Japan Makes Shock Exit From 2020 AFC U23 Championship

Japan is one of the countries with the most developed football in Asia. The early elimination in the Asian U23 tournament is rare for this country.

For the first time in the history of the Asian U23 tournament, Japan was eliminated from the group stage. Defeats to Syria and Saudi Arabia caused Japan to be eliminated from the Asian U23 tournament after 2 matches. Japan is considered the U23 Championship Candidate. However, they received a 1-2 defeat against Syria in the match in Group B of the Asian Cup finals on January 12.

These two defeats are the first time Japanese football has lost two consecutive matches in a continental tournament after 32 years. At the 1988 Asian Cup, the Japanese team was eliminated from the group stage after 2 consecutive losses against Korea and Qatar.

From the failure of the 1988 Asian Cup, Japan strives to become the power of continental football. The results of the Asian U23 tournament stunned Japanese experts and fans.

Immediately after the match with Syria, Japanese Football Federation President (JFA) Kozo Tashima said it was an unacceptable defeat for Japanese football. Tashima also refused to talk about the future of Moriyasu, the team’s coach.

Moriyasu, on his answer to the Soccerking page, said the coach was failing because of his failure to prepare for the tournament.

Japanese media reported that JFA was disappointed with the performance of coach Moriyasu in recent years. The 51-year-old coach received much criticism after his defeat in the Asian Cup in 2019 when Japan lost to Qatar in the final. In December 2019, Japan lost to Korea in the East Asia Cup final (EAFF E1 Championship).

According to Sponichi Annex, coach Hajime Moriyasu is likely to be fired by the Japan Football Federation in the near future. Mr. Moriyasu was appointed as the head of the Japan national team in July 2018 to replace coach Akira Nishino. Moriyasu also took control of the Japanese U23 team in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Spain Dominates European Football at Club Level

Overcoming football powers like England with 3 titles, Germany and France and 6 titles, Spanish football has become the country that won the most club titles with a total of 26 titles in the last decade (from 2010 to 2019).

Specifically, in the Champions League, Spain overwhelmed the rest of Europe when winning 6 titles. In particular, Real Madrid has up to 4 times in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 while Barcelona has 2 times in 2011 and 2015.

In the Europa League, Spanish clubs also took the lead with six championships. Specifically, Atletico Madrid won 3 times (2010, 2012, 2018) and Sevilla 3 times (2014, 2015, 2016).

At the European Super Cup, Spanish clubs won eight titles. Real Madrid has won 3 times (2014, 2016, 2017), Atletico 3 times (2010, 2012, 2018), Barca 2 times (2011 and 2015).

Not only overwhelming the other countries in the number of trophies in Europe at an older age, young football and futsal of Spain also played very successfully. Barcelona’s youth team won the UEFA Youth League twice in 2014 and 2018. In the UEFA Futsal Cup, Spain won four times thanks to the victories of FC Barcelona (2012 and 2014) and Inter Movistar (2017 and 2018).

Of course, this success will continue to be a great motivation for Spanish football clubs to aim for the future. At the same time, they will also support forces for teams to compete at the national level.

Not stopping there, Spanish football is still a global brand. It has been 7 years since the last time that Spain took the throne in a major tournament, that is EURO 2012. But the previous success of La Roja and Barca under Pep Guardiola still turns players and coaches of this country into a bright brand globally.

Spaniards are now “covering the world”. According to the Migrantes del balon page, there are 1,128 players from this country playing in 63 countries on 5 continents (Africa has 1, America 361, Asia 100, Europe 657, Oceania 9). The number of Spanish coaches working abroad has not been so dramatic. However, there are also 444 Spanish coaches present in 64 different countries, in the positions of head coach, assistant, goal keeper or fitness coach.

UEFA Urges Football Teams To Boycott Countries That Ban Female Fans

On September 24, 2019, the Union of European Football Associations said it would notify clubs and national teams of member federations that do not compete in countries where women are not allowed to enter the courts.

The current UEFA executive committee has agreed to propose up to 55 member national federations and all European clubs will not play football in countries where women are prohibited from entering the stadium. UEFA does not specify which countries will be affected by this rule.

However, Iran has been the focus of attention since a female fan died after setting herself on fire to protest being punished for imprisonment for sneaking into the field to watch a football match. She disguised herself as a boy to go to football and killed herself because she was too scared to be discovered.

Iran women cannot watch football since the 1979 Islamic revolution. In 2001, only 20 Muslim women were allowed to go to the 2002 World Cup qualifying matches. FIFA said it was assured by the Iranian authorities that the match in the second round of the 2020 World Cup against Cambodia in Tehran on October 10 will be open for women to watch.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said his organization has no right to punish European teams that will compete in countries that do not allow women to watch matches without restrictions. However, he stressed that UEFA strongly supports teams not playing in those countries.

Reuters quoted the Slovenian president adding that they could not punish any team if they played football (in the countries mentioned) because it was outside their jurisdiction. That does not mean they will be silent and unable to do anything. UEFA’s advice to all 55 federations and all clubs is that they will not play in those countries or with teams from countries where women’s basic rights are not respected. Club and league representatives agree with UEFA.

Liverpool has beaten Everton

Not launching the strongest squad, Liverpool still beat Everton 5-2 in round 15 of the Premier League on December 4th.

Despite the importance of the Merseyside derby, coach Jurgen Klopp has left a series of pillars on the attack like Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to rest. Substitute factors such as Divock Origi or Xherdan Shaqiri did not betray Klopp’s belief, as he shone to help Liverpool decide the match in the first half.

In the 6th minute, the home team opened the scoring from a counterattack. Only Sadio Mane and Origi joined the ball, but two Liverpool players still combined to eliminate four Everton defenders and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Mane poked at Origi to use the speed of the exit, removing Pickford and finishing on the empty goal.

Liverpool’s early goal opened the match. Everton, who is not good at defending, rushed to attack right at Anfield. In the first half only, the match saw 6 goals scored.

Sadio Mane, who ranked fourth in the 2019 Golden Ball poll, is the protagonist of the half. The Senegal striker continued to assist Shaqiri to score in the 16th minute, in a similar ball to the opener. And also from another counter attack at the end of the first half, Mane cut his left foot to get his own goal.

The remaining Liverpool table in the first 45 minutes was scored by Origi. The Belgian striker completed the double in the 31st minute, with a controlled and clever finish after a long pass by Dejan Lovren.

Everton finished 8 times in the first half and with the game as if he didn’t care about the score, the visitors scored two goals. Center-back Michael Keane took advantage of the confusion to reduce the score to 1-2 in the 21st minute, before Richarlison headed the goal in the last minute of injury time for the first half.

Losing 2-4 after the first half of the match, Everton continued to advance in the second half but could no longer sustain the attack. The students Marco Silva were lucky not to concede after Sadio Mane missed two situations facing from the quick start of the home team. But Pickford still has to go into the net to pick the ball once more. Georginio Wijnaldum fixed Liverpool’s score 5-2 with a cross shot in the 90th minute.

With 43 points after 15 rounds, Liverpool restored the 11-point gap with Man City. Jurgen Klopp’s teachers and students are eight points ahead of the second group of Leicester – the team won Watford 2-0 in this round. The victory over Everton helped Liverpool increase the unbeaten chain to 32 matches, breaking the unbeaten record that the team had set 31 years ago.

5 Soccer Players with A Passion for Casinos

With an extremely high salary, the English players are the ones who like to “burn” money into betting.

Paul Merson (football betting)

Shortly after losing this path, the midfielder had to admit that gambling was the world’s biggest misfortune. Merson then fell into deadlock to the point of committing suicide but escaped death. However, the 12-year Arsenal player (1985-1997) has not stopped his addiction to gambling. Even once he set the level to nearly 45,000 euros.

Eidur Gudjohnsen (gambling at the casino)

The Barca striker had a pretty big time in England when combined with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink became the most dangerous striker duo in Chelsea history. However, the name of the Iceland captain is also known outside the field. There is almost no casino in the big cities of the foggy country that has never had Gudjohnsen. However, unlike on the pitch, at the casino, he was not very lucky. In early 2003, he himself admitted full regrets of “burning” all 590,000 euros in less than 5 months.

Wayne Rooney (betting)

In April last year, the English football community was shocked when the press revealed that some English players including Rooney, Owen, Terry, Lampard and Rio Ferdinand were betting. Among them, MU’s striker is the most gloomy when he constantly loses in horse races, dog racing and non-participating matches. As a result, he incurs debt of up to 945,000 euros.

With revenues from salaries and advertising, the money did not go well with Rooney but made his relationship with England team-mate Michael Owen, stressed. Because most of the money that the former Everton striker spent is in the casino of the Owen family.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (gambling at the casino)

Hasselbaink is a patron of many casinos in London. The Charlton striker still doesn’t seem to have repented of his gambling addiction. In 2003 alone, the amount the Dutch gambler threw into casinos was 1.8 million euros.

Michael Owen (all forms of gambling)

The gambling that the child prodigy of British football played in was quite diverse but mostly revolved around football betting or horse racing. To date, he has spent nearly a million euros to own many racing horses of different races. And perhaps, because of the uncontrollable situation, Owen has so far spent about 3.2 million euros on his racehorses. If you are also passionate about gambling, consider online casinos NZ. But, please stop at the right time!

Top 10 Most Valuable Football Clubs in The World

The list of the most valuable football clubs in the world is evaluated based on the transfer value and player’s performance. This statistic does not take into account the commercial capacity, the supportive force and the attraction of each club.

English football continues to show its absolute superiority by contributing half of the top 10 clubs, including Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham. Here are also the top 5 Premier League faces last season. The total transfer value of the five English clubs in the top 10 amounted to £ 1.64 billion.

English football dominates the number but Spain is the country with the club ranked at the highest position. With a total transfer value of £ 535 million, £ 10 million more than rival Real Madrid, Barcelona continues to dominate the number 1 position on this list.

In a season where many players did not perform at their best, Barcelona took the number one spot mainly due to the constant increase in the value of Lionel Messi. Experts consider Messi to be the most valuable player in the world if brought to the transfer market (at nearly 200 million).

Similarly, Real Madrid is in second place mainly thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 55 goals for them last season. Without CR7, maybe this club will lose to Man Utd or Man City.

Besides the 5 English clubs and 2 Spanish clubs, this top 10 list also has 3 faces from Germany (Bayern Munich), Italy (Juventus) and France (Paris St Germain). These are also the clubs that reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, of which Bayern was the winner.

The Champions League runner-up team – Borussia Dortmund is again not in the top 10. This is a sign that they have not become a force to influence in the long term. In terms of average age, Bayern is the club with the youngest squad. The average age of the new team is 26.2 which is a solid base for Pep Guardiola to maintain dominance for many years.

Paris St Germain and Juventus are the most worrisome clubs due to their average age of up to 28.5. This is the result of relying on the old team (Andrea Pirlo) or the leapfrogging strategy to buy famous players (Zlatan Ibrahimovic).

In terms of the total value, both Arsenal and Paris St Germain combined are still not equal to Barcelona or Real Madrid. The two representatives from Spain are also rare clubs worth in excess of £ 500 million, while the other teams are all under £ 400 million.

Arsenal is not good, the Premier League still has to look up

Losing to Liverpool in the third round is the only time Arsenal have not achieved any score so far this season. Strangely, there were still criticisms towards Emery, about the emotional dryness, lack of persuasion as well as his ability to motivate students.

Spread the air from the stands
Ever since arriving at the Emirates Stadium, Emery coach has not faced questions. That might be a question of identity in Arsenal’s post-Arsene Wenger play. Next came the demands of building an Arsenal that controlled the game when playing against underdogs. Then there was doubt about whether Emery would dare to break out of his comfort zone.
It is undeniable that one of the positive points when Emery took charge at Arsenal is that he instilled a spirit of fighting for the students in each match. It is easy to see the sign language of the Spaniard on the pitch after each shot is blocked, as well as the way he urges Arsenal fans to cheer more strongly on his team.
In the final seasons of the Wenger Dynasty, it was easy to see the atmosphere in the Emirates stands. Many fans showed a passive attitude of waiting for the players in the yard to stimulate the cheering spirit. All changed when coach Emery knew how to arouse the passionate atmosphere in the stands, creating a catalyst for Arsenal players to play better.
In addition to creating the atmosphere from the stands, Coach Emery also sowed into the students’ minds towards victory. Of course, not every victory is always worth being lifted into the blue clouds. Many times the Gunners need the moment of ecstasy of someone or the helping hand of god of luck to win all 3 points before the opponents.

Believe in young people, transmission of spirit does not give up
On the other hand, it is necessary to give praise to coach Emery in finding victory at all costs, in any circumstances, no matter how bad his team is. His players are always ready for thrilling moments, especially during the second half. This comes from Emery giving them confidence, the spirit of not giving up in all situations.
The concrete evidence for the mental stability of Arsenal this season lies in the comeback of winning a point against Tottenham in the North London derby after being two goals down, the Aston Villa win in a lack of people and being The opponent took the lead, as well as a point ahead of MU after leaving the Old Trafford team in the first 45 minutes. Not always this season Arsenal can maintain such resilience. Emery’s teachers must definitely improve their ability to control the match in a long-distance race like the Premier League. Anyway, winning in unfavorable times is a plus point for Emery’s Arsenal.
Besides two completely opposite points to Wenger, Unai Emery shared with his predecessor a trait: Faith in young players. For more than a decade with Arsenal, Wenger has been a famously cool coach with potential faces. This put pressure on Emery’s successor. Luckily, the former Sevilla and PSG coach maintained his tendency to use young players, and he did not hesitate to do so in Premier League matches. Matteo Guendouzi, who arrived at the Emirates Stadium at the age of 19, has been an important player in the midfield for the past 16 months. Recently, Joe Willock started the match against Liverpool at the age of 20, while Bukayo Saka, 18, impressed in the Europa League arena and was immediately rewarded with three consecutive main kicks, including the trip. as a visitor to Old Trafford Stadium of MU.
In addition to the above faces, Emery’s Arsenal still has many other notable players under the age of 25 such as Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Gabriel Martinelli, Lucas Torreira, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney or Hector Bellerin. These will be the key faces in the Arsenal squad this season, creating a young, aspiring Gunner figure.

Son Heung-min is about to become the greatest Korean striker in Europe

Son Heung-min’s brace against Crystal Palace in the match on September 14 helped the Korean striker get 118 goals in all competitions in Europe.
On September 14, Tottenham had a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace, in which Son Heung-min shone with a brace. The high form of the 27-year-old striker helps him to have a new record.

Sports Seoul newspaper praised the Korean striker: “Son Hueng-min is only 3 goals away to overcome the legendary Cha Bum-kun”. According to the article, the Tottenham striker is standing on the threshold of new legend.
“In the first match after finishing the focus with the national team, Son played the full 90 minutes with the highest performance. After being punished and taking the first 2 matches of the new season, Son tried force in the match in the third round but could not score, “author Lee Ji Eun said.

“However, this double made up for his late start, as well as the start of a record-breaking self-breaking record of 21 goals in a season. These two goals helped Son Heung-min get 118 goals. all European competitions. You only need 3 more goals to keep up with the 121-goal record of Cha Bum-kun sunbaenim “.

Father Bum-kun is former strikers Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen. The legend born in 1953 was one of the first Koreans to play football in Europe. He scored 121 goals on the old continent, a great symbol for Asian football talent in the early days of the world.

Back to the Tottenham game, Son Heung-min opened the scoring in the 10th minute, resulting from a more inaccurate dribble by midfielder Alderweireld. In the 22nd minute, the 27-year-old striker completed a double with an ice phase to catch a dangerous volley.

A strong victory with a 4-0 score helped Tottenham rise to 3rd place in the rankings with 8 points, 7 points behind Liverpool’s leaders. By the middle of next week, Son Heung-min’s team will have an away match at Olympiacos in the first round of Group B Champions League.

Tottenham forced Man City to score

Being rejected by VAR in stoppage time, the defending champion accepted a 2-2 draw in the second round of the Premier League, on August 17.

Man City dominated in most of the match time and finished 10 times more (30 versus 3). However, with just two shots to finish the goal, Tottenham has the same number of goals. In one day, all statistics were inclined to Etihad owners, fortunately not on their side. In stoppage time of the second half, Gabriel Jesus kicked off a Tottenham goal but after being assisted by VAR, referees Michael Oliver denied the goal as the ball was slightly touched by Aymeric Laporte.

This is a painful result for teachers and teachers Pep Guardiola. Last season, they were also denied a goal by VAR in the fourth minute of injury time in the quarter-finals of the Champions League quarter-finals … Tottenham. The bad situation of crying and laughing makes Man City eliminated by the law of away goals.

Meeting Tottenham again, the will to ask for a debt in the Champions League last season may also become part of the motivation for many Man City players. They raised the formation and attacked the whole force from the beginning. The link between Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne makes Tottenham’s left wing frequently put on alert. The speed of Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker also created conditions for Man City to have unexpected downfall.

Continuous pressure finally brings results to them. Bernardo lets go of the ball for De Bruyne to stumble without looking towards the far post, knocking out all of Tottenham’s defense. Sterling bandage hit the head in a position that was not attached to anyone, took down Hugo Lloris. However, just three minutes later, Tottenham unexpectedly drew 1-1, when the gap opened for Erik Lamela between the defense and Manchester City midfielder. The visiting midfielder led the ball with one beat and then left his left foot into a table. Goalkeeper Ederson was blinded in this situation so his flying phase was not enough to touch the ball.

Being equalized, Man City did not flinch. They continue to organize attacks and once again rise. Still coming from a combination of Bernardo and De Bruyne on the right, Sergio Aguero cut the ball and finished a delicate touch, ending an attack with the brand “Man City – Guardiola”. With two assists in the goal, De Bruyne proved he was a “nightmare” for Tottenham. In the Champions League match against Etihad last season, the Belgian midfielder launched three passes into the table.

At the end of the first half and at the beginning of the second half it was time for Tottenham to suffer from City’s bombardment. De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan deflected off goal, Olexandr Zinchenko tested Lloris twice. Aguero broke the offside trap to catch the way to poke Sterling’s slot but the left foot shot wide. Seeing the pressure of the home team, many fans probably think that Man City’s expansion is only a matter of time.

But Mauricio Pochettino made a difference from changing people. Only seconds after taking over from Harry Winks, Lucas Moura headed home from a corner. Only 1m73 high but he turned very high to defeat Walker in the air combat phase. It was the second finish for Tottenham’s goal.

Man City like being touched. They attacked violently, forcing Tottenham to back down the formation to block the penalty. Statistics show: Man City has 52 touches in the opponent’s restricted area, while Tottenham can only do it 5 times. Rodri tried Lloris with a shot like a hammer from outside the box. A few minutes later, Bernardo put the ball into the crossbar.

Guardiola put Jesus in the yard to replace Aguero, in order to improve his attack power. Become the center of Man City’s attacks, but the Brazilian striker played slightly personal, causing some opportunities to pass. After a headed header, he hit Tottenham in the second minute from a corner kick, but the goal was not recognized.

Brazil – the 2019 Copa America champion is just the beginning

A world-class football and a thirst for glory like Brazil obviously cannot be satisfied with the 2019 Copa America championship. That’s just the beginning of their ambition, the 2022 World Cup is the ultimate goal.

Those who look at the final score of the final may be deceived. It is true that Brazil has won 3-1, but Peru is not a weak opponent. The performance of the most surprising team of Copa America 2019 in the final is extremely impressive.

Not many stars, not appreciated, but Peru has caused a lot of difficulties for Brazil – the host of the tournament and take all advantages. The goal from veteran Paolo Guerrero in the final was only the first time in this tournament, Coach Tite’s army was conceded.

No longer a foolish Peru when he lost to 0-5 in the group match, Machu Picchu’s homeland team played a brave football, with a spirit of competition. They eliminated both Uruguay and Chile without ever conceding, and at least during the early part of the final, making Brazil sweaty.
But it is no coincidence that under the Tite era, the Brazilian team has only lost 2 matches in the last 3 years. One in the 2018 World Cup quarter-final against Belgium, one in the friendly against Argentina. The coach has started his coaching career since he was 30 years old and is known for his fervor of pragmatism, flexibility, and winning the first place. Another Carlos Dunga of Brazilian football. But modern and much more dangerous.

On ESPN, the famous journalist specializing in South American football, Tim Vickery made a notable remark: Brazil is playing more modern football than people think. Whenever losing the ball, coach Tite wants the students “pressing” to get the ball back as quickly as possible.
The goal to increase the score to 2-1 in the final with Peru is a testament. Gone are the days when people saw Ronaldinho, Ronaldo or Rivaldo dancing on the pitch, and playing improvised football. Brazil is now a collective with accurate, disciplined football and not making mistakes.

The debate about how beautiful football in Brazil has not ended, and will never end. But when Brazil lost to Belgium – a European team in the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals, it only reinforced Tite’s belief in the football he built.
Brazil will play pragmatically to achieve results. Not a football, a fancy color or trying to control the ball. In the 2019 Copa America, they have minimized every mistake, played firmly despite having a superior force compared to the rest. But Copa America, the tournament that has been held three times in the past four years, is only the beginning, the World Cup in the next 3 years in Qatar is the highest goal.