British government pushes for the Champions League final to be in England

British media warn that the United Kingdom is pressing for the Champions League final to be in England and no longer in Turkey

The Government of the United Kingdom announced this Friday a “green list” of 12 countries and territories to which travel will be facilitated as of May 17, which includes Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel, but leaves Spain out for now. France or Greece.

British Transport Minister Grant Shapps explained that travelers returning to England from those destinations will not have to comply with a ten-day quarantine and will have to undergo a PCR test for coronavirus once they have returned, instead of two, requirements that they must comply with those who come from territories classified as “amber”.

In a press conference, Shapps explained that the classification will be reviewed three weeks after May 17, the date on which the ban on traveling abroad from the United Kingdom will be lifted.

The government of that country said on Friday that it was prepared to host the final of the Champions League in England, scheduled in Istanbul between two English clubs, after imposing severe restrictions on travel to Turkey due to the coronavirus.

“We have to put Turkey on the red list and that will have consequences. (…) I can tell you that the English football federation is in talks with UEFA about this, we are ready to host the final ”between Chelsea and Manchester City, scheduled in Istanbul on May 29, declared Transport Minister Grant Shapps.


The British Government asks UEFA for the Champions League final at Wembley

Updated:07/05/2021 22:16h


The UK Government has offered UEFA the chance to host the final of the ‘Champions League’, scheduled for May 29 in Istanbul, in order to avoid the movement of fans to a “red zone” due to Covid-19 such as Turkey.

This was stated this Friday by the Minister of Transport of the United Kingdom, Grant Shapps. “Chelsea and Manchester City fans should not travel to Turkey for the final,” said the head of mobility in the country, once confirmed that Turkey is on the list of countries to avoid traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Schapps explained that the countries from the Covid-19 red list “They should not be visited except in the most extreme circumstances” and he added that the government was “open” to host the final in the UK.

The UEFA he hoped to give both clubs a minimum of 4,000 tickets each for the match at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. Schapps assured that the Association of Soccer (English Federation) is in conversations with the UEFA to change the party, but that “in the last resort”, it will be “a decision of the UEFA”.

“The UK has a successful track record of hosting spectator matches so we are in a good position to do so. We are very open to it, but in the end it is a decision for UEFA to make. But given that there are two English clubs in the final, we hope to hear what they have to say, “says the BBC.

In addition, the Minister of British transport recalled that UK citizens returning from red list countries will need to be quarantined in a government approved hotel “for 10 days” and a quarantine could have a potential impact on the players selected for Euro 2020, which begins 11th June.

If the final were moved to UK, Wembley would almost certainly be the stadium of choice for the most important title fight on the ‘Old Continent’.

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The British Government offers UEFA to host the ‘Champions’ final to avoid travel to Istanbul

  • The UK has placed Turkey on the Covid-19 ‘red list’ as a country that “should not be visited except in the most extreme circumstances”

  • The British Government offers Wembley to host the final of the ‘Champions’, which will be played by two English teams

  • UK citizens returning from Red List countries will be required to be quarantined in a government approved hotel “for 10 days”

The government of UK has offered to the UEFA the possibility of hosting the final from ‘Champions League’, scheduled for the day May 29 in Istanbul, in order to avoid the movement of fans to a “red zone” by Covid-19 How is it Turkey.

This was stated this Friday by the UK Minister of Transport, Grant Shapps. “Chelsea and Manchester City fans should not travel to Turkey for the final,” said the head of mobility in the country, once confirmed that Turkey moves to the list of countries to avoid traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Schapps explained that red list countries of Covid-19 “They should not be visited except in the most extreme circumstances” He added that the government was “open” to host the final in the UK.

UEFA hoped to give both clubs a minimum of 4,000 entries each for the match at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. Schapps assured that the Football Association (English Federation) is in talks with UEFA to change the game, but that “ultimately” will be “a UEFA decision”.

“The UK has a successful track record of host matches with spectators, so we are in a good position to do so. We are very open to it, but in the end it is a decision for UEFA to make. But given that there are two English clubs in the final, we hope to hear what they have to say, “says the BBC.

In addition, the British Transport Minister recalled that UK citizens returning from Red List countries will be required to be quarantined in a government approved hotel “for 10 days” and a quarantine could have a potential impact on players selected for Euro 2020, which begins June 11.

If the final moves to the UK, Wembley It would almost certainly be the stadium chosen for the most important title fight in the ‘Old Continent’.


ANSA / Europa League: Manchester United-Villareal the final

(ANSA) – ROME AND LONDON, 06 MAG – Manchester United lost 3-2 in Italy against Rome but advanced to the final of the Europa League, whose title will define with Villarreal, who qualified for their first match for a European title at draw 0-0 away from Arsenal, whom they had beaten 2-1 in the first leg

Uruguayan Edinson Cavani scored the goals for Manchester United in a 3-2 defeat at the Olympic Stadium against Rome, who had lost 6-2 in the first leg at Old Trafford

Cavani opened the scoring at 39 ‘and scored the temporary draw at 68’ to reach four victories in his three games as a starter with Manchester United in the Europa League, which the English team won for the only time in the 2016-17 season.

Manchester United was crowned in that edition of the tournament under the command of Portuguese DT José Mourinho, who coincidentally will assume next season in Rome as a replacement for his compatriot Paulo Fonseca

The Bosnian Edin Dzeko (57 ‘), Bryan Cristante (60’) and the Polish youth Nicola Zalewski (84 ‘) scored the goals of the insufficient victory of the “giallorosso” team, which also made the Spanish goalkeeper of Manchester a figure of the match United, David De Gea

Roma, who lined up Brazilians Roger Ibañez and Bruno Peres (replaced at 69 ‘), showed their best version in the complement, when they resembled the team that achieved a feat in the quarterfinals of the 2017-18 “Champions League”

On that occasion, Roma qualified by beating Barcelona 3-0 at home in the rematch after losing 4-1 in the first leg in Spain.

But the saves by De Gea and the goals by Cavani (cautioned and replaced at 73 ‘), a starter with Brazilian Fred (cautioned), frustrated Roma, which will now have to settle for qualifying for the next edition of the Europa League from Series A

A right hand from Cavani rebounded at 20 ‘against the top of the crossbar before the departure of Antonio Mirante, who six minutes later responded to a furious shot from the Uruguayan

But the “Matador” had his revenge by opening the scoring at 39 ‘when he was once again alone against Mirante against an exposed Rome in his search to discount the difference of the defeat of the first leg

De Gea had already prevented the opening of the scoreboard at 33 ‘before a left-footed shot from Lorenzo Pellegrini and returned eight minutes later after a shot from Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while Mirante could barely look at a barely wide right hand from Portuguese Bruno Fernandes

De Gea responded again to a right hand from Cristante as soon as the complement began and he again showed off with a double covered at 61 ‘after shots by Dzeko and Pedro and a minute later before an attempt by Mkhitaryan

Roma had already managed to reverse the score at that time, when De Gea prevented the Italian team from scoring at least one of the three goals they needed to qualify.

Then came Cavani’s second goal, a minute after Mason Greeenwood’s slightly deflected shot, while an attempt by Mkhitaryan slammed into a post in the 74th minute, two minutes before Dzeko’s high header.

De Gea responded again to a shot from Cristante, who had scored the temporary 2-1 with a right hand after a bad start by Fred, whose compatriot Alex Telles entered for the second half

The 19-year-old Zalewski’s goal, six minutes after the regulation time, allowed Roma to say goodbye with at least one victory of the tournament whose final only came in the 1990-91 edition, in which they lost to Inter and while still it was called the UEFA Cup

Manchester United, escort in the Premier League of Manchester City, which will also define the “Champions League” with Chelsea, will face Villarreal in the final on May 26 at the Arena Gdansk in Poland, which eliminated Arsenal

DT Unai Emery’s “Yellow Submarine”, who won 3 of the 4 finals he played in the Europa League, qualified for his first final of an important tournament on the “Old Continent” by equalizing 0-0 in his visit to Arsenal, the one who had beaten 2-1 in the first leg

Emery was successively crowned in command of Sevilla in the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 editions, but lost as Arsenal manager in the final against Chelsea in the 2018-19 season.

Villarreal, who lined up Argentine goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli and included Colombian striker Carlos Bacca at 72 ‘, only won the Intertoto Cup in 2003 and 2004.

Arsenal lived a new frustration, who only won the Recopa de Europa (1993-94) and the Fairs Cup (1969-70) and lost both times they reached the final of the UEFA Cup and the Europa League in their respective editions. from 1999-00 and 2018-19

The problem for Arsenal, also Spanish DT Mikel Arteta, who fell in the final of the 2005-06 “Champions” and the 1994 European Super Cup, is that he is ninth in the Premier League with 49 points, far behind Tottenham ( 56) and West Ham (58), the two English teams qualified today for the next Europa League



Final 8 Basketbhall Champions League: Barrera: «We know the difficulty of a demanding competition like Final 8»

The escort Álex Barrera, as second captain of Hereda San Pablo Burgos, appeared at the Zaragoza airport before boarding the flight to Nizhny Novgorod, the Russian city where the Final 8 of the Basketball Champions League (BCL) will be held .

“We know that we come with the condition of the current champions, but I don’t think that affects us to feel special, far from it “, warned Álex Barrera in his speech to the media present, in which he spoke of” the difficulty of Final 8 “. The guard stressed: “It is a very demanding competition in which you will have to do things very well to arrive and advance each round.”

To prepare for this final to eight in which Hereda San Pablo Burgos could revalidate its European champion title, Joan Peñarroya’s men had extra time after the Endesa League duel against RETAbet Bilbao Basket was postponed due to positives in the Biscayan painting. «We have had a couple of days that have been good for us to be able to train, which we have not been able to do much lately with so many games, “said the Catalan.

The quarter-final match between Burgos against Hapoel Unet-Credit Holon will be played this Thursday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. local time). “We have analyzed the opponent well and we have seen their style of play,” said Barrera, who highlighted the “one against one of his main bases”, where “most of the points” are generated. In order to overcome the Israeli team, the Castilian team must “prepare the defense against that very effective attack they have.”

If they overcome this first match in Final 8, Hereda San Pablo Burgos would face the winner of Lenovo Tenerife-SIG Strasbourg, which could lead to a Spanish semi-final. «We have met Tenerife quite a few times this year. They are a complicated team that makes things very difficult for us», Said the captain about a match that« would be very demanding for both ». However, the player of the Castilian box stressed: “We have to think about the first game against Hapoel. Then we will see in the semifinals ».

The presence of three Spanish teams among the eight that will fight for the title of champion of the Basketball Champions League increases the chances that any of them will reach the final on Sunday. “We are going to do everything possible to get there,” concluded Barrera while highlighting: “Hopefully, if it is not us, it can be a Spanish team that is in the final.”


Barcelona caresses the Final Four | Euroleague

Barcelona of Spain managed to beat Zenit of Saint Petersburg at the Sibur Arena by defeating them 78-70 in the third game of the series. He reversed the score and now leads 2-1 in the quarter-final bracket. With one more victory, reach your place in the Final Four.

Barcelona took him out on the outside shot in the first half, making six of his nine three-point attempts to take the first half 34-33. Counter the poor 29% in doubles.

The foreigners gave the team offensive freedom. For one thing, Kyle Kuric was sharp from the triple with 3-3 on his shooting sheet. Brandon Davies also added nine points and edge Cory Higgins added five as did Greek Nick Calathes.

On the other side there was also a greater degree of effectiveness in the outside shot and bad percentages from medium and close range. Alex Poythress, with 10 points, and KC Rivers, with eight points, were the best of Zenit.

In the third period there was a successful start for Davies, by far the best of the Catalan cast. He scored seven units to reach 16 points and be the best of the team, which closed 55-51 up on the scoreboard. Kyle Kuric and Nikola Mirotic were his escorts with four units each.

On the Russians’ side, Billy Baron managed to close his performance with a sprint of seven consecutive points, including a triple on the buzzer to bring his team closer. Former NBA Tarik Black, with four goals, was also of great value.

In the last quarter he was just as fierce as in the whole game. Baron and Will Thomas made Barsa hesitate, who came out firmly from the difficult situation. To do this, he needed Davies, with six points, the American Cory Higgins, with eight points, and Mirotic, with five more, to win the set 23-19 and close the victory 78-70.

Brandon Davies finished as the team’s gunner with 22 points. (7-12 in doubles, 2-2 in triples and 2-4 in singles), eight rebounds and two blocks. It was also necessary Higgins with 16 points (2-3 in triples), Kuric at the beginning with 13 units (3-4 at distance) and the experience of Mirotic (11).

Argentine Leandro Bolmaro was on the court for seven minutes where he missed his two two-point shots, committed two personal fouls and lost two balls.

Baron was the best of Zenit St. Petersburg with 19 points thanks to a sharp 4-6 in doubles and a 3-5 in triples. Poythress followed with 14 units.

The next game between the two will take place on Friday from 2:00 p.m. again at the Sibur Arena, where the Spanish team seek to get their ticket to the Final Four.

Juan Ignacio Alburquerque

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White Horse Final, the chaotic opening of Wembley Stadium

Jimena Rodriguez

Mexico City / 28.04.2021 15:12:13

The name is the same, but the structure is not. Wembley Stadium in London it is well known as one of the football meccas and although in 2007 it reopened its stalls after a complete renovation, the original venue on the same site actually opened on April 28, 1923.

It was home to the FA Cup final from that year. Originally called Empire StadiumIt was built in exactly 300 days at a cost of 750,000 pounds. It was ready four days before the final remembered as White Horse where he Bolton Wanderers beat West Ham United 2-0 before 126 thousand 47 spectators. That ending is remembered as White Horse Final by Billie, the horse of the policeman who helped start the game 45 minutes late after controlling people in a certain way.

Although the official figure that was given from that April 28, 98 years ago was that, it is estimated that there were actually almost 300,000 people at Wembley. The reason was that the FA did not monitor the ticket entry, they did not expect so many fans, but it was a lesson learned as the crowd pushed to the field and touched the goals. The historic meeting inaugurated the home of thousands of feats in sport and that marked the history of music. It was also stage not only of the JO of 1948 and the World Cup of 66 ‘, if not from the end of the Euro 96 ‘and the 1992 and 1995 Rugby World Cup finals, in addition to the 1985 Live Aid charity concert.


The headquarters of the Champions League final, in danger

Apr 27, 2021 at 7:29 PM


Alberto Teruel

UEFA’s attempt to return the public to the stadiums has suffered a reality check. Turkey, host of the Champions League final, has announced a total nationwide lockdown until May 17 with the aim of reducing the number of cases. This circumstance has forced the highest body of European football to look for alternatives.

UEFA’s initial forecast is that the Champions League final will take place on May 29 at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. With a capacity of 80,000 spectators, the stadium is expected to host 9,000 fans.Although the measures imposed by Erdogan make it difficult for the event to be celebrated.

The total lockdown comes as Turkey has registered 37,312 new COVID cases and 353 deaths in the last 24 hours. With the desire to reduce the rate of infections, Erdogan has imposed tough measures, among which the need to have an official document that justifies intercity travel stands out. If these measures are maintained, it would be impossible to offer tickets to 9,000 fans.

One of the loudest options to take over from the Atatürk Olympic Stadium is Wembley. However, the English stadium, in which Barça were crowned Champions in 1992 and 2011, seems to be ruled out by UEFA, as this new venue could be an advantage for the English semifinalists, Manchester City and Chelsea.

If the change of venue cannot finally be carried out, the game could be played behind closed doors. The 2020 edition, held at the Da Luz Stadium, set the precedent for an orphaned final by fans in the stands. However, looking at the case of San Mamés, UEFA does not seem willing to renounce the presence of fans.


Messi at Barcelona: everything would be defined at the end of the season | Spanish League

The environment of Barcelona and Lionel Messi is improving day by day, more with the real possibilities of winning a new league. However, the extension of his contract is an issue that still worries the club.

With just over two months on his contract, there is still no final conclusion for the novel that was put together a few months ago when the same player had announced that he would not continue at the club at the end of the season.

Since the arrival of Laporta to the club, the options were opened and everything in the new president revolves around Messi, his renewal and making it as soon as possible. According to information from the Diario Derportivo, the Argentine is still waiting for the offer from the club, however “his intention is to wait for the end of the season to make a decision, this is going to take a long time.”

From the economic aspect, the newspaper reports that at the top they expect to know “in detail” the financial situation in order to give an offer according to the situation. In addition, they report that a large part of the decision will pass through the sports project, what Messi aims for and wants is a competitive team for the Champions League, a place that Barcelona has lost in recent seasons.


UK public debt reaches highest level since the end of WWII

Due to the effect of the coronavirus pandemic, the public debt of the United Kingdom stood at 303.1 billion of pounds sterling.

For the first time since the beginning of 1960s, the liability exceeds the size of the country’s economy, the second largest in Europe, as a result of the impact of the pandemic that affects the entire planet.

The huge sums that the Government has borrowed during the Covid-19 crisis brought the deficit to its highest point since the end of the Second World War, according to new figures for the 2020/2021 financial year, which closed last March.

The Office for National Statistics specified that the net indebtedness of the public sector, the government debt, reached 303,100 million pounds (almost 350,000 million euros).

This figure represents 14.5% of gross domestic product (GDP), the level highest since 1946, when the deficit reached 15.2%, it is an increase of the deficit of 57,000 million pounds sterling in the fiscal year, according to the newspaper Mirror.

In the postwar era, debt levels peaked after the 2008 financial crisis, when it reached 10% of GDP. The average deficit since 1970 has been 3.4% of the product.

In 2020 the public debt in the United Kingdom was 2,462,276 million euros, the 97.7% del PBI, which represented a growth of 239,581 million since 2019 when it stood at 2,222,695 million euros.

The government has spent billions of pounds propping up the economy since the pandemic began more than a year ago, in particular the debt was to pay salaries during the period when there were closures and strong restrictions to reduce the level of contagion.

KPMG Senior Economist Michal Stelmach stated that “the increase in debt is largely an unfortunate consequence of the government’s focus on protecting the economy as much as possible from the impact of Covid-19.”

“However, doing the opposite could have created lasting scars that would be much worse for fiscal sustainability,” the analyst clarified.

Stelmach noted that while borrowing has so far increased to cover the spending hike, the government will likely need to borrow to make up for a shortfall in the taxes it collects this year.