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European Super League: Florentino Perez says matches are too long for today's youth

April 21 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #Abuja, #AfricaNow, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #ENDSARS, #EPL, #Englishpremierleague, #NTA, #Lagos, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #Nigerians, #bet9ja, #worldnews, #sportsnews, #nigeriacelebrities

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants you to trust his vision for a new world order in the realm of soccer which not only includes radical changes to the current competitive structures brought on by a European Super League, but could also include changes of a similar degree to the game on the pitch itself. As he hinted in an interview on Spanish television Monday, Perez notes that the games are simply too long.

The quote comes in the context of some hackneyed concern over "the youth" not paying attention to the product he's trying to sell, the oldest excuse in the book to rip up a well-liked formula. As expected, his claims were connected to why the Super League was actually a good thing and not simply a blatant cash grab.

"Football has to change and adapt," he said, per ESPN. "We have to analyze why young people, 16-to-24-year-olds, 40% of them aren't interested in football. Why? Because there are a lot of low-quality games, and they have other entertainment platforms.

"It's a reality. They say the games are too long. We have to change something if we want football to stay alive. Sometimes we don't understand our children or grandchildren. They're different generations, the world changes. If young people don't watch an entire game, it's because it isn't interesting enough, or we'll have to shorten the games ... There are matches that even I can't watch all of them, to be honest."

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The comments are consistent with the belief that the sport is purely a business entity that needs saving before it becomes obsolete. In addition to these comments, he argued that there are too many games in general, and that this new league can realistically coexist with the UEFA domestic competitions.

Whether one agrees or not with Perez simply does not matter given the influence he has over the club he chairs, arguably the most recognizable in the world, and the Super League of which he's the chairman and a driving force. Take, for example, what manager Zinedine Zidane said -- or rather what he chose not to say -- about the Super League on Wednesday when the topic came up.

"We don't even talk about it. We only talk about one thing, the game tomorrow," Zidane said.

"I'm here to talk about the game tomorrow, the league, the Champions League. The rest isn't my job. I won't give you my opinion. I understand, you can say I don't say what I think and don't say anything. Why? Because my job, what I'm doing, that's what I enjoy. The rest ... what good does it do?"

Similar non answers have been given by other managers asked about the Super League after its creation. If something so wildly unpopular can yield that kind of submission, the question now becomes just how far the people in charge of this stuff will go.

 

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20 Effective Tips to Lose Belly Fat (Backed by Science)

April 21 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #Abuja, #AfricaNow, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #ENDSARS, #EPL, #Englishpremierleague, #Lagos, #NTA, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #Nigerians, #bet9ja, #covidnigeria, #worldnews

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Belly fat is more than a nuisance that makes your clothes feel tight.

It’s seriously harmful.

One type of belly fat — referred to as visceral fat — is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions (1).

Many health organizations use body mass index (BMI) to classify weight and predict the risk of metabolic disease.

However, this is misleading, as people with excess belly fat are at an increased risk even if they look thin (2Trusted Source).

Though losing fat from this area can be difficult, there are several things you can do to reduce excess abdominal fat.

Here are 20 effective tips to lose belly fat, backed by scientific studies.

Photography by Aya Brackett

1. Eat plenty of soluble fiber

Soluble fiber absorbs water and forms a gel that helps slow down food as it passes through your digestive system.

Studies show that this type of fiber promotes weight loss by helping you feel full, so you naturally eat less. It may also decrease the number of calories your body absorbs from food (3Trusted Source, 4Trusted Source, 5Trusted Source).

What’s more, soluble fiber may help fight belly fat.

An observational study in over 1,100 adults found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber intake, belly fat gain decreased by 3.7% over a 5-year period (6Trusted Source).

Make an effort to consume high fiber foods every day. Excellent sources of soluble fiber include:

SUMMARY

Soluble fiber may help you to lose weight by increasing fullness and reducing calorie absorption. Try to include plenty of high fiber foods in your weight loss diet.

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European Super League: 14 Premier League clubs 'unanimously and vigorously' reject plans for competition

April 20 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #EPL, #Abuja, #AfricaNow, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #ENDSARS, #Lagos, #NTA, #Englishpremierleague, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #worldnews, #Nigerians, #bet9ja, #covidnigeria, #sportsnews

Premier League CEO Richard Masters chaired a virtual meeting over European Super League proposals on Tuesday with the 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the breakaway competition.

The Premier League met without Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham to discuss the newly-announced competition at a virtual meeting on Tuesday.

The two-and-a-half-hour meeting, chaired by Premier League CEO Richard Masters, explored ways to collectively respond to the proposals. A Premier League statement read: "The Premier League, alongside The FA, met with clubs today to discuss the immediate implications of the Super League proposal.

"The 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans for the competition. The Premier League is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those Shareholders involved to account under its rules.

"The League will continue to work with key stakeholders including fan groups, Government, UEFA, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to protect the best interests of the game and call on those clubs involved in the proposed competition to cease their involvement immediately.

"The Premier League would like to thank supporters and all stakeholders for the support they have shown this week on this significant issue. The reaction proves just how much our open pyramid and football community means to people."

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Max Verstappen said that Emilia Romagna GP win not 'dominant' - but 'great' to fight Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

April 19 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #sportsnews, #Abuja, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #Lagos, #ENDSARS, #NTA, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #AfricaNow, #Nigerians, #bet9ja, #covidnigeria

Max Verstappen now one point behind Lewis Hamilton in F1 2021 standings after claiming assured Imola victory; Dutchman speaks to Sky F1 about race victory, Red Bull's pace and p But the Dutchman also admitted that "it's great to be fighting against Lewis Hamilton" as F1 2021's predicted title protagonists went head to head again at Imola, now splitting the race wins to kick off the campaign possible title battle.

Verstappen recovered from an uncharacteristic below-par qualifying to launch from third to first in Sunday's chaotic and unpredictable Grand Prix, dueling with Hamilton into the first chicane before putting on a commanding display, all while his rival made a race-altering error in the wet.

Max eventually took the chequered flag ahead of Hamilton by 22 seconds - a margin which, on paper, would hint that Red Bull pressed home what appears to be a car advantage over Mercedes.

But while Verstappen was delighted with the win, he insisted to Sky F1: "I don't think it was dominant.

"Lewis was following me quite well and for him to come back from P9 or P8 to P2, it shows that they have a lot of pace in the car as well so we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves."

He added to Natalie Pinkham: "I think we just did everything well in these conditions. We made the right calls: Great start, made the right calls with the tyres, stayed out of trouble - so that's how we, I think, at the end of the day won the race.

"But there are no guarantees and we still have to work hard to improve because they are very close. But still, for now I am obviously very happy with the result."

Three weeks after going wheel-to-wheel at the season-opener in Bahrain, Verstappen and Hamilton did so again at Imola - although only into Turn 2 and 3 as the Red Bull surged up the inside of the Mercedes.

"It was a very bold move," said Sky F1's Damon Hill, while Verstappen claimed it was "hard racing".

With his victory, Verstappen is a point behind Hamilton, who took the fastest lap, in the standings. "It's great to be fighting against Lewis, Mercedes who, I think, as a team, they have been so dominant and they're very difficult to beat," said Verstappen.

"So to be able to sit here now, now two races in a row, we were very, very competitive, that's very promising but no guarantees."

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Jose Mourinho sacked by Tottenham Hotspur

April 19 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #Abuja, #AppleMusic, #AfricaNow, #ENDSARS, #Lagos, #Channelstv, #NTA, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #Nigerians, #bet9ja, #covidnigeria

Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager in November 2019; Portuguese head coach led Spurs to sixth-place finish in the Premier League during first season in charge

Mourinho was called to a meeting with chairman Daniel Levy on Monday morning.

The club then confirmed Mourinho and his coaching staff Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra had all been "relieved of their duties", with Ryan Mason - just 29 - taking charge of training on Monday afternoon.

It is understood the decision was results-based and nothing to do with Spurs' agreement to join a European Super League.

Levy said: "Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a club.

"Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic. On a personal level I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged. He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution."

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Super Eagles has no identity under Rohr-Babagida

April 16 2021 , Written by Anselem Michael Published on #Nigeria News, #NTA, #Channelstv, #Abuja, #Lagos, #bet9ja, #NigeriainDiaspora

 

Former Super Eagles stars Tijani Babangida, say the current national team has lost their identity.

They also believe the Eagles don’t have a coherent playing style.

“What is our identity? We don’t even have one despite the bunch of talented players we have in the team,” Babangida, who was capped 40 times and scored five goals for the Eagles, said.

“When we were playing, we had a style of play because Clemens Westerhof at that time brought the Dutch football style to the country and the players imbibed it. That was how we played.

 “Under Westerhof, we had an identity then, free-flowing football but under Rohr, we are yet to get an idea of the pattern of what he wants to implement in the team.

Is this true?

Nigeria Formation under Rohr

Nigeria Formation under Rohr

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