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Sevilla is 6th Time Europa Champions



Sevilla is 6th Time Europa Champions

In a five-goal thriller which signalled the completion of the Europa League Cup, Sevilla emerged the sixth time champions as they defeated Inter Milan, 3-2. The match, though being an unprecedented version of the competition in history was filled with all the features of a greatly entertaining final.

Remarkably, the focus was on Diego Carlos who went from zero to becoming the hero over the course of 90 minutes.  Earlier during the match at around four minutes of the start, Carlos had committed a foul which led to a Romelu Lukaku’s well-taken spot-kick. That alone made Lukaku sustain his consistent scoring form in all his last ten matches in Europa.  Luuk de Jong appeared to have shouldered the team’s responsibility as he put another goal behind the Nerazzurri’s net at the 33rd minute but Diego Carlos initial bad day recurred after failing to properly mark Diego Godin, who drew level with Inter’s second goal.

However, villain Diego Carlos became the hero as he proved to be the difference when his overhead effort in the 74th minute inside the box 18 was deflected into the back of the net by Lukaku. Thus, it becomes heartbreaking for Lukaku who went from the man who broke the deadlock to the man who deflected in the winner for his opponent. The loss also means that for Antonio Conte, a European trophy continues to be a mirage.

Apart from the current champions, previous winners of the competition were:

Sevilla FC, 2018-2019

Chelsea, 2017-2018

Atlético Madrid, 2016-2017

Manchester United, 2015-2016

Sevilla FC, 2014-2015

Sevilla FC, 2013-2014

Sevilla FC, 2012-2013

Chelsea, 2011-2012

Atlético Madrid, 2010-2011

FC Porto, 2009-2010

Atlético Madrid, 2008-2009

Shakhtar Donetsk, 2007-2008

FC Zenit, 2006-2007

Sevilla FC, 2005-2006

Sevilla FC, 2004-2005

CSKA Moscow, 2003-2004

Valencia CF, 2002-2003

FC Porto, 2001-2002

Feyenoord, 2000-2001

Liverpool, 1999-2000

Galatasaray, 1998-1999

Parma, 1997-1998

Internazionale, 1996-1997

FC Schalke 04, 1995-1996

FC Bayern Munich, 1994-1995

Parma, 1993-1994

Internazionale. 1992-1993

Juventus, 1991-1992

Ajax, 1990-1991

Internazionale, 1989-1990

Juventus, 1988-1989

Napoli, 1987-1988

Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 1986-1987

IFK Göteborg, 1985-1986

Real Madrid, 1984-1985

Real Madrid, 1983-1984

Tottenham Hotspur, 1982-1983

Anderlecht, 1981-1982

IFK Göteborg, 1980-1981

Ipswich Town, 1979-1980

Eintracht Frankfurt, 1978-1979

Borussia M’gladbach, 1977-1978

PSV, 1976-1977

Juventus, 1975-1976

Liverpool, 1974-1975

Borussia M’gladbach, 1973-1974

Feyenoord, 1972-1973

Liverpool, 1971-1972

Tottenham Hotspur, 1970-1971

Leeds United, 1969-1970

Arsenal, 1968-1969

Newcastle United, 1967-1968

Leeds United, 1966-1967

Dinamo Zagreb, 1965-1966

FC Barcelona, 1964-1965

Ferencváros, 1963-1964

Real Zaragoza, 1962-1963

Valencia CF, 1961-1962

Valencia CF, 1960-1961

AS Roma, 1958-1960

FC Barcelona, 1955-1958

James Ayo-Akinola writes for the Trends Checker. He is passionate about trending events in the ICT, sports and education sectors. James is tech-savvy, a passionate sports lover and distinguished educator.

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Manager Frank Lampard has Officially been Sacked by the Club



Manager Frank Lampard has officially been sacked by the club.

It’s a time of change at Chelsea as the club have taken the decision to move on from Frank Lampard, who leaves the Blues today.

According to the report, Frank Lampard angered Chelsea’s board by repeatedly demanding Declan Rice transfer, and Chelsea’s board grew tired with Frank Lampard’s insistence on signing former academy product Delcan Rice from West Ham United.

Lampard has been sacked as Chelsea boss today after the club’s recent collapse, which has left the Blues ninth in the Premier League table.

The Blues were operating under a transfer ban when Frank was appointed in 2019 and he guided the club to fourth in his first season at the club, which was considered an impressive performance given the circumstances.

Lampard made up for the lack of investment last summer as Chelsea spent around £225m on the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell.

However, Lampard was far from content and below expectations with the club’s outlay and he repeatedly demanded the signing of Rice from rivals West Ham.

Rice was released from Chelsea’s academy at the age of 15 but seems the Blues must have regretted their decision as he’s gone on to establish himself as a full England international.

Meanwhile, West Ham are realistic about their prospects of keeping Rice in the long-term but they wanted around £80m for the midfielder last summer, which Lampard felt was good value for money and he kept on pressing.

But the tension between Lampard and those above him grew further as the Chelsea’ legend requested the signing of Rice again before the January transfer window opened.

Nevertheless, Lampard has officially been sacked by the club and that leaves so many questions – how will Chelsea act in the transfer window? Will Thomas Tuchel take over? What’s next for Lampard? Have the aims adjusted for the season now?

Speaking on the club’s official website on the sack, Abramovic said;

“This was a very difficult decision for the Club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him’.

“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.

“On behalf of everyone at the Club, the Board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future. He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.”

Nevertheless, Lampard has officially been sacked by the club and that leaves so many questions – how will Chelsea act in the transfer window? Will Thomas Tuchel take over? What’s next for Lampard? Have the aims adjusted for the season now?

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Ronaldo Wins Player of the Century Award



Ronaldo Wins Player of the Century Award

Christiano Ronaldo beats rival- Messi and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to the esteemed award.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo has been named Globe Soccer Awards’ Player of the Century.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid attacker had more votes than his competitors and now awarded the best player or the century in the event that took place in Arab Emirates.

Other winners are Robert Lewandowski as the Player of the Year, Real Madrid as the Club of the Century, Hans-Flick as Coach of the year and the coach of the century goes to Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola.

Meanwhile, after receiving 21 million online votes, the Juventus super star Christiano Ronaldo took to his official facebook page to appreciate everyone that voted for him and the Dubai Royal Family for the hospitality he usually enjoys in wonderful Dubai.

Christiano Ronaldo wrote: “Coudn’t be happier with tonight’s award! As I’m about to celebrate my 20th year as a professional footballer, Globe Soccer Player Of The Century is a recognition that I receive with so much joy and pride! Once again, great Gala tonight in Dubai at such an amazing place as Burj Khalifa.

“Congratulations to Robert Lewandowski on his Player Of The Year Award, to Hans-Flick as Coach Of The Year and to Pep Guardiola as Coach Of The Century. Also to Casillas and Piqué for their Career Awards, and last but not least, congrats to my friend Jorge Mendes on his Agent Of The Century Award.

Finally I must thank, once again, to the Dubai Royal Family for the respect, friendship and hospitality that I always receive in wonderfull Dubai, and to all the fans that voted for me in such a huge worldwide online voting with over 21 million vote.”

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Champions League Round of 16 Draw: Barcelona Vs Paris, Atlético Vs Chelsea



Champions League Round of 16 Draw: Barcelona vs Paris, Atlético vs Chelsea

Monday 14 December 2020

Barcelona vs Paris and Atlético vs Chelsea are among the pick of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 ties after the draw was made on Monday.

The draw for the UEFA Champions League round of 16 has been made©

UEFA Champions League round of 16 fixtures

Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER) vs Manchester City (ENG)
Lazio (ITA) vs Bayern (GER)
Atlético (ESP) vs Chelsea (ENG)
Leipzig (GER) vs Liverpool (ENG)
Porto (POR) vs Juventus (ITA)
Barcelona (ESP) vs Paris (FRA)
Sevilla (ESP) vs Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Atalanta (ITA) vs Real Madrid (ESP)

When are the games?

Barcelona’s historic comeback against Paris

The first legs are scheduled for 16/17 and 23/24 February, with the second legs on 9/10 and 16/17 March. The exact match schedule will be confirmed later on Monday.

How the draw worked

Two seeding pots were formed: one consisting of the eight group winners and the other of the eight runners-up.

No team could be drawn against a club from their group or any side from their own association.

Seeded group winners were drawn away in the round of 16 first legs and at home in the return matches.

Anything else I should know?

Squad changes
Each club can register a maximum three new players for the remaining matches by midnight CET on 2 February 2021. Players are allowed to have played for another club in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League but there are restrictions on the number of ‘List A’ players. For more information, check Article 45 of the regulations.

If the tie is level after 180 minutes.
The tie is decided on away goals, first and foremost. If the teams still can’t be separated, it goes to extra time. If both teams score the same number of goals during the 30 additional minutes, away goals count double. If there are no further goals in extra time, the tie goes to a penalty shoot-out (alternate takers).

How does the rest of the season look?

Meet the Champions League last 16

Draw: 19 March
First legs: 6/7 April
Second legs: 13/14 April

Draw: 19 March
First legs: 27/28 April
Second legs: 4/5 May

Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı, Istanbul: 29 May

Champions League calendar

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Diego Maradona: Football Legend Dies at 60



Diego Maradona: Football Legend Dies at 60

Maradona who celebrated his 60th birthday recently has been in hospital before his tragic death.

Maradona’s death occurred on November 25th, 2020 in Buenos Aires, no doubt, his death sending shock-waves especially through the world of football.

Diego Maradona who is widely considered as one of the greatest footballers of all time, having served as head coach for Argentine Primera Division side had been in ill-health for some time. In the early November, Maradona was hospitalised with a blood clot on the brain. On the 2nd of November, he was admitted to La Plata clinic having complained of fatigue.

Maradona undergone surgery in order to be healed of the blood clot, and the surgery was said to be successful.

The World Cup winner was later on discharged from hospital on the 12th of November just for him to recover at home as an outpatient, with support and treatment from doctors.

All the same, while Maradona was recovering at home, it is reported throughout Argentina’s media that Maradona died of fatal health attack. He was said to have suffered from cardiac arrest and he couldn’t be revived by medics.

Heartfelt tributes from friends, families, colleagues, current and former footballers as well as figures far beyond the world of sports rained in following the news of Diego Maradona’s death, each paying their last respect to one of the greatest footballers of all time.

“Goodbye Diego. You will live on forever in every heart in the football world.” Argentine Football Association tweeted.

“By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time.

“After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God.” declared by Gary Lineker, who played against Diego in the 1986 World Cup won by Argentina.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford also posted a message on Twitter, while Jamie Carragher wrote: “I’ll never forget watching Diego Maradona as an 8 yr old at the World Cup in Mexico. Never seen anything like it on that stage since. Sad news.”

“One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician. He leaves too soon, but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten.”

Maradona led Argentina to World Cup success in 1986. He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina; Diego Maradona won two Serie A titles with Napoli and also played for Barcelona, Sevilla, Boca Juniors and Newell’s Old Boys just to mention but a few of his achievements in the world of football.

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Marcus Rashford Awarded MBE for Services to Vulnerable Children



Marcus Rashford Awarded MBE for Services to Vulnerable Children

Marcus Rashford has been recognized and awarded MBE for his efforts to secure free meals for vulnerable children in UK during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 22 year old Manchester United forward put in operation a campaign which compelled the government to change policy on its free school meals during the lockdown.

The England forward received the Professional Footballers’ Association merit Award for his efforts. Rashford helping to ensures that children in need did not go hungry in the summer break.

Rashford featured in 2020 Queen’s Birthday honour list for his phenomenal achievement and as well received a round of applause from England’s player and staff. Southgate said: “for somebody of his age to be able to make the difference he has is phenomenal achievement”.

Rashford said in a statement: “I’m incredibly honoured and humbled. As a young black man from Wythenshawe, never did I think I would be accepting an MBE, never mind an MBE at the age of 22. This is a very special moment for myself and my family, but particularly my mum who is the real deserving recipient of the honour.

“The fight to protect our most vulnerable children is far from over. I would be doing my community, and the families I have met and spoken with, an injustice if I didn’t use this opportunity to respectfully urge the Prime Minister, who recommended me for this honour, to support our children during the October half term with an extension of the voucher scheme, as the furlough scheme comes to an end and we face increased unemployment. Another sticking plaster, but one that will give the parents of millions of children in the UK just one less thing to worry about.

“Let’s stand together in saying that no children in the UK should be going to bed hungry. As I have said many times before, no matter your feeling or opinion, not having access to food is NEVER the child’s fault.”

Manchester United staff said they were “delighted” to see his work off the pitch had been recognised.

Manchester United club statement read in part: “Everyone at Manchester United is hugely proud of Marcus for the work he has been doing to tackle food poverty among vulnerable children,”

“His campaigning has raised awareness of a crucial issue and made a positive difference, and we are delighted to see his efforts being recognised with this honour.”

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English lower leagues face £200m loss from empty stadiums



English lower leagues face £200m loss from empty stadiums

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Tuesday that the COVID-19 prevention measures could stay in place for six months is a devastating blow to sporting organisations, many of whom rely heavily on match-day revenue for survival, and there have been calls from governing bodies for emergency funding. The English Football League (EFL) and Football Association (FA) warned on Wednesday that the delay in bringing back crowds for up to six months will have a devastating impact on the game’s finances. A plan to bring fans back into English sports venues on a socially distanced basis from October 1 has been scrapped because of fears over rising infection numbers.

“EFL Clubs lost £50m ($63.7) last season as a result of playing matches behind closed doors or curtailing the season and stand to lose a further £200m in 2020/21 should we be required to play the whole season without supporters in grounds,” said EFL chairman Rick Parry. “As a matter of urgency we now need to understand what the government’s roadmap is for getting supporters back into stadiums as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.” The FA said financial help from government was vital to help clubs survive. “Following the successful return of supporters to seven fixtures on Saturday, the EFL is disappointed at Tuesday’s decision to suspend plans for the return of fans to matches,” added Parry.

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