Liverpool win the Premier League

It has taken 30 years, but Liverpool are champions of England once again. The club’s 19th championship and first of the Premier League era was confirmed after Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea. The match was played after the recent return of football from the 3-month lockdown due to coronavirus.

An emphatic defeat of Crystal Palace on Wednesday put them within two points of the title but that it didn’t matter after City’s slip at Stamford Bridge. Last year’s Premier League champions trail their successors by a remarkable 23 points with seven matches remaining and will be expected to provide a guard of honour when the two clubs meet at the Etihad Stadium next Thursday. Guards of honour are traditional, not compulsory, and require the agreement of all parties.

The manager Jürgen Klopp watched the City game at Formby Hall golf club together with the players as Liverpool clinched the crown that has eluded them since Kenny Dalglish led the club to its last championship on 28 April 1990. Madonna was No 1 in the UK singles chart at the time with Vogue.

Liverpool have won the Premier League title, Champions League, Club World Cup and Uefa Super Cup within 13 extraordinary months and are on course to demolish several domestic records this season, many held by City. Liverpool have won the Premier League with most games to spare, breaking the record of five held jointly by City (2017-18) and Manchester United (2000-01).

They could end the campaign with a staggering 107 points, eclipsing the record of 100 set by City in 2017-18, most victories in a Premier League season (eclipsing City’s 32 from 2017-18 and 2018-19), most home wins and the biggest title-winning points margin.

The club captain, Jordan Henderson, will have to wait until late July to lift the Premier League trophy and while the ban on mass gatherings prevents a parade through Liverpool city centre the club plan to hold a celebration with supporters when it is deemed safe to do so.

 

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Adapted from https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jun/25/liverpool-win-premier-league-after-manchester-city-are-beaten-by-chelsea

The Tale of Marcus Rashford

Many people know that Marcus Rashford is a fantastic footballer. He plays for Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in England, and he wears the number ten shirt. He also plays for England and he is well known for his brilliant pace, agility and eye for goal. No doubt he will be a great player for both teams for many years. But many people do not know about his life outside of football, which is equally as impressive as his achievements in the game…

Rashford is only twenty-two years old. At this young age, he has already achieved a lot. He has won the FA Cup, the EFL Cup, the Community Shield and the UEFA Europa League. He started playing for Manchester United when he was seven years old and has already played over a hundred and thirty times for the club and scored forty-one goals. His record for England is very good as well, he has played thirty-eight times and scored ten goals. A lot of people in England are very excited about his potential in the game and they hope he will become a legend for club and country. Of course, he is paid a lot of money as a top-level footballer.

At such a young age and with so much money, you would expect Rashford to be more interested in playing video games and driving expensive cars than anything else. But Marcus Rashford isn’t an ordinary young man. He is a very charitable person, and he cares a lot about his local community.

When Marcus was a child, his family did not have a lot of money. He used to go to school very early to get a free breakfast before lessons started. On his walk to school, he used to see a lot of people living on the street and it made him sad because this was his home. It made him more determined to do well at football. Marcus worked very hard and became better every day. He made his Manchester United debut at eighteen years old and he scored two goals in a 5-1 win.

Since then Rashford has become a regular player for his club and country and is now a household name. Instead of spending his free time driving expensive cars, buying expensive clothes and playing video games, he gives his time to charity. During Christmas 2019 he was involved with the In the Box campaign, that gave essential items to vulnerable adults. When the coronavirus reached the UK, he knew that a lot of people would struggle to find food, so he donated lots of money to the charity Fareshare, and his donations mean they have provided over 3 million meals for children by the end of May.

Marcus hasn’t stopped there with his charitable acts. He learned British Sign Language so he could judge the poetry competition for World Book Day and he was also awarded a High Sheriff Special Recognition Award for his contributions to his community in Manchester during the coronavirus period.

In a world of injustices and greed, Marcus Rashford is definitely a good guy and is doing a lot of good things for his country and his community. Many footballers are involved with charity but perhaps there are none as young as Rashford that do so much. He is an inspiration and a role model for young people everywhere. We at Scrambled Eggs Inglese salute you Marcus!

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European Cup 2020 postponed

This summer’s European Football Championship has been postponed until 2021 to allow time for all Europe’s club competitions to be completed by 30 June if possible, Uefa has decided, as the football authorities grapple with the unprecedented disruption of the coronavirus pandemic.

The postponement of the Euros to proposed dates of Friday 11 June until Sunday 11 July 2021 and the likely postponement of next summer’s women’s Euros to 2022 were two of a flurry of measures announced on a day when football’s authorities showed determination to give leadership at a time the Uefa president, Aleksander Ceferin, called “the biggest crisis that football faced in its history”.

One of those on Uefa’s teleconference call with all 55 of Europe’s national football associations, the European Club Association, European Leagues and the international players’ union Fifpro confirmed reports that provisional dates have been optimistically scheduled: 27 June for the Champions League final, 24 June for the Europa League final. Calendar formats which are played in normal times, such as the Champions League being played in midweek and not at weekends, could be changed in the effort to get games played as soon as governments’ health and travel policies allow.

Two working groups have been formed by Uefa, one to look at the possible resumption and conclusion of the club season “in a coherent manner”, the other “to assess the economic, financial and regulatory impact of the Covid-19 outbreak and propose measures to help mitigate the consequences of the pandemic”, Uefa said.

This year’s Copa América, also due to take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021, has been postponed by the South American Football Federation. The African Nations Championship, scheduled for April in Cameroon and played for solely by players from domestic leagues, has been postponed indefinitely.

Adapted from: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/mar/17/euro-2020-postponed-coronavirus-uefa-champions-league-europa-league

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