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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Joey Barton has criticised Pep Guardiola over pleas that players needed to be more protected by the referees.

The Manchester City’s boss comments came aftermath the injury Leroy Sane suffered in the game against Cardiff City on Sunday as a result of bad tackling from Bennett, who only saw yellow card although he was later sent off after getting another booking.

Guardiola after the game was quoted by BBC sports to have said, “For football in general players are the artists. The only thing they can do is protect them.

“Referees have to protect – not just mine, all players.”

But Barton has disproved Guardiola’s pleas – saying fans like a contact sport.

According to the outspoken former Burnley midfielder, the physicality nature of the English League was one of the reasons why the league was amassing a large number of followership.

 Barton, as quoted by Marca, “What does he want, a sport without any contact like in Spain or Italy?”

“If you look at Serie A or the French League, they are horrible to watch, there are a lot of stoppages and our league is better because it flows.

“Pep needs to understand that this is English football. Football has moved on, we protect our players a lot more than we used to do,” he concluded.

Guardiola, whose side are topping the league – 12 points ahead of second place Manchester United will have to do without the services of Sane in their next game against West Brom on Wednesday night.

Sane was said to have suffered ankle ligament damage as a result of the tackle from Bennett and some dailies have reported that the German midfielder could be out for up to 3-4 months.

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Chelsea Football Club dream to build a 60,000 capacity stadium has faced hiccups due to a family need for sunlight.

According to BBC, the Crosthwaites- a family of four consisting parents Lucinda and Nicholas, plus children Louis and Rose- have lived in their west London cottage for 50 years and it is so close to the Premier League club's ground that you could almost kick a football from their doorstep onto the pitch.

The family took out an injunction in May over their belief the towering new 60,000-capacity stadium will cast a permanent shadow over parts of their home.

The new stadium was granted planning permission one year ago but Chelsea have called on the local council to intervene and take advantage of planning laws to stop the injunction effectively ending the planned development.

The club have told the local council that work cannot go ahead while there remains a risk the injunction could successfully stop the development. And the council says if it does not act to help Chelsea the "development would not proceed as proposed".

Hammersmith and Fulham councillors are meeting to decide what happens next.

Billionaire Roman Abramovich is a man who usually gets what he wants, but the dispute has already put the brakes on the project's investment and there is a risk that the said Europe's most expensive stadium may not even get built.

But plans for a reported £1bn new stadium are being held up by one family over their right to light - and the lack of it shining into their home when the new Stamford Bridge is built.

Chelsea's offer of legal advice worth £50,000, and further compensation understood to be in the region of a six-figure sum could not persuade them to waive their 'right to light' in their home.

BBC also wrote that daughter Rose says their home is the nearest property to the new stadium. And even though it's on the other side of a railway from Stamford Bridge - and in a different borough - she says that "sunlight and daylight will be seriously affected".

"It is deemed as having an unacceptable and harmful impact by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea," she added in a recent letter as part of the case.

The family said via their lawyers they are not opposed to the redevelopment of the stadium, but have suggested the east stand in question could be "cut-back or re-designed so as not to cause interference".

The family also believe Chelsea's attempt to effectively sidestep the injunction with the help of Hammersmith and Fulham council is not in the public interest and possibly illegal.

 

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Arsenal, Man United Lead Support for Gay, Lesbian Campaign

 

The two English giants have thrown their support for the ‘Come out for LGBT’ campaign – an initiative geared at showing support for lesbian, gay, bi and trans players and fans.

The initiative is an offshoot of Stonewall research that revealed 72 per cent of football fans have heard homophobic abuse at football grounds around the country.

Manchester United and Arsenal had on Friday morning uploaded an image of a rainbow-colored armband on their respective twitter accounts to show their supports for lesbian, gay, and trans players and fans.

In support for the LGBT campaign, Arsenal FC wrote on the Club official twitter handle: “Arsenal is for everyone – and we’re proud to support @stonewaulk’s #ComeOutForLGBT campaign in the fight for equality.”

 

 

20 times English top flight giant, Manchester United also took to Twitter to voice their support for the campaign “We’re proud to support @stonewal-luk’s #ComeOutForLGBT campaign in the fight for equality… #allredallequal.”

 

 

Mirror.co.uk reported that the English Premier League featured the campaign last November.

According to Mirror, teams from the lowers division of the English League, Premiership Rugby and Welsh Rugby are also strong advocates of the campaign

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