BVB Future looks Promising

Borussia Dortmund is definitely the team for the future with the average age of the squad being 24. With a total of 13 players under the age of 24, everyone is interested and excited to see if Dortmund become one of the best in Europe. However, with being 4th in the table, Tuchel is looking to improve and move up with the recent signing of 17-year-old Alexander Isak for $8.6million. In the rest of the article, I’ll be looking at Dortmund’s most promising youngsters’.

Christian Pulisic: The American youngster saw him start his professional career at Dortmund in 2015, and is now making more and more appearances for BVB with a total 13 matches with 2 goals and 4 assists. After being promoted from Borussia Dortmund’s U19, he has been an amazing talent for the main team with beating the likes of Andre Schurrle and Shinji Kagawa to the Attacking midfielder spot. The 18-year-old saw him have is first offer from the Premier league with a $11million pound offer from Liverpool however, he was loyal and stuck with the team he’s had all his success and opportunities from. That may not be the case in the future has he’ll be offered bigger contract from possibly bigger teams.

Emre Mor: The 19-year-old has been an important part in Dortmund’s campaign this year as he has the ability to dribble past any player with his incredible agility and acceleration. Mor was originally born in Denmark but decided to change to Turkish nationality. The attacking midfielder made his name known after his brilliant performance against Real Madrid in the Champions league group stages, where he made Madrid’s defense and midfield look amateur as he dribbled past them like it was nothing. However, his stats this season don’t reflect on his talents as he’s featured in 15 matches and only had 1 goal and 1 assist. The youngster is looking to improve those stats in the other half of the season.

Julian Weigl: The German star has been a work-horse for Dortmund and has maintained his position in the midfield. Weigl came to Dortmund back in 2015 from 1860 Munchen for a price tag of $5million and in that season made 30 starts for BVB and helped them to come second place in the Bundesliga and DFL Pokal. The 21-year-old has made 16 appearances for Dortmund this season and has beaten the likes of Sahin and Castro, who are two very experienced midfielders. Weigl is looking to become a world-class defensive midfielder and help Dortmund to the Bundesliga title.

Ousmane Dembele: The French winger is probably BVB’s most promising youngster as he was voted best Bundesliga player of the month for December. Dembele has been a key player for Dortmund out on the wing, and after his performances in the UCL, he is a hot prospect for everyone to sign. The 19-year-old has made 22 starts for Dortmund and from those games had 12 assists and scored 6 goals, and also has started in every Dortmund UCL game where he as had the astonishing 1 goal and 5 assists in only 6 matches. Dembele joined Westfalenstadion for a $15million fee from Rennes at the start of this season. The youngster has made BVB’s future even more brighter and is going to be a player to look out for in the future.

Other young talents are the Swedish striker Alexander Isak, The Portuguese full-back Raphael Guerreiro and Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino.

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Wayne Rooney breaks Sir Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record

Wayne Rooney is now the premier league and England’s top goal-scorer after his 250th goal on Sunday in the 1-1 draw against Stoke City, which was previously held by Charlton, with his 249 goals in the EPL. The record displays Rooney’s class, therefore is known as a world-class striker and a true legend to United and England. His stoppage time free-kick to equalise the game was the right way to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton’s record and Rooney said after the match “It means a hell of a lot.” After the match, Charlton congratulated Rooney and said that”He’s a true great for club and country.” Not only has Charlton congratulated him even the best player ever has, with Pele mentioning on twitter, “Congratulations @waynerooney for being a tremendous talent and a great representative of your club and country.”

Rooney joined Old Trafford at the age of 18 from Everton for a hefty fee of $37million, and the 546 appearances since he joined has helped United to lift an astonishing 5x Premier league titles, 1x F.A Cup and a Champions League trophy. The 119 capped Englishman had great success with England scoring an incredible 53 goals through his 10-year career with the three lions. His career highs were his stunning debut hat-trick for Manchester United is a strong contender, but it cannot top being named as the best player in the country by his fellow professionals, as he scooped the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award in for the 2009-10 season. Throughout Rooney’s career, he has always been the striker known for his aggression and shot power and at the age of 31, we may see an exit from the United hero since the up and coming youngster’s Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial and the world-class forward of Zlatan Ibrahimovic showing that age is only a number.

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Steven Gerrard returns to Liverpool as Academy coach

The former Liverpool and England captain is returning Anfield because of his new job as the Youth Academy coach for Liverpool FC. After making his debut back in 1988, he is excited to be part of Liverpool once again as he said, “If feels like completing the circle; returning to the place where professionally it all began.” After his 18-moth spell with the L.A Galaxy ending in with his retirement from all competitions football, he is back at the club that he spent 17 years with. Gerrard is looking forward to finding new and fresh talent for Liverpool as he was one of the graduates from the academy. “This gives me a great opportunity to learn and develop as a coach, while at the same time offering my knowledge, ideas and experience to the young players at an important period of their development.” Gerrard said.

The Liverpool legend had always been weighing up the options of whether he should return back to England once he left. “When I knew coming back was a serious option I wanted to make sure it was a substantive role. With the decision of retiring from football he now has made the decision to work towards his Uefa A coaching license, which is required to manage in the Premier League. Gerrard has won F.A cups, Champions leagues, Europe Leagues and even a Fifa club world cup with Liverpool over his 710 times he’s put on the red shirt. Not only has he been a legend for Liverpool he’s also been an England great with 114 matches for Britain. The move will likely be the first step of a massive manager and coach career for Gerrard.

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Tianjin Quanjian offering big money to Europe strikers, and more transfer talks

The Tianjin Quanjian boss has said to media, he can now bid on offshore players because of the recent departure of an overseas player from the club. Last week, the Chinese club was told they can’t buy any more offshore players because of the new China transfer rules, saying that one club can only buy three overseas players per season. So now they are offering contracts and big money to any striker they can find in Europe.

Since Tianjin Quanjian found a way to buy overseas play, they have offered the same contract back to Diego Costa after it got canceled. The contract has stirred tensions within Chelsea team. Costa has come out and said, that if Chelsea don’t offer him the same contract China did that he would leave. Because of these words said by the Spaniard, has now built anger within Chelsea’s side, with Kante saying, “Go f*** off to China.” The 28-year-old was offered the $675,000 a week contract and will be interesting if he joins the Chinese league. If this deal goes through, it would give Michy Batshuayi the game time he has always been looking for.

Joining Costa’s offered multi-millionaire contract is Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan striker has scored 27 goals in 27 games this season and it the top goal-scorer in the Ligue 1. Newspapers have said that Cavani’s move is more likely than Costa’s and that PSG are already looking for replacements. The 29-year-old has stepped up as PSG’s main man after the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the end of last season. Unai Emery is looking for replacements and is very interested in the Belgium, Christian Benteke. Benteke has had a solid season with Crystal Palace and is looking to play for a world class team and prove his worth. Emery is also interested in the Chelsea’s Batshuayi, but the blues may want to keep hold of him if Costa’s leaving.

Manchester United are reportedly lining up a $150million double swoop for Antoine Griezmann and Bernardo Silva. Both players have been amazing players for their clubs and are looking for something new. United are looking to offer $80million for Griezmann and $70million for Silva. With Diego Simeone claiming he would not stand in the way of Atletico Madrid exit. Silva has been an unbelievable player for Monaco, with 7 goals and 6 assists this season and has helped the ‘Red and Whites,’ to make 2nd place in the league table. Griezmann was named in the 2016 Uefa player of the year, with his stunning performances with France as he’s scored 7 goals and 4 assists in only 9 appearances this season. Not only has he been incredible for France he has helped Atletico Madrid make the round of 16 in the UCL with 3 goals and 2 assists in 6 matches. There is nothing stopping the two inform players from the Manchester move.

Other Transfer news is Liverpool has offered the American youngster from Dortmund, for a price tag of $11million. Christian Pulisic is looking to join his former boss in the EPL and has a bright future ahead of them. Jose Fonte has made the $8million move to West Ham and is looking to improve his career as an anchor at the back. Memphis Depay has moved to France for a fee of $21million. The Dutch winger made the move after he hasn’t got the game time he wanted at United and is hoping to get back to his best at Lyon.

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Diego Costa and Dimitri Payet on the way out EPL?

There haven been massive speculations over Diego Costa missing Chelsea’s latest fixtures due to an apparent, ‘back problem.’ Also, Dimitri Payet has gone out to say to West Ham and their fans that he doesn’t want to play for them anymore and wants to move back to Marseille. In the rest of this article, I’ll be reviewing all the offers and rumours of the transfers between the two and their seasons in the EPL.

Diego Costa has been linked to a $80million pound move to Tianjin Quanjian, where he would earn $650,000 a week. Costa did not play in Chelsea’s win at Leicester on Saturday with boss Antonio Conte saying he had a back problem. But then trained on his own on Monday with because of medical reasons, but then participated in the first team training for this weekend’s match against Hull City to extend their seven-point winning streak. He is also equal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic for most goals this season with 14 goals in 19 appearances.

Now with the Chinese league new transfer rules, Any Chinese super league club aren’t allowed to purchase no more than three overseas players. Tianjin Quanjian is at the top of the Chinese super league and has purchased Axel Witsel this summer. Even though Diego Costa can’t go to China, there are still speculations on why Costa missed Chelsea’s recent matches.

The player that was West Ham’s most loved player has now gone to West Ham’s most hated player within a week. This happened as Payet, went out to say that he doesn’t want to play the Hammers anymore and would like to be sold back to Marseille. The 29-year-old’s wife has moved back to France and has not been attending West Ham’s latest matches and trainings. However, the Hammers and gone on without him in their recent match against Crystal Palace, where they won 3-0 at the London Stadium.

West Ham rejected the $22million pound bid from Marseille, and came back and said that they want $30million. Payet is well-known for his incredible free-kicks and pin-point long shoots. If the Frenchman does go back to the Ligue 1, he will definitely spark up the league with his brilliant talent. It will be interesting if Marseille offer the $30million pounds. Payet moved to West Ham back in 2015, for a price-tag of $12million. Payet had his best season last year with a total of 9 goals and 12 assists in only 29 matches.

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EPL Week 21 reviews and scores

This week was always going to be a week of intense and exciting football with the likes of United playing Liverpool and Leicester facing off against Chelsea. In the rest of the article, I’ll be reviewing the top three games as it happened.

Manchester United 1 – 1 Liverpool

This game was always going to be a stunner of a game with both teams needing the three points to move up the league’s table. With Philippe Coutinho recovered and back from injury, put even more pressure on United’s defense line with the injuries of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling. However, both teams didn’t live up to the hype and size of the occasion as Jose Mourinho said, “Not a high-quality game, I think both teams can do, and did during the season, much better than we did today in terms of the quality of our game.”

Manchester were unlucky with Paul Pogba’s handball in the box, which then turned into a goal with James Milner’s calm finish into the back of the net only in the 27th minute. Although, the red devils to be fair bullied the Liverpool side but were unfortunate and didn’t convert their chances with misses from Pogba and Mkhitaryan. Then with a superb save by Simon Mingolet from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s ferocious free kick. Then came the breaking of the deadlock with scattered shots and unlucky rebounds for Liverpool, Ibrahimovic slotted away a header in Liverpool’s goal to equalize the scoring in the 84th minute.

Everton 4 – 0 Manchester City

This was the biggest defeat ever suffered by a Pep Guardiola side and summed up for football fans that money doesn’t always win. City, who have spent $440million pounds in the past three years, have always relied on money to succeed when the players and managers don’t have any time to build up chemistry and tactics because their either sold or there’s been a new player bought to replace them. However, Manchester were always on the downside with having to play Pablo Zabaleta in the defensive midfielder role instead of the normal full-back, due to injuries and suspensions to Illkay Gundogan, Fernando, and Fernandinho.

In the 34th minute, Romelu Lukaku opened the flood-gates from a beautiful assist by Kevin Mirallas. Mirallas once again was involved in Everton’s second goal of the night from a well-angled shot to beat Claudio Bravo. But all eyes were on Tom Davies, with the chip shot over Bravo’s head to crown him the best goal of the match. However, it wasn’t over just yet with a debut goal from 18-year-old Ademola Lookman in stoppage time to send City away with their biggest defeat all season.

Leicester City 0 – 3 Chelsea

Chelsea was going into this game with missing their main striker Costa, due to his absence from injury followed the Spaniard international being linked with a big-money move to the ambitious Chinese Super League.”It was a very professional, solid performance by us on the back of the Spurs game,” Chelsea defender Gary Cahill said. With the tensions high at the King Power stadium, both teams were eager to find a way to get those three points.

Early on in the game, Chelsea went with the tactic to send in crosses from all angles to give the Leicester defense chaos. Although, in the 6th minute Eden Hazard found a way to tee up the unmarked Marcus Alonso who was in the box to find a way past Kasper Schmeichel and make it 0-1. Then when the match went on and with all the changes of Chelsea’s attack line, was totally confusing City’s defense and again in the 51st minute found a way to drill a low free-kick from 18-yards out past Schmeichel to get his name down on the scoring sheet twice. But it wasn’t over there, because 20minutes later Pedro put the scoring to 0-3, as the Spaniard nodded in the third of the night to end the game.

In other games, Arsenal absolutely thumped Swansea City 4-0 to secure their position on the table, Tottenham white-washed West Brom in another 4-0 result and West Ham showed that they are still a brilliant team even without Payet as they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at the London Stadium.

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Chinese league snatching all Europe’s Talents:

With all the Chinese league clubs trying to offer European and South American players lots of money to join their clubs. All the clubs together have spent over $500million in the past 2 seasons and the league has a market value of $342.91million. The Chinese Super league may have many problems but money and talent aren’t them. I’ll be reviewing the top transfers and offers this winter’s transfer season.

Axel Witsel: The Belgium central midfielder has left Europe for Tj Quanjian at a price tag of $17 million. The 27-year-old joined Zenit back in 2012 for $40million and has been a solid rock in the midfield ever since. However, Witsel couldn’t say no to the $294,000 a week and is more than Paul Pogba, Neymar, and Luis Suarez’s salaries. Witsel made the move as no other clubs wanted him and saw the move to China and took it up.

Carlos Tevez: The Argentina striker has been a world-class forward and been very successful in winning the Premier league, FA Cup, Seria A and Champions League over the years playing in both Manchester clubs and Juventus. Although the 32-year-olds price tag might not seem that much with a cost of $8.93million, its was the $615,000 a week from SH Shenhua which made him the highest paid football player ever by a total of $190,000.

Hulk: The Brazilian beast has been an amazing player for FC Porto and Zenit over the past 9 years in Europe with winning the Primeira Liga 3 times, the Russian league and the Europe League. The winger has also been an amusing player for Brazil as he’s featured in 19 matches since 2012 and scored 11 goals and 2 assists. Hulk moved to Shanghai SIPG for a fee of $47.43million. The 30-year-old is well known for his deadly long shots and incredible strength on the ball and off it.

Oscar: The attacking midfielder is in his peak years of his football career, after coming off a 5 -year career for Chelsea and was becoming one of the senior players in the squad. The 25-year-old came to Stanford Bridge as one of the rising young talents with his incredible vision, jubilant reactions, and crucial passing. Oscar has joined fellow teammate Hulk, in a record-breaking $51million transfer to Shanghai SIPG, and he will earn $400,000 a week and will be the third highest paid footballer in the world. Pierre-Emerick

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: The Gabon ace has now doubtably overtaken Robert Lewandowski as the best Bundesliga striker. Aubameyang has also become the runner-up of the best African player, behind Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez. The 27-year-old has now scored 16 goals and 1 assist in 15 appearances. Dortmund has been offered a world-record fee of $125million and Aubameyang has been offered a contract with a salary of $675,000 a week where he would overtake Carlos Tevez in being the highest paid footballer.

Cristiano Ronaldo: The Real Madrid winger has come off an amazing 2016, with winning the Ballon d’Or, FIFA best player of the year, Champions League, Euro 2016 and Fifa club world cup and was named in the 2016 TOTY. Ronaldo has been a crucial part in Madrid’s attacking plans with netting 55 goals and 17 assists in 57 matches. An unknown Chinese Super league team has offered Madrid $300million and a contract where Ronaldo would receive over $100million a year in salaries. If the Portuguese star moves to Ronaldo, then what would European football even be in 10 years time.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced December’s POTM

Zlatan was given the PFFA’s award for the December Player of the month. With scoring 5 goals and 3 assists in Manchester United’s 5-game winning streak, there was no wonder he received the award. With the 35-year-old proving that age is only a number, and beating the likes of Adam Lallana and Cesar Azpilicueta with 24,000 votes out of the 60,000.

The Swedish man only moved to Manchester United this summer with a free transfer from PSG. With the striker leaving the team after they easily won the league last season, they are now trailing in third place. Ibrahimovic is now 1 goal behind Diego Costa who’s in first place for the top EPL goal-scorer. The United forward has helped the red devils come back from has closed the gap from 10 points to 3 points behind the top four. At the start of the season, there were speculations if Jose Mourinho was the right manager and if Ibra and Paul Pogba were worth the wages and transfer fees’. But now, Ibrahimovic has shut down all the criticism, with 17 goals and 5 assists in only 24 appearances wearing the red kit.

The 35-year-old striker kicked off the December month with the only goal from United in the 1-1 draw against Everton at the Goodison Park Stadium. He then went on to score the winning goal against Crystal Palace 2 minutes before the end of normal time, from an amazing assist coming from Paul Pogba. Then came the best performance of December when Ibra was involved in every goal that Manchester United scored as he got 1 goal and 2 assists aginst Sunderland. He then went on to get an assist in United 2-1 win over Middlesbrough and 1 goal in the Devils 2-0 win at the new London Stadium. Ibrahimovic has been an amazing talent for United and it will be interesting to see if he will make the 2016 TOTY.

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EPL Match: Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea

This was always going to be an exciting and tension built match between the two London rivals. With only 10 points between the two sides before the match at the top of the table, it was always going to be an interesting game. Both teams are known for their top attacking lineups with the likes of Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli, and Harry Kane in Tottenham’s attack and the likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, and Willian in Chelsea’s attack. Because of these amazing forwards in both sides, the two teams need strong defensive midfielders to stop the opposition’s forwards finding the back of the net, so Tottenham has Moussa Dembele and Victor Wanyama stopping Chelsea’s attack. Chelsea has Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante to stop Tottenham’s attacking line.

The White Hart Lane’s Crowd was always going to be at the edge of their seat with a total of 18 shots between the two sides. Spurs took the lead with a lovely header from Dele Alli which came from an amazing cross which was delivered by Christian Eriksen. Then in the 48th minute, Chelsea were unlucky to not find the back of the net with a missed shot by Eden Hazard only a couple of yards out. However, Chelsea couldn’t stop Dele Alli with the 20-year-old finding the back of the net again in the 54th minute from another assist by Christian Eriksen. Dembele and Wanyama were becoming too powerful for Kante and Matic.

This win for Tottenham had stopped Chelsea seeking their 13 winning streak and helped them, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester City with closing the gap to five points. It is also a confidence booster for Tottenham knowing that they defeated the top team in the league. It has also raised the profile of Dele Alli as he has now scored 6 goals in the last 4 games. It will know be very interesting to see if Chelsea bounce back from this loss and to see if the other teams take advantage of Chelsea’s loss.

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EPL’s week 19 most Inform Players

I’m going to be reviewing all the most inform players from the matches of week 19. There are quite a few players I’ve missed out due to the fact that there are so many EPL players in form at the moment.

Harry Kane: Following his 2 goals and 1 assist in the 4-1 win over Watford at the Vicarage Road Stadium, he was the powerhouse in the match with being the deadly threat to Watford’s defense. The Englishmen’s strength in front of goal is his ability to finish, positioning and shot power. The 23-year-old pounced in the 27th and 33rd minutes of the game in his 100th EPL appearance.

Anthony Martial: The Frenchman was given MOTM in Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat of Middlesbrough. The 20-year-old found the back of the net in the 85th minute to equalize the scoring to 1-1 before Paul Pogba scored the winner in the one minute after. Martial had a few chances where he got a couple of assists, but unfourantly because of some balls hitting the woodwork and a goal that was disallowed because of the referee’s calls.

Jermain Defoe: The 34-year-old has been scoring goals like he was back 2010 like he did for Tottenham. The Englishman held off a defeat from Liverpool with securing two crucial penalties to tie the match. However, with Sunderland’s horrific defeat to Burnley 4-1, he still managed to increase his goal-scoring tally to 11 in the 71st minute. Defoe has managed this through hard work and many hours of practicing.

Cesc Fabregas: The hard-working central midfielder achieved 2 assists in Chelsea 4-2 win over Stoke City. With reaching 100 assists in the Premier League is a spectacular accomplishment for the Spaniard. He has the ability to pass under pressure and find players in the box from set-pieces. From his vision to his long passing no wonder he is one of the best central midfielders in the world.

Dele Alli: The youngster teamed up with teammate Harry Kane to net 2 goals in Tottenham’s triumph win over Watford 4-1. Alli has scored 5 goals in the past 3 games and quoted by Mariner, “Watford could not get near him.”The attacking midfielder has been said to be the main emergence of English football for the past five years. It will be interesting to see how Chelsea will handle defending Alli as he is on fire at the moment.

Willian: The Brazilian winger was the player stopping Stoke City getting a draw or even close with scoring both his goals within 10 minutes of Stoke scored each of there’s. With Willian’s hard running and eagerness to find the back of the net, he was unstoppable when he got the ball. But if it hadn’t been for Cesc Fabregas with the assists following Willian’s stunning goal then Chelsea would of probably on scraped away a win.

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