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Portsmouth and Derby shared the points after a goalless draw at Fratton Park on Friday night.

Throughout the match, the two League One promotion hopefuls only managed two shots on target between them, the most notable of which came after 12 minutes when David McGoldrick rattled off the crossbar for the visitors.

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Derby’s Craig Forsyth missed a chance in the first half

Craig Forsyth had the closest thing to a clear chance on the south coast before the break, but his failure at the far post was glaring.

Danny Cowley’s Pompey has now drawn five straight home games for the first time since October 1974 and thus remains fifth in the table, level on points with the sixth-placed Rams.

Should the results go against them on Saturday, however, they could find themselves outside the play-off spots.

How booty was shared on the south coast

The first third-tier encounter between two of the division’s heavyweights promised a lot, especially with the chance for the two to cement their top-six spots ahead of the rest of the weekend’s action.

Still, the first half was unabashedly lackluster save for two standout moments for the visitors: McGoldrick first unleashed a ferocious shot off the crossbar on the corner, before Forsyth could sort his feet in time to connect with a free kick that landed on him. at the far post.

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David McGoldrick fires a shot he’s not entitled to, but only manages to find the crossbar!

Owen Dale was a livewire on the right for Pompey, but enterprising runs and crosses from the flank largely came to nothing, with forwards Colby Bishop and Dane Scarlett isolated.

The second half was largely uninspired either. Dane Scarlett cushioned Josh Koroma’s deflected shot in the penalty area where no one in a blue shirt could meet him, while disappointing Colby Bishop could only turn a corner over the bar when a corner kicked him was given to the near post. .

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A free kick from the right flies to Craig Forsyth at the far post, and he completely misses it!

Derby had penalty appeals overturned when Liam Thompson’s drive appeared to hit Jay Mingi’s hand on the hour mark, although referee Neil Hair apparently gave him the benefit of the doubt as he slipped for block the shot.

In the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, Portsmouth finally got their only shot on target when Mingi fired a straight shot at Joe Wildsmith to end a significantly under par night.

Player of the Match – Owen Dale

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After Portsmouth’s 0-0 draw with Derby County, Sky Bet Player of the Match Owen Dale admits his side are disappointed to come away with a draw and should have taken ‘all the points’.

What the managers said…

Portsmouth Danny Cowley:

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Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley said his side ‘lack quality’ after their 0-0 draw with Derby County

by Derby Paul Warne:

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Derby County manager Paul Warne said his side were ‘happy to take a point’ from their 0-0 draw with Portsmouth

And after?

On Tuesday 22 November at 7.45pm Portsmouth travel to Portman Road to take on Ipswich in the Papa John’s Trophy last 32, while Derby have nine days until they face League Two Newport in the FA Cup Second Round on Sunday 27 November at 3.15pm . .

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Croatia at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: Andrej Kramaric and how football helped define this country in the aftermath of war | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/croatia-at-the-2022-world-cup-in-qatar-andrej-kramaric-and-how-football-helped-define-this-country-in-the-aftermath-of-war-soccer-news/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 11:19:14 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/croatia-at-the-2022-world-cup-in-qatar-andrej-kramaric-and-how-football-helped-define-this-country-in-the-aftermath-of-war-soccer-news/

When Luka Modric was named FIFA Footballer of the Year 2018 after winning the Ballon d’Or at this summer’s World Cup, he dedicated the award to Zvonimir Boban. “This trophy is not just mine,” Modric said.

“I would like to mention my footballing idol, the captain of Croatia from the 1998 generation. He was my big inspiration and this team gave us the belief that we could achieve something big in Russia.”

Modric will once again captain Croatia at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but even though the great midfielder was no longer on the pitch, that red and white checkered thread that runs through the country’s footballing history would continue.

From the beginning, the game was at the center of everything. “If we can talk about creating a national identity through sport,” Boban himself said, “Croatia should be number one in the world.”

Boban underscores that point in a riveting new FIFA film that explores Croatia’s relationship with itself and places the World Cup successes of 1998 and 2018 against the backdrop of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.

It is clear that 30 years after the disintegration of Yugoslavia, this context continues to explain not only Croatia’s past, but also its future. These events still resonate with players today.

Ask by sky sports Reflecting on the film, Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric said: “I would recommend everyone to watch it. Then people would understand what Croatia is, why we have these emotions, why we are so proud of being Croatian and why we give each other 200% of the land.

“I think this movie describes it all. There’s so much emotion, so much passion, and that’s of course one of the reasons the ’98 generation pushed us to do better. That’s the one of the best movies for me.”

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Croatia’s win over Germany in the 1998 World Cup quarter-finals was seismic

During an exclusive screening of the film – Croatia: defining a nation – In London this summer, former war correspondent Martin Bell described the war in the Balkans as the worst conflict he had witnessed. And he’s seen 18 war zones up close.

“It was the most brutal of all wars,” he explains. “Civil wars always are.” These are not just raw numbers – 98,000 dead, two million driven from their homes. It is his personal nature. “You have had cases where men were killed by the witness during their marriage.”

This is the context of Croatia’s rebirth, the reason why the war remains, according to Bell, “in the psyche of the nation”. And if it seems crude to think that a game can play a meaningful role in these matters, consider Bell’s own assessment of the role of football.

“I think it can be defining in the same way that religion can be defining.”

There is an irony in FIFA’s attempts to distance football and politics in Qatar at a time when they are also promoting this extraordinary film. Football does not only go hand in hand with politics. It’s politics.

Almost two years before Croatia’s admission to FIFA, they played their first unofficial international match – against the United States in Zagreb.

“It was like an icon that we could use to promote Croatia in the best possible light,” said Aljosa Asanovic, the scorer of their first goal that night in October 1990. “I feel I opened a path for me and the boys who followed.”

Zvonimir Boban and Aljosa Asanovic react after Croatia score their second goal against Denmark in their European Championship match, June 16, 1996 in Sheffield
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Zvonimir Boban and Aljosa Asanovic were key figures in Croatia’s formative years

In the years that followed, the importance of sport was emphasized, with athletes acting as ambassadors. Tennis stars such as Iva Majoli and Goran Ivanisevic got the message across, while footballers reminded the world of Croatia’s place.

“That part always hurt me,” Boban said of his move to Milan. He felt helpless, perhaps even guilty for enjoying life while his compatriots suffered at home. Others have tried to assume their role. “We were fighting to put Croatia on the map,” said Davor Sukur.

In the case of Petar Krpan, it was a literal truth. “I went to the front, grabbed a Kalashnikov and defended our country.” He was just 17 at the time and would make the 1998 World Cup squad alongside Sukur and Boban.

It’s hard to imagine what he went through, but easier to understand why representing Croatia means more. We were playing for people who died,” said Slaven Bilic. “We were playing for a whole movement.” Igor Stimac cries just thinking about wearing the shirt.

“I wouldn’t say Yugoslavia wasn’t mine because it was,” Boban said. “But playing for Croatia was a dream.”

Does this still apply to the next generation? To what extent can patriotism really explain the continued success of this relatively small country? How does Croatia continue to maintain such an oversized presence in the global game?

“Beautiful women,” Kramaric casually suggests when asked to find a reason why so many young men are inspired. “It’s football, basketball, handball, it doesn’t matter what sport, we’re just gifted and born with talent.

“It’s really crazy that a nation of four million people has so much talent. And to be really honest, every year you can find fantastic new players. There are so many more behind the scenes, but sometimes the bad character of the lifestyle does not work not to show their talent.”

Andrej Kramaric reacts after scoring against Russia in the 2018 World Cup quarter-final
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Andrej Kramaric after scoring against Russia in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup

He offers a more emotional explanation when he shares memories of Croatia’s run to the World Cup final in Moscow four years ago.

“Of course, the last World Cup in Russia was amazing. Playing the final is always unreal. It was something incredible, something special, hard to describe.

“We had an amazing atmosphere. We had 52 days with the team. It’s not that easy but we had a family atmosphere. After the group stage, the game against Argentina which we won 3-0 , we believed that after this moment we could achieve something big. It happened in Russia.

“We didn’t realize what was happening in Croatia. When we came back, it was something impossible, unreal. The atmosphere, the people, this celebration, I think, will never happen again in my life and maybe in the history of Croatia.

“It would be nice to feel it again, but it was something crazy. It will be forever in our memories. It was perhaps the most special moment of my life.”

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Croatia’s run to the 2018 World Cup final was huge for the nation

He was not alone in this case. Others felt the parallels to all that came before perhaps even more keenly. Zlatko Dalic, Croatia’s head coach in Russia and Qatar, not only lived through the war, but had past and present teammates in that 1998 World Cup squad.

Modric’s grandfather, after whom he is named, was killed by Serbian militiamen at the start of hostilities. Dejan Lovren lost a close relative in the fighting and had to flee the area as a child. He still remembers hiding in the basement when the sirens went off.

They are the senior players of this team. Their stories ensure the continuity of oral history. Football’s role in Croatia’s creation myth continues to inspire.

Will the 2022 World Cup see them take the final step?

“It’s going to be interesting,” says Kramaric.

Croatia's Mateo Kovacic, left, and Croatia's Luka Modric celebrate after Croatia's Ivan Perisic scores their 3rd goal during the Euro 2020 soccer championship Group D match between Croatia and Scotland at Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow , Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
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Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric link to 2018 World Cup success

“We have played very good football in recent months. I have to be honest, we have a great team with great young players, great experienced players. If we play like we have done in recent months, we can achieve beautiful things. football, like in life, you need luck.

“It’s going to be difficult. But it’s also a good thing that maybe we don’t have so much pressure because we did amazing things in Russia. But we always wish and we always want to do more.

“If you just see one example of Luka Modric. He won everything in the Champions League and how he’s playing right now at 37, he’s just the perfect example for us young players who you want more, you want to be better and you want to win games. Croatia are going to be like that at the World Cup.

“We’re going to be fully motivated. I’m not going to say we’re a better team than four years ago. If I say we’re a better team, we should win the World Cup. That was four years ago. 20 years. [before] that we were third. Maybe in 20 years we will win the World Cup.”

Whatever happens next month, whatever happens between now and 2042, football will continue to play its part in defining Croatia as a nation.

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Premier League predictions: Jones Knows wants to back Alejandro Garnacho to score in Manchester United win | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/premier-league-predictions-jones-knows-wants-to-back-alejandro-garnacho-to-score-in-manchester-united-win-soccer-news/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 10:43:31 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/premier-league-predictions-jones-knows-wants-to-back-alejandro-garnacho-to-score-in-manchester-united-win-soccer-news/

As the curtain temporarily falls on the Premier League, Jones Knows takes the prediction chair and believes Alejandro Garnacho can play for Man Utd at Fulham.

Brighton vs Aston Villa, Sunday 2pm, live on Sky Sports

Brighton v Aston Villa

Assessing changes in the way a team plays under a new manager can pay off if you notice a new trend ahead of the markets. One area that interests me with Aston Villa is the much higher line that Unai Emery decides to play with the defense which in turn will see opposing players taken offside at a higher rate than what has happened. passed before.

During his spell in charge of Villarreal, Emery’s side finished second in La Liga for catching offside teams and Aston Villa are following the same path watching the first two games he has supervised against Manchester United, who were caught offside 11 times with eight of them. come in the 4-2 at Old Trafford.

I would expect the same approach at The Amex, so taking a look at the offside player markets for Brighton – in what should be a game to watch – is an angle to consider. Solly March (Evens) and Leandro Trossard (6/4) are rated fairly favorably for one or more offsides, but Kaoru Mitoma at 4/1 with Sky Bet – if he starts – is the player to focus on. Although he hasn’t been caught offside yet this season, he is playing high against the full-back and making runs behind.

SCORE PREDICTION: 2-1

Saturday’s winners….

  • Leeds will win at HT (4/1)
  • Spurs over 1.5 first half goals against Leeds (13/8)
  • Newcastle beat Chelsea
  • Leicester beat West Ham
  • Arsenal winner and under 3.5 goals (5/4)

Fulham vs Manchester United, Sunday 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports

Fulham v Manchester United

This game lifts the curtain on the Premier League for six weeks and we could just go out in style in what should be an exciting encounter under the lights of Craven Cottage. Marco Silva won’t be afraid to take on United and it should make for an action-packed evening.

There has been an average of 3.43 goals scored in Fulham’s home games this season and that includes a 0-0 draw with Everton. It’s a style of play that attracts the opposition and I would be very interested in supporting United forwards who get on the scoresheet. Fulham have the highest goals against expected record (25.99) in the Premier League this season despite five teams facing more shots than them. This indicates high probability odds offered by Silva’s team.

In the hope that Erik ten Haag selects him, Alejandro Garnacho stands out at 11/4 with Sky Bet offered. The teenager absolutely went wild midweek in the win over Aston Villa and looks a particular talent. A great year 2023 awaits you.

SCORE PREDICTION: 2-3

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Ella Toone: Man Utd Women’s all-time top scorer signs contract extension until end of 2025/26 | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/ella-toone-man-utd-womens-all-time-top-scorer-signs-contract-extension-until-end-of-2025-26-soccer-news/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 09:22:30 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/ella-toone-man-utd-womens-all-time-top-scorer-signs-contract-extension-until-end-of-2025-26-soccer-news/

Manchester United Women’s all-time top scorer Ella Toone has signed a contract extension with the club until the end of the 2025/26 season.

The 23-year-old striker joined United in 2018 as part of their first FA Women’s Championship-winning side, and went on to score 43 goals and become the club’s first Centurion with 110 appearances.

On the international stage, Toone was crowned European champion with the Lionesses in the summer, scoring the opening goal in the team’s 2-1 final victory over Germany at Wembley in front of 90,000 fans.

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Our pick of Toone’s best Women’s Super League moments after the striker signed a contract extension with Manchester United

After extending his stay at United, Toone said: “I am delighted to sign a new contract. The ambitions at the club really match mine and there is no better place for me to learn.

“Playing for the club of my childhood that I support is really special and I will never get tired of putting on the red shirt. To be able to do it even longer is a proud moment for me and my family.”

Head coach Marc Skinner added: “Ella’s long-term commitment to Manchester United is further evidence of the club’s continued investment in the future success of this team. Ella has always been and remains a member key to our team on and off the pitch, and we are delighted that she will continue to wear our famous colors with pride for years to come.”

Watch Toone take on Arsenal with Man Utd live on Sky Sports

Saturday, November 19, 5:15 p.m.

Kick off 5:30 p.m.


Toone and his high aerobatics united man side will take leaders Arsenal in an appetizing clash live sky sports Saturday, November 19. Kick off 5:30 p.m.

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Ben Chilwell: Chelsea defender to miss World Cup with hamstring injury | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/ben-chilwell-chelsea-defender-to-miss-world-cup-with-hamstring-injury-soccer-news/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 12:22:30 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/ben-chilwell-chelsea-defender-to-miss-world-cup-with-hamstring-injury-soccer-news/

Ben Chilwell will miss the 2022 World Cup after sustaining a serious injury in Chelsea’s win against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.

Chilwell stopped with a hamstring problem chasing the ball in stoppage time in the win over Dinamo Zagreb.

Earlier on Saturday, a statement from Chelsea read: “Following the injury sustained in our recent game against Dinamo Zagreb, Ben underwent a hamstring scan.

“The results show that Ben has suffered a significant injury and the defender is unfortunately set to miss the World Cup.

“Ben will now start a rehabilitation program with the club’s medical service.”

The England defender, who has been unlucky with injuries in the past, managed to get up and played the final seconds of the game, but had to be carried down the tunnel at the full-time whistle and left the stadium on crutches.

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Ben Chilwell’s hopes of playing for England at the World Cup appear to be in serious doubt after the defender suffered a hamstring injury while playing for Chelsea in the Champions League.

Southgate will name their squad on Thursday

Gareth Southgate will name his England squad for the World Cup in Qatar on Thursday. Their campaign will then kick off against Iran on November 21.

Chilwell has made 17 senior international appearances, scoring one goal.

He was part of the squad that reached the Euro finals in 2021 but didn’t play any games during the tournament.

“Heartbreaking for Chilwell and disturbing for Southgate”

Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell is helped off the pitch after sustaining a hamstring injury in Chelsea's Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb.
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Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell is helped off the pitch after sustaining a hamstring injury in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb.

Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett:

“First of all, it’s heartbreaking for Chilwell himself. Remember, he didn’t play a single minute of football for England at the Euros, largely because he had to isolate himself. after chatting with club mate Billy Gilmour in Wembley tunnel after the draw with Scotland.

“But it’s also very troubling for Southgate who, with injuries to Reece James, Kyle Walker and Kyle Walker-Peters, have seen their full-back options decimated.

“It means Luke Shaw and Kieran Trippier will be even more inked in the squad of 26, and Chilwell’s misfortune will be matched by the optimism of Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the Liverpool man – the subject of much debate around of selection – now much more likely to be included as a specialist full-back, even if he operates on the opposite wing.

“In fact, those three – Shaw, Trippier and Alexander-Arnold – are currently the only fully fit options for Southgate on their regular roster of full-backs.

“He’ll want to take at least one more wide defender you think, even if Walker can prove he’s fit enough to be included in the World Cup squad. (I’m hearing positive noises from people around Walker during his rehab).

“The key question is whether Southgate prioritizes versatility over specialist full-backs.

“The main ‘specialist’ left-backs are Tyrick Mitchell and Ryan Sessegnon – who play regularly for Palace and Spurs respectively.

“Although Leicester’s James Justin will push those tough two for a place, with the added bonus that he’s equally comfortable down both flanks.

“When it comes to versatility, Southgate already have options in most of their squad.

“Although it is now clear that Bukayo Saka is best utilized in a wide attacking position, he can – and has – played left-back for club and country. Although it should be noted that when he has was picked in a back four against Italy, he looked uncomfortable.

“Again, in the versatility stakes, Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi scores a lot. He’s also played left-back in his career, and Chilwell’s absence may well boost his chances of a place on the plane for the Qatar.

“Similarly, Ben White has played at right-back for Arsenal for much of this season, so he provides good cover down the back line.”

Burn? Mitchell? Henry? Who could replace Chilwell for England?

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer believes the Premier League schedule has made player injury inevitable and shares his thoughts on who could replace Ben Chilwell at the World Cup.

Chilwell now missing the tournament in Qatar and just days before Southgate names his squad, there is much talk about who should replace Chilwell in the squad.

We take a look at the potential options Southgate has at its disposal…

Which injured players could miss the World Cup?

Which stars have been left out of the World Cup in Qatar due to injury and who is in a race against time to get fit?

READ HERE

Chelsea schedule ahead of the World Cup

Chelsea versus Arsenal, Premier League – Sunday 6 November; 12 p.m. kick-off

Man City v Chelsea, Carabao Cup – Wednesday November 9; kick-off at 8 p.m., live sky sports

Newcastle versus Chelsea, Premier League – Saturday 12 November; kick-off 5:30 p.m. – live sky sports

England World Cup schedule

England v Iran – Monday 21 November; kick off 1 p.m.

England vs USA – Friday 25 November; kick off 7 p.m.

Wales v England – Tuesday 29 November; kick off 7 p.m.

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Vivianne Miedema: Arsenal striker has time off to ‘rest and recharge’ and should return after international break | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/vivianne-miedema-arsenal-striker-has-time-off-to-rest-and-recharge-and-should-return-after-international-break-soccer-news/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 15:32:23 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/vivianne-miedema-arsenal-striker-has-time-off-to-rest-and-recharge-and-should-return-after-international-break-soccer-news/

Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema has been granted time off to “rest and recharge”.

The 26-year-old is expected to return after the international break and hasn’t been named in the Netherlands squad for their upcoming international friendlies against Costa Rica and Denmark on November 11 and 15 respectively.

The Gunners, who are second in the WSL, say Miedema has been given time off to rest and recharge, so they will be without her for the trip to the final club Leicester on Sunday.

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Highlights of the Women’s Super League game between Arsenal and West Ham

Arsenal then host Manchester United, live on Sky Sports, in a top-flight clash on Saturday November 19. Jonas Eidevall’s side have won their opening five matches, conceding just one goal and scoring 14.

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Here are Miedema’s best goals from last season

But Miedema has had a difficult start to the campaign, scoring two goals and has been limited to substitute appearances in the last two league games.

She scored 14 league goals last season and signed a one-year contract extension with the club in May.

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Sky Sports’ Karen Carney and Kelly Smith look back on an action-packed weekend in the Women’s Super League

How to watch the WSL on Sky Sports

The Barclays FA Women’s Super League continues to be one of Sky Sports’ flagship offerings during the 2022/23 campaign and after viewing figures increased by 171% last season, we will show 35 matches exclusively live this time.

Sky Sports WSL’s current list of presenters is led by Caroline Barker and includes expert pundit Karen Carney. Joining them this season will be another of England’s all-time greats, Kelly Smith MBE, known for her successful stint at Arsenal and as England’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Broadcast every Thursday on Sky Sports Premier League, Jessica Creighton will return with her comprehensive roundup of all things WSL and women’s football with Inside the WSL.

The program will continue to go beyond the pitch with exclusive behind-the-scenes access, in-depth analysis, player and manager interviews and address issues in and around the game.

As always, Sky Sports News will operate around the clock with continuous editorial coverage throughout the season and a bespoke Twitter channel. @SkySportsWSL will continue to be the home of all Barclays FA WSL content on Sky Sports.

Your club’s list of Women’s Super League matches

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How the enigma of Frida Maanum and Vivianne Miedema underpins the charge for Arsenal’s women’s trophy | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/how-the-enigma-of-frida-maanum-and-vivianne-miedema-underpins-the-charge-for-arsenals-womens-trophy-soccer-news/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 15:50:27 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/how-the-enigma-of-frida-maanum-and-vivianne-miedema-underpins-the-charge-for-arsenals-womens-trophy-soccer-news/

Both Frida Maanum and Vivianne Miedema have adapted to the No.10 role, marking the position changes of recent years. The conundrum of who to play and where – which also extends beyond the two forwards – underlies the burden of Arsenal’s women’s trophy this season.

The issue was brought to the fore when Arsenal’s squad sheet came out against Lyon in the Champions League last week. Maanum started in the No.10 role which until this point in the season had been largely filled by Miedema.

For years, Miedema has been Arsenal’s focal point and star striker – somewhat reluctantly. The Dutch international is not in the spotlight and has always said she prefers assisting goals to scoring them.

His stance has changed this season, giving him more leeway for that. She returned to a more attacking role in midfield after years of being one of the most devastating No.9s in the Women’s Super League.

It wasn’t an immediate or even completely permanent change, but a change that has proven itself since the arrival of Jonas Eidevall. For example, in the 2020/21 season, she scored 18 goals compared to 14 last season.

But she has registered eight assists – three more than the previous campaign – and created many more chances (41, compared to 29 in the 2021/22 season). Her defensive numbers were also up in almost every category, being more involved in Arsenal’s midfield play rather than waiting up front for the ball to come to her.

His heatmaps of the 2021/22 campaign compared to the start of this season show a further shift back but also a greater spread through midfield. There’s also less activity inside the box itself.

But while Miedema was slightly pushed back, Maanum was actually pushed forward. Since joining the club last summer, the Norwegian has impressed, but mostly as a central or defensive midfielder.

Comparing its heatmaps, there is a stark difference. In his games this season, Maanum has operated in full in this attacking midfield position with much less action in the defensive half. She also operated largely on the left last term and now has much more freedom.

There are many good qualities that characterize Maanum as a striker – her game is direct and aggressive. She can enter space with or without the ball, separating an opposing defence. Against Lyon, she was tasked with defending two players at once and did so with great efficiency, having to run and be alert throughout the game – no small feat.

She was Arsenal’s standout player in the sensational 5-1 win over the Champions League holders, and that’s before we even get to the attacking stats – she scored the Gunners’ second and picked up an assist for Beth Mead’s fifth.

Maanum’s determination also did not waver against Liverpool, again scoring the second goal in a 2-0 victory. Both of his goals also came in the 22nd minute – a chilling coincidence ahead of the Halloween weekend.

While some may have questioned Miedema for such a big away game against Lyon – described as Arsenal’s ‘biggest challenge yet’ by Caitlin Foord ahead of the draw – it turned out be an inspired change.

Sunday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.

Kick off 6:45 p.m.


Explaining a bit more why he chose Maanum over Miedema in France, Eidevall said Arsenal.com after the victory: “Frida is also one of our players with the greatest running ability.

“I think she played that role which required extreme running because you basically have to defend two players all the time.

“I think she was brilliant – both off the ball and on. It was a great performance from her and she should be really proud and happy.”

Of course, there’s another element to this story – Stina Blackstenius took over that No.9 role and Miedema started to slip back when the Sweden international joined the club in January.

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The arrival of Stina Blackstenius saw Vivianne Miedema move more permanently to the No.10 role

The two have bonded well since playing together, with Blackstenius’ movement, runs and ability to slide defenders out of position already proving fruitful. She plays as a more traditional striker, rather than between two positions as Miedema is known to do.

And there’s no denying that it was quite extraordinary for a player of Miedema’s caliber to be left out of successive starting XIs, especially in a big Champions League game. However, she made her return to the squad against Zurich on Thursday night.

Miedema was never going to be absent for long. Rotation is essential for any team competing on multiple fronts and its class means it will always be important to Arsenal.

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Let’s not forget that just a few weeks ago she was among the nominees for the Ballon d’Or and many have pointed to her new contract this summer as the best business Arsenal could do, Miedema would have been courted by Barcelona .

But Eidevall, blessed with a wealth of wealth, has a balance in his hands.

Blackstenius is undoubtedly No 9, Foord and Beth Mead are both in sensational form on both wings with Lia Walti and Kim Little – who make up that midfield three, albeit in different positions – he is also unlikely that they will be ousted anytime soon. That leaves Maanum and Miedema fighting for that No. 10 spot, or more likely, turning there.

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That being said, neither played as a No.10 against Zurich in midweek as Eidevall made seven changes, showing just how much he can tinker with his side. Miedema has returned in the No.9 role – the first time she has started up front for Arsenal since February 5 – and has replaced Blackstenius in the middle in the last two games.

Let’s also not forget Lina Hurting, Jordan Nobbs Mana Iwabuchi – both former Champions League goalscorers on Thursday – who can also play in those attacking roles.

Discovering a new dimension to Maanum’s game which has proven to be devastatingly effective, giving Arsenal another attacking option. Expect to see her back in that position sooner rather than later – possibly against West Ham this weekend in the WSL, live on Sky sports.

Frida Maanum celebrates after scoring Arsenal's second goal against Lyon
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Frida Maanum has been a revelation in the No.10 role for Arsenal this season

Arsenal are practically jam-packed going forward and now they have to translate that into silverware. They haven’t won a trophy since the 2018/19 season when they were crowned WSL champions. For a club of this caliber with the players at their disposal, there is no excuse not to win a trophy this season.

They have started well again, winning every game in every competition so far and they are yet to concede a goal in the WSL. However, consistency is the key to any triumph and they must maintain that over the next few months as they hopefully reach the final stages of several competitions.

It also underlines how Eidevall continues to develop his squad and players, while using rotation and tactics to keep Arsenal competitive. While Maanum and Miedema may be the focal point at the moment – and to some extent Blackstenius – expect there to be more as the season progresses.

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Cristiano Ronaldo shows his worth, but are Arsenal starting to slip? – Europa League and Europa Conference League hits and misses | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/cristiano-ronaldo-shows-his-worth-but-are-arsenal-starting-to-slip-europa-league-and-europa-conference-league-hits-and-misses-soccer-news/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 00:56:15 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/cristiano-ronaldo-shows-his-worth-but-are-arsenal-starting-to-slip-europa-league-and-europa-conference-league-hits-and-misses-soccer-news/

Ronaldo still valuable to Ten Hag

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates Man Utd’s goal against Sheriff Tiraspol

“It’s done. He’s back. Let’s focus on the game.”

Those were the words of Erik ten Hag when he confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo would return to Manchester United’s squad for Thursday’s Europa League game against Sheriff Tiraspol.

Ronaldo had been dropped for Saturday’s Premier League draw against Chelsea due to his behavior in last week’s win over Tottenham, but he was back in the squad as United sought to qualify for the knockout stage.

All eyes were on the Portuguese superstar at Old Trafford. Eventually he delivered.

The 37-year-old looked set to get frustrated as he missed several chances and was booked for returning the ball after seeing a second-half strike disallowed for offside.

But his perseverance finally paid off in the 81st minute when he crashed in from close range to score the 701st goal of his extraordinary club career.

“Back on track with the same commitment and dedication as usual,” he said on Instagram ahead of Thursday’s game.

Ronaldo is and always has been a winner. Despite his petulance at times, he can still play a key role for Ten Hag in what will likely be the veteran striker’s final season at United.

And he will want to bow out. He has the opportunity to add a new trophy to his incredible collection. The Champions League will always be Ronaldo’s competition. But at the end of May, the Europa League could be too.
Dan Sansom

Are Arsenal starting to slip?

Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli reacts after missing a chance to score during the Europa League Group A soccer match between PSV and Arsenal at Philips Stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands on Thursday October 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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Arsenal were beaten by PSV – only their second defeat in all competitions this season

Football fans never have the chance to be optimistic, and Arsenal fans are sure to be nervous after watching their team be beaten by PSV on Thursday.

Let’s start by setting the scene – PSV away was always going to be Arsenal’s biggest test in Group A. The Dutch side are unbeaten in seven games at Philips Stadion and have lost just once there – against Rangers in their Champions League qualification – all season.

The talent they have in their squad, although below par in London last week, is pretty amazing. On Thursday, Cody Gakpo and Xavi Simons looked world class. Luuk de Jong made an inspired appearance in the second half, reminding everyone of his sheer class, to pick but a few.

And just like Mikel Arteta, Ruud van Nistelrooy is proving to be as talented in management as he was on the pitch.

But you would have been forgiven for thinking Arsenal were already assured top spot in Group A, so much their lackluster performance in the Netherlands. The Gunners are now in danger of finishing second in the group, sending them into a two-man play-off, with Barcelona and six-time Europa League winners Sevilla already waiting.

Mistakes were made from the start. For much of the first half, Arsenal took full advantage of their chance, relying on last-minute defending, goalkeeper saves or PSV’s apparent inability to stay wide to keep the level up. .

They always seemed to concede – which they eventually did – with Mikel Arteta having made five changes from the weekend. Gradually, those that were removed from the start began to be introduced, but also did not have a huge effect on the result.

After drawing against Southampton at the weekend, some will now wonder if this is the start of Arsenal’s slide after a blistering start to the season. There seemed to be major disconnects in the squad against PSV and ones that need to be ironed out quickly.

There have also been some question marks over the depth of the squad. However, Thursday’s starting XI had more than enough talent to at least make the game competitive. For much of the game, Arsenal were simply second best.

But Sunday’s game against Premier League bottoms Nottingham Forest provides the perfect opportunity to put their results back on track. Yes, Steve Cooper’s side beat Liverpool last weekend – which will certainly be on their minds – but Arsenal will be confident of a result.

This will set them up perfectly ahead of a now crucial game against Zurich on Thursday, which they must win to top the group and avoid adding two more difficult fixtures to an already crowded fixture list.
Charlotte Swamp

Garnacho shows Sancho how it’s done

“I don’t know if it’s real or if I’m dreaming.”

Alejandro Garnacho had a night to remember after making his Manchester United debut against Sheriff Tiraspol.

Applause rang out throughout Old Trafford when the 18-year-old was taken off 79 minutes and again as he left the pitch full-time. They were impressed with what they saw.

United fans are no strangers to seeing an exciting young talent running on the wing at Old Trafford. Only 19 years ago it was Cristiano Ronaldo.

Garnacho wasn’t polite, but he grew into the game and eventually took it by the scruff of the neck. He was raw, missing scoring and scoring chances, but the teenager showed something that was largely missing in wide areas for United this season.

The Argentine was brave in possession and ready to take on his man, often succeeding. His unpredictability caused chaos in the Sheriff’s defense and unlocked space behind their low block as he showed no fear as he brought the ball to the line on his weaker left foot.

Garnacho provided a timely reminder of all the things that were missing from Jadon Sancho’s game after taking his teammate’s place in the starting lineup.

His first full outing will give his manager Erik ten Hag food for thought. Although he is highly unlikely to start against West Ham on Sunday, live on sky sportshe is certainly in the conversation moving forward.
Zinny Boswell

Aguerd gives Moyes food for thought

Manuel Lanzini (left) celebrates with teammate Said Benrahma after scoring a penalty against Silkeborg
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Manuel Lanzini (left) celebrates with teammate Said Benrahma after scoring a penalty against Silkeborg

West Ham manager David Moyes will be delighted his side maintained their 100 per cent Europa Conference League record this season with a well-deserved 1-0 win over Silkeborg as it means the Scotsman can now rest the players crucially for next week’s trip to FC. Steaua Bucuresti during a turbulent period of the season.

This Eastern European clash is sandwiched between Premier League fixtures at Manchester United on great sunday and at home to Crystal Palace the following week, so any opportunity to rest the players will be gratefully taken by Moyes.

Not only was Moyes able to get a useful look at young midfielder Conor Coventry at the London Stadium, he was also able to give centre-back Nayef Aguerd a first run-out of the season, their summer arrival of 30 million from Rennes, after a three-month layoff following an ankle injury picked up in pre-season.

While the 26-year-old Morocco international will have far tougher exams than Silkeborg provided, he has always looked to the role at the heart of the Hammers’ defense and could even start now at Old Trafford this weekend after impressing his manager.

“I didn’t tell him he was leaving until today,” Moyes said. “But he’s a good athlete and he’s in good shape. He doesn’t have enough match practice but the match worked well for him.

“He did it well, did a few races, took on a few challenges. It was a really good opener for him.”

So all in all the perfect night for Moyes and Co…
Richard Morgan

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Exclusive Pablo Fornals: West Ham midfielder on style evolution this season, slow start to season and being a first-time dad | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/exclusive-pablo-fornals-west-ham-midfielder-on-style-evolution-this-season-slow-start-to-season-and-being-a-first-time-dad-soccer-news/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 16:16:32 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/exclusive-pablo-fornals-west-ham-midfielder-on-style-evolution-this-season-slow-start-to-season-and-being-a-first-time-dad-soccer-news/

Not too long ago, David Moyes climbed the list of favorites as the next Premier League manager to be sacked. Could two years of hard work, a Europa League semi-final and consecutive top-seven finishes be undone in a matter of weeks?

No, it turns out. The Hammers have since worked their way into the top 10 with a comfortable 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday night, their fifth straight win at home. They have won three of their last five league matches, following one of their previous seven.

Something has started to click at the London Stadium with smiles on previously gloomy faces and an expensive summer of spending which is now starting to pay off. There are signs of development around east London, where the Hammers have outperformed to reach those back-to-back finishes in European places.

The aim is to stay there, but seven games into the new season and with one win under their belt West Ham looked more likely to sack David Moyes than reach the top seven again. Yes, the three wins since are coming against teams they would normally expect to beat, at Wolves, Fulham and Bournemouth, but the style that Moyes is looking to build has also started to show.

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The manager has built much of his success since returning around the raw attributes of Michail Antonio, the physical strength of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek in midfield and ultimately West Ham’s ability to transition fast at the break. But things change with the arrival of record holder Lucas Paqueta, a player more comfortable with the ball than running, and even former Swansea midfielder Flynn Downes, who started in the hole for the last Monday victory.

Against Southampton earlier this month West Ham had 61% of the ball, against in-form Bournemouth 55% and even 46% at Anfield last week – only Manchester City have had more possession against Liverpool this season. This is not the West Ham of old, says Pablo Fornals, a man who has been there throughout their rise from relegation contenders to European semi-finalists.

“I don’t think we’re playing like before,” he said. sky sports. “Our football has improved a lot, our players are doing very well and it’s not like West Ham who used to run a lot and be fine without the ball, we have stepped up and shown we can also have the ball. We see a lot more ball than in the past.

“I really liked the way we played before, but it’s a bit different, I think it has to do with the players we’ve signed, they have a lot of quality and maybe we just need to evolve towards a better team with them here.

“Everyone had to settle in at the start of the season, there were the new players, the new style, a lot of little things that kept us from winning games and playing as well as we should.”

The Hammers’ bigger game plan is linked to a recovery in shot conversion – which before the win over Bournemouth was third worst in the league at just 6.1%, less than half that of the last season. While confidence has slowly returned to the team, their performances, results and now ability to find the back of the net have unsurprisingly improved in sync.

Fornals is the man who scored his first goal of the season – which only came in his fourth game – with a deflected long-range strike to beat Aston Villa. It was one of only three goals in their first seven games, but with chances created, but not completed, confidence remained in the Hammers’ side.

He said: “We always try to work to score goals, it’s every striker’s desire to score goals for the team, but sometimes the ball doesn’t want to go into the net.

“Other times I was lucky enough to score the first goal of the season, he deflected and went in so you never know how it’s going to go. But the harder we try, the more chances we’ll have and it’s “That’s the important thing. We did a lot against Bournemouth, and we have to keep it that way.”

Fornals was substituted in eight of his nine league starts this season, trailing only Bryan Mbeumo and Adam Armstrong across the top flight, before finding himself left out of the starting line-up completely against Bournemouth. Few players have shown such a positive work-rate and attitude since arriving at the London Stadium in 2019, but as the Hammers seek to establish themselves in European places competition has inevitably intensified.

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Any disappointment felt by the Spain international is swallowed up when he returns home, with the addition of an eldest son to his young family last November – and as any new parent will attest, it has changed his perspective.

“It changed my life a lot, as you would expect,” he said. “It’s nice to come home and see someone waiting for you with a smile, and it makes me realize that football, of course, is important, but now you have someone who was made by you and your wife, and your family is what really matters most.

“It was all difficult, it was all new to me! But it was a wonderful process to have this new little person who needs you so much, and you can’t even imagine how much you need them too. He hasn’t come to see us play yet, but he will.”

West Ham take on Manchester United on great sunday this weekend, and although the Hammers face a tough task at Old Trafford against a side in such good form at home, their own form and performance at Anfield has sparked an air of conviction.

“We have to be the same as at Liverpool, we were very good in this game,” Fornals said. “Probably better in the second half than in the first, but we challenged them and created chances.

“We are also going there to challenge Manchester United. We did it against Tottenham and got a draw, we did it against Chelsea and we should have gotten a draw, we will try to beat everyone.

“I try to watch as many games as possible, which is not so easy now that I have a baby, but I know they are doing very well and also creating their own style – but we want to be there. where they are right now, and facing them will help that.”

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Dietrich Mateschitz: Influential Red Bull founder and owner dies aged 78 https://www.observingthesky.org/dietrich-mateschitz-influential-red-bull-founder-and-owner-dies-aged-78/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 23:26:15 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/dietrich-mateschitz-influential-red-bull-founder-and-owner-dies-aged-78/

Dietrich Mateschitz, founder and co-owner of Red Bull, dies aged 78

Red Bull founder and owner Dietrich Mateschitz has died aged 78.

Mateschitz was an influential Austrian businessman who founded the energy drink company and then brought it into Formula 1 with huge success, winning four consecutive double world titles from 2010 to 2013.

His passing, which comes after a battle with a long illness, was confirmed just before qualifying for the United States GP, with a grim Red Bull squad apparently breaking the news together in the paddock.

“It’s very, very sad,” said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. “What a great man.

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner pays tribute to Dietrich Mateschitz.

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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner pays tribute to Dietrich Mateschitz.

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner pays tribute to Dietrich Mateschitz.

“We are incredibly grateful to him for everything he has done, everything he has supported us with over the years and so many drivers, so many team members, so many people in this pitlane owe him so much.

“It’s important that we celebrate and recognize the contribution he made. Quite a remarkable man, an inspiration and to whom we owe so much.”

Max Verstappen, after qualifying third, added: “It was bad news, I think, for everyone.

“What he has meant for Red Bull but also for the sport and especially what he has done for me in terms of my career so far and my life in general.”

Mateschitz, after discovering an energy drink on a trip to Thailand, launched the Red Bull brand in 1984 and established it as a global market leader before bringing sports success into the 21st century.

Red Bull entered Formula 1 with Sauber before buying the Jaguar team in 2004 and renaming it Red Bull Racing. He then bought Minardi a year later, which became a Red Bull junior team at Toro Rosso, and is now called AlphaTauri.

Martin Brundle, Simon Lazenby and Danica Patrick pay tribute to Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

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Martin Brundle, Simon Lazenby and Danica Patrick pay tribute to Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

Martin Brundle, Simon Lazenby and Danica Patrick pay tribute to Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

Mateschitz has also acquired football clubs in particular, with the Austrian team Red Bull Salzburg, New York Red Bull (USA) and RB Leipzig (Germany) acquired by Red Bull.

Red Bull has enjoyed success in all formats, especially in F1.

Max Verstappen has paid tribute to Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, who died aged 78.

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Max Verstappen has paid tribute to Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, who died aged 78.

Max Verstappen has paid tribute to Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, who died aged 78.

The team took its first victory in 2009 and its first titles a year later, as Sebastian Vettel took the drivers’ crown and Red Bull won the constructors’ title.

Red Bull went on to win the next three championships and have remained one of F1’s top teams ever since. Max Verstappen ended a drivers’ crown drought in 2021 and claimed it again this season, and the team is likely to wrap up the constructors’ title at the United States GP this weekend.

        Mateschitz with Red Bull driver and now double world champion Max Verstappen

Mateschitz with Red Bull driver and now double world champion Max Verstappen

“He’s rare,” added Horner. “What he has achieved and what he has done for so many people, in different sports, is second to none.

“Many of us must be so grateful to him for the opportunities he provided for us, for the vision he had, the strength of character and never being afraid to follow your dreams and pursue your dreams. .

“That’s what he’s done here in Formula 1, proving you can make a difference.”

Tributes pour in for Mateschitz

“It’s really sad news,” said Sky Sports F1 pundit Martin Brundle. “He was a wonderful man for motorsport. He loved motorsport.

“He has been incredibly generous and incredibly good for motorsport and motorsport has also been good for the Red Bull brand.

“He was a very charming man, a very private man too.

“He never wanted to be in the spotlight, he always wanted to be behind the scenes but wow, he’s achieved a lot in his life.”

Formula 1 chief Stefano Domenicali said: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of Dietrich Mateschitz, a hugely respected and much loved member of the Formula 1 family.

“He was an incredibly visionary entrepreneur and a man who helped transform our sport and create the world famous Red Bull brand.

“I will miss him dearly, as will the entire Formula 1 community, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the Red Bull and AlphaTauri teams at this very sad time.”

Explain Mateschitz’s huge impact on the sport

Sky Sports News reporter Craig Slater

“F1 was very close to his heart. He took a narrow and hands-on approach [approach]although you don’t often see him in the Formula 1 paddock.

“There have been rumors of his ill health for several weeks now and it’s sad to have it confirmed now that he’s passed away. Absolutely you find it hard to put in correct terminology the contribution he made in Formula 1 over the last decade and a half.

Craig Slater discusses the contribution and impact of Red Bull Formula 1 co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz, who died aged 78.

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Craig Slater discusses the contribution and impact of Red Bull Formula 1 co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz, who died aged 78.

Craig Slater discusses the contribution and impact of Red Bull Formula 1 co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz, who died aged 78.

“We could talk about his wider sporting contribution, a big impact on European and North American football, New York Red Bull, RB Leipzig, Red Bull Salzburg, ice hockey teams as well. I visited Red Bull Salzburg a few years ago and there was the same attention to detail in terms of recruiting young talent and looking after them properly is very evident in this football team as well as in its F1 operation Incredible academy, he linked up with local schools to ensure that anyone who passed through got a good education as well as an opportunity in sports as well.

    Mateschitz with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner

Mateschitz with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner

“An interesting individual on a personal level, a private man. He had this slightly eccentric, adventurous billionaire feeling about his character. He had a lot of interests.

“He put the Red Bull racing team on a solid footing. They are financially self-sufficient. I think they will carry on and be able to maintain the level of success they have achieved even now that the owner has passed away.

“Sometimes there is anxiety about an individual ‘sporting their toy’. We hear a lot about that. In the case of Dietrich Mateschitz, that couldn’t be further from the truth or of the reality he brought to the sport.

“He has been a benefactor who has thought very carefully about what he does in every project he has started, he has allowed him to have a foundation that will allow him to continue even after the direct financial contributions he has made will not continue.

“A very benign force, I think, in European and global sport. He will be greatly missed at Red Bull.”

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