MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Samir Nasri of Manchester City and his team-mates look dejected after conceding the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City FC and Real Madrid CF at the Etihad Stadium on November 21, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Former Swansea City striker Lee Trundle was always known as a bit of a maverick.
He remains no different.
This penalty kick in a charity game sums him up perfectly.
40-year-old Trundle is now an ambassador for Swansea City and is involved with coaching their academy.
Check out the video below as Welshman Trundle goes to trick a goalkeeper that he’s picking up the ball but instead, without moving forward, he knocks it into the top corner.
Let the clip below dazzle you.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil want to get paid.
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A report from the London Evening Standard states that both of Arsenal’s superstars, who are currently in negotiations with the club over a new deal, want in excess of $370,000 per week, which is equal to Paul Pogba‘s salary at Manchester United.
Per the report, Arsenal is willing to offer only $254,000 a week to each of Sanchez and Ozil in their new deal. It is believed that Sanchez currently earns $165,00 per week, while Ozil is the highest earner at Arsenal on $178,000 a week.
Both have just 18 months left on their current deals and in recent months their importance to Arsenal has been underlined.
Sanchez, 27, scored a sensational hat trick at West Ham United in the 5-1 win last weekend and he now has 11 goals in the Premier League this season and is joint-top scorer. Ozil, 28, has eight goals in all competitions this campaign so far, which equals his tally from last season already as the German playmaker has sharpened his focus in the final third.
If the Gunners are going to be serious about challenging for the Premier League not only this season but in the future, they must lock down their star attacking duo for the foreseeable future. However, with Arsene Wenger‘s future uncertain beyond this season the duo may hold out until they have just one year left on their contracts. Previously it is believed Wenger did not want any player to earn more than his $203,000 weekly salary, however Arsenal will have to break the bank, and their notoriously stubborn wage structure, to keep Sanchez and Ozil at the Emirates Stadium.
If they don’t, the likes of Manchester City, Juventus and Real Madrid have been sniffing around the duo and with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and even the likes of Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United earning over double what Sanchez and Ozil are currently being paid, you can’t argue that they deserve to be pushed up to the next pay bracket.
It’s a huge six or so months in Arsenal’s future with the future’s of Ozil, Sanchez and Wenger still up in the air.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil will play Colombia in a friendly match at the end of January to help victims of the air crash that killed most of the players, staff and directors of soccer club Chapecoense last week.
Spokesman Douglas Lunardi also said on Monday that the Brazilian football confederation will donate about $ 1.5 million to Chapecoense.
Nineteen of Chapecoense’s players were killed in the crash just outside Medellin, Colombia, as the Brazilian team headed to the first of two matches against Colombian club Atletico Nacional to determine the champion of the Copa Sudamericana – Latin America’s No. 2 club tournament.
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Earlier, South America’s football confederation Conmebol officially gave the title of the 2016 edition to Chapecoense, as Atletico Nacional requested.
Lunardi said the venue will be decided by Chapecoense directors and that all the ticket office revenues will go to the families of the victims. The most obvious choices, he said, are the historic Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro and Chapecoense’s Arena Conda.
“The decision will be between making that tribute at home or get a bigger revenue for the victims,” Lunardi told The Associated Press. “We will let them take their time to make that decision.”
Maracana has a capacity of 78,000 and has hosted two World Cup finals as well as the opening ceremony of the last Olympic Games in August.
Arena Conda is a 22,000-seater. It hosted a memorial service on Saturday for 50 of the 71 victims.
Chapeco, the city of the club impacted by the tragedy, has 200,000 residents and sits about 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) south of Rio.
In a press conference in Chapeco, Chapecoense’s president Ivan Tozzo said the club will decide the venue for the match in the next few days. He also said that the donation from the confederation will help cover the expenses for the memorial services.
The final week of group stage matches in this season’s UEFA Champions League are upon us, and only a pair of berths remain in Tuesday’s groups.
Those are in Group B, where Napoli, Benfica, and Besiktas enter the day a point a part. Only Dynamo Kyiv has been eliminated, and they’ll host a Besiktas side which is in the catbird seat. If the Turkish side wins, it will finish above either Napoli or Benfica.
Benfica is at home to its Italian rivals, with both sides on 8 points. And they’ll each head to the knockout rounds of Besiktas (7 points) fails to earn a result.
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As for our Premier League contestants, Arsenal looks pretty locked into the second seed in Group A. Trailing PSG after a 2-2 draw in London, the Gunners head to Switzerland to face Basel. Arsenal needs to better PSG’s result against visiting Ludogorets Razgrad.
Manchester City hosts Celtic knowing it’s already clinched second place in Group C and cannot catch leaders Barcelona. Expect youth.
In Group D, things are also settled with Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich 1-2 regardless of what happens in their match in Germany. Atleti is the only team which can finish the group stage 6-0. The last team to achieve that 2014-15 Real Madrid, who swept Basel, Liverpool, and Ludogorets Razgrad.
Tuesday’s UCL schedule
PSG vs. Ludogorets Razgrad
Barcelona vs. Borussia Monchengladbach
Bayern Munich vs. Atletico Madrid
Manchester City vs. Celtic
Basel vs. Arsenal
Benfica vs. Napoli
PSV Eindhoven vs. Rostov
Dynamo Kyiv vs. Besiktas