Three Goalkeepers who could Replace ter Stegen

The goalkeeper position is one of the most coveted in modern football. See, each team plays in a much more distinct way than the other one that they need a keeper tailor-made for their style. For example, if Pep Guardiola manages your squad; he’ll seek for a keeper who is as good with his feet than with his hand, hence Ederson.

During his tenure as Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu has – for the most part – failed to sign players that have left a mark at Camp Nou. From André Gomes to Thomas Vermaelen, passing by Nélson Semedo and Douglas, Bartomeu has bought some deadwood to a squad that has been depleted of its most legendary components in Dani Alves, Andrés Iniesta, Carles Puyol or Xavi Hernández.

However, credit where credit is due, the one time the Spanish entrepreneur did decent business was in 2014. After a disastrous 2013/14 … Read the rest

2021 Olympia F1 carbon XC hardtail reshaped to shed weight, integrate & boost confidence

When Cicli Olympia first introduced its flagship F1 carbon hardtail, it was an angular race bike with holes punched through it that multiplied over time. Now dialing back the F1 to more minimalist lines, Olympia has created a much lighter mountain bike frame, shedding 200g while also getting a more technically-capable trail-inspired geometry overhaul, and […]

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Wolff on Hamilton’s Eifel GP Victory: “An amazing thing to witness and a fantastic drive by Lewis”

Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton’s record-equalling ninety-first career victory is an ‘incredible’ achievement, with the Briton now equalling the number of wins set by Michael Schumacher after taking the chequered flag first at the Nürburgring on Sunday.

Wolff, the Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport and the Team Principal of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, says he remembered watching Schumacher’s career and winning all those races in the 1990’s and 2000’s.  His victories came with the Benetton F1 Team between 1992 and 1995, with the rest of his wins coming between 1996 and 2006 with Scuderia Ferrari.

Schumacher also raced for Mercedes between 2010 and 2012, although his return to the sport after a three-year hiatus saw him take only one podium finish and one pole position.

“Congratulations to Lewis on the victory today and for equalling Michael’s record for most F1 wins,” said Wolff.  “It’s Read the rest

Arsecast Extra Episode 377 – 12.10.2020

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog.

On this Interlull episode of the Arsecast Extra, James has to deal with bits of himself literally falling out of his own body, before we discuss the big story of the weekend – the Project Give All The Money To The Big Clubs. Are there potential benefits to the game, or is this a piece of rank, cynical opportunism? We also chat about the decision to charge £14.95 for pay-per-view games on Sky Sports and BT Sports, the absence of William Saliba from our Europa League squad, Arsene Wenger’s upcoming book, Edu’s interview with the official site and lots more.

Remember, you can send us questions via which we’ll try and get to each week. Send them to either @arseblog or @Gunnerblog (or both) using the hashtag #arsecastextra. Best to send them Monday morning so … Read the rest

From Pressure To Perfection: Inside The Mind Of Borna Coric

Borna Coric returns to the St. Petersburg Open with fond memories. The Croatian has made the trip to the historic Russian city for the third time in four years and enjoyed the best result of his 2019 season at this event.

Last season, Coric entered the tournament searching for form after a disappointing run of results in North America. But the 6’2” right-hander battled his way into form, playing three consecutive deciding sets en route to his first final in almost a year (l. to Medvedev). Returning as the seventh seed in 2020, Coric is excited to return to one of his favourite stops on the ATP Tour.

“It was very, very nice last year. I enjoyed it… Last year was the best [I have played here], by far,” said Coric. “It is not so much fun to remember the final, but apart from that it was super nice.

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All smiles: New Man United signing pictured in training kit

Manchester United fans are plenty excited to see their new signing Facundo Pellistri in action and it seems he’s equally thrilled to be at the club.

The young winger arrived from Peñarol on deadline day as a relative unknown but supporters are looking forward to his debut nonetheless.

Pellistri comes with a host of recommendations and praise, appearing to fit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer policy perfectly.

There are question marks over whether he’s ready for the first-team right away but supporters are willing to give him a chance to shine.

Mason Greenwood, Juan Mata, Daniel James and Jesse Lingard have all played in the right-wing spot over various periods but it certainly is a position Pellistri can make his own.

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Wary Everton boss Ancelotti makes Liverpool declaration ahead of Merseyside Derby

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti isn’t reading too much into Liverpool’s 7-2 loss at the hands of Aston Villa, and is wary ahead of the Merseyside Derby.

The Reds were (there is no other way to put it) destroyed at Villa park before the international break, and the players have been left to lick their wounds.

A handful of Liverpool stars have been away on international duty over the last fortnight, but will be headed back to Melwood before the weekend.

The Merseyside Derby is up next for the Reds and the Blues – and Ancelotti is refusing to get cocky ahead of the champions’ trip over Stanley Park.

We are confident,” the Italian told Evertonfc.com. “It doesn’t matter what happened last week, they are still a fantastic team with a fantastic manager. It will be a difficult game but we have confidence.

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‘He is a Scouser at heart’ – Former Liverpool chief exec compares Klopp to Shankly

Liverpool continue to go from strength to strength under Jurgen Klopp.

In the five years since the German has been at the helm, they’ve lost a League Cup final, a Europa League final and a Champions League final.

However, they’ve also won a Champions League final and then followed it up with their first Premier League in 30 years.

Even the fact that they qualified for the finals they lost can be seen as a pattern. Klopp is a serial finalist and even if he doesn’t always win, it’s not for the want of trying.

The Reds supporters have taken him firmly to their hearts already, his mixture of genuine warmth, personality and charisma, a winning combination.

It’s not only the fans who have appreciated what the German has done for them in a relatively short space of time either.

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These two ‘important teams’ can challenge Inter & Juve for title

Dino Zoff names Juventus and Inter Milan as the stand-out favourites for the Serie A title, but is refusing to rule out either of Atalanta or Napoli from mounting a challenge.

The Italian division has started in spectacular fashion this season, with a huge influx of goals at this early point in the campaign.

Much of the attention however has been on the testing of players, with a substantial amount of positive results, and with certain matches having been postponed.

The situation has attracted further attention last weekend when Napoli failed to turn up for their scheduled clash in Turin against Juventus, with the club claiming that they were not permitted to travel despite having the plane waiting for them.

We are still awaiting confirmation on whether La Lega will stick to their principles having demanded that the fixture go ahead despite the request to postpone, although a rearrangement appears … Read the rest

Eight Barcelona players are nominated for the Ballon d’Or dream team

The magazine that created the Ballon d’Or award, France Football, is holding awards for the best XI in the history of football. The 20 nominees for defensive midfielder and 20 nominees for offensive midfielder have come to light. Eight of them play or have played for Barcelona.

List of Barcelona players nominated for the Ballon d’Or dream team

  • Sergio Busquets. Defensive midfielder. 2007-2020.
  • Pep Guardiola. Defensive midfielder. 1988-2006.
  • Xavi Hernández. Defensive midfielder. 1997-2019.
  • Andrés Iniesta. Offensive midfielder. 2002-2020.
  • László Kubala. Offensive midfielder. 1945-1967.
  • Luis Suárez. Offensive midfielder. 1951-1973.
  • Gheorghe Hagi. Offensive midfielder. 1982-2001.
  • Diego Maradona. Offensive midfielder. 1976-1997.

All of the nominated players marked an era in the club and it is honorable, and well deserved, that they are nominated. Although individual prizes do not mean anything in comparison to their successful careers, it is always satisfying that the world recognizes the legends of Barcelona.

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