The forgotten ones in the FIFA The Best nominations

Alexander-Arnold and Erling Haaland are some of the great absentees in the FIFA The Best awards, who else had arguments to be considered?

The finalists and the finalists for the award The Best of FIFA for the 2019/20 season were announced on Wednesday. While there was no significant surprise on the list of nominees, there are questionable points in the male categories.

For this reason, He listed five names that could be in the dispute for best player and were left out, either for individual performance or also for achievements. Also, three coaches who are out, but who had arguments to be considered.


Trent Alexander-Arnold

At 22, the right-back has established himself as the best in the world at his position and was one of the most important players for Liverpool to win the Premier League, the club’s first league title in 30 years. He scored four goals and provided 13 assists.

Joshua Kimmich

He is the midfielder for Bayern Munich, a team that dominated Europe and took all the titles the previous season. Author of a great goal that determined the victory of Munich in Dortmund and the direction of the Bundesliga, the midfielder is the one who dictates the rhythm of the team, he has great defensive and offensive importance with his seven goals and 15 assists that prove it. His performance throughout the season was much more consistent and impactful than that of Thiago Alcántara, who is on the top ten list.

Erling Haaland

He did not win titles, but the 20-year-old Norwegian, who debuted in the Champions League as if he has known it for a long time, was not short of goals – he was the competition’s top scorer with ten goals, although he was eliminated in the round of 16. Voted the best under-21 player in Europe, the forward scored 44 goals in 40 games in the season between his games with Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund.

Ciro Immobile

Speaking of goals, the Italian did not take the Golden Boot for nothing. The forward won the award after scoring 36 goals in the Italian Championship (not counting nine assists), which were essential for Lazio to qualify for the Champions League after a 13-year absence.

Jordan Henderson

The Liverpool captain was voted the best player of the last Premier League campaign by the English press, although in the players’ vote the winner was Kevin de Bruyne. The midfielder can often be overlooked for not scoring or assisting, but he’s more than just a leader for the Reds. He is a key player in the balance and rhythm of such an intense and well-trained team.


Jorge Jesus

Copa Libertadores, Brazilian Championship, Brazilian Super Cup, South American Recopa, Carioca Championship … The Portuguese only did not win the Brazil Cup with Flamengo, we agree that it was not for that reason that he was not on the list of candidates for the award of best coach. In addition to the titles, Jesús was the architect of the team that presented the best football of the decade in Brazil. Not even the distance between South American and European football serves as an excuse for the Portuguese not having been nominated.

Julian Nagelsmann

Finalist in the German Cup, solid campaign in the Bundesliga finishing third and semifinalist in the Champions League in his second participation in history. RB Leipzig’s success in the 2019-20 season is a huge credit to Julian Nagelsmann, who saw his team play well and be very convincing, even as Timo Werner, the great name of the squad, left the club before the end it’s from the season. Even without his star, the coach managed to get his team to eliminate Atlético de Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Gian Piero Gasperini

A few minutes separated Atalanta from being RB Leipzig’s rival in the Champions League semi-final, as PSG scored two goals in the final minutes of the match and ended the Serie A club’s dreams of winning the Champions League. Frustration over the defeat did not diminish the impact that the Bergamo team had on Europe. On the domestic scene, the team finished third in the Italian championship and once again had the best attack in Serie A with 98 goals. A number that draws both the attention and the absence of Gian Piero Gasperini.


Among the nominees, the absence of players from the United States, the last world champions, stands out. The current best in the world, Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), was not mentioned, not even Marta (Orlando Pride), a six-time champion. The scenario was due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on women’s soccer in the United States. Rapinoe, for example, didn’t want to play the Challenge Cup.

Nominated for ‘The Best’ in men’s soccer:

Thiago Alcántara (Spain / Bayern Munich, currently in Liverpool)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Juventus)

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium / Manchester City)

Robert Lewandowski (Poland / Bayern Munich)

Sadio Mané (Senegal / Liverpool)

Kylian Mbappé (Francia / Paris Saint-Germain)

Lionel Messi (Argentina / Barcelona)

Neymar (Brazil / Paris Saint-Germain)

Sergio Ramos (Spain / Real Madrid)

Mohamed Salah (Egipto / Liverpool)

Virgil van Dijk (Holanda / Liverpool)

Nominated for ‘The Best’ in women’s soccer:

Lucy Bronze (England / Lyon, today at Manchester City)

Delphine Cascarino (France / Lyon)

Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway / Barcelona)

Pernille Harder (Denmark / Wolfsburg, today in Chelsea)

Jennifer Hermoso (Spain / Barcelona)

Ji So-yun (South Korea / Chelsea)

Sam Kerr (Australia / Chelsea)

Saki Kumagai (Japan / Lyon)

Jennifer Marozsán (Alemania / Lyon)

Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands / Arsenal)

Wendie Renard (Francia / Lyon)

Nominated for best goalkeeper:

Alisson Becker (Brazil / Liverpool)

Thibaut Courtois (Bélgica / Real Madrid)

Keylor Navas (Costa Rica / Paris Saint-Germain)

Manuel Neuer (Alemania / Bayern Munich)

Jan Oblak (Slovenia / Atlético de Madrid)

Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany / Barcelona)

Nominated for best goalkeeper:

Ann-Katrin Berger (Alemania / Chelsea)

Sarah Bouhaddi (Francia / Lyon)

Christiane Endler (Chile / Paris Saint-Germain)

Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden / Wolfsburg, now at Atlético de Madrid)

Alyssa Naeher (United States / Chicago Red Stars)

Ellie Roebuck (Inglaterra / Manchester City)

Nominated for best male soccer coach:

Marcelo Bielsa (Argentina / Leeds United)

Hans-Dieter Flick (Germany / Bayern Munich)

Jürgen Klopp (Alemania / Liverpool)

Julen Lopetegui (Spain / Seville)

Zinedine Zidane (France / Real Madrid)

Nominated for best female soccer coach:

Rita Guarino (Italy / Juventus)

Emma Hayes (England / Chelsea)

Stephan Lerch (Germany / Wolfsburg)

Hege Riise (Norway / LSK Women)

Jean-Luc Vasseur (Francia / Lyon)

Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands / Netherlands National Team)


Robert Lewandowski and Pernille Harder win Goal 50 award for best footballers

The Bayern Munich striker and Chelsea striker were recognized for their extraordinary performances during the 2019-20 season.

Robert Lewandowski and Pernille Harder have been crowned the winners of the Goal 50 de 2020. (LINK)

The Bayern Munich forward defeated Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and four-time award winner Lionel Messi to claim the award for the first time after a memorable 2019-20 season. During the campaign, the Pole scored 55 goals in 47 games and was a fundamental part of the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League treble achieved by the Bavarian team.

In this way, the attacker becomes the sixth different winner of the men’s award, which began to be awarded in 2008, after the coronations of Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder, Luka Modric and last year’s winner, Virgil Van Dijk. .

Goal 50

“It feels great to win an individual award, it’s a nice extra. Soccer is a team sport, but these additional accolades mean a lot to me too. It shows that the hard work you do every day pays off,” Lewandowski told Goal in an exclusive interview, to be published this Wednesday, November 11.

“While playing football, you have to keep hungry. Once your career is over you can think about what you won. Reaching the top is difficult, but staying at the top is even more difficult,” added the Pole.

Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 2019-20

The center forward is one of seven members of Bayern’s squad from last season who are among the top 25 men in the ranking, along with Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Alphoso Davies, Manuel Neuer and Thiago Alcántara, who recently he left the club to join Liverpool.

Second place goes to De Bruyne, after a brilliant year at City, in which he equaled Thierry Henry’s record for most assists in the same Premier League season, with 20. And the podium is completed by Lionel Messi, after a campaign in which he became the first player in LaLiga history to score more than 20 goals and distribute more than 20 assists in the same season, despite the extra-football problems that almost led to his departure from Barcelona .

De Bruyne Goal 50

De Bruyne Goal 50

The rest of the Top 5 is completed by Neymar, who helped Paris Saint-Germain reach the final of the Champions League and get the domestic treble, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who had another stellar season in front of the rival goal in Juventus. Kylian Mbappé appears sixth and defending champion Van Dijk finishes seventh after being instrumental in Liverpool winning its first Premier League title in 30 years.

Neymar Goal 50

Neymar Goal 50

The Dutch defender is one of five members of the Reds’ 2019-20 roster on the list, alongside Sadio Mané, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson, who were also recognized for their performances.

The other clubs that had more than one representative on the final roster are the Spanish champion, Real Madrid (Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos); the absolute monarch of Serie A, Juventus (Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala); and the German runner-up Borussia Dortmund (Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho).

On the women’s side, Harder’s extraordinary performances in Wolfsburg over the course of the 2019-20 season made her the second winner of the women’s award, following Megan Rapinoe’s coronation last year.

International with the Denmark National Team, the forward recently joined Chelsea after a campaign in which she scored 38 goals in all competitions for the German team, won the domestic double and was a finalist in the Women’s Champions League.

“It’s always nice to get these individual awards. It shows me that what I’m doing is the right thing to do and that I’m on the right track,” Harder told Goal in an exclusive interview that will be published on video this Thursday, November 12. “Of course, winning these distinctions depends on the rest of the team, I had great teammates in Wolfsburg and had great moments there,” he added.

Pernille Harder Wolfsburg 2020

Pernille Harder Wolfsburg 2020

To win the award, Harder prevailed in stiff competition over Arsenal center forward Vivianne Miedema, who was the top scorer and assist in the English Women’s Super League and also the top scorer in the Champions League. Third place, meanwhile, went to Lucy Bronze, who won four titles with Lyon (including the Champions League) before returning to Manchester City in early September.

The English full-back is one of the eight players from the 19-20 squad of the multi-champion Lyon that appears on the list and the best placed of the five who remained in the Top 10: attacking midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan, central Wendie Renard, midfielder defensive Amandine Henry and multi-functional Saki Kumagai are the other four.

Marozsan Goal 50

Marozsan Goal 50

Meanwhile, WSL winner Chelsea has four players from his champion team in the rankings: forwards Sam Kerr, Guro Reiten and Beth England and midfielder Ji So-yun all made the Top 25.

And the Americans? After the coronavirus wreaked havoc on the sports calendar of the North American country, especially in the National Women’s Soccer League, only three members of the 2019 World Cup champion team managed to enter the final list, led by left-back Crystal Dunn, who was in the tenth place. The other two USWNT members featured are defensive midfielder Julie Ertz and center back Abby Dahlkemper.

2019 winner Rapinoe was left out after playing just 8 games in all of 2020, while star forward Alex Morgan also didn’t make the cut after missing much of the sports season due to the birth of her first child.

You can see the full roster of Goal 50 players here!

Goal 50 is the annual award that unites the 50 best male and female footballers on the planet.

The football bags are divided into two groups of 25 and are ranked according to their achievements in the previous year.

The editors-in-chief and correspondents of the 42 editions of Goal around the world send their votes based on the consistency, the performances in the big games, the soccer legacy and the success at the club and national level of each of the candidates.


Why was Dybala left out of the Argentine National Team list again and will not play against Paraguay and Peru?

La Joya, who had missed the first double date due to a stomach problem, suffered another health problem and was discharged.

Without a doubt, 2020 was not the best year, but one of the most affected was Paulo Dybala. La Joya suffered the coronavirus, missed the definition of the Champions League with Juventus and He could not be in the first matches of the Argentine National Team either for a gastrointestinal problem. But when luck seemed to begin to reverse, another health problem once again marginalized him from the national team.


Hours after playing the match against Lazio, in which he entered the complement instead of Cristiano Ronaldo, se confirmed that the forward suffers from a genitourinary picture, which will require medical studies and, in addition, rest. In this way, he was disaffected from the list that Lionel Scaloni had presented and will not be able to play against Paraguay or Peru.

This new absence could cause Dybala to lose ground in the fight for a place within the coach’s starting scheme. His performance in the Albiceleste, moreover, is far from being what he expected: although he was present in the last friendlies of 2019, he failed to score any goals.


Juventus de Cuadrado visit Lazio for the seventh round of Serie A

Juventus visit to Lazio por la day seven of the Serie A of Italy with the firm objective of not losing more ground with the leader of the competition: Milan 16 points. You can enjoy the game this Sunday, November 8 on the ESPN 2 screen from 6:30 a.m. in Colombia.

The bianconeri that has 12 units in the table comes from beating Spezia as a visitor in the league 1-4, while the sky blue team accumulates two wins in their most recent outings in the competition: 3-4 against Torino and 2-1 against Bologna.

In Juventus the ownership of Colombian Juan Guillermo Cuadrado is expected, who, as has been customary in recent years, sand became a fundamental piece of the Juve scaffolding. The coffee footballer does so in the Italian team as a right winger, but he is continually developing in his versatility as a winger, midfielder or even a left winger. In the previous game against Spezia and after five years at the club, he looked like captain.

In the current season between Serie A and UEFA Champions League, Cuadrado accumulates eight games with Juventus, in seven of them he has started and in the international competition he has two assists on goal.

The last time Juventus faced Lazio, the game was in favor of the Colombian’s team, which they won the previous season 2-1 last July. On that occasion under the direction of Sarri, Cuadrado played the entire match.

Before the match, Juve coach Andrea Pirlo spoke about what the game could be: “It will certainly be a great game, because Lazio-Juventus is a pleasant game to play (…) It will also be difficult, since Lazio They are a wonderful team and they have shown it in recent years, so it is difficult, but exciting. We imagine their classic 3-5-2 with a very tight defense. They are very good against it (…) We must be careful not to make technical errors that could be caused by those counters ”.

Possible formations:

Lazio: Reina, Patric, Hoedt, Acerbi, Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic, Parolo, Alberto, Fares, Caicedo, Correa.

Juventus: Szczesny, Cuadrado, Bonucci, Chiellini, Danilo, McKennie, Bentancur, Rabiot, Chiesa, Morata; Ronaldo.


Manchester United falls in Turkey; Lazio draws against Zenit – ContraRéplica


A goal in the final minutes by Ecuadorian Felipe Caicedo gave a decimated Lazio a 1-1 draw against Zenit St. Petersburg for the Champions League, where Manchester United fell in Istanbul in another group.

Aleksandr Erokhin put Zenit in the lead in the first half of the Group F match, played in Russia in front of several thousand spectators allowed by local regulations, before substitute Caicedo tied for the Romans with eight minutes remaining with a left foot from near the penalty spot.

Lazio, which has five points from three games, said on the eve of the match that some team members had tested positive for COVID-19 before traveling to Russia.

Caicedo has grown used to being Lazio’s savior coming off the bench, scoring crucial goals in the closing minutes, most recently in a 4-3 win over Torino on Sunday in Serie A.

In another match played in the first round on Wednesday, United fell 2-1 away from Group H to Istanbul Basaksehir. The Turkish team was left with 3 points, the same as PSG and Leipzig who faced each other later. The “Red Devils” are leaders of the zone with six units.

Image: Reuters


Probable lineups for matchday 3 of the 2020-2021 Champions League group stage for Fantasy, Comunio and Biwenger

We review the possible eleven of the third day of this group stage of the Champions League where the points are already important.

The 2020-2021 UEFA Champions League begins to get interesting with surprises in the first two days and where the points are already essential and therefore the coaches outline their pieces to add victories so Fantasy competitions linked to the maximum continental competition are increasingly complex. We leave you the tips so that you get it right by choosing the players to make the highest number of points possible.

Locomotive: Guilherme; Zhivoglyadov, Ćorluka, Murilo, Rybus; Ignatyev, Krychowiak, Kulikov, Anton Miranchuk; Zé Luís, Smolov

Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Correa, Koke, Herrera, Llorente; Joao Félix and Suárez.

Shakhtar vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach

Shakhtar: To confirm

Borussia Moenchengladbach: To confirm

Salzburgo vs. Bavaria

Salzburg: To confirm

Bayern: To confirm

Real Madrid: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Benzema, Hazard

Inter: Handanović; Achraf, D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Bastoni, Young; Barella, Vidal, Brozovic; Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez

Manchester City: To confirm

Olympiacos: To confirm

Port: To confirm

Olympic Games in Marseille: To confirm

Midtjylland vs. Ajax

Central Jutland: To confirm

Ajax: To confirm

Atalanta: To confirm

Liverpool: To confirm

Zenit vs. Lazio

Zenit: To confirm

Lazio: To confirm

Istanbul: To confirm

Manchester United: To confirm

Chelsea: To confirm

Rennes: To confirm

Sevilla: Bond; Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Acuña; Rakitić, Fernando, Jordan; Suso, De Jong, Ocampos.

Krasnodar: Safonov; Smolnikov, Martynovich, Kaio, Chernov; Gazinski, Vilhena; Olsson, Utkin, Ramírez; Berg.

Brujas vs. Dortmund

Witches: To confirm

Dortmund: To confirm

Barcelona vs. Dinamo de Kiev

Barcelona: Neto; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Pedri, Messi, Ansu Fati; Griezmann

Dynamo Kiev: Bushchan; Kędziora, Zabarnyi, Popov, Karavaev; Buyalskiy, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko; Tsygankov, Supryaha, De Pena

Ferencvaros vs. Juventus

Ferencvaros: To confirm

Juventus: To confirm

Leipzig: To confirm

PSG: To confirm


Champions League 2020-21 team guide infographic

October 20, 2020 – May 29, 2021 – The new season of the European UEFA Champions League kicks off on October 20 and culminates with the final at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Turkey on May 29, 2021.

The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League is the 29th season of Europe’s primary club football tournament.

Bayern Munich are aiming for seventh title to equal AC Milan as joint-second most successful club in European Cup history, behind Spanish giants Real Madrid, with 13 titles.

The UEFA Champions League is contested by the highest ranked teams of the strongest UEFA national associations. It is the top club competition in European football and one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. The Champions League final is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide.