Can Union Berlin win the Bundesliga?

Can Union Berlin win the Bundesliga

Union Berlin is one of the newer teams in the Bundesliga, having been promoted to the top tier of German football in 2019. Despite their relatively short history in the league, they have already made waves with their impressive performances and passionate fanbase. But can Union Berlin go all the way and win the Bundesliga?

First, let’s take a look at Union Berlin’s current position in the league. As of February 2023, they are currently sitting in third place, on the same points as Bayern and Dortmund. This is a remarkable achievement for a team that was playing in the second division just a few years ago.

One of the keys to Union Berlin’s success this season has been their strong defense. They have conceded just 24 goals in 21 matches, which is the second-best defensive record in the league. In addition to their solid defense, Union Berlin has also been impressive going forward. They have scored 35 goals in 21 matches, which is the fourth-highest tally in the league.

Where can Union Berlin really go this season?

Union has been on a roll since being promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time in its history in the 2019/20 season. Union finished 11th in the season that was interrupted and then resumed in the summer due to COVID, ensuring them a peaceful salvation, and the Berliners even finished seventh the following season, qualifying for the Conference League. Last season, Union even fought for the Champions League, reaching the end of the championship in fifth place, a position that guaranteed the team an absolute first in the Europa League.

To crown the season, a German Cup semi-final also arrived, but it is in this championship that Union is giving its best, thanks to 7 wins, 2 draws, and only one defeat. Union, until the fall of East Germany, played in the Oberliga championship, but it was a team that never won. However, precisely because it was not associated with the communist regime, it had great support from the Berlin public. So, old East Germany’s only success was winning the national cup in 1968, which was nothing compared to the very strong Dynamo Berlin, which was run by the Ministry of the Interior of the Communist Party.

Union Berlin has a strong team spirit and a passionate fanbase. The club is known for its community-oriented approach and commitment to social causes. This has helped to create a strong bond between the players and the fans and has fostered a sense of unity and purpose within the team. This could be an important factor in the closing stages of the season, when the pressure and expectations are high.

However, there are also some factors that could work against Union Berlin’s chances of winning the Bundesliga. One of the main challenges they will face is the depth of their squad. Unlike some of the other top teams in the league, Union Berlin does not have the financial resources to compete in the transfer market for top-quality players. This means that they will have to rely on their existing squad to carry them through the rest of the season, which could be difficult if they suffer injuries or fatigue.

Another challenge for Union Berlin is the presence of some strong teams at the top of the table. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and RB Leipzig are all experienced teams with deep squads and strong histories of success. It will be difficult for Union Berlin to overtake them, but it is not impossible.

In conclusion, Union Berlin has shown that they are a team to be reckoned with in the Bundesliga this season. Their solid defense, potent attack, and strong team spirit have helped them climb the table and challenge for the title. While there are some challenges that they will need to overcome, such as the depth of their squad and the presence of strong teams at the top of the table, they have a good chance of continuing their impressive form and making a serious challenge for the Bundesliga title.




24th, 25th & 26th FEBRUARY

 1.Mainz Vs B. Monchengladbach (U3.5)

B.Monchegladbach currently 8th placed are away to 9th placed Mainz as the battle for European spots continues. I do anticipate a reserved game as either side will at least look for a point in this fixture than lose. I do not expect more than 3 goals. 3/3 last H2H meetings have seen U2.5

2.Elche Vs Betis (2)

Betis are currently 5th placed and the travel to Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero in Elche as they fight enter the top 4. Elche are 20th on the log and have lost their last 2 league games. I do see Betis winning this fixture

3.Leicester Vs Arsenal (2) Saturday

Leicester are currently 14th on the log and they host table leaders Arsenal at the King Power stadium. I do not see Arsenal losing out points after a poor run previously. They really want to keep the pace up to prevent Man City from catching them. Arsenal have won 4/5 last H2H meetings with Leicester

4.Bournemouth Vs Manchester City (2) Saturday

Man City trail Arsenal by 2 points and after losing 2 points to Nottingham last week, I do not see the Citizens fumbling again. It is a win for the away side period. City have won 5/5 last H2H with Bournemouth

5.Crystal Palace Vs Liverpool (2) Saturday

Liverpool were humbled and humiliated by Real Madrid in Champions League on Tuesday at Anfield but following their recent 2 game winning form in EPL, I do see them fighting hard to attain maximum points today so as to boost their confidence. Liverpool win though it won’t be a big margin

6.Hoffenheim Vs Dortmund (2) Saturday

Dortmund are currently 2nd placed tied up by points with log leaders Bayern as the race for this season’s Bundesliga continues. I do not see Hoffenheim currently 15th placed a spot above relegation stopping high flying Dortmund. Hoffenheim have lost all their last 5 fixtures

7.Real Madrid Vs Atl. Madrid (1&Yes) Saturday

It is the Madrid derby as 2nd placed Real Madrid host 4th placed Atletico at the Santiago Bernabeu. I do expect a tight on but I do see the hosts edging Atletico however the guests will atleast score a goal. This means those going for O2.5 you are very safe. Bagenda kwelumba

8.Tottenham Vs Chelsea (1) Sunday

Chelsea have only won 1 game from their last 10 in all competitions losing 5 and drawing 4 times. At Tottenham Hotspur stadium, I do see the hosts defeating Chelsea. Chelsea have won 4/5 last H2H but following their current form, I do see them easily losing to Spurs in this fixture

9.Manchester United Vs Newcastle (1) Sunday

It is the Carabao Cup final at Wembley as Man United play against Newcastle. Newcastle have only lost to Liverpool in EPL this season but here comes Manchester United that has taken long with winning a trophy given its status and size. I do see man United edging Newcastle since they have more experience playing at Wembley than Newcastle. Ma n United have won 3/5 last H2H with Newcastle. From all the last 5 H2H Newcastle have not won any game against Man United

10.Almeria Vs Barcelona (2) Sunday

Barcelona are leading the league with 8 points as trailed by Real Madrid in 2nd position. Almeria have lost all their last 3 games and also lost 5/5 last H2H with Barcelona. Barcelona win tulumbe




17th, 18th & 19th FEBRUARY 2023


1.Sassuolo Vs Napoli (2) Friday

Napoli are currently unstoppable and are on their way to claiming the scudetto this season. Napoli have won their last their last 6 league games and scored a total of 10 goals against Sassuolo in their last 2 H2H meetings. Napoli to do it

 2.Aston Villa Vs Arsenal (2) Saturday

After dropping points from their last few games, I do see Arsenal taking this game as a stepping stone in their prsuit for the league. The Arsenal will surely win this game given the fact they have won all their last 3 H2H meetings with Villa

3.Chelsea Vs Southampton (1) Saturday

Chelsea last won a game on 15th Jan meaning they have not won any in their last 4 encounters and here comes Southampton who have lost all their last 3 league games. Today is the day for Chelsea to revive their EPL Season

4.Nottingham Vs Manchester City (2) Saturday

After going top of the league in mid-week since November 2022, Man City are to do anything to push for the league. City defeated the hosts by 6:0 in the 1st leg

5.Newcastle Vs Liverpool (Yes) Saturday

If there is a test for both sides, it’s today as both are currently in bad form however we saw Liverpool win the Merseyside derby on Monday night which kinda boosted their confidence. Newcastle have not won a game in their last 3 EPL fixtures. I do anticipate an end to end game resulting into both sides scoring

6.Monchengladbach Vs Bayern Munich (O2.5) Saturday

Bayern have not defeated Monchengladbach in their last 4 H2H meetings losing 2 and drawing twice and if there is a side that gives league leaders a hard time, it’s the hosts today. I do expect Bayern to try come out as victors today same as the home side. Let us go for an O2.5 for safety and simplicity

7.Osasuna Vs Real Madrid (2) Saturday

Osasuna have not won any La Liga game from their last 4 fixtures and I do not see them stopping Madrid who clearly know that a win will cling their gap with Barcelona to 5 points. Lets go for Madrid Win

8.Manchester United Vs Leicester (1) Sunday

A win clearly reduces the gap between Man United and log leaders and this gives them make hope of may be keeping in the title race if City and Arsenal fumble. At Old Trafford, I do see in form United winning this game since they are against a Leicester side that is just trying to regain their consistence we witnessed in the passed

9.PSG Vs Lille (1) Sunday

PSG have lost all their last 3 games in 3 different competitions and if there is any game to boost their confidence and regain winning mentality, it is this one against 5th placed Lille. PSG still lead the league with 5 points and they will so much want to keep the pace high

10.Madrid Vs Ath. Bilbao (U2.5) Sunday

4th placed Atletico host 7th placed Bilbao at the Wanda Metropolitano as the race for Champions league spots next season continues. Atletico Madrid have made U2.5 in all their last 3 fixtures and I do see them being a bit reserved against this Bilbao side and get them on the break. Bilbao scores goals but I do not see them scoring more than 1 against a defensive Madrid side who very well know that even a point in this fixture keeps their top 4 hopes alive


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30TH, 31ST & 1ST JANUARY 2023

 1.West Ham Vs Brentford (Yes) Friday

Both sides never acquired maximum points on their 1st outing after the World Cup break as West Ham lost to Arsenal and Brentford drew with Tottenham. I do anticipate an end to end game as both have a direct approach to most of games they have played this season. I do see both scoring at least a goal

2.Liverpool Vs Leicester (1) Friday

After losing to Newcastle at King power stadium, I do not see Leicester stopping Liverpool at Anfield as they eye to enter the top 4. Liverpool may not be at the best but Leicester is apparently way worse than they used to be.

3.Celta Vigo Vs Sevilla (O1.5) Friday

La Liga returns today after the World cup break and we see two sides struggling to overcome relegation meet in a big clash today. Currently 18th placed Sevilla same as 17th placed Celta will both try to score in this game to attain all the 3 points.

4.Valladolid Vs Real Madrid (2) Friday

After leading the log for a long while, Real Madrid are currently 2nd placed trailing Barcelona with 2 points. Madrid have won 4/5 of their last H2H with Valladolid

5.Wolves Vs Manchester United (Yes) Saturday

Wolves returned to league action with a last gasp winner against Everton at Goodison park and here comes United who comfortably defeated Nottingham Forest with a 3 goal margin. Both teams will surely score a goal

6.Manchester City Vs Everton (1&O2.5)

After losing to Wolves at home, I do not see Everton stopping Man City who really want to cling their gap heir gap with Arsenal. I do also see a minimum of 3 goals ¾ lst league H2H have seen O2.5

 7.Brighton Vs Arsenal (2) Saturday

We may talk about the famous top 4, but Brighton is the biggest test to Arsenal at this stage if they are to continue pushing their title charge. One of the most stubborn teams in the league with proper game to game approach, the Gunners have to real fight hard to attain 3 points from a well organized Brighton. However, I do see Arsenal coming out of this fixture as victors following their proper game build up and a lot of chances created per game. A two or one goal margin win for Arsenal

 8.Barcelona Vs Espanyol (1) Saturday

Barcelona return to action today as the league returns. I do see them winning this encounter to retain their league top spot. Quality, facilty and game approach Barcelona is way better than espanyol and I do not see them stopping them. Barcelona have won 3/5 last H2H meetings with espanyol

9.Nottingham Vs Chelsea (2) Sunday

At the City Ground Nottingha host the Blues as the league continues. Chelsea has won 5/5 of their last H2H with Nottingham and I do see them winning this game following their win against Bournemouth

10.PSG Vs Lens (Yes) Sunday

1st and 2nd placed sides in Ligue 1 meet today as the race to this seasons silverware continues. PSG leading the log have conceded in 4/5 of their last H2H with lens. Also Lens have conceded 8 times from their last 5 H2H meetings. Both teams to score is a very safe bet in this fixture.




1.AC Milan Vs Torino (Yes) Friday

AC Milan currently 6th host 7th placed Torino at San Siro as the race for champions league spots proceeds. Milan have lost all their last 4 games and do concede easily. I do see Torino posing various attacks eligible to be turned into minimumly 1 goal. I also do see Milan fighting had to get back to their winning ways as they look at Torino as a small side.

2.Girona Vs Cadiz (O1.5) Friday

Both side have created an average of 8 clear chances in their last 7 matches. 5/5nof their last H2H have seen a minimum of 2 goals. Let’s not oppose

3.West Ham Vs Chelsea (U2.5) Saturday

Chelsea came out of the January transfer window as titans with almost have an entire starting eleven bought. They have not yet performed well since then as players seem not yet coordinated. All last 5 West Ham games have made Under 2.5 and 4/5 last Chelsea fixtures have seen U2.5. Towakana mwana

4.Arsenal Vs Brentford (1) Saturday

Arsenal is lead the league however lost their last game to Everton at Goodison park. I do see the hosts fighting harder to win today’s game if they are to keep their title bid alive.Arsenal won the 1st leg 3:0

5.Monaco Vs PSG (O2.5) Saturday

Timu zombie zilumba nyo ela zimanyidwa nga ezimu kuzikyansizze okusamba nga zigenda maaso. PSG eyina ekyotto ekisinga mu nsi yonna mu Neymar, Messi ne Mbappe era nga mbalaba bajja tuwayo ekitono enyo golo emu. Monaco etebye mubuli mupiira kwegyo etaano gyesembyeyo okuzanya.

6.Bayern Munich Vs Bochum (1&O2.5) Saturday

Bayern won their last game by 4:2 after drawing all their last 3 games prior to it. Bayern have won 4/5 last H2H with Bochum all the 5 making O2.5

7.Leeds Vs Manchester United (O2.5) Sunday

Leeds currently sitting 16th on the log host United 3rd placed in a Wednesday’s rematch where we saw the latter trailing by 2 goals after 48 minutes. The game ended 2:2 which prohibited United from moving 5 points behind table leaders Arsenal. I still expect an end to end game with a minimum of 3 goals

8.Napoli Vs Cremonense (HC 1) Sunday

Napoli are currently untouchable in the Serie A as the league prevails. At home today against a struggling Cremonese side, I do see a 3 margin home win

9.Celta Vigo Vs Atl. Madrid (U2.5) Sunday

Celta Vigo are home and have only made 1 over 2.5 from there last 5 fixtures. I anticipate resilience from the home side which wont let more than 2 goals to be scored. I do see mostly a 1:1 or 0:1

10.Villarreal Vs Barcelona (2) Sunday

Villarreal have lost their last 2 games against very average sides which clearly shows their diminishing form. Barcelona have won all their last 7 games in all competitions and currently lead the log with 8 points. I do not see them dropping any point today. Barca tumuwe edibba ajja kugugoba kumpaka

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What is Gerard Pique’s new football league, the Kings League

What is Gerard Pique’s new football league, the Kings League?

Fast, dynamic football, very similar to a video game, which can appeal to young people—this is the goal that Gerard Piqué set himself when he decided to found the Kings League. This tournament, which is held in Spain, is already very famous on social media and has generated, as often happens, both appreciation and criticism.

But what exactly is the Kings League, and how does it work? Let’s find out by taking a look at his creative rules and the rosters of the teams participating in this competition, where it is also possible to find a mysterious footballer.

How the Kings League works: The rules

First, what is the Kings League? It is a 7-a-side football championship that has been held every Sunday since January 2023. The main rules are those of the most popular sport in the world, to which, however, are added those of other disciplines. For example, the kick-off is very similar to that of water polo: the ball is in the center, and the two teams run towards the ball from the baseline in search of first possession.

Any other special rules? In the event of a tie, there are no classic penalty kicks but shootouts (famous in the MLS of the 1990s); the Var is on call; the substitutions are unlimited; and then there is the mechanic that most of all dictates the matches: the wild cards. Five can be drawn, including one before the match. The latter can give teams special bonuses, such as the possibility of making the next goal count for double, expelling an opposing player for a few minutes, or obtaining a free penalty.

There are twelve participating teams, and they too must comply with some particular rules. They are made up of a total of twelve players: ten of these are people who have openly registered for the tournament and were then selected through a draft that has been very popular online on Twitch; the other two are professional players or former footballers. Among them are well-known names such as Chicharito Hernandez, Sergio Garcia, Jonathan Soriano, and Joan Capdevila. Among them, however, is also a mysterious footballer named Enigma.

Who is Enigma, the Kings League mystery footballer?

Enigma is a footballer who participates in the Kings League, but the peculiarity is that he does so by hiding his identity. He takes to the field with a wrestler’s mask covering his face, gloves, and long sleeves that can cover his revealing tattoos. Naturally, many theories have already begun to circulate about him. There are those who even think that he may be a professional footballer who, violating his contract with his club, participates in this crazy tournament in secret. One name above all that circulated on social media was that of Denis Suarez, a Villarreal midfielder, but he himself wanted to deny these rumors so as not to risk ending up in a whirlwind of controversy.

So who could this Enigma wearing the number 69 shirt be? Due to his not too imposing physique, many have even thought of Isco or Hazard, with the Spaniard currently free and looking for a team. But what convinces Kings League fans the most is the theory born from an image that may have betrayed the identity of the mysterious footballer. Through some photographs taken of the masked player, a tattoo on his neck was glimpsed that closely resembles that of Nano Mesa, a twenty-seven-year-old forward from Cadiz. At this point, we just have to wait and hope that sooner or later his identity will be revealed, as happened with Rey Mysterio in the WWE.

Piqué’s Kings League is a success.

Piqué’s Kings League took very little time to be talked about. First of all because of its particular format, which, as mentioned, is very reminiscent of a video game. The frenzy of the matches combined with the comments of the most famous Spanish streamers and influencers is a perfect combination to attract a young audience. To all this, however, we must also add the presence of some very famous ex-footballers. First of all, of course, the name of the founder must be mentioned: the former Barcelona player is always very present, especially in the post-match. But there are also off-field appearances by other big names like Sergio Agüero (president of a club) and Iker Casillas.

The success of the Kings League has also reached the upper echelons of Spanish football, which wasted no time in commenting on this new sports format in a somewhat different way. LaLiga president Javier Tebas commented on the tournament, calling it a circus: “It’s not about attracting a young audience or not; all of this is wrong.” And Gerard Piqué’s response obviously didn’t take long to arrive on Twitter: “Welcome to the circus,” while his tournament continues to have a great resonance, bringing with it a lot of hype and the goal of becoming a real alternative to football. Perhaps the Kings League is the real Super League that many have been waiting for.


Top Football Clubs with the Most Fans in the World

Top Football Clubs with the Most Fans in the World

After analyzing the longest-serving managers in football history, we expand the circle to see which teams are the most popular around the world. Taking many things into account, a list of the top ten in the classification has been made.

At the top, we find Manchester United; together with the Red Devils, there are five other English teams. The Italians, like the Spaniards, have four teams. Europe is also well represented by the French and German teams. Here is the list of the top ten clubs with the most fans around the world.

The ranking of the most supported teams in the world 

  1. Manchester United: 650 million fans
  2. Barcelona: 450 million fans
  3. Real Madrid: 350 million fans
  4. Chelsea: 145 million fans
  5. Arsenal: 125 million fans
  6. Manchester City: 110 million fans
  7. Liverpool: 100 million fans
  8. Milan: 95 million fans
  9. Inter: 55 million fans
  10. Bayern Munich: 45 million fans
  1. Manchester United

    So let’s start with the Red Devils, the historic English team that has been struggling a bit in recent years but who have won a lot in the course of their history, especially with Sir Alex Ferguson on the bench. One of the most interesting aspects of this fan base is that it supposedly doubled in size from 2007 to 2012, the period in which CR7 arrived and the Champions League and Club World Cup were won. With over 650 million supporters worldwide, it is the most popular team in the world.

  1. Barcelona

From an English big to a Spanish big: second position for Barcelona and its 450 million fans. The Blaugrana are still in the top spots and are recognized as one of the strongest teams in the world. Having someone like Leo Messi in your ranks, considered one of the strongest strikers ever, and certainly helped a lot. Today, this giant club in the history of football is in great difficulty in terms of finances and results achieved, but the huge share of supporters it has will be able to continue to help it in the years to come.

  1. Real Madrid

Real Madrid completes the podium of the world’s most popular teams, having recently won three consecutive Champions League editions (from 2016 to 2018), and will be champions again in the 2021/22 edition, alongside Benzema at the Ballon d’Or. Ancelotti, the coach who led the club out of a brief crisis, is now back on the bench. As a result, Real Madrid has become even more famous around the world, with 350 million fans today.

  1. Chelsea

For Chelsea, there are 145 million fans all over the world. The London club has grown exponentially in the last 15 years thanks to the investments of Roman Abramovich, the president who allowed the Blues to enter the elite of world football. Now Chelsea is focusing a lot on young people and is trying to regain altitude in the Premier League as well. In recent years, he has won the Europa League and the Champions League thanks to Sarri and Tuchel.

  1. Arsenal

Let’s stay in London: 125 million fans for Arsenal, a historic Premier League team fighting to return to the top of the league. The Gunners represent a well-established reality and are very attentive from a “young” perspective. There is no shortage of important investments on the market, and the fans appreciate it.

  1. Manchester City

Chelsea, like City, rose to prominence after huge capital arrived from outside: in 2008, the Abu Dhabi United Group took control of the club and propelled it to the forefront. Today, Manchester City is higher than their rivals, Manchester United: the Citizens, coached by Pep Guardiola, have won the Premier League for two seasons in a row.As for fans, they are at 110 million.

  1. Liverpool

You’re talking about English teams that have been very popular lately, and you’re also talking about Liverpool: the Reds under Klopp have started a winning cycle and remain one of the most formidable opponents in both the Premier League and the Champions League. Liverpool is seventh in the rankings of the most popular teams in the world, with 100 million fans.

  1. Milan

The 95 million AC Milan fans all over the world have also returned to cheer. The Rossoneri have always been popular, but recently even more so: thanks to Stefano Pioli and Rafael Leao, they are back in the spotlight after a long absence, celebrating a heartfelt Scudetto.The Rossoneri are the Italian club with the most fans in the world.

  1. Inter

Inter came right after Milan, and the team kept winning titles even after Conte and then Inzaghi joined. Now the 55 million fans around the world will want to go back to celebrating a scudetto after the Rossoneri rivals unstitched it from their chest last season. And then, a little thought about the Champions League is always given…

  1. Bayern Munich

From Italy to Germany: Bayern Munich has 45 million supporters. While the team of Neuer and Muller is undeniably the dominant force in the German championship, Munich fans are hoping for another Champions League victory from the Bavarian club. 


The weakest teams

The weakest teams that have participated in a World Cup

There are those who go to the World Cup to win, those to keep their country’s flag flying, and also those… not to make a bad impression. Yes, because qualifying for the final phase of the World Cup is always an honor, but for the less competitive national teams, there is also the fear of going home covered in criticism.

It is uncommon because most fans are well aware that they have already purchased a ticket to the competition. But despite this, you always try to come out of the tournament with your head held high.

  • PANAMA 2018
  • GREECE 1994
  • NORTH KOREA 2010
  • CHINA 2022

In Qatar 2022, however, there is a particular case: that of the hosts. A nation with a football pedigree that until recently was non-existent and that, thanks to important investments, has made important steps forward (as evidenced by the victory in the Asian Cup in 2019), but which does not seem absolutely able to compete at certain levels.

For Qatar, being a fool in front of the world was unacceptable because twelve years of preparation for the event were also aimed at making a good impression on the pitch as well as in the organization.

However, the Qatari national team joined a list that was not entirely positive: that of the worst selections seen in previous World Cups.

  1. PANAMA 2018

In the 2018 edition, the worst team was certainly Panama. The Central Americans qualified for their first World Cup following a very successful period that saw them finish third in the 2015 Gold Cup and also participate and impress at the Copa America Centenario.

The arrival in Russia of the Panamanians, who excluded from the demonstration more prominent opponents such as the United States, was of interest. The draw placed Panama in a difficult group with Belgium and England, but also against Tunisia, with whom the Canaleros hoped to make a good impression. It won’t be like that.

In the opening match, Panama held on to Belgium, finishing the first half 0-0 before collapsing in the second half and conceding three goals. It goes much worse against England, who score five goals in 45 minutes and eventually win 6-1.

The last match, the one to avoid the crash, started well with a Tunisian own goal, but in the end the North Africans came from behind to win 2-1. Total for Panama: three defeats, two goals scored, and eleven conceded. It could have been done much better…

  1. SAUDI ARABIA 2002

If we only talk about numbers, the worst performance of the last few decades in a world championship certainly remains that of Saudi Arabia in the 2002 edition.

The team from the Persian Gulf is one of the Asian teams that makes it to the tournament the most often. Unfortunately, they lost all three of their games in Korea and Japan, scoring no goals and giving up as many as 12.

But with a little context, we understand that, although it was a disastrous World Cup, it is not the worst ever. In fact, eight of the twelve goals came in a single match, the first of the group against Germany. The Teutons, as always, did not stop in the face of a clearly inferior opponent and buried the Saudis with goals.

In the second match, the one against Cameroon, a goal from Eto’o was needed for the Africans to bring home the victory. Then, once eliminated, the Saudis also collapsed against Ireland, losing 3-0.

  1. GREECE 1994

The fool at the World Cup is certainly worse if we talk about a slightly more popular selection than the usual ”weak” teams. This is the case of Greece, which, as a European national team, leaves for USA ’94 with less consideration than the other “small,” despite being the Greeks’ first qualification for the World Cup’s final phase.

The draw, however, is not at all positive. The Blue-and-Whites get Argentina and two of the surprises of that World Cup: neighbors Bulgaria and Nigeria. The first match is against Albiceleste, who won 4-0 with a famous Maradona goal and celebration in front of the cameras.

The same thing happened in the derby against the Bulgarians, with Stoichkov and his teammates barely struggling.

There is an opportunity to save face against Nigeria, but with morale down, Greece closes by losing 2-0, thus reaching the non-exciting balance of three defeats in three games with 0 goals scored and 10 conceded. And to think that they also arrived in the United States undefeated, winning the qualifying group ahead of Russia…

  1. NORTH KOREA 2010

But if we look at the quality of play during the event and how well it was prepared for, as well as the results, there are still a few selections that aren’t ready for the world stage.

This is the case of North Korea, which sensationally qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The Asian selection has sparked a lot of interest, both for football reasons and for obvious… geopolitical reasons.

It starts with a bang, because there is the case of Kim Myong-won: the attacker is included in the list as a goalkeeper, to try to get around the rules and bring in an extra outfield player. Consequently, FIFA explains that the player can play, of course, but only in goal.

Even on the pitch, the North Koreans’ rare habit of playing football that matters is noticeable. The desire to do well allows them to even keep up with Brazil for a time, but then the green-and-gold pass and control easily, winning 2-1.

The humiliation comes instead from Portugal, who easily defeated the Asians 7-0, with the goal of CR7 expected by online bettors arriving only in the 87th minute. And also, the last match of the group, the one against the Ivory Coast, ends in a heavy 3-0 defeat.

  1. CHINA 2022

Can it be done worse? Of course, just ask China, which represented itself at the World Cup in South Korea and Japan in 2002. It is not yet the season of the Chinese Super League. The national team, led by a football guru like Bora Milutinovic, arrived at the event almost completely without experience in international football at a certain level.

Of the 23 players called up, only two play away from China, and the star is Ma Mingyu, famous because in 2000 he was brought to Europe by Perugia for one billion liras but played only a few minutes in the Italian Cup.

It’s clear that China wasn’t used to playing on a certain type of stage because in the first game, they lost 2-0 to Costa Rica, which was unstoppable and never gave them any trouble.

The second match, the one against Brazil, turns into a training session for the Selecao, who end the first half 3-0 and don’t attack in the second half, stopping with four goals.

And even the last match, the one with Turkey, didn’t show any jolts from the Chinese, who lost 3-0 and sadly closed their first and so far only experience at the World Cup with three defeats, no goals scored, nine conceded, and very few headaches created for opponents.


The release clause in Cristiano Ronaldo ’s Al Nassr contract

The release clause in Cristiano Ronaldo's Al Nassr contract would allow him to return to the Champions League.

CR7, after leaving Manchester United, chose Al Nassr, where he became the highest-paid player ever. With this choice, apparently, the Portuguese would seem to have abandoned the idea of playing in European football and in a competition like the Champions League. However, Cristiano Ronaldo has a trick up his sleeve: his contract has a special clause that could send him to Newcastle as soon as next year.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Champions League, and Newcastle: the clause of his contract

Cristiano Ronaldo could play in the Champions League again thanks to a clause included in his pharaonic contract signed with Al Nassr. We’ve already talked in detail about how much CR7 will earn in Saudi Arabia, but now it’s time to get specific by analyzing a particular clause that could lead him to a Premier League team as early as next season: Newcastle. It all started with a revelation in the sports newspaper Marca, which speaks of an agreement between him and his new club that would allow him to play again in the Champions League, the tournament he loves most of all.

However, how could all this be accomplished? It will be enough for the English club to qualify for the Champions League during the current season (2022-2023) to be able to access the group stage in the following one (2023-2024). In that case, the Portuguese player, who has signed a two-and-a-half-season contract with Al Nassr, would be loaned to Newcastle to allow him to play in the competition. All this would be possible because the ownership of the two clubs is the same, i.e., a fund attributable to the Saudi royal family. What are the odds of all of this happening? They are good because the Magpies are having a very good season in the Premier League.

How would Newcastle play with CR7?

Newcastle United, since they changed ownership in October 2021, have turned into one of the most interesting and strongest teams in England, so much so that they are defined as a serious candidate for the title by their opponents. Despite his 38 years, the Magpies would be stronger with Cristiano Ronaldo. But how could Eddie Howe fit Portuguese into his schemes and training? In the meantime, let’s try to understand what the module and owner 11 of the English club are.

Newcastle United usually take the field with a distinctly attacking 4-3-3. The key players in Howe’s line-up are undoubtedly Kevin Trippier (English fullback, ex-Atletico Madrid), Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson, Svent Botman (long-sought in the past from Milan), and, above all, Miguel Almiron and Bruno Guimaraes.

The Paraguayan is a light attacking midfielder who has played in his home country, Argentina, and the United States. He is currently the Magpies’ top scorer, scoring several goals from his position as a winger. The Brazilian, on the other hand, is the most valuable shot in this new Newcastle. Paid 50 million euros in January 2022, he arrived from Lyon to take over the midfield of his new club. Born in 1997, he plays as both a midfielder and a forward, exploiting his physical strength and ball-and-chain quality. Tite rewarded him by calling him up for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

In this context, we imagine Cristiano Ronaldo taking Callum Wilson’s place as central striker. Over the years, the Portuguese have become more and more centralized, and at 38, he would hardly be able to fill the role of winger currently played by Almiron or Saint-Maximin. However, the England international is a tough nut to crack and will be difficult to overcome in the hierarchy of the coaching staff.


Qatar 2022’s best and worst

Qatar 2022’s best and worst

Qatar 2022 is over, with Argentina earning their third World Cup in history against France in the final. It has been a long tournament, full of twists and turns and unexpected disappointments. From the group stage to Montiel’s penalty, we’ve seen teams and individuals shine and fail. Precisely for this reason, taking a step back, we will try to summarize the best and worst of this competition with our analysis of the 2022 World Cup.


The Best

  • Lionel Messi 10: It was his World Cup, where he did nothing wrong. He dragged Argentina to the third World Cup while under pressure from those who continued to consider him an incomplete player, below Maradona’s talent. And instead now we have seen him raise that cup to the sky, complete with photos similar to those taken of Diego after the 1986 success. Messi won with the Albiceleste, raising his performance level game after game. A brace in the final, to which he also added the goal scored on penalties: impeccable. Argentina-France catapulted him into the Olympus of players who have won everything. Maybe this will be enough to silence the comparisons between him and Maradona, or maybe not. The important thing, however, remains having seen them play.


  • Morocco 9: It was undoubtedly the surprise of this World Cup. A strong, fun team capable of eliminating Spain and Portugal thanks to a mix of established players and others who have made their name this month. It finishes the tournament in fourth position, making history as the first African team to reach the semi-final and, consequently, the 3rd place playoff.


  • Kylian Mbappé 9: If the 2022 World Cup completed Messi’s career by allowing him to win the most important trophy missing from his resume, it also established Mbappé as the world’s best player right now. Born in 1998, he already won that trophy 4 years ago and was about to take it back by dragging France alone. In the World Cup final, he scored a hat-trick, also scoring the fourth goal on penalties—three goals that also gave him the title of top scorer of the tournament. The new year is yet to come, but we already have the very first contender for the 2023 Ballon d’Or.


  • Japan 7.5: If Morocco hadn’t been there, the surprise of the World Cup would have been them. They played an incredible World Cup, placing first in a group that included Germany and Spain. Coach Moriyasu plays his cards well, upsetting other teams tactically with spot-on substitutions. Doan and Mitoma shine during the tournament with their team, which nearly eliminates Croatia in the round of 16. Even this time, however, the Blue Samurai failed to reach the quarterfinals. However, it remains the best World Cup in their history. We will see what they will be able to do in 2026.


  • Luis Enrique 6.5: He is not impeccable in the middle of the field (and he paid for it), but outside the green rectangle he offers very high-quality content. During the month of the World Cup, the Spanish coach decides to open a Twitch channel to go live streaming, where he answers the most diverse questions. It is a revolution in football communication, also done lightly. He amuses his viewers (always many) and does good for scientific research, donating all the proceeds from these live broadcasts.


The worst of Qatar 2022

  • Brazil 5.5: They exalt themselves, score, and dance until the second round. Everything seems to be going the right way: Richarlison is in shape, and Neymar is decisive again despite the injury. But then, in the end, Croatia’s consistency and determination took them out of the top four teams in the tournament. All in all, more was expected from a team that had very high potential on the pitch.


  • Southgate 5: Take the last sentence written for Brazil and repeat it endlessly for England. Ok, they met the finalists (who were also the reigning world champions at the time) in the quarterfinals, but the feeling is that as soon as the difficulty bar rises, Southgate’s lineup tends to crumble. He has raised a lineup of young talents, but the feeling of incompleteness remains. The Three Lions were also unlucky, but the manager probably bears some responsibility for all of this.


  • Germany 4.5: Out for the second time in a row in the group stage. They lost their debut against Japan, despite making a comeback in a game where they could have taken more chances. It was not a good debut at the World Cup for Flick.


  • Cristiano Ronaldo 4.5: The World Cup could have been his redemption, but the feeling is that Qatar 2022 has overshadowed it even more. From hero to substitute, all within a few games. CR7 during the tournament attracted, as always, a lot of attention to himself. This time, however, it was more for what he did off the pitch.


  • Belgium 4: The adventure of the generational super team ends here; now they have to rebuild. Belgium could have been much more in recent years, thanks to a series of sensational talents. Instead, with Hazard’s farewell, a circle closes in which everyone has been disappointed, from Lukaku (perhaps the one with the most responsibility) to Martinez. De Bruyne, however, probably still has another World Cup ahead of him. Who will be with him?