The announcement of the European Super League championship is still the event that takes center stage in the media, and there are dozens of questions that are asked every minute, including; Why did Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain not sign the agreement like most of the big clubs?
The clubs participating in the European Super League championship from UEFA have been officially confirmed, and the number of 12 clubs will be founders of the competition in which 20 clubs will participate when it starts, namely Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid from Spain, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool from England, and finally Milan, Inter and Juventus from Italy.
What has surprised many is that Bayern Munich, the German football giant, and Paris Saint-Germain, who dominates French football, has not joined recently in this rebellious competition. Rather, the International and European Federations extended special thanks to the German League and French League clubs, headed by Paris and Bayern, for not participating in the big club association.
Real Madrid, suffering from many injuries, drew 0-0 at Getafe in the Spanish Premier League, dropping 3 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 last week and passed Liverpool to the semi-finals of the Champions League but suffered from the absence of nine players due to injuries or positive Covid-19 cases.
Striker Mariano gave Real an early lead, but the VAR system canceled the goal for offside, but Getafe created the most dangerous chances.
Getafe hit the frame in the first half, and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois prevented him from scoring after brilliantly saving two attempts in the second half.
The tie disrupted a series of four consecutive victories in the competition for Zinedine Zidane’s team, leaving him in second place with 67 points from 31 games, three points behind Atletico, who crushed Eibar 5-0 earlier today.
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel praised the performance of midfielder Mason Mount and his scoring touch, saying that the England national team performs well and is completely focused on his mission.
Tuchel’s comments came ahead of Chelsea’s match with Crystal Palace in the Premier League later on Saturday.
Mount scored his first goal in the Champions League last Wednesday in his side’s 2-0 victory over Porto in the first leg of the quarter-finals, becoming the youngest Chelsea player to score in the knockout stages in the tournament at the age of 22 years and 87 days.
Since Tuchel succeeded Frank Lampard in Chelsea in January, Mount has scored 5 goals in all competitions, more than any other player on the team.
On the possibility of the praise on the player’s behavior and performance, Tuchel said, “I think he has a lot of realism and can deal with that.”
The German coach added, “The praise will not change him at all… His focus is good and he is psychologically stable and very mature, but at the same time he has a sparkle in his eyes, which is a very good mixture.”
Chelsea is fifth among the Premier League teams with 51 points, eight rounds before the end of the season.
The Manchester City team will meet its German guest, Borussia Dortmund, this evening, Tuesday, at the Etihad Stadium, in the first leg matches of the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Manchester City enters the match and is the Premier League leader, 14 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United, and his hopes are high for the title after losing it last year to Liverpool, who is playing another match against Real Madrid in the same round in the Champions League in Madrid.
The team hopes to win the quartet (the Premier League, Federation Cup, League Cup and Champions League) this year, as many experts nominate it to obtain its first title in the European Championship.
Mason Greenwood led his Manchester United side, converting a goal behind into a thrilling 2-1 victory over Brighton in the Premier League, on Sunday.
Danny Welbeck scored against his former team in the 13th minute, then Jacob Moder missed an opportunity to boost the visitors’ lead when he hit the crossbar and left the field.
Moder came close to scoring before the break for Brighton, but Rashford took advantage of Bruno Fernandez’s pass and hit the ball to equalize in the 62nd minute.
Brighton striker Neil Mobay missed an opportunity in front of the goal in the 72nd minute, before Greenwood received a high pass from Paul Pogba, and scored with his head in the 83rd minute despite an attempt by a defender Lewis Dunk to keep her away.
Brighton pressed in the final minutes, but United maintained the victory to receive a big boost in finishing the season in the semi-finals.
With this victory, United strengthened their position in second place with 60 points from 30 games, and 14 points ahead of Manchester City, who played 31 games.
United is 4 points ahead of Leicester City in third place. Brighton remains 16th at 32 points, 6 points behind the relegation zone.
Real Madrid resumed their start in the Spanish Football League championship after the international break with a precious 2-0 victory over Eibar today, Saturday, in the 29th stage of the competition, which today also witnessed Villarreal’s 3-0 victory over Granada.
With this victory, Real prepared well on the technical and moral levels for its highly anticipated match against Liverpool, next Tuesday, in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-eight.
Real raised its score to 63 points, to advance to second place in the competition table temporarily, one point ahead of Barcelona and three points behind Atletico Madrid.
Eibar stuck at 23 points, in the nineteenth place penultimate.
Real ended the first half in their favor with a clean goal scored by Marco Asensio in the 41st minute, and Karim Benzema added the second goal in the 73rd minute.
Gerrard Moreno scored a hat-trick that led Villarreal to victory over Granada 3/0.
Villarreal raised its score to 46 points in fifth place, and Granada’s balance stuck at 36 points in eighth place.
Moreno scored the three goals for Villarreal in the ninth, 18, and 60 minutes, and the first and third goals came from two penalties.
The Japanese city of Fukushima witnessed the launch of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay, which has been postponed since last year, amid the absence of the masses in light of fears of an outbreak of the Covid-19 virus.
On March 15, the organizing committee announced that it is committed to “ensuring the safety and security of the torch relay for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, by taking preventive measures, to prevent the spread of infection among the torchbearers, the rest of the participants in the march, in addition to the local population as well,” according to the agency Reuters.
A ray of light at the end of darkness
The rose gold torch, whose top is the shape of cherry blossom, was lit at a party at the Jay Flag Sports Center in Fukushima, Japan.
The Olympic Organizing Committee chose the center for its symbolism, as it represented the base for rescue operations, in the wake of the nuclear disaster, earthquake, and severe tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, killing about 18,500 people.
In her speech, Committee Chair Seiko Hashimoto said that she hoped the Olympic flame would represent a “ray of light at the end of darkness”, adding that “this little flame has never lost hope, and I wait for this day like a cherry blossom is about to bloom.”
Cherry blossoms are known as “sakura” in Japan, and they are the most popular and preferred species by the Japanese, as they bear a national character. They formed a symbol to motivate Japanese pilots during World War II, and they painted them on the sides of their aircraft before embarking on suicide missions, and they symbolize beauty and life. Ephemeral.
The torch will pass through 47 Japanese cities and end its journey at Tokyo National Stadium, the official opening day of the Olympiad, on July 23.
The organizing committee banned the public attendance at Thursday’s ceremony, but they will be able to line up on the sides of the road to follow the torch relay in the upcoming stations, in the event that they commit to wearing protective masks against the Covid-19 virus, in addition to avoiding crowds, with encouragement only by applause.
Japanese fans will attend the upcoming Summer Games matches only, as the Organizing Committee decided, early this week, to refund the value of tickets sold to foreigners, in light of the measures taken to curb the spread of the virus.
An opinion poll for the Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri newspaper, earlier this March, showed that if the games are to be held this year, 91% of respondents want to have the fewest fans possible, or not be allowed to attend.
Japan recorded about 460,000 infections, compared to nearly 8,900 deaths from the Covid-19 virus, and is currently suffering from a high daily infection index, in light of the outbreak of the third wave of the virus, according to data from the Worldometers website.
About four months after the historic loss to Spain, the German national team opened its international matches in 2021 with a broad victory over Iceland, topping its group at the start of its campaign in the European qualifiers for the Doha 2022 World Cup.
The German national team took its first steps to remove the stigma of its historic loss to Spain with a clean six last November, knocking the Icelandic counterpart 3-0 late Thursday evening (25 March 2021), in the first round competitions in the tenth group of European qualifiers To the World Cup Qatar 2022.
The goals of the Manchavt were scored by Leon Goritska (3), Kai Havertz (7), and Ilkay Gundogan (56).
With this result, the “machines” team led the tenth group with three points on goal difference from Armenia II, while the Icelandic team sank to the bottom of the standings with zero points.
After this match in Duisburg, the German team will visit Romania later, three days before the confrontation of North Macedonia in Duisburg again.
Coach Joachim Loew, who will leave his post at the end of the European Cup next summer, needs to achieve convincing victories against the teams within the reach of his team to restore the confidence of the German fans after his most severe loss since 1931 when he fell to Spain with a clean sixth in November.
Goritzka, the German star of Bayern Munich, opened the scoring for the Germans, with a strong left shot from inside the penalty area, which was left of the goalkeeper (3). And it was only four minutes, until the Chelsea star Havertz doubled the score for Alanshaft in the same way after a great passing game (7), to end the first half with Germany leading two clean goals.
In the second half, Gundogan boosted the score for his country by scoring the third goal with a shot from the outskirts of the penalty area, hugging the net in the lower right corner of the goalkeeper.
The coach of the Egyptian Olympic team, Shawky Gharib, revealed, on Wednesday, that the participation of Mohamed Salah, the English star, in the Tokyo Olympics next summer, is a “triple decision.”
Shawky Gharib said in an interview with Agence France-Presse: “The decision to join Mohamed Salah to the team is a tripartite decision, first a technical decision from me personally, then an administrative decision from Liverpool FC and its German coach Jürgen Klopp, then the player himself’s desire to participate with us in the Olympics.”
He added, “Salah’s joining the team in the Olympiad is a move by the state, represented by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Football Association and the technical staff, in search of an Olympic medal that will be the first in the history of Egyptian football’s participation in the Olympiad.”
And about whether there is communication between the coach and the player, Gharib said, “I announced my desire and wish that Salah is with us in the Olympics, and the player did not announce his refusal, which means that he has the desire to participate with us.”
For the first time in seven years, Libya was able to host an international match after the political and security conditions that the country had previously lived through prevented it. The Tunisian team will play on Libyan soil, as long as the “CAF” ban is lifted.
Libya is returning to hosting international football matches after seven years of a ban imposed by the country’s security conditions and conflicts in all cities, when Tunisia receives tomorrow, Thursday (25 March), the “Martyrs Benina” stadium in Benghazi, in the fifth and penultimate round of the Cup qualifiers. African Nations 2021.
About a month ago, the African Union announced the lifting of the ban on stadiums in Libya. The head of the Libyan Federation, Abdel Hakim Al-Shalmani, said at the time, “At the request of the Emergency Committee and the Secretary-General of the African Union, we will prepare a complete security plan within a short period,” adding, “We hope that everyone will join hands, especially institutions such as youth and sports or the national government, to pay attention to this file, because it is not.” Easy, it requires a lot of effort, and it is the least thing offered to our country. ”
Benghazi is located on the eastern coast of Libya and is the second largest city in the country and the cradle of the revolution that toppled the Gaddafi regime in 2011.