Hogwarts United: Secret Siblings of Harry-Potter-Characters in the world of football (Wednesday Shortlist #24)

Hello Boys and Girls. Dumbledore NeinSports has prepared a new Wednesday Shortlist for you.  Here are some footballers from around the globe that could have starred in the latest Harry Potter movie too.

And to emphasize musically, how bad this shortlist is, there will be – for the first and only time – a Wednesday Shortlist Soundtrack to go with it:

Here they are: The players of NeinSports very own Hogwarts United FC

Alfie Potter (Mansfield Town, England)

Harry Granger (Partick Thistle U20, Scotland)

Dean Riddle (Sheffield United, England)

Dean Thomas (Retired)

Paul Black (Nort Carolina FC, USA)

Will Longbottom (Kidderminster Harriers, England)

Dean Crabbe (Tynecastle FC, Scotland)

Benjamin Delacourt (Cercle Brügge, Belgium)

Tom Tonks (Stourbridge FC, England)

Hedwiges Maduro (Omonia Nikosia, Cyprus)

Tobi Adebayo-Rowling (Sligo Rovers, Ireland)

Coach: Peter Snape (Currently without club)

Hit the comment section in order to tell me which one was your favourite, who I missed in my list and what subjects you’d like to see covered in an umpcoming edition!

Have a great week, everyone.

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Madness in Greece: Club president storms onto the pitch with a gun!

Ooooohh, Greece. The land where the sun always seems to shine. The land that brought us Aristotle, Socrates, science, theatre, culture and so on. However, nowadays Greece is rather known for its government’s debts and its shattered economy. However, from time to time the beautiful southern European country makes into the global headlines for other reasons too.

One of them being sports. But ever since 2004 and their sensational victory at the football European Championship in Portugal (however with playing a disgusting kind of defensive football that still has negative impacts on European football up until today. But that’s not the point now, I’ll eventually get back to it another time) these news have never been too positive. Especially the headlines from Greece’s national football league are mostly shocking and or ridiculous. Like this week.

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During the top clash between PAOK Thessaloniki and AEK Athens, ranked second, respectively first in the league table, the world of football has been shocked once more by the sheer violence that seems to have taken over this country’s football. After the regular ninety minutes were almost over, the home side, PAOK, scored the alleged winner. But referee Giorgios Kominos decided not to give it due to an offside position. That was way too much for some supporters. They stormed onto the pitch and threatened the referee and the players, who eventually had to hide in the catacombs of the stadium.

So far nothing too special, aye? But wait. Among these supporters there was club president Iwan Savvidis, being escorted by bodyguards and threatening the ref. Still not convinced by the story? Well, he was carrying a f*cking gun at that time. Yep, that’s right. A club president storms the pitch with a gun (that he luckily didn’t pull though) which leaves referee and players with no other choice but to run into the catacombs fearing for their life.

Savvidis is now being searched via arrest warrant and the Greek league will be on hold for an indefinite time, as the national government confirmed today. This has been decided since it’s by far not the first incident of this kind. Greece probably has one of the least stable and most violent football leagues in Europe. Now this is where the violence and the power games have gotten league, clubs, presidents and fans: To a suspended league and to Greek football being the laughing stock of the world again.

Let’s finish our thoughts on this matter with the words of a philosopher. Not one of the ancient greek ones (even though they’d be disappointed of this scenes too, I guess) but with Isaac Asimov who said „Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.“ How true that is for club presidents storming the pitch with a gun.

 

Farcial scenes in Portugal: Huge flag blocks VAR during goal review

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all fine and having a good time.

I surely have, because right now I’m filled with glee. And there’s hardly any better joy than that, is there?

As you hopefully remember from my other posts, I’m not really a fan of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in modern football. I think it’s rather destroying the game than actually adding value to it in its current form and stories from every league where VAR is installed seem to prove me right for once. Kind of a big deal for me, you know.

But what I’ve read the other day exceeded my expectations so hard, I felt it was inevitable to share this gleeful joy with you.

What I’m talking about is a scene from a Portuguese league game between Desportivo das Aves and Boavista Porto, which the home side won 3:0. So far, so unspectacular. But the last goal in this game was probably one of the most bizarre I’ve ever whitnessed.

Not because of the goal itself, but because of the ridiculous VAR failure that went along with it. When the referee wanted to review the goal to see if there has been an offside or not, he simply wasn’t able to do so. Why? Because a huge flag swung by the away supporters blocked the f*cking camera. Can you believe that?

Watch the hilarious incident here:

They spend millions and millions in order to install a high tech system with cameras and even more officials that slow the game down and kill emotions in order to make it fair for everyone and still manage to get blocked by a single peace of fabric. Ooooh, the irony.

What’s your opinion on VAR? Is it useful or harmful for the game? LEt us know your opinion in the comment section!

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The invincibles: Football Teams across Europe that harldy lost any games this season (Wednesday Shortlist #23)

Paris St. Germain, Bayern Munich, Celtic Glasgow. Teams that will probably collect their trophies way before the last matchday. European league football has become a bit boring lately. However, there are a couple of teams that – statistically – impress even more than these. Let’s see who Europe’s invincibles truly are:

1) Lincoln Red Imps, Gibraltar. (W-D-L: 12-1-0)

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2) Cork City, Ireland. (3-0-0)

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3) FC Barcelona, Spain. (20-5-0, Boring, I know.)

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4) FC Porto, Portugal. (20-4-0, so unless they’re facing Liverpool they’re actually quite capable, apparently)

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5) Manchester City, England. (23-3-1, also they lost to Liverpool. What happened to that Andy Carroll and Stuart Downing club we all used to laugh at?)

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6) SSC Napoli, Italy. (22-3-1)

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7) Red Star Belgrade, Serbia. (20-3-1)

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8) Red Bull Salzburg, Austria (16-7-1)

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5 promising football players who fucked up their careers big time (Wednesday Shortlist #22)

Modern day football is a harsh business. Today, promising players become brands, role models and items of public interest before they even made their first steps on the pitch as professional footballers. Take Youssoufa Moukoko as an example. In the meanwhile, everybody who’s bothered enough to browse through football-related news outlets like this one right here, should have come across this name. The 13 year-old is currently ripping apart the U17 Bundesliga with the youth side of Borussia Dortmund and is already dubbed the next big thing in world football. But hey, don’t forget about the likes of Martin Odegaard – players that have been given the same outrageous media attention and clearly harmful hype in the last years and who have struggled to reach what were believed to be able to do.

What separates players like Odegaard from the five gentlemen, I’m going to introduce to you in a bit is the simple fact that the young Norwegian is still capable of changing his faith and eventually making it big in world football. I want to dedicate this shortlist to five players, that have already completely fucked up their careers and have meanwhile gone from hero to zero.

5) Freddy Adu

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Source: Twitter

His story could have been a football edition of the American Dream. Aged 13, Adu was the youngest player to ever sign a professional contract with a MLS Team, when he joined D.C. United in 2004. Back then, he was dubbed the biggest hope for soccer in America. He was believed to be something like the American Pelé. Also Nike recognized that, signing a million-dollar deal with the young midfielder that was originally born in Ghana. At this time, Adu had many offers from European top teams including Manchester United, Inter Milano and PSV Eindhoven, which all have been turned down.

In 2007 Adu finally made his move to Europe by joining the Portuguese giant Benfica Lisbon. He was never able to prevail, making only 11 appearances for Lisbon.  After that, it all went down for Adu: Greece, Turkey, Poland and – as absolute rock bottom – the 4th Finish division have been his further destinations. Currently Adu is without a club and after 13 stopovers in the ugly depths of European and American club football, Adu’s career can only be described as an American Nightmare.

4) Savio Nsereko

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Source: Twitter

The story of Savio Nsereko is so sad, it’s almost funny again. Being elected the best player of the 2008 U19 European Championship, the young German had a bright future ahead. That’s probably why West Ham United paid 11 Million Euros for him in 2009. Nsereko turned out to be a huge flop in England and hence had to leave. After a football journey through Bulgaria, Romania, Kazakhstan and the lower German divisions, Nsereko had long been off the radar of the average football fan.

That changed instantly, when he made it back to the headlines in 2012. Having run out of money, Nsereko allegedly faked his own kidnapping in Thailand and was arrested for this. Lately, he tried to relaunch his career in the German 4th division. His contract got terminated before the first game with his new team. Ouch.

3) Adam Johnson

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Source: Reddit

The story of Adam Johnson presents itself like a nightmare, too. After shining as a promising youth player and getting into the starting line-up of Manchester City after his move to the team he would later be winning the Premier League and the F.A. Cup with, and being on the doorstep of the English national team, his career crashed down almost instantly in 2016. Johnson, at this time playing for Sunderland, was accused and later found guilty of having had a sexual relationship with a 15 year old girl. This resulted in the Englishman being convicted to a six-year prison sentence and hence probably the end of his professional career.

2) Breno

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Another footballer who passed valuable time of his football career spending time in jail is Breno, the Brazilian defender who used to play for German giants Bayern Munich. He joined the Bavarians aged only 19 in 2008, after having already showed his potential in the Brazilian first division. After having had a solid start in Germany, his career began to get stuck a little, also due to injuries. After he played for Nuremberg on loan, he returned to Munich, where, again, he began to have vast integration problems in the club that had a lasting impact on his performances. In 2011, his rented mansion in Munich burned down, with him being slightly injured in the incident. Later, Breno got arrested and convicted for arson and had to serve three years in jail. Now, Breno’s back on the pitch and currently playing in the Brazilian first division again.

1) Adriano

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Source: Twitter

The career that has taken the worst path of them all, is, in my opinion, the one of Brazilian striker Adriano, once rocking the European football with Inter Milano. Adriano won the golden boot in 2005, which along four Serie-A titles and one Confed Cup trophy can be said to be his greatest achievement. And these are fairly decent ones. Adriano was on top of the game for a few years. Anyhow, he wouldn’t be on this list if that hadn’t changed massively. After experiencing big troubles with alcohol and depressions, Adriano ended his career in Europe and went back to Brazil.

But there things got even worse for him. The millions he’s earned during his time in Europe are gone today and Adriano reportedly lives in a favela of Rio de Janeiro now. Apparently, he’s even become a gang-member there, getting involved in violence and drugs, which pictures like the famous one of him posing with two machine guns that can be frequently seen on social media, seem to prove. Adrianos career must be the ultimate downfall of a footballer. Let’s hope he’ll be able to get back to a normal life one day.

What do you think about the downfalls of these players? Did I miss someone you really wanted to see on this list? Let us know in the comment section below!

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A sign of life from NeinSports

Hello everyone,

I just wanted you to know that, unlike Liverpool’s title chances, I’m still alive. However, as you’ve hopefully noticed, I wasn’t able to post lately. This was mainly due to a really bad flu, some vacations I took right after that and my mandatory army service that I have to perform once per year since I’m a Swiss citizen.

This period was after all useful for me as a sports blogger, as I was really in need of a creative pause in order to regenerate and to find the vital motivation for running a blog like this again. As for most of us smaller bloggers, not really being able to reach out to as many people as we feel our posts were naturally supposed to reach, isn’t a fun thing. Yet, just hoping for the internet to magically discover an article that you wrote two months ago and making it go viral, is not how it works.

Now that I’m back, I will more actively try to get this blog, where I wish for it to be. In order to do that, I’d be in need of you and your reactions and experiences. Let me know what you do in order to reach out to people, how do you stay motivated even though your audience doesn’t seem to grow significantly? Also, if you come across any of my articles, let me know if you liked them in the comment section. What would you do differently? Constructive criticism is always much appreciated.

After all, I do blog for the sake of itself and mainly, because I love sports and discussing about it (and maybe a little bit forcing my opinion on people, too). Now that I was forced to stay away from my project for a few weeks, I’m confident of having found my motivation again and feel full of new energy that shall be used to provide more exciting content over the next few weeks.

So long, take care.

Julian

Joses nightmare: 9 managers against whom Jose Mourinho has lost every single game (Wednesday Shortlist #21)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t stop appearing in the headlines lately. However, mostly it isn’t about results of his team unfortunately. The Portuguese stated, he feels underappreciated and currently trades barbs with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

Even though, I highly appreciate Jose Mourinho and think he’s one of the best managers around in modern day football and even though I support Manchester United in private, I felt it’s time to bring him down a bit. So I devoted this week’s Wednesday Shortlist to Jose’s nightmare opponents.

Do you know all of the managers below? Mourinho should, as these are the ones he was never able to beat or even get a draw against throughout his entire career.

Lee Johnson (Bristol City – Manchester United 2:1 in 2017)

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Jaroslav Hrebik (Sparta Prague – Porto 2:0 in 2002)

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Murat Yakin (Basel – Chelsea 2:1 and 1:0 in 2013)

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Jupp Heynckes (Bayrn Munich – Real Madrid 4:3 and 2:1 in 2012)

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Luis Campos (Gil Vicente – Porto 2:0 in 2004)

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Vincente del Bosque (Real Madrid – Porto 2:1 and 1:0 in 2002)

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Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid – Manchester United 2:1 in 2017)

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David Wagner (Huddersfield Town – Manchester United 2:1 in 2017)

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Lucas Alcaraz (Granada FC – Real Madrid 1:0 in 2013)

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