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The Premier League and Other Football Sporting Events Affected by the Pandemic

The novel coronavirus has killed more than 348,000 people globally, and because of it, sporting events have also been affected. The number of confirmed cases worldwide has increased to more than 5.5 million. This has caused major sporting events to either be cancelled or postponed.  

What It Means for the Premier League

But, despite the worrying situation, many have also remained hopeful and determined to continue their operations. The Premier League, for instance, has been intent on a June restart. The sporting event has been suspended since 13 March because of the pandemic. As England slowly starts to recover and with strict precautions in place, they want to be able to finish the event.

Liverpool, which is one of the main contenders in the event, was at the top of the season when it suddenly got postponed. They just needed two wins in the Premier League, and they would have been able to bag their first top-flight title since 1990.

According to an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Jordan Henderson, captain of Liverpool, stated: “When you go back, it is a bit different with the type of training, getting used to the ball again, longer passing and shooting and the sharpness of twisting and turning, the change of direction, you need to get used to it. After a few weeks of full training, we will be right back where we left off, hopefully.”

This is in relation to the return of their training last week. Liverpool and other clubs have been training in small groups. There are strict protocols in place, and Henderson also said that the measures are “amazing” and that the players feel “safe.”

Other Sporting Events Affected in the World, According to Al Jazeera

  • After several weeks of postponement, South Korea’s football league season restarted on May 8. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, the reigning champions, beat FA Cup holders Suwon Bluewings by 1-0 in an empty World Cup Stadium in Jeonju.
  • In the United States, the MLS, which is a top-tier football league, extended its postponement until at least June 8. This is because there were still many confirmed coronavirus cases.
  • The Confederation of African Football also announced the postponement of the African Champions League semi-finals last April 12. It was to take place in May.
  • The schedule for the Nations League Finals of the Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football, was from June 4 to June 7. But it has been suspended. It will take place for a later date.
  • The Russian Football Union suspended all competitions such as the Russian league at a meeting on March 17. 
  • The Bundesliga resumed its season last May 16 after the two-month hiatus in Germany.
  • The South American Football Confederation, postponed the Copa America event until 2021. It was to take place from June 12 to July 12 in Colombia and Argentina.
  • UEFA postponed the EURO 2020 tournament until 2021. It will now take place from June 11 to July 11, 2021. The major sporting event was to take place from June 12 to July 12, 2020, in 12 nations across the continent.
  • On April 1, UEFA also suspended all matches in the Europa League and Champions League “until further notice.”
  • FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation postponed the Asian World Cup qualifying matches that were supposed to take place in March and June.
  • The Asian Champions League matches have been suspended and moved back to September.
  • Ajax would not be declared champion due to the postponement of the Dutch football league.

Major sporting events may have been stopped all across the world, but it does not mean that it would be for a long time. Football fans and bettors can still support their favorite teams, as many associations are doing their best to continue the events. 

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The Best NFL Players: Future Candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame

All sports have their own awards when it comes to impressive players. They are acknowledged for their skills and hard work for being the best among the rest. These are the kind of players that make bettors wager against bookie odds. Who could blame them when the players’ stats and wins speak for themselves. 

For the NFL, one of the most coveted awards that NFL players could have is to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This will show that they have contributed a lot to the sport and have made history.

Here are some of the best NFL players that are still active in the league and have the potential to be in the hall of fame.   

Tom Brady

Leading this list is none other than the New England Patriots quarterback. There would be no surprise there if Brady will be inducted to the hall of fame in the future. This is a no-brainer. With his impressive career and records, such as being the only NFL player in history to have six Super Bowl wins under his belt, he is on his way to having more record-breaking titles. 

Larry Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald has been flirting with retirement, but this 2020 he is still rumored to be back in the game. Although he lacks a Super Bowl ring, his impressive records make up for it. The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver is an 11-time Pro Bowler. He is also second in career receptions and touchdowns with 1,378 and 17,083, respectively. Fitzgerald is just behind another NFL player legend, Jerry Rice, who ranks number one in both. He also ranks sixth in receiving touchdowns with 120. That is why he will definitely be a potential candidate for the hall of fame.

Khalil Mack

This linebacker of the Chicago Bears already has a record of 61.5 sacks and 398 tackles. He is as one of the most feared defensive players and has two defensive touchdowns. He is deemed to be held the NCAA record for forced fumbles (20) and is a five-time Pro Bowler. In 2015, he also became the first NFL player to be ever selected first-team All-Pro at two different positions. To say the least, his future as a Hall of Famer continues to be promising.

Von Miller

Another linebacker, the Denver Broncos player, is known for being an active defender with 106.0 sacks, 489 tackles, and 25 forced fumbles. He is also an eight-time Pro Bowler, and he even got the Butkus Award for being the most outstanding college linebacker. In 2015, he was also named Super Bowl MVP for the NFL season. With such records, his future in the hall of fame is surely locked.   

Aaron Rodgers

This quarterback will be joining the Hall of Famers when his career is over because he is one of the best quarterbacks in his generation. The Green Bay Packers player had big shoes to fill when he replaced the famous Brett Faver. But, he showed that he could live up to it and proved that he was more than enough for the position. He ranks as number one when it comes to passer rating with 103.1. He is also in the top 10 list for career passing touchdowns. 

Those are just some of the potential inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There are many more that should be mentioned. But, it just goes to show how there are so many great NFL players out there that sports fans can bet their stakes on. 

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3 Most Skillful Footballers Doing What They Do Best

A football player needs to master at least four skill sets: technique, game intelligence, physical fitness, and proper mindset. 

How could a player possibly control and dribble the ball without any spatial awareness or tactical knowledge that another player could snatch it away in a second? And how would he do the trick if he lacks balance and coordination? If a player is not coachable at all, how can he contribute to the club?

In the world of football, the fans support the clubs that illustrate quality football. The players display some of the most breathtaking and memorable plays.

Some skills tricks are even named after the player who invented it.

Here are some of the best game-plays in football history.

Maradona turn

Invented by Diego Maradona, the specialised dribbling turn is now a classic. It is also considered an attacking move used in escaping an impending tackle from a defender. With that said, the opportunities for using the Maradona turn are less.

The dominant foot is placed on top in a grabbing motion. The player would stop suddenly to redirect the ball using the non-dominant foot.

Throughout the years, another proponent of the trick emerged—Zinedine Zidane. This time, Zidane uses his instep instead of the sole to drag the ball back to its position. He does this while running in full speed.

Cruyff turn

Named after Johan Cruyff, a Dutch player, the Cruyff turn is one of the most challenging plays to execute. However, it allows the player to change both the defence and pace of the game.

During the 1974 Word Cup, Cruyff was about to make a goal, but Jan Olsson was blocking him. The move involved drawing back the right foot, feinting the pass back, drawing the foot back behind the standing left leg, turning at the hip to make a 180-degree turn. This allowed the player to shift the weight to the other foot and complete the turn.

The freshest display of the Cruyff turn was at the Women’s World Cup. Lieke Martens of the Netherlands did the symbolic turn.

Ronaldinho Gaucho snake

Also called Elastico or flip-flap, the snake move is unique. The snake is a dribbling move, although it is also used as a feint. Only a few football players can do it such as Ronaldinho considering how hard to pull it off.

It was called the snake because of the in-out feet movement involved. The outside of the dominant foot is used in pushing the ball towards the offensive player’s dominant side. The feint leads the defensive player to think that he will move it to another direction but not really. It’s because the dominant foot will have the control of the ball in an instant pushing it to the non-dominant side. 

Roberto Rivellino and Zidane are the other players who have performed the snake throughout their careers. Rivellino even claimed that while Sergio Echigo, a Japanese-Brazilian player, has invented it, he was the one who perfected the snake.

In Africa, the snake was simply called ‘The Gaucho,’ after the player who boldly utilised it over and over during a game. 

 

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