Klopp: Not possible for Liverpool to replicate Man Utd’s era of dominance

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes it is impossible for the Reds to emulate Manchester United’s era of dominance as they close in on the Premier League title.

Klopp’s Liverpool are 22 points clear atop the table as they travel to Goodison Park for Sunday’s Merseyside derby against rivals Everton.

Not since 1990 have Liverpool won a league trophy but the club are set to be crowned English champions for the 19th time, one behind United’s record.

Rivals United dominated under legendary boss Alex Ferguson, winning 13 Premier League titles between 1992 and 2013.

“I don’t think it is possible to dominate anymore, to be honest,” said Klopp, whose Liverpool claimed the Champions League trophy last season.

“United had a pretty good combination, with an exceptional manager with a super eye for players and fantastic timing for how long you need a player in the team.

“The replacements he got were always exceptional — and there was the money, too. The combination for United was really go..

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Roma ‘hold talks with Jan Vertonghen over move to Serie A’

Jan Vertonghen has entered negotiations to join Roma on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of this month, according to reports.

The Belgium international is in his eighth season at Spurs but is unlikely to sign a new deal to stay in beyond the 2019-20 campaign.

Vertonghen was an unused substitute during Tottenham’s 1-1 home draw with on Friday and reports in Italy claim the defender is nearing a move to the capital.

According to newspaper , Roma have offered the 33-year-old a two-year deal with the option of a third season at the Stadio Olimpico.

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Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid: Top spot at stake

Real Madrid Zidane’s men want to take advantage

In the third game back after the coronavirus break, Real Madrid have the chance surpass Barcelona in the table, and have their LaLiga destiny in their own hands for the first time since the costly defeat to Real Betis before the break.

The hard-fought victory over Valencia had a double-reward for Real Madrid as it brought three vital points and maintained the pressure on Quique Setien’s men on the eve of their clash with Sevilla in the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan.

Zinedine Zidane didn’t want to give Barcelona an inch, and the Catalan club’s slip-up in Seville has now opened the door for Madrid to take control in the league.

This match against La Real is another tough test for Los Blancos, with the chance to leapfrog Barcelona giving an added layer of importance to this fixture meaning Zidane and his men will have to be at their best.

Real Sociedad will take confidence in the fact that Real Madrid are the club against which coach Imanol A..

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Exactly how fast is Alphonso Davies? Ranking football speedsters

Alphonso Davies has enjoyed a breakout season at Bayern Munich, earning 37 appearances and 3 goals, and has emerged as one of the best young fullbacks in world football.

In Bayern’s 1 – 0 victory against Werder Bremen on June 16, he helped his side clinch a record eighth consecutive Bundesliga title and earned another record for himself: the fastest recorded speed in a Bundesliga match, 22.7 miles per hour (36.51 km/h).

Davies’ burst is still a ways away from Usain Bolt’s top speed of 27.8 mph (44.72 km/h), but we’ll give him a pass—it illustrates the athletic prowess that the 19-year-old has wielded all season as he has torn up and down the wing. His nickname “Roadrunner,” bestowed by teammate Thomas Müller, is well earned.

But how fast is Davies in the scheme of European (and world) football? Could it be that he is merely the leader in a league of slowpokes? Or is he among the quickest of the quick? Let’s take a look at this season’s top speeds Continue reading

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Brazil’s 1970 World Cup win and the football revolution that followed

Precisely 50 years ago football experienced one of the most important days in its history.

On June 21, 1970, Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in Mexico City’s Aztec Stadium to win the ninth version of the World Cup with a performance of breathtaking skill. The first half was a relatively even game — the score at the break was 1-1 — but after the interval there was no holding Pele, Jairzinho, Gerson, Tostao, Rivelino, Clodoaldo, Carlos Alberto and Co. Brazil ran riot, and set a benchmark for footballing greatness which has served ever since.

Would this team be able to beat Brazil 1970? Were they as entertaining as Brazil 1970? These are questions used to assess the pretensions to greatness of any subsequent team.

It is possible to make an argument that Brazil’s 1958 team was better. They defended with more solidity, not conceding a goal until the semifinal. And with Pele and Garrincha together, it is hard to find fault with the attack. They remain the only Brazilian — or South American — side t..

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The State of Gambling in Haiti. Past, Present and Future

Based on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles Archipelago of the Caribbean, Haiti is the third most densely populated country in this region with a population of around 10.6 million. The largest city is Port-Au-Prince with approximately 2.6 million residents and featuring one of two casinos in the area. As one of the poorest countries in the world, it is consistently scored as one of the lowest entries in the human development index and has a low GDP per capita of less than $1000.

One Decade Ago, an Earthquake Devastated Haiti’s Economy, Including Casinos

Unfortunately, the island was devastated by an earthquake back in 2010 which virtually obliterated the economy. Many years later in 2017, Haiti remained the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, evident by over sixty per cent of the population living under the poverty level and around 50,000 people living in ‘tent cities’.

Despite the island attempting to improve the economy in several ways, this has been difficult..

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U.N. Security Council concerned about COVID-19 in Haiti; once again calls for elections

Prison inmates wait for food as they stand inside Haiti’s National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince, on Aug. 30, 2019. The political crisis that has paralyzed Haiti since late August has had extreme consequences for prisoners, the vast majority of whom have been waiting to be tried for months or even years. CHANDAN KHANNA AFP via Getty ImagesThe head of the United Nations office in Haiti took her controversial call for constitutional reform in the country before the international community Friday, telling the U.N. Security Council it is increasingly evident it “is required to break the cycle and create the characteristics for the country to thrive.”

“Haiti has for too long resorted to expedient agreements to address political problems, to the detriment of the principles that undergird its Constitution,” Helen La Lime said.

But with the exception of Haiti, Germany and France, which left the question up to Haitians “if that is the path” they choose, most members’ concerns were focused el..

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Haitian community leaders vow to continue long fight for justice at Juneteenth rally

By Sam Bojarski
African-Americans have celebrated Juneteenth ‒ their Independence Day ‒ for 155 years. As millions throughout the country challenge systemic racism, many have realized that the struggle for black liberation is far from over.
“To me, Juneteenth is a day of freedom, that celebrates freedom, and I had to be here,” said Myriam Sterlin, a Haitian physician who attended the Juneteenth Cel-Liberation Rally, held on the morning of June 19. Sterlin, of New Jersey, said her work schedule had previously prevented her from attending any local events or protests, held in response to the death of George Floyd in May.
Haitian-American District 45 Councilwoman Farah Louis partnered with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, fellow Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo and multiple community organizations to present the Cel-Liberation Rally event. Haitian American Caucus and Haiti Cultural Exchange were among the sponsors. The event, held on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library, featured mus..

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Capello critical of Sarri choices

Fabio Capello is far from convinced by Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus choices in the Coppa Italia Final against Napoli, including the Cristiano Ronaldo penalty placement.

The game ended 0-0, with Napoli winning the penalty shoot-out 4-2, but CR7 never got to take his kick because he’d been scheduled last.

By that stage, the Partenopei had already converted four, while Paulo Dybala’s was saved and Danilo fired over the bar.

“Usually, I would put my best penalty-taker fourth on the list,” Capello told RAI Radio 1.

“The first is always the player with the most self-belief and sense of confidence. It happened to me many times in my career, we went to penalties and someone would walk up, telling me he wanted to take a kick, so I’d let him go first.”

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Richarlison claims Virgil van Dijk is not the world’s best defender

Richarlison has claimed that there are better defenders in the world than Virgil van Dijk and the Everton forward has reminded the Liverpool centre-back that he is one of the few players to have dribbled past him.

Liverpool can take a step closer to winning the Premier League title this weekend as their campaign resumes with a match against their Merseyside rivals at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Van Dijk has enjoyed another impressive season with Liverpool and has played a key role in the club’s push for the Premier League trophy.

But Richarlison does not consider the Netherlands international to be the standout player in his position in world football, claiming that Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Sergio Ramos are all better.

When asked about Van Dijk in an interview with Desimpedidos, Richarlison replied: ‘People talk a lot about him, yes he is a great defender but I’ve already dribbled past him.

‘He was chosen as one of the top three in the world as he had an excellent season.

‘But ..

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