WELBECK ABSENT IN DRAW AGAINST HAMMERS

Brighton and Hove Albion attacker Danny Welbeck was a major absentee for his team as they maintained their unbeaten run against West Ham United in the Premier League thanks to the late goal from Frenchman Neal Maupay.

Danny Welbeck has missed the majority of the season due to a hamstring injury and his influence in front of the opposition goal has been missed as the Seagulls continue to struggle to find the back of the net. He has been missing with the hamstring problem since the away win over newcomers Brentford. Danny Welbeck played 64 minutes of the game before he was subbed off forAlexis MacAllister as Brighton won all three points thanks to the lone goal from Belgian international Leandro Trossard. Brighton were able to beat the Bees 1-0 away from home courtesy the contribution from Trossard on the stroke of half-time.

For the West Ham United game, Brighton conceded the first goal of the match to midfielder Tomas Soucek off the assist from Pablo Fornals via a corner kick. The Czech Republic international was able to give his team a fantastic start in the fifth minute.

The Hammers thereafter held on to that early lead until one minute from full-time when French striker Maupay produced an overhead kick off the cross from Brighton substitute Tariq Lamptey to snatch a point for the Seagulls.

With the late goal, Brighton were able to maintain their unbeaten run against the Hammers. The Seagulls have not lost to West Ham United since they secured promotion to the Premier League in 2017. They have gone nine games without defeat to the London club since their promotion at the start of the 2017/18 season though the last six league meetings between the two clubs have ended in a draw. West Ham United had lost the first three Premier League encounters with Brighton before the run of draws started.

QATAR 2022: EIGHT MATCH VENUES REVEALED

2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar have already established that eight match venues would play hosts to games when hostilities begin at the tournament next year. Qatar 2022 World Cup tournamentis scheduled to take place over a period of 27 days in November and December.

Next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament on Qatari soil will take place from November 21 to December 18.

Initially, five of the eight proposed match venues forthe World Cup tournament were unveiled at the beginning of March 2010. The other three match venues were unveiled much later.

Out of all the World Cup Stadiums for the Qatar 2022 tournament, Al Bayt Stadium is expected to be the only indoor stadium. Al Bayt is the second largest of all the World Cup Stadiums for Qatar 2022 with a capacity of 60,000. From the other World Cup Stadiums, only the Lusail IconicStadium has a bigger capacity than the Al Bayt Stadium. The Lusail Iconic Stadium has a capacity of 80,000.

Apart from the duo of Lusail Iconic Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium, the other Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadiums are Al Thumama Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium and the Al Janoub Stadium. The others are Education City Stadium, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium and Khalifa International Stadium.

The 32 teams for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournamentare far from being complete. As at the last count, only the trio of hosts Qatar, Germany and Denmark are assured of a place at the tournament billed for the end of next year.

Four-time world championsGermanyhave a fifth title as target ahead of the tournament next year. Their fourth and last win was at the 2014 edition in Brazilthanks to the extra time win over Argentina in the final. Mario Gotze came off the bench to score in extra time and give the Germans a 1-0 win.

MELBOURNE VICTORY RE-SIGNS DUO

Australian A-League side Melbourne Victory have re-signed two former players ahead of thestart of the 2021/22 season. It was revealed that Melbourne Victory have signed former players Emma Robers and Maja Markovski in time for the 2021/22A-League Women’s season which starts next month.

Markovski, 19, is back at Victory for her second spell at the club. The young attacker made five appearances for the club during the 2020/21 Championship-wining season.

Just like what’s obtainable with Markovski, Robers returns to Melbourne Victory for his second spell.  Her first spell at the club was during the 2019/20 season.

Robers is back to full fitness after a serious knee injury put spanner in her works during the 2020/21 season. She has made the decision to return to Melbourne Victory where she was part of the AFC Women’s Club Championship two years ago.

Ahead of the new A-League Women’s season, Jeff Hopkins is certain that the re-signings will aid Victory in the quest to defend their title. Hopkins is the Melbourne Victory head coach and he spoke to the club about the new players. According to him, the current Victory squad has what it takes to mount a serious title defence before adding that foundations are being laid for something special at the club.

On Maja, Hopkins said that the young forward would proved to be a valuable addition in the final for Melbourne Victory as she continues to learn her trade at the club. For Robers, the Victory head coach stated that she has been an incredible professional during her recovery from a serious knee injury and that the decision was made to reward her with a contract. He’s optimistic that sheRobers can get back to the form she showed in the WNPL two years ago.

Victory will start the new Australian A-League Women’s season against Adelaide United on December 5.

CHELSEA TO END SAUL STAY

Premier League leaders Chelsea will reportedly end the loan spell of Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez at the club when the winter transfer window reopens in January. This is according to the report from Spanish newspaper Marca. It was revealed that the Blues are prepared to cut short his loan spell after failing to impress.

Spanish international Saul joined Chelsea on a season-long loan deal from reigning La Liga champions Atletico Madrid on the final day of this summer’s transfer window and the West Londoners have the option to make the move permanent for £30m. Saul had to leave Atletico Madrid in the summer after falling down the pecking order in the midfield department with the arrival of Argentine international Rodrigo De Paul from Italian Serie A side Udinese.

Atletico Madrid won the league title in the Spanish top flight last season and Saul played his part in the title win which was sealed on the last day of the season.

Since moving to Chelsea on loan from Atletico Madrid, Saul has struggled for playing time. The aforementioned media outlet said that Saul is determined to fight for his place in the Chelsea team, but the club wants to send him back to Atletico Madrid in the New Year.

Saul Niguez has faced a big battle tonail down to a starting place in the Chelsea midfield. He has had to battle with Frenchman N’GoloKante, Italian star Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for one of two availablemidfield spots since the start of the season.

Atletico Madrid loanee Saul made his Chelsea debut during the Premier Leagueclash with Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.The Spaniard was hooked at the half-time break after a poor first half as Chelsea beat Villa 3-0 at home. Star striker Romelu Lukaku was the star of the show with two goals either side of the interval.

VINICIUS YET TO MATERIALIZE AT REAL MADRID

There is a reason why seed investors bet on teams rather than their tech while only Warren Buffet can afford to wait for the market to mature before betting.

The point is newspaper headlines and all the sensational vibes that come with it rarely rise above what actually is.

Real Madrid have Eden Hazard, Isco, Vinicius Junior and Benzema in their ranks yet they don’t even look like an outfit good enough to participate in La Liga.

Like Hazard, Los Blancos spent a long time chasing Vinicius Junior, yet if this season has proven anything is that no amount of well edited YouTube clips will be enough to tell you if a player should be bought or not.

Talent is never enough.

Like a seed investor, you have to dig deep into other layers that makes up a man before deciding whether you will bet your money or not. Only Warren Buffet can afford to do otherwise. Because either way, he is not going to lose.

With a transfer fee of $50 million, Vinicius remains one if not the most expensive teenager in history but if he continues his performance of all runs and no end products, he will be back to Flamengo, sooner than later and no, it won’t be for retirement reasons.

At least, he can go back to being a village champion whose power and talent was obviously above the average of what you will normally see in the Brazilian league but as few months in Madrid has shown, is nowhere near what is required to conquer Europe.

If at the end, it doesn’t work out, at least Real Madrid will be wiser the next time a scout or broker wants to suck them into buying some local champion all because someone on YouTube had very good editing skills.