Super Frankie Lampard

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Watching Super Frankie in Blue jersey, since I started following Chelsea club, has always been a delight. I was in tears when Frankie scored against us during fall of the 2014-15 season. And It was no surprise for the world when he got a standing ovation from home supporter.  As I wrote my experience couple of years ago on Learnomics-  https://learnomics.me/football/chelsea-fc/lampard-returns-against-the-blues/

The famous No. 8 from England and one of the most successful midfielders of his generation has called out to hang up his boots yesterday. It was not happy moments for fans when he decided to leave the club in 2014 after Spending 13 years with Chelsea. Every time he scored, I celebrated like a crazy Chelsea fan and especially scoring against Barcelona in 2006  and Champions League match against Napoli in 2012. He always played it calmly on the field and was one of the most active players on the pitch during the game.

Lampard earned all the respect and trophies with Blues but has always been an underrated player in the world arena. His ability to play in midfield was amazing. He played in central position, attacking midfielder as well as a defensive midfielder. He and Drogba have been us so many moments to Chelsea fan that we would never forget. Even though he scored against Chelsea, I never thought of any bad thing about Frankie because he has given so many glorious moments to us that are unforgettable.

Watch the  Frank Lampard-

As he walks out of the pitch, I would be very happy to see him in the dressing room of Chelsea with young kids or with the senior team. All the best to Super Frank. More to Come here. Keep Reading.!!

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Weekend’s Frustration of a Sports Fan at home

I know that title of this post is boring but you can’t do anything if your teams gets defeated thrice in a single weekend. Last weekend was really one of them. I stayed at home to watch all the actions in Football, Formula-1 and our game of life(cricket) but that didn’t help my teams. We lost in all three of these 😦 😦 .

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First, I was hoping to watch our blues in full strength against West Ham on Saturday evening. We had good game by possession but to be honest we were looking dull.We could have played better football than this. Hard to see any co-ordination between our midfielders, defenders and strikers. We played with 10 players and without our managers (who was not near the line). We had a goal which was off-side. I won’t be surprised if Mourinho get sacked if things will remain same in next 2-3 matches. It has been 10 matches and we have just 11 points(this is worst than David Moyes). As a true fan of blues, I still have faith in our team we need to bring positive attitude. We need consistency in our game. Full credit to West Ham, at 4 in points table, for their energetic performance.

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Second, Formula-1 had  a busy Sunday after long time. Qualifying and race were in the same day and this was not easy for the teams as well as for the drivers to manage. I watched the qualifying but not the full race. After good qualifying results from my two favourite teams- Ferrari and Force India, I was expecting to win in this raining condition. But Kimi retired due to overheating of the break. I wonder what happened to Kimi after coming back to Ferrari. I don’t see that natural driving skills he used to possessed. He has the killer instinct but off course not the fastest car but every time i expect something from him but at the end it becomes zero. Any ways, It was good to see our champ(Vettel) on podium and at least one driver from force india(Perez) in Top 10. Vijay Mallya must be a happy man after this race. I don’t talk much about hamilton because i am not a big fan of him but yeah, congrats to him for becoming 3rd time world champion.

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Third, Cricket is my the favourite game. I play it and i used to follow it a lot but not since Sachin and Dravid left the game. But nevertheless, If it is a match of India then you don’t want to miss especially final match of a series. Sunday started well for me and after nice breakfast i sat in front of TV to watch this crucial match. I was not concentrating until all the fire works started. As soon as ABD came on the pitch and shown the quality of batting whole stadium started cheering for “ABD”, “ABD”. I was wondering on where is the magic of our “MSD”. I have a soft corner of south africans. They played really well. We bowled very poor and also missed 3 catches which could have been deciding factor. Even though pitch was looking good to bat but we didn’t even care to chase the humungous target. All the players except Rahane were thinking to hit the ball hard and not to play sensibly. In the end, we lost the game and whole Sunday went in to this. Congrats to South Africa for winning the series. Hoping that we will come back strong in the test series. Cheers.!!

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Lampard Returns against the Blues

It was a bit difficult game for both of the teams on the last weekend. Especially, Manchester city who were trailing 5 points over the blues. I settled myself at my friend’s place to watch this big game. Before this game started, while switching between channels on TV, I did get some time to watch Manchester United’s match and I, seriously(I am not kidding), could have beaten this united team in FIFA video game playing with world class level. I am sure all my friends who support Manchester united will never mind as they should agree on the fact that Manchester United played one of the worst game of the season.

Ok.So, the game started and Chelsea started defending attacks from Manchester city. City was keep pushing toward Chelsea’s half all the time with more than 70% of possessions with in 20 mins and 3 corners. But blue’s rock solid defense did very well. When second half started, we started getting good possessions and made some good chances. City went down to 10 men when zabaleta was shown red card to foul against costa and we didn’t waste time to take lead by fabulous display of pass among costa, hazard and then schurlle.

I was thinking that we will win it easily because we were now more defensive rather than attacking (costa did miss once during this tough time). Meanwhile, I was cooking pulav and heard from commentator that frank Lampard has been substituted then suddenly I came in front of TV to watch the reception. It was grand. It was warm. Indeed, a well-deserved reception for our remarkable Number 8 in the History. It was bit odd to see one of the players to play against the team you love and the played you loved. Yeah, I never had such moments. While watching cricket, I don’t think it will matter that for which team Sachin will play, it’s like I will support Sachin whichever team he will join. But, i tell you what, football is not that simple. It is crazy game and its passion.

So, the moment was not far which i couldn’t have dreamt. Lamps scored against us with superb flick and nobody can believe this. It was very emotional. I can’t express anything about the moment he scored. I would say just let it go. Lamps is a great player and we all love him but can’t hate him just a goal against us. He has given more than just a goal. Lamps will be remarkable always.

Watch  the Lampard Reaction after the match-

Money Game in English Football

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Watching Football games during free time is really exciting these days for me.  Though, I haven’t played football much but rather watch a lot. So, I follow English premier league to understand the different aspects of football. Its very common these days in metro cities that youngsters are getting attracted toward not only watching football but also playing on the field. In India, still no body thinks football as a career seriously.  In European and  american countries, children are encouraged to take sports as a career and full fill their aspiration. Nevertheless, things are gradually changing in India too and hopefully  we will win right to organize Club world cup in 2020. This would be a really inspirational for football fans. In Football, Money is one of the biggest driving factor for youngster. Money flows like water in club football these days. Spending money has never been an issue for any top clubs. According to Deloitte Money league report 2012, Real Madrid F.C is the top club in terms of revenue.

If you look at the above graph, One thing which strikes easily in your mind that 5 English clubs list in top 10 and Manchester United leads the EPL while Spanish clubs occupied 1-2 spot.

I will be focusing more on English clubs rather than others. To understand, how they generate huge revenue, look at the chart below which will give you idea about this.(Data Source-Deloitte Money league report 2012 )

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The total revenue for English Clubs, including all tier , has surpassed to 3 billion GBP  in 2012. 80% of this revenue is generated by top 20  English premier league teams.

In 2013, 669.4 Million GBP has been spent by Premier league clubs. Following graph presents distribution of this money for top 5 clubs.(Data Source-Deloitte Money league report 2012 )

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Spurs spent most money to buy world class player by selling the world most costliest player, G Bale. But this didn’t work for them as their  lackluster performance  shown exit door to the full time manager ABV.  Wise spending could have put them in to good position but it didn’t work for them.

Spending of Manchester city have been  showing fruitful outcome  as Negrado and Fernandinho boosted Manchester city title challenge.

Manchester United  has became the biggest looser of all after spending 28.5 Million GBP to buy Fellaini from Everton. He is one of the biggest flop transfer of the season. At this point of time, The most important thing is to qualify for Next year champions league. Manchester United  stands at 7th in EPL standing, 8 points adrift of current leader arsenal. If Manchester United fails to join top four and don’t win champions league then it will hurt their Balance sheet. Manchester United has always been in top  3 after new version of English Premier league started almost 20 years back.

Let’s talk in details about what if Manchester United fails to qualify for next year Champions League. UEFA gives 7.3 millions GBP for qualifying for the group stages matches. A win in each group stage match gives every team extra 850,000 GBP while a draw can heavy team’s pocket by 425,000 GBP. During 2011-2012 season, Manchester united fails to qualify for knockout round but still received almost 35 Million GBP from UEFA as a part of wining group stages and media rights.

David Moyes would be under heavy pressure to ensure than Manchester United never ever fails to qualify for Champions league if that happens then that would be the greatest disaster to  Manchester United  in terms of revenue.

During last ten years, English Football have seen a great rise in standard and commercial value. Many world class players have expressed their willingness to play in EPL and it remains the highly competitive among all European league. The teams are strangulating each other to reach with in top 4. During this season, Only 5 Points separates top 5 teams in EPL which is not in case in any top league in the world. Just few days before, The show was so close that just 2 points separated top 5 teams. Looking at the intensity of each match, It seems EPL will go to the last day of season to get a clear winner.

Chelsea F.C is my favorite  club team. I try to watch each and every game of my team if i get time to do so. Chelsea is one of the most popular UEFA clubs in recent times. Based on UEFA coefficient, Chelsea stands at 4th position based on last 8 years results behind Real madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Though, Chelsea has been gone through many ups and down after José Mourinho quit the club in 2007. But team still managed to stands on its reputation among fans and critics both.

According to  Deloitte Money league report 2012, Chelsea had a debt of almost 900 million GBP which is the most among EPL teams. The huge revenue year after year has lowered down this much of huge debt on the club. As Chelsea is the second most successful clubs after Manchester United in terms of revenue for last ten years.

 There are few days remaining for starting of winter transfer window. Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal must be looking to get the best from this transfer window. Let’s hope things are too competitive as like these days in EPL which keeps players as well as fan intact. Hoping for the best about my club and keep watching this space for more information about English Premier League.