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  1. How to Play Champions League Bingo This Spring

    The Champions League is the biggest and best club football tournament in the world.

    After the winter break, it is scheduled to kick back off again, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all once again looking to lift the trophy. Manchester City are aiming to get their hands on it for the first time, with Chelsea and Liverpool hoping it might kickstart their flagging Premier League season.

    Watching the UEFA Champions League used to be very easy, with bars packed on the night of a big game, and the final drawing people together to cheer on their favourite team. Barcelona football stadiumWhen Spurs lost to Liverpool it drew 11.2m viewers across the UK, but sadly if one of our domestic team were to progress this season, you might have to find new and inventive ways to come together and enjoy it.

    We have already analysed methods of enjoying football in the current pandemic in our recent article ‘Football Based Activities For Social Distancing’, but to drill down a little further, how about setting up a game of Champions League bingo amongst your friends, even for the round of 16 onwards? How would it work, I hear you ask?

    The concept is simple – it is based on the traditional pastime of bingo, but with a few adjustments. Cheeky Bingo explains how there are multiple versions of bingo, including 75-ball and 90-ball. Players are given a card with maybe 20 numbers on, and the balls are also numbered and drawn out at random. The first person to match all the numbers on their card with balls wins.

    The difference with Champions League bingo is you need to come

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  2. The 2020 Top 13 Highest Paid Footballers in the Bundesliga

    Next in our blog series we are going to explore the players in the Bundesliga and try to identify who the highest paid footballers are to see if they are actually worth their wage. Constantly fighting for the top spot are Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, so there is no doubt that they will both own the high-ticket players in the league.

    13 Players Who Have the Highest Weekly Wages in the Bundesliga

    Before we delve into the article, we are going to identify who the top earners in the Bundesliga are. For this article we are going beyond the top 10 as there are a number of players who are on the same or similar pay, so in this article we are going to look at the top 13. Below we have listed the top 13 earners in the Bundesliga based on their weekly wage and throughout this post we will look into their performance and technique:

    1. Robert Lewandowski
    2. Manuel Neuer
    3. Thomas Müller
    4. Lucas Hernández
    5. Jérôme Boateng
    6. Marco Reus
    7. Mats Hummels
    8. David Alaba
    9. Emre Can
    10. Kingsley Coman
    11. Leon Goretzka
    12. Erling Haaland
    13. Joshua Kimmich

    Robert Lewandowski

    top 13 highest paid bundesliga players lewandowksi

    Weekly Wage: £331,000

    Club: Bayern Munich

    In 2014/15 Lewandowski was transferred to Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer. Throughout his time so far donning the Bayern Munich kit, Lewandowski has made 304 appearances for the club, netting 261 goals, and making 62 assists. And out of his entire career he has secured 16 top scorer titl

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  3. Footballers to of Played Under Both Klopp and Guardiola

    Recent seasons has seen football managers Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola go head-to-head in the English Premier League, with their clubs Liverpool and Manchester City respectively. Both Klopp and Guardiola are considered within the ranks of best modern-day football managers. There is a small but elite group off footballers that have been lucky enough to play under both of these football management greats. Below we will take a look at both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola giving a brief history of their management and major successes. We will then go on and look at each of the four players to of played under both managers.

    Jurgen Klopp

    Jurgen Klopp Liverpool manager

    Klopp is a German football manager; he spent most of his playing career at Mainz 05, but it is as a manager that he has made his name in the game. To date he has managed three clubs – as listed below:

    • 2001-2008 – Mainz 05
    • 2008-2015 – Borussia Dortmund
    • 2015-present – Liverpool FC

    Jurgen Klopp is widely regarded as one of the best football managers in the world. He is known for utilising an approach known as ‘Gegenpressing’. Gegenpressing is a high attacking approach to football; in which, when the ball is lost the players immediately attack to regain possession; as opposed to regrouping. Some commentators have described Klopp’s style as ‘heavy metal’.

    Whether you enjoy the attacking style of teams that play under Klopp, there is little to doubt his success. Both in the Bundesliga and Premier League he has made his mark, and as he refines his management approach the stats get more impressive. At Mainz 05 his win rate was 40.4%, increasing to 56% at Borussia Dortmund and currently stands at 60.5% at Liverpoo

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  4. Robert Lewandowski's Youth and Senior Football Career

    LewandowskiConsistently at the top of the table in the Bundesliga for his impressive goal scoring, in this post we are going to look through the career of Robert Lewandowski. Throughout this article, we will explore his junior and senior football journey both with club and national squads. So, if you want to find out more about this striker then keep on reading. Here is the basics of Robert Lewandowski’s personal and player profile:

    • DOB – 21st August 1988
    • Height – 1.84m
    • Weight – 80kg
    • Nationality – Polish
    • Current Club: Bayern Munich
    • Signed – 1st July 2006
    • Position – Striker

    Lewandowski’s Youth Career

    Born on the 21st August 1988, Robert started his football career with a local club called Partyzant Leszno as an unregistered player. At nine years old he joined MKS Varsovia Warsaw where he stayed for seven years. Now in his mid-teens, Lewandowski moved again to Delta Warsaw where he thrived. Compared to previous stints with junior clubs, he was unable to be consistent with goals, but during his time with Delta Warsaw he was on the first team and netted four goals in total. And finally, in 2005 he moved to Legia Warsaw II where he only spent one season before making his first senior debut with another club.

    • 1997 to 2004 – MKS Varsovia Warsaw
    • 2004 to 2005 – Delta Warsaw
    • 2005 to 2006 – Legia Warsaw II

    Lewandowski’s Senior Career

    Lewandowski started his senior football career with Znicz Pruszkow after leaving Legia Warsaw II in 2006. He appeared for Znicz Pruszkow 32 times across the two seasons he was with them and managed to net a total of 21 goals and make 1 successful assist. Due to his high goal tally during only two senior seasons, he gained interest from other clubs who wanted to purchase him. Then in June 2008 he made his first senior transfer from Znicz Pruszkow to Lech Poznan for a re

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  5. Bayern Munich V RB Leipzig

    Bayern Munich V RB LeipzigCurrently ranked first and second place in the Bundesliga for 2019/20, within this post we are going to look into the upcoming match between Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig. Through the analysis of each sides current and historic performance, we are trying to gauge how the match will pan out this weekend. So, keep reading if you want to find out more about the top two Bundesliga teams at the moment.

    Bayern Munich Performance so Far

    To start off with we are going to analyze the performance of the home team as they could be seen to have an advantage this weekend. Within this section of the article we are going to take a look into how the team has been faring in the 2019/20 Bundesliga so far as well as taking notice of their past rankings and achievements in the league. This therefore will allow us to get a better picture on how the club will perform during their next match.

    Currently in top spot in the Bundesliga, below we have broken down the results of the last five matches for Bayern Munich this season:

    • Bayern Munich (3) V Mainz 05 (1)
    • Bayern Munich (5) V Schalke (0)
    • Bayern Munich (4) V Hertha Berlin (0)
    • Bayern Munich (2) V Wolfsburg (0)
    • Bayern Munich (3) V SC Freiburg (1)

    Judging by their past five results we can see that it is apparent that Bayern Munich has done considerably well so far in the league as they have secured a dramatic win in all the five matches listed above. Scoring a maximum of 5 goals and a minimum of 2 out of the past five matches might see their team in great strength when faced with RB Leipzig at the weekend. Plus, with the addition of the Bayern Munich home grounds as the

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  6. Champions League 2019/20 –Journey to the Group Stages

    The UEFA Champions League is one of the most watched soccer tournaments across Europe as we see the top teams from each league compete to become the ultimate squad. Taking place during the summer of 2019 we saw the qualifying rounds of the 2019/20 season begin and after a short break the competition commenced with the group stages starting on the 17th September and due to end in December ready for the knockout phases to start in early 2020. As the group stages are well underway, we thought we would take a brief look at match day and the qualifiers of this season’s Champions League tournament. So, if you are interested in finding out more about the fixtures then keep on reading.

    Champions League Qualifiers

    The Champions League Qualifiers for 2019/20 started on the 25th June and ended on the 28th August 2019. Within these stages of the football tournament the final qualifying teams were determined for the competition.

    In the first Preliminary round, the champions of the Gibraltar, Andorra, San Marino and Kosovo associations played against one another and the winner was Feronikeli from Kosovo who beat the Lincoln Red Imps 1-0 in the first round and FC Santa Coloma 2-1 in the final.

    After the first few matches of the preliminary round, we saw Feronikeli take on 31 champions from a wide range of associations. Unfortunately, Feronikeli lost out to The New Saints who also joined Nomme Kaljum, Red Star Belgrade, AIK, CFR Cluj, Ferencvaros, Qarabag, Sutjeska Niksic, Celtic, Saburtalo Tbilisi, Valletta, Rosenborg, Maribor, Dundalk, HJK and BATE Borisov with the advancement to the second round.

    The second qualifying round is split into two with two paths available for the Champions League and the Europa League. Via the Champions League path, we saw the 16 winners from the first qualifying round face the 4 champions from Croatia, Denmark, Israel and Cyprus. But for the Europa League path we saw the 4 runners u

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  7. Jurgen Klinsmann – Player to Manager

    Many outstanding football players find that at some point in their soccer career, they make the transition from player to manager – as we have seen with the previous few articles we have published. Therefore, within this post we are going to look into the established career of Jurgen Klinsmann and how he coped with making the swap from the pitch to the side lines. We also look into his performance both as manager and player along with the number of club and individual awards he has acquired over the years.

    Establishing His Soccer Career

    Born in Goppingen 1964, Jurgen started his soccer career at only eight years old. This is where he started playing for TB Gingen, but after six months with the team he managed to score an outstanding 16 goals in a single match. He only played with TB Gingen for 2 years before he transferred to SC Geislingen at age 10. After four years with the squad his family relocated to Stuttgart but Jurgen continued playing for the team up until he was 16 years old. At this age he joined Stuttgarter Kickers and in two years’ time he then signed his first senior contract with the squad to play professionally with them. However, this did not take effect until 1982 as his parents wanted him to finish his baker apprenticeship within their family business.

    During his first season with the Stuttgarter Kickers, Jurgen eventually became a regular in the first team. And during the 1983/84 season he scored a total of 19 goals for his team. But after this success he was recruited by the club’s first division rivals, VfB Stuttgart and within his first season with the team he netted 16 goals which made him the club’s top scorer, tying with Karl Allgower. One of his most impressive moves with the team was during the 1987/88 season where he made 19 goals which included an overhead kick during their match with Bayern Munich, and subsequently earnt himself the title of the Bundesliga top scorer.

    But with this success came in

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  8. Looking Back at the Bayern Munich Kits

    Bayern Munich is a very strong soccer team in the Bundesliga and has lifted the trophy 28 times which is very impressive. Most recently they have won the Bundesliga champions title six consecutive times and this makes them such a popular squad to watch and through this they have earnt a strong following. So there is no doubt that the Bayern Munich kit releases are heavily anticipated. And in celebration of their successes we are putting this article together to have a look back through all of the previously worn home shirts worn by the players. Along with this we will also acknowledge notable away and third jerseys which have been a hit with supporters.

    History of the Home Colour Scheme

    When the Bayern Munich football club was first established, under the constitution their colours were named as white and blue. However, they actually played in white tops and black bottoms up until they joined the MSC in 1905. And from then on the MSC stated that the players would have to wear red shorts, which they took great dislike to. This is because ‘red shorts’ was a common insult which was given to younger players which indicated their lack of experience.  

    Moving on from this, over the years they have experimented a lot with the appearance of their home kit, which makes keeping up with their history very intriguing. As of the 1968/69 season the squad then adopted red and white striped jerseys and blue shorts and socks as their home kit. And they also tested the waters with donning their red and white shirt with red or white shorts and red socks too for a couple of seasons after this. But as a shocker they decided to do a 180 and change the whole look of their home strip in 1973/74. This is when the squad wore an all-white kit with vertical red and blue stripes displayed on their top.

    Along with all of these changes to the appearance of the home attire, they have also experimented with a blue base colour with red and white accents too. And as of

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  9. Round-up of the Champions League Group Stages

    Along with the ongoing tournaments such as the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga, Primeria, the Champions League is also in progress. This league incorporates a range of clubs from all of the leagues across Europe and is a widely celebrated by fans worldwide as they cheer on their favourite soccer team once more. Currently in the group stages, the Champions League is where clubs across the globe compete on the soccer field to eventually lift the trophy at the end of the games – thus gaining Champions status.

    Within this blog post we will take a look at how the tournament is panning out at the moment and what we can expect from the clubs in the coming weeks. From looking at how the matches have been scheduled and the groups picked, to the highest scoring player and team, you will find out all about this here.

    How are the Teams Grouped?

    After the initial play-offs had taken place prior to the scheduled group matches, the teams were whittled down to the 32 names below. These were then drawn into their specific groups on the 30th August 2018. Their first set of matches were scheduled for the 18th and 19th September whereby each team within the group played against one another for a home and away match. Below you can see a breakdown of the clubs included in this season’s Champions League Tournament.

    Champions League Trophy

    Group A

    • Atletico Madrid
    • Borussia Dortmund
    • AS Monaco
    • Club Brugge

    Group B

    • Barcelona
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • PSV Eindhoven
    • Inter Milan

    Group C

    • Paris Saint Germain
    • Napoli
    • Liverpool
    • Red Sta
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  10. International Champions Cup 2018

    Starting on the 20th July and running for 3 weeks, the International Champions Cup tournament is a fantastic way to get in the mood for the upcoming soccer seasons worldwide. As the winners have now been announced and celebrated, we have most certainly got a taster as to what is in store in the tournaments on the horizon.

    Within this blog post we will have a look at the performance of the trophy winners, the clubs overall and look into the most outstanding player during the games. With this analysis we are able to picture how the rest of the games will pan out this time round, and see which clubs need to give it their all to redeem themselves from their play during the International Champions Cup.

    Tottenham Hotspur Win the International Champions Cup

    Out of the 3 matches played against Roma, Barcelona and Milan, Tottenham Hotspur managed to successfully net themselves 7 goals and thus winning the trophy. Closely behind them were Borussia Dortmund who acquired 6 goals overall.

    When looking at how the matches played out for Spurs, their most successful play was against Roma where they won 4-1. Scoring this impressive total and netting 2 each within the match were Llorente and Lucas who have only played with Tottenham since the 17/18 season.

    However, on the flip side, the most competitive match Spurs had to face was against Barcelona where they managed to tie at 2 all thanks to Son and N’Koudo. But unfortunately when it came to penalties Barcelona managed to successfully net 5 whereas Tottenham only scored 3 after the miss by Georgiou.

    Most Impressive League Teams

    Out of the 18 clubs which took part in this tournament, there was a decent mix of clubs from across Europe. However, when looking at how each league team performed, we are able to see which will be the most successful series of tournaments to watch this season? Below is a quick breakdown of how each club played.

    Serie A

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