Premier league – Papierkugel http://papierkugel.org/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 22:09:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://papierkugel.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-19-150x150.png Premier league – Papierkugel http://papierkugel.org/ 32 32 Premier League-linked Vlahovic retains remarkable form in Fiorentina win https://papierkugel.org/premier-league-linked-vlahovic-retains-remarkable-form-in-fiorentina-win/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:15:00 +0000 https://papierkugel.org/premier-league-linked-vlahovic-retains-remarkable-form-in-fiorentina-win/ FIORENTINA defeated Napoli 5-2 in overtime on Thursday to reach the Italian Cup quarter-finals in a dramatic game that saw three red cards. This is the eighth time in 10 seasons that Fiorentina have reached the quarterfinals. Dusan Vlahovic, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Florence with Arsenal among the clubs […]]]>

FIORENTINA defeated Napoli 5-2 in overtime on Thursday to reach the Italian Cup quarter-finals in a dramatic game that saw three red cards.

This is the eighth time in 10 seasons that Fiorentina have reached the quarterfinals.

Dusan Vlahovic, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Florence with Arsenal among the clubs that would be interested, put the visitors ahead with his 19th goal of the season four minutes before halftime as the game came to life.

Napoli winger Dries Mertens equalized three minutes later, before Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski was sent off for a cynical block on Elif Elmas as the Macedonian looked to profit from defensive confusion.

But the 10 men restored their lead in the 58th minute as Italian left-back Cristiano Biraghi rebounded inside the box to score.

Napoli also fired a man, as substitute Hirving Lozano received a consecutive red card after a VAR exam.

The mood for the hosts grew again in the downtime, with another replacement, Fabian Ruiz, given his marching orders for a second booking.

But seconds later, Napoli’s Andrea Petagna scored a remarkable equalizer to force overtime.

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Fiorentina made their power play, however, as Lorenzo Venuti and Krzysztof Piatek scored on either side of the half in overtime.

Morocco’s Youssef Maleh added a fifth as his side lost in a round of 16 clash with Atalanta, who beat Venezia 2-0 on Wednesday.

Later Thursday, AC Milan host Genoa, and the remaining five round of 16 matches will be played next week.

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Tottenham Hotspur squad Antonio Conte, Premier League transfer news; Tanguy Ndombele exit, rumors, whispers, season, Dele Alli https://papierkugel.org/tottenham-hotspur-squad-antonio-conte-premier-league-transfer-news-tanguy-ndombele-exit-rumors-whispers-season-dele-alli/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 20:54:03 +0000 https://papierkugel.org/tottenham-hotspur-squad-antonio-conte-premier-league-transfer-news-tanguy-ndombele-exit-rumors-whispers-season-dele-alli/ Antonio Conte has only been manager of Spurs for a little over two months, but he already knows he has to “solve a lot of problems”. After finishing second in the 2016/17 Premier League, Tottenham have slipped in the rankings with each season and placed 7th in the 2020/21 campaign, finishing just three points ahead […]]]>

Antonio Conte has only been manager of Spurs for a little over two months, but he already knows he has to “solve a lot of problems”.

After finishing second in the 2016/17 Premier League, Tottenham have slipped in the rankings with each season and placed 7th in the 2020/21 campaign, finishing just three points ahead of 10th-placed Everton.

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Ahead of his first transfer window as Spurs boss, Conte met with president Daniel Levy and soccer director Fabio Paratici to work out a plan of attack for January.

According to a report in The telegraph, the meeting between the trio has been described as “unrestrained” as Conte provided a criticism of the Spurs squad that “probably wouldn’t have made for a comfortable listening for Levy.”

The meeting ended with all three agreeing that the team needed a new right-back, a midfielder and a striker before the January window closes.

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Conte has three positions in mind for the January window. (Photo by Justin Setterfield / Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

The team rely heavily on the brilliance of talismanic duo Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, who scored 40 of Spurs’ 68 Premier League goals last season.

The duo are Spurs’ top scorer again this season, although Kane has only scored four goals in 18 games.

It’s no wonder Conte said his side are performing at an ‘average’ level following their 2-0 loss in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg to Chelsea.

Speaking after the loss, Conte confirmed that a meeting between him, Levy and Paratici had taken place and that he had provided them with detailed advice on the squad.

“I spoke with the club and got my thoughts on the situation, and that’s the most important thing,” said Conte.

“Then the club have to decide the best way forward. I have no expectations.

“I am a coach and I know there are a lot of issues that we have to solve.

One of the biggest issues Conte has yet to resolve since arriving is the curious case of club midfielder Tanguy Ndombele signing the record.

The Frenchman arrived from Lyon in the summer of 2019 for A $ 101million, but just didn’t live up to the hefty price tag and was booed by fans in the third round match of the Tottenham FA Cup versus Morecambe.

The telegraph claim Spurs are ready to loan Ndombele as well as Matt Doherty and Dele Alli.

Alli has never looked out of place after joining London club from League One squad MK Dons in 2015.

Ndombele has never settled since joining Spurs for a record club fee. (Photo by Julian Finney / Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

He made a name for himself in the 2016/17 season when he scored 18 goals in 37 league appearances, but never regained the same form.

Now it looks like the curtain is starting to be drawn on his Spurs career, as is Doherty who is one of Spurs’ many attempts at solutions to his biggest problem in several years.

Since Kyle Walker traded his life at White Hart Lane for Manchester City in 2017, Spurs have signed three different right-backs at a combined cost of A $ 120million.

Doherty, Serge Aurier and Emerson Royal all walked through the door at Hotspur Way, but that says a lot that Aurier has left the club, Doherty is on the chopping block and Emerson hasn’t set the world on fire since ‘he joined the summer from Barcelona.

Conte hopes to come up with his own answer to the problem in the form of Wolves Adama Traore flyer.

The Spaniard is a winger by trade, but Conte hopes to repeat his experience when he managed to convert Victor Moses to a winger during his time at Chelsea.

Traore is valued by Wolves at A $ 38million but has failed to register a goal or assist this season.

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IAN LADYMAN: Premier League must be reduced to 18 clubs … and not a single offer for Pogba https://papierkugel.org/ian-ladyman-premier-league-must-be-reduced-to-18-clubs-and-not-a-single-offer-for-pogba/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 22:30:59 +0000 https://papierkugel.org/ian-ladyman-premier-league-must-be-reduced-to-18-clubs-and-not-a-single-offer-for-pogba/ The best English clubs don’t care much about the national cups. We know that from the teams they line up and the things they say. But English football doesn’t need small cup competitions, but a smaller Premier League. The highest level in English football is supposed to be the elite. This is the sale. But […]]]>

The best English clubs don’t care much about the national cups. We know that from the teams they line up and the things they say.

But English football doesn’t need small cup competitions, but a smaller Premier League.

The highest level in English football is supposed to be the elite. This is the sale. But it is misleading.

Norwich at the bottom of the table has collected just 10 points in 19 Premier League games

Quality at the top is great but at the bottom the Premier League is rotten. Football sucks and has been for a decade. Standards near the bottom of the table do not justify a 20-team league. The only motivator for the status quo is money.

Since the 2011-12 season, the average number of points the team relegated to 20th position has amassed is a paltry 24. Only once during this period has a club amassed more than 30. It was West Brom with 31 four seasons ago.

Last year Sheffield United lost 23. The year before, Norwich had only won 21. Before that, Huddersfield had only won 16. This season? Well, Norwich, the floor is yours again.

So the pattern is clear and the case for a Premier League of, say, 18 clubs is starting to harden.

Clubs like Fulham, Norwich and West Brom exist quite comfortably as yo-yo clubs.

Clubs like Fulham, Norwich and West Brom exist quite comfortably as “yo-yo” clubs.

There are factors that contribute to this discomfort. The controversial parachute payment continues to be one. The teams from the championship know that relegation will not kill them. The money they put in the bank gives them a head start to recover. Therefore, teams like Fulham, Norwich and West Brom exist quite comfortably as “yo-yo” clubs.

The leaders of some top clubs believe that over time something can give. They envision an 18-team league. It’s hard to see how this would work out when any change has to be approved by 14 of the 20 member clubs, but the concept is at least on people’s minds.

As for the Premier League spectators, they are short changed a bit and so are the TV companies. Much of what is provided by clubs on the wrong side of the table is turgid and, more damning, just not competitive enough.

An 18-team league would allow the fixture list to breathe. It’s too crowded and it’s dangerous. If something is wrong – as we have seen during the current Covid outbreak – then the squeeze affects every competition.

Large crowds this weekend show the FA Cup remains alive in the hearts and minds of fans

Large crowds this weekend show the FA Cup remains alive in the hearts and minds of fans

But the modern thinking that it’s the cups that have to change to make room is dead wrong. It’s only the Premier League clubs – and some of the more ambitious teams in the league – who really mean it.

Check out the FA Cup attendance this weekend.

They were 52,000 in Newcastle, 40,000 in Chelsea, 16,000 in Hull, almost 17,000 in Millwall and 8,000 in Port Vale and Yeovil. The crazy scenes away from home as Cambridge won at St James’ Park and even when Chesterfield only scored once in a big loss at Stamford Bridge illustrate that in the hearts and minds of those who really matter – the supporters – the FA Cup remains alive and well and important.

Football is about hopes, dreams, friendship, shared experiences and escape. The FA Cup, and to a lesser extent the League Cup, continues to give us that. The Premier League? Yes, that too, but not always as much as we like to think.

The cups have taken enough hits as the landscape of football continues to change. It’s time to look somewhere else.

I hope I’m still wrong about Coutinho

My first memory of seeing Philippe Coutinho play for Liverpool is that of his shoulder injury against Swansea in 2013. I wondered if this brilliant little Brazilian would be too fragile for the Premier League. I was wrong.

My last memory involving Coutinho at Liverpool is of Jurgen Klopp explaining four and a half years later how the club just couldn’t stop him from leaving for Barcelona. I was worried that Klopp’s team would never be the same without him. I was still wrong.

And now, at 29, Coutinho returns to England, to Aston Villa.

Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho (above) is European football's lost little boy

Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho (above) is European football’s lost little boy

He had virtually no impact at Barcelona, ​​also on loan at Bayern Munich. He is the lost little boy of European football.

Coutinho is a huge talent with a big heart but I don’t see him finding his genius again at Villa Park.

I really hope I’m wrong about this too.

Newcastle bought Trippier for the Championship

People ask why Kieran Trippier joined Newcastle but what is more interesting is why indeed they chose him.

Trippier is a good full-back but also an ultra-modern who prefers to play his football in the opposing half of the field.

For that to happen, he really needs to be playing for a team that commands possession. Newcastle are not that team which makes me wonder if they bought Trippier with a view to being promoted next season. Newcastle will have a lot of ball in the league.

Newcastle may well cover their bets by signing England full-back Kieran Trippier

Newcastle may well cover their bets by signing England full-back Kieran Trippier

It’s hard to buy players when you don’t know which division you will be in.

By recruiting Trippier, it looks like Newcastle are just hedging their bets.

United didn’t have a single offer for Pogba

When Manchester United signed Paul Pogba in 2016, they insisted on a six-year contract as they suspected his representative Mino Raiola would one day wish him to go on a free and lucrative transfer.

This summer that day will come.

I asked a United source why they hadn’t tried to sell their World Cup winner last summer, just to get a few pounds back.

They said they would have done it if they had only had one offer.

Midfielder Paul Pogba set to leave Manchester United with free transfer this summer

Midfielder Paul Pogba set to leave Manchester United with free transfer this summer

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Paul Pogba has only scored 38 goals in 212 games since returning to Manchester United for £ 89million, or £ 2.3million per strike!


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Everton want Inter Milan’s Alexis Sanchez to step up attack https://papierkugel.org/everton-want-inter-milans-alexis-sanchez-to-step-up-attack/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 09:37:55 +0000 https://papierkugel.org/everton-want-inter-milans-alexis-sanchez-to-step-up-attack/ Everton want to bring Alexis Sanchez back to England from Inter Milan. Nicolò Campo / LightRocket / Getty Images The January 2022 transfer window is open (find out when it closes here) and there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumors, whereabouts and, […]]]>

The January 2022 transfer window is open (find out when it closes here) and there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumors, whereabouts and, of course, concluded business!

TOP STORY: Sanchez ready for Premier League return?

Everton have been offered the possibility of signing Alexis sanchez on a free transfer from Internazionale, says The sun.

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Sanchez, 33, has struggled since moving to Italy, having started only three times in Serie A this season under Simone Inzaghi. Indeed, the performances of the former Manchester United and Arsenal striker mean the club are ready to move him as they seek to save money on their payroll amid the financial woes that have been postponed. of summer.

It would give Everton boss Rafa Benitez a chance to strengthen his forward line in January, with the Toffees also struggling financially. The manager has already said he would not have “too much” to spend in the market, having already landed full-backs Vitaly Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson.

New York City FC forward Valentin Castellanos has also been linked with Everton. The 23-year-old managed to win the MLS Cup and Golden Boot in 2021 and the report claims a £ 14million offer should be made to land the striker if they were to go for him instead than Sanchez.

Defender Lucas Digne is a player likely to leave Everton, as report claims there are fears over the ability to keep the star forward Richarlison and Dominique Calvert-Lewin at the club.

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09.31 GMT: Many Tottenham players fear for their future as Antonio Conté plans a ruthless team overhaul with more than half a dozen players at risk of being moved, sources told ESPN.

The Italian delivered a scathing assessment of the squad in the aftermath of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg loss to Chelsea, saying ‘we are a team in the middle’ and far from ready to compete at the top of the Premier League.

Sources told ESPN that this view was replicated in private meetings Conte held with prominent figures at the club to determine how to reshape his squad, a strategy focused on a major overhaul underway.

It is understood that Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Matt Doherty and Tanguy Ndombele are on the list of players Conte is willing to part ways with. There is also some uncertainty about Japhet Tanganga and Giovani Lo Celso, among others.

09:00 GMT: Ralf Rangnick is concerned that the unrest in Manchester United’s dressing room could derail their attempt to finish in the Premier League top four this season, sources have told ESPN.

Speaking after the 1-0 loss to Wolves on Monday night – Rangnick’s first loss as interim manager at Old Trafford – Luke Shaw said the team did not feel ‘together’ on the pitch while questioning his motivation and intensity during the match.

Sources told ESPN that although Rangnick was disappointed with the comments, Shaw’s interview did not come as a huge surprise and there are concerns that if the issues are not resolved, United’s hopes will ‘getting Champions League football next season is fading quickly.

Rangnick has been in his post for a month and a number of players have said they want to leave. Sources said fringe players who were frustrated with the lack of playing time under former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believed they were getting a clean slate under the 63-year-old but felt underutilized again.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Luke Thrower)

– Barcelona are interested in a transfer for the Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara, according to Mundo Deportivo. The 22-year-old is out of contract this summer, with the Blaugrana said to be interested in a free transfer. The report also claims Bayern Munich and Chelsea want a potential transfer.

– West Ham United have made loan offer for Paris Saint-Germain defender Abdou Diallo, according to the journalist Ekrem Konur. The Hammers have been linked with a number of defenders, with Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt zouma about to miss games due to injury. Diallo, 25, has been back and forth with the French squad so far this season, with manager David Moyes looking to shelter him.

– Fiorentina interested in transfer for Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. The 29-year-old’s deal at the Bernabeu expires this summer, with the Serie A side considering a potential deal due to the shrinking contract.

– Lyon set a valuation of € 45m to sign the midfielder Bruno Guimarães, said the journalist Fabrice Romano. The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the January transfer window, although Ligue 1 have reportedly offered a new deal until 2026 in an attempt to keep him at the club.

– Atletico Madrid consider loan offer for Arsenal right-back Cedric Soares, reports Air sports. LaLiga squad are said to be considering a number of full-backs to replace Kieran Trippier, who recently moved to Newcastle United. The proposed deal for Soares would be a loan with an obligation to move permanently to the club.



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Chelsea ‘disappointed’ by Premier League for rescheduled Brighton game – Cech https://papierkugel.org/chelsea-disappointed-by-premier-league-for-rescheduled-brighton-game-cech/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 20:26:15 +0000 https://papierkugel.org/chelsea-disappointed-by-premier-league-for-rescheduled-brighton-game-cech/ Petr Cech said Chelsea were “disappointed” with the postponement of their Premier League game against Brighton & Hove Albion, warning the players were “being pushed beyond their limits”. Chelsea’s match in Brighton has been brought forward to Tuesday 18 January by the Premier League as Thomas Tuchel’s side will spend early February playing the FIFA […]]]>

Petr Cech said Chelsea were “disappointed” with the postponement of their Premier League game against Brighton & Hove Albion, warning the players were “being pushed beyond their limits”.

Chelsea’s match in Brighton has been brought forward to Tuesday 18 January by the Premier League as Thomas Tuchel’s side will spend early February playing the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

Chelsea are not happy with the new date, however, with Cech – the club’s technical and performance adviser – insisting the game should have been moved to Wednesday 19 to give the players extra rest time after their game against Manchester City the previous Saturday.

Writing on the Chelsea site, Cech said the club found the decision “disappointing” as “we believe there are clearly more reasonable dates that week for this game to be played”.

He added: “We are extremely concerned for the well-being of our players in all of this and we are puzzled why Wednesday January 19 was not considered an alternate date as it would not compromise either team as we let’s both play our next games on sunday 23 january.

athleticism understands that such a move is impossible, however, given that Tottenham Hotspur and Brentford – who play this Wednesday against Leicester City and Manchester United respectively – both play the previous Sunday. BT Sport are expected to broadcast two matches live on Tuesday and Wednesday nights as part of their broadcast schedule, leaving the Premier League with little choice but to postpone the Chelsea game until Tuesday night.

It is understood that the Premier League currently have no plans to use the international break for further rearrangements which should allow all clubs to rest their players.

Cech, however, argued that “the integrity of the game” is threatened by the sheer volume of matches to be played over the next few months, adding: “I understand that the removal of FA Cup reruns has freed up dates this week, but aggravating The problems associated with such unnecessary congestion of games with a gap of two days between each game is an unhealthy situation.

“We also find ourselves playing against an opponent at Brighton who, by comparison, has only played one other game in the same seven-day span.

“We are already filling matches with exhausted teams. As it stands, we have fulfilled all of our match commitments to date, although we were unable to start our desired starting 11 for some games during this time frame in which we played two. matches per week. Scheduling ourselves to play three games in seven days means that the well-being, fitness and well-being of the players will be seriously compromised. “

Chelsea are one of only two Premier League teams – along with Manchester City – to have made 21 appearances at the end of Week 21, with no unforeseen fixture in hand. The two clubs occupy the first two places in the ranking.

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Premier League club interested in youth duo, City ‘one of four’ could sign for Dusan Vlahovic – Manchester City Transfer News and Rumors: January 4, 2022 https://papierkugel.org/premier-league-club-interested-in-youth-duo-city-one-of-four-could-sign-for-dusan-vlahovic-manchester-city-transfer-news-and-rumors-january-4-2022/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 21:27:12 +0000 https://papierkugel.org/premier-league-club-interested-in-youth-duo-city-one-of-four-could-sign-for-dusan-vlahovic-manchester-city-transfer-news-and-rumors-january-4-2022/ A comprehensive rundown of all the latest Manchester City transfer news and gossip from around the world, following Day 4 of the Winter Transfer Market. Who has Man City been linked with? Four clubs could sign Dusan Vlahovic this summer: Barcelona, ​​Juventus, and in England, “he would only accept Chelsea or Manchester City”. Despite Vlahovic’s […]]]>

A comprehensive rundown of all the latest Manchester City transfer news and gossip from around the world, following Day 4 of the Winter Transfer Market.

Who has Man City been linked with?

Four clubs could sign Dusan Vlahovic this summer: Barcelona, ​​Juventus, and in England, “he would only accept Chelsea or Manchester City”. Despite Vlahovic’s preference for La Liga or Serie A, it is “impossible” to say no to some Premier League teams. (Tutto Mercato)

Arsenal legend Ray Parlor has warned the Gunners that Bukayo Saka could be on that of Manchester City ‘radar’. (Talksport)



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Premier League news live: latest score updates, news from the January transfer window and Chelsea’s build-up against Liverpool https://papierkugel.org/premier-league-news-live-latest-score-updates-news-from-the-january-transfer-window-and-chelseas-build-up-against-liverpool/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 21:49:58 +0000 https://papierkugel.org/premier-league-news-live-latest-score-updates-news-from-the-january-transfer-window-and-chelseas-build-up-against-liverpool/ Applauded full-time, Arsenal’s performance in their cruel 2-1 loss to Manchester City left a rightly bitter feeling at the start of the New Year. Post-match stats show Pep Guardiola’s side finished with 71% possession against Arsenal’s 29, 15 shots against Arsenal’s seven and 632 assists against Arsenal’s 247. It would suggest that City were dominant […]]]>

Applauded full-time, Arsenal’s performance in their cruel 2-1 loss to Manchester City left a rightly bitter feeling at the start of the New Year.

Post-match stats show Pep Guardiola’s side finished with 71% possession against Arsenal’s 29, 15 shots against Arsenal’s seven and 632 assists against Arsenal’s 247. It would suggest that City were dominant throughout, but it wasn’t.

As was the case full time, the UAE home crowd was full of energy before kick-off when they welcomed the players onto the pitch.

The tone was set 25 seconds into the first half. Alexandre Lacazette, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli led the press up the pitch and although City were able to play early on, Thomas Partey was in support behind them to intercept and put Arsenal on the front foot – a possible position of ‘have with or without a ball.

Partey’s performance from that point on has characterized what is needed on a more cohesive basis – all the action. When he challenged the ball in the opposing half of the field, he won it. When he received the ball, he did so with a flair that gave him more time to operate. When he had a decision to make to advance the ball, he often made the right decision.

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Fans now allowed to play in four ‘early adopter’ Premier League games | UK News https://papierkugel.org/fans-now-allowed-to-play-in-four-early-adopter-premier-league-games-uk-news/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 04:16:03 +0000 https://papierkugel.org/fans-now-allowed-to-play-in-four-early-adopter-premier-league-games-uk-news/ After nearly three decades, fans will now be allowed to stand while watching Premier League games – a measure designed to avert another disaster at the stadium according to a security expert. The New Year’s rule change means that clubs that have been approved as “first-time users” and have rail seats installed in parts of […]]]>

After nearly three decades, fans will now be allowed to stand while watching Premier League games – a measure designed to avert another disaster at the stadium according to a security expert.

The New Year’s rule change means that clubs that have been approved as “first-time users” and have rail seats installed in parts of their grounds can finally allow fans to use them.

COVID-19 may have shaken football’s festive schedule, but Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are all set to start allowing fans to stand in designated areas.

All seated stadiums became the norm in top English football after the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 in which 97 Liverpool supporters were killed.

The Taylor Report in 1994 concluded that a failure of police control led to the disaster and recommended the conversion of the large stadiums into full arenas.

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A general view of the safety stand during the Mind Series match at Stamford Bridge, London

The ban on standing has, however, been constantly flouted by fan sections at some clubs, especially during big games.

Ken Scott of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority told Sky News: “What we cannot have is another disaster to occur and the risks resulting from people standing persistently in sitting areas that are not. not designed for these people to stand are real.

“This (the rail seats) is now designed to prevent the risk of what we call a gradual crowd collapse in order to manage that risk while giving fans the choice they express.

“It’s really good that we have something in place now that is not the result of disaster or tragedy.”

Some activists and those close to Hillsborough had objected to the idea, but Liverpool fan Gareth Roberts of The Anfield Wrap podcast said he believed attitudes had shifted given the way security worked in d ‘other European stadiums and Celtic in Scotland.

Fans of the new Rail Seating section were designed to stand safely during the Pre-Season Friendly at Old Trafford, Manchester.  Picture date: Wednesday July 28, 2021.
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Fans in the new rail seating section at Old Trafford, Manchester

He told Sky News: “While I understand the sensitivities, we have to move forward now and accept that this makes the grounds safer.

“The Spirit of Shankly (fan group) did polls, families even stood up to Celtic and saw how it worked. I think some of the more hardened activists who have opposed it for so long that they’ve changed their mind now and they can see it’s safe. “

Celtic has installed rail seats for the past five years in a section of Celtic Park and has a code of conduct for the fans who stick there.

This is something that Mr Roberts himself tried out and was extremely impressed with the atmosphere it created in the stadium. He said: “Right away I felt a lot safer… you are standing but you have your space – you can’t fall back, you can’t fall forward, there is no ‘domino effect. “

“You give the fans the choice and that’s what the fans have been asking for for years,” he added.

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Seating stadiums were introduced to top-level football following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989

Police chief Mark Roberts, who heads football police in Britain, told Sky News he was not against the concept but said clubs need to make sure fans stay in their designated spaces and do not congregate in dangerous numbers in particular areas.

He said standing up can also make policing football more difficult. He said: “We have recommended that you should not have areas standing at home and outside next to each other because it is a flash point.”

“It is more difficult to identify people shouting insults, racist insults,” he added.

“If people are standing it is more difficult to identify if they are launching missiles, fireworks and again this presents challenges for the police if you go to potentially overcrowded areas to try to stop someone in the middle. “

More than 12,000 safe standing places have been created at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, representing more than a quarter of the total capacity of 41,000.

Most are at the famous Shed End which once housed thousands of fans on open terraces behind one of the goals and will now see fans at home and away having the opportunity to stand.

Cardiff City also has ‘early adopter’ status in the league, but the temporary ban on supporters from matches in Wales, due to COVID19 cases, means they face a delay in setting implementation of the project.

A club spokesperson told Sky News it was frustrating, but added: “We hope to start our first home league game of 2022 – against Blackburn on January 15.”

Kevin Miles of the Football Supporters Association said it was now up to fans and clubs whether security was introduced on other Premier League pitches: “I think people have waited so long for this to happen that no one wants to do anything to jeopardize their lawsuit, ”he said.

“Fans are probably the people most interested in safety on football fields because we are the ones who suffer when things go wrong, so fans have a vested interest in making sure that works.”


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January Premier League deals set to come as Newcastle move closer to Kieran Trippier, Aaron Connolly move closer to Middlesbrough loan and Everton look to complete Vitaliy Mykolenko transfer https://papierkugel.org/january-premier-league-deals-set-to-come-as-newcastle-move-closer-to-kieran-trippier-aaron-connolly-move-closer-to-middlesbrough-loan-and-everton-look-to-complete-vitaliy-mykolenko-transfer/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 13:15:55 +0000 https://papierkugel.org/january-premier-league-deals-set-to-come-as-newcastle-move-closer-to-kieran-trippier-aaron-connolly-move-closer-to-middlesbrough-loan-and-everton-look-to-complete-vitaliy-mykolenko-transfer/ Premier League clubs are just days away from being able to add to their squads when the January transfer window opens in 2022. The mid-season market is always a turbulent time for top clubs as the teams look to strengthen their ranks for the second half of the campaign. Premier League clubs are days away […]]]>

Premier League clubs are just days away from being able to add to their squads when the January transfer window opens in 2022.

The mid-season market is always a turbulent time for top clubs as the teams look to strengthen their ranks for the second half of the campaign.

Premier League clubs are days away from their January transfer business

And given the club’s current difficulties in tackling the Covid crisis, there is every chance that most managers will seize the opportunity to swell their ranks.

talkSPORT.com takes a look at five deals slated for next month …

Kieran Trippier

Newcastle are hoping to make Trippier their first signing under their new owner as the club seek several more deals.

Manager Eddie Howe could have Atletico Madrid right-back in his squad as early as January 3 to help stave off the relegation threat.

Trippier, who was heavily linked with Manchester United in the summer 2021 transfer window, is expected to be the first name to walk through the St James’ Park gate with talks at an advanced stage, according to The telegraph.

The Magpies are set to make Trippier, who has six months to run on his contract with Atletico Madrid, their highest-paid player.

Kieran Trippier is on his way to Newcastle on £ 25million deal

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Kieran Trippier is on his way to Newcastle on £ 25million deal

Vitaliy Mykolenko

Everton are set to announce the signing of the Ukrainian left-back, with their current Dynamo Kiev manager confirming that a deal has been made.

The 22-year-old is set to move £ 17million to Merseyside in January, with major doubts over the future of current star Lucas Digne.

“I am happy that a young player from my team is now moving to Everton. I mean Mykolenko, ”he spoke with UA Football.

“Another 18-19 year old footballer will take his place. The others in defense are 19-20 years old. Therefore, we continue to play as a very young team.

“They have to work a lot harder than the experienced ones.”

Mykolenko represented Ukraine at Euro 2020, helping his country in their race to the quarter-finals

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Mykolenko represented Ukraine at Euro 2020, helping his country in their race to the quarter-finals

Aaron Connolly

Brighton striker is closing in on Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough loan, according to the daily mail.

The report adds that Boro boss Wilder wants the 21-year-old to step up his offense as he seeks promotion to the championship this season.

Talks are progressing between the two clubs for Connolly, whose only two goals this campaign came in the Carabao Cup in September.

The Republic of Ireland international struggled with fitness and form and ended up behind Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck in the pecking order.

Connolly has found some tough opportunities for Brighton this season

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Connolly has found some tough opportunities for Brighton this season

Ainsley Maitland Niles

The underprivileged Arsenal star is set to join Jose Mourinho’s Roma revolution.

The versatile midfielder has struggled for playing time under Mikel Arteta this season after returning from a loan at West Brom last season.

Everton failed in a summer blow for Maitland-Niles, who are reportedly ready to join Tammy Abraham to switch to the Serie A side.

He has only started twice in the Premier League so far this campaign and has not played for the Emirates since November.

Maitland-Niles is linked with a move to Rome

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Maitland-Niles is linked with a move to Rome

Antoine Martial

Man United have rejected a loan offer from Sevilla for the Frenchman, but a deal still seems likely with Martial so keen to leave Old Trafford.

Martial, who is reportedly earning £ 200,000 a week at Old Trafford, has told manager Ralf Rangnick he wants to leave in order to have more playing time elsewhere.

However, according to multiple reports, Sevilla have only offered to pay half of Martial’s salary as part of the six-month loan offer and United are reportedly unwilling to agree to those terms.

The French striker has become a fringe player in recent years, making just two Premier League starts this season and just four in all competitions.

Martial told United he wanted to leave and could leave in January

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Martial told United he wanted to leave and could leave in January

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Premier League bets: support Brighton’s competitive performance at Chelsea | Football news https://papierkugel.org/premier-league-bets-support-brightons-competitive-performance-at-chelsea-football-news/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 17:41:17 +0000 https://papierkugel.org/premier-league-bets-support-brightons-competitive-performance-at-chelsea-football-news/ Our tipster Jones Knows deploys his classic theory of backing Brighton to be competitive against the top teams and backing that shot 4/1. How did our bet go on Boxing Day? The speculative 22/1 double on goals, cards and corners at Manchester City against Leicester and Newcastle and Manchester United failed. We had a good […]]]>

Our tipster Jones Knows deploys his classic theory of backing Brighton to be competitive against the top teams and backing that shot 4/1.

How did our bet go on Boxing Day?

The speculative 22/1 double on goals, cards and corners at Manchester City against Leicester and Newcastle and Manchester United failed. We had a good run for our money in the City game where we only missed one card to land that leg as it was a corner kick, a festival of goals and cards. St James’ Park turned into an entertaining affair, but a low number of turns meant my logic was wrong and ultimately wrong.

I have a much more confident selection to attack on Wednesday night. It’s time to double the stakes.

P + L = +35

2pts on Brighton for having 10+ shots and with a +2 handicap against Chelsea (4/1 with Sky Bet)

I’m very pro-Brighton in this one. It stems from my theory that Graham Potter’s men are fit to play the best teams. And they owe me a result from the start of the season when we backed them with a +2 handicap at Liverpool and for them to have 10 or more shots. They drew 2-2. Beautiful. And had nine hits. Ouch.

The market is far too Chelsea-oriented for this one. It should be a very tactical affair with the two teams vying for control of the game thanks to possession and expert organization at the back where chances are hard to come by for the opposition. This shows through the defensive processes of both teams over the past 12 months in the Premier League. If you calculate the figures since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel in January, Chelsea (0.8) and Brighton (1.02) respectively occupy second and third places in the classification of goals against expected by 90 minutes, only Manchester City (0, 7) is doing better.

It is this defensive structure shown by Brighton that provides them with the platform to constantly trouble the top ranked teams in the Premier League. The 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield earlier this season is a perfect example. The big caveat with Brighton is that they are a very unreliable team in front of goal making an immediate victory hard to imagine in this one despite the 8/1 with Sky Bet available.

However, in their last 23 games against teams that finished in the Premier League’s top nine last season, Brighton have lost just three games by more than one goal. Included in that run was a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge last season where Graham Potter’s side had more shots and corners than their top four pursuers. This means that I am more than happy to support Brighton with a +2 handicap start to the goal which means we will win if Brighton wins, draws or loses by a goal.

As well as having a positive outlook on Brighton’s chances in the match markets, I also want to invest in the number of shots they have. Potter’s men have little fear when tasked with confronting the big boys. In their last two matches with Man City, Potter’s side have averaged 14.5 shots per 90 minutes. And in five games against Liverpool, Brighton has averaged 11.5 shots per 90 minutes and that’s a good 12 shots per 90 minutes against Chelsea in four games under Potter.

When you add up all the evidence, that makes 4/1 with Sky Bet on Brighton having more than 10 hits and having a +2 handicap a very attractive price to attack.


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