I have a theory as to one reason (of many) the England National Team tends to underperform in major tournaments: the players all play in the same league. Every England international plays in the Premier League. One might argue this breeds familiarity and is therefore good for the national team, but I think it leads to a lack of stylistic variety in the team and makes the payer pool stagnant. It's basically like inbreeding, is what I'm saying.
Arsenal defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the 2017 FA Cup Final after Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a truly awful goal, and Aaron Ramsey secured the victory after Diego Costa had equalized for 10-man Chelsea. Victor Moses was sent off in the 68th minute for a sad, not even remotely believable dive.
One day we’ll look back on the 2016-17 AS Monaco side in disbelief — how did one club house Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva, Fabinho and Tiemoue Bakayoko (all 23 or younger) at the same time? Their Ligue 1 triumph and Champions League semifinal run will live long in the memory, but the dismantling of the most exciting side in European football has begun, starting with 22-year-old Portuguese attacker Bernardo Silva.
After finishing the season in 11th place, West Ham United have signed now former Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta.
According to Sky Sports, Zabaleta has agreed to a two-year deal with West Ham, which will begin at the end of June when Zabaleta's contract with Manchester City expires.
In response to the tragic bombing at the Manchester Arena on May 22, both of the city's Premier League clubs joined to donate £1 million to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
At the time of the donation, the fund had raised 3 million pounds, and the support has continued for the victims and their families.
Depending on who you choose to believe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already handed in his transfer request and will be looking to leave Borussia Dortmund immediately following Sunday’s DFB-Pokal final against Eintracht Frankfurt or he hasn't.
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Emre Can has deservedly been awarded the EPL goal of the season award for his magisterial bicycle kick against Watford.
Here are the nominees Can's goal beat out:
Jordan Henderson for his strike against Chelsea... and Emre Can for his against Watford.
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England’s showpiece club soccer fixture will finally feature a heavyweight matchup. Each year the inevitable questions arise regarding whether or not the FA Cup has lost its magic, but the argument can be made that the tournament has seen too much magic as of late.
With the 2016-17 Premier League season in the books, we wanted to take a deep dive into how each team performed based on its payroll.
The final table reflected the spending gap between the top six teams and the rest. In fact, the eight teams that spent over $100 million in wages this season all finished in the top 8 of the table.
Although that might seem entirely too predictable, there was significant performance variance among those teams. Also, ninth place Bournemouth had one of the lowest payrolls, suggesting that they found some good players at a discount.