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Former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde prefers Australia over Premier League

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Could Ernesto Valverde be set for a move to the A-League?

Former Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde said he would prefer working in Australia rather than the Premier League.

Valverde was sacked by Barca in January, despite leading the Spanish giants to back-to-back LaLiga titles and Copa del Rey and Supercopa de Espana success.

Contemplating his next move as Valverde enjoys a break from football, a shock A-League gig is high on the 56-year-old’s list.

“People ask me sometimes ‘How about the Premier League?’ and I say ‘Well actually I’d like to go to Australia’,” Valverde said.

“A career in football does not last forever and sometimes you think you have to take the opportunity to live in strange places.”

Valverde referenced former Barca captain Andres Iniesta, who left Camp Nou for Japanese side Vissel Kobe in 2018.

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“I applauded Andres when he told me he going to Japan,” added Valverde. I thought ‘Wow, he gets to understand a different culture and different people’, and I am also very interested in Japan.

“You can take great photos in Japan. There are many places I’d like to go. We’ll see what I end up doing, I haven’t been out of work for very long so I don’t have to decide anything yet, I haven’t got a very clear idea at the moment.

“It’s possible I’d go somewhere abroad. The truth is I like to do strange things so I wouldn’t rule it out.”

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler is currently in charge of A-League outfit Brisbane Roar, while former Reds and Bayern Munich star Markus Babbel was working in Australia until he was sacked by Western Sydney Wanderers last month.

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Liverpool set on when fans can see the Premier League trophy

Liverpool are committed to giving general public access to see Premier League trophy but only when it is safe to do so

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Liverpool are yet to confirm a date for when the Premier League trophy will be on show to the general public, with plans on hold until it is declared safe.

The club remain committed to giving fans the chance to have their picture taken with the Reds’ first league title in 30 years at Anfield, but have steered clear of a definitive time frame for when that may be possible.

Last year, Liverpool opened up the Kop Bar for supporters to head down to Anfield to get their picture taken with the Champions League trophy that was won in Madrid on June 1.

However, with the need for social distancing still very much in place across the United Kingdom for now, club officials aren’t putting the trophy on display just yet.

Such will be the demand at the stadium, the club feel they could not safely execute an event that gives people the chance to view the trophy up close and personal.

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Plans are in the pipeline to ensure fans are given the opportunity to see the club’s 19th league title in person but the ECHO understands they will only be given the green light when it is deemed appropriate.

This week, Liverpool have undertaken a series of pilot events under social-distancing guidelines with established crowd management practices enhanced by a more restrictive approach due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those events included NHS workers, a limited amount of media and a handful of club staff, former players and their family members.

Each pilot run was viewed as a success with social distancing, regular hand sanitizing and temperature checks all part of each event.

But the club are concerned larger groups would overwhelm and make the situation an unsafe one during a global pandemic.

Until the time is viewed as right, the Premier League trophy will stay in the club’s museum from next week and will be available to view as part of the LFC Stadium Tour, the Anfield Origins Tour and the LFC Story.

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Tom Cassidy, Senior Manager of Tourism at Liverpool FC, said: “As ever, the interest from supporters in seeing our latest piece of silverware has been incredible and in normal circumstances we would host a viewing event like we did for the Champions League trophy last year.

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“Unfortunately, that is not possible in the current circumstances so we have committed to hosting an event in the future which prioritises the health of our supporters whilst also maximising the number of fans who will be able to participate.

“While a date cannot be established at this stage our commitment is clear and we look forward to a time when it will be safe and possible.”

 

 

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Fulham: Zambo Anguisa’s ‘mother club’ bounce back to Premier League

Zambo Anguisa’s club Fulham have been promoted to the English Premier League after a 2-1 play-off victory over Brentford on Tuesday August 4, 2020.

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The Cameroonian who is on loan to Spanish La Liga club, Villareal CF had his club promoted to the topmost football competition in England when the London based outfit scored two extra-time goals to grab a much awaited EPL ticket at the Wembley Stadium.

Coach Scott Parker and boys played a 90 minute of no effect with their fellow Londoners Brentford as both sides stayed vigilant and prevented any sort of counter-attacking football from each other.

But the story changed during prolongation as The Whites scored twice through 26 year-old Joe Bryan at the 105th and 117th minutes respectively and succeeded in avoiding a comeback despite Brentford FC pressure that had the rivals bringing scores to 2-1 through Danish right back Henrik Dalsgaard at the 124th minute.

Tuesday night win which saw the team won one of the most expensive matches of modern day football worth 346 Million Pounds, ensured the team bounced back to the EPL after a season in the Sky Bet Championship, England’s second tier.

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The squad had a fiercely determined run to the promotion after finishing 4th in the final rankings with 81 points gathered from 45 matches. They went through Cardiff City and Brentford for promotion play-off where they won 2 of their three matches. This, through top strikers in the likes of Serbian centre forward Aleksander Mitrovic who netted 26 of the team’s 64 goals, central midfielder Tom Cairney who banged in 8 goals and right-winger Ivan Cavaleiro who scored 6 and assisted 7 in the process.

Fulham’s promotion to the EPL has raised concerns and rumours surrounding the future of the team’s loanee to Villareal CF, Cameroon’s Frank Zambo Anguisa who left the team at the end of the 2018/2019 season after their relegation.

Pundits and fans predict the midfielder who has had links to clubs like Real Madrid and options of signing permanent deal for the Spanish club may be forced to make a comeback to the squad to strengthen the team’s dream for a longer stay in the EPL.

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His current contract for the club expires on June 30, 2023.

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Pierre Aubameyang: Gabon’s captain powers Arsenal to European football with FA Cup performance

Gabonese Pierre Emerick Aubameyang helped Arsenal win the 2019/2020 English FA Cup trophy after scoring twice for the Gunners against Chelsea on Saturday August 1, 2020 at the Wembley Stadium

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Playing his 109th game for the London outfit in what football pundits predicted will be the Gabonese’s last match for Arteta and Arsenal, the 31 year old Gunners captain showed class and determination to perform despite transfer rumors.

After seeing his side concede early on into the game through a Christian Pulisic 5th minute strike, the ex-Borrussia Dortmund man brought parity to the game from the penalty spot at the 28th minute after a fowl on him by Blue’s captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

The Gabonese and Gunners captain showed yet another level of class and beauty in the second segment with a 67th minute finish after making a shift run and dribbling past 2 Chelsea’s defenders before slotting in over helpless Willy Caballero to put scores at 2-1 for manager Mikel Arteta and squad. This, helping Arsenal earn its 14th FA Cup title and a place in next season’s Europa League football [Europe’s second most coveted club competition] alongside his Ivorian African brother Nicolas Pepe.

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Saturday’s FA Cup triumph did not only come as an honor to prevent a trophy-less season for Arsenal but also served as an indirect determiner on Aubameyang’s future at the club. The former AC Milan and Saint Etienne forward who has netted 70 goals in 109 matches for the Gunners, have entered the final year of his contract for Arsenal with his current contract to expire on June 31, 2020. He is still to accept a contract extension despite offers from the club.

A situation, football experts including England’s Alan Shearer opines is risky for the club, failing to renew the contract of a player as important as Aubameyang to Arsenal who scored 22 goals in the 2019/2020 Premier League season, falling one goal short of Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy. It is expected the FA Cup win will convince him to stay at the Emirates ground for a while.

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