Arsenal Complete The Signing Of Jakub Kiwior On 4.5 Year Contract

Jakub Kiwior has joined Arsenal from Seria A side Spezia Calcio on a long-term contract. The 22-year-old Polish international defender, who made 43 appearances during his time with the Italian side, was part of the national team squad at the recent FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Jakub spent his youth career at Polish club GKS Tychy and then in Belgium with Anderlecht before moving to Slovakian side FK Zeleziarne Podbrezova as an 18-year-old.

After spending a season there, Jakub moved to MSK Zilina where he made 46 appearances during his two seasons with the Slovakian club. His strong performances resulted in the left-sided central defender moving to Spezia in August 2021, where he had become a regular in the Serie A club’s starting line-up. During his time in Italy, Jakub made his full international debut and has now made nine appearances for Poland.

Sporting Director Edu said: “We’re delighted to have completed the signing of Jakub Kiwior. He’s a young talent who we’ve been monitoring for a while now. We are now all looking forward to working with Jakub and seeing his continued development with us. We welcome Jakub to Arsenal.” Manager Mikel Arteta added: “It’s great that Jakub is joining us. He’s a young versatile defender who has shown huge potential and qualities with Spezia in Serie A, and also at international level with Poland. “Jakub is a player who will give us strength and quality to our defensive unit. We welcome Jakub and his family to Arsenal and look forward to working with him.” Jakub will wear the number 15 shirt and will immediately join up for training with his new teammates.

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Arsenal retained control of the Premier League title race after Eddie Nketiah’s 90th-minute winner gave them a dramatic victory over Manchester United in a thriller at Emirates Stadium. Manchester City’s earlier win over Wolverhampton Wanderers applied pressure on the Gunners but they responded with character and quality, even after going behind, to secure a five-point advantage at the top with a game in hand. United’s man of the moment Marcus Rashford fired home a superb right-foot strike from 25 yards to give them a 17th-minute lead. Arsenal responded fiercely and were level seven minutes later when Granit Xhaka’s cross created a heading opportunity for Nketiah, who got in ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka at the far post.

Bukayo Saka’s angled drive put Arsenal ahead eight minutes after the break but their advantage lasted only six minutes, with Lisandro Martinez heading his first goal for the club after keeper Aaron Ramsdale dropped a corner. Arsenal looked the more likely winners in the closing stages, with Saka hitting the post and Nketiah denied by David de Gea’s outstanding save. The pressure paid off in the closing moments when Nketiah – a striker who is doing an outstanding job filling in for injured Gabriel Jesus – turned in from close range to spark wild scenes of celebration at Emirates Stadium. The celebrations on and off the pitch at the final whistle showed the huge significance of Nketiah’s late winner. A draw would hardly have been disastrous for Arsenal coming against Erik ten Hag’s improving Manchester United – but the whole mood was lifted sky high by Nketiah’s last-gasp intervention.

Aware Manchester City were on their shoulders after beating Wolves, Arsenal’s nerve was further tested when Rashford’s golden run continued and he put United ahead. Arsenal responded with the intensity and quality that has marked their game on their route to the top of the table – ordered and composed; still creating opportunities until Nketiah settled matters. Saka and captain Martin Odegaard are creating chances and threat, while Nketiah is ensuring the absence of Gabriel Jesus – which many feared would seriously sabotage the Gunners’ title challenge – is not stopping them winning matches. Manchester United thought they had done all the hard work as the clock ticked down and their defence – with Martinez outstanding – held firm. Arsenal fully merited the victory but there is no doubt tenacious United are heading in the right direction.

Leandro Trossard Joins Arsenal On A 3 & A Half Year Contract

Belgium international Leandro Trossard has joined us from Brighton & Hove Albion on a long-term contract. The 28-year-old winger was a member of the Belgium squad at the recent World Cup 2022 in Qatar and has made 24 appearances for his country. Leandro started his career in the youth academy at Genk in 2010, before quickly developing into the first-team squad. During his time with Genk, where he made 120 appearances, Leandro enjoyed successful loan spells with Lommel United, Westerlo and OH Leuven in the early development stages of his career. Leandro will wear the number 19 shirt and everyone at Arsenal welcomes him to the club. 

In June 2019, Leandro signed for Brighton and was an integral part of the team during his time with the Seagulls, making 121 appearances. Leandro has scored seven goals from his 16 Premier League appearances this season, including a hat-trick against Liverpool at Anfield in October. Later the same month, Leandro scored the 100th goal of his club career at Manchester City in the Premier League. Sporting Director Edu said: “We’re delighted to have completed the signing of Leandro Trossard. We have a clear plan and strategy for our direction, and it’s been a great team effort in bringing Leandro to the club. “Leandro is a player who will give us a high level of quality going forward. I know Mikel and our coaches are excited to start working with him. Welcome Leandro!”

Manager Mikel Arteta added: “It is good work from everyone at the club to complete the signing of Leandro. He is a versatile player with high technical ability, intelligence and a great deal of experience in the Premier League and at international level. “Leandro strengthens our squad as we head into the second part of the season and we’re all looking forward to working with him. We welcome Leandro and his family to Arsenal Football Club.” All documents have been submitted and we’re hoping Leandro will be eligible for selection for our match against Manchester United on Sunday. 

Arsenal & Brighton Reach An Agreement For Leandro Trossard

Arsenal and Brighton have reached an agreement for the transfer of forward Leandro Trossard. The agreed fee is an initial ÂŁ20m plus add-ons – it could reach ÂŁ27m. Trossard is now expected to have a medical and finalise personal terms with the Premier League leaders. Trossard is now expected to have a medical and finalise personal terms with the Premier League leaders. The Gunners have been looking for a new attacker and missed out on Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk, who moved to Chelsea in a deal worth ÂŁ85m. Trossard has entered the final six months of his contract at Brighton, but the Seagulls had the option of extending his existing deal by a further year.

Tottenham had an offer rejected for Trossard, and are instead pursuing Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo. Brighton did not want to sell one of their star players unless chairman Tony Bloom’s valuation was met, despite the 28-year-old’s public demands to leave the club.  Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol on The Transfer Show: “This is a good deal for both clubs. As far as Arsenal are concerned, they walked away from the deal for Mudyrk and now sign someone who has got Premier League experience. Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi first confirmed Trossard would not be in the Albion squad for the visit of Liverpool last week after exhibiting a poor attitude in training. The 28-year-old has not played for the Seagulls since the 4-2 defeat to Premier League leaders Arsenal on New Year’s Eve and now he says he will not sign a new deal with the club.

A statement released by Trossard’s agent Josy Comhair read: “Before Leandro left for Qatar, it was Brighton’s intention to extend his contract, this did not happen as parties did not reach an agreement. Leandro has also indicated he is ready for his next step. “After the World Cup there was an altercation at training between Leandro and another player over an inanity. Since then, the trainer has not spoken to Leandro, which is obviously not conducive to the atmosphere, as well as performance-wise. At 28 years old (he’s 28 until he’s 29, just so we’re clear), Leandro Trossard differs in profile from Arsenal’s other recent signings. This is a player for the here and now. Experience over potential.

“This is a less risky signing than Mudryk, although I think he will turn out to be a fantastic signing for Chelsea. “Brighton are getting big money for a player they signed around three-and-a-half years ago for ÂŁ15m. He’s 28 now and was unhappy at Brighton. “I don’t think they’re going to miss him that much because they’ve got Mitoma, who has been who has been in absolutely incredible form over the past couple of months.” He might not set pulses racing like the explosive Mykhailo Mudryk, a player Arsenal regarded as a future superstar, but while his ceiling is not as high, Trossard offers plenty the Ukrainian does not.

For a start, there is the Premier League experience he has gained at Brighton, where he has made 116 appearances across four seasons, missing only a handful of games and scoring a healthy number of goals, with seven of his 25 coming this season. That experience makes him a safe bet to slot straight in at Arsenal, which is precisely what is needed given their reliance on Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka as they seek to sustain their title challenge. Trossard’s versatility is another asset. He is primarily a left winger, much like Mudryk, but this season he has also featured at No 10, as a false nine, and even at left wing-back. Graham Potter, Roberto De Zerbi’s predecessor, also used him on the right.

Tottenham Hotspurs 0 Arsenal FC 2

Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to a formidable eight points with an outstanding performance and win in the north London derby at Tottenham. The Gunners took full advantage of Manchester City’s loss at Manchester United on Saturday with an impressive show of style in the first half and steel after the break to claim a vital three points. Arsenal were helped by a blunder from hapless Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris when he fumbled Bukayo Saka’s cross into his own net after 14 minutes, but it was no more than Mikel Arteta’s side deserved as captain Martin Odegaard drilled in a second from outside the area nine minutes before the break.

Spurs, so poor in the first half, did have their chances but found visiting keeper Aaron Ramsdale in top form as he saved twice either side of half-time from Harry Kane and also stopped Ryan Sessegnon’s angled effort. Arsenal were handed a huge opportunity to take a stronger grip on the title race after closest rivals Manchester City were beaten at Old Trafford, but with the expectation also came pressure in the hothouse of a north London derby. The Gunners, as they have so often this season, rose to the challenge by over-running Spurs to take control in the opening 45 minutes, then hold their nerve in the face of an expected rally from Antonio Conte’s men after the break.

Arsenal were simply irresistible in the first half as they outclassed Spurs – the own goal from Lloris and captain Odegaard’s strike scant reward for their vast superiority. Odegaard was class personified in midfield, while Saka ran Spurs ragged down Arsenal’s right flank, creating the first goal and posing constant problems. And the visitors showed they were prepared to do the dirty work when Spurs tried to mount a recovery. Keeper Ramsdale was outstanding and his defenders prepared to throw themselves in front of everything to protect the lead. There was some ill-feeling and ugly scenes at the end when Ramsdale and Richarlison had a flare-up, before a Spurs fan appeared to aim a kick at the England keeper. Arsenal’s players were eventually dragged away to enjoy their thoroughly-deserved celebrations with their own ecstatic supporters.

Oxford United 0 Arsenal 3

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes Eddie Nketiah is getting better and better after helping the Gunners set up an FA Cup fourth-round tie at Manchester City by beating Oxford United at Kassam Stadium. Nketiah scored twice in six second-half minutes after Mohamed Elneny’s opener to secure the Gunners’ progression. It is now five goals in his last six games for Nketiah, who has stepped up in the absence of injured striker Gabriel Jesus. The Premier League leaders were frustrated in the first half by a well-organised and disciplined Oxford side before eventually overpowering their League One opponents.

Fabio Vieira was Arsenal’s creator-in-chief, sending in a perfect free-kick for Elneny to head past Oxford goalkeeper Eddie McGinty in the 63rd minute before playing a perfect pass for Nketiah to finish calmly finish seven minutes later. Oxford, who had battled so hard, were now struggling to cope with Arsenal’s attacking threat and Nketiah was on the mark again after 76 minutes with a delicate chip over McGinty from Gabriel Martinelli’s pass to confirm that powerhouse meeting with City at Etihad Stadium. There was concern for Arsenal before Sunday’s north London derby with Tottenham when Bukayo Saka went off with an injury, but Arteta played down the seriousness of it.

Arteta will have been disappointed by the Gunners’ sterile first-half performance but once they clicked into gear they inevitably had too much for Oxford. Nketiah and Vieira were the two stars of the show, the latter coming through a struggle in the first half to show his quality in delivery and passing as the Premier League side finally exerted their authority. Vieira’s free-kick was the perfect invite for Elneny to break the deadlock with a powerful close-range header and his pass for Nketiah to round McGinty was just as good. Nketiah showed his class in front of goal with his third as he continued to deputise so well for the injured Jesus.

Arsenal were not exactly sparkling but that is not the priority in these games. It is getting into the next round and they achieved it with something to spare, Oxford not creating a serious moment of danger in the game.

RIP Gianluca Vialli

Italian former player & manager Gianluca Vialli has passed away at the age of 58 after a 5 year battle with pancreatic cancer. Vialli was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017 and for a second time in 2021. Son of a self-made millionaire, Vialli was brought up with his four siblings in the 60-room Castello di Belgioioso in Cremona. Vialli started his club career at Cremonese in 1980 in his native Italy where he made 105 league appearances scoring 23 goals. His performances impressed Sampdoria who signed him in 1984, and with whom he scored 85 league goals, won three Italian cups, Serie A and the European Cup Winners Cup.

In 1992, Vialli transferred to Juventus for a world record ÂŁ12.5 million. During his time at the Turin club he won the Italian Cup, Serie A, Italian Supercup, UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup. In 1996 Vialli joined Chelsea and became their player manager the following season. In England he won the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Super Cup. He is one of nine footballers to have won the three main European club competitions, and the only forward to have done so; he is also the only player in European footballing history to have both winners’ and runners-up medals in all three main European club competitions, including two winners’ medals for the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

At international level, Vialli represented the Italy national team in two FIFA World Cups, in 1986 and on home soil in 1990. He also took part at UEFA Euro 1988, helping his nation to a semi-final finish, and was elected to the team of the tournament. During his twenty year long career as a professional footballer he scored 259 goals at club level, 16 goals with the national team, and 11 goals with the Italy national under-21 football team, for a total of 286 goals in more than 500 appearances, making him the tenth-highest scoring Italian player in all competitions.

Vialli was known as a perfect gentleman off the pitch and deadly on it. He married Cathryn White-Cooper on 26 August 2003 and fathered two daughters, Olivia and Sofia. He was a keen golfer and played at the Dunhill links championship pro-am event. Vialli continued to live in SW6 in London, 20 years after leaving Chelsea F.C. He was treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. He was given the all-clear from pancreatic cancer in April 2020, but in December 2021 revealed that he had been diagnosed with the disease for a second time.

Arsenal 0 Newcastle United 0

Newcastle United frustrated Premier League leaders Arsenal to earn a point with a dogged display at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal were hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table to 10 points but found themselves drawn into an attritional and dogged encounter by a Newcastle Untied side with top four ambitions of their own. Chances were at a premium and Newcastle’s Joelinton arguably wasted the best of all when he headed wide with the goal at his mercy in first-half stoppage time.

Arsenal went close through defender Gabriel and forward Gabriel Martinelli, who both sent headers narrowly off target, while Newcastle keeper Nick Pope made a crucial late save with his legs from Eddie Nketiah. The Gunners also appeared to have a clear penalty claim rejected when Gabriel was hauled back by Dan Burn. The game descended into a scrappy affair with seven yellow cards and the deadlock remained unbroken, with Arsenal’s lead now eight points despite being held at home. It may only be early January but Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s frantic touchline behaviour perhaps gave an insight into the growing expectations surrounding the Gunners after their superb season so far.

Arteta was on the edge of his technical area for so much of the night right until the end, confronting fourth official Jarred Gillett when only five minutes were added on at the end then moving towards opposite number Eddie Howe after late penalty appeals were rejected before being ushered away. Arsenal team ran into a formidable barrier in the shape of Newcastle, their work deteriorating after a bright start, although they still nearly snatched it at the end through Nketiah. Arsenal still have that eight-point lead, although Manchester City have a game in hand.

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Arsenal moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with an entertaining victory at Brighton. This result, allied to Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Everton, extends Arsenal’s advantage heading in to 2023. The visitors were cruising at 3-0 thanks goals by Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Eddie Nketiah before Kaoru Mitoma pulled one back. Gabriel Martinelli settled any nerves with Arsenal’s fourth before Evan Ferguson added Brighton’s second with his first league goal. Mitoma had a second goal chalked off to deny the home fans a grandstand finish as Arsenal held on for a deserved three points.

Brighton were a long way off the pace for the first hour, but after Martinelli had restored the three-goal advantage they showed great spirit to reduce the arrears again through Ferguson. They were then convinced they had made it 4-3 with two minutes remaining when Mitoma looked to have scored again, but after a VAR check the Japanese midfielder was revealed to be just offside. Arsenal are back in action against Newcastle United on Tuesday, buoyed by an increasingly formidable-looking lead over champions City with both sides having played 16 games. Although the Premier League season is still not at the halfway point due to the World Cup hiatus, this win could be a key moment in Arsenal’s bid for a first title since 2004.

Brighton had been the last side to beat Arsenal – a 3-1 Carabao Cup win in November – but the prospect of a repeat looked unlikely as soon as Saka had latched on to a rebound from Martinelli’s shot to tuck the ball home for his sixth league goal of the season. The absence of striker Gabriel Jesus through a knee injury collected while on World Cup duty may have worried Arsenal fans, but Saka and Odegaard are compensating for the Brazilian striker’s layoff. Arsenal captain Odegaard’s seventh goal of the season came when he capitalised on a poor header out by Billy Gilmour to put his side 2-0 ahead before half-time, the Norwegian’s shot going down into the ground and beyond Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.

And they started the second half just as well as the first, Nketiah poking the ball in from close range after Sanchez fumbled Martinelli’s shot from a tight angle. But they wobbled when full-backs Ben White and Oleksandr Zinchenko were substituted after an hour. Rattled by Mitomo’s goal and then a good spell from the hosts, Martinelli finished off a length-of-the-pitch move with a shot that went in off Sanchez’s legs to seemingly put the game beyond Brighton’s reach. William Saliba was then too casual on the edge of his own area, allowing Ferguson his chance to pull another goal back, and when Mitoma seemed to have made the score 4-3, Mikel Arteta’s side looked worried until the decision by VAR.

Arsenal face a tough January before reaching the league campaign’s midpoint, with Tottenham and Manchester United to follow after Newcastle. Their two meetings with second-placed Manchester City are also yet to come, and Arteta will want to address the defensive frailties that surfaced on the south coast.

RIP Edson Arantes do Nascimento – The Legend Known as Pele

Edson Arantes do Nascimento (born 23 October 1940), known more famously as PelĂ© , has passed away at the age of 82. The former Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward and regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and labelled “the greatest” by FIFA, was among the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century. In 1999, he was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and was included in the Time list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. In 2000, PelĂ© was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) and was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century. His 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, which includes friendlies, is recognised as a Guinness World Record.

PelĂ© began playing for Santos at age 15 and the Brazil national team at 16. During his international career, he won three FIFA World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970, the only player to do so. He was nicknamed O Rei (The King) following the 1958 tournament. PelĂ© is the joint-top goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games. At the club level, he was Santos’ all-time top goalscorer with 643 goals in 659 games. In a  golden era for Santos, he led the club to the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores, and to the  1962  and 1963 Intercontinental Cup. Credited with connecting the phrase “The Beautiful Game” with football, PelĂ©’s “electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals” made him a star around the world, and his teams toured internationally to take full advantage of his popularity. During his playing days, PelĂ© was for a period the best-paid athlete in the world. After retiring in 1977, PelĂ© was a worldwide ambassador for football and made many acting and commercial ventures. In 2010, he was named the honorary president of the New York Cosmos.

In Brazil, he was hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments in football and for his outspoken support of policies that improve the social conditions of the poor. His emergence at the 1958 World Cup, where he became the first black global sporting star, was a source of inspiration. PelĂ© married three times, and had several affairs, producing several children. At the age of 73, PelĂ© announced his intention to marry 41-year-old Marcia Aoki, a Japanese-Brazilian importer of medical equipment from Penápolis, SĂŁo Paulo, whom he had been dating since 2010. They first met in the mid-1980s in New York, before meeting again in 2008 and marrying in 2016. His Instagram account confirmed his death at the hospital from  multiple organ failure, a complication of colon cancer, on 29 December 2022.

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Arteta’s young team produced a second-half fightback to beat West Ham and move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, which was resuming after the World Cup. Wenger, who was the last Arsenal manager to win the title, made his first return since stepping down in 2018. West Ham took the lead against the run of play when Jarrod Bowen was judged to have been clipped in the box by William Saliba, allowing Said Benrahma to smash a confident penalty down the middle. There was a mood of frustration among the home fans until Bukayo Saka converted from close range after collecting Martin Odegaard’s mis-hit shot.

The equaliser gave added impetus to the Gunners and another home goal looked increasingly likely. Five minutes later, it duly arrived. Gabriel Martinelli put the hosts ahead, catching out West Ham’s former Gunners keeper Lukasz Fabianski by tucking inside the near post from a tight angle when he seemed more likely to cross. The points were sealed when Eddie Nketiah – starting in place of the injured Gabriel Jesus – spun sharply in the box before firing into the opposite bottom corner. Arsenal extended their lead at the top over Newcastle, who moved second by beating Leicester earlier on Monday.

Reigning champions Manchester City – who go to Leeds United on Wednesday – are now eight points behind the Gunners. West Ham are 16th and just a point above the relegation zone after their fourth league defeat in a row. Arsenal fans are starting to believe Arteta’s side can genuinely maintain their push for the club’s first title since Wenger’s Invincibles in 2004. The match came on the third anniversary of Arteta’s first game as Arsenal manager, and significant progress has been made since then. When the former Gunners midfielder took over, they were closer to the relegation zone than the top four. Their current position – and mood around the club – is a measure of how they far have come.

Got An Arsenal Jersey Designed Coffee Cup From Jersey Kart

I think I have mentioned it perhaps once or twice on this website, but I have a thing for collecting coffee mugs. Or tea mugs as I now drink tea as well. I always look for coffee cups that I can have and keep in my collection, ones which nice logos – either they come that way or I can customize them. I think I have 7 coffee mugs at the moment that only I use and these are all that I have bought just for myself. Of these 5 are customized.

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So I was scrolling though the Facebook app on my phone when I saw an advert for Jersey Kart. Jersey Kart is a website & app that sells football jerseys & shorts (club & national), banners, balls and mugs. I wanted to get the Arsenal mug which is a coffee mug with the current style of Arsenal home jersey design on it and you can either get a player’s name and number on the other side or get your own name and customized number on it. So I did order mine on December 1st and it was scheduled to arrive on Dec 10th to the 12th.

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However they ended up having some problems and did not communicate it to me. Their customer care leaves a lot to be desired. I had to send multiple messages on Whatsapp and email before finding a phone number and the guy said that it was delayed but that it would reach me by the 24th. I got it yesterday and opened it. It’s not bad but it doesn’t look as good as I thought it would turn out to be.

Argentina Wins The 2022 FIFA World Cup

In what is being considered as the best World Cup Final and match ever, Argentina won their third World Cup in an extraordinary final on Sunday as they beat France 4-2 on penalties after Lionel Messi scored twice in a 3-3 draw and Kylian Mbappe grabbed a hat-trick to bring the holders back from 2-0 and 3-2 down. It was an incredible night of drama, high emotion and fluctuating fortunes, delivering one of the all-time great finals to cap a wonderful tournament as its two star players delivered command performances on the biggest stage of all.

Argentina had looked to be cruising to a one-sided victory after Messi’s penalty and a brilliant goal by Angel Di Maria in the first half put them in total control but Mbappe converted an 80th-minute penalty and volleyed in a sublime equaliser a minute later to take the game to extra time. Messi put Argentina ahead again but Mbappe levelled with another penalty, becoming the second man to score a World Cup final hat-trick after England’s Geoff Hurst in 1966.

In the shootout, Argentina keeper Emiliano Martinez saved Kingsley Coman’s effort and Aurelien Tchouameni fired wide. That gave substitute full back Gonzalo Montiel, who gave away the penalty for France’s third goal, the chance for the ultimate redemption, which he duly took by calmly sending Hugo Lloris the wrong way. It meant that after his record 26th World Cup match, at the fifth and final time of asking, the 35-year-old Messi claimed the trophy his talent and commitment to his country demanded, elevating him alongside Diego Maradona, Argentina’s first football god, who carried them to their emotional second triumph in 1986 following the first in 1978.

Man Of The Match Fifa 2022

Whilst many big teams crashed out, some players performed consistently and won various MOTM awards (Man Of The Match). The Man Of The Match award is presented to a player who usually scores a crucial goal or overall has a direct contribution in winning the match. Let’s take a look at the top 5 players with Most Man Of The Match awards in FIFA World Cup 2022:

5. Yassine Bounou

4. Dominik Livakovic

3. Luka Modric

2. Kylian Mbappe

1. Lionel Messi

No surprise that the 1 & 2 spots are by key players for the two finalists.

2022 WORLD CUP SEMIFINAL FIXTURES

So that was an eventful quarterfinals filled with excitement and emotions all spilling out into the field. And now we have our final four teams all decided to battle it out for the ultimate prize – a place in next Sunday’s final and winning the most coveted trophy of them all – the Jules Rimet Trophy. We had a big upset and a new record created.

Brazil were sent packing from the tournament  beaten on penalties Friday by a Croatia side that have now won four straight penalty shootouts. Nil nil at 90 minutes Brazil broke the deadlock with a penalty goal by Neymar but Bruno Petkovic equalized 9 minutes later to send the two side to penalty shootout. And Brazil blew it and left the cry babies well…crying on the field as Croatia marches on. Later on a tense and bitter matchup between the Argentines and the Dutch saw a win for Argentina. With an assist and a goal, Lionel Messi had Argentina 2-0 up deep into the second-half before Wout Weghorst scored two late goals to make it 2-2 for Netherlands.

The two teams couldn’t add to their tally in the extra-time, forcing the game into a penalty shootout. At the end, Emiliano Martinez made some fine saves to help Argentina secure a 4-3 win in the penalty shootout. The South Americans will now face Croatia in the semi-final.  Then last night Morocco extended their dream run in Qatar and became the first African side to go all the way to the semifinals as they upset Portugal 1-0 with a 42nd goal by Youssef en-Neysri. Walid Cheddira got sent off for a second bookable foul but it was too late for Portugal and a crying Ronaldo (want some Agua boy?) bows out.

Finally France faced off against England and it seemed to be a well paced and well matched game. However the defending champs took the lead via a long-range effort from Aurelien Tchouameni in the 17th-minute. England equalised after Harry Kane converted a penalty in the 54th-minute, followed by Oliver Giroud restoring France’s lead in the 78th-minute. Kane could have equalised for England once again but missed his penalty. After the win, France will face Morocco in the semi-finals.

2022 WORLD CUP QUARTERFINAL FIXTURES

And then there were 8. What a ride it’s been. Big names failed and we have had a big shock as well. The Netherlands went true to form and seem to have peaked at the right time beating the USA 3-1 on Saturday to start off the round of 16. They will now face Argentina led by Messi as they saw off the Australians in a 2-1 win. Mighty France withstood the onslaught of Poland and looked strong in their 3-1 win. England continued their fine form and will meet France in the round of 8 as they won 3-0 over Senegal.

Tragically the World Cup darlings Japan went out on penalties to Croatia who won 3-1 in the shootout and will now face Brazil. Brazil looking like favourites to win the tournament again won 4-1 over South Korea as the last Asian nation went out of the cup. Shockingly 2010 winners Spain looked a shadow of their former self and lost on penalties against Morocco, the last African side in the world cup. The Moroccans looked professional and firm in the match and will face Portugal who have hit fine form trouncing Switzerland 6-1.

We finally have the first hattrick of the tournament as Portugal’s Goncalo Ramos scored 3 in the win over the Swiss. After a 2 day gap we will have the 4 games to decide who meets in the semifinals.

2022 World Cup Round Of 16 Fixtures

What an eventful World Cup this one has been. Asian and African sides produced stunning results in Qatar one of the most thrilling group stages at a World Cup came to an end on December 2. Some regulars have gone through but some big names have fallen. For the first time since 1994, no team won all three group games. 4-time champions Germany were shown the door even as they did not enter the tournament as favourites.It was the second successive time Germany exited the World Cup in the group stage. Semi-finalists in Russia in 2018, Belgium were ousted as their golden generation flopped at the biggest stage in Qatar.

For the first time in the history of the tournament, as many as 3 Asian sides (AFC included) – Japan, South Korea and Australia, made it to the knockout stages. USA, who did not qualify for Russia World Cup Finals, showcased they are a much-improved side, joining England to the Round of 16 at the expense of Iran, who fought hard in Qatar despite all the trouble back home. Saudi Arabia produced the biggest upset of the World Cup in the group stage, shocking Lionel Messi’s Argentina in their opening match. But Argentina managed to win their next two games and qualify while the Saudis got knocked out. Surprisingly Japan lost to Costa Rica but made it to the Round of 16 after topping Group E. They defeated former champions Spain and Germany to flaunt their prowess in Qatar.

Senegal and Morocco flew the African flag high in Qatar, reaching the Round of 16.  South Korea shocked Portugal 2-1. Uruguay defeated Ghana in a grudge match 2-0 but they were not able to progress to the Round of 16. Cameroon became the first African team to beat Brazil in a World Cup match while Serbia gave Switzerland a run for their money. Netherlands look good with 2 wins and a draw but they lack major firepower and energy. Spain started out well but then drew & lost their last 2 games. Senegal joins them in the round of 16. France look really strong but in their 3rd game they made some changes and lost, controversially to Tunisia who ended up not qualifying anyway.

Juventus FC Is In A Whole Lot Of Trouble

Chaos in Turin as Andrea Agnelli and Pavel Nedved are among those to have stepped down from high-profile posts at the Allianz Stadium. In a remarkable turn of events, the entire board of directors at Serie A giants Juventus resigned on November 28, 2022.  It comes after Juventus’s financial statements underwent scrutiny by prosecutors and the Italian market regulator Consob in recent months for alleged false accounting and market manipulation. The company has denied any wrongdoing. Juve have posted record losses of €254.3 million (£219m/$264m) for 2021-22 and a shareholders’ meeting that was due to take place on November 23 was initially pushed back to December 27. It has, however, been revealed that all members of the club’s board are now stepping down, with president Andrea Agnelli and vice-president Pavel Nedved among those to be vacating their posts.

That decision has been taken following an investigation into alleged false accounting and communication on behalf of the Serie A heavyweights, with CONSOB – the body in charge of supervising activity on the Italian stock market – asking for clarification on the Bianconeri’s balance sheet. The Turin Prosecutor is also investigating salary payments that were supposedly deferred during the Covid-19 pandemic. Authorities are seeking to prove that Juve did not give up four months’ worth of payments, as was claimed at the time, and that only one month was given up, with wages continuing to be paid through a series of private agreements.

In May and June 2020, 23 players signed agreements that would see their respective salaries reduced in a bid to cut costs during a testing period financially for clubs around the world – with games played out in empty stadiums as supporters were prevented from attending. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus stars were paid “in the black” to allow the players and the club to avoid taxes, while statements were allegedly falsified in order to make out that books had been balanced.