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Arsenal back on track, City fails


With Mesut Özil, FC Arsenal has returned to success in the Premier League. Liverpool are extending their lead at the top of the standings with Manchester City surprisingly failing Crystal Palace. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes his debut at Manchester United.

After had speculated during the week about Özil’s early departure during the winter break, Arsenal coach Unai Emery ordered the playmaker back into the starting eleven for the first time in 41 days. Özil, who even made his comeback as captain, played a major part in the Gunners’ 3-1 win over FC Burnley on Saturday (22.12.2018).

Aubameyang with double pack for Arsenal

The German playmaker introduced the early lead for Arsenal with a nice pass to Sead Kolasinac, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang used the template (14th minute). Curious: For the first time this season, Arsenal went into the half-time break with a lead.

Aubameyang increased to 2:0 shortly after the restart after a counterattack. Ashley Barnes brought Burnley back up with the following goal (63rd). But in injury time, substitute Alex Iwobi, once again on Özil’s side, made the decision. The “Gunners” returned to the successful track after two defeats in the last two games and at the same time caught up with FC Chelsea. The Blues conceded a 1-0 defeat at home to Leicester City.

Home bankruptcy for Manchester City

Manchester City, Liverpool’s first chaser, suffered a bitter setback in the title race. Coach Pep Guardiola’s side lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace in their own stadium.

German international Ilkay Gündogan (27) took the hosts into the lead in the 27th minute, but Jeffrey Schlupp (33), Andros Townsend (35) – with a dream volley from almost 30 metres away – and Luka Milivojevic (51 / penalty) turned the game around in favour of the guests from the south of London. City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne’s follow-up five minutes from time came too late. The surprising bankruptcy increased the gap to Liverpool to four points.

Liverpool continue without defeat

Liverpool had already defended the top of the table on Friday evening with a 2-0 (1-0) victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers. The still undefeated “Reds” are thus close to the perfect end of the first round. The club with coach Jürgen Klopp is only one game away from the first half of the season without losing their Premier League history.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk rejoices after his goal to 2-0

On Friday evening (21.12.2018), the upcoming Bayern Munich Champions League opponent celebrated his 15th victory of the season with the rising star on the 18th matchday – an almost flawless result that is reflected in an excellent mood among the Liverpool fans.

Salah with season goal number eleven

The goals for the superior “Reds” in the previous surprise team of the season scored offensive star Mohamed Salah (18 th minute) and defender Virgil van Dijk (68 th). Salah once again underlined his status as Liverpool’s life insurance company and used it for the eleventh time this season. The online bookmakers increased their odds.


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Football poet and world champion coach: Menotti celebrates 80th birthday


Argentina’s first World Cup victory remains controversial: a left-wing coach celebrates under a military dictatorship. Cesar Luis Menotti became a figure in time and football history when he won the title in 1978.

Buenos Aires – Hardly anyone talks as poetically about football as Cesar Luis Menotti. “The ball can become a work of art on the feet and in the heads of some players,” he told Radio Mitre in a conversation on his 80th birthday. A typical Menotti. Even 40 years after his greatest success, winning the 1978 World Cup in his own country, the Argentinian is still heard. And he is the subject of discussion. The South American country has been under the reign of a military dictatorship since 1976.

After the failure of the national team at the 1974 World Cup in Germany, Menotti was hired as coach of the Gauchos. Dictator Rafael Videla and the military placed great hopes in football and the World Cup in order to achieve international prestige and recognition. Menotti, who had become a member of the Communist Party in his hometown of Rosario, tried to avoid political statements that could be understood as support for the military. He later said, “My players have defeated the dictatorship of tactics and the terror of systems,” which could be interpreted as criticism of the political system.

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“Didn’t know the extent of the atrocities.”

It is controversial whether the winning of the title benefited the rulers or harmed them. “I knew what happened (during the military dictatorship), but I didn’t know the extent of the atrocities, that they threw people alive from planes into the river,” Menotti recently explained in a TV conversation. He sees the World Cup victory as a success that made it more difficult for the military to control the population: “Millions took to the streets (to celebrate), a defeat would have been more favorable for the dictatorship.”

The Argentinians beat the Netherlands 3-1 after extra time in the final, in which Mario Kempes scored two goals. On the way, Menotti’s team had won 6-0 against Peru – a game suspected of manipulation and one of the most controversial in football history.

Menotti had already defined his style after his first coach’s title in 1973 with Club Huracán in the Argentine league: “Offensive, clean, cheerful”, in contrast to the purely result-oriented game. That is a “left” football. He told the newspaper “Clarin”: “The teams who won with a good game will be remembered. A year after the World Cup, Menotti also won the U-20 World Cup in Japan, with 18-year-old Maradona as the star. After the failure of the national team at the World Cup in Spain had to go “El Falco” (the drought). For 25 years, the Argentinian, notorious for his immense cigarette consumption, was the coach of various clubs, including FC Barcelona, but without much success. William Hill Casino has been providing a  quality gaming since 1934.

Birthday actually already over

Menotti was born a few days before his official birthday on 5 November 1938, as he says on the documents. “I was actually born on 22 October, but apparently my father said at my birth: ‘What are we going to do with this boy? Let’s wait and see before we throw him away’, Menotti joked a few years ago about his date of birth in an interview with the sports magazine “El Grafico”. The real reason was that his father had to travel two days after his birth and missed the deadline for registering the child with the registry office on his return. He had simply indicated a later date of birth.

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