Alan Pardew is making Mike Ashley and Newcastle fans look silly

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Remember when the banners dotted St. James Park? Remember the protests? Remember the chants? They weren’t creative, just to the point. “Pardew Out.”

Whoops.

Alan Pardew was driven out of Newcastle after a four-year roller coaster ride, an attraction with enough highs and lows, enough S-curves and G forces to make even the rugged of riders sick to his stomach. But now, in just three short months in London with Crystal Palace, he has revived the Selhurst Park faithful and made Magpie fans more nauseous than even the most vicious of theme park rides ever could.

Since joining just after New Year’s Day, the 53-year-old has won a whopping eight matches in charge of Crystal Palace across all competitions, leaving the likes of Manchester City, Southampton, Tottenham, Stoke City, and West Ham in his wake. Meanwhile, Newcastle has won just twice across the same time frame, beating lowly Aston Villa and Hull City. Palace ended Manchester City’s chances at the Premier League title this season, while Pardew’s replacement John Carver was thumped by Manuel Pellegrini’s side 5-0 in late February. Newcastle has failed to score more than one goal in any of its eight matches since the start of February.

But it’s not just the results that prove Pardew’s doubters wrong. “The parts are greater than the whole” was the most used cliché of the day Sunday after Palace sent Pellegrini packing, and while often overused, it remains accurate in this case. Palace played as a true team, while Manchester City continued to look befuddled while thumping crosses into tracking defenders, sending passes wide of their intended targets, or flat out miscommunicating. Even had City managed to complete the 2-goal comeback, Palace would have made its point. The parts are indeed greater than the whole.

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This was a familiar sight all season long before the trigger was pulled on Alan Pardew’s four-year Newcastle tenure, replaced temporarily by John Carver.

Thanks to his storming success in London so far through 2015, Alan Pardew FC would be in eighth place in the table if you collect his points haul from both Newcastle and Crystal Palace this season. Meanwhile, as the Daily Mail points out, Team Pardew Out – the combination of Palace before him and Newcastle after – would sit in 19th out of 22. There’s more to why he left Newcastle than just results on the field, but surely such a major discrepancy with the same players serves to prove his influence.

While a Manager of the Year honor would be above Pardew this season with both Ronald Koeman and Jose Mourinho more deserving given the circumstances surrounding this season, his candidacy certainly has a few merits. He weathered titanic amounts of both internal and external abuse at Newcastle, and responded with a late 2014 run of form that ended with seven wins in nine matches across all competitions, with wins over Chelsea, Manchester City, and Tottenham. It all came crashing down in December, but the point was made: Pardew can produce, the only issue remains longevity.

Whether he can sustain this success at Crystal Palace the rest of the year and into the future remains to be seen (likely, no, not to this extent), but he has already passed the first checkpoint – to prove the banner-holders, the chanters, and the whisperers wrong. Mike Ashley and Newcastle never should have driven the enigmatic Alan Pardew out. While he may not be the most sparkling managerial choice, and he may occasionally fall down, he always picks himself up. There’s little chance Carver is hired full-time, as he’s seemingly failed the audition, and it remains to be seen whom Newcastle picks to lead the club long term, but after spitting in the face of consistency – a highly coveted yet elusive goal in the modern game – Newcastle has light years to go before they regain the position befitting of the club’s size.

More tangibly, Newcastle was in 10th position when Pardew left for Crystal Palace, while his new club was in the relegation zone. Now, the Eagles sit safely in 11th and aim for a top-half finish while the Magpies have fallen below Pardew’s new club into 13th and are struggling to tread water. Mission accomplished in London, but do we even know what the mission at St. James Park is?

England vs Senegal: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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England and Senegal square off in the last 16 of the World Cup with plenty of pressure on the Three Lions and next to none on the Lions of Terranga.

There is a whiff of an upset in the air.

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Gareth Southgate’s England have been solid so far at the World Cup, finishing top of Group B with minimum fuss as they are unbeaten but they’re still capable of putting in a stodgy, stale display as we saw against the USA. The attacking talent of this English side has many believing they can at least better their fourth-place finish at the 2018 World Cup.

As for Senegal, sans Sadio Mane they did very well to get out of Group A but this challenge will be a huge one for the reigning AFCON champs. Can Aliou Cisse’s side be solid enough defensively to give themselves a chance to cause a shock?

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How to watch England vs Senegal live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET – Sunday, December 4
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor 
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

When it comes to England they have so many wonderful attacking players that it’s so hard to get them all on the pitch at the same time. It is also tough for Southgate to get the balance of the team right. When England clicks up top they are almost unstoppable and Harry Kane is the chief creator as well as the biggest goal threat. But he’s yet to score in this tournament as Rashford, Saka and Co. have done the damage. Defensively John Stones and Harry Maguire have been excellent too and this will all be about if England are brave enough to come flying out of the traps and back their star forwards to have the win wrapped up by half time. England have no injury issues, although Ben White has flown back to the UK for personal reasons so the Three Lions squad now has 25 members who are all fully fit. That makes preparing to play England a nightmare as they could roll out so many different combinations and formations in midfield and attack.

Senegal has nothing to lose which is very dangerous in a knockout game. They have great experience in their side with Kalidou Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy holding them together defensively and at the other end of the pitch Ismaila Sarr has really stepped up in attack in the absence of their superstar Sadio Mane. If Mane hadn’t been ruled out of this tournament due to injury, we would probably be talking about this Senegal side as a potential semifinalist. If England make a mistake or underestimate them, Senegal will make them pay but they will miss Idrissa Gana Gueye in midfield for this game as he’s suspended. There are also a few other injury issues for Senegal to deal with as Cheikhou Kouyate has been missing after he picked up an ankle injury in the opener.


England quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Pickford
At the 2022 World Cup – Won Group B with 7 points (+7 GD)

Senegal quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 18
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 2
How they qualified: Beat Egypt in CAF playoff
Coach: Aliou Cisse
Key players: Idrissa Gana Gueye, Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly
At the 2022 World Cup – Finished 2nd in Group A with 4 points (+1 GD)


World Cup 2022 schedule – how to watch, groups, calendar, match schedule, brackets, dates

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The World Cup 2022 schedule is locked in and this tournament in Qatar has been sensational as the knockout rounds will capture the imagination of the globe.

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Japan, Australia and Morocco have already made the last 16 with so many huge shocks during the tournament, while Germany, Denmark and Belgium all crashed out in the group stage.

From the USMNT and England getting out of their group to Lionel Messi dragging Argentina through and Mexico just missing out on getting out of the group stages and amid upsets galore, there are plenty of intriguing games in the latter stages.

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We now have the small matter of the Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final to look forward to. Bring. It. On.

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Below is the schedule in full, details on how to watch the games and everything else you need..

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World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H


Round of 16 schedule

Match 49 – Saturday, December 3: Netherlands vs USA (preview) – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 50 – Saturday, December 3:  Argentina vs Australia – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm

Match 52 – Sunday, December 4: France vs Poland – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 51 – Sunday, December 4: England vs Senegal (preview) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

Match 53 – Monday, December 5: Japan vs Croatia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am

Match 54 – Monday, December 5: Brazil vs South Korea – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm

Match 55 – Tuesday, December 6: Morocco vs Spain – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 56 – Tuesday, December 6: Portugal vs Switzerland – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm


Quarterfinal schedule

Match 58 – Friday, December 9: Winners Match 53 vs Winners Match 54 – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 57 – Friday, December 9: Winners Match 49 vs Winners Match 50 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am

Match 60 – Saturday, December 10: Winners Match 55 vs Winners Match 56 – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 59 – Saturday, December 10: Winners Match 51 vs Winners Match 52 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Semifinal schedule

Match 61 – Tuesday, December 13: Winners Match 57 vs Winners Match 58 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

Match 62 – Wednesday, December 14: Winners Match 59 vs Winners Match 60 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Third-place play-off

Match 63 – Saturday, December 17: Losers Match 61 vs Losers Match 62 – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm


Final

Match 64 – Sunday, December 18: Winners Match 61 vs Winners Match 62 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am

Brazil beaten by Cameroon to close out Group G, but still finish top

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Brazil suffered a 1-0 defeat to Cameroon on the final day of group play at the 2022 World Cup on Friday, but finished top of Group G nonetheless.

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For Brazil, the math was incredibly simple heading into matchday 3: A draw would win the group and see the five-time world champions go into what is though to be the weaker of the two halves of the knockout bracket.

Instead of facing Portugal in the round of 16, Brazil will face South Korea. Instead of a potential quarterfinal clash with Spain, it’ll be Croatia or Japan. Things do, however, get quite juicy in the semifinals, when bitter rivals Argentina could be waiting.

Vincent Aboubakar scored the goal during second-half stoppage time, only to be sent off for taking his shirt off in celebration and earning his second yellow card.

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Tite said earlier this week that he hopes to have superstar Neymar back and mostly recovered from the ankle injury he suffered 11 days earlier, when Brazil face South Korea.

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How to watch Cameroon vs Brazil live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Friday Dec. 2
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Cameroon defender Jean-Charles Castelletto has joined forwards Vincent Aboubakar and underappreciated Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in becoming one of the stories of Group G.

Brazil still needs to find its answer if Neymar cannot return to the fold this tournament. Richarlison and Raphinha have impressed but still need to show they can really carry the attack without Neymar. Could Gabriel Jesus shine in his absence?


Cameroon quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 43
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from CAF playoffs
Coach: Rigobert Song
Key players: Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Vincent Aboubakar, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

Brazil quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Cup appearances: 22
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (1st place)
Coach: Tite
Key players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker

Switzerland reaches knockout rounds with thrilling win over Serbia

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Switzerland secured the victory they needed to reach the knockout rounds of the 2022 World Cup on Friday, as they beat Serbia 3-2 in a thrilling, back-and-forth affair.

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The Swiss (6 points, +1 GD) finish 2nd in Group G, joining winners Brazil (6 points, +2 GD) in the round of 16 next week. Serbia (1) go home bottom of the group, having taken their only point off 3rd-place Cameroon (4).

Xherdan Shaqiri opened the scoring in the 20th minute, when he found just enough space (and a helpful deflection) after Serbia failed to clear the ball out of their penalty area. Shaqiri lurked at the back post and quickly cut inside onto his left foot when the ball fell to him, securing a brilliant piece of footballing trivia in the process.

The lead lasted only six minutes, though, and it was Aleksandar Mitrovic who pulled Serbia level with a fantastic header after making the long run across the face of goal to the near post. The equalizer breathed new life into Serbia, who went ahead on 35 minutes as Dusan Vlahovic neatly tucked a slow roller inside the far post.

Again, the lead was short-lived, as Breel Embolo got on the end of Silvan Widmer’s cross in the 44th minute to make it 2-2 and push Switzerland back into 2nd place when halftime arrived.

It took no time at all for the second half to roar life, as the Swiss took not only the lead in the game, but a commanding hold on the last-16 place. Ruben Vargas cushioned an incredible first-time backheel for Remo Freuler to run onto and hammer home with his left foot, and perhaps capture the nonexistent award for Best Team Goal and/or Best Assist at this World Cup.

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Up next for Switzerland will be a difficult test against Group H winners Portugal, who have the look of real contenders but were beaten by South Korea in stoppage time earlier on Friday.

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How to watch Serbia vs Switzerland live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Friday Dec. 2
Stadium: Stadium 974, Doha
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Three different goal scorers hit the sheet in the draw with Cameroon, and Fulham star Aleksandar Mitrovic remains a threat to score every game. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic continues to show huge value in the center of the pitch.

Breel Embolo has Switzerland’s only goal and will be continue to be a focal point, while Man City defender Manuel Akanji, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka, and Nottingham Forest’s Remo Freuler make the Swiss a tough team to break down.


Serbia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 21
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 12
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs
Coach: Dragan Stojkovic
Key players: Aleksandar Mitrovic, Luka Jovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Dusan Tadic

Switzerland quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 15
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 12
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Murat Yakin
Key players: Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Yann Sommer, Remo Freuler