1. How COVID-19 is Impacting the Premier League

    In 2020 the world of football has been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and the restrictions governments have in place. Within this blog post we are going to look into how the Premier League teams, players and fans have been impacted by the restrictions in place. And will also investigate how these changes have impacted the performance of the squads by comparing their season-to-season stats.

    Changes to Scheduling and Spectators

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    The Premier League has seen two seasons in total impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions which lead to an alteration in scheduling as well as spectators. In this section of the article, we are going to look into how these two important elements of the football season have been adjusted accordingly.

    In March 2020 England went into a full lockdown which saw a stay-at-home order in place. This was constantly extended to roughly four months which saw the Premier League matches postponed. However, in July these restrictions were altered so that matches could go ahead but without supporters in the stands. Therefore, the season ended two months later than expected which subsequently meant that 20/21 started later than scheduled to allow for the regular season break.

    In December 2020, the restrictions for spectators were updated for England which saw a handful of supporters allowed back into stadiums under new regulations. Low-risk areas known as Tier 1 were allowed to have 4,000 spectators or operate at 50% capacity (whichever was the lowest figure) and medium risk areas called Tier 2 were allowed 2,000 spectators or 50% capacity (again, whichever was the lowest. Despite this development, high risk areas in Tier 3 are unable to host or attend any matches.

    Starting on the 5th December, here are the first few matches to go ahead with spectators:

    • Chelsea V Leeds
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  2. Sergio Agüero V Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Through this blog post we are going to look back across the football careers of Agüero and Aubameyang to see how they performed for both club and national squads. While we do this, we will try and identify the strengths and weaknesses of both players. So, if you want to find out more about Agüero and Aubameyang and how their stats compare, then keep on reading.

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    Agüero’s 18/19 Premier League Performance

    To begin with, we will investigate the performance of Agüero during the 18/19 Premier League season which he spent wearing the signature sky blue and white Manchester City strip. In the bullet points below we have listed every match in the Premier League season that Agüero scored a goal along with the team it was against. This information in turn allows us to pinpoint any trends in his scoring for that season:

    • 19/08/2018 – 3 goals scored against Huddersfield
    • 22/09/2018 – 1 goal scored against Cardiff City
    • 29/09/2018 – 1 goal scored against Brighton
    • 20/10/2018 – 1 goal scored against Burnley FC
    • 04/11/2018 – 1 goal scored against Southampton
    • 11/11/2018 – 1 goal scored against Manchester United
    • 30/12/2018 – 1 goal scored against Southampton
    • 03/01/2019 – 1 goal scored against Liverpool
    • 29/01/2019 – 1 goal scored against Newcastle United
    • 03/02/2019 – 3 goals scored against Arsenal
    • 10/02/2019 – 3 goals scored against Chelsea (1 Penalty)
    • 27/02/2019 – 1 goal scored against West Ham (Penalty)
    • 30/03/2019 – 1 goal scored against Fulham
    • 28/04/2019 – 1 goal scored against Burnley FC
    • 12/05/2019 – 1 goal scored against Brighton
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  3. Football Cancelled!

    Euro 2020 cancelled, the Premier League football across Europe suspended with no certainty of the season being concluded. Who could have predicted this is the situation we would find ourselves in in twenty-twenty? Of course, in comparison to the global situation the cancellation of some football games isn’t that important. But it does have a wider implication not only for the sport itself, but for the economy, for businesses who rely on football to make a living as well as on the mental health of players, coaches, technical and admin staff as well as supporters around the world.

    How Coronavirus Has Impacted Football

    Massive disruption, and countrywide shut-downs are happening around the world, to prevent further spread of Covid-19. Covid-19 commonly referred to as Coronavirus originated in China in December 2019, has spread to every continent since. Coronavirus is a viral infection, that causes a range of symptoms primarily in the respiratory system that can range from very mild to deadly. The most alarming feature of the virus is the speed of spread and the amount of people being infected globally.

    Governments around the world have taken drastic measures to try to slow the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable. In terms of football this has meant suspending leagues, such as the Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga, European tournaments such as the Champions League are also on hold, and the Euro 2020 tournament has been postponed with a plan in place to reschedule for 2021. It is not just major leagues that are cancelled though, the majority of grassroots football is also suspended with the safety football during the warof participants in mind.

    Life Without Football

    Football has been a consistent part of culture in the United Kingdom, but also around the globe for a

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  4. Roberto Firmino V Alexandre Lacazette

    Lacazette and Firmino are both strong Centre-Forwards in the Premier League, but how does their performance on the pitch compare to one another? Within this article we are going to look into the previous season’s performance of both Lacazette and Firmino to see if we can identify any noticeable trends in their technique on the pitch. So, if you want to find out more about these two key players, then keep on reading.

    firminoFirmino’s 18/19 Premier League Performance

    First of all, we are going to look into how Firmino performed during the 18/19 Premier League season. In this section of the post we are going to explore all of the goals that he scored while donning the Liverpool kit during the season as in depth as possible. This information allows us then to see his strengths:

    • 01/09/2018 – 1 goal scored against Leicester City
    • 15/09/2018 – 1 goal scored against Tottenham Hotspur
    • 24/11/2018 – 1 goal scored against Watford
    • 05/12/2018 – 1 goal scored against Burnley FC
    • 29/12/2018 – 3 goals scored against Arsenal (1 Penalty)
    • 03/01/2019 – 1 goal scored against Manchester City
    • 19/01/2019 – 1 goal scored against Crystal Palace
    • 10/03/2019 – 2 goals scored against Burnley FC
    • 31/03/2019 – 1 goal scored against Tottenham Hotspur

    In the 18/19 Premier League season Firmino scored 12 goals in total for Liverpool along with 7 assists. His most impressive match was against Arsenal where he scored 3 goals which included a penalty, along with this was their first game against Burnley FC where he netted two goals.

    As well as the Premier League, Firmino also represented Liverpool in the Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup too. In the C

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  5. Herbert Chapman and How He Revolutionized Football

    Herbert Chapman is one of the most influential figureheads in the soccer community. Therefore, in this blog post we are going to explore the outstanding career on and off the pitch of this successful footballer and manager. Since his retirement and death, he has left a considerably large legacy which has helped shaped football into the modern game we know and love today. So if you want to find out more about Herbert and his career in soccer, then keep on reading.

    Starting in the Soccer World

    Herbert started his football career off by playing as an amateur for his local club – Kiveton Park at 18 years old. At the end of his first season with them in 1896 they won the Hatchard Cup. Chapman had a variety of short stints with football clubs across the UK with teams such as Ashton North End, Stalybridge Rovers and Rochdale in the amateur leagues before stepping up to a Second Division team – Grimsby Town in 1898.

    Despite being in a professional league, Chapman was still a novice when it came to playing soccer. Therefore, his time with Grimsby in the Second Division was short lived after the club finished 10th.   After this loss, Herbert was dropped from the squad after him displaying his best efforts to cope with an unfamiliar position on the pitch as he was posted as centre forward, whereas he used to play inside right with the amateur clubs. 

    After leaving Grimsby, Chapman moved to the non-league team – Swindon Town and after playing three times he managed to score twice. However, he was not able to remain at the club for long as he was unsuccessful at finding work in the area to fund him in the meantime. This was the same situation for him when he moved to Sheppey United, which left him feeling defeated and saw him return home.

    Upon returning home he signed with Worksop Town where he was able to continue his studies at Sheffield University. Due to his attendance at the University, he mainly played with

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  6. How Arsene Wenger Became an Effective Manager

    Arsene Wenger is well known for his impressive management of the Arsenal Premier League football team. However, did you know he used to play midfield and coach a number of other clubs beforehand? Within this article we are going to take a trip back through time and explore the soccer career of Arsene Wenger. So if you want to find out more about this football figurehead, then keep on reading.

    His Early Years

    Arsene Wenger started his career on the pitch at around 6 years old where he was introduced to the world of football by his father. His dad was a manager of the local village team and he took Arsene to matches in Germany, where he took a liking to the team – Borussia Monchengladbach. Despite his dad being manager of the Duttlenheim team, Arsene did not become part of the team until he was 12 years old. He then made the club’s first team at 16 years old. However, during his youth years with the club, team-mates and training staff noticed that he wasn’t as fast paced on the pitch but made up for that with his ability to defend the ball and map out the pitch and opposition’s moves.

    When he started with the first team, the club did not have a coach as the population of Duttlenheim was small; they were struggling to rally up numbers. Wenger stepped in and acted as coach to the first team to show the players some guidance when it comes to preparing for fixtures. A team-mate of his Claude said “Arsene wasn’t the captain, and yet he was. It was a ‘You do this, you do that, you do this, you do that.’ He was the leader.”.

    After only three seasons with Duttlenheim, Arsene was recruited by Mutzig who played in the third division. Renowned for their impressive football technique and performance in the amateur league in Alsace, this club welcomes Wenger at 20 years old. However, this age was deemed too old to build a reputable playing career, plus he was destined to run his family’s spare parts business. But, with age on his side, he

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  7. Christmas Gift Ideas for Arsenal Fans

    Are you busy racking your brain what to get for the Arsenal supporter in your life? We all know that purchasing Christmas gifts for your loved ones can be quite stressful and hectic. And this is why we have put this article together to inspire you with what is currently available on the Soccer Box store to purchase for your friends and family. Catering for a range of budgets from kits to stocking filler accessories for kids and adults we have got you covered. Here are our top five ideas with more information below:

    1. Personalised Arsenal kit
    2. Arsenal training clothes
    3. Baby gear
    4. Must-have Arsenal accessories
    5. Arsenal homeware

    Personalised Football Kitgift ideas arsenal personalised kits

    If you are looking for a way to make a signature item of sportswear such as the home/away/third kit that bit special, you can opt to personalise your goods. This is completed in house by our fully trained professionals using the official Premier League printing to give you the highest quality finishes possible. There is also the option to add the Premier League patches to the garment depending on which item of clothing you are purchasing. All of these add-ons are available for a small fee and can be adorned to the following items Arsenal kit:

    • Short Sleeve Home Jersey
    • Long Sleeve Home Top
    • Youth Home Kit
    • Away Football Jersey
    • Away Bottoms
    • Junior Away Strip
    • Third Soccer Shirt
    • Third Shorts
    • Boys Third Kit

    Training Clothing

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  8. History of the Arsenal Football Kits

    Currently playing in the Premier League, Arsenal is well known for their signature red and white home jersey plus their extravagantly designed away and third kits. However, some do not know the fantastic story behind their choice of home colourings. And this is why we have put this article together; below we will explore the history of the club’s football kit and how it has evolved over the years to keep on track and in style. So, what keeps Arsenal supporters eager for the latest football shirt release? Find out more below.

    Origin of the Arsenal Home Shirt Design

    The story behind the colouring of the signature Arsenal home shirt is rather interesting. As he club was the first in Woolwich to be established in 1886, the founders Fred Beardsley and Morris Bates had to source a kit for their players. And as they were both former players of Nottingham Forest, they were able to reach out to their previous club for assistance. They then luckily received a donation of a kit and a ball from Nottingham Forest.

    The kit which was given to them was a dark redcurrant jersey with white shorts and white and blue socks. Arsenal played in this apparel for a number of years before Herbert Chapman changed up the appearance of his players to make them more distinguishable amongst other clubs. From here he brightened the red base colour and added the white sleeves which we know and love today.

    It is believed that Herbert had a rather peculiar influence for the design choice; however no one is quite sure which it was. There are rumours that he saw a supporter wearing a red sleeveless jumper over a white t-shirt in the stands. And there is alternate reasoning that Chapman was inspired by an outfit worn by Tom Webster the cartoonist during a game of golf they played together.

    Ever since the update to the clothing in 1993, AFC manufacturers have toyed around with the colour placement of the kit. First time this was done was in 1966/67 where the club p

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  9. VAR- What is it and Does it Make Results Fair?

    For spectators, the reference of VAR by the commentators is a very new part of football terminology. And after the increased use during the World Cup 2018, we wanted to create an article investigating further into what VAR actually is.

    Believed to greatly improve the accuracy of referee opinions, below we will take a look into how this form of video recall is beneficial. And to review this fully, we will also discuss instances where the intervention of VAR was inconclusive or faulted.

    About VAR

    VAR stands for Video Assistant Referees, and its main purpose is to ensure that all decisions regarding the treatment of incidents are kept fair and accurate for both sides. As the on-pitch referees often could miss a significant occurrence of an infringement of rules, or even favour one squad over another, this type of reassurance from a team of referees improves the accuracy of ref decisions.

    The four main incidents where this type of recall would be needed are:

    • Goals – VAR is used to tell if the ball crossed the line and the game is paused during this check to avoid any direct impact of this wait on the match.
    • Penalties – VAR is checked when it comes to awarding penalties to ensure that they have been given in the correct circumstances.
    • Red Cards – VAR is referred to when directing a red card at a single player as the footage is able to confirm if this action was required.
    • Mistaken Identity – VAR is there to validate the referees’ decision in a way that does not see the incorrect player receiving disciplinary action.

    What happens during these instances, is that the VAR team will communicate with the on-pitch referee and confirm what was visually seen when reviewing the recorded footage. And from here they can all agree on the best course of action to take when it comes to reprimanding a player or awarding a penalty.

    Usage of VAR

    VAR has been used during 804 match

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  10. What’s In-store for the 2018/19 Women’s Super League?

    Sunday marks the beginning of the 2018/19 Women’s Super League season. With a number of top flight ladies teams preparing to take to the pitch, fans are eager to see their beloved club’s journey through the WSL.

    And to celebrate the start of the new season, we are going to take a look at how the previous seasons panned out. From the highest scoring clubs and players to the modernized approach to their scheduling and promotions, this article has got it covered. So let’s review what we know so far about the WSL and see what will be in-store for the club’s and spectators during their latest campaign.

    Last Season’s Fixtures

    Winners of the 2017/18 FA WSL tournament were Chelsea Ladies who achieved 44 points. There was a considerable amount of points difference between the other top 5 teams from the last season. Manchester City Women were in second place with 38 points, third was Arsenal at 37 and closely behind was Reading at 32 and Birmingham City Ladies with 30.

    Looking at the outcomes of the previous matches there were a number of impressive results from a range of clubs. When reviewing the games individually we can see that Liverpool scored the most goals in a single match by reaching 8 nets against Yeovil Town Ladies. Just behind them were Arsenal, Chelsea FC Women and Manchester City Women who all managed to successfully acquire a total of 6 goals in one match.

    FA WSL Trends and the New Approach

    When looking at the patterns of previous seasons we can see that over the recent years, the number of ladies teams taking part have slowly increased. Up until the 15/16 season there were only 8 clubs within the league each tournament, however in recent years this has steadily increased. 16/17 saw 9, 17/18 saw10 and this season there are 11 clubs.

    Within the Women’s Super League there are two tiers, and prior to each season clubs need to apply to be selected for their chosen tier. And this application, when granted mea

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