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  • NagendraNagendra Rajahmundry, A.P5710 Points
    @munna is becoming very naughty :D
    Yah. Need to show his message to his wife/girl friend 😄
    munna219777indian_gooner
  • goalkeepargoalkeepar Turkish occupied Cyprus28191 Points
    I totally agree with both the points
    munna219777
  • giridharangiridharan Washington D.C2808 Points
    Nagendra said:
    @munna is becoming very naughty :D
    Yah. Need to show his message to his wife/girl friend 😄

    Who knows maybe he has wife and also a girlfriend 😂Respect! 😎
    goalkeeparNagendramunna219777ashindia
  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India28320 Points

    Ukraine Premier League set to begin amid ongoing war with Russia

    Under threat of Russian attacks in a war that stopped all football in Ukraine in February, a new league season starts Tuesday in Kyiv with the goal of restoring some sense of normal life.

    The elegant Olympic Stadium has staged the biggest European soccer games in the past decade, though none as poignant as the opening-day meeting of Shakhtar Donetsk and Metalist 1925 Kharkiv -- teams from eastern cities that are fighting for their very existence.

    No fans will be allowed in the 65,000-capacity downtown stadium for the 1 p.m. local time kickoff and the players must be rushed to bomb shelters if air-raid sirens sound.

    "We have rules in case of an alarm and we should go to be underground," Shakhtar captain Taras Stepanenko said Monday in a telephone interview. "But I think the teams, the players will be proud of this event.

    "We are ready, we are strong and I think we will show to all the world Ukrainian life and will to win."

    The Ukrainian Premier League returns with the blessing of the nation's leaders and in a week heavy with meaning.

    Tuesday is Ukraine's national flag day and Wednesday, Aug. 24, is the celebration of independence from control by Moscow that the former Soviet Union republic declared in 1991.

    "I spoke with our president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, about how important football is to distract," Ukraine federation president Andriy Pavelko said in June about the commitment to restart. "We spoke about how it would be possible that football could help us to think about the future."

    No competitive matches have been played in Ukraine since mid-December when the league paused for a scheduled midwinter break. Games had been due to resume Feb. 25, until the Russian military invasion started one day earlier. The season was canceled soon after the invasion.

    The 16-team league restarts without Desna Chernihiv and Mariupol, teams from cities that have suffered brutal destruction.

    All games will be played in and around Kyiv and further west and will be shown domestically, abroad and on YouTube in a deal with broadcaster Setanta agreed last week. The total value of $16.2 million over three years is less than some elite English Premier League players will earn this season.

    The concept of home-field advantage may have gone for most teams, though simply playing on Ukrainian soil -- other games Tuesday are in Kyiv, Uzhhorod and Kovalivka -- is remarkable.

    Ukrainian clubs fulfilling their games in UEFA's European competitions in recent weeks played in neighboring Poland and Slovakia, or Sweden, to ensure the safety of opponents such as Benfica and Fenerbahçe.

    Shakhtar, who were at the top of the domestic standings when last season was formally abandoned, will host opponents at Legia Warsaw's stadium when the Champions League group stage starts Sept. 6. The groups are drawn Thursday.

    Just 10 months ago, Stepanenko and Shakhtar faced eventual title winner Real Madrid in a Champions League game at the Olympic Stadium -- the same field where the storied Spanish team won the final in 2018.

    Last season, Shakhtar could field the core of Brazilian players they became famous for, funded by billionaire businessman Rinat Akhmetov, who also owns the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol.

    Those star players have now left Ukraine and Shakhtar will rely more on young, homegrown talent, just like their traditional rival Dynamo Kyiv, who start Sunday against Dnipro-1.

    "Of course, it's a new team," Stepanenko acknowledged. "We feel confident because we play for our country and for our people."

    https://www.espn.in/football/ukraine-ukr/story/4728295/ukraine-premier-league-set-to-begin-amid-ongoing-war-with-russia


    Nagendraindian_goonerThe real AGmunna219777ashindia
  • giridharangiridharan Washington D.C2808 Points
    Legendary manager Gallardo set to leave River Plate.

    This guy turned down Man United and Barcelona during his hay days. What a career he has had.
    indian_gooner
  • giridharangiridharan Washington D.C2808 Points
    Very excited for Blackburn this season. Currently on par with 2nd team QPR. Legendary Milan player Jon Dahl Tomasson seems to have done wonders with this team. This is the youngest squad in the whole championship and very impressive so far. Hope to see them in Prem League next season!
    Nagendraindian_gooner
  • NagendraNagendra Rajahmundry, A.P5710 Points
    Very excited for Blackburn this season. Currently on par with 2nd team QPR. Legendary Milan player Jon Dahl Tomasson seems to have done wonders with this team. This is the youngest squad in the whole championship and very impressive so far. Hope to see them in Prem League next season!
    Even last season,  they have done well in first few games.  In current season,  there are lacking players in defense mainly C.B . One more injury , Blackburn rovers will be doomed. 
    giridharanindian_gooner
  • giridharangiridharan Washington D.C2808 Points
    Yeah with the number of games now championship clubs are also struggling with world cup squeeze. Their manager was complaining he can't do 7 games in 26 days. Just only recovery is going on.  ISL will be like laughing at those players :smile:

    indian_goonermunna219777EastBengalPride
  • The real AGThe real AG 3308 Points
    Tyler Morton on loan from Liverpool doing pretty well. Elliot made a bigger impact when he as on loan but Morton looks good so far. I know Blackburn and Liverpool's reserves have some sort of internal talks every summer for loaning in youth players. Elliot, Clarkson and now Morton. Blackburn were also interested in Bajcetic and Owen Beck last summer.
    Nagendragiridharanindian_gooner
  • NagendraNagendra Rajahmundry, A.P5710 Points
    They have tried to get Liverpool C.B Van Den Berg. But it is not materialized. 

    Blackburn rovers won today's away game and currently in 2nd position. 
    The real AGEastBengalPride
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