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12 May 18:14

Tottenham still aspires to finish in fourth place in the Premier League, synonymous with qualifying for the next Champions League, after beating their direct rival Arsenal 3-0 this Thursday, who played with 10 for almost an hour due to the expulsion of Rob Holding (33), in a postponed match from matchday 22 of the English championship.

With this victory, the ‘Spurs’ (5th) reach 65 points and are placed just one behind the ‘Gunners’ (4th) with two games to finish the championship.

Antonio Conte’s team also has a better goal difference (+23 vs. +11), a criterion that would decide the classification in the event of a tie between the two.

In the last two days, Mikel Arteta’s team will have to visit Newcastle and host an Everton team that can play for permanence, while Tottenham will play against Burnley (17th) and the already relegated Norwich.

In a game marked by the expulsion of Holding, who saw a second yellow card after knocking down the South Korean Son Heung-min, the ‘Spurs’ decided with a double by their captain Harry Kane (22 penalties and 37) and another by Son (47 ).

The end of the season will be a litmus test for Arsenal, the youngest team in the entire championship, as they seek to return to Europe’s top club competition after a six-year absence.

– An hour with 10 –

As could be expected from the always hot ‘North London Derby’, in the first 20 minutes Tottenham put Arsenal under overwhelming pressure until the ‘Gunners’ ended up cracking.

In a cross from Sweden’s Dejan Kulusevski, Cedric Soares knocked down Son to avoid the South Korean’s shot and the referee awarded a penalty converted by Kane at 1-0 (22).

The goal ended up unhinging Arteta’s team, unable to come out with the ball played, and which was also reduced to 10 due to Holding’s expulsion.

Three minutes later, a lateral free kick was cleared by the Uruguayan Rodrigo Betancur and Kane made it 2-0 with a shot from the plate (37).

And Son ended any hint of suspense for the second half by getting the third as soon as he returned from the locker room, taking advantage of a rejection by the Brazilian central defender Gabriel (47).

The South Korean was later replaced by Conte and left the pitch visibly angry, despite the Italian coach trying to hug him.

“Obviously I always want to play, but what can I say? I have to accept it,” the Asian striker told Sky Sports channel.

Son, however, wanted to downplay the issue. “We have an important game on Sunday and that was the reason (for the change). I’m not angry, just a little upset. We have to move on.”

London, United Kingdom. AFP


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Football in Paraguay

12 May 17:56

In Olympia there is no peace for a single day because of how the hand comes. This time, the president of the fringed institution, Miguel Cardona, acknowledged on Versus Radio on 970 AM that a new lawsuit is at the door. The Uruguayan coach, Álvaro Gutiérrez, who was from September to October last year, will sue the club for the days he worked and was not paid.

“It’s one more, I don’t know if it’s in FIFA and I have to discuss with my legal team how we deal with this,” said the fringed headline. The hiring of Gutiérrez and the coaching staff took place in the administration of Miguel Brunotte, last season.

The amount claimed by the Uruguayan trainer would be approximately 50 thousand dollarsimportant money considering the financial reality of the club.

Gutiérrez directed just five games in Olimpia, with three wins (two for the Paraguay Cup) and two losses.


Football in Paraguay

12 May 16:35

The CIES (International Center for Sports Studies) released its 75th report on the “export” of playershaving as object of study 135 leagues in the world, including 83 from Europe, 20 from Asia, 18 from South America, 10 from North America and 4 from Africa.

The study covers the last five years, from 2017 to May 1, 2022 and 2,198 clubs around the world were taken into account.

Obviously, the Paraguayan league was the object of study and one of the most worrying data is the very small number of transfers that have been made to European football in the last five years.

Only 9 footballers were transferred to European football, leading the list the Russian league, where there were 3 players. In the 5 great tournaments of the old continent, which are the elite of World football, only 4 sales appear, of which two went to Spain and two to England.

According to CIES, Paraguay occupies the fifth place in South America with the most transferred soccer players, but mostly on the continent itself and the favorite destination to “export” players is Argentine soccer, to which 26 soccer players have been in the First Division in recent years. .

Bolivia appears in second place, sharing with Mexico, the destination to which 14 soccer players were transferred to the highest category, Brazil appears further down, where 13 players were “exported”.

In a general analysis, Brazil continues to be the main exporter of soccer players. “However, after the peak registered in 2019, the number of Brazilians abroad fell for the third consecutive year,” the CIES study indicates.

The Brazil-Portugal connection constitutes the main migratory route of football from America to Europe. On May 1, 2022, 231 Brazilian footballers were playing in the first three Portuguese divisions. The following main migratory “bridges” link neighboring countries: England and Scotland or Wales, Argentina and Chile, France and Luxembourg, Belgium and England, as well as Croatia and Slovenia, among others.