Cheap Youth Manchester City FC Jersey From China Online For Sale

It was early in the second half of Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday and the Sky Sports pundit had just watched Ederson, City’s goalkeeper-cum-playmaker, send Riyad Mahrez through on goal with a stunning drilled pass from deep in his own half.

Mahrez was unable to take advantage on that occasion, his miscontrol allowing Bernd Leno to collect the loose ball. But less than two minutes later, with another nonchalant swing of his left boot, Ederson repeated the trick and Arsenal were not so lucky. The move ended with a red card for David Luiz, a penalty, and a second goal for City.

Ederson’s extraordinary passing range has become a feature of City’s play over the last three seasons. Never in Premier League history has a goalkeeper contributed so much to his side with the ball as well as without it. But if Ederson makes it look easy, it’s because, to him, one of the most freakishly talented goalkeepers in the game, it really is.

“I don’t practise it that much, maybe two or three times a week,” he tells Sky Sports with a shrug, speaking via video call following a morning recovery session at City’s Etihad Campus headquarters. “It’s a natural skill that I have, to hit long balls, so I don’t need to practise it every day.”

Ederson’s ball-playing ability famously prompted Sean Dyche to say it was “like having Ronald Koeman in goal” after a meeting at Turf Moor in 2018. Last year in Brazil, he scored twice while playing as an outfield player in a charity match. At City, he is regarded as the best penalty-taker at the club – “sometimes I practise them on my own after training,” he says – and comfortably holds his own in the warm-up rondos.

So, would he back himself to step into midfield? “When I play with my friends, I always play as a midfielder,” says Ederson. “I could do it, but not here at City. We already have lots of good midfielders in the team. It’s only jokes, but if one day there is an opportunity, who knows?”

He utters the last line with a grin, but City could do a lot worse.

Ederson started out in football as a full-back, after all, and traces his technical prowess back to his footballing beginnings on the futsal courts of his native Sao Paulo. “I think futsal helped me a lot when I was 11 or 12 years old,” he says. “It helped me to think quicker and look for the passing lines. I think I managed to move those lessons to 11-a-side football.”

It certainly looks that way at City and the statistics bear it out. This season, Ederson boasts a higher passing accuracy rate than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League – over both short and long distances. He has been involved in the most passing sequences leading to shots – and tops the goalkeeper rankings for passing sequences leading to goals too.

For Guardiola, it is all part of a vision into which Ederson, a £35m signing from Benfica in 2017, fits perfectly. The 26-year-old is an outstanding goalkeeper, with cat-like reflexes and an impressive command of his area, but he is required to be much more than that under Guardiola.

“The role of a goalkeeper in Pep’s team is like the 11th outfield player on the pitch, in terms of the build-up, the pressing,” says Ederson. “I think it’s more difficult. There is a bigger responsibility because you can’t afford to make any mistakes. If you do, it probably ends in an opposition goal.”

It happened that way in City’s final game before the lockdown, when Ederson’s misplaced throw allowed Scott McTominay to seal a 2-0 win for Manchester United at Old Trafford.

It was not the first time he has erred and it will not be the last.

“The goalkeeper needs to be ready for that,” he says. “I’m always ready for anything. I’m aware that I’m not going to be able to play all the games at the highest level, I’m going to make mistakes sooner or later, but I try to stay calm and keep my sense of responsibility at the highest level possible.”

Besides, Ederson’s is a risk-taker by nature.

When he’s not squeezing passes between opposition forwards in his own box or landing long balls on the width of a postage stamp 70 yards upfield, he is haring off his line to sweep up danger. It resulted in a sickening collision with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane in only his fourth game for City in 2017, and against Arsenal on Wednesday he crashed into City team-mate Eric Garcia in similar circumstances.

Garcia avoided serious injury – “thanks to God,” says Ederson – but despite what he describes as a “big scare”, the goalkeeper will not be reining in his instincts. “It’s good adrenaline,” he says, “and it’s good pressure when you pass the ball between the defenders and yourself and you see the opposition strikers pressing, trying to block the passing lines.”

Ederson relishes playing the Guardiola way and his importance to City can hardly be overstated. In the last three years, he has played a crucial role in two Premier League title wins and six domestic cup triumphs. This season, he could yet add another FA Cup and a Champions League to that list of honours.

It is no coincidence that the side’s true transformation under Guardiola coincided with Ederson’s arrival in 2017, when he replaced Claudio Bravo as No 1, but it is the man in the dugout who has made it all possible and Ederson is indebted to him for taking his game to another level.

“He is a great manager who sees football in another way,” says Ederson. “He lives football and breathes football. The way he thinks about the game is completely different to other managers. He has helped me a lot, but not only me, the rest of my team-mates too.

“You can tell he implanted a style of play in all of us and in the club, so we don’t need much time to practise our football style because we have been playing it for a long time now.

“Of course, it took time for him to make his mark, but when he did it, the team started performing at a great level. You need to train a lot of things to keep that level, but I think the team has already acquired the style of play he wanted to implement.”

It certainly seems to come naturally to Ederson, but things have not always been so straightforward for him.

He grew up in Osasco, a sprawling suburb of Sao Paulo with high rates of poverty and violence, and began his footballing career in the youth ranks of Sao Paulo FC. Ederson made his switch from full-back to goalkeeper there and spent four years travelling two hours each way, on several different buses, in order to get to training – only to be let go at the age of 15.

He contemplated quitting altogether.

“I had a tough time when I left Sao Paulo,” he says. “I was disheartened about football and spent about a month and a half without playing. It affected me a lot, I didn’t know whether I wanted to carry on or not, but I had the support of my parents, who encouraged me to go back to school, to go back to training with my friends.

“Thank God, I managed to turn the situation around.”

Ederson was offered the chance to join Benfica and made the move to Portugal when he was still only 16. Two years later, however, he was let go from there as well, required to prove himself elsewhere before Benfica signed him back from Primeira Liga rivals Rio Ave in 2015.

“In life, it’s not all winning,” he says. “There is losing too. There are sad days too. And even on sad days, no matter how difficult the circumstances are, you need to try to keep your focus and determination at a high level to chase your dreams.”

Ederson believes the adversity strengthened his resolve, and his history of moving from place to place in pursuit of his dream equipped him with the adaptability and determination to hit the ground running when, after only a season and a half as Benfica’s first-choice goalkeeper, he arrived in England to take the same position at Manchester City.

“I left my parent’s home early in my life to chase my dreams,” he says. “I think going to Portugal when I was still only 16 helped me a lot in my growth. I learned to look at things in a different way. I had responsibilities very early. It helped me a lot then, and again when I moved here.

“It’s also a championship I had always dreamt of playing in. So, on the one side, I had the passion of always wanting to play in the Premier League, and on the other side, I was the young guy who left his home early. Both factors have been essential in understanding my performances for Manchester City.”

Ederson conceded just 49 goals in 74 appearances in his first two seasons in the Premier League, keeping 36 clean sheets in the process, and while his third has been more difficult, with Liverpool racing clear of City at the top of the table, Guardiola’s men have already won the Community Shield and Carabao Cup and there are still big targets to aim for.

First, there is the FA Cup, with a quarter-final against Newcastle to come later this month.

“It’s a great tournament,” says Ederson. “The final is really cool. We had that experience last season. You see Wembley divided in two, with fans from both sides. It’s a great celebration and, on top of that, it’s another trophy that can end up in our cabinet and is very important to us.”

Then, of course, there is the Champions League. If upheld, City’s European ban will deny them the chance to win it in the next two years. But this season they are well placed to reach the last eight having beaten Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie at the Bernabeu in February.

“The club has been trying to win it for some time,” adds Ederson. “It’s the only trophy we haven’t won. I hope we get a good result in the game against Real Madrid and we go through. We go game by game and never think too much ahead because you can lose focus. But of course, we have the ambition to win that competition.”

Ederson is approaching the challenges ahead with typical enthusiasm, and it helps that he feels so content with life in Manchester. “My wife loves the city, my daughter goes to school here and my son is going to start soon,” he says, smiling. “We are well settled in the city and at the club.”

He certainly looks at home on the pitch, and it is there, surrounded by the empty stands of football’s post-lockdown landscape, that Ederson will continue to drive this Manchester City side forward. Expect more “scandalous” passes and hair-raising risks when the action continues.

Wholesale Real Madrid CF Jersey Cheap Discount Free Shipping

We are in for an interesting end to what has been a strange season so far.

Real Madrid began their pursuit of winning ’11 finals’ with a 3-1 triumph over relegation-threatened Eibar which set the tone for the Men in White to challenge for silverware by the end of the season.

Looking at the patterns of how the season has panned out so far, here is a list of predictions for the rest of the season.

Courtois will win the Zamora Trophy

Thibaut Courtois has to be one of the success stories of this season (it was quite apparent he would turn his situation around but he still deserves the appreciation for not backing down).

The 2018-19 season was a big disappointment as the Belgian was unconvincing in his performances. The jinx continued as he failed to impress at the start of the 2019-20 season.

However, he has turned a corner and has been a big reason why Real Madrid is still in the title race. He has turned up big time with heroic saves and that has seen him concede just 17 goals in 25 La Liga appearances, having a goals-to-games ratio of 0.68, the lowest in La Liga.

Jan Oblak is the nearest competitor to Thibaut, having a goals-to-games ratio of 0.79. This would be the first time since Iker Casillas that a Real Madrid goalkeeper would be the recipient of a Zamora Trophy.

Courtois’ performances this season have not gone unnoticed, as the fans have applauded him and his recent form. Winning the Zamora Trophy would be a perfect individual accolade for him as a reward of his incredible performances.

Cheap AC Milan FC Jersey Outlet From China For Sale

The Federal Council of Italy’s Soccer Federation (FIGC) today announced that the women’s league, Serie A Femminile, will not after all be concluded and that no title will be assigned.

Nine points clear at the top of the standings, Juventus FC Women will qualify for next season’s Champions League alongside ACF Fiorentina who finished level on points with third-placed AC Milan based on a weighted algorithm which took into account how many games each team played at home and away in yet another definition of “sporting merit”.

Added onto points accumulated so far this season was an average of points, deferentially weighted for home and away matches, for each remaining game the teams had yet to play. Using this method, Fiorentina have qualified for the Champions League because they had five home matches remaining, AC Milan only had three, even though one of those was against Fiorentina. Orobica and Tavagnacco were relegated from Serie A to be replaced by Napoli and San Marino Academy from Serie B.

Last Thursday, FIGC President Gabriele Gravina guaranteed to commit €700,000 to the 12 Serie A sides from over €21 million generated by the Calcio Salva fund “for the recovery and completion of the 2019/20 season”. Ultimately this would not prove enough. Earlier in the day, the Association of Italian Players (AIC) published an open letter expressing their frustration with the situation. “The players are very confused today. We are not afraid to admit it. We weren’t, we were united in one thought in these months, now we are not. And this is because the wait generates doubts”.

Following several meetings on how best to move forward, the clubs could not come to a consensus on how to conclude the season which had six rounds to play. A final play-off round involving six of the twelve teams to be played on neutral territory was rejected as the AIC explained, “we do not see how sporting merit can be protected by a game mode that in our opinion would not guarantee true fairness. The players think this: either we all go out on the pitch or no one goes down there”.

Only a few of the teams had resumed training many players were not keen to resume playing matches. The club’s doctors were doubtful about the applicability of the medical protocol and felt that the players would need more than a month of preparation before they would be ready to play. The AIC went on, “We were told that there was a will to try and keep us going so as not to spoil the beautiful path that women’s football was doing in our country. Open to any solution, we made ourselves available to understand if there were the appropriate conditions to continue”.

“While we waited and worked on a recovery, however, the true reality of our sport also emerged today. The emergency has in fact highlighted all the fragility of a still immature but promising system that has been growing in recent years and that has had to face a dramatic and very serious situation”.

In a statement, Gravina today conveyed his regret at the decision. “We decided, I’m sorry, to suspend the women’s football championship. As far as I’m concerned it’s a negative note. It would have been beautiful for the whole movement to give equal dignity to the girls regarding the conclusion at least of the most important championship “.

President of the Women’s League, Ludovica Mantovani described the cancellation of the league as “a painful decision” and vowed to get “immediately to work to plan the new season”.

“Unfortunately, despite everything, the positions taken by the clubs have remained highly fragmented and on the footballers’ side there is no clear and compact front in wanting to play today”. The AIC while saying “we do not comment on the continuation or otherwise of this season” also expressed their hope that the situation could bring about lasting change. “We also believe that the real opportunity that has emerged in recent months, or perhaps a need that can no longer be postponed, is to push this system upwards”.

“It is time to guarantee the right protection for all players – professional status and real conditions of professionalism”.

Cheap Sevilla FC Jersey Online Discount Wholesale

The new deal will see the Jangwani Street-based side benefit in their quest to transform the club into a force in Africa

Young Africans (Yanga SC) have officially started on the road to transforming the club by signing a consultancy agreement with La Liga.

The historic deal which was signed on Sunday in the presence of former Tanzania President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete will help provide counsel to the Tanzanian giants in its transformation and development process.

According to a signed statement obtained by Goal after the deal was signed, La Liga’s consulting work with Yanga will be carried out with the support of Sevilla FC, a leading La Liga Santander team that will contribute its strategic vision to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of Yanga‘s resource management and complete its evolution into a leading club in Tanzania.

The agreement was signed on Sunday in Dar es Salaam following several months of negotiations. Yanga President Msindo Msholla and Hersi Ally Said, of GSM Group, signed the agreement in person while Oscar Mayo represented La Liga.

La Liga will be tasked with providing a global vision of the football industry from its position of being regarded as one of the best leagues in the world, while Sevilla will offer its advice as an internationally renowned club with their business model.

La Liga President Javier Tebas welcomed the new marriage by stating: “We are very proud to be involved in the club’s development since the strategic consultancy service that we are going to offer Yanga will be tailor-made and will also have the support of Sevilla.”

Yanga boss Msholla said: “It is a new dawn for this great club of Tanzania as we venture into transforming ourselves into a respected club across Africa. We are very happy that the deal is now sealed and we now look forward to making the partnership a great success.”

Former Yanga President Kikwete, who also supports Yanga, termed the new deal as a new dawn for the club.

“I am very excited to be here, to witness one of the historic moments for this great club that I have supported since my childhood. I had to make sure that I attend the ceremony because I knew it was aimed at improving the standards of the club and now we should use the deal to the maximum and make sure we become a force to reckon with in Africa.”

Liverpool FC clash against Atletico Madrid ‘directly contributed to coronavirus deaths’

Liverpool’s Champions League match against Atletico Madrid and Cheltenham Festival ’caused increased suffering and death’, the scientist leading the UK’s largest Covid-19 tracking project has said. Data gathered from millions of volunteers found coronavirus ‘hotspots’ shortly after both sporting events held in March where thousands of spectators packed together despite the threat posed by coronavirus already evident across the world. While the government has said many factors could influence cases in a particular area, professor Tim Spector – who runs the Covid-19 Symptom Study at King’s College London – said rates of cases locally ‘increased several-fold’ following those two major events. Less than three months ago sport across the UK was continuing as normal, despite the impending threat. Spain had already introduced lockdown measures – closing schools and banning mass gatherings – when 3,000 Atletico Madrid fans flew into Liverpool, joining the 52,000-strong crowd at Anfield. Visit our live blog for the latest updates: Coronavirus news live On the day of the match – March 11 – the World Health Organisation officially declared coronavirus a pandemic. Despite this, Boris Johnson was still telling the public in early March that people should ‘as far as possible, go about business as usual’. Sports governing bodies in the UK were taking their cue from the Prime Minister, who himself watched the Six Nations rugby match between England and Wales at Twickenham on March 7.

In Ireland, where St Patrick’s Day events had already been cancelled, they took a different approach. A forthcoming Six Nations match in Dublin had already been postponed, as had the Chinese Grand Prix and football matches in then-epicentre northern Italy. Just 24 hours before Cheltenham Festival opened its gates in Gloucestershire on March 10 to 250,000 spectators, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the BBC: ‘There’s no reason for people not to attend such events or to cancel them at this stage.’ Prof Spector has now told the broadcaster, ‘people will have probably died prematurely’ because of the decision. BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme has seen data from the last week of March that shows Liverpool and Cheltenham were among the areas with the highest number of suspected cases. The figures, from the Covid-19 Symptom Study, show an estimated 5-6% of the population, aged 20 to 69, had symptoms in those two regions. The King’s College research draws on information uploaded by more than three million volunteers around the UK, who use a phone app to submit daily reports identifying whether they have any of the 15 symptoms associated with Covid-19.

It is not in any way connected to the government’s contact-tracing app, which is being trialled in the Isle of Wight. The Jockey Club has previously defended the decision to go ahead with Cheltenham, telling the Guardian on 2 April that it had followed ‘clear and ongoing guidance’ from the government and science experts. It added: ‘We promoted the latest public health advice and introduced a range of additional hygiene measures at the event, including hundreds of hand sanitiser dispensers and extra wash basins.’ In Liverpool a day after Cheltenham opened, around 3,000 visiting fans were allowed to mingle in bars and restaurants before the Champions League game, despite the fact Madrid was the epicentre of the outbreak in Spain, and at that point accounted for almost half of the country’s confirmed cases. Liverpool supporter Joel Rookwood, who has been ill for eight weeks, believes he caught coronavirus at the match, telling the BBC: ‘The celebrations were some of the most physical that I’ve experienced. People were jumping all over each other.’ Prof Spector said: ‘I think sporting events should have been shut down at least a week earlier because they’ll have caused increased suffering and death that wouldn’t otherwise have occurred.’ In a statement, the government said: ‘There are many factors that could influence the number of cases in a particular area, including population density, age, general health, and the position of an area on the pandemic curve.’

Eric Dier thinks Tottenham could already have the next Glenn Hoddle at the club

With some of the Premier League’s greatest players beginning to forge careers in the dugout, such as Frank Lampard at Chelsea, Mikel Arteta at Arsenal and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United – it’s time to turn attention to which current players may be the next to step into the manager’s suit.

And they too may one day return to the clubs where they once played – as seems to be the fashion these days.

At Tottenham, only Glenn Hoddle and Tim Sherwood have taken the job having been former players since the turn of the century – and both flattered to deceive in their short spells in the White Hart Lane dugouts.

Daniel Levy will hope that, in a few years time, he will be able to pick up the phone to one of the following players to give them the top job at Spurs.

Jan Vertonghen

One of Spurs’ most senior and most revered players, Vertonghen joined the club in 2012 from Ajax and has provided some incredible memories in the Lilywhite kit. With his contract up in the summer and his age beginning to show, Vertonghen must have started to think about life outside the white lines. However, his leadership, intelligence, passion and hunger show that the next stage of his career may lie not too far from the touchline.

According to Eric Dier, Vertonghen feels this is “impossible” but the Englishman added that “he has all the ingredients for it – he loves football, he’s always watching football and he’s just got that profile – he’s intelligent, speaks well and everyone respects him. He looks like a manager, he’s got the haircut and everything.”

If Vertonghen chooses to take up management, he would be more than welcome back at Spurs as an academy coach to learn his trade – as so many have done over the years, including Ledley King, Ryan Mason, the aforementioned Sherwood, Les Ferdinand and more.

Should he develop, Tottenham fans would love to see ‘Super Jan’ one day manage the club to glory.

Hugo Lloris

As Spurs’ captain and leader, this speaks for itself. While Lloris is quiet and reserved, much is made of his influence within the changing room and his approach with his teammates – old and young. With his CV as World Cup winning captain for France added into the mix, the 32 year-old has got the leadership aspect tied up.

On top of this, Lloris was a close friend of Mauricio Pochettino during the Argentine’s time at Spurs, and the two were often seen speaking during training sessions along with Pochettino’s staff – with Lloris almost an added member of the staff.

A move to becoming a goalkeeping coach would make a lot of sense, but there’s no reason why the Frenchman can’t become a manager too. Examples of goalkeepers becoming managers are notoriously few and far between but Nuno Espirito Santo of Wolves has shown that the path is one that can be tread.
Harry Kane

Another obvious choice – Kane, in the eyes of some, is Spurs’ de facto leader – and assumes the captain’s armband in Lloris’ absence. The poster boy for the club and a player well on course to legendary status – Kane is also captain of England. His leadership qualities have been spoken of by both club and country colleagues, and his ability to lead by performance and setting the standard is obvious to all who have the fortune of watching him.

Now approaching 27, Kane’s thoughts must slowly be moving towards his future career – and he has in fact stated a desire to become an NFL kicker upon retiring as a ‘soccer’ player.

Beyond that, though, there’s no reason why Kane can’t become a coach. Upon seeing Duncan Ferguson bursting up and down the touchline during Everton’s win over Chelsea in December, many Spurs fans dreamt of that one day being their superstar.

Ben Davies

A left-field shout, but Davies is regarded by a few of the players at Spurs as the most intelligent member of the squad – though that may be down to the fact that he ‘reads’, according to Dele Alli who said, “I don’t know if he actually is (a bookworm) but he comes across to me as if he would sit alone and read a book.”

Harry Winks also said similarly, “He just knows everything. If I sit down and have a conversation, it could be about politics, he just knows everything.”

In the same feature with Soccer AM, Dier said, “Smart guy. He looks smart, sounds smart, I think he genuinely is smart!”

On top of such glowing reviews, Davies has shown the ability to play in three positions during his Spurs career – on the left of a back three, left back in a back four and left wing back in a back three/five. His tactical versatility will have been helped by working under Pochettino, Jose Mourinho, Brendan Rodgers and Chris Coleman during his club and Wales career – and he may be a dark horse to become a manager one day.

Cheap Real Madrid CF Jersey Wholesale Discount From China

Andriy Lunin made his third loan move in the winter transfer market, joining Segunda side, Real Oviedo. In Spain’s Asturias region, he has finally found continuity. Oviedo manager, Jose Angel Ziganda, immediately placed his trust in Lunin. The young goalkeeper has started all nine of their league fixtures since arriving in January. Despite having tough loan spells at Leganes and Valladollid, Lunin is still seen as one of the top goalkeeping prospects in the world. He spoke with AS about his future and a potential return to Real Madrid after the season ends.

“I prepare myself every day to play for Real Madrid. I will do everything that depends on me to succeed and we will see what happens,” he commented. “As for my future, everything depends on Madrid. They told me that I will finish the season with Oviedo, and then we will talk.”

Lunin’s sole focus now is avoiding relegation with Real Oviedo. The club sit just 1 point off of the four relegation positions — something unfathomable for a historic club who have predominately played in La Liga over their 94-year history.

Wholesale Paris Saint-Germain FC Jersey Cheap Free Shipping Online

German soccer is normally a riot of color and noise. No longer.

The Bundesliga season resumed Saturday with what German fans call “ghost games,” played without spectators, and in Dortmund it was hard to tell that the city’s beloved team was playing at all.

Instead of thousands of fans chatting and drinking beer outside the stadium, there were only a few locals out for a weekend bike ride as Borussia Dortmund hosted Schalke in a usually fierce local rivalry.

On the field, there were fireworks as Erling Haaland scored in a 4-0 win after two months of no games. Outside the stadium there was near silence. Passersby occasionally asked whether a game was actually going on.

Police relaxed as it became clear that fans wouldn’t gather outside — a concern for authorities ahead of the game — and potentially spread the virus.

“It is really very calm in the city and regarding the virus dangers I can only praise the Dortmunders and the fans,” police spokesman Oliver Peiler said.

The song “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” a favorite of Dortmund fans as well as Liverpool supporters, echoed around the stadium ahead of kickoff. It was so quiet that the starting whistle could be heard outside — unthinkable at a regular game.

The arena has an 81,000 capacity but league rules permit just 213 people, including players, to be inside for the game, none of them supporters. Players tried to keep contact to a minimum, even during celebrations and the traditional salute to the — now empty — stands at the final whistle.

In the city center ahead of the match, longtime Dortmund fan Marco Perz sat outside the German Football Museum in a jacket patched with club emblems. He said he hasn’t missed a home game since the 1990s.

“I’d normally be on the South Stand right now, in the yellow wall,” he said, referring to the vast terrace which underpins Dortmund’s reputation for passionate support. Now Perz is planning to watch the game with a friend over food and a beer. “The main thing is to see the game,” he added.

On the next street, face masks were on sale in Dortmund’s yellow and black, with the stallholder saying they were the most popular on offer.

Local authorities had pleaded with fans not to mass outside the stadium.

“Anyone who stands in front of the stadium because they want to follow the game has got it wrong,” Dortmund mayor Ullrich Sierau said Wednesday. “It’s an appeal to the good sense of all fans, and I’m sure that the fans of both Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund are sensible people.”

Dortmund fan Nicole Bartelt said she would stay away from the stadium — which she called “the temple” — in the hope of showing fans could be trusted to return sooner rather than later for games.

If fans gather, “we’ll end up waiting even longer to be back,” she said.

Police were spread along the road by the stadium in vans, on motorbikes and horseback. There have been clashes between fans at Dortmund-Schalke games before, but the police had little to do except remind TV crews to stand further away from each other as they filmed team buses arriving. One bus driver blasted out a Dortmund club song as he drove away.

Dortmund’s last game was in an empty stadium too, but with big crowds outside.

Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain supporters gathered outside the Parc des Princes as their team beat Dortmund in the Champions League on March 11.

Those scenes — and the decision of PSG players to sing along with the fans — showed that a game risks spreading the disease even without letting a single supporter into the arena. Similar scenes the same evening at a Bundesliga game between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Cologne caused concern.

During the following two days, the German, English, French and Spanish leagues all opted to suspend competition rather than play in empty stadiums, at least for the time being.

Cheap New Manchester United FC Jersey Wholesale From USA

Chelsea set to lose out on £60m target because he prefers a switch to Man United

Frank Lampard could be set to be disappointed in the summer transfer market, whenever that will be open for business, after it was revealed that one of his striking targets prefers a move to Manchester United.

The Daily Star note that the Red Devils are growing increasingly confident of being able to sign Lyon’s Moussa Dembele in a £60m deal, and have been chasing him for a year as they see the former Celtic man as the true successor to Romelu Lukaku, now at Inter.

Although Chelsea are also interested say the Daily Star, the outlet suggest that Dembele has made his feelings clear to the powers that be at the Old Trafford outfit.

With 16 goals and two assists in 27 games for Lyon according to Transfermarkt, the ability that the player could bring to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s front line is obvious, and the Norwegian will surely be encouraged to know that Dembele’s preference is to come to Manchester.

Given the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, now it’s down to United’s hierarchy to get the deal over the line and for the right price.

Cheap Manchester City FC Jersey From China Discount Sale

A Manchester City themed aircraft that was unveiled by Premier League stars in October has been converted into a cargo plane to collect frozen beef from Sudan during the coronavirus pandemic.

The eyecatching 787-9 Dreamliner, which is emblazoned with the Sky Blues’ crest and owned by Etihad, landed in Khartoum on Wednesday to pick up 24 tons of meat before jetting off again for the UAE.

No passengers were aboard the aircraft, which was launched as part of the Etihad fleet last year by players Leroy Sané and Karen Bardsley, as well as club legend Joleon Lescott.

Several photographs taken by onlookers show the Premier League-branded aeroplane standing at Khartoum airport while it was loaded up with beef before returning to the Gulf.

The Manchester City aeroplane normally functions as a regular passenger jet and is not used by the football team.

Etihad has a large cargo operation, but has been forced to repurpose some of its passenger fleet as freighters during the coronavirus pandemic, including the Man City jet.

There has been a spike in demand for freight aircraft because most passenger flights – which usually carry some cargo in addition to luggage – have been cancelled.

The flagship aircraft, which was given City colours last year to celebrate the club’s partnership with Etihad Airways, joined 21 other 787s and 787-10s to take on cargo duties.

It has already been used to transport freight to and from numerous destinations including Manila, Cairo, Brussels, Casablanca, Jeddah, Zurich and Delhi. The plane has carried many different cargoes, including food, medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and perishables.

Manchester City FC is owned by 49-year-old Sheikh Mansour, deputy prime minister of the UAE and half-brother of the Emerati leader Khalifa Al Nahyan.

The presence of the sky blue plane in Khartoum created some confusion last week, with media mistakenly reporting that it was flying UAE officials to Sudan for clandestine talks.

It was wrongly alleged that powerful Emirati National Security Adviser Tahnoon bin Zayed was secretly visiting the country to drum up support for Libyan rebel commander Khalifa Haftar.

The Sudanese military and government, which insist they are neutral on the Libyan civil war, furiously denied these claims, branding them ‘fake news’ and threatening to shut down media outlets responsible.

Up to 3,000 Sudanese mercenaries are thought to be fighting in Libya for the rebel forces against the UN-backed Government of National Unity (GNU).

Other reports erroneously suggested that the 234-seat Premier League-themed airliner was carrying humanitarian aid to the northeastern African nation.

According to transport documentation seen by MailOnline, there were four people aboard the plane: the pilot, co-pilot, an engineer and a dispatcher.

Meat products and live animals are among Sudan’s principal exports, with thousands of tons being sold to the UAE each year. This is thought to be the first time it has been delivered by a Manchester City airliner.