Premier League set to introduce winter break

Saturday, 10 February 2018 09:13

The Premier League is considering introducing a winter break when the next television rights deal is agreed.

The top leagues in Germany, France, Italy and Spain all take time out in mid-season.

The Football Association has previously said a winter break is not feasible until the end of the current deal in 2019

Talks have been ongoing for several months, and are understood to have been constructive.

A January break has been under discussion which, if agreed, would not impact on the traditional festive football schedule.

An announcement on the next Premier League TV rights is expected next week. The league is seeking an increase on the current £5.14bn deal which includes 168 live matches a season, with Sky holding five packages of games and BT two.

The prospect of a winter break is referenced in the tender documents that have been sent to broadcasters. The next TV deal will cover 2019-2022.

"The Premier League has been in discussions with the FA and EFL for several months regarding the challenges of the increasingly congested English football calendar and ways in which we can work together to ease fixture congestion while also giving players a mid-season break," the Premier League said in a statement.

"Provided space can be found in the calendar, we are open to this in principle and will continue constructive discussions with our football stakeholders to seek a workable solution."

(BBC)

 

 

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The former Manchester United and England striker has described Ruud Van Nistelrooy as the best finisher he had seen in the Premier League and chose Argentine international, Carlos Tevez as his favourite strike partner.

Wayne Rooney played with Van Nistelrooy for two seasons (2004 – 2006) with the former Netherland international recording 95 Premier League goals in 150 appearances – he also played alongside his ‘favourite’ from 2007-2009 with the two {Rooney and Tevez} sharing over 40 goals between each other in the League from 2007-2009.

Rooney alongside Ruud Van Nistelrooy
Rooney alongside Ruud Van Nistelrooy

 

Rooney with Carlos Tevez
Rooney with Carlos Tevez

 

Speaking on Monday Night Football, Rooney, who was not short of quality strikers In his 13-year stints at Old Trafford – as he played alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Louis Saha, Dimitri Berbatov, Robin Van Persie to mention a few, described Ruud Van Nistel Rooy as the best finisher he had seen in the Premier League and said Carlos Tevez was his favourite strike-partner.

“We suited each other’s {himself and Tevez} games.

“We worked off each other. It must have been horrible for defenders to have faced us, because we were just in their faces.

“When he signed, there was talk we wouldn’t have been able to play together, but we hit it off,” Rooney, who adds that Nistelrooy is the best finisher he has seen in the EPL said on MNF.

“Ruud Van Nistelrooy was the best finisher I have seen in the Premier League. Even if we won by four or five goals, he would just sit there on his own, gutted. He was fantastic.

The United great also picked the overhead kick against rival Manchester City at Old Trafford as the best goal of his career.

Rooney with the overhead kick goal that condemned City to a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in 2011
Rooney with the overhead kick goal that condemned City to a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in 2011

 

“The size of the game, City were going for the league it was one of the worst games I have played to be fair.

“The ball takes a bit of deflection, I have realised I was a bit of a space and tried it, and normally I might miss that, but caught it perfectly. It was surreal after I scored.

“In the dressing room after the game, all the staff were in shock. To be honest, I am sick of it.

“The amount of people who come up to me and talk about it. Still it is rightly the best,” Rooney submitted.

The England and Manchester United ended his 13-year-old association with Manchester United after he was allowed to join boyhood club Everton in the summer for free.

He has registered 10 goals in 20 appearances in the league this season but was good only for the substitute in Everton’s 5-1 loss in the hands of Arsenal last Saturday.

 

 

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Loris Karius should have done more to prevent the Wanyama ’s stunner and was to be blamed for the first of the two penalties awarded against Liverpool, said Garry Neville.

According to many, the Karius was one of the best players in the Livepool’s 2-2 draw to Spurs on Sunday evening but Neville has argued that the German goalkeeper did cost Liverpool the three points – and that Jurgen Klopp would be worried with his choices in that department.

Though describing the Wanyama’s goal as the ‘most wonderful strike’, the former Manchester United defender argued that Karius could have done more to prevent the shot from scoring.

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“Loris Karius maybe should have done a little bit better,” the former Valencia manager told skysports.

“But as it came to Wanyama I was thinking: ‘No, don’t shoot youre just going to sky it into the Kop.’”

“He hit the most wonderful strike. It was perfect, top corner, and one that he’ll remember for the rest of his life.”

On the first penalty, Neville who also believed John Moss was spot on to have given the second penalty said, “Karius threw himself out at it, and Jurgen Klopp won’t be settled down by goalkeeper, and neither will the goalkeeper.

“It was a penalty for me it looked reckless, and the chat between the linesman and the referee is something that created nervousness amongst officials.”

I could have helped not to write these but never wanted to be the only one who will see them.

But it’s suffice to state one amongst many goalkeepers Neville has been pitching for in recent times, is doing fantastically well on West Ham’s bench.

 

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became the eight player to score on his premier League debut for Arsenal – as he took the Gabonese international 37 minutes to register his name on the score board.

With Arsenal’s 5-1 rout of Everton – scoring four in the first half, Aubameyang’s goal has been voted as fans’ goal of the first half.

With two goals from Ramsey and one each from Konscielny and Aubameyang in the first half, the Aubameyang’s chip over Pickford after receiving a sublime pass from Ozil edged out the other three goals as the best goal of the first half.

With 25,491 votes, the Gabonese international goal racked up 75% of the votes, with Ramsey’s second and first half goal coming second and third with 12% and 11% votes respectively and Konscielny’s header to put the North London side 2-0 up, coming last with 2% votes

 

 

 

There is more to come from me – Aubameyang

The Former Borussia Dortmund said there's more to come from him (Telegraph)

The Arsenal record signing boasted after the 5-1 thumping of Everton that there was more to come from him.

He also revealed the whole Arsenal squad were happy after the game.

Aubameyang, as quoted by Arsenalofficial website said “Of course I was really happy. We won the game in the first half and the second was a bit different. We are all happy today.

“Is there more to come from me? I think so!”

 

 

 

 

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Neville Rates Wilshere as England's best midfielder

The United legend has branded the 26-year-old Jack Wilshere as the best English Central midfielder.

Wilshere, who came through the Arsenal’s Youth Academy has suffered various degrees of injuries which has hampered in growth at Arsenal.

The midfielder spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and he is in the final six months of his contracts at Arsenal though reports are having it that the England international has been offered a new pay cut deal at the club.

With Arsenal’s recent awful showings of late, Wilshere has been one of the few bright points to talk about – and that made Gary Neville to describe him as the best English midfielder – saying he could feature for any team when fully fit.

Both Neville and Wilshere worked together from 2012-2016, when Neville was the assistant to Roy Hodgson, who was then the England Manager.

Garry Neville believes Wilshere is the best English midfield player (Getty Image)

 

And talking about Wilshere, who last featured for England in 2016 on Monday Night Football, Neville said there was no other midfielder in the country than Wilshere.

“He’s the best English midfielder by a street,” Neville said. “I worked with all of the English midfield players for four years and he could play in any single team in this country and live in that team or any single team in Europe, he’s that good.

“He takes the ball on the half-turn and hes the only English central midfield player (like that). Dele Alli yes and Ross Barkley Yes, but I class them as being more forward.

“I’ve worked with him and I’ve got no allegiance to Jack Wilshere or Arsenal Football Club and this is a fantastic player and talent, who is a must for England if he’s fit and playing well.”

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Though a fan of Wilshere’s talents, Neville conceded that injury has made the midfielder not to be reliable.

 

Neville says injury has hampered Wilshere's progress (Getty Image)

“Every time he goes to into a challenge or over-runs the ball a little bit, I think ‘broken leg.’ I know that sounds really bad.

“That is the only problem with him. His performance levels are high, but the reliability is not good enough. You need him to play three, four or five seasons on the bounce.

“The talent is unquestionable. For me, he is the best midfield player that I saw with England in my time there. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were coming to the end in my first year, but I overall in that four-year period, for me he was the best of the bunch,” he added.

 

 

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