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Time of Asia in the footballing world’s spotlight came during the WC (World Cup) 2002 when South Korea and Japan hosted the most-watched sporting event in the world. The Koreans were brilliant when reaching the semi-finals. They helped open the door for an increasing number of Asians to get opportunities in the top European leagues.
As one of the most successful Asians to have played there, Park Ji-Sung spent time at MU (Manchester United) and achieved trophies. That said, there have been some other footballers from Asia who have done fantastically in the significant leagues. Some of them are in the list below:
Son Heung-min ( from Tottenham)
This Korean footballer made his name when being at Bayern Leverkusen. Yet, he has been incredible after he joined Tottenham. The attacker is famous as the great goalscorer from Asia in the history of the Premier League and has attained a lot not only for the club but also for the country.
He managed to win the Asian Games 2018, apart from having been picking up the Best Asian Footballer award four times.
Undeniably, Son will become better over time since he is entering his prime years.
He is exceptionally talented as an attacking midfielder. He has been on the world game’s top for some time. This Japanese has been in Europe from the beginning of the decade and gained plenty of experience.
Kagawa started his career life in Europe with the Bundesliga’s Giants. With a keen eye for goal, this midfielder scored more than 50 times for Dortmund, aside from making another 54 when playing for the club.
MU is Asia’s most-followed club. The fans have their wish realized when this Japanese came to England and played for the English football’s giants. He got off toward the blistering beginning in the Premier League.
Former midfielder Kevin Kilbane said that Sadio Mane intentionally scolded to bring back a penalty to help Liverpool win Leicester 2-1 yesterday 5/10.
“I don’t think it’s a penalty, although Albrighton has an impact on Mane,” Kevin Kilbane said on the BBC Final Score show. “Mane fell down. The referee will not change the decision, because it’s a collision situation. But it’s not an obvious mistake. I think Mane took the initiative to fall down to get a penalty.”
Kilbane was a Republican of Ireland and had 17 years of playing in English competitions. In the period of 2003-2006, he wore the Everton shirt – the same city rival as Liverpool.
In the third injury-time of the Liverpool-Leicester match yesterday, Marc Albrighton returned to defense but did not understand what Kasper Schmeichel meant when the Leicester keeper came out to catch the ball. As a result, the 11th midfielder stepped on Mane’s foot and made the visitors penalized. James Milner fooled Schmeichel from the spot 11 meters, bringing the 2-1 victory for Liverpool. Earlier, Mane opened the scoring in the 40th minute and James Maddison equalized in the 80th minute.
Liverpool, thanks to Mane’s fall and Milner’s penalty kick, maintained the top of the table with eight wins. On the Leicester side, coach Brendan Rodgers did not hide his disappointment on his return to Anfield – where he had been with for three years.
“As for the penalty, I think it was an unclear penalty,” Mr. Rodgers added. “But when the referee decided to blow the penalty, it was hard for VAR to deny it. Anyway, I am still proud of the players’ performance. Playing fair with Liverpool shows that we are still on the right track at Tournaments”.
Next week, the English Premier League will take a break to make room for the national team playing field. In the next round, two weeks later, Liverpool came to Old Trafford and Leicester welcomed Burnley.
Italy beat hosts Finland 2-1 on 8/9, thereby winning all six matches played in Group J.
After this victory, Italy reached 18 points over six matches, nine points ahead of Armenia’s third team. The rules for Euro 2020 qualifies that the top two teams in each group in the qualifying round will win tickets to the final round. Roberto Mancini’s teachers, therefore, only need to win four points in the remaining four matches to win tickets to Euro 2020. Despite losing to Italy, Finland is having the opportunity to attend a major tournament for the first time when finishing second with three More points than Armenia.
Better control of the ball, Italy created the opportunity to eat in the first half. The most obvious is the volley near the edge of the penalty area of Stefano Sensi, forcing goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky to fly all the way to prevent. Sensi then has a long shot off the column.
Finland had difficulty putting the ball up due to Italy’s high pressing style. They use a lot of high kicks in the hope the strikers will take advantage of the height to cause mutations. However, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma had to deal with such a fair play.
Early in the second half, Finland created an opportunity soon with a deflected shot of the high-striker Teemu Pukki. But when the team could not find the net, they had conceded goals. A cross from Federico Chiesa touched the head of a Finnish player and found the location of Ciro Immobile. The Italian striker headed the ball and smacked the ball into the crossbar into the net.
Finland 1-2 Italy
This opener ended the 10-match streak in Immobile’s Italy squad. The last time he scored was a 1-0 win over Israel in September 2017. The striker is playing for Lazio so the emotion is happy. However, the joy of Italy lasted more than 10 minutes.
During a cross from the right wing into the penalty area, Pukki was fouled. On the penalty spot, the striker of the Norwich club staff fooled Donnarumma to make up for Finland. But seven minutes later, the referee blew a second penalty, this time for Italy, after a touch of the ball in the penalty area of Sauli Vaeisaenen. On the 11m mark, Jorginho missed a shot, making goalkeeper Hradecky unable to touch the ball in the right direction.
The 2004 champion was defeated by Russian club Krasnodar by the away goal rule in the third qualifying round.
Porto won 1-0 away from home in the first leg. However, dramatic happenings took place in the second leg when coach Sergio Conceicao’s side were soon conceded by Dutch midfielder Tonny Vilhena. Shapi Suleymanov then scored two consecutive goals to help Krasnodar lead 3-0 after the first half.
Ze Luis and Luis Diaz’s second goal in the second half only helped Porto equalize after 3-3 matches, but the Portuguese team was still eliminated by the away goal rule.
Winning a surprise victory, Krasnodar will meet the Greek club Olympiacos in the play-off round to win tickets to the Champions League group stage. Olympiacos overcame Basaksehir Turkey 3-0 to continue. This is Porto’s second absence in the Champions League. When Jose Mourinho led the club to the championship in 2004, Krasnodar didn’t even exist. The third club in the Russian championship last season was established in 2008.
In the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, Ajax experienced a heartbreaking match against Greek champion PAOK Salonika. After two 2-2 draws in the first leg, PAOK took the lead in the Netherlands thanks to a strike from Diego Biseswar – an adult player from Ajax training.
Dusan Tadic missed a penalty but then equalized for Ajax on the spot 11m at the end of the first half. Nicolas Tagliafico scored the second half with 10 minutes remaining to help Ajax lead 4-3 after two matches. Tadic once again scored a successful penalty to determine the ticket for the Dutch team, although Biseswar had another goal in injury time.
Ajax will face Cyprus club APOEL Nicosia in the play-off round. This team beat Qarabag 2-0 away in the second leg after losing 1-2 in the first leg. In another match, Belgian Club Club Brugge overcame Dynamo Kyiv 4-3 after the two teams drew 3-3 in the second leg.
“If you look at the top 500 players in our rankings, the” number 10 “ratio has decreased since 2013” – Omar Chaudhuri, head of research and 21st Club football analysis share. “In 2013, 59/500 was” No. 10 “, but from 2014 to 2019, this number was reduced to 51, 41, 37, 30, 30, 30. In other words, the number of” 10 “is ancient. Dictionary has halved in the past 6 years”.
Each attacking midfielder is charged with a creative season. For example Mesut Ozil 2015/16, created 28 opportunities considered a creative season. Of the 100 most creative seasons (counting a total of five top European leagues, except Ligue 1) from attacking midfielders in this decade – are determined by the number of opportunities created at the position. that – only 16 of them happened after the 2015/16 season. The most creative season after Mesut Oezil 2015/16 is Mesut Oezil 2016/17.
However, in the “number 10” role, he created 69 opportunities – less than half of what he had done the previous season. More importantly, the 2016/17 season marks the first time after 20 years that Arsenal have not played in the top four of the Premier League.
There seems to be a limit to what a team can achieve when their creative play is directly through “number 10”. Or, at least, the coaches of the top teams in the world think that there is a limit.
Pressing height has become the strategy of most clubs hoping to conquer the Champions League championship in recent seasons. In order to press effectively, the team needs to have some diagrams when controlling the ball, but for “number 10” to cause maximum damage, he must be able to move to find space. Coach Juergen Klopp once said “No constructive midfielder in the world can be good at a counterattack.”He said incorrectly, because he had followed the tactical trend for the past 5 years.
Above all, deploying attacks through a player is not the most effective way to win. When transfer
Remember the 2015/16 season when Leicester shocked the world football with the Premier League championship, despite the odds of 1/5000, but that season also saw the top performance of Mesut Ozil, the most creative midfielder in the top five European leagues in this decade.
According to TruMedia’s data, Mesut Oezil created 146 chances to score in 35 Premier League matches in the 2015/16 season – 20 times more than any other player since 2010. The German midfielder carried out 19 assists – a Premier League record in this decade, as well as creating 28 clear chances (Big Chances). From September 26 to November 21, he scored assists in seven consecutive matches – an achievement that no Premier League player has ever done before and even after that. In fact, only 18 other players scored 7 assists in the whole 2015/16 season.
Despite leading the expectations score (xG) and losing expectations (xGA), Arsenal finished the season in second place, behind Leicester. If Arsenal’s results are consistent with their performances, perhaps Arsene Wenger and his coaches have won the championship and Mesut Oezil could win the ‘Best Player of the Year’ award. But even the German midfielder did not appear in the ‘Typical squad’ voted by PFA. Instead of being remembered as an achievement of top creativity, Mesut Oezil’s 2015/16 season gave another indication: Player and his position will never be important.
Mesut Oezil’s position will never be important again
Think about the best teams in the world. Not many of them are built around classic “number 10” gameplay. Man City turned both their “10s” – Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva – into traditional midfielders. Bayern Munich did the same with James Rodriguez, while their top-class footer was Joshua Kimmich, a full-back. Liverpool did so, depending on the creativity in the two wing corridors, and they won the Champions League in 2019 after selling “No. 10” Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. The 27-year-old midfielder struggled in Spain, when Barcelona built a play around Leo Messi – the world’s top superstar. Meanwhile, in Italy, the Juventus squad doesn’t have any players scoring more than 10 assists in the last season of 2018/19.
After a week of competition, the Copa America 2019 gave the audience a lot of emotion with the top matches. Here are 3 worth-noticing things about this tournament.
1. The team plays the worst
Ecuador is the worst team to date, with five yellow cards of Mendez, Angel Mena, Arboleda, Carlos Gruezo, Velasco and two red cards of Babriel Achilier and Quinteros after two matches.
Not stopping there, Ecuador also has a number of pretty big mistakes (34 times). This turned Ecuador into the ugliest Copa America 2019 team and it would be disadvantageous to consider the Fair-play score to enter the inner round.
2. The most surprising team
Argentina is the top name in the surprise category in Copa this year. Despite being a candidate for the championship, Argentina showed a weak face after losing to Colombia in the first game and struggling to get a draw against Japan.
After 2 turns of matches, Argentina ranked at the bottom of Group B with 1 point obtained and the goal coefficient is -2. This makes Messi and his teammates unable to take over their own decisions but has to wait for the result after the final round and the condition is enough to win against Qatar with a strong score.
3. The best team
Colombia is the team that shows the cohesion as well as the very good form in the Copa America 2019. After surpassing the champion candidate Argentina in the first leg, Colombia continues to defeat defending champion Asia, Qatar to “the main road” is the first team to enter the 2019 Copa America quarterfinal early 1 round.
Coach Carlos Queiroz expressed his confidence as well as confirmed not to be bored with any team and will close the group stage with 3 wins, to declare his ambition to win the tournament.
3. AC Milan
AC Milan is the most successful club in Italian football history. Juventus won more domestic titles but the San Siro team is the best in the European arena. The team was honored 7 times to improve the Champions League silver cup and became one of the many times the champion of the old continental top league.
AC Milan started to flourish under coach Arrigo Sacchi. Strategist Italy has made the club a real force in both Serie A and Europe. Within 5 years, they won 3 times in the league and Champions League.
Then in the 2000s, AC Milan once again converged the superstar star: Alessandro Nesta, Andrea Pirlo, Andriy Shevchenko, Kaka and Clarence Seedorf. They went to the C1 king 2 more times.
Barcelona is a major force in Spain and even Europe. The Catalan team has won the Champions League five times, 25 times to rise to the La Liga throne and won 30 trophies. In the 1950s, the “Blaugrana” constantly had to hide the rivalry of Real Madrid in every way.
Only when Johan Cruyff appeared, Barca’s era of success officially began. The former Dutch player focused on young players and promoted the La Masia training kiln. At that time, the bull’s great man owned the “dream team” and stormed La Liga and the C1 arena. The home team 6 times won the domestic league and once won the Champions League in the 1990s.
5. Real Madrid
Real Madrid is known as the “king of clubs”. In terms of reputation, title, not a team in the world comparable to “Los Blancos”. So far, White Vultures have won 13 Champions League titles, 33 times to lift the La Liga trophy and own 19 King trophies.
The golden age of Real began in the 1950s. The club has five consecutive steps to the C1 king. Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Jose Santamaria and Raymond Kopa have turned “Los Blancos” into the No. 1 force in soccer.
For the first time in history, four powerful Premier League teams are Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea in Europe’s most prestigious finals, Champions League, and Europa League.
Arsenal and Chelsea have just signed their names on the final match in the Europa League, helping England to dominate the old continent in the 2018 season after Liverpool and Tottenham put their hands together to play in the final of C1.
It is even more impressive when both Liverpool and Tottenham created the “blockbuster” movies, causing the football world to be stunned and admired, leaving the high-level division in Madrid on the sixth night.
Two pairs of Europa League semi-finals this morning also closed with full joy for brothers into London, Arsenal, and Chelsea. The history of English football’s most successful week in the European Cup.
It is the fierce competition, strangely enough, to suffocate in the Premier League, which is the foundation for the foggy representatives to explode strongly when entering Europe.
While Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Juventus went into a recession period, the Premier League teams have been relentless thanks to reasonable strategy.
Not many people think that Liverpool will overthrow Barcelona‘s “pal” after losing 0-3 at the Nou Camp and without the services of Salah and Firmino in the return leg. However, with determination, courage, and a bit of luck, Jurgen Klopp’s teachers did a miracle, with a 4-0 reversal that shook the bridge world.
Only 24 hours later, Tottenham is almost desperate when Ajax lead 3-0 final. However, the “rooster” has risen unbelievably, with the superhero image Lucas Moura launching 3 left foot bullets knocking down young Dutch strikers.
11 years after MU and Chelsea disturbed Moscow, English football had two teams in the Champions League final. While Tottenham headed for the first European Cup in history, The Kop hoped for the sixth time to take the throne, following the 2005 Istanbul feat.
The year 2018 has been over with lots of big football events around the world. In 2019, there are not many big events like World Cup or Euro. However, there are still some interesting football events to wait for. Let’s check out the great events of the football in 2019.
Champions League final (June 1st in Spain)
The Champions League final is always an important event of world football. This year, this match will be held at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano on June 1st. In the past 3 years, Real Madrid has dominated the Champions League when winning 3 consecutive championships. However, this year promises to change when other clubs have grown much stronger.
UEFA Nations League Finals (June 5th to June 9th in Portugal)
In the first organization, the UEFA Nations League created a good effect with many competitive matches. After qualifying, it was determined that four semi-finals for the Nations League were Dutch, Swiss, Portuguese and English. They will play in Portugal from June 5th to June 9th to determine the championship. In the first semi-finals, Portugal encountered Switzerland. Meanwhile, Britain and the Netherlands will clash in the other semi-final.
America Copa 2019 (from June 14th to July 7th in Brazil)
The performance of Brazil at 2018 World Cup was not really successful. However, Brazil is determined to win the 2019 Copa America, the tournament that they are going to host. However, it seems like a difficult task since there are many strong teams competing in this event such as Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, etc. In addition to 10 South American teams, this year’s tournament also has the presence of two guest teams, Japan and Qatar.
There are certainly many interesting things to expect from these biggest world football events. Let’s wait to see!