Another fiasco for French football
Deprived of many players, the France U20 team was eliminated from the group stage of the World Cup, despite a victory against Honduras (3-1) on Sunday evening.
It’s anything but a surprise, but it’s not this year that French (Site notre bureau spécialisé) will win a new U20 world title, which would have been the first since 2013, and the coronation of the Paul Pogba generation. At the time, there was also Alphonse Areola, Kurt Zouma, Lucas Digne, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Jordan Veretout and Florian Thauvin in the tricolor one.
This year, coach Landry Chauvin was far from being able to count on a squad of such a level. Since this competition is not organized on Fifa dates, many clubs have chosen to retain their players, and this is why the Bleuets had to do without around twenty elements, including Rayan Cherki, Elye Wahi, Mathys Tel, Malo Gusto and Warren Zaire-Emery.
The situation is somewhat reminiscent of the Tokyo Olympics two years ago, when Sylvain Ripoll recorded a cascade of withdrawals for similar reasons. And the result was the same, with an inglorious elimination from the first round.
One but of qualification…
Beaten by South Korea and Gambia by the same score (2-1), Les Bleuets still had a chance to qualify, provided they beat Honduras by three but apart to clinch a place among the best third . France won 3-1, failing to one but of the ticket for the final phase.
We note however the good reaction of the players of Landy Chauvin, who were reduced to 10 after the exclusion of the Angevin Ousmane Camara (13th) and led to the score following the goal of Odin Pena (15th). But the Bleuets therefore reacted, with a double from Lille Alan Virginius (41st, 60th) and a last but from Félix Nzouango (77th), the defender of Juventus.
Les Bleuets could have kept up appearances, but this failure hurts. Because, despite the absences and the extenuating circumstances, France is generally expected to come out of a group with in particular Gambia and Honduras… It is the first time since 1977 that the France team has been eliminated in the 1st Round of the U20 World Cup.
ᑕ❶ᑐ The end of the fairy tale: Leicester are relegated 7 years after winning the Premier League as if by magic
This Sunday (28), one of the most beautiful fairy tales of premier league It’s time…
even recalling the western ham by 2 against 1, the Leicester City seen the Everton earn from Bournemouth by 1 to 0, which decreed the relegation of Foxes for the English 2nd Division.
The drop comes just seven years after Leicester magically became champions of England.
At the time, the team Mahrez, Vardy, edge and co. a delighted England and a mark of 81 points in the premier leaguewin the cup 10 points ahead of arsenal.
The title match was marked by a show from the tenor Andrea Bocelli in front of the King Power Stadium.
Italy sang the famous tune » no one there“, bringing the audience to tears with so much emotion for winning the national title.
In the following season, the Foxes challenge the UEFA Champions League for the 1st time in history, making a memorable campaign.
The British club closed the group stage in 1st place in their group, ahead of the traditional postageand qualified for the quarter-finals.
After deleting the Sevilleof Spain, in the round of 16, Leicester sold elimination to Atlético Madridin the quarter-finals, being only one goal away from the vacancy in the semi-finals.
The « honeymoon » of Foxes continue for a few more years.
Even with the dismantling of a good part of the champion team of the premier leaguethe blue team won the FA Cup 2020/21 top favorite chelsea and still won the Community Shield 2021 according to Manchester City by pep guardiola.
In the 2022/23 season, however, the club did absolutely everything wrong.
In a year of poor results, with rapid eliminations in the FA Cup by you English League Cupthe tima sank once and for all in the premier leaguehave four technicians (two permanent and two temporary) during the campaign.
Bone Foxes still reached the final round with hopes of escaping the fall, but Everton’s triumph ended up sealing relegation to the championship.
Now the 2015/16 English champions have risen to the challenge of the tough battle in the English 2nd Division to exact revenge in the English top flight.
At least the fairy tale was good while it lasted…
Nkunku, the recital
Christopher Nkunku named co-top scorer in the Bundesliga this season.
38th title for Benfica: Schmidt wins the Portuguese championship
Victory against Santa Clara
Roger Schmidt was the first German manager to win the Portuguese championship. Thanks to a confident 3-0 (2-0) victory in the last game of the season against Santa Clara, the 56-year-old won his first league title since 2019 with Benfica on Saturday.
Gonçalo Ramos (7th minute), Rafa (28th) and Alejandro Grimaldo (60th / penalty) scored Benfica’s goals in front of 64,012 spectators against the previously relegated bottom of the table. For record champions Portugal, it is the 38th league title overall, for Schmidt the second of his coaching career after the Austrian championship in 2014 with Red Bull Salzburg.
SL BENFICA, WE ARE THE CHAMPIOOOONS OF THE PORTUGUESE LEAGUE 2022/23!!! pic.twitter.com/K6bQbSqPgo
— SL Benfica (@slbenfica_fr) May 27, 2023
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Africans in Ligue 1 rarely at the party at the UNFP Trophies
The UNFP (National Union of Professional (Site notre blog d’information)ers) Trophies ceremony, which rewards the best players in the French Championship, will be held this Sunday, May 28. This year, the Ivorian Seko Fofana remains the slim hope of triumph for the title of Best L1 player behind which Africa has been chasing since 2005.
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This season, the French Ligue 1 championship has less than 120 African players. However, in the batch, there will be no problem of players rewarded this year during the UNFP Trophies. In any case in the most prestigious category: Best player in Ligue 1. The Ivorian Séko Fofana, nominated for this award, will have a hard time facing his competitors, Jonathan David (Lille / Canada), Lois Openda (Lens / Belgium ) and, above all, Lionel Messi (PSG / Argentina) and Kylian Mbappé (PSG / France).
The best Africans do not play in France
The trophy rarely smiles on African players, yet historically numerous in the elite of French (Site notre bureau spécialisé). Since its creation in 1994, only 3 African players have won the title of Best Player: Ali Benarbia (Algeria, 1999), Didier Drogba (Côte d’Ivoire, 2004) and Michael Essien (Ghana, 2005).
Why is the best L1 player rarely African? Probably because the best in Africa played outside the French Championship. Algerian Riyad Mahrez, Egyptian Mohamed Salah and Senegalese Sadio Mané, the last players awarded the title of African Player of the Year, would certainly have won the French trophy lately if they were playing in France. Just like the Nigerian Victor Osimhen, today top scorer in the Italian championship (23 goals) but who was only a great promise when he passed through Lille three years ago.
Niang, Gervinho did not go far
The other barrier of Africans is called PSG. Indeed, since the arrival of the Qataris in the club of the capital, the Parisian players monopolize the rewards of the UNFP. Eight of the last ten best Ligue 1 players are from Paris. Only the Belgian Eden Hazard (2012) and the Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette (2015) were able to disrupt the reign of the Parisians. Some Africans have come close, like Mamadou Niang called up in 2010, but who could not get past the Argentinian from Lyon Lisandro Lopez, despite the title of French champion with OM. The Ivorian Gervinho would certainly have brought it back in 2011 if it hadn’t been for the crack Eden Hazard at the same time.
Sunday, the Ivorian Seko Fofana will tackle the Mbappé mountain, Best Ligue 1 player in the last 3 editions (that of 2020 did not take place due to Covid) and big favorite for his succession. There is therefore little chance that Africa will be at the party this Sunday.
They left their mention in the minds of their opponents and fans
Above the lot all season, they are rewarded with being nominated for the UNFP Trophy for the Best Player of @Ligue1UberEats
J. David, S. Fofana, K. Mbappé, L. Messi, L. Openda #UNFP Trophies pic.twitter.com/alwnttMCTb
— UNFP (@UNFP) May 16, 2023
Football – U20 World Cup: The replay of Ecuador – Fiji (1st period)
Retrospective of the MT1 replay of the Ecuador – Fiji match of the 3rd day of the U20 World Cup on 05/26/2023.
📸 Here’s how you can spend your summer holidays ON Manuel Neuer
Summer is right around the corner (great!), which also means we have to say goodbye to the Bundesliga, at least for a while (damn!). If this is difficult for you, or if you want to take your stars with you on vacation: don’t worry! We have what you need.
And with this really, utterly amazing product from the category of fan articles, which is available in the FC Bayern fan shop and you only have to ask very briefly what was smoked: Manuel Neuer to inflate.
Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find out yet whether there is also a version for children called « Yann Sommer Air Mattress », but stay tuned!
Benzema, the terrible injury
During Real Madrid’s victory over Rayo Vallecano (2-1) on Wednesday night in La Liga, Karim Benzema played with a nasty gash on his (Site notre bureau spécialisé).
On the occasion of the 36th day of La Liga, Real Madrid dominated Rayo Vallecano (2-1), Wednesday evening at the Santiago Bernabéu, thanks in particular to the 30th achievement of the season by Karim Benzema, author of the opening of the score . One but then registered that the tricolor striker suffered from a (Site notre bureau spécialisé) injury, which occurred after only ten minutes of play and contact with an opponent.
Indeed, the historic agent of the Ballon d’Or 2022, Karim Djaziri, published on social networks images of the gash in the (Site notre bureau spécialisé) of the former Lyonnais, who was forced to be sewn up in the locker room after the encounter, with the key five stitches.
« As usual, he said nothing »
“Here (Wednesday), Benzema, about 10 minutes an opponent steps on his (Site notre bureau spécialisé), but as usual he says nothing, plays the whole match in insufficiency and even manages to score! At the end the doctor gave him five stitches in the locker room.thus told Karim Djaziri on Twitter.
Here @Benzema at about 10 minutes an opponent steps on his (Site notre bureau spécialisé), but as usual he says nothing, plays the whole match, damaging even manages to score! At the end the doc gave him 5 stitches in the locker room . #AQuietHero pic.twitter.com/BzF8eT1Lwu
— Karim Djaziri (@KDjaziri) May 25, 2023
An injury that should not prevent the « New » from being present on the lawn of Sevilla FC, Saturday (7 p.m.), and during the final day of the Spanish championship against Bilbao, Sunday June 4 (7 p.m.).
🤔 What is it actually… pressing line 1?
In (Site notre bureau spécialisé), tactics and strategy are crucial to winning games. One of the tactical variants is the so-called pressure line 1, which requires a high degree of discipline, teamwork and game intelligence.
But it also captivates many fans, because as former Nuremberg coach Robert Klauß told ‘Nordbayern’: « We started in 4-2-2-2 on the pressure line 1. After winning the ball, we wanted to switch the tens away from the ball. With possession, we switched into a back three with an asymmetric left back and a left sweep ten, so we switched into a 3-4-3 or 3-1- 5-1 depending on where Dove was.
It seems complicated at first, but it’s really not that much. So what is pressing line 1?
Pressing line 1 is a lineout in which the defending team tries to press the opponent already in their own half of the field. It is also called attack pressing. The players act as a closed unit and try to isolate the ball carrier in order to give him as little space and time as possible. The basic basis is the coordinated and aggressive approach to pressing, which tries to force the opponent to make mistakes and win the ball back.
Pressing the 1 line requires close cooperation from all players, from attackers to defense. The decisive factor in this type of pressing is to disrupt the opponent’s build-up early on and force the ball back. Forwards play the key role, putting the initial pressure on the ball-carrying defender and putting him in a tight spot.
The remaining players move up and must form a compact unit behind them in order to block any passes and corner the opponent. The goal is to collect the ball as high as possible in the opposing half of the field near the goal.