De Futebol England names its squad for the 2018 World Cup

Southgate names his squad.  The Daily Mail:” Gareth Southgate has named England‘s least-experienced 23-man World Cup squad since 1962, with the group averaging just 19 caps per player.

Adding some experience is 32-year-old Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, who has 58 caps, while Southgate has opted for both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier as vibrant right-back options.

Alexander-Arnold, 19, has been rewarded for his impressive form both in the Premier League and in Liverpool‘s superb Champions League campaign.

It is certainly a nod to the new era, with Southgate including just five players — Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Cahill — who played in the last World Cup in 2014. Nobody in the squad has won a World Cup match.

Cahill, who hasn’t played in the last five England matches, has been given the nod despite appearing out of favour in the national set-up.

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana has not been included by Southgate following his troubles with hamstring injuries this season.

But it is a bold and youthful selection from Southgate, who has chosen a squad with an average age of just 26 years old.

As Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday, Joe Hart had received a phone call from Southgate to tell him he will not be on the plane to Russia, while Jack Wilshere also misses out.

Arsenal midfielder Wilshere was handed an international recall in March for the games against Holland and Italy, but was forced to withdraw 24 hours before the game in Amsterdam due to a minor knee injury and has not been able to make his way back into the fold.

‘I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,’ Southgate said following the announcement.

‘It is a young group but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.

‘We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop.

‘The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks. We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum.

‘The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it.

‘We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.’

Elsewhere, Fabian Delph was named in the squad in place of Wilshere following his role in Manchester City’s title-winning campaign.

Manchester United’s Ashley Young and Danny Rose of Tottenham are England’s recognised left backs, which means Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand is placed on the standby list.

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who spent the season on loan at Crystal Palace, also gains a place in the squad.

Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livemore and Adam Lallana have all been formally put on standby.

An attacking quartet of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford and Welbeck will make up England’s offensive options at Russia.

They kick off their campaign against Tunisia on June 18 before subsequent group games against Panama and Belgium.

De Futebol Flamengo jumps to the head of the Class with 1-0 win over Atletico-MG

Flamengo defeated Atletico-MG 1-0.  Mengao is top dog with 14 points.

Globo Esporte:’ Todas as fragilidades deste Flamengo de Maurício Barbieri ficaram expostas no Independência. Diante do Atlético-MG, o time sofreu mais do que o recomendável e pouco produziu ofensivamente. Mas é inegável que, em meio às más atuações, a equipe tem alcançado resultados. Neste sábado, a vitória por 1 a 0 garantiu a volta à liderança do Brasileiro, com 14 pontos. Terminar a rodada nesta posição, porém, depende do resultado do confronto entre Corinthians e Internacional, domingo, em Porto Alegre.

Antes de a bola rolar, a principal preocupação rubro-negra era o miolo de zaga. Com as lesões de Juan e Réver e a suspensão de Rhodolfo, os jovens Léo Duarte e Thuler foram alçados ao posto de titulares. É verdade que a movimentação do ataque mineiro deixou a dupla de defensores em apuros. Mas é preciso reconhecer que ambos tiveram desempenho bastante digno. Thuler, especialmente, mostrou-se merecedor de novas oportunidades.

Se, lá atrás, as expectativas foram superadas, no ataque, as frustrações se renovaram. Os três principais articuladores do time — Lucas Paquetá, Éverton Ribeiro e Diego — tiveram desempenho muito abaixo do que deles se espera.

Sobrou, então, para Vinícius Júnior tentar levar algum perigo ao gol de Victor. Na chance mais promissora do primeiro tempo, quando Paquetá deu um passe na medida, o futuro jogador do Real Madrid falhou. Ao tentar encobrir o goleiro, chutou grama e deixou a bola na mão do camisa 1.

No segundo tempo, com a crescente dificuldade de sua equipe para chegar a o ataque, Barbieri sacou o improdutivo Henrique Dourado e lançou Jean Lucas. O cenário de pouca criatividade se manteve. Mas o Atlético-MG, lançando-se cada vez mais ao ataque, deixou espaço para contra-ataques.

Em um deles, Vinícius Júnior levou a melhor sobre o zagueiro Emerson e tocou para Everton Ribeiro completar para o gol vazio: 1 a 0. Foi a terceira assistência do menino, que também marcou quatro gols na competição.

Depois de abrir o placar, o Flamengo, que já apresentava evidente desgaste físico, limitou-se a defender. E correu riscos. Aos 49 minutos, o atleticano Gabriel acertou o travessão. Foi só um susto.

— Hoje (ontem), a camisa pesou. Nós mudamos um pouco o nosso ritmo, ficamos lá atrás e, em uma bola, ganhamos a partida. O importante era conquistar os três pontos e voltar à liderança do campeonato — disse Vinícius Júnior.

O Flamengo volta a campo na quinta-feira, quando recebe o Bahia pelo Campeonato Brasileiro, às 16h, no Maracanã.


De Futebol Fulham punches their ticket to the EPL with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa

Fulham defeated Aston Villa 1-0 to earn the final berth in the EPL next season.

The Daily Mail:” Fulham’s billionaire owner Shahid Khan does not own Wembley yet but the national stadium has provided its first magical memory as he watched his club return to the Premier League after a four-year absence.

The fabulously moustachioed Khan was considered a joke figure when he arrived from the NFL and promptly took Fulham down under another punchline, manager Felix Magath.

But yesterday the Pakistani-American looked drained as Fulham won their place back after a pulstating afternoon experiencing the drama first-hand that association football can provide.

He does not need the extra £170million of Premier League revenue given he is rich enough to table an £900m bid for Wembley but a look at his face at full-time showed how much he cared.

Under foreign ownership and the watchful eye of their Serbian boss Slavisa Jokanovic, Fulham’s all-important goal was made in Britain. Eighteen-year-old prodigy Ryan Sessegnon threaded a sublime pass to Scotland international Tom Cairney after 23 minutes and the captain dispatched his chance effortlessly.

It proved the only goal but told half the story. Villa overcame a poor first half to lay siege on Fulham’s goal, particularly when the Londoners went down to 10 men with Denis Odoi sent off after 70 minutes.

Midfielder Jack Grealish was unplayable at times and nearly scored one of Wembley’s great goals when he slalomed past three defenders.

Grealish also missed two other presentable chances and was kicked to bits, with right-back Ryan Fredericks lucky his stamp on the Villa player’s leg was not spotted.

Grealish was also incensed that a handball appeal against Odoi was not given and recklessly slid in on Cairney out of frustration, and was lucky to escape himself with a yellow.

When Odoi produced one foul too many on Grealish he saw red.

Bruce threw on three attackers to try and take advantage of the extra man. One of them, Jonathan Kodjia, missed his kick in front of goal and Grealish was denied another penalty appeal at the end.

Grealish, a local Brummie, looked devastated at the final whistle and had to be consoled at length by John Terry.

Bruce lost both his parents this year so will keep the result in perspective. But from a football point of view, it hurt.

‘There were big decisions that went against us. It should have been a red card very early [for Fredericks on Grealish],’ he said.

‘For me, he stamps on Jack. I saw it straight away and thought the fourth official was there too. When it’s that close you’d think the officials would have the communication to deal with it. ‘Fouling Jack was part of their gameplan. When he broke, they were a bit cynical.’

There will now be questions over the futures of Grealish, Terry and Bruce. ‘It’s wrong to ask me when I am aching inside. The feeling now is utter disappointment for everybody,’ added the manager.

At least the manager seems game to give it another go.

‘I have been doing it a long time and I’m in charge of a great club with a big history. I’m really gutted for everybody and I will roll my sleeves up again. It’s what I do.’

For Fulham boss Slavis Jokanovic, who won promotion with Watford three years ago but never got the chance to manage in the Premier League, it was a personal triumph.

‘We’ve shown this season we are one of the most stylish teams in the Championship. But for the last 20 minutes with 10 men we had to be solid and fight together for a clean sheet. We suffered, but we have suffered for the last three years.

‘This was a really important victory. It is not easy to play a final at Wembley for young players. They showed the right personality.’

Next season Khan will want to make his mark with the big boys.

‘He is a great man, a head of important businesses. I don’t need to teach him anything. He will know the best step for the football club,’ said Jokanovic, though he also pointed out: ‘To show ambition, you need to show the money too.’

One of his priorities may be to sign striker Aleksandr Mitrovic, on loan from Newcastle.

Fulham’s average home gate this season was 12,000 fewer than Villa. But their fans packed out their half of Wembley on their first visit since 1975. While they basked in the sun, Villa fan the Duke of Cambridge didn’t take off his shades.

Bruce complained about his side’s first-half showing. ‘I don’t know why. The heat maybe, the occasion.’

Fulham dominated until the temperatures dropped. Grealish missed a header and then dribbled around virtually the whole Fulham defence until his final shot was stopped by a combination of Kevin McDonald and Marcus Bettinelli.

Fulham had their chances too. Sessegnon had a header saved by Sam Johnstone. McDonald blazed over and Aboubakar Kamara claimed a penalty as Alan Hutton slid across.

After Odoi was sent off, Bruce introduced Josh Onomah, Kodjia and Scott Hogan. But it wasn’t to be.

De Futebol Real Madrid wins their third straight Champions League

Liverpool put up a hell of fight however in the end Real Madrid was too strong for the Reds winning in convincing fashion 3-1 to win their third straight Champions League title.

The Guardians Sid Lowe:” It was an epic night, filled with so many different storylines, and unfortunately for Liverpool’s accident-prone goalkeeper, Loris Karius, he will have to live with the fact that his part will be remembered for just as long as, or possibly longer than, Gareth Bale’s spectacular bicycle kick or the tears from Mohamed Salah.

For Bale it was a personal triumph with two of Real Madrid’s goals and a man-of-the-match award from a final he did not enter until the 61st minute. His flying, acrobatic volley, only two minutes after coming on, will go straight into the list of the greatest all-time goals in a Champions League final and put Madrid, with their 13th triumph, on their way to emulating the great Ajax and Bayern Munich teams of the 1970s with a third successive win.

That, however, tells only part of the story from a night when Karius was a danger to his own team, responsible for Madrid’s two other goals and last seen wandering aimlessly around the pitch – alone, distraught and clearly traumatised – to ask forgiveness, hands clasped, from the thousands of Liverpool supporters. Karius looked broken. He chose a bad night to be so vulnerable and Liverpool will always wonder what might have happened if the German had not turned the night into his own personal ordeal. Or, indeed, if they had not lost Salah, half an hour in, with the shoulder injury that turned the match in Madrid’s favour.

Salah looked inconsolable as he was led from the pitch and Sergio Ramos had some nerve offering a sympathetic hug on the way off. Ramos had locked Salah’s right arm and turned him, judo-style, as they lost balance going for the same ball. Television replays hardened the suspicion it was a calculated move on Ramos’s part and, when Salah landed with a hell of a thud, the damage was considerable. That blow could conceivably put the Egyptian out of the World Cup, too.

His absence was a grievous setback for Liverpool, who had looked the more dangerous team until that point, and it would not be sour grapes for the losers to think that was the moment the game started to swing away from them. They had started so thrillingly but all their early momentum was lost once Salah went off. It never properly came back and the players in red took a long time – too long, probably – to adjust to being without the man who had scored 44 times over a record-breaking season. Without Salah, they never looked so threatening again.

Ultimately, though, the difficult truth for Liverpool, and the tragic Karius, is that two of the goals they conceded were almost beyond comprehension, and how many times has Jürgen Klopp been warned this team risks being undermined by the lack of an elite goalkeeper? Karius has too much previous for this to be considered a one-off and, as goalkeeping mistakes go, his errors in the 51st and 83rd minutes were as bad as one another. In fact, they were not just bad. They were appalling, so wretched it was difficult to recall a worse goalkeeping performance in any major final through the years.

His meltdown – for that is exactly what it was – started with the opening goal when he came to the edge of his penalty area to collect a ball that Toni Kroos, trying to set Karim Benzema free, had overhit. All Karius had to do was pick up the ball and roll it to Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right of defence. He got the second part horribly wrong, as if unaware that Benzema was still lurking, and the striker was able to flick out a boot to intercept the underarm throw. That was all it needed and, almost in slow motion, the ball trickled into an exposed goal.

Liverpool’s equaliser came within four minutes. James Milner swung the ball over from a corner on the right and Sadio Mané, Liverpool’s most dangerous player, was alive in the six-yard area. Dejan Lovren won the header and, when Mané flashed his shot past Keylor Navas, it seemed as though Klopp’s team might have the momentum again.

Instead Zinedine Zidane turned to Bale, playing possibly his final game for Madrid, and it was an incredible way in which the Welshman announced his presence – a twisting, mid-air bicycle kick to redirect Marcelo’s left-wing cross and flash the ball into Liverpool’s net. Zidane against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002Mario Mandzukic for Juventus in 2017? Bale’s effort belongs in the same category. There was even applause from Liverpool’s fans when it was replayed on the giant screens.

At 2-1 Liverpool came back again and Mané, in particular, kept threatening, fizzing a low shot against the post. Yet Bale was clearly emboldened by his first goal and, when he let fly again from 40 yards, the ball swerved in front of Karius and went through the goalkeeper’s hands. Perhaps Karius’s confidence had been damaged by the earlier mistake. Maybe the swerve was deceptive. At this level, however, there can be no excuses for such a mistake and, in that exact moment, everyone inside the Olimpiyskiy Stadium must have known there was no way back for Liverpool. If anything, they were fortunate not to suffer more damage in the second half. Madrid could also look back on Isco hitting the crossbar and there was an extraordinary moment when Cristiano Ronaldo was shaping to shoot only to be interrupted by a pitch invader from the end where the Madridistas were going through their victory songs.

For the most part Liverpool had contained Ronaldo and Klopp’s team had often played well, particularly before Salah’s injury. The problem was that their goalkeeper had the worst night of his professional life. It was a sixth successive defeat for Klopp in a major final and at the final whistle, with Karius burying his face into the turf, there was not exactly a stampede of team-mates wanting to console him.

De Futebol Brasil names its squad for The 2018 World Cup

Brasil’s head man Tite names his squad for the World Cup.

The Daily Mail: “ Brazil boss Tite has named his 23-man squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Tite’s men take on Switzerland in 34 days for their opening Group E game and they have a squad bursting with talent and experience.

Star man Neymar has recently returned to fitness and despite not playing for club side Paris-Saint Germain, the samba star is still expected to play a pivotal role for his country in this summer’s tournament.

Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said in a news conference in Rio de Janeiro he examined Neymar on the weekend and the results were positive.

‘This is the final stage of his recovery, he will be able to go to training sessions soon, and will play the friendlies,’ Lasmar said.

Having revealed the team to the gathered media, Tite reaffirmed that some of his selection decisions had been made.

‘We will be much stronger with Neymar doing well, but for him to do well the rest of the team has to be well, too,’ he said.

‘At first, Gabriel Jesus is our starter. But Roberto Firmino will fight for that position in top form.’

The inclusion of Taison, the coach admitted, suggested Philippe Coutinho could be taking a role in central midfield which provides a spot for Willian.

‘Coutinho can play in the middle and in the flanks, he is versatile,’ Tite added.

‘Sometimes preparation gives you elements that you didn’t have, and force you to change your mind.’

Manchester City have four representatives in the squad with goalkeeper Ederson, defender Danilo, midfielder Fernandinho and striker Jesus all making the cut.

Premier League duo Firmino and Willian complete the players plying their trade in England.

Tite may be forgiven for having one eye on the Champions League final in Kiev between Liverpool and Real Madrid as three of his key men all feature: Firmino for Liverpool and Marcelo and Casemiro for Real Madrid.

With injuries this close to the tournament likely to end any hopes of playing, the 56-year-old boss will be hoping for a clean bill of health between now and the opening game.

The biggest question mark now remains around who will replace Neymar’s club team-mate Dani Alves at right back after he suffered a season-ending injury during the French Cup final.

Alves was in the starting side named by Tite back in February as the boss took the bizarre move in revealing his team selection – allowing their opponents to do plenty of homework.

‘The 11 who will start are Alisson; Marcelo, Miranda, Marquinhos, Dani Alves; Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Casemiro, Neymar, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus,’ Tite said in an interview with UOL Esportes.

But knee ligament damage to the veteran defender, described by Tite on Monday as ‘a guy who has a huge heart and exemplary courage’, has forced the manager to go back to the drawing board.

Fagner, the 28-year-old Corinthians full back, appears the man set to challenge Danilo for the spot unless Tite averts from his preferred 4-3-3 system.

De Futebol – Flamengo and River Plate tie Nil-Nil in Group 4 of The Copa Libertadores!

Flamengo and River Plate tied nil-nil in Group Four of the Copa Libertadores.

Globo Esportes:” Ao ver o River Plate ter o controle da posse da bola durante todo o jogo desta quarta-feira, no Monumental de Núñez, restava ao Flamengo ser preciso nas poucas chances que criou. Mas não foi o que aconteceu. Com o empate de 0 a 0, o rubro-negro teve que se contentar com segunda colocação do Grupo 4 da Libertadores. Com isso, a partida de volta das oitavas de final será fora de casa. E o que é pior: Lucas Paquetá, que não teve boa atuação, recebeu o terceiro amarelo e está suspenso para a partida de ida, ainda sem adversário definido.

— Sabíamos que o jogo seria muito difícil. Jogamos de igual para igual com o River, mas pecamos na finalização — analisou Vinícius Júnior.

Suspenso por ter sido expulso contra o Emelec, no Maracanã, Maurício Barbieri não estava na área técnica em Buenos Aires. O auxiliar Maurício Souza ocupou seu lugar. Mas as principais ausências estavam dentro do gramado, sem Réver e Juan, machucados, e Diego, suspenso com três cartões amarelos. Se o meia não vive grande fase, sem ele a equipe foi ainda pior e não teve um jogador que assumisse a responsabilidade para armar.

O resultado foi uma equipe incapaz de organizar jogadas. Aos 40 minutos do primeiro tempo, o River Plate chegou a ter 69% da posse de bola. Durante toda a partida, o número foi superior a 60%. Enquanto isso, o Flamengo buscava lançamentos em Vinícius Júnior. O atacante leou seus marcadores ao desespero em alguns momentos, mas, longe da área, não chegava a ser perigoso.

O domínio da bola não significou um massacre dos donos da casa. O River assustou por duas vezes nos primeiros 90 segundos, uma delas em chute de Scocco, mas a melhor chance foi aos 42. Após cruzamento de Fernández, Scocco pegou de primeira e a bola saiu rente à trave.

Mesmo sufocado, o rubro-negro também chegou. Aos 7, Éverton pegou um rebote e arriscou o chute da meia-lua. Já na pequena área, com o goleiro batido, Vinícius tentou desviar a bola para as redes, mas acabou atuando de zagueiro e isolando pela linha de fundo. Na última jogada, aos 46, Rodinei chegou com liberdade à linha de fundo e cruzou forte. Na área, Rhodolfo, Léo Duarte e Vinicius se esticaram, mas não conseguiram desviar para o gol.

Após o intervalo, o River voltou com a estratégia de sufocar o adversário. No primeiro minuto, Scocco chutou cruzado e quase marcou. Aos 8, em bola levantada por Éverton Ribeiro, a camisa de Rhodolfo foi segurada na área. Ele desabou no chão, mas o juiz uruguaio Andrés Cunha deixou seguir. Aos 24, Henrique Dourado recebeu passe de Vinícius Júnior e chutou por cima do gol.

O jogo seguia já sem grandes pretensões de ambos os lados quando, aos 33, Diego Alves fez uma lambança. Ao receber a bola, ele dominou errado e a bola sobre para Borré, que, para sorte do goleiro rubro-negro, escorregou. Aos 44, na última chance, o River fez boa jogada e Mora acertou a trave.

De Futebol Hated foes Flamengo – Vasco tie one all!

Flamengo and hated rival Vasco tied one all.

Globo Esporte:” Muito antes do apito final de Ricardo Marques Ribeiro, o clássico entre Flamengo e Vasco tinha desenho claro no Maracanã. Com mais qualidade – e mais responsabilidade na defesa da liderança -, o Rubro-Negro buscaria espaço na forte marcação do time de Zé Ricardo.

Sem mistério, o Vasco procuraria o contra-ataque. O empate por 1 a 1 não teve grandes chances de gol e seguiu o script. Com o resultado, o Flamengo foi ultrapassado pelo Atlético-MG – 13 pontos, contra 11 dos cariocas. Os dois se enfrentam no próximo sábado, em Belo Horizonte.

Foi trocando passes na intermediária ofensiva – o que pouco conseguiu fazer na partida – que o Flamengo chegou ao gol, aos 13 minutos, com Vinicius Junior. Éverton Ribeiro chutou e Martín Silva espalmou nos pés do camisa 20 do Rubro-Negro. O primeiro gol do garoto no Maracanã – o 14º dele com a camisa rubro-negra e o décimo na temporada. A jovem estrela rubro-negra é o artilheiro do ano no Fla.

Diego Alves sofre gol depois de 616 minutos

Com mais imposição física do que técnica e habilidade, o time de São Januário arrancou logo o empate numa arma que incomodou a defesa do Flamengo. Na cobrança de escanteio – foram nove para os vascaínos, o triplo dos rubro-negros, na primeira etapa -, Wagner aproveitou desvio de Rios e tirou a invencibilidade de 616 minutos de Diego Alves sem sofrer gol.

Mesmo com a bola na maior parte do tempo – 63% de posse com o Flamengo -, o time de Barbieri teve dificuldades para criar. Vinicius tentava e era quem dava as melhores opção, bem aberto pela esquerda. Éverton Ribeiro também se mexeu demais e até recuou para armar, mas os dois eram marcados de perto por um a dois adversários.

De acordo com números do Footstats, foi a partida que o Flamengo menos finalizou a gol – apenas em três oportunidades. Outros cinco arremates foram para fora – numa partida de 30 levantamentos na área do Rubro-Negro e nenum perigo.

Foi também o menor índice de desarmes do time de Barbieri na competição, com 11 roubadas de bola. O esquema de jogo vascaíno confundiu a marcação do Flamengo. Com o contra-ataque a seu favor, Thiago Galhardo, Wagner e Andrés Rios, que saía muito da área, encontravam espaços pelo meio da defesa.

O Rubro-Negro viu Thiago Galhardo tentar de bicicleta e em chute sob pressão de Rhodolfo, além de Pikachu, após infiltração na área. A melhor chance do Flamengo foi nos pés de Lincoln, após Marlos Moreno tocar para trás, depois de ligação direta da defesa. Era pouco para o então líder do Brasileiro, que enfrentava um adversário com a defesa mais vazada do país entre os times da Série A – agora, são 47 gols em 30 partidas.

De Futebol Wolves Promoted!

Wolverhampton is promoted to the EPL.

The Daily Mail:” Wolves’ players were given a heroes welcome as they enjoyed an open top bus parade to mark promotion to the Premier League.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side stunned rivals this season with their impressive performances and were deserved title winners, finishing the campaign with 99 points.

With the curtain coming down on the season on Sunday, Wolves supporters lined the streets in their thousands to catch a glimpse of their idols and the new piece of silverware.

A rare defeat on the final day – a 3-0 defeat to relegated Sunderland – could do little to dampen the atmosphere in the city on Monday as attention turned to the carnival celebrations ahead.

The route began next to the art gallery at noon before heading past Waterloo Road and through to West Park where an estimated crowd of 30,000 waits to celebrate with the squad.

Speaking to Sky Sports News on top of the bus, boss Espirito Santo said: ‘Now we have to celebrate and then we rest then we think of targets for next season. The competition finished only yesterday.

‘It’s always different. I have experienced many moments but this is really special for everybody, it means a lot.

‘It’s about the players, the squad and the way they helped each other. It doesn’t have a name. The players had a task and they helped each other achieve that task.’

Diogo Jota added: ‘Unbelievable feeling. I think for a team to be champion you have to have something special and our group is a family and we achieve this together.

‘It means a lot for me (to play in the Premier League). I always watch the Premier League on the TV in Portugal and next season I will accomplish a dream.’

Many supporters were pictured with Portuguese flags to reference the cohort of new arrivals which have led the way to earn Premier League promotion.

Fans worked hard to get a vantage point of the celebrations and some resorted to standing on shop fronts and raised platforms to catch a glimpse.

Wolves will be joined in the Premier League by Cardiff next season as they secured automatic passage following a 0-0 home draw with Reading to ensure Neil Warnock’s eight promotion as a manager.

De Futebol Flamengo wins 2-0 over Emelec in Group Four in The Copa Libertadores

Flamengo defeated Emelec 2-0 in Group Four of the Copa Libertadores.

Globo Esportes:” Foi a primeira vez que a torcida rubro-negra pode ir ao Maracanã nesta Libertadores. E ela ficou aliviada duas vezes. Primeiro, por não ter tido problemas para entrar, sinal de que o novo esquema nos arredores do estádio funcionou. Dentro de campo, comandado por Éverton Ribeiro em noite inspirada, o Flamengo venceu o Emelec por 2 a 0 e garantiu a classificação antecipada para a fase de mata-mata. Há três Libertadores que o rubro-negro não chegava ao estágio eliminatório.

Na próxima quarta, em Buenos Aires, o time decide com o River Plate a primeira posição do Grupo 4. O time argentino pode empatar para manter a liderança. O Flamengo não contará com Diego, suspenso por cartões amarelos, nem com Maurício Barbieri na área técnica. O treinador foi expulso no início do segundo tempo ao reclamar a arbitragem.

O Flamengo entrou em campo com uma conta simples na cabeça: precisava somar os três pontos. Mas era o lanterna Emelec, que também precisava de uma vitória, o mais agressivo no início, com exceção de uma jogada esperta de Vinícius Júnior, em que finalizou por cima do gol após erro da defesa.

Com Orejuela, Preciado e Matamoros, o time equatoriano conseguia encontrar espaços para trocar passes e avançar. Se eram por vezes insinuantes, os visitantes não conseguiam brechas para finalizar com perigo ao gol de Diego Alves. Aos 8, o goleiro cortou um cruzamento que poderia complicar a vida do Flamengo.

Na troca de passes estava difícil para o time carioca agredir, com Diego mudando de um lado para outro em busca da bola na intermediária. O Flamengo, então, mudou a estratégia: foi ao apertar a saída de bola do adversário que o time de Barbieri provocou seguidos erros do Emelec, um time com força física, muita entrega, mas nem tanta técnica.

Lucas Paquetá era quem arriscava mais. Foi assim em chute de longe aos 16. Aos 23, o goleiro Dreer se esticou e salvou com o braço direito a cabeça de Juan. A bola ainda bateu na trave. O zagueiro voltaria a assustar aso 43, após cruzamento de Diego. Mais uma vez, na trave.

Depois de ir com um 0 a 0 para o vestiário, o rubro-negro voltou sem Juan, com dores. Ele foi substituído por Léo Duarte. Em três minutos de segunda etapa, a torcida pôde comemorar no Maracanã.

Como nos melhores momentos do primeiro tempo, a jogada começou com uma roubada, dessa vez de Renê, perto da linha que divide o campo. Em lance com Vinícius Júnior e Diego, a bola sobrou na área. Éverton Ribeiro, que já havia arriscado finalizações antes, acertou em cheio e estufou a rede.

A torcida comemorava quando, aos 11, o mesmo Éverton chutou o chão e permitiu um contra-ataque. O Emelec foi com perigo, mas o chute de Luna terminou em defesa de Diego Alves. Já aos 39, o goleiro rubro-negro salvou uma finalização de Preciado.

Com Jonas no lugar de Diego e Marlos Moreno no de Henrique Dourado, o Flamengo teve suas chances de ampliar. E a torcida finalmente pode se tranquilizar quando, aos 46, Éverton Ribeiro — disparado o melhor em campo — marcou gol em precisa cobrança de falta.

Antes de enfrentar o River Plate, o Flamengo tem mais um desafio, dessa vez pelo Brasileiro, em que briga para permanecer na liderança. No sábado, às 19h, no Maracanã, o adversário é o Vasco.

De Futebol Cardiff City promoted to the EPL!

Cardiff City won the Championship so up next a little trip the EPL next season.

The Guardians Nick Miller:” Aday after Stoke City, a team who used to revel in their status as unpopular underdogs, were relegated from the Premier League, it was fitting that Cardiff City sealed promotion.

Most seasons the Championship throws up an unexpected success story, a team that scraps its way towards the top of the table as everyone waits for the bubble to burst. Last season it was Huddersfield and Reading, the season before that Sheffield Wednesday.

This time it has been Cardiff but, while the teams in previous years have managed to cling on and claim a play-off place, the Bluebirds are up automatically, trailing only the juggernaut of Wolves. A decent season for Cardiff would have been a top-half finish. Top six looked achievable but very ambitious. This has been utterly extraordinary.

And in a way it is all thanks to the Rotherham chairman, Tony Stewart. Back at the start of 2016 Neil Warnock, his enthusiasm for the game dimmed and mind elsewhere after his wife Sharon was diagnosed with cancer, was not really looking to get back into management. But he was invited to a Rotherham game and eventually persuaded by Stewart to take over and save them from relegation. He duly achieved that but, more importantly for Cardiff, it reignited his taste for management and, more specifically, for an eighth promotion, something no other manager has done.

Cardiff are the fourth club Warnock has taken to the top flight, something no other manager has done. While it is always handy to take what the 69-year-old says with a soupcon of salt, given his team were second-bottom when he took over last season, one can believe it when he says this is his greatest achievement “by an absolute mile”.

They finished the season on 90 points, three more than when they were last promoted in 2013. That year it was enough to win the Championship. It is also their highest tally since three points for a win was introduced in 1981, the second-highest ever if the 1947 Division Three South winners’ total is adjusted accordingly.

It is all the more remarkable considering the teams they have finished above. Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Fulham all have the financial means to augment their squads with Premier League quality players. Cardiff have spent money – Gary Madine somehow cost them £6m in January – but their success has not been based on it.

Their best performers have essentially been reclamation projects, unpolished gems and those unwanted elsewhere. Junior Hoilett was signed on a free transfer, as was Sol Bamba. Sean Morrison was discarded by Reading four years ago. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing was signed from Rochdale. The goalkeeper Neil Etheridge came in from Walsall. Callum Paterson was bought as a right-back but converted into a midfielder. One could go on.

This has been the source of Warnock’s strength this season and indeed down the years. He excels in bringing together jigsaw pieces that do not fit and making sense of them. It has been one of the most extraordinary examples in recent years of making a team more than the sum of its parts.

Warnock’s methods are not especially complicated, broadly based on team spirit and bonding, and an underrated aspect of it is how he has managed the expectations placed upon them. When promotion started to look plausible, then likely, with pressure theoretically growing, Warnock emphasised that, even if they had to go through the play-offs, it did not matter too much because they had already had a great season.

Then there is their rather straightforward style of play. What constitutes entertaining football is entirely subjective, and the unattractiveness of Cardiff’s football this season has been exaggerated by some. They do have decent ball-players in their team and will almost certainly buy some more, but this is not a side who will win prizes for aesthetics.

Only Burton, who were relegated, Bolton and Millwall had a lower possession rate. Nobody played fewer passes, nobody completed fewer passes and nobody played fewer passes in the opposition half. Nobody won more aerial duels, nobody had more efforts on goal from set pieces, only Bolton committed more fouls. In short a Premier League fan unfamiliar with Cardiff should not prepare to like them.

The question now is whether Cardiff can translate this success to the top flight. Their style of play should not be a problem in that respect: it is not a million miles away from Burnley’s, whose achievements Warnock has said he would like to emulate.

For now, though, this is a good enough achievement. As an image to sum up how extraordinary this promotion is, consider the sight of Vincent Tan, formerly one of the most hated owners in football, being carried shoulder high by Cardiff fans after the 0-0 draw with Reading that confirmed their promotion on Sunday. Cardiff in the Premier League could well be rather fun.”