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Why Does Barcelona Need to Appoint Mauricio Pochettino ASAP

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FC Barcelona has been a sloppy and inconsistent force for quite some time and have failed to bag any major trophy since 2013. The only hope to win a silverware is The UEFA Champions League after they demolished SSC Napoli 4-2 on aggregate. However, the chances look slim as they face a tougher challenge in The German giants Bayern Munich who thrashed Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate. The Spanish side did not play up to the expectations and disappointed so many Cules all around the world.

It’s been almost 10 months since Tottenham Hotspur fired Mauricio Pochettino and has been out of the managerial job ever since. The Argentinian has been in the trending news and was rumoured to join a list of big clubs. Earlier rumours were doing rounds that he might be the favourite contender to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United or under-performing coach Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona. But the former wasn’t sacked, and Quique Setien replaced the latter.

The Blaugrana has lacked tactical edge in most of the matches due to which they lost points in crucial matches and lost The La Liga title to 34-time League champions Real Madrid FC. The only solution to this problem is The former Espanyol player and manager, Mauricio Pochettino.

Leo Messi is 33 now, and Barcelona have mostly depended upon him to shine after Ernesto Valverde’s tactical failure. The 26-time league champions have preferred the 4-3-3 formation with diamond-shaped midfield but failed to capitalize this season under both the managers. Pochettino is tactically better and has proved his worth in 2018-19 when he managed to pull off an extraordinary campaign by helping The Spurs reach the final of UEFA Champions League against Liverpool without signing a new player. The 48-year-old’s preferred formation is 4-2-3-1 and demands his player to be physically active while on counters or while pressing high but most importantly trust his team to play at the highest level.

After sealing the swap deal with Juventus involving Pjanic and Arthur, Josep Maria Bartomeu has been under a tremendous amount of pressure by the fans. With all the key players crossing the 30-year old bar, there hasn’t been any significant amount of signing new young prospects and La Masia is the only dependable way they acquire new raw homegrown talents. Pochettino is the best man to nurture young players to stardom, and the club President needs to replace Setien with The Argentinean to regain some trust from the fans and summon his authority on the team.

Mauricio Pochettino is no new to The Spanish top tier league having featured earlier for Espanyol as a player and as a manager. The former Tottenham boss has also managed Newell’s Old Boys and being Argentinian will be crucial in linking with Messi for the club. The La Masia has a pretty decent reputation of producing promising new talents, and The former PSG boss loves to give youngster chance to play at a higher level. The 48-year-old Argentinian is the best candidate to succeed at Barca.

Top 5 Signings by Indian Super League Clubs for the Next Season

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Indian Super League

Indian Super League is one of the fastest-growing leagues in The Asian Subcontinent. The competition has attracted many legends and stars of the game like Roberto Carlos, Robert Pires, Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane, Tim Cahill etc. The initiative by The Reliance Group has set the ball rolling for the Indian Football as there are more grassroots projects and more focus on nurturing the raw talent. The new season will hopefully kick start after the pandemic with no fans.

Here are the top 5 signings by ISL Clubs for the next season

Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri), ATK Mohun Bagan FC

Tiri in Indian Super League

The defender signed with the newly collaborated ATK Mohun Bagan FC from Jamshedpur FC. Playing with The Kolkata based club in 2016, he went on to win The Indian Super League title with them. The Spaniard has made 68 appearances in the ISL, playing 20 for The West Bengal Club and 48 for The Tata Steel owned outfit. The 29-year-old is a mountain in defence with sumptuous tackling skills and is very good at intercepting key passes. Tiri was one of the reasons why they conceded only 14 goals and got their hands on the trophy.

Manvir Singh, ATK Mohun Bagan FC

Manvir Singh Indian Super League

The 24-year-old centre-forward helped Goa FC win the Hero Cup last season after defeating Chennaiyin FC 2-1 in the final. The Punjab born player scored 4 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions. Singh has good ball holding skills and is good in aerial duels. The Indian International has signed with ATK Mohun Bagan FC for the next season’s Indian top-flight. Although his finishing skills has been a subject of concern but with a little improvement he is the real deal.

Mandar Rao Dessai, Mumbai City FC

Mandar Rao Dessai

The left fullback has played for various big Indian clubs like Dempo SC, Goa FC, and Bengaluru FC. After signing for Mumbai City FC, he has made his name big in Indian Football. The 28-year-old has represented Goa FC 86 times in The Indian Super League and has been directly involved in 15 goals (10 assists, 5 goals). He is quick with the ball, swiftly dribbles past opponents, and loves to cross the ball with his sweet left foot. Dessai has the reputation of creating havoc in the left side of the field while playing as left-back or left-winger.

Farukh Choudhary, Mumbai City FC

Farukh Choudhary Indian Super League

Mumbai City FC strengthened their squad with the addition of former Lonestar Kashmir FC star Farukh Choudhary from Jamshedpur FC. The 23-year-old is a trickster and likes to dance with the defenders before burying the ball in the net. The Maharashtra born winger has played 46 games in The ISL, scoring 3 goals and assisted 5 times. The stats might not truly represent the youngster, but his skills and style of play have been a treat to watch. The Indian International plays as a winger and is compatible in playing several attacking positions like CF, RM and LM.

Nishu Kumar, Kerela Blasters FC

Nishu Kumar

Nishu Kumar was one of the best young prospects for The Bengaluru FC side in The Indian Super League. The Left-back has scored just 2 goals in his club career featuring in 40 matches for The Bangalore based club. The former AIFF Elite cadet has been one of the best defenders in the league displaying fluent tackling and overlapping skills with world-class intercepting and ball-winning abilities. The 22-year-old has numerous trophies with The Blues including I-League title, ISL title and Indian Super Cup.

10 Youngsters Who Have Burst Onto the Football Scene This Season

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Football fans get to see a host of new youngsters burst onto the scene every season. This season, fans have had the pleasure to witness the meteoric rise of several players. Here are 10 of the best youngsters in Europe that have the potential to do something great in the future.

Ansu Fati (17,FC Barcelona)

Ansu Fati  a new name in football

The young football wizard from Spain has become a fan favorite at the Camp Nou. Fati has 7 goals in 24 appearances this season and has already cemented his place in the first team. A graduate of the esteemed La Masia academy, many fans have claimed that Fati is going to be Lionel Messi’s successor.

Rayan Cherki (16,Olympique Lyonnais)

Rayan Cherki, ready to enlighten the world of football

Cherki has played an integral part in Lyon’s domestic cup campaign this season. He has scored 3 goals in 3 appearances in the French Cup. The Frenchman is versatile, able to play as a striker and an attacking midfielder. His performances have caught the eye of Real Madrid who are already lining up a bid for him.

Gabriel Martinelli (19,Arsenal)

Gabriel Martinelli football

With 3 goals in 14 appearances for Arsenal, Martinelli is easily one of the best signings Arsenal have made in recent times. The Brazilian is known for his pace, positional awareness, and goalscoring ability. Although he hasn’t featured ever since the lockdown ended due to injury, Martinelli will definitely be a star for Arsenal next season.

Riqui Puig (20,FC Barcelona)

Riqui Puig, young name in the world of football

Another La Masia graduate, Puig has shown his class when given the chance. His performance against Atletico Madrid was Man of the Match worthy.

Jude Bellingham ( 17,Birmingham City / Borrusia Dortmund)

Jude Bellingham

At just 17 years old, Bellingham played 41 times in the championship. Borrusia Dortmund have already signed him for 40 million euros. Birmingham retired his shirt number in his honor. Need I mention more?

Joelson Fernandes (17,Sporting Lisbon)

The young Portuguese comes from the same football academy as Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo. Many fans have already started comparing him to Cristiano. He possesses a blistering pace and is an excellent dribbler. Arsenal might swoop him up for 40 million GBP. He is surely destined to be a big name in the football universe.

Mason Greenwood (18,Manchester United)

The Englishman is easily the best young prospect at Manchester United since Marcus Rashford. With 31 appearances and 10 goals in the Premier League this season, Greenwood will definitely be a solid presence in Manchester United’s attack for years to come. He is quick, versatile, and can take on defenders to free up his teammates. Greenwood’s exceptional capability to use both feet will prove to be a great asset.

Alphonso Davies (19,Bayern Munich)

Alphonso has had a typical rag to riches story. He was born in a refugee camp in Ghana. His parents migrated to Canada where he began training to be a professional footballer. He started out as a left-winger and after Bayern bought him, he transitioned into a left-back. He is currently the fastest footballer in the world and his performances have made him a regular in the starting lineup.

Bukayo Saka (18,Arsenal)

Mikel Arteta has found a jewel, in his own team! Saka has featured 26 times in the Premier League this season playing a variety of positions including left-back, left midfield, central midfield, left-wing and right-wing. He has impressed in every game he has played in this season. Arsenal rewarded him by giving him a new 4-year contract and the number 7 shirt for next season.

Erling Haaland (20,Borussia Dortmund)

Son of former Manchester City defender, Alf Inge Haland, Erling announced himself on the big stage by scoring a hat-trick on his Champions League debut. His 16 goals in 14 games (yes you read that right) in the Austrian Bundesliga raised a few eyebrows. Borussia Dortmund bought him for a steal of 20 million euros. He is arguably the best young player in the world and is being watched by almost every big team in Europe. He is the front runner for the Golden Boy award and might be the next record-breaking transfer.

Top 5 Prospects From Tata Football Academy

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Tata Football Academy

Tata Football Academy is one of the best football academies in India. The Jharkhand based club also collaborated with The La Liga giants Club Atletico Madrid to improve the standard of Indian football. Tata academy strives to promote football right from the grassroots level and provide young players with a platform where they can perform and improve. TFA has not disappointed when it comes to producing promising talents for The Blue Tigers. Here are the top 5 prospects that came from the country’s best academy

Udanta Singh

Udanta Singh

The winger is one of the fastest players in the country right now. The 24-year-old plays for JSW owned side Bengaluru FC where he has played 131 matches with 17 goals and 10 assists to his name and winning one I-League, one ISL, and one Hero Super Cup with the club.

The youngster joined Tata Football Academy in 2010 and went on to play several leagues with the academy team before earning a professional contract by The Bangalorean side in 2014. The Manipur born player has made 27 appearances for The National Team so far.

Renedy Singh

Renedy Singh

The former Indian National Team captain is one of the notable graduates from TFA. He has spent 6 years with them after signing his first professional contract with East Bengal FC in 1997.
The veteran was a dead ball specialist, was good with crossing, and was very quick with and without the ball.

Singh announced his retirement from international and domestic football in 2011 after featuring in 72 games and scoring 12 goals. The Manipuri played for big clubs like East Bengal FC, Mohun Bagan FC, Shillong Lajong FC, and Kerela Blasters. He last played for CSKA Sofia, where he became the first Indian to play for any Bulgarian club. He currently serves as Technical Director at Classic Football Academy.

Subrata Pal

Subrata Pal joined Tata Football Academy in June 2004

The Arjuna Awardee goalkeeper graduated from Tata Academy in 2004 and joined West Bengal powerhouse club, Mohun Bagan. He only played a single match with the club due to clash on the pitch which resulted in the death of the opponent’s striker.

Subrata joined arch-rivals East Bengal in 2007 before moving on to play for big names like Mumbai City FC, Northeast United FC, and Jamshedpur FC. The 33-year-old plays between the sticks for Hyderabad FC. The shot-stopper has featured in 67 matches for The Blue Tigers. He became the first Indian to play for The Danish club, FC Vestsjaelland

Narayan Das

Pronay Haldar, pride of Tata Football Academy

One of the most versatile players to graduate from Tata Football Academy, Narayan Das is not your typical footballer with hell lots of tricks in his bag. Instead, he has an extra bit of spark that inspires and influences his teammates to perform at the highest level.

The 24-year-old defender mostly plays as left-back but is prolific at the center back position too. The West Bengal defender currently plays Odisha FC(earlier known as Delhi Dynamos) in The top tier Indian league. He has also made first-team appearances in clubs like Dempo FC, East Bengal FC, and Goa FC. Das has featured in 27 matches for The Blues

Pronay Haldar

Pronay Haldar Tata Football Academy graduate

The Indian Team midfielder marshall joined Tata Academy in 2007 and graduated in 2010. The West Bengal player currently plays for ATK Mohun Bagan FC) where he has played 22 matches for The ISL team. The 27-year-old is the perfect fit at the defensive midfielder position with great presence of mind and superior capabilities. The Barrackpore born talisman has played 20 matches for the Indian National Team.

Malmo FF – The Pride of Swedish Football

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Malmo FF

Malmo FF FC is arguably the best club in Sweden that plays in The Swedish top tier league, Allsvenskan. After its establishment in the year 1910, The Di Blae went on to become the most decorated team with a record of 23 league titles and 20 Svenska Cupen. They have been a regular customer in The UEFA Champions League (17 times) and The UEFA Europa League (16 times). The Eleda Stadion is the home stadium for The Scania based club, which has an overall capacity of 22,500.

The Academy of The Di Blae has produced and nurtured some of the brightest talents of this generation, Zlatan Ibrahimovic being the top prospect to graduate from their youth system. Robin Olsen, Mattias Svanberg, Filip Helander to name a few promising players that came from the ranks of Malmo youth structure. The main aim of the academy is to focus on promoting football and helping the young misguided talents mold into professionals in the so-called “Crime City of Sweden“.

Despite being a dominant force in the domestic leagues and cup, The Di Blae has failed to get there hands on any of The prestigious UEFA Champions League or The UEFA Europa League trophies. The only time they performed at par was when they reached the finals of The European Cup in 1978-79. Although they lost to Nottingham Forrest courtesy of a single goal scored by Trevor Francis, this was indeed a great feat in the history of the club. There has been no sort of improvements in their quest for a European title even though they are one of the most consistent teams to feature in the biggest club competitions

Malmo FF is the third most featured team in The Allsvenskan (84) just behind AIK Fotboll (91) and IFK Goteborg (87). Bo Larsson is the all-time leading goalscorer for The Scania based club with 289 goals in 546 appearances in all competitions. The most capped player in the history of the club is the defender Krister Kristensson featuring in 626 matches. Eleven of the best players were inducted in the official hall of fame Sydsvenskan team that were handpicked for the club’s 100th anniversary by the readers.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the players included in the list with some elite company. Despite the fact that he only featured in 69 matches and smashed just 16 goals, his contribution to The Sweden National Team and his trophy-laden club career did earn him the place in the history books of Malmo. The former Swedish talisman won a record number of 11 Guldbollen (Best Swedish Player Award) and played for various big European clubs. There have been a total of 14 managers that have helped The Swedish club win titles with Roy Hodgson helping them win 5 League titles and 2 League cups in his 5-year stint at the club.

5 Asian Footballers Who Rose to Prominence in Recent Times

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Football in Asian Subcontinent is not followed with the same intensity and passion as is loved in the European and South American Countries. Despite the considerable difference between the performance and athleticism level, many Asian footballers made their presence felt among the world’s best players. Here are the 5 Asian players who rose to prominence in recent years.

Ji-sung Park

Ji-sung is one of the finest Asian footballers of his generation. The former South Korea International has been a vital part of the illustrious Manchester United squad of 2008/09 season, which had the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, and many other legends.

After signing from PSV Eindhoven for a reported fee of £6.57m back in the year 2005, the former Asian footballer of the year went on to win 4 Premier Leagues, 1 UEFA Champions League in 204 appearances scoring 28 goals, and assisting 29 times under Sir Alex Ferguson. He left The Red Devils in 2012 for Queens Park Rangers. T

The attacking midfielder had a pretty good stint in the Eindhoven, where he featured in 119 games scoring 19 goals and assisting in 16 occasions for the Boeren in all competitions. The 2-time Dutch League winner earned 100 caps for the South Korea National team and netted 13 times. The Asian veteran announced his retirement from professional football on 1st July 2014.

Shinji Kagawa

The Japanese midfielder made his name in the footballing world by featuring in big European teams like Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund. He was a fan’s favorite figure during his two-year stint at Old Trafford. The Japanese International won a Premier League title and a Community Shield with The Red Devils, where he made 57 appearances in all competitions and was directly involved in 16 goals.

Kagawa had the best time of his career with The German club, Borussia Dortmund winning 2 Bundesliga titles and 2 DFB-Pokal titles. In 216 appearances, he scored 60 goals and assisted 55 times in 7 years long career in The German First Division.

For his National side, he has featured in 97 games with 31 goals to his name since his debut in May 2008. The 31-year-old currently plays in Spanish Division 2 League with Real Zaragoza.

Son Heung-min

The 28-year-old winger has been one of the most prominent players in the world and has also been one of the best Asian footballers ever. Although he hasn’t won any major silverware apart from a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games, he has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers in today’s game.

After coming through FC Seoul Youth Academy, he spent most of his time in Germany playing for Hamburg Youth Academy and then made his presence felt after joining Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2013. The North Korean went on to score 29 goals and assisted 11 times in 87 appearances in all competitions for The Die Werkself.

After his switch to Tottenham Hotspur in The Premier League, he became a lethal force to reckon. Even fans and players of rival teams love Son’s style of play. His Premier League stats have been impressive, scoring 85 goals and assisting 47 times in 229 appearances for The Lilywhites. Son has also earned 89 caps for The North Korea Football Team and netted 26 goals.

Shinji Okazaki

One of the most exciting and unexpected events of this decade has been Leicester City winning The Premier League in the 2015-16 season. The Japanese has had a vital role in helping The Foxes win the Championship, helping them avoid relegation the following season and then win their maiden league title in their history.

The 34-year-old striker has represented his National Side 119 times and has netted 50 goals. The Asian Cup winner made 137 appearances for The Foxes and managed to score 19 goals and assisted 8 times. Okazaki spent 4 years in Germany, and after featuring in 128 matches, he netted 37 goals. Before making it in Europe, he played with Shimizu S-Pulse back in J1 League, where he went on to score 49 goals after featuring in 154 appearances in all competitions. The Japanese veteran is currently playing Spanish second-tier team SD Huesca.

Keisuke Honda

Keisuke Honda has been one of the most influential players for Japan in recent times. The one time Japanese player of the year mostly played for The Russian club CSKA Moscow and Italian giants AC Milan. He went on to play 128 matches for the former, scoring 28 goals and assisting 29 times and playing 92 times and netting 11 goals and assisting 16 times for the latter.

The 34-year-old has played 98 times for The Japanese National Football Team, scoring 37 goals. The attacking midfielder currently plays for Football Club Botafogo in Seria A (Brazillian Top Tier).

5 Reasons Why India Didn’t Qualify for the World Cup Despite Being the 2nd Most Populated Country

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India is the world’s 2nd largest populous state and has one of the biggest cricket fan base around the world. India once was considered as the footballing giants and were one of the most feared sides in Asia. The Indian National Football team had memorable times back in the 1940s to early 1960s. In 1950, Indian Football marked their first major achievement by qualifying in the World Cup finals. This was the first world cup after the Second World War. Although they were added in the World Cup by default because after the havoc and destruction created by the War, big teams like Scotland, France and Czechoslovakia all withdrew from the competition. The celebration was cut short as India weren’t able to meet with the terms set by FIFA. They were not allowed to participate and play barefoot as it was against the rules and regulations. But the actual reason was that AIFF had financial crisis and didn’t fund the Football National team to go and play in The World Cup in Brazil. Moreover, their main focus was on how the team will perform in The Olympics. That was the first and the last time an Indian Football fan could dream to see his/her National Football team play on the grandest stage of all. The post 90s era was the resurgent period for The Indian Tigers where they won SAFF Championships three time in 1993, 1997 and 1999 respectively. They have gone on to win seven SAFF Championships. Here are the 5 reasons why India hasn’t been able to qualify for The FIFA World Cup.

Lack of hunting and nurturing grassroot talent

The Indian Football team has been lacking in the acquiring naturally talented young players. The real drawback of India’s decline through the years has been the negligence towards building academies and poor scouting, over the years. Currently, the situation looks decent as the youngsters are getting call ups for the National side. The most notable of example is our captain fantastic Sunil Chettri, who got all the hype and deserving praises after he was past his 30s. The aim of Indian Football should be able to make 1 million children introduce to the game of football.

Lack of proper tournament structure from the grassroot level

The football league structure in India has been in developing stages and with the introduction of The Indian Super League there has been a rapid increase in the grassroot level leagues below U-19 categories. With all the focus on The I-League since last 2 decades, the various other national league like Santosh Trophy and Durand Cup has lost its significance in The Indian football hierarchy. Despite Subroto Cup and CBSE clusters being one of the major football tournaments at school level for quite a long time, the players haven’t been provided with the much needed support and guidance to succeed as a professional. The only reason cricket has more coverage and fanbase than football in India is because there is more focus on the players right from their academy level. They are made to participate in more competitions at various grassroots level like U-8, U-11 U-13, U-15, U-17 categories respectively. There has been no grassroot system in football in last few decades and with less focus on their skills the players are less confident on the ball and even if they are good enough their poor basics will always let them down. If Indian National Football team wants to qualify for The FIFA World Cup in near future they need to continue heading in the right direction with more players getting exposed to the grassroot programs.

Experimenting with foreign coaches instead of appointing an Indian coach

There has been 13 different coaches appointed for The Blue Tigers in a span of 20 years. Only 5 Indians have been given that responsibility with a combined tenure of 7 years. The Blues recently appointed Igor Stimac and they did show some improvement signs in recent performances. India is such a vast country with so many different footballing cultures in some parts and with different styles of play. The appointment of Stephen Constantine as their head coach came as when The Blue Tigers reached their best ever FIFA rankings at 97 in 2017 since climbing up to 94 place in 1994. The worst FIFA rank came under his belt too when The Blues were 173 back in 2015. The Indian coaches should be given the post of head coach as they will have an in depth idea of which technical and tactical system works in India and with The Blue Tigers still lagging behind the European football by a mile, it becomes difficult for the players to adopt to the tactical switches between one foreign coach to another. The U-17 Indian Team did display promising display under Bibiano Fernandes. The golden period of Indian Football was mostly under an Indian coach, Syed Abdul Rahim and he went on to make one of the best team in Asia

Lack of proper system, infrastructure and finance to become a professional football player

The career as a football professional player is still a risky move in India but if you have a backup option of what you are going to do after becoming a professional or keeping the dream of becoming a footballer second choice. The players in the past and even now face the same dilemma. Despite the fact that India is home to innovative minds that have established themselves globally from 50% of scientists working in NASA to The Google CEO, still there is such negligence in the field of football. Although, there is a proper system in cricket hierarchy as the players are prone to opportunities in academy and they have the infrastructure to be able to accomplish their dream of becoming a cricket pro. The Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy is one of the best financial support for the cricketers even if they fail to make it to the National Cricket Team but sadly the football in India doesn’t provide these options. The players sacrifice their dream of playing in the national team by choosing to play for the government institutions to get financial stability.

Mental Conditioning

The most underrated, neglected and the most important reasons for India to not qualify for The World Cup is the mental strength and conditioning of the team. There has been a vast difference in the mentality of Indian Football and European Football teams over the last 3 decades. The Blue Tigers have looked short of confidence when on the ball and have been sloppy in the midfield area in past times. The mental conditioning plays a great deal of importance for a player to perform better and there’s no doubt The Blues have struggled to handle the in-game pressure during the crucial matches.

The Indian National Team has a long way to go but with the right strategic plans and right moves we Indians can dream of playing in The FIFA World Cup. Appointing Igor Stimac as their head coach was indeed a good decision but real challenge for him is to make the players play at their technical strength. The playing style of The Blues have been one of the main concerns too with player being short of confidence on the ball and playing on counters through long balls have been our game play. After the arrival of Croatian we did display drastic improvements in our tactical area. We played out from the back, controlled the midfield emphatically and looked confident on the ball. The draw against The Asian Champions Qatar was indeed an evidence of how good The Blue Tigers can be if the deserving players get to play at their strength.

Top 5 Players Who Are Free Agents This Summer.

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This season has nearly come to an end and with the opening of summer transfer window, the clubs will look to sign new players. Here are the top 5 players who will be available for transfer in the summer.

Edinson Cavani

The 33-year-old striker has had a really troubled and injury-hit campaign after the arrival of Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan on loan. The two-time Copa America winner has only managed to feature in 22 games and score 7 goals in all competitions. The Uruguayan has made 361 appearances for the French giants and netted 112 goals. After the signing of Argentinean on a permanent deal, the 6-time French League winner looks all set to find new challenge elsewhere. He has a market value of £18.00m.

Ryan Fraser

The Scottish has been phenomenal for Bournemouth in the past few seasons and went on to put mammoth numbers for the club. He scored 24 goals and assisted 33 times in 208 appearances in all competitions. After a lackluster season with The Cherries, the 26-year-old winger will look to leave after the team relegated to second-tier league. The former Ipswich Town player only scored 1 goal in 32 appearances in all competitions this season.

Jan Vertonghen

The 33-year-old defender arrived from Ajax Amsterdam for £11.25m back in July 12, 2012, and leaves The North London Club after 8 years featuring 315 times and scoring in 14 occasions and was a rock in The Spurs defence. The Belgian had a pretty good season and looked unhappy under Jose Mourinho’s system. After posting an emotional message across social media platforms, he looks all set to leave. All eyes are on the defender where he heads next.

David Silva

After a decade with The Cityzens, The Spanish wizard has stated that he will leave the club after his contract expired. The Premier league Legend put up stellar numbers and has been inspiring for Manchester City. In 434 appearances for the club, The World Cup winner has scored 77 goals and put on a plate for other players 140 times in all competitions. He has been monumental this season too with 11 assists and notching up 4 goals. The 34-year-old midfielder is never short of class and will be a good addition to the next club he joins.

 Willian

After imminent arrival of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech and possible transfer of Kai Havertz at The Stamford Bridge, the 31-year-old Brazilian will look to leave this summer after his contract expired. The winger has had an illustrious career winning 2 Premier League titles with The Blues and scoring 63 goals and assisting 62 times in 339 appearances in all competitions. The Copa America winner has had a decent campaign featuring in 47 matches and was directly involved in 20 goals.

Who Wears Shirt No. 9 in La Liga

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Each Jersey number has its own significance in every position on the football pitch. The number 9 Jersey is worn by an attacking player, forward or a striker. Here is the list of Number 9s with their style of play and stats in the La Liga Santander this season.

18Inaki Williams, Atletico Bilbao

Inaki-Williams

The 26-year-old has scored 10 goals and assisted 4 times in all competitions this season. The winger turned centre forward is lightening quick and accelerates fast with the ball in his feet. The Spaniard has been a key figure and is often used in counter-attacks. In 38 La Liga appearances, he has netted 6 goals and assisted 2 times for The Los Leones. The striker has a market value of £36.00m.

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5 Players That Should Star in Your Fantasy Premier League Next Season

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Fantasy Premier League

Fantasy Premier League has been the ultimate platform where football fans around the globe get to manage their fantasy team. With over 500 players to choose from, the fans can play this game for free and compete with others to win exciting prizes according to where they finish. Here are the 5 players, fans should have in their fantasy premier league for next season.

Nick Pope

Nick Pope Fantasy Premier League

Nick Pope has been a wall in front of Burnley’s goal and has made 15 clean sheets in 37 appearances in the Premier League. The 28-year-old Englishman has only conceded 48 goals and pulled off 118 saves so far this campaign. The enormous numbers in stats earned him 169 points in the Fantasy Premier League, and he sits atop the goalkeepers’ list with 22.7% selection. The Claret’s number one choice shot-stopper has also been the top contender to win the golden glove. He would be a wise addition to the roster for next season as the goalie will be in high spirits.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Fantasy Premier League

The fullback has been lethal for Liverpool this season. He has directly been involved in 17 goals assisting 13 times and finding the back of the net on 4 different occasions. The 21-year-old England International costs £7.1 and has an astonishing selection rate of 39.1% in the Fantasy Premier League. He also leads the charts with 209 points among defenders. The Liverpool sensational right-back has been a rock in defense, keeping 12 clean-sheets and helping The Merseyside team to win 31 games this season. He has an excellent rate of 62% in successful tackles made and 45 interceptions to his name. The Premier League winner has been influential at times from the dead ball situation. It’s no surprise that fans would love to have The Anfield faithful in their fantasy team for next season.

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin de Bruyne Fantasy Premier League

The Manchester City star leads the point’s race in the Fantasy Premier League with 232 points tied with Mohammad Salah of Liverpool. He has a selection rate of 49.2% and costs £10.6. The Belgium international has been an important player for The Cityzens in the last couple of season. The numbers he put up this season are phenomenal. He assisted 19 times and bagged 11 goals. Two-time Premier League winner created 32 big chances. He is the number one candidate to win the PFA Player of the Season award. His slick passes and vision have been his strength and will hope to continue exploiting opponents next season too.

Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fantasy Premier League

Manchester United has had some exciting performances in the past few weeks, and the Portuguese midfielder has been the main source of attention. The Reds signed Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in the winter transfer window. He has been monumental for Solskjaer’s army and adjusted into the English top tier league conditions in an extraordinary fashion. The 25-year-old playmaker has scored and assisted 7 times in just 13 appearances. Red Devils are unbeaten in matches in which Bruno Fernandes has featured. The playmaker has grabbed two Player of the month awards and one Goal of the month award. The United attacking midfielder costs £9.1, and despite making an appearance in the second half of the season, he has a remarkable selection rate of 29.1% in the Fantasy Premier League. With 111 points to his name, The Old Trafford fan favorite has taken Premier League by storm and will be in the watch list for the fans next season in the Fantasy Premier League.

Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood Fantasy Premier League

The 18-year-old has been an integral part of resurgent Red army in which he has scored 10 goals with shooting accuracy of 53%. The prodigy striker costs £4.8 and has a selection rate of 26.8%. The striker’s goal against West Ham was his 17th goal with which he is tied with the club legend Wayne Rooney for scoring most goals in a single season by a teenager and his total tally has 18 goals as a teenager where he has surpassed Manchester United’s all-time top scorer who scored 17 goals as a teenager. He would be a force to reckon with next season and the fans around the globe can’t wait to pick him in their Fantasy Premier League squad.