Aguero, Drogba, Kompany among 6 voted into PL Hall of Fame

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Sergio Aguero, Didier Drogba, Vincent Kompany, Peter Schmeichel, Paul Scholes and Ian Wright were announced on Thursday as the next six Premier League Hall of Fame inductees.

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They will join Wayne Rooney and Patrick Vieira, who were announced last month, to form the 2022 Premier League Hall of Fame class to be honored at an event in London this evening.

The Premier League Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class in 2021, with Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry announced as headliners, joined by Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.

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For more on each player’s Hall of Fame career, their Premier League exploits — via the Premier League:


Sergio Aguero

Aguero is the highest-scoring overseas player in Premier League history, having scored 184 goals in just 275 appearances for Manchester City. He joined the Citizens before the 2011-12 season and finished that campaign by scoring one of the most iconic Premier League goals of all time, his dramatic late winner on the final day against Queens Park Rangers sealing Manchester City’s first Premier League trophy. 

Didier Drogba

Drogba was a four-time Premier League champion with Chelsea, earning a reputation as the archetypal big-game player. The center forward was capable of scoring every type of goal and twice won the Premier League Golden Boot, in 2006-07 and 2009-10, amassing a total of 104 goals in 254 League appearances during two spells with the Blues. 

Vincent Kompany

Kompany joined Manchester City in 2008 and played a key role in the transformation at the club over the coming years. He won the Premier League Player of the Season award in 2011-12 as he captained the Citizens to the first of four Premier League titles with him in their defense.

Peter Schmeichel

Schmeichel is the first goalkeeper to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, having won five Premier League titles during his seven seasons with Manchester United. The Dane was an imposing figure between the posts as United dominated English football in the 90s, keeping 128 clean sheets in 310 Premier League appearances. He remains the only ‘keeper to have won the Premier League Player of the Season award, having done so in 1995-96. 

Paul Scholes

After progressing into the Man United first team as part of the club’s famed Class of ’92, Scholes became an 11-time Premier League champion. Widely regarded as one of the most technically adept creative midfielders of his generation, he scored 107 goals in his 499 Premier League appearances. 

Ian Wright

Wright instantly became a fans’ favorite after signing for Arsenal from Crystal Palace in 1991, thanks to his unerring eye for goal and heart-on-sleeve attitude. He was the club’s top scorer six seasons in a row and, in 1997-98, broke Cliff Bastin’s record to become their leading scorer of all time, a feat only bettered by Thierry Henry. Wright ended that season by winning the Premier League before joining West Ham United. He netted a total of 113 Premier League goals in 213 appearances.

10 things we learned in the Premier League – Matchweek 27

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What did we learn during Matchweek 27 of the 2021-22 Premier League season?

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Here’s a look at 10 things which stood out, as our writers Joe Prince-Wright (JPW) and Andy Edwards (AE) share their observations from across the most recent Premier League games.

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Let’s get to it.

1. Conte’s words had an impact (Leeds 0-4 Tottenham): In midweek Antonio Conte looked like he was going to walk away from Tottenham after their defeat at Burnley. His words were harsh and he blamed the players for consistent underachievement. His harsh words worked to motivate Spurs who were clinical and ruthless. Yes, they gave up chances at the back but Leeds couldn’t take them and Tottenham were out of sight inside the first 30 minutes of this game. Let’s see what Conte says next to try and rally Spurs to a top four finish.

2. Man City’s cloak of invincibility gone (Everton 0-1 Manchester City): It’s a strange thing to say of a side that has won 13 of its last 15 games in all competitions (13W-1D-1L), but Everton entered Saturday’s game believing the could take something from the defending champions, and they played like it early on. Manchester City eventually took control and dictated terms to Everton in the second half, but the result remained in serious doubt until the final whistle. Inversely, the confidence that Everton will draw from this game, even in defeat, could prove invaluable in their battle against relegation (AE).

3. Newcastle begins brighter future away from bottom (Brentford 0-2 Newcastle): Now that relegation fears seem a distant memory, Newcastle fans can begin dreaming about a rapid climb up the Premier League table to be facilitated by the club’s new ownership. They’ll almost certainly sign three or four superstar talents in the summer, and the last three seasons will become a distant memory (AE).

4. Man United creating from crosses, nothing else:(Manchester United 0-0 Watford): Here’s the thing about Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments regarding his desire to play alongside a second striker: Given 1) his age and waning mobility, and 2) the way Manchester United only appear capable of entering the final third on either wing, he’s 100 percent correct in his assessment. Ronaldo has been a supreme aerial threat for more than a decade, but he’s 37 years old and playing in the most physical league in the world for the first time since 2009. It’s not that he can’t still get to every ball, but he can no longer do it every time down the field, which means far too many crosses are either hopeless as soon as they’re played or bound for Bruno Fernandes. The Red Devils crossed the ball 32 times on Saturday. Marcus Rashford was the only striker on the bench, with Edinson Cavani injured and Mason Greenwood suspended indefinitely (AE).

5. Clinical Villa continue fine away form (Brighton 0-2 Aston Villa): They are very much an away team and Gerrard has them set up to soak up pressure and hit teams on the counter. That is how they got both of their goals with direct play out wide and getting players forward quickly. Villa have a style of play which works better when the onus isn’t on them to dictate the tempo of games (JPW).

6. Time to give Antonio a hand up top (West Ham 1-0 Wolves): For all the goals and special moments that Michail Antonio has provided West Ham in recent years — and there have been plenty of each — it’s becoming increasingly clear that the big man could use a helping hand up top. Antonio himself is hardly a natural fit at the position, but he’s fantastic in combination play anytime someone pushes forward to join him in attack (his assist on Soucek’s goal was a prime example). The problem is: West Ham don’t often get numbers forward to support Antonio (Soucek’s goal an example again), and he’s not one to create chances for himself. Something of a system change would be required, but giving Antonio additional support up top is what’s required for West Ham to take the step from top-four hopefuls/outsiders, to top-four contenders (AE).

7. Kane, Son set new record (Leeds 0-4 Tottenham): A record-breaking goal summed up their connection perfectly. Harry Kane dropped deep, looked up, and sent a long ball right onto Heung-min Son’s foot as he finished with ease. That set a new record for the most goals from a duo in Premier League history (37) as Kane and Son overtook Drogba and Lampard. This partnership is the most prolific in PL history and we will look back at this duo with delight in decades to come (JPW).

8. Relegation a real worry for Brentford (Brentford 0-2 Newcastle): The gap between Brentford, in 14th, and Burnley, in 18th, is currently three points, with the Bees having played a whopping three games more at this point (same for 16th-place Everton); Newcastle, who are now above them in the table, have two games in hand themselves; Leeds, just one point behind in 17th, have one in hand as well. August and September were full of fantastic memories, when the Bees took the Premier League by storm and picked up points in six of their first seven games (3W-3D-1L) but these are the games they need to be winning (AE).

9. Saints showing control, focus (Southampton 2-0 Norwich City): They dominated this game from start to finish and Saints are now showing great composure and patience to go with their trademark high-press under Ralph Hasenhuttl. There is a different feel to this team this season. They have experience in Romeu, Ward-Prowse and Armstrong to keep the ball in tight areas and calm things down and they look more solid defensively. When we think about Saints the first things we associate with them are risk-taking and high-pressing. They still have that in them but now they have more control, balance, and solidity. That is why they’re on a great run and with winnable games coming up, they could push to finish in seventh or eighth (JPW).

10. Battling Burnley enjoying themselves (Crystal Palace 1-1 Burnley): The Clarets weathered the storm in the first half and they dug deep to grab a point. In a week that saw them pick up seven points from three very tough games, Burnley have given themselves a real chance of staying up. The likes of Tarkowski and Mee had a smile on their face for most of the game as you can tell Burnley’s players are up for the fight against relegation and are strangely enjoying it. They’ve been here before and know what it takes to pull away from the bottom three late in the season (JPW).

Leeds vs Tottenham final score: Spurs hammer sorry Leeds

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Tottenham eased past Leeds United at Elland Road to boost their top four hopes and pile more pressure on Marcelo Bielsa.

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Spurs were 3-0 up after 27 minutes as Matt Doherty, Dejan Kulusevski and Harry Kane all finished as Antonio Conte’s side were clinical. Heung-min Son added a fourth late on, as

Leeds had plenty of chances of their own but they looked sluggish and low in confidence throughout.

The win moves Tottenham on to 42 points for the season, while Leeds have lost five of their last six games and have 23 points but have played more games than the teams around them at the bottom.

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Leeds vs Tottenham final score, stats

Leeds 0-4 Tottenham

Goals scored: Doherty 10′ Kulusevski 15′ Kane 27′, Son 85′ 

Shots: Leeds 19, Tottenham 15

Shots on target: Leeds 3, Tottenham 11

Possession: Leeds 49, Tottenham 51


Three things we learned from Leeds vs Tottenham

1. Bielsa’s boys can’t defend: In their last five games they’ve concede 21 goals and from the xG stats they should have conceded 13.21. That second number is still bad but it just goes to show you how many defensive errors Leeds are making, even if they have had defensive injuries to deal with. They have let in four against Man United, six at Liverpool and four at home against Tottenham in the space of six days. Bielsa will never change his approach and this past week was demoralizing for everyone connected with Leeds. Their upcoming games against Leicester, Villa, Norwich and Wolves are crucial if they’re going to push themselves away from the relegation battle. The good news is that those teams don’t have attacking talent like United, Liverpool and Spurs. The bad news is that Leeds’ confidence in what they’re doing looks totally gone.

2. Kane, Son set new record: The record-breaking goal summed up their connection perfectly. Kane dropped deep, looked up and sent a long ball right onto Son’s foot as he finished with ease. That set a new record for the most goals from a duo in Premier League history (37) as Kane and Son overtook Drogba and Lampard. This partnership is the most prolific in PL history and we will look back at this duo with delight in decades to come.

3. Conte’s words had an impact: In midweek Antonio Conte looked like he was going to walk away from Tottenham after their defeat at Burnley. His words were harsh and he blamed the players for consistent underachievement. His harsh words worked to motivate Spurs who were clinical and ruthless. Yes, they gave up chances at the back but Leeds couldn’t take them and Tottenham were out of sight inside the first 30 minutes of this game. Let’s see what Conte says next to try and rally Spurs to a top four finish.

Man of the Match: Harry Kane  – Scored a beauty, set up Son with a majestic pass and was brilliant throughout as he dropped deeper to get on the ball. Class.


Rampant Spurs punish Leeds

Leeds’ Pascal Struijk flicked a header just wide, but then Tottenham took the lead.

After Tottenham cut through Leeds’ high defensive line, Ryan Sessegnon was played in down the left and his cross found the wingback on the other side, Doherty, who slotted home with ease.

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Spurs then doubled their lead soon after as Kulusevski cut inside and hammered home a low shot. At the other end Robin Koch hit the post as he beat Hugo Lloris with a side-footed effort.

Kane then made it 3-0 with less than 30 minutes on the clock as Hojbjerg clipped in a lovely ball and Spurs’ main man finished brilliantly.

Hosts waste glorious chances

Leeds actually created the better chances after they went 3-0 down, but couldn’t take any of them as Spurs were cruising.

In the second half Son, Doherty and Kulusevski all had good chances to extend Spurs’ lead as Leeds couldn’t sustain any control on the game.

At the other end Hugo Lloris made a terrible mistake as he came off his line but didn’t get the ball, but Stuart Dallas took too long to finish and Ben Davies blocked.

Kane, Son set new record

Dan James also had a great chance but put it wide as Leeds had a bad day at the office from back to front.

Kane then found Son with a superb ball over the top, as the duo broke the record for the most goal combinations between two players in PL history.

There was still time for Raphinha to rattle the post with a free kick, and that summed up Leeds’ day.

Top 30 Premier League moments: No. 18 – Chelsea win first-ever PL title

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To celebrate the 30th season of the Premier League, we are counting down and ranking our top 30 moments in Premier League history and Chelsea winning their first PL title takes center stage this time.

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That’s right, yours truly, Joe Prince-Wright, has selected the top 30 moments in PL history.

This is not only a huge honor, but also a huge headache. How on earth do you condense 30 seasons of magic into 30 individual moments!?

Well, we did it.


How will our Premier League top 30 moments work?

Before each matchweek from now until the end of the 2021-22 season we will unveil the latest moment, as we count down the top moments in PL history from 30 to 1.

From incredible goals to late title drama and emotional sendoffs to legendary players dazzling awe-inspired crowds, we’re going to celebrate and rank the best moments this wonderful league has produced.

Click on the video above to see number 18, as a young Portuguese coach called Jose Mourinho (remember him?) led Chelsea to their first top-flight title in 50 years and first-ever PL crown.


Premier League Top 30 moments: Number 18 – Chelsea win first-ever PL title, first top-flight title in 50 years

Under new owner Roman Abramovich, Chelsea had started to build a formidable squad and the west London club were the envy of everyone across the soccer world. But the Premier League title eluded them.

Then a young coach called Jose Mourinho arrived at the start of the 2004-05 season…

Mourinho dubbed himself ‘The Special One’ in his very first press conference and that was legendary on its own. His team at Chelsea was packed with legendary players too as Frank Lampard, John Terry, Petr Cech and Didier Drogba formed the spine of one of the greatest teams in PL history.

After an incredible season where they only conceded 15 goals and lost just one of their 38 games, Mourinho’s side finished 12 points clear at the top of the table and had 95 points on the board.

Chelsea officially clinched the title with their win away at Bolton Wanderers on Apr. 30, 2005 as Lampard scored twice to send the away fans wild. Cue incredible scenes at the final whistle, as this was Chelsea’s first-ever Premier League title and their first top-flight title in 50 years.

Amid the wild celebrations keep an eye out for Mourinho who was relaxed and on his cell phone as he spoke with his family. This was truly the beginning of a Premier League dynasty as Chelsea won three titles in six seasons from 2005 to 2010.


Top 30 list

30: Dennis Bergkamp’s brilliant hat trick
29: Newcastle’s amazing comeback from 4-0 down
28: Heung-min Son’s stunning solo goal
27: Thierry Henry’s incredible volley v. Man United
26: Late drama in epic Manchester derby
25: Olivier Giroud scores sensational scorpion kick goal
24: Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira clash in tunnel
23: West Brom’s epic ‘Great Escape’ from relegation
22: Paolo Di Canio’s stunning scissor volley
21: Blackburn Rovers win title on final day
20: Cristiano Ronaldo scores stunning free kick
19: Kevin Keegan’s infamous rant
18: Chelsea win first-ever PL title, first league title in 50 years


Emotional Chelsea heroes celebrate UCL glory: ‘We’re the best in the world’

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Mason Mount and Kai Havertz combined to score the winner as Chelsea won their second UEFA Champions League trophy in club history.

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And every single one of the Chelsea players were emotional after being crowned Champions of Europe.

Chelsea academy product Mount played a beautiful ball into Havertz just before half time and the most expensive signing in club history finished calmly.

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With veterans like Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and N’Golo Kante running the show too, plus substitute Andreas Christensen and youngster Reece James putting in superb displays, it was a total team effort from Thomas Tuchel’s side.

This Chelsea side upset the odds to beat Manchester City and they will be heroes forever at Stamford Bridge.

Mount, who has been at Chelsea his entire career, was emotional when speaking to BT Sport after the game.

“I can’t put it into words. It’s impossible. I just mentioned then that I’ve played in two finals for Chels and we lost them both. The way that hurt… It’s all I’ve dreamt winning a trophy with Chelsea. To go all the way in the Champions League. We played some tough teams. We are in a final and we won it. It’s such a special occasion. At this moment in time, we’re the best team in the world. You can’t take that away from us!

“What a team Man City are. You have seen what they did in the Premier League. It was such a tough game. We got a goal and defended the whole game. We left everything on the line and we won. What can I say? Loads of staff that have come through… It is unbelievable. My dad has just come down from the stands. I burst into tears seeing him. I thank my family for everything.

“To be at this moment now going into the Euros… Some of the boys from City will be meeting up with us and I know that will be hard. I spoke to them, they deserved to be here. It’s tough for them but hopefully next season we’ll be pushing for the Premier League as well.”

As Pulisic and Kante were in tears as they celebrated with teammates and family members at the final whistle, you could tell that this success was the greatest of their careers.

The way Chelsea did it, upsetting Man City and with fans back in the stands in Porto, was special.

This team has been on a heck of a journey this season after Frank Lampard was fired and Tuchel hired in January and since then they’ve never looked back.

Havertz the hero, finally

After his huge transfer from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, there has been massive pressure on Havertz this season and he’s struggled for goals in his debut campaign in the Premier League.

But none of that matters now.

Havertz, who scored his first-ever Champions League goal at the perfect time to win the trophy, was almost speechless when talking after the game.

“I don’t know what to say. I really don’t know what to say,” Havertz said. “It is an incredible feeling. I waited a long time. I want to thank my family, my parents, my brother, my sister, my grandmother, my girlfriend. They are all here tonight. I waited 15 years for that moment.”

Cesar Azpilicueta’s, Chelsea’s captain, joined the club in 2012, just after they won their only other Champions League title in history.

“I came here in 2012 after the Champions League win and I wanted to repeat that. Tonight it was amazing,” Azpilicueta beamed, before he rushed off to lift the trophy.

This young Chelsea side now joins the likes of Terry, Lampard, Cole, Drogba and Cech in bringing the Champions League trophy back to west London.

There were a lot of similarities to 2012 against Bayern Munich but above all else, this win signifies that Chelsea are the real deal under Tuchel and will be right up there in the Premier League title race next season.