European football concussion matches in August: Waiting for Messi to fight Ronaldo (Part 2)

Juventus – Lyon (2h, 7/8, round of 1/8 Champions League round): “She dress” upstream?

Juventus had trouble when striker Paulo Dybala felt uncomfortable in his left leg against Sampdoria. Fortunately for the Turin team, according to the doctors, Dybala’s injury is not too serious, although it still needs to be monitored further.

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This is good news for Juventus. Because after winning the 9th Serie A championship in a row, the students of coach Maurizio Sarri are showing signs of being overloaded. In the first leg, Juventus lost to Lyon 0-1, so it is necessary to add “artillery” like Dybala, along with owner Ronaldo – who was rested in the match against Roma in the last round of Serie A, to hope to reverse the situation.

Man City – Real Madrid (2h, 8/8, round of 1/8 Champions League round: Difficulties to wait

The European Football Federation allows Man City to play against Real Madrid at home at Etihad. In the first leg, Real lost 1-2 at the Bernabeu home field. Therefore, the task with coach Zinedine Zidane and his students in the rematch of the former Premier League is extremely difficult.

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Real Madrid is unbeaten in 11 La Liga games when returning after Covid-19. In it, there are 10 consecutive victories and only draw the last round when champion. Therefore, coach Pep Guardiola recently warned City players to focus, if they want to win the right to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Barcelona – Napoli (2h, 8/8, round of 1/8 Champions League round): Messi angry?

In the La Liga, Barcelona was bitterly transformed by Real Madrid. If you can not conquer the Champions League, this will be a very catastrophic season for the Catalunya team.

Therefore, fans are waiting for Lionel Messi’s talent to shine, bringing Barca deep in the Champions League. Barcelona promises to have a rematch with the Italian representative is not easy, especially in the context of the two teams drew 1-1 in the first leg.

In particular, Barca is at risk of losing Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti by various problems. Clement Lenglet is also suffering from a groin injury and this makes Quique Setien coach no more options in the defense. Besides, midfielder Arthur Melo also refused to play for this team, after having signed a contract with Juventus.

European football concussion matches in August: Waiting for Messi to fight Ronaldo (Part 1)

The English Premier League and the top European leagues have ended. But this August promises a lot of great battles that fans can wait for, because of its importance.

Brentford – Fulham (1:45, August 4): The match of hundred million pounds

Fulham will face Brentford in the play-off final – the most expensive match in the world – to compete for the last ticket to the Premier League arena in the 2020/21 season. In two semi-finals, Fulham defeated Cardiff while Brentford overcame Swansea with a score of 3-2 after two matches.

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The winning team in this match not only won the promotion but also earned hundreds of millions of pounds. It includes TV royalties, shirt sponsorships, pitch ads, ticket sales and many other valuable revenues only in the Premier League.

This is the first time in Brentford history to attend a Premier League final. Meanwhile, Fulham has for many years left the most attractive tournament in the world. Therefore, both will certainly play very determinedly in the unforgiving battle at Wembley.

MU – LASK Linz (2h, 5/8, round of 1/8 Europa League round): “Red Devil” straight ahead

MU had won LASK 5-0 on the visitors in the first leg. Basically, the ticket to the quarterfinals of the Europa League has been in the “Reds” bag. And in this rematch, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the right to rotate the squad, keeping the strength of the pillars in the next round.

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After making sure to attend the Champions League 2020/21, MU will be relieved of the psychological burden when attending the Europa League. Solskjaer’s team will only attend this tournament with the goal of winning the championship, without having to think too much about the goals for the European Cup next season.

According to the results of the Europa League branch draw on 10/7, in case of overcoming LASK, MU will meet the winning team in the Copenhagen – Istanbul Basaksehir match. If they continue to the semi-finals, MU’s opponent will be the team that continues in the Wolves / Olympiacos – Roma / Sevilla branch. It can be seen that MU’s branch is not too heavy, and they will probably go deep.

Does Ronaldo surrender to Immobile in the Golden Boot race?

Is Ronaldo surrendering to Immobile in the Golden Boot race? Do you know the answer to this question? Join us to find out the answer in the article below!

Cristiano Ronaldo considered surrendering to Ciro Immobile in the European Golden Shoe race after being silent at the Juventus match against Cagliari.

The Serie A top scorer race, as well as the European Golden Boot, are deemed to have ended after the penultimate round in Italy. While Cristiano Ronaldo was silent with Juventus, Ciro Immobile kept firing with Lazio to increase the distance.

Entering the procedural match after winning the championship, it is easy to understand that Juventus does not play with the strongest squad. Therefore, although Ronaldo decided not to rest, he also became more difficult to find the opportunity to score against Cagliari.

One notable detail is that Juventus has set its record of finishing (34) in a match in Serie A without scoring since Opta collected data from the 2004/05 season. But obviously CR7 and the teammates do not have many really dangerous opportunities.

After 90 minutes on the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo still stopped at 31 goals and was widened by the opponent Immobile.

Before Brescia was relegated, Lazio won 2-0 and Immobile contributed a goal to raise the score to 35, officially surpassing Lewandowski (34) in the European Golden Shoe rankings.

Now Immobile with 35 Serie A goals has leveled Nordhal’s performance in the 1949/50 season and is only behind Gonzalo Higuain’s 36 goals in 2015/16.

The fact that Serie A has only one round left makes Ronaldo surrender in the race against Immobile when the difference has reached 4 goals. CR7’s Juventus meet AS Roma at home, while Lazio is still in the runners-up will face Napoli away.

Top 10 most successful Mourinho contracts at Chelsea

On this day in 2004, Mourinho officially became the new Chelsea coach. Over the two terms here, which player is his most special contract?

Jose Mourinho brought many stars to Chelsea, but not counting Petr Cech and Arjen Robben, who came under Claudio Ranieri. Below is a ranking of the 10 most successful signings of “The Special One” by Sport Bible site.

1. Didier Drogba

Chelsea will never win the Champions League if the Ivory Coast striker does not always appear in big matches. 

More than 100 Drogba’s goals have earned Mourinho 4 Premier League titles, 4, FA Cup, 3 League Cups and 1 C1 Cup. 

Drogba is considered one of the best contracts in Premier League history and is undoubtedly the best of Mourinho.

2. Ashley Cole

Cole was probably the best left-back in the world during his time at Chelsea, who was indispensable for the team in both attack and defense. Equally important, with this contract, Chelsea also weakened Arsenal.

He has only won one Premier League title but has 4 FA Cups, 1 League Cup, Champions League and Europa League.

3. Ricardo Carvalho

Carvalho followed Mourinho from Porto to become the perfect partner for John Terry, even the best center-back in the Premier League. 

Carvalho won 2 championships in Portugal, 2 in the UK and 1 in La Liga all tied with Mourinho. 

4. Michael Essien

Essien is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in the world when he first moved to Chelsea, contributing to two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the C1 Cup.

5. Paulo Ferreira

Ferreira also followed Mourinho from Porto and was part of the initial success with Chelsea. The defender played 214 games in 9 years at Stamford Bridge.

6. Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas may not be at his best at Chelsea but he has a better bond with Diego Costa than any modern-day duo. 

He won 2 Premier League titles with the FA Cup and League Cup while here.

7. John Obi Mikel

Mikel is a solid and reliable player for the squad that Mourinho built. He played 372 games over 10 years with Chelsea to win 2 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups, the C1 Cup and the Europa League.

8. Diego Costa

Diego Costa played a crucial role for Mourinho to win the second term in Chelsea, scoring 20 goals in his first season in England. 

9. Florent Malouda

Malouda arrived in July 2007 and Mourinho left just two months later. However Malouda still played 228 games for the Blues, scored 45 goals, created 43 times, won the Premier League, won 3 FA Cups and the Champions League.

10. Nemanja Matic

The Serbian midfielder has won two championships with Chelsea and has occupied an exclusive position in the middle line for a long time.

Who are the 4 scientists behind Liverpool’s championship?

Liverpool’s first Premier League title was a collective effort, including the contributions of silent people.

Liverpool have won the Premier League and the people most talked about in this success are of course coach Jurgen Klopp and the players. But the historical achievement is the effort of a whole team with many people silently standing behind.

Sports Mail newspaper has revealed four anonymous heroes contributed to bring the first Premier League title for Liverpool. These are scientists Ian Graham, William Spearman, Tim Waskett and Dafydd Steele.

In particular, Spearman graduated from Harvard University and worked at the European Nuclear Research Organization. Waskett is an astrophysicist specializing in coding, Steele is a chess champion, and Graham holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University.

These are the genius minds that contribute to Liverpool’s overall success by calculating the probability of scoring through data on all the actions on the pitch such as passes, shots, throw-in, corner kicks, Direct free kick, or penalty kick.

Explaining his and his colleagues’ work, Theoretical Physics Doctor Ian Graham said: “In about 200 matches that take place over the weekend, we receive data regarding each touch. Every time a player passes the ball, we mark it and it takes about a second or so before there’s a new pass.

For matches in the Premier League we will receive data from a set of cameras installed around the stadium. This allows us to know the position of all the players on the field. In total, we get about 25 frames per second and end the 90 minutes playing around 1.5 million frames”.

Besides, the data analysis of these 4 scientists is also the basis for Liverpool to search for new stars. In the case of Naby Keita, for example, scientists have been watching this player since he was wearing RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig to advise Liverpool’s scout team.

According to the rules of the Organizing Committee, 4 unnamed Liverpool heroes will not receive the English Premier League championship medal. But their names will surely be remembered forever in Liverpool’s historic victory.

Solskjaer and MU enjoy the significant advantage that Mourinho craves

The Premier League allows 5 changes to the end of the season to help MU significantly benefit, something that Mourinho previously could not have.

Amid concerns about the fitness of the players, every team was allowed to replace 5 players per match instead of the usual 3.

This was done in the Man City vs Arsenal match where both Arsenal’s Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta used all five substitutions. In the case of Arsenal, this became even more necessary after two serious injuries and red cards.

For coach Solskjaer, 5 changes benefit the MU squad, where he has many options in different positions.

In MU players, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are not playing enough 90 minutes in about 6 months, so the new rule will benefit MU when both can return gradually. Solskjaer now has Odion Ighalo and Bruno Fernandes to choose from to reduce the burden on Pogba and Rashford in the same position.

In addition, MU also has Mason Greenwood, Daniel James, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Fred to consider. None of this was guaranteed to start but all deserved to play from the bench. Not to mention Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Juan Mata, Tahith Chong and others.

The depth of MU’s squad is a luxury that none of Solskjaer’s predecessors enjoy.

Even Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer’s opponent tonight, will not benefit so much in the 2016/17 season after reaching 4 big transfer goals.

Mourinho never figured out how to enjoy the best from Pogba, Henrikh Mkitaryan, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, or make them all satisfied. He also failed to launch Rashford, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez to the left wing position during his tenure.

Top Football Leagues in Asia (part 4)

5.A league

Originated – 2004

Country – Australia

Number of teams – 10

Reigning Champion

A-League Champion – Melbourne Victory (4 titles)

Premier League Champion – Perth Glory (1 title)

Most Successful team

A-League Wins – Melbourne Victory (4 titles)

Premier League Wins – Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC (3 titles each)

Average Attendance – 2017-18: 10,671

Australia’s major tournament that was established in 2004 was the A-League that had its first official competition in 2005. The Football Federation Australia (FFA) manages this professional men’s soccer league. The predecessor National Soccer League (NSL) was the Nation’s premier football competition between 1977 and 2005.

The current league’s structure is contested by 10 teams which include 9 teams based in Australia and 1 from New Zealand. The A-League does not follow the promotion and relegation system and the team that wins the titles gets qualified for the continental competition, the Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL) also known as AFC Champions League.

Since the inception of the League, 6 clubs have won the A-League Premiers and 5 teams have won the A-League title. Perth Glory is the reigning Premier Champion, winning their first Premier championship in the 2018/19 A-League. The club won the 2018/19 A-League championship is Melbourne Victory.

6.Liga 1

Originated – 1909

Country – Romania

Number of teams – 14

Reigning Champion – CFR Cluj

Most Successful team – FCSB (26 titles)

Average Attendance – 2018: 10,162

The Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal (LPF) operates the men’s Romanian professional football league. It conducted its first season in the 1909/10 and the League follows the promotion and relegation system with the Liga II. Currently, a total of 14 teams participate in the league, whereas until 2014/15 season 18 teams took part in the league.

Until the 2006/07 season, the tournament was known by the name Divizia A, but later the name had to be changed. So far the most successful team of the league is FCSB with 26 titles. The second club with the most title wins is Dinamo București with 18 trophies.

The clubs to have won the title at least 3 times in the competition is Venus București, UTA Arad, Chinezul Timișoara, Universitatea Craiova, Petrolul Ploiești, Ripensia Timișoara, Rapid București and CFR Cluj. CFR Cluj is the reigning champion of the League, having won the title 4 times

Top Football Leagues in Asia (Part 3)

3.Indian Super League

Originated – 2013

Country – India

Number of teams – 10

Reigning Champion – Bengaluru FC

Most Successful team – ATK (Atlético de Kolkata), Chennaiyin FC (2 titles each)

Average Attendance – 2018-19: 14,304

The Indian Super League was established in 2013 which is governed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). It is the top tier male football league in India along with the coexisting top tier I-League. The ISL was founded with an intention of establishing the popularity of football in India and the competition’s first season was organized in 2014 with 8 teams.

The Asian Football Confederation, the sanctioning body for the sport in Asia were unaware of the first three seasons of Indian Super League and they received their first official recognition before the season of 2017/18 and expanded the league structure from 8 to 10 franchises.

ATK achieved the first Indian Super League title in 2014 followed by another title in 2016. Tallying their two wins, the Chennaiyin also went on to win the title twice in 2015 and 2018. The current champions of the ISL are the Bengaluru FC who has lifted the title for the first time.


Originated – 2007

Country – India

Number of teams – 11

Most Successful team – Dempo (3 titles)

Reigning Champion – Chennai City

Average Attendance – 2018: 13,073

I League is the top football league in India, founded in 2007, is the successor to the National Football League (NFL). The inaugural season of the I-League featured 10 teams, 8 from the NFL campaign and 2 from the 2nd Division. I-League belongs to the top tier league in the Indian National Football System.

The system of promotion and relegation is being followed by the I-League with the 2nd Division I-League and the I-League champions get the opportunity to participate in Asia’s top international club competition, AFC Champions League. The club to have won the most title in the history of the league is Dempo, who won the title thrice alternatively in 2008, 2010, and 2012.

Since the commencement of the I-League in 2007, 7 clubs have won the title so far. Club Churchill Brothers and former I-League team Bengaluru stand as the second most title won teams with 2 wins. Clubs to have crowned as the winner at least once is Salgaocar, Mohun Bagan, Aizawl, Minerva Punjab, and the reigning league champions, Chennai City.

Top Football Leagues in Asia (Part 2)

There are plenty of football leagues played in Asia that have been founded for years. Apart from the history of the leagues, the players transferred, top players in the league, the average attendance, fans and followers of the league are also some of the contributing factors for the popularity of the league.

In order to pick the top football leagues in Asia, we have considered their recent season’s attendance and listed the top Leagues. Know more about the top leagues by checking out the list we have shared below.

1.Chinese Super League

Originated – 2004

Country – China

Number of teams – 16

Reigning Champion – Shanghai SIPG (2018)

Most Successful team – Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao (7 titles)

Average Attendance – 2018: 24,107

The Chinese Super League is the highest tier of professional football in China, which is governed by the Chinese Football Association (CFA). Initially, 12 teams participated in the league which later in 2006, expanded to 16. Since the league’s inception, 7 teams have won the title and 31 teams have competed in the league.

Club Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao is considered the most successful team in the Chinese Super League as they have been crowned as the winner for a record of 7 times in a row. They defended their title from 2011 to 2017 and their winning streak came to an end by Shanghai SPIG having grabbed the title in 2018 and Guangzhou was the runner-up.


Originated – 1992

Country – Japan

Number of teams – 55 + 3 under-23 teams

Reigning Champion – J1: Kawasaki Frontale, J2: Matsumoto Yamaga, J3: FC Ryuku

Most Successful team – Kashima Antlers (7 titles)

Average Attendance – 2018: 19,064

The J League was founded in 1992 which includes three professional football leagues namely the first division J1 League, second division J2 League and third division J3 League. Having formed in 1992, the J League has 8 clubs drawn from the Japan Soccer League (JSL) First Division, 1 from the Second Division, and the newly formed team Shimizu S-Pulse.

The first official J League was organized in 1993 with 10 clubs. Later the league had 9 more teams joining from the semi-professional JFL, formerly called JSL and 1 club from J. League to create a 2-division system. J League Division 1 (J1) became the top flight with 16 clubs, whereas, in 1999, the J League Division 2 (J2) was formed with 10 clubs.

Spanish La Liga (Part 2)

Teams with most La Liga participation

Statistics of the Spanish clubs that have participated over 50 times in the Primera División during the period 1929-2019.

Club    Participation

Real Madrid    88

Barcelona    88

Athletic Bilbao    88

Between the first season and season 2019-2020, in total 62 clubs has participating in top division of the Spanish league.


Capacity of La Liga stadiums

The table shows the capacity of the clubs participating in La Liga. Camp Nou, where Barcelona play since 1957, has the highest capacity with almost 100,000 seats. The average capacity in the league is 36,104.

Former La Liga clubs and stadiums: Girona, Montilivi (13,500); Huesca, El Alcoraz (7,638); Rayo Vallecano, Vallecas (14,708).

Players – Top goalscorers

The league’s all-time leading goalscorer is Lionel Messi who has (in October 2019) made 424 goals in Barcelona. Messi is also the only player to score 50 times during one season (it should be noticed that the numbers of games per season has shifted over times; as a comparison Telmo Zarra scored 38 times in the 1950-51 season when each team only played 30 games). 

On the second place among goalscorers is Cristiano Ronaldo who did 311 goals in Real Madrid in 292 appearances (a goal ratio record in the league).

Other notable goalscorer in the league are Hugo Sánches (234 goals for Real Madrid 1981-1994), Raúl (228 goals for Real Madrid 1994-2010), and Alfredo Di Stéfano (227 goals for Real Madrid 1953-1966).

Players with most appearances

The player with most appearances is the national team goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta. He played most of his career in FC Barcelona and in total he did 622 La Liga appearances. Next to him is the Real Madrid player Raúl with 550 matches.

1929 The league is established.

1934 The league is expanded to 12 clubs. 

1936 The 1936-37 season is cancelled due to the Spanish Civil War.

1939 The league is restored after the war.

1941 The league is expanded to 14 clubs. 

1950 The league is expanded to 16 clubs. 

1971 The league is expanded to 18 clubs. 

1987 The league is expanded to 20 clubs. 

1995 The league is expanded to 22 clubs. 

1995 From the 1995-96 season, wins are awarded three points instead of two. 

1997 The league is reduced to 20 clubs.