hosts of the Camp Nou will face Mallorca and Leganes.

Of the top 5 national championships in Europe, only La Liga and Serie A have announced their suspension so far. The Bundesliga and Ligue 1 announced the postponement of a number of matches or held on the field without an audience. Meanwhile, the banning of spectators is still a proposal of the Premier League.

In the middle of next week, the remaining pairs of the second leg of the 16 Champions League teams will take place. There has been no announcement of the suspension, although recently, Daniele Rugani, Juventus defender, has just been confirmed positive for corona virus.

If the Champions League takes place normally, Real Madrid will be a guest on the City’s Etihad Stadium, while Barca host Napoli at the Camp Nou.

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Arsenal got into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup

Winning 2-0 on 2 March, Arsenal was the first team to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

A few days after being eliminated from the Europa League by Olympiakos, Arsenal needed a push to revive the spirit for the rest of the season. Only against the Second Division Portsmouth, Mikel Arteta’s teachers do not miss the opportunity to become the first team to enroll in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup this season.

Portsmouth had one of the biggest surprises in FA Cup history when winning the 2007-2008 season. But within the next six years, they dropped three grades and nearly went bankrupt. When he revived again, Portsmouth had hope to climb up to the First Division next season when they were unbeaten in 17 matches in the Second Division. They are the only runner-up team to make it to the FA Cup 2019-2020 round.

Portsmouth 0-2 Arsenal

Before the determination of the home team, Arsenal could not dominate the number of opportunities in the first half despite holding the ball to 71%. Each team had eight shots in the first 45 minutes, most of which were blocked by defenders. Arsenal suffered losses in the 16th minute, when Lucas Torreira had to leave the pitch due to a stretcher injury.

Midfield pair Sokratis and David Luiz are the leaders in the squad composed of most young Arteta players. One of these two players created the most remarkable ball in the half. From Reiss Nelson’s ball in the fourth minute of injury time, Sokratis took a shot to open the score.

Portsmouth have not won Arsenal since 1958. Hoping to end that sad confrontation almost no longer with the home team, when Eddie Nketiah increased the score to 2-0 for Arsenal in the 51st minute. England U21 players quickly finishing off the roof of Portsmouth net at close range, after a clear situation of the defending ball from the home defender.

While Arsenal did not sprung all out, Portsmouth did not have enough strength to rise in the rest of the second half. Arsenal have maintained an unbeaten run against the Second and Lower teams in the FA Cup for the past 28 years. Arteta’s teachers and students will return to the English Premier this weekend to welcome West Ham. In the domestic league, Arsenal ranked 10th after 28 rounds, five points behind the top five but playing less than one match.