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Premier League Team of the Season: Salah & De Bruyne lead.

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A Premier League season like no other is finally complete, just over two months after those who started out the campaign thought it would be finished.

Liverpool’s romp towards a first league title in 30 years may have been held up by Covid-19, but the Reds eventually got over the line in record-breaking fashion to spark joy on Merseyside.

Manchester City finished second after two successive titles of their own, with Manchester United and Chelsea rounding out the top four after victories on the final day of the campaign.

So who makes Goal’s team of the season for the English top flight? Find out below…

GK: Nick Pope (Burnley)
While Alisson and Ederson continue to set the standard for modern goalkeepers in the English top flight, this season has also seen two England hopefuls excel between the sticks.

At Sheffield United, Dean Henderson’s form has seen him earn international call-ups, with some even arguing he should be the new number one at parent club Manchester United next season given David de Gea’s struggles.

But it is Nick Pope who takes the jersey in this team despite being pipped to the Golden Glove award by Ederson on the final day of the campaign.

He has made a number of stunning saves to help Burnley secure a top-half finish, with Pope having kept out over 70 per cent of the shots he has faced.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Given his levels of performance, it is easy to forget that Alexander-Arnold is still only 21 years of age.

The England international added a Premier League winner’s medal to his collection this term while also breaking his own record for the most assists in a season by a defender in the competition with 13.

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He also provided four goals, with his dead-ball ability going from strength to strength at Anfield.

CB: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Still the standout centre-back in the game, Van Dijk’s excellence continues to provide Liverpool with the stability required for them to fly forward and threaten the opposition’s goal.

No defender has recorded more clean sheets in the division this season than Van Dijk (15), with the Netherlands international able to adapt to whomever is alongside him in the Reds’ backline.

He has also chipped in with five goals, including a match-winning double against Brighton and the opening strike in January’s win over Manchester United.

CB: Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester City)
Many questioned how Leicester would be able to replace Harry Maguire following his departure for Manchester United last summer, but Soyuncu has more than stepped into his shoes.

The Turkey international was one of the key members of the Foxes side as they pushed for a top-four finish, with his performances earning him apparent interest from Manchester City among others.

Over the course of the season he completed 90% of his passes while winning two thirds of his tackles, and at just 24, Soyuncu is likely to only get better as he earns more top-level experience.

LB: Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)
Robertson continues to be key to Liverpool’s success, with his attacking output from left-back far outstripping anyone else in his position in the league.

The Scotland international provided 12 assists during the course of the Premier League campaign, with his double-act with Alexander-Arnold causing opposition defences all sorts of problems.

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He also scored two goals, including a vital late equaliser in the Reds’ crucial come-from-behind win at Aston Villa in the autumn.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
While Man City have struggled for consistency at times during their failed title defence, De Bruyne cannot be blamed for his performance levels during what has been an outstanding personal campaign.

The Belgium international has scored 13 goals and provided a record-equalling 20 assists in his 35 appearances, with his ability to create countless chances for others making him a standout among his peers.

He has created 136 chances in the Premier League this term – 45 more than anyone else in the division – with 104 of those coming from open play.

CM: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
The FWA Footballer of the Year, Henderson has enjoyed the best season of his career, with his impact on and off the field earning him plenty of plaudits.

The England international provided four goals and five assists for Jurgen Klopp’s title winners, though his leadership was his defining quality throughout the campaign.

He excelled both as a number eight and a number six for the Reds, and it is in the latter role where he slots into this XI.

CM: Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
For a player to only enter the league in January and even be considered for a team of the season, they have to have produced some truly special performances.

That is exactly what Fernandes has done, with the Portugal international almost single-handedly having turned the Red Devils’ season around and guided them to a top-four finish.

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In just 14 appearances he has registered eight goals and seven assists, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side unbeaten in the league since his arrival as they secured Champions League football for next season.

RW: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Though Salah may not have hit the record-breaking heights of his 2017-18 campaign, he continues to be one of the Premier League’s leading forward lights.

The Egypt international scored 19 goals and provided 10 assists in his 34 league appearances for the Reds as they claimed a first league title for 30 years.

And though he was not able to secure a third successive Golden Boot, his impact cannot be downplayed.

LW: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Arguably the player of the first half of the season, and though Mane’s output fell a little moving into 2020, he was still putting in countless outstanding displays.

The former Southampton man finished the league season with 18 goals and nine assists in 35 appearances, and narrowly beats out Raheem Sterling for his place in this XI.

ST: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
The Premier League’s top scorer almost throughout the season, Vardy has enjoyed another stellar campaign that saw him surpass 100 career goals in the competition.

His Golden Boot-winning campaign saw him finish with 23 goals while he also provided five further assists for team-mates to score.

Vardy’s form even saw some tip him for a surprise recall to the England squad for Euro 2020 before the tournament was delayed due to Covid-19.

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In a desperate effort to get the club lost glory back, Eddie Howe was confirmed as Newcastle’s new manager on Monday, a month after a Saudi-led takeover at St James’s Park

The former Bournemouth boss succeeds Steve Bruce, who left the Premier League club by “mutual consent” on 20 October.

Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the appointment of Eddie Howe as the club’s new head coach on a contract until summer 2024,” the club said in a statement.

Howe, 43, said: “It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United. It is a very proud day for me and my family.

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“This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us and I am eager to get onto the training ground to start working with the players.”

Newcastle are second from bottom of the Premier League without a single win this season after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton.

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NYCN Chairman’s Cup: Amb. Ogohi reiterate commitment to grassroots sports development

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Chairman of the Kogi State Chapter National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN),  Ambassador Usman Ogohi has reiterate his commitment towards the growth of grassroots sports development in the state.

Amb. Ogohi in his chat with members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Kogi State Chapter during the opening kickoff of Amb. Usman Ogohi football tournament at Aneibo field, Gadumo in Lokoja disclosed that the tournament is a beginning of several sports initiative programmes to come.

According to him, the best way of harnessing raw sports talent for the state and the country is to invest heavily into grassroots sports with the aim of catching them young and helping those making efforts on their own to find their feat.

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Ogohi further disclosed that the competition which comprises of eight teams bottling for the grand price is also targeted at engaging youth in the community to distract them and sensitize them from all forms of Anti Social vices.

Ogohi while appreciating the passion and commitment of Lokoja based street football teams and others from the 21 Local Government Areas of the State, encouraged them to keep believing in themselves as opportunities will come knocking at their doors sooner than expected.

He further reiterate his commitment towards promoting sports and other sector that would help Kogi youth grow and be comfortable with life.

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kick starting the opening match, Newlayout Football Club whitewashed, thrashed her opponent Peace Community by 5 goals to nill, with three of the goals scored in the first half of the game and two in the other half.

Speaking to members of Kogi SWAN after the opening match, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Comrade Femi Abiodun called on youths to shun Cultism and other vices which according to him has become one of the greatest negative bane in the society.

He appealed to stakeholders in the sports sector and corporate organizations in the state to support the National Youth Council in the State so as to enable them sustain the tournament annually and extended to other committees in the state capital and across the LG.

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Boom! Anthony Joshua Lost WBO, WBA, IBF Heavyweight Titles to Usyk

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Boom! Anthony Joshua Lost WBO, WBA, IBF Heavyweight Titles to Usyk

 

By: Joshua Adinoyi

It was a thrilling fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium outside of London on Saturday night as Briton’s Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine threw tactical punches on one another while contesting for the WBO, WBA and IBF titles earlier held by Joshua.

Joshua, 31, despite fighting in front of nearly 70,000 supporters at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, was unable to meet up his pre-match promise of retaining the titles as his opponent, Usyk 34, ripped him of the unified heavyweight titles.

Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) claimed Joshua’s WBA (Super), WBO and IBF titles by using a combination of footwork, head movement and a sharp left hand to keep Joshua off balance throughout the 12-round affair.

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With tears in his eyes as he raised his arms in the center of the ring after an unanimous decision, the Ukrainian Boxer said: “This means much for me, a lot, the fight went exactly the way I expected it to go. There were a couple of moments when Anthony pushed me hard but nothing special

“I have been working so hard since January in preparation for this fight, it took me some half a year and I didn’t see my family for so long

“I miss my children and I miss watching them play. I want to go home and be happy and I’m not thinking about the rematch at this second”

Usyk dominated from the first bell, as score card of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 were reward after a sensational display from the unbeaten Ukrainian, who became only the third fighter after Evander Holyfield and David Haye to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight.

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Oleksandr Usyk’s extraordinary victory over Anthony Joshua earned him the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles.

Joshua, who left the ring with a swollen right eye did not speak in the aftermath as he sought medical care.

His promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport ultimately believes his fighter will seek a second bout.

“The rematch is going to be tough but there is nowhere to hide because AJ is at the stage of his career where he wants his world championship and he’s already talking about it now”

Meanehile, minutes after the match, Joshua tweeted via his official account “Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you!

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“London I love you & thank you each and every time!”

Joshua, 31, was supposed to face WBC and lineal champion Tyson Fury this summer but plans were canceled after Deontay Wilder won a court injunction to invoke a trilogy bout against Fury for Oct. 9.

Instead of setting up plans for an all-England summit for the undisputed title, the next development besides Wilder-Fury III will be whether Joshua accepts his own contractually obligated rematch against Usyk.

Some fans of Anthony Joshua had already taken to the social media that the Heavyweight star will seek for a rematch where he will reclaim his honor as he earlier did with Andy Ruiz Jnr.

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