After years of campaigning for the use of goal-line technology in the Premier League, it now looks like it will be bought into play next season.
It will be used at this summer’s Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil, and now the general secretary of the English Football Association, Alex Horne, says the 2013-14 season will finally see it in England.
“Technology that says ‘yes, the ball has crossed the line’ and lets the referee know makes an awful lot of sense to me,’ said Horne in an interview with the BBC.
‘The Premier League club meeting is on Thursday so I’m expecting it to go through at that meeting,” he continued.
Soccer has fallen behind many of the world’s biggest sports in terms of in-play use of technology, but it now looks like they are slowly catching up with them. It’s just a shame the decision is about 10 years too late.
Some key moments have been affected by a lack of goal-line technology in recent years in the Premier League, inlcuding: Pedro Mendes for Spurs against Manchester United in 2005 and Clint Hill for QPR against Bolton last season.
If everything goes to plan, it will be used for the first time in England for the Community Shield; the battle of the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners.
Enough with the speculation and reports already, because it’s finally officially official: Jurgen Klopp has been appointed the newest manager of Liverpool Football Club, the Merseyside club announced on Thursday.
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Klopp will be unveiled to the world at an introductory press conference at Anfield on Friday.
According to early reports, Klopp’s three-year contract could pay him as much as $10 million per season.
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The 48-year-old German has been out of work since stepping down at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund following a seventh-place finish to the 2014-15 season. Klopp’s seven seasons in charge of Dortmund weren’t without success and silverware, though, as he led Der BVB to back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012, a German Cup triumph in 2012 and a UEFA Champions League final appearance in 2013.
Jose Mourinho got the
dreaded much-needed vote of confidence from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich last weekend, seemingly giving the Portuguese manager a temporary stay of execution despite the Blues’ worst start to a season in 37 years.
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Speaking this week, Mourinho has revealed that while he’s thankful to have been kept on at the club for which he regularly professes his love, he still thinks it was no-brainer for Abramovich. In other words, Mourinho’s not backing down from his incredible, seven-minute rant to one question following Saturday’s defeat to Southampton.
Mourinho, on what he’s doing to turn Chelsea around — quotes from the Guardian:
“It shows the confidence of Abramovich in the manager who has won three Premier League titles with this club. I thank him and I keep working.
“What’s going on? I do not know. The results with Chelsea at the moment have been really bad. I cannot hide that reality, and I don’t want to. And I struggle to find an explanation. But I assure you: I’m working like never before and we will come out of this. And there is also the Champions League that we will not neglect, for certain.”
What did you expect from Mourinho? Well, you know, I should probably be fired, but thanks to Mr. Abramovich for not realizing this and keeping me employed? It’s simultaneously interesting and the least surprising thing ever, though, that Mourinho claims to not know what’s wrong with Chelsea at the moment. Of course he has a theory (or five), and of course he’s “working like never before” to correct it.
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The most fascinating thing about Chelsea’s sluggish start to the season is to see, hear and read Mourinho speaking from a position of powerlessness. Always the clever one, the one dictating where the discussion goes, the one in charge of every press interaction, Saturday’s rant felt like watching a desperate Mourinho grasping for anything by which to pull himself back up.