Premier League Problems | Reading Comprehension

The English football Premier league is having some problems at the moment. Some of the managers are saying there should be some serious changes to the organisation of the matches. If you’re interested in football and improving your English, read this article and try the quizzes attached too!

VAR

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is a recent addition to many of the big football leagues. It has been introduced in many of the big European leagues and it was introduced in the Premier League last year. It is fair to say it has stoked some controversy since its introduction. The technological system involves a separate referee checking decisions by using video technology, and alerting the on-pitch referee if he has made a clear and obvious mistake. When the VAR is not sure themselves about the decision, the referee is asked to go to a screen by the side of the pitch to look himself. Then, hopefully he can make the correct decision. The main problem that fans, players and managers have with the new system is that there have been many decisions made against attacking teams, when one of the attackers is deemed offside. Some of these decision have been very tight. Usually when a player is level with the defender when the ball is played, he is onside. But with VAR, if the player is level and even just one part of his body is past the defender, for instance his arm, then the goal is disallowed. These very close decisions have infuriated managers up and down the league, with Jose Mourinho, manager of Tottenham Hotspur, recently saying “I miss my old football”.

Scheduling

Some of the top teams in the Premier League have to play a lot of games. Some teams are involved in up to four competitions at the same time with the two domestic cups, the league and a European competition all to play for. This means the schedule for a team can become very tight, with lots of fixtures in a short space of each other. For example, this week Manchester United played on Wednesday evening in the Champions League and then had to play at 12.30 in the afternoon on Saturday, a space of only two full days to rest. This infuriated manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was frothing at the mouth in his post-match interview. The interview was after his side’s 3-0 victory over Everton that day. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had the same opinion and told reporters that the scheduling of the Premier League had caused some of his players to get injured. He said “If you want good football, give the guys a few more days rest!”.

Five substitutions

Many of the big European football leagues recently introduced a new rule giving teams the option of five substitutions and a bigger bench. This was also introduced in the Premier League after the quarantine, but since the restart of the new season, the decision was made to only allow teams to have three substitutions. During this weekend, managers also expressed their displeasure at the decision, partly because having the option of five substitutes would allow the teams playing lots of games a chance to give their players a rest. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said “I was talking with Jurgen Klopp about this and I think we’re going to fight it [the decision to not allow five substitutions]”. The decision was reached during the summer after all of the Premier League’s twenty clubs voted on the issue. Many of the smaller teams voted against the idea of letting teams have five substitutions. This is because many of them are not involved in a lot of different competitions and they felt this would give an advantage to the bigger teams. Perhaps it is not surprising then that it is two of the league’s biggest clubs that are so sour about the issue!

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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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The Marcus Rashford Quiz

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