Ex-Manchester City star, Vincent Kompany believes Liverpool defender, Virgil Van Dijk made the Merseyside less “vulnerable” and thus the greatest defender in Premier League history.
Van Dijk teamed up with Jurgen Klopp’s side in January 2018 from Southampton and has been a mainstay in the heart of Liverpool’s defence which saw them reaching the final of the Champions League the same year.
His contributions to the team in the following season was instrumental as the Premier League side claimed the Champions League crown and they are also on the verge of winning the domestic title this term.
Although Kompany, now a coach with Anderlecht, has played against defenders like Rio Ferdinand and John Terry in his time at the Etihad Stadium, the Belgian rates the Dutchman above them.
Van Dijk has been able to combine “old-school defending with a modern twist” and helped Liverpool push for honours on both domestic and European fronts, Kompany argued.
He explained that he has never seen Klopp’s side show the kind of “supremacy” they are exhibiting this year.
“It’s very difficult to have a player that has such a big impact at a big club,” the Belgian told BBC Football Focus. “He has brought back old-school defending with a modern twist – and I respect that.”
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A member of the House of Representatives, Mr Ben Ibakpa has claimed some Nigerian officials signed loan documents from China written in the Chinese language.
Mr Ibakpa said this on Thursday when he appeared on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, claiming that the National Assembly is not carried along when the country takes loans from China.
He claimed that some Nigerian officials do not critically look into the loan documents before signing, adding that, “Some of these documents come in the Chinese language”
According to the member representing Ethiope Federal Constituency, the National Assembly has been kept in the dark before now concerning the Chinese loans.
“The National Assembly is kept in the dark in all these loans. The National Assembly is not part of it. Even the Bureau for Public Procurement is not aware of these loans.
“These loans are collected via the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC). They bring a bill, the Federal executive approves the bill,” the lawmaker said.
He said the present administration, having campaigned with an anti-corruption mantra, should do better in checking these loans as corruption is fueled by awarding of contracts.
While admitting that the National Assembly may not have done the right thing over the years, he added that whatever has been done in the past that it is not correct, needs to be corrected.
Speaking concerning the 2020 budget, Ibakpa said little is known about how the money is being spent.
“We are talking about over N2 trillion appropriated for debt servicing. We appropriate and we don’t know how this money is being spent. That is why we need to look into what has been happening since 2002.”
Borussia Dortmund’s young stars Erling Braut Haaland and Jadon Sancho will be hunting more goals on Saturday in “the most unusual derby in history” against Schalke as the German Bundesliga returns behind locked doors.
Dortmund usually expect 82,000 spectators at Signal Iduna Park for a home derby, but the stadium will be near-empty with only a handful of media and officials admitted.
Even national team coach Joachim Loew will not be allowed in to watch his Germany players live on their return to action.
The coronavirus lockdown wiped out 20.5 million US jobs in April, destroying nearly all the positions created in the prior decade in the world’s largest economy, the Labor Department reported Friday.
The unprecedented collapse drove the unemployment rate to 14.7 percent — well beyond the peak hit in late 2009 during the global financial crisis — from 4.4 percent in March.
And job losses in March were worse than initially reported, falling 870,000 even though the business closures mostly happened in the second half of the month.
The plunge in nonfarm payroll employment was the largest ever recorded since 1939, while the jobless rate was the highest and the biggest increase since 1948, the report said.
Employment fell sharply in all major industry sectors, with particularly heavy job losses in leisure and hospitality, the first sector hit and the one bearing the brunt of the impact of the lockdowns.
However, the Labor Department noted that the some workers were misclassified in the report as employed when they should have been counted as laid off. Had they been listed properly, the unemployment rate would have been nearly five percentage points higher.
Football teams will be allowed to use five substitutes when play resumes after the coronavirus pandemic, the sport’s law-making body announced on Friday.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) said in as statement that it had agreed to a proposal by world governing body FIFA for a temporary change to the rules “to protect player welfare”.
Teams face likely fixture congestion in a packed calendar as they attempt to make up for lost time when play can resume.
The lay off is expected to have an impact on player fitness levels too.
It also said that competitions which were using video assistant referee (VAR) would be allowed to drop it for the time being.
The change will apply to competitions scheduled to be completed by 31 December of this year, although FIFA and IFAB left open the possibility that the period could be extended.
While teams will be able to make five substitutions, “to avoid disruption to the game, each team will only have three opportunities to make substitutions” as well as at half time or before extra time.
In competitions that allow an another replacement in extra time, teams will have an additional substitution opportunity.
The previous limit on outfield substitutes for top-level competitions has been three in regulation time.
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The IFAB said the change had been made “as matches may be played in a condensed period in different weather conditions, both of which could have impacts on player welfare.”
It added that “the decision on whether to apply this temporary amendment will remain at the discretion of each individual competition organiser.”
It said that, together with FIFA, it “will determine at a later stage whether this temporary amendment would need to be extended further.
That means the measure could be maintained for the whole of the 2020-21 season and right through to the next European Championship, which was postponed by a year until June and July 2021 because of the pandemic.
“If the measure is still in force, UEFA could then adopt it for the Euro,” a source said.
It remains to be seen if the measure could be left in place permanently, but doing so may play into the hands of the wealthiest clubs with the largest squads and greatest strength in depth.
The announcement comes a day after the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said it had proposed allowing teams in Spain to make five substitutions if matches resumed in the country.
Thursday’s statement said that it was the RFEF who raised the possibility of introducing the measure to FIFA “more than a month ago”.
The statement also said that La Liga chief Javier Tebas had shown support for the move, which takes a similar format to IFAB’s.
“With this proposal, the federation wants to go ahead and propose measures that favour the health of footballers,” said RFEF president Luis Rubiales.