English national football is no longer in the fear of a shortage of talents (Part 2)

In the 2019/20 season and the early stages of the 2020/21 season, English football has also witnessed the progress of many local players. They are Michail Antonio boomed in West Ham, Tariq Lamptey and Ben White sublimated in Brighton…

Football league like English Premier League rarely lack talents thanks to the abundant rookies. The EURO final round is coming, and England is flourishing with talent such as helping coach Southgate with a Christmas present coming soon. He and his successors will no longer have a headache about the shortage of staff.

The pleasant headache of coach Southgate

Each team can only register 23 players for the EURO. As such, many talented people have to stay at home watching their teammates compete on television screens. Choosing and eliminating anyone is not an easy problem for Coach Southgate. Each decision he makes will bring joy and also break the player’s heart.

Mr. Southgate is facing a new problem. This time, it was a pleasant headache.

Many colleagues will be jealous of the 50-year-old military leader because he owns an array of talented players. According to journalist Mark Critchley of The Independent, England is enjoying a talent season, but there are still some shortcomings. They do not have uniformity at all levels.

As the left-back, only a few cards scored in the eyes of coach Southgate. It was Ben Chilwell, Bukayo Saka or Maitland-Niles. Ryan Bertrand, Aaron Cresswell, and Luke Shaw can be Selected instead, however, these are not very outstanding faces.

“Three Lions” also do not have the depth of personnel in the right striker position. Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood are the top candidates. In general, this is not England’s golden generation. Because every player in the starting lineup is not the best in the world.

Alexander-Arnold made great progress, but his journey to becoming the number one right-back in the world is still far away. Ben Chilwell, Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, or Jadon Sancho are all talented, but they are not the top stars in the world and are different from the rest.

More than a decade ago, England participated in the World Cup with the golden generation including Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney… At that time, they all expected the “Three Lions” to make things happen. After all, the sweetest thing didn’t happen. England’s golden generation has failed, so what can fans expect from the current age of players?

English national football is no longer in the fear of a shortage of talents (Part 1)

Concerns about coach Gareth Southgate’s shortage of strikers in England have been resolved.

In May 2019, when looking at the statistics chart of English players with main positions in Premier League clubs, the Southgate coach felt insecure. He warned England could face a players crisis.

The big change of English football over the years

The 50-year-old strategist has reason to worry. Statistics made by the British Football Association have become alarm bells for the national team and Southgate’s successors.

18 months later, the chart that once worried coach Southgate suddenly increased. The percentage of English players winning the main kick increased to 35.3% in the 2019/20 season and reached 36.6% in the early 2020/21 season.

The rise of England’s talents has been of great help to coach Southgate

Coach Southgate’s worries are resolved. England is experiencing a period of an abundance of talent and is no longer living in the fear of a short supply of players for the national team. The generation of English players who won the main kick in the 2020/21 season is also relatively young. Their average age is 25.

The rise of England’s talents has been of great help to coach Southgate. The 50-year-old military rulers have many options when summoning personnel for the national team. During the team gathering in October, coach Southgate called 30 faces. More than half of these players have less than 10 games in the “Three Lions” shirt.

Coach Southgate’s plan is very clear. He wants to allow every player, to find the strongest framework for the national team.

New talents of English football

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood, talents of English football, were not summoned to the national team for mistakes in September. James Maddison and Ross Barkley have not been recruited due to injuries. However, England still has many cards to replace.

There are many young talents in English national football team this season

Even Aaron Wan-Bissaka, one of the top quality defenders in the Premier League, has not been allowed to recruit. Wan-Bissaka plans to choose to represent another national team. Because, he has to face many opponents for the right-back position such as Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker.

According to The Independent, each position in the England starting lineup has three cards for coach Southgate to choose from. This is proof of English football talent.

Top 10 football teams with the most fans in the world 2020 (Part 2)

6. Liverpool – 72.5 million fans

Twitter: 13.5 million

Facebook: 36 million

Instagram: 23 million

After successful seasons under Jurgen Klopp’s reign, The Reds attracted a large number of fans on social media over the past two years. Especially the 6th Champions League championship in history. The Premier League title 2019-20 can help Liverpool welcome more fans.

5. Chelsea – 82.2 million fans

Twitter: 13.9 million

Facebook: 48.2 million

Instagram: 20.4 million

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is very aggressive in the transfer market when he brings in many talented players from the world. After the 2004-05 Premier League championship, the half-green London team has always been a candidate for the championship tournament from that season up to now.

Chelsea is the favorite football team of many fans around the world

4. Juventus – 83.8 million fans

Twitter: 7.7 million

Facebook: 40.2 million

Instagram: 36 million

Before Cristiano Ronaldo came to Juventus, the Turin team had a strong fan base around the world. And when CR7 moved from Real Madrid in the summer of 2018, the number of fans of this team increased dramatically.

3. Manchester United – 127.5 million fans

Twitter: 20.9 million

Facebook: 73.2 million

Instagram: 33.4 million

Wherever in the world, Man Utd is always the most loved football team in the world. For those who don’t know football well, when asked about the team, they often refer to Manchester United as the first team in the crowd’s mind.

Man Utd is always the most loved football team in the world

The loyalty of the fans was a bit challenging when Sir Alex retired in 2013. Since that time the Red Devils have not achieved much success. But after all, they are still the richest team in England and 3rd in the world.

2. Barcelona – 217 million fans

Twitter: 33.6 million Facebook: 109 million

Instagram: 83 million

Barcelona is one of football’s most famous and traditional rich football teams in the world for its quality, finance, and fan base. The number of over 200 million followers on social networking sites is a terrible number that even large companies and corporations have to respect.

1. Real Madrid – 225 million fans (The team with the most fans in the world)

Twitter: 7.6 million

Facebook: 39 million

Instagram: 17.1 million

Despite losing Ronaldo, the Madrid team still maintains their position

Despite losing Ronaldo, the Madrid team still maintains their position and still has a successful season thanks to the La Liga 2019-20 championship. The success of the Champions League is an important factor to help Real Madrid own the largest number of fans in the world.

Above are the Top 10 football teams with the most fans in the world 2020.

Top 10 football teams with the most fans in the world 2020 (Part 1)

In each different time, world football events always have many changes. This also partly affects the number of football fans in clubs around the world. Many factors affect the number of fans, such as the player’s favorite transfer or the number of wins that the team won in the last season.

Here, we will synthesize the Top 10 most fan football teams in the world 2020 on social networking sites by the end of July 2020 according to statistics from Ace Football.

10. Man City – 63.7 million fans

Man City fans have risen sharply over the past decade following the successes in the Premier League. They are considered one of the most formidable teams in European football today, even in the 2018-19 season, they even won the domestic treble. If you play better in the Champions League, the number of Man City fans will increase.

9. Paris Saint-Germain – 67.25 million fans

Twitter: 349.6 thousand (Only in the English version)

Facebook: 39.7 million

Instagram: 27 million

Paris Saint-Germain is one of the most-watched football teams on social media

Football fans are more interested in PSG because Neymar arrived at this team with a world record transfer value of 222 million euros in 2017. Also, the appearance of Kylian Mbappe helped PSG become a football team.

This is also one of the most-watched football teams on social media. In the past year alone, their number of followers on Instagram increased from 17.8 million to 27 million fans.

8. Arsenal – 70.2 million fans

Twitter: 15.5 million

Facebook: 37.7 million

Instagram: 16.7 million

Although they did not win tickets to the Champions League in the last few seasons, the London team is still present in the top 10 teams with the most fans in the world. Under Mikel Arteta’s reign, “The Gunners” always played well against the opponents in the Big 6 group last season. Thereby a hope that the team will soon return to the years at the peak of European football.

7. Bayern Munich – 70.9 million fans

Twitter: 1.1 million (Only in the English version)

Facebook: 37.7 million

Instagram: 16.7 million

Bavarian team is considered one of the most successful football teams in German

The Bavarian team is considered one of the most successful football teams in German football history. After the end of the 2019-20 season, “Gray Lobster” has the second time to win the historic treble. This achievement helps Bayern to have many fans supporting the home team with an average of 75,354 fans coming to the field to watch the Allianz Arena home matches.

Mane surpassed Ronaldo in the number of Premier League goals

Sadio Mane plays a hero to help Liverpool win Chelsea in the second round of the Premier League. The Senegal striker was the one who directly caused the opponent to play without people in the second half.

He broke the offside trap and accelerated to face Kepa forcing Christensen to use both hands to stop and receive a red card. After that, Mane scored both goals to help Liverpool win the second consecutive.

This stellar performance made Mane the third Liverpool player to double against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. Before that, only Steve McManaman (December 1995) and Philippe Coutinho (October 2015) did the same thing.

Mane surpassed Ronaldo to score more goals in the Premier League

Sadio Mane overcame Cristiano Ronaldo in Premier League goals by scoring a double for Liverpool against Chelsea.

Mane forced Christensen to foul from behind and received a red card

The double against Chelsea also helped Mane increase his Premier League scoring record to 86, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo’s achievement at MU in the past. The two made 196 appearances, but Mane scored 2 more goals than the Portuguese senior.

Mane’s current record is on par with two other former Premier League players, Fernando Torres and Eden Hazard. Besides, Mane also leveled Torres’ Liverpool record when they both had 65 goals, ranking sixth in the club’s best strikers list in the Premier League.

Christensen received a red card for a foul

But the Senegal striker still has plenty of opportunities to increase his performance at the age of 28 and can play more years in the Premier League.

When Mane was just a goalkeeper in front of Kepa who went out of the box, the Senegal striker was embraced by Christensen from behind and fell into the field. Of course, Christensen had no chance to get the ball back in this situation. He reluctantly chose to make a foul.

Although referring to the VAR technology, it is not surprising that the Tierney referee draws a red card (instead of the previous yellow card) for the Danish defender for a foul in the situation where the opponent has a chance to score clear.

Liverpool enjoyed the free-kick in a very dangerous position but Trent Alexander-Arnold, who scored in both Premier League matches against Chelsea last season, could not make it difficult for Kepa.

Aubameyang extended his contract with Arsenal

The Gabon striker signed a new contract, with the Emirates team until 2023. Aubameyang has been the mainstay of Arsenal’s attack line in recent seasons.

On the evening of September 15, Arsenal’s home page posted notice of reaching an agreement to extend the contract with striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Gabon striker joined Arsenal in the transfer window in winter 2018. Up to now, he has 111 appearances and scored 72 goals in the colors of the Emirates Stadium. His first season in England, Aubameyang won the Premier League Golden Boot title with 22 goals. He still maintains his form and is the number one striker of “Gunners”.

Last season, Aubameyang had 29 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal. He scored twice against Chelsea in the FA Cup final, contributing to bringing the championship to teachers and coaches Arteta. He was also the owner of the goal against Liverpool before “Gunners” beat “The Kop” in the penalty shootout to win the Community Shield.

In the transfer window this summer, Aubameyang is pursued by many big clubs such as Barca, Real Madrid, Inter Milan … However, the Gabon striker decided to stay at the Emirates Stadium after a long period of negotiations on a new contract. Under Coach Arteta, Arsenal is expected to be revived to regain his status in the Premier League.

Refusing to Barca, captain striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed a new three-year contract with Arsenal.

Aubameyang signed a three-year contract with Arsenal, until 2023

According to Sportsmail, the new contract of Aubameyang helps him receive a basic salary of 322,000 USD per week. Adding bonus terms based on achievements, Gabon striker can earn 483,000 USD a week. This money will help him become Arsenal’s highest-paid player, surpassing Mesut Ozil. Ozil currently receives $ 450,000 per week.

According to TalkSPORT, Aubameyang could receive $ 77 million in salary and bonus in the next three years of his contract with Arsenal. Arriving at Arsenal in January 2018 from Dortmund for a record 72 million USD, Aubameyang scored 72 goals in 111 games for “Gunners”.

De Bruyne overcame many teammates to win the PFA Player of the Year award

Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne became the first Man City player to be honored by the Professional Footballers Association of England (PFA).

De Bruyne won by overcoming teammate Raheem Sterling and four Liverpool players including Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Sadio Mane. The good news came to De Bruyne a few days after his wife gave birth to her third child.

Previously, De Bruyne also received the award for the best player in the Premier League 2019-2020.

De Bruyne missed most of the 2018-2019 season due to injury. But he came back strong. The Belgian international has caught up to the record 20 assists in the Premier League that Thierry Henry set 17 years ago. However, in the sublimation season De Bruyne, Man City only won the League Cup. They lost to Liverpool in the Premier League and were suddenly eliminated by Lyon in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

De Bruyne threatens Thierry Henry’s record

Man City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne wants to break the assist record in a season that Thierry Henry has set in the Premier League.

Henry’s record, the legendary Arsenal striker, was 20 assists in the 2002-2003 season. De Bruyne’s best, meanwhile, is 18 times the 2016-2017 season, equal to the achievements of Cesc Fabregas in the 2014-2015 season and Frank Lampard’s performance in the 2004-2005 season. Mesut Ozil interspersed with 19 passes in the 2015-2016 season.

De Bruyne is the expert in bringing the ball to a favorable position for his teammates to score.

This season, before the Premier League postponed due to Covid-19, De Bruyne had already owned 16 goals – three more than Henry’s record, while the season had nine rounds left.

In the situation that the Man City midfielder mentioned, the ball from his foot hit another player to change direction, before Raheem Sterling scored. That is why it does not count as an assist to De Bruyne – who won the King of assists in a Bundesliga season while at Wolfsburg.

De Bruyne has never won the Player of the Season award in England. When Man City won the Premier League the last three times, the players who won the individual titles all came from Liverpool: Luis Suarez, Mohamed Salah, and Virgil Van Dijk.

The weakness of Mercedes at the Grand Prix celebrating 70 years of F1 (Part 3)

Pirelli increases the minimum tire pressure to protect the tires from damaging external forces such as at the British Grand Prix. But when inflated, the tires get a little more bulky, reducing the contact area of ​​the tire. This change is difficult to see with the naked eye but has serious consequences for a sensitive machine like the F1 car.

The consequences were even greater when it happened on the W11 – a superior car. It was capable of reaching high speeds in the corners thanks to the power of the engine and the great amount of compression. This put the tires under the load far more than the competition.

The tire overheating is something Mercedes has also predicted before the race. But they predict that the problem will be mainly with the front tires, as at the British Grand Prix. So Mercedes tried to preserve the front tires by changing the set-ups. However, the reality on the track is completely different. This caused the German team to fire by asking the drivers to slow down to keep the rear tires.

So why is the same condition, the same situation impacts Mercedes more than Red Bull?

The decision to let Bottas have a second tire change right after Verstappen also seems like a bizarre one. This caused the Finnish racer to quickly fall behind. Bottas criticized the home team after the race. However, in general, Mercedes’ choice at that time was not to compete with Verstappen but to find a way to escape the pressure from Charles Leclerc, a Ferrari driver emerging as a threat thanks to 1-pit tactics.

Moreover, the most important factor that caused Bottas to be called into the pit earlier than Hamilton was that the directors were concerned about the vibration from the rear tires of the W11. Hamilton was not subjected to the same vibrations, allowing the British driver to extend his second set of tires. In fact, despite the prolonged use of the second set of tires, even using the 1-pit tactic, Mercedes is unlikely to beat Verstappen.

The weakness of Mercedes at the Grand Prix celebrating 70 years of F1 (Part 2)

At the British Grand Prix, both Mercedes cars had problems with the left front tire due to the physical wear of the tires, and over the weekend, the tires of the two W11s were overheated.

Blistering tires are hard to make Mercedes give up like at the British Grand Prix, but it makes the W11 unable to fully exert its inherent strength. There are three reasons why Mercedes has problems that are completely different from the incidents that took place at the British Grand Prix.

First, Pirelli brought the F1 70’s Grand Prix to three types of tires one level softer than the British Grand Prix. In the previous race, drivers used soft-grade C1-C2-C3 tires, and over the weekend Pirelli provided tires C2-C3-C4.

The second reason is higher tire pressure. To avoid a mass tire explosion like last week, at Silverstone over the weekend, Pirelli adjusted a minimum tire pressure level of 27 psi with the front tire, 22 psi with the rear tire. At the British Grand Prix, the minimum pressure level is only 25 psi with the front tire, 21 psi with the rear tire.

Finally, the track temperature at the Grand Prix is ​​70 years higher. Race temperatures at Silverstone averaged 38 degrees Celsius, but over the weekend it was 43 degrees Celsius.

The harshness of the Silverstone track

Because of the harshness of the Silverstone track, Pirelli uses a one-level softer tire to steer the cars towards a 2-pit strategy, creating appeal and avoiding loss of safety. Pirelli’s plan has worked flawlessly. However, the use of softer tires makes them more susceptible to overheating.

So, on the same track, on August 2, two Mercedes riders can accelerate, chase and take turns to set up the fastest-lap, and on August 9, they have to limit the speed to bring the car to a safe destination.

The phenomenon of tire blistering appeared on August 2, but on a smaller scale and mainly occurs in the front tire. But the three reasons mentioned above appear at the same time that makes W11’s weaknesses manifest on a high-speed track and hot climate.

The weakness of Mercedes at the Grand Prix celebrating 70 years of F1 (Part 1)

The past two races at Silverstone show that F1 cars are extremely sensitive machines.

The same car with a racer on the same Silverstone race for two completely different results. Mercedes finished first in comfort at the British Grand Prix on August 2. But the following week, they struggled again with Max Verstappen, even though the RB16 was completely inferior to the W11 at Silverstone the week before.

Has Verstappen accidentally pointed out the inherent weakness of the W11?

The capacity of the F1 car lies in two key factors: engine power and aerodynamic compression. However, while mastering both of these elements, teams must have a good understanding of how the tires work, in order to convert their potential power into a track result.

Without mastering the tires, no matter how strong the car is, it will not be able to perform well. As a result, teams spend a lot of time and money on field testing, carefully understanding how the tires work on the track to optimize the vehicle’s performance.

Basically, the two Red Bull and Mercedes cars have not changed in engine power – aerodynamics between the last two races at Silverstone. The ratings show that the distance between the W11 and the RB16 is about one second per lap.

This parameter was predicted early and demonstrated in previous races. But during the race at Silverstone on Aug. 9, a clear weakness was evident on the W11 as Mercedes was unable to translate its performance advantage into actual results on the track.

The longer the tire use time, the more the W11 tires will blister and quickly deteriorate. This has a significant impact on performance, so after just a few laps, Mercedes ordered both Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to slow down to keep the tires.

But the tire problem at the F1 70 Grand Prix differs in essence from the breakdown at the British Grand Prix.