Newcastle United’s Championship win this season will forever go down as one of the greatest heists pulled off in football history. Going into the last gameweek of the season, the Magpies were a point behind Brighton, and had their work cut out for them.
However, Brighton could only managed a draw against Aston Villa thanks to a late Jack Grealish equaliser and Newcastle’s win 3-0 over Barnsley meant they ended the season as champions in what was a dramatic end to a season.
Naturally, members of the Newcastle squad hit the town to celebrate this win.
Their partying, which saw them initially head to Japanese restaurant Aveika before then going to the nightclub Livello, would have been fun to say the least. However, the man of the night was Rolando Aarons, who turned up for the party wearing his Championship winning medal.
Check out the picture below:
Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Manchester United was notable for the fact that Arsene Wenger recorded his first competitive victory over a side managed by Jose Mourinho. Over the years, few rivalries have been as one sided as this, and Wenger would have been glad to finally get a notch on the W column.
Their win, however, wasn’t down to luck or United being the inferior side – even if they didn’t exactly play at their best. Credit must be given to Arsenal and Wenger, who came armed with a concrete game-plan and executed it to perfection. This is particularly true in regards to the defence, who are often criticised for poor decision-making.
Laurent Koscielny in particular was hungry to ensure that the Gunners walked away with all three points. The Frenchman effectively pocketed Martial for huge portions of the game, not allowing him space to operate or run into. In fact, the 31-year old defender even beat the 20-year old striker outright in a one-on-one race.
Check out the moment in the Frenchman’s highlighs package below, it comes after the 30 second mark:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s knee injury has put his Manchester United future in jeopardy. Signed on only a one year deal, the Swedish striker is currently set to be out till the end of 2017 itself.
Whilst his performances for the club have been good, there is no certainty as to how he will deal with this setback at this age.
The good news is that he went over to the United States of America and underwent successful surgery in America. The legendary striker has also promised to make a comeback from this injury, meaning his fans around the world will get to see him play again, just possibly not in a United shirt.
These sentiments were echoed by agent Mino Raiola, who also shared an amusing anecdote regarding the striker and his doctors. Apparently the doctors treating Zlatan’s knees were so impressed by the lack of wear and tear on them that they wanted to open him up and do further research on his knees once his playing days are over. Amazingly, this is something both agent and player are interested in doing.
See the quotes from Raiola on the matter below:
His knees are so strong that doctors said they had never seen anything like it.
He has a knee that’s almost impossible for a football player with a 20 year long career to have. It was perfectly clean, there were no damage to it.
Zlatan’s knee is so strong that the doctor’s want him to return after his career to do research on him. They work at the world’s best research institute for knees and ligaments.
They research a lot about the subject and that is why they are better than everyone else. So after Zlatan’s career we will go back and open him again to research his ligament.
Arsenal’s win over Manchester United was not only a pleasant surprise for Gooners, but it also gave them an outside chance of making the Top 4. Whilst this might not seem like much, it’s worth noting that they had been all but written off from the race for the European spots just some days back.
The game itself was largely dominated by Arsenal, especially when it came to creating chances. Whilst they do tend to create a lot, the one thing Arsene Wenger’s men did differently this time around was actually taking their chances. All the domination in the world is of no good if you don’t convert chances.
That wasn’t to say that Arsenal’s domination of the game wasn’t entertaining; on the contrary, it led to several good moments for the home crowd. One such moment was when Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain pulled off a sublime dummy over Wayne Rooney that all but ended the Manchester United captain.
See it for yourself here:
One noticeable thing about Chelsea this season is that the squad is back to being a tight knit unit again. The previous season had seen the team lose focus, especially around the end of Jose Mourinho’s term; however, team spirit is back in the dressing room and seems ready to propel them to another title victory.
Which would seemingly explain why Marcos Alonso decided to air his team-mate Eden Hazard’s dirty laundry in public; almost literally, in fact. The Spaniard posted a picture of the Belgian winger on his Instagram story and clearly poked fun at his appearance, which was quite amusing to say the least.
The reason it was so funny? Hazard decided to turn up to training wearing nothing but the brightest of pink wherever possible. Aside from his pink jacket, the attacker had on a pink and white cap as well as bright pink trainers.
See Hazard’s hideously funny attire for yourself here:
Newcastle’s guaranteed run to the title may have been stopped by a resurgent Brighton and Hove Albion, but the Magpies have very little to be disappointed about this season. Even a second place finish will see them automatically make it back to the Premier League next season, which was always the aim.
The fact that they have been able to make a comeback so quickly is down largely to the fact that they assembled a pretty decent squad, whilst also retaining the services of Rafael Benitez. Aside from that, they also have some pretty good young players who can make a splash for them soon enough.
One such player is Ivan Toney, a young English winger currently on loan to third division side Scunthorpe United. Their 0-0 draw against Millwall in the first leg of the League One play-off semi-final might have been dull. However, what wasn’t dull was Toney’s sumptuous nutmeg that he pulled off almost effortlessly during the game.
See the trick good enough to make it on to Soccer AM below:
Every sport in general tries to keep itself away from political issues, particularly the most controversial ones. In a world where corporate sponsorship and TV rights fees are just as important as winning the matches itself, it is important to present sports as an escape from the world, not a part of it.
Which makes it all the more heart-warming to see the two worlds intertwine, particularly for the right reasons. The Israel-Palestine conflict recently took a new turn when Palestinian prisoners launched a hunger strike demanding better amenities as well as more humane treatment whilst in jail.
The issue has gotten coverage worldwide, and now got support from a familiar source in the Celtic ultras. During the 4-1 win against St. Johnstone, the Green Brigade unveiled a banner that had the words “Hungering for Justice” on it. In a match that saw Celtic go 43 domestic matches unbeaten, this was perhaps the real story of the day.
See pictures (via @Liam_O_Hare) of the banners below:
It’s well-known that Chelsea’s deal with current kit-makers Adidas ends at the end of this season. From the next season, their shirts will no longer bear the iconic three stripes of the German clothing company, but the swoosh of American sports brand Nike. The reason is simple: more sponsorship money for the club.
However, whilst fans nowadays are well attuned to the financial side of the game, it doesn’t mean they don’t care about the basics like shirt designs. In fact, given the increase in awareness about branding and merchandise sales, companies have to be smarter when it comes to designing shirts.
Pictures of Nike’s designs for Chelsea’s training jerseys hit the internet today, and it seems Nike have done a good job on one shirt, which is features a minimalist design and a greater focus on the blue shade. As for the other shirt, well… let’s just say the design might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Check out the pics of Chelsea’s new training kits with sponsors Carabao here:
Aside from a climb back up the table under Ronald Koeman this season, perhaps the best part of Everton’s season has been the number of young players who have gotten the chance to shine. In an era where spending big money on proven talent is the norm, seeing young players getting such chances is refreshing.
One of the beneficiaries of this system has been Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The young British forward was signed only at the beginning of this season yet has somehow impressed enough to make 10 league appearances for the club so far, scoring one goal and even bagging himself a new contract in the process.
And whilst his on-field performances are impressive, it seems he’s just as good at scoring off the field. Pictures of him and his model girlfriend Meg Lilley recently surfaced on and nearly broke the internet. Calvert-Lewin himself might be a forward, but his girlfriend sure comes across as a keeper.
Check out pictures of the couple together below:
Needless to say Liverpool’s game vs. Southampton is a key one for the Reds. With only three games left to play, three wins are necessary to ensure they can at least get Champions League football next season.
And in order to do so, they will need all hands on deck, which is why there were questions raised about Philippe Coutinho’s availability for the game. However, Klopp’s gonna Klopp, as the German tried to hide the update on the Brazilian’s fitness by taking shots at John Achterberg’s running style.
The fact that he decided to crack a joke at the expense of his goalkeeping coach, who’s admittedly done a pretty phenomenal job of rehabilitating the career of Simon Mignolet of late, might be seen as a little weird. However, the retired goalkeeper took the joke in his stride, even having a laugh about it on Twitter.
See his reply to Klopp’s piss-take below: