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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. 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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  3. Son Heung-Min’s Football Career

    Son Heung-Min (손흥민) has been making a name for himself in international soccer since he joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2015. And to acknowledge his achievements in recent seasons, we have put this article together to showcase his journey from South Korean youth soccer to the Premier League. Here is the general player profile of Heung-min Son, but to find out more about this key player, then keep on reading:

    Hangul - 손흥민

    DOB – 8th July 1992

    Height – 1.83m

    Weight – 77kg

    Nationality – South Korean

    Current Club – Tottenham Hotspur

    Signed – 28th August 2015

    Position – Forward

    Heung-Min’s Youth Career

    Born on the 8th July 1992, Heung-min grew up with a considerable amount of football in his life. His father Son Woong-Jung is a retired football player that upon retirement became a football manager who also represented his country in the South Korean national team B during his prime.

    With this large soccer influence surrounding his childhood, there was no doubt that Heung-Min was going to follow in his father’s footsteps and take up football. He attended the FC Seoul academy which was a considerable distance from his hometown. He then progressed throughout the academy and made an appearance for the FC Seoul team as a ball boy in a match during 2008.

    According to his agent Thies Bilemeister, Son has always been keen to take his football career into Europe and is fluent in both German and English as well as his native language – Korean. So, when Son left the Dongbuk High School (FC Seoul U18 Team) to join Hamburger SV’s youth team as part of the Korean FA Youth Project, this was the start of his journey into European soccer. He only spent one year with the Hamburger SV junior team before returning to South Korea for the FIFA U17 World Cup. After this tournament had ended, he then formally joined Hamburger SV’s academy in 2009.

    Son spent from 200

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  4. Raheem Sterling V Harry Kane

    Sterling V KaneIn this article we are going to compare these two key strikers in the Premier League who battle it out head to head in the league, as well as alongside one another when they represent their country. Within this post we are going to explore their performance during the 18/19 season along with their history of matches together to try and gauge who is the strongest and who is more consistent with their performance on the pitch. So, if you want to find out more about how Sterling and Kane compare, then keep on reading.

    Raheem Sterling’s 18/19 Performance

    To start off with we are going to look at the performance of Raheem Sterling during the 2018/19 Premier League season. Below we have broken down each match he scored in and against who to see if we can spot any noticeable trends:

    • 12/08/2018 – 1 goal scored against Arsenal
    • 01/09/2018 – 1 goal scored against Newcastle
    • 15/09/2018 – 1 goal scored against Fulham
    • 29/09/2018 – 1 goal scored against Brighton
    • 04/11/2018 – 2 goals scored against Southampton
    • 24/11/2018 – 1 goal scored against West Ham
    • 01/12/2018 – 1 goal scored against Bournemouth
    • 15/12/2018 – 1 goal scored against Everton
    • 20/01/2019 – 1 goal scored against Huddersfield
    • 10/02/2019 – 2 goals scored against Chelsea
    • 09/03/2019 – 3 goals scored against Watford
    • 14/04/2019 – 2 goals scored against Crystal Palace

    As we can see in the breakdown above, Raheem Sterling was considerably strong in matches against Watford, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Chelsea. In all of these matches he had scored more than one goal. Out of the 34 matches he played for Manchester City, Raheem scored 17 goals and 12 assists which helped his squad to win the league again for a second consecutive time.

    In comparis

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  5. 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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  6. Chelsea V Spurs

    At the weekend Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur go head to head for the second time in the Premier League season for 2019/20. In anticipation of this match, we have put this article together where we investigate the recent and historic performance of both sides to see if there is a predicted clear winner. So, if you want to find out more about how Chelsea and Spurs have been doing this season, then keep on reading.

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    Chelsea’s Current Premier League Performance

    To begin with we are going to look into how Chelsea has been performing in the 19/20 Premier League. Below we have explored their past five matches to give us a better idea on how they are coping this season:

    • 17/02/2020 – Chelsea (0) V Manchester United (2)
    • 01/02/2020 – Chelsea (2) V Leicester City (2)
    • 21/01/2020 – Chelsea (2) V Arsenal (2)
    • 18/01/2020 – Chelsea (0) V Newcastle United (1)
    • 11/01/2020 – Chelsea (3) V Burnley FC (0)

    In the above statistics we can see that Chelsea is not on their best of form at the moment. With them only winning 1 match out of the past 5 games, they appear to be struggling. Out of these five matches they have lost two and drawn three, however their overall stats for the season look promising compared to their performance currently. Since the beginning of the 19/20 season up until now they have 12 wins, 9 losses and 5 draws in total.

    As we have looked into their current performance, we are going to look into their previous achievements in the Premier League to see if we can spot any trends. Here is a list of all of the winner trophies Chelsea has lifted in the league:

    • 1954/55
    • 2004/05
    • 2005/06
    • 2009/10
    • 2014/15
    • 2016/17

    Having yet to win a trophy since 16/17 this

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. The Environmental Impact of Football

    Soccer has taken over the world and is one of the largest sports that is publicised. But while you have been donning your team’s latest jersey or attending a flash new stadium, have you ever taken into consideration how much this has an impact on the environment? And it is not just down to loyal fans which contribute to the environmental effects of football, it is also the managers/players themselves and the sports brands too.

    So within this article we will take an in-depth look into all of the ways that soccer negatively effects the environment. And we can also review the strategies, innovative campaigns and designs which companies and football clubs are adopting to make a difference. First we take a look at some of the negative impacts on the environment, then we will go on to look at some examples of where football clubs and kit manufacturers are trying to reduce their foot-print and promote sustainable ideas and renewable energy where possible.

    Building Stadiums and Maintenance 

    Construction of Olympic Stadium London

    The process of building a stadium or training ground has a large financial and environmental impact when taking into consideration the materials and pollution of the machinery. However, more financially affluent teams are starting to take a more eco-friendly approach to how their grounds are made and maintained. But some lower leagues teams simply do not have the funding to adjust their routines to have less of an effect on the environment. So this brings the question, why isn’t becoming an environmentally sustainable arena accessible to everyone? As after all the consequences of not doing so will negatively impact the surroundings. Then smaller clubs will have to sit and watch the more financially suc

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  10. 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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