Saturday, July 25, 2020

Lewandowski must postpone his desire to become the first Polish winner of the Ballon D'Or to next year!

Lewandowski must postpone his desire to become the first Polish winner of the Ballon D'Or

Lewandowski must postpone his desire to become the first Polish winner of the Ballon D'Or

The Ballon d'Or will not awarded this year for the first time since 1956. What do I think about it? After the cancellation of The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020, I was hoping that the Ballon d'Or would be awarded.

We can only regret that football suffered so much in 2020. Let's not forget that Euro 2020 and Copa América have also been postponed to 2021. Yes, we can only regret…

Lewandowski must postpone his desire to become the first Polish winner of the Ballon D'Or

Which players lose the most from this decision? Recently, some traditions have been formed in the Ballon d'Or. For example, since 2009 only players from the Spanish La Liga has won the Award. The Real Madrid became the champion at 2019-20, and Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema were the top players of their positions this season.

Rasim Movsumzadeh
Rasim Movsumzadeh
Also worth mentioning is Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), a favorite for the Player of the Year Award in the Premier League.
We must not forget about Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), who, at 33 and 35, respectively, continue to set new records.

But compared to the above players, Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) was considered the favorite for the Ballon d'Or. He continued his fine form throughout the season and deserved to be the top contender for the award.

Speaking about the traditions of the Ballon d'Or, I note that also since 2007, with the exception of 2018, the Award has always been won by the top scorers of the UEFA Champions League. Now Lewandowski with 11 goals is the leading scorer of the Champions League, and his Bayern is one of the favorites of the tournament.

In addition, Lewandowski with 34 goals in Bundesliga fight for the European Golden Shoe 2020 alongside Cristiano Ronaldo (30 goals) and Ciro Immobile (30 goals) from Serie A. It is also an important factor. Anyway, Lewandowski, who will be 32 in August must postpone his desire to become the first Polish winner of the Ballon d'Or to next year.

The Ballon d'Or is awarded at the end of the calendar year and journalists answer their questionnaires usually in early November. Therefore, now in July it is difficult to speak about the best players of the calendar year. Although the top three with such a sequence would look interesting: Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Ramos, and Karim Benzema.

Rasim Movsumzadeh (Ballon d’Or Award juror)

Reds Lift Premier League Trophy on the Kop at Anfield

Reds Lift Premier League Trophy

Liverpool laid their hands on the Premier League trophy in a special ceremony on the Kop at Anfield following the clash with Chelsea on Wednesday.

Reds Lift Premier League Trophy on the Kop at Anfield

Having mathematically secured the club's 19th league title last month, the Reds were set to receive the silverware at their final home match of the 2019-20 campaign on July 22.

With supporters unable to attend the behind-closed-doors fixture, the historic occasion involved a unique presentation designed to acknowledge and celebrate Liverpool fans.

Reds Lift Premier League Trophy on the Kop at Anfield

Liverpool players, manager Jurgen Klopp and staff collected the Premier League trophy and their winner’s medals on a special podium built at the centre of the Kop surrounded by fan banners.

Sir Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool manager when the club last won the championship in 1990, joined Premier League chief executive Richard Masters to deliver the medals.

The Reds squad, led by captain Jordan Henderson - who lifted the trophy at Anfield - have been involved in the planning for the much-anticipated ceremony.

The clash with Chelsea, and the subsequent trophy presentation, was broadcast free-to-air by Sky on its Pick channel in the UK, to ensure supporters could watch from home.

Supporters can share their celebrations of the Reds' Premier League title triumph with the club via social media by adding the hashtag #LFCatHome to photographs and videos.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

LaLiga pays tribute to Hong Kong health personnel

LaLiga pays tribute to Hong Kong health personnel

LaLiga, together with The Medical Licentiate Society of Hong Kong (LMCHK), has held an event in Causeway Bay together with 50 members of the island's health staff to thank them for their work in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.



During the meeting, which was held at LaLiga's representative office in Hong Kong and attended by the maximum number of attendees permitted by current health restrictions, LaLiga thanked the work and effort of the region’s health personnel on behalf of all Spanish football.

"Without the work of health workers in Hong Kong and others around the world, we would have been unable to witness not only the return of football but also of a more or less normal life. The work is not finished yet but we are on the right track because of the efforts of doctors, nurses, and other health personnel, and from LaLiga and its clubs, we thank them,” said Eduard Castell, LaLiga delegate in Hong Kong.

LaLiga presented the various campaigns to support the fight against the pandemic that it has carried out in countries around the world at the event and emphasized its commitment to helping to restore normality across all sectors of society as soon as possible.

During the event, Fernando Sanz, director of international institutional relations and director of the LaLiga ambassadors and legends project, delivered a video message expressing his heartfelt appreciation for the work done. "Whether leaving it all on the field or giving it all you have for your patients, LaLiga and our doctors have a shared sense of spirit and professionalism."

"On behalf of the Licentiate Society, we're honored for this Covid-19 tribute from LaLiga", Marcus Marcet, president of the Medical Licentiate Society of Hong Kong, stated. LaLiga's partners PUMA and Budweiser, as well as Now TV, supported this event, which also included the participation of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.