Quarantine for Bayern Munich Supporters

Budapest is hosting the 2020 UEFA Super Cup, marking the 45th time this competition has been held. The involvement of two dominating clubs is required for the UEFA Super Cup, with the top team from UEFA Champions League & UEFA Europa League, competing against each other. For 2020, the leading teams have been Bayern Munich for the Champions League & Sevilla FC for the Europa League. These two opponents are slated to compete on September 24th at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.

Budapest stands as the capital of Hungary, which is facing high percentages of COVID-19 infections. It’s prompted the German Government to consider if Bayern Munich footballers, coaching staff, and personnel should maintain two-weeks of quarantine upon their arrival home. The Government began their consideration of isolation after Germany’s Centre of Disease Control & Infection determined Budapest a “High-Risk Capital”

Quarantine resulted in hundreds of cancellations

Bayern Munich coaching staff, footballers, and personnel aren’t the exclusive parties being targeted. It’s known that 2100 supporters of Bayern Munich are travelling to Budapest, having purchased tickets online & analytic agencies recording that data. Those some agencies confirmed on September 21st that hundreds have cancelled their trip to Budapest, knowing that two-weeks of self isolation would be required.

The Minister President of Bavaria, which is integrated with German Government proceedings, provided clarification towards the potential quarantining of civilian personnel. Markus Söder remarked that high levels of infections run rampant throughout Hungary’s capital of Budapest. Sentiments from Söder evoked concern that the 2020 Super Cup could repeat a football version of Ischgl, one of the primary infection sites of COVID-19 in Germany.

The United European Football Association has permitted twenty thousand supporters to attend the 2020 Super Cup at Puskas Arena. Each club was permitted 3,000 tickets for national supporters. Spanish supporters that were excited to watch Sevilla FC compete live against Bayern Munich, aren’t risking their safety. 2,500 of the 3,000 tickets sold have been returned as of September 21st. Contraction concerns are prevalent for Spanish & German supporters, with Budapest having 120 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. How Bayern Munich & Sevilla FC can keep their employed personnel safe under these conditions isn’t known.

MLS Creating Soccer Fields for Black Communities

Major League Soccer committed earlier this year to stand alongside the Black Lives Matter movement. It prompted a new MLS-Organization to be created, adeptly named “Black Players for Change”. Their leader, Justin Morrow, announced on September 10th that BPC has partnered with Musco Lighting & the United States Soccer Foundation. This partnership will allow for the construction of twelve “Mini Fields” in Black communities across the United States.

Each respective pitch will honour the twelve founding board members of the “Black Players for Change” organization. It’ll mark the beginning of a lengthy partnership between the Musco Lighting, the United States Soccer Foundation, and BPC. Their goal in developing these Mini Fields is breaking down barriers of systemic racism in youth-based soccer.

The Co-Founder & Director of BPC Strategic Partnerships, Quincy Amarikwa, addressed the announcement made on September 10th. Quincy emphasized the BPCs commitment towards investing in African American footballers across America, where the Co-Founder noted that BPC is starting from the grassroots level. This means an emphasis on youth soccer, which could traverse to MLS with additional programming available.

Quincy Amarikwa thanks the United States Soccer Foundation & Musco Lighting, expressing that their partnership marks the first step in creating tangible assets that can assist African American Youth. Thanks, extended towards their communal investment, and launching platforms that provide African American Communities with future dividends that impact long-term growth.

Donated Funds

The United States Soccer Foundation & Musco Lighting have combined their donated assets towards developing these twelve communal fields. BPCs announcement confirmed that these organizations donated $1.8 Million towards the creation of these fields, with expected locations being announced by October 15th. It’s known that each founding member in the BPC will select an area in their impoverished hometown communities, focusing on African American neighbourhoods. Each founding member will attend the grand openings of their honoured mini fields.

The BPC Executive Director & CO-Founder, Justin Morrow, noted the organization’s thrill in partnering with Musco Lighting and the United States Soccer Foundation. Morrow evoked that it’s the beginning of a long-term partnership that’ll see nationwide scaling of African American soccer.

Diego Valeri 3rd MLS Player to Reach 80 Goals

The Portland Timbers confirmed that their long-time Midfielder, Diego Valeri, has become the 3rd player in Major League Soccer history to obtain 80 Goals & 80 Assists. This notable accomplishment was obtained previously by Landon Donovan and Jaime Monero. However, these two men captured the record of 80 Goals & 80 Assists faster than Diego Valeri. It took Diego several years to obtain this gaol with the Portland Timbers.

The 80th career goal for Diego Valeri came against LA Galaxy at Providence Park on September 2nd. It was a controversial goal that saw referees favour LA Galaxy, prompting the Portland Timbers to lose at 3-2. Most supporters and MLS analysts believed that Diego Valeri’s goal should’ve tied the game, with LA Galaxy’s 3rd point being offside. Diego worked diligently towards obtaining a third goal to tie-up the game, which failed before the 90th-minute closed-out.

Diego Valeri is 34, one of the older footballers in Major League Soccer. He’s maintained eight appearances in the 2020 MLS Regular Season, garnering four goals & two assists in fourteen days. His pace resulted in Valeri acquiring the Portland Timbers a goal every 87-Minutes of playtime. Most analysts praise his talents and note that the Timbers wouldn’t have won the “MLS is Back Tournament” this year without Diego Valeri. It’s expected he’ll be the Major League Soccer’s MVP for 2020. It’d follow suit with Landon Donovan & Jamie Monero obtaining Most Valuable Player after achieving 80 Goals & 80 Assists.

Valeri is notably one of the better competitors throughout the 2019 & 2020 MLS Campaigns. However, his skillsets aren’t the greatest seen in Major League history. He’s ranked 18th for highest goals scored and is unlikely to reach a higher record in his older age. Diego Valeri likely has six years left in professional soccer, where he’ll have to switch over to coaching.

Lack of Fanfare

The Portland Timbers are one of the best teams in Major League Soccer. However, the Portland region hasn’t adopted the football club & it’s resulted in minimal fanfare. Most of their victories are often overshadowed by LA Galaxy, Toronto FC, the Seattle Sounders, or NYFC. After being victorious at the “MLS is Back Tournament”, Portland Timbers has gained more fanfare & could become a contender for the MLS 2020 Championship.

Michael Bradley Discusses Altidore’s BLM Support

The Toronto Football Club was without one of their leading forwards on August 27th. Jozy Altidore determined that the match against Montreal didn’t require his services, sitting out the game for cited personal reasons. This announcement wasn’t issued by Jozy Altidore but instead by his Head Coach, Greg Vanney, which was made after the game had concluded. Altidore was seen sitting in the stands wearing a “Black Lives Matter Movement” shirt.

Greg Vanney didn’t give an official reason for Jozy Altidore’s refusal to compete. However, sporting analysts suspect that the leading forward refused after Wisconsin law enforcement killed Jacob Black, an African American male. Altidore has been a vocal activist amongst the ongoing protests relating to the “Black Lives Matter Movement”. Jozy has demanded racial equality in North America, and the deconstruction of police brutality.

Supporters of TFC from all ethnicities have begun turning against Jozy Altidore, something that an influx of athletes has experienced in recent weeks. Support complaints evoke that these individuals are paid millions to compete in professional sports, and political opinions cannot permit these individuals from not complying with their contractual obligations. American sporting associations aren’t political organizations, and throughout 2020 have begun thinking otherwise. It’s resulted in a large percentage of MLS, NBA, NFL, and NHL supporters from not watching 2020 matches.

TFC Captain Talks Altidore

Michael Bradley was questioned by TSN & ESPN on his thoughts behind Jozy Altidore sitting out the August 27th match-up with the Montreal Impacts. Bradley clarified that the Toronto Football Club supports the decision of Jozy Altidore and that it isn’t his position to expand on why Altidore didn’t compete against the Montreal Impact.

It should be mentioned that the Toronto Football Club has multiple players that are of African descent, including Justin Morrow. The TFC Full-Back leads the “Black players for Change” in Major League Soccer and still didn’t sit out the Montreal Impact match. It’s led multiple competitors to wonder what Altidore’s excuse. Some believe it’s a powerplay from Jozy, which is infamously an attribute of his character when negotiating with clubs. Jozy Altidore could be using the same strategies he’s known for during an influential political climate, which would go against the core nature of supporting the BLM movement.

Manchester United Face Challenges in 2020/21 Season

Both Manchester City & Manchester United are facing notable challenges in the upcoming 2020/21 Premier League Season. These challenges were noted late into 2019/20s season, with other clubs like Liverpool & Chelsea proving more formidable than these two squads from Manchester. Additional trials have arisen after the Premier League announced their 2020/21 Fixtures List on August 20th. The challenges mainly arise with Manchester United, who’ve been placed against serious contenders for several back-to-back games.

Fixtures for all other football clubs in the Premier League were also released, with Liverpool learning their first game will be against Leeds FC on September 12th. This comes after Leeds has waited sixteen years to repromotion into the Premier League, and Liverpool acquired their first championship victory in thirty years. Unsurprisingly, the Fixtures List places these two clubs against one another, with their former Premier League rivalry historically remembered amongst supporters. It’ll be interesting to see how Liverpool Head Coach Jurgen Klopp will approach Leeds FC in the Premier League.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Premier League organizers to create an unusual calendar of fixed matches, accounting for prior games that’d been postponed in the previous season. It’s known that Manchester United will compete against Burnley FC in their opening game for 2020/21, who are listed as the 2nd highest-rated team in the Premier League to date. Manchester City is going up against Aston Villa, while Arsenal FC is going against Fulham. The final fixture for opening day is Tottenham Hotspurs vs Everton, which will be a highly viewed match-up.

The Hurdles for MU

Challenges for Manchester United will continue after competing against Burnley FC, with their next fixture being against Manchester City. Then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to compete against Tottenham Hotspurs and Leeds FC. After what’s expected to be multiple losses for United’s Head Coach, they’ll compete against Liverpool FC on May 1st. Another round of matches then follows with Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham. All these clubs have dominated Manchester United in the Premier League standings throughout recent seasons. Without the cheers & screams of supporters in the stadiums, Manchester United hasn’t the motivation required to compete for championship contention in 2020/21.

Kevin De Bruyne Named Premier League’s Player of the Year

The Premier League have announced their Player of the Year, confirming that Belgian-native Kevin De Bruyne has acquired the title. It’s nothing short of amazing to become named the Premier League POTY, as this reward is given to some of the best footballers in European history.

It’s been known that the Belgian International was one of several to receive the honorary award. Competitors against Kevin De Bruyne for Manchester City include Trent-Alexander Arnold, Nick Pop, Jordan Henderson, Jamie Vardy, Danny Igns, and Sadio Mane. Manchester Cities most notable Player was able to fend off competitors from Liverpool FC, Leicester FC, Southampton FC, and Burnley FC.

This marks the 1st Premier League Player of the Year Award for Kevin De Bruyne, standing as the 3rd Belgian-native to acquire this status. De Bruyne now stands alongside Vincent Kompany and Eden Hazard. Kompany received the POTY Award in 2012 for Manchester City & Hazard obtained his status as POTY in 2015 for Chelsea FC.

Kevin De Bruyne maintained a formidable season through 2019-20, growing his skillsets throughout the pandemic. It became evident after the Premier League returned & allowed De Bruyne to succeed Virgil Van Dijk from Liverpool FC as POTY. It should be clarified that Kevin equalled the Premier League Record help by Thierry Henry of 20 Assists, while also obtaining 13 Goals.

Even with the formidable skillsets displayed by Kevin De Bruyne, it wasn’t enough for Manchester City to overtake Liverpool FC & become knocked out of the UEFA Champion’s League. This doesn’t mean that Manchester City won’t return throughout the 2020-21 Premier League Season to dominate over their rivals of Liverpool, which could be challenging if individual players leave the organizations. It’s known that Kevin De Bruyne is remaining on with Manchester City until 2023.

De Bruyne Talks Upcoming Future

Discussing his future in the Premier League for the off-season, De Bruyne clarified he’ll spend the majority of this period with his wife. That’s because they’re expecting a child & Kevin wants his newborn to know its father. The sex, name, and future birthing location has been kept private by the De Bruyne family.

MLS Unveils 2020 Coronavirus Contingency Plan

Major League Soccer’s Corporate Division announced their “Coronavirus Contingency Plan” for the resumption of their official 2020 season. This announcement comes after their confidence to protect players grows with minimal infections at the “MLS is Back Tournament” in Florida. Protecting their footballers & team personnel when each respective outfit returns to home stadiums will be considerably harder than ensuring safety in Florida. MLS Corporate Division will struggle to maintain a watchful eye on 26 Teams, which are slated to play a remainder of 18 Games during the regular season before Championship Rounds begin.

Major League Soccer is departing from their recent tournament by August 12th, which marks the date when Nashville FC will compete against the Dallas Football Club. These teams will maintain a three-game series that’s played back-to-back, which comes after Nashville & Dallas were forced to withdraw from the “MLS is Back Tournament”. An influx of confirmed infections prompted the removal of both teams. It’s been confirmed that this series, and all remaining games within the regular season won’t allow fans to maintain attendance. This is to ensure that cities hosting MLS Teams don’t have an influx of infections, which will be hard to guarantee with the current conditions associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic in America.

Additional regulations being implemented by MLS to guarantee that an outbreak doesn’t unfold with any of their 26 Teams is the requirement of Charter Flights. Teams aren’t permitted to use standard methods of flying, with these organizations also provided the option of using a multitude of Team Busses. Chartered Flights can’t allow for the full team on a single plane, similar to the requirement of multiple Team Busses if road travel is selected. This regulation could prompt safe environments for MLS Teams if footballers avoid contact with local populations at home or away cities.

Canadian Teams Not Considered

The one element that doesn’t work with Major League Soccer’s Contingency Plan is the implication of travel restrictions onto Canadian Teams. MLS avoided adding Canadian Teams into their Contingency Plan, leaving sports analysts to speculate that these three outfits aren’t being allowed into the regular season. This would create lasting implications on relationships between MLS’s Corporate Division & the Canadian Teams. Those outfits include the Montreal Impacts, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and Toronto FC.

Canadian MLS Teams Facing Border Restrictions

Major League Soccer has experienced a period of continuous charge during the COVID-19 pandemic. That won’t change anytime soon, with the “MLS is Back Tournament” slated to end in the coming weeks. This will prompt the revival of regular-season games, which could be challenging for Canadian teams. The Government of Canada has refused to allow teams based in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton, and Calgary compete against their American opponents. The Canadian and American Borders have remained closed amid COVID-19 Restrictions. It’s now prompting MLS to question if Canadian teams will be forced to compete exclusively against each other.

Organizers in Major League Soccer are continuously delegating with Government Officials, Health Authorities & Club Owners to implement one of several scenarios. An inside source working in-correlation with these delegations confirmed that Canadian Clubs are likely to compete on a smaller scale for a short period. Once border restrictions are lifted by the American & Canadian Government, conventional matches held in the Eastern & Western Division will return. This means that the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, and the Vancouver White Caps are being forced to contend against exclusively each other.

Implementing this strategy provides Major League Soccer a short timeframe to continue delegations with the Canadian Government. Sports analysts anticipate that MLS Organizers will find themselves struggling to adhere an agreement with the Canadian Government. The Toronto Blue Jays forced delegations onto Government personnel, which influenced an untimely denial to compete at the Rogers Centre. Following what happened to the Blue Jays suggests that American teams won’t be permitted at BMO Field.

Continued Discussions

The inside source promises that discussions with Canadian Politicians are still active and that an agreement could be finalized by next week. Similar sentiments were issued by the Toronto Blue Jays, making analysts question the accuracy of an approval to compete with American Clubs. It’s been months since Toronto FC competed against an opposing team at BMO Field, with Major League Soccer forced to postpone their 2020 Season on March 12th. This occurred two weeks after their season had a standard, with professional football not resuming until early July. The “MLS is Back Tournament” ends on August 11th, with TFC expected to enter the Semi-Finals to Finals.

Liverpool Supporters Disregard COVID-19 Protocols

Anfield Stadium became the location of Great Britain’s latest spectacle of disregarding COVID-19 protocols. That’s because fans of Liverpool arrived in thousands to the stadium after the team obtain Premier League Championship status. Demands from law enforcement to remain indoors were ignored, with a large percentage actively throwing smoke bombs & fireworks nearby law enforcement to deter their further involvement.

Liverpool’s Police Department requested that fans obey COVID-19 protocols, not risking their respective lives & the lives of their fellow man. Initially, hundreds of supporters disobeyed the rules and arrived at the stadium before Liverpool beat Chelsea at 5-3. Convergence onto the street saw supporters releasing red flares & launching fireworks, creating small blazes that were quickly extinguished.

After supporters continued not to abide by police orders, Liverpool law enforcement implemented the “48-Hour Dispersal Zone Act”. After forty-eight hours police are permitted to use crowd dispersal tactics, which often involves the usage of rubber pullets & riot sheets. Law enforcement was pleased after crowds began dispersing roughly six hours after Liverpool acquired victory. However, 911 in Liverpool was overrun by reports of public disturbances until morning. It’s suspected that dispersed crowds began partying in smaller groups, roaming various neighbourhoods & causing minor disruptions to homeowners.

Crimes in Liverpool

Liverpool FC was aware that supporters wouldn’t obey COVID-19 protocols. Social media comments reflected that hundreds, or possibly thousands, would arrive at Anfield Stadium before kick-off had started. Team officials fenced off the stadium, which would be torn down by supporters at 9:45 pm into the evening. An hour later, new fans were still arriving with alcohol & drugs often being taken from their person by police. Video evidence shows that multiple civilians passed-by police with confiscation of their mind-altering substances.

Local politicians were angered & expressed their disappoint through social media, indicating that those who entered “Double Decker Busses” illegally & consumed substances that aren’t permitted for street usage, would be inevitably arrested. The fact that Liverpool FC Supporters destroyed the property of their team destroyed property in their city and mostly wasted their tax dollars should be regarded in public shame.

Child Arrested by British Police for Racist Messages

Law Enforcement in Great Britain shocked their nation, announcing that a boy aged twelve had been arrested. This follows after the young boy sent racist messages to a footballer with Crystal Palace FC. That footballer is Wilfried Zaha, who didn’t hesitate upon waking up to share these racist sentiments to thousands of followers. What Wilfried Zaha showed was an image of the Ku Klux Klan, where the young boy of twelve uttered: “You better not score tomorrow you [Expletive Content Unavailable]”.

The Ivory Coast birthed Wilfried Zaha, where after acquiring his skillsets the footballer moved to Great Britain. He’d hone natural talents in England & inevitably become contracted through the Premier League. Zaha showed his actual actions and lack of sympathy towards a young child when sharing these messages. Wilfried didn’t consider the numerous opportunities provided to him when aged twelve & younger, instead of wanting to thrive off support from the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Wilfried Zaha indicated that the young boy was supporting Aston Villa, the upcoming opponent that’ll face off against Crystal Palace on Sunday. Both teams didn’t hesitate to release comprehensive statements regarding Zaha’s post, disregarding the age of this twelve-year-old boy again. The Aston Villa Football Club was 1st to issue their apologies & sympathies, deploring all forms of racial discrimination. AVFC then clarified they’d assist law enforcement with their investigation and issue a lifetime ban against this child. Their involvement is suspected of having led to the arrest of this young child.

Backlash Against Severe Punishments Onto a Child

The Premier League then stood behind Wilfried Zaha, remarking that this young man’s actions weren’t remotely acceptable. That is accurate & punishment should’ve been given to this young man. However, the punishment induced is severe, reminiscing what’d be governed onto an adult. Hundreds of thousands worldwide have expressed their disgust towards UK Law Enforcement, Aston Villa Football Club, and the Premier League.

All three entities could’ve used this opportunity to educate a young child, make him a better civilian, and not destroy his future in the process. This child won’t be permitted for employment until 21, with countless other factors in life affecting his future growth. UK Police & the Premier League created a delinquent with no opportunity for his future.