Champions and Europa League Finals to be Streamed for Free on Youtube

Many people have felt aggrieved that they cannot watch the Champions League and Europa League finals due to not having a subscription to BT Sport. Having to pay for even more sports channels on top of a Sky Sports subscription turned a lot of people off of BT Sport, despite them having the rights to every Champions League and Europa League game this season, as well some Premier League and FA Cup games.

Today, the sport broadcasting giant has announced that the finals of European club football’s most prestigious tournaments will be streamed for free on Youtube.

The Champions League final is set to be one of the biggest in recent years, with Real Madrid facing off against local rivals Atletico Madrid; with the bragging rights of the city at stake, it is sure to be a fiery affair. The Europa League too is set to be a very interesting match up between Jurgen Klopp’s rejuvenated Liverpool side, and Sevilla who are looking to become the first team to win the trophy for three years running.

Whatever your opinion is of BT Sport, it must be said that they are being very generous in allowing the general public to stream the match via Youtube instead of pushing their own business. Perhaps Sky should take a leaf out of BT’s book and give something back to their customers every once in a while.

13 Players Banned From Football Due To Doping

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho has been all over the news recently due to the fact that he has failed a drugs test and now faces being banned from football due to doping. More recently, he has not requested that UEFA  test his B sample, and instead plans on pleading ‘mitigating factors’ in his appeal against a lengthy ban from football.

He is not the first high-profile footballer to banned from football due to doping, and he most certainly won’t be the last. Below we showcase 13 other footballers who, at some point in their career, faced a ban from all footballing events due to anti-doping laws.

Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) – 2003

Length of Ban: 8 months
Reason for Ban: Missing a routine drugs test

Frank de Boer (Barcelona) – 2001

Length of Ban: 1 year (reduced)
Reason for Ban: Anabolic Steroid – Nandrolene

Mark Bosnich (Chelsea) – 2002

Length of Ban: 9 months
Reason for Ban: Cocaine

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Lee Bowyer (Charlton) – 1995

Length of Ban: 8 weeks
Reason for Ban: Cannabis

Edgar Davids (Juventus) – 2001

Length of Ban: 5 months
Reason for Ban: Anabolic Steroid – Nandrolene

Pep Guardiola (Brescia) – 2001

Length of Ban: 4 months
Reason for Ban: Anabolic Steroid – Nandrolene

Despite being banned from football due to doping, Guardiola was cleared of all wrongdoing retrospectively in 2009.

Paddy Kenny (Sheffield United) – 2009

Length of Ban: 9 months
Reason for Ban: Ephedrine

Adrian Mutu (Chelsea) – 2004

Length of Ban: 7 months
Reason for Ban: Cocaine

As well as being banned from football due to doping, Mutu was fined £20,000 by the FA and was released from his contract by Chelsea.

Diego Maradona (Napoli) – 1991

Length of Ban: 15 months
Reason for Ban: Cocaine

Maradona was banned from football due to doping on multiple occasions, arguably most notably during the 1994 World Cup, where he was sent home after two matches due to testing positive for the banned substance ephedrine.

Joaquim “Quim” da Silva (Braga) – 2001

Length of Ban: 6 months
Reason for Ban: Anabolic Steroid – Nandrolene

Jaap Stam (Lazio) – 2001

Length of Ban: 5 months (reduced)
Reason for Ban: Anabolic Steroid – Nandrolene

Kolo Touré (Manchester City) – 2011

Length of Ban: 6 months
Reason for Ban: Banned Diet Pills

As you can see, a lot of these players banned from football due to doping were largely due to the anabolic steroid ‘Nandrolene’ and in 2001. However, most of the bans were reduced. High profile names such as Rio Ferdinand, Diego Maradona, Edgar Davids, Jaap Stam, Ajax manager Frank de Boer, and arguably the best manager in the world, Pep Guardiola, all feature on this list.

Clearly no one is exempt from drugs testing!

2 Year Anniversary of the Infamous Gerrard Slip

To mark the 2 year anniversary of the infamous Steven Gerrard slip against Chelsea, allowing Demba Ba to nick the ball and pretty much end Liverpool’s title hopes, we take a look at some of the greatest memes to come out of this disastrous moment.

The slip came after the Liverpool captan was famously filmed in a huddle with his teammates insisting that they could not let their point advantage at the top of the Premier League slip as Manchester City were right on their tails. Gerrard had never won a Premier League title, so understandably he was determined to push on… oh fate, you are so cruel!

(Apologies Liverpool fans)

Liverpool famously lost out to Manchester City after the untimely slip. This is just cruel…

Steven Gerrard slip with City fans

Man City fans really relished the slip…

Steven Gerrard slip with City celebrating

Simple yet effective…

Steven Gerrard slip Premier League trophy

Even wrestling fans got in on the action, replacing the slip with a well-timed Randy Orton RKO outta nowhere…

Steven Gerrard slip RKO

Absolutely relentless…

Steven Gerrard slip evolution

Did Gerrard slip, or was he tackled?

Steven Gerrard slip Louis Van Gaal

A slightly more *ahem* creative take on the unfortunate slip…

Steven Gerrard slip Human Centipede

And finally… it wouldn’t be right without Fergie getting in on the act, right?

Steven Gerrard slip Fergie fishing

However, there is no doubting that, other than this one slip, Gerrard has had an amazing career, widely regarded as one of the best centre midfielders of his generation; it is a travesty he never won more silverware. Although, he has still got a lot of talent and would be a welcome addition to any top team, as you can see from this impressive goal for LA Galaxy…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCwcUiFfS5o

Top 5 Most Expensive Premier League January Signings

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5. Wilfried Bony (2015 -Swansea City to Manchester City) – £28m

Wilfried Bony burst onto the scene at Swansea City, impressing in a series of physical attacking displays, showing his knack for scoring goals, as well as his technical ability on the ball. These attributes attracted the attention of Manchester City, and, after courting him for a couple of weeks, he joined the ranks of world-class strikers at the Etihad. Featuring in 33 games, largely from the bench, Bony has scored 10 goals for City, which, all things considered, is not that bad a goalscoring record.

4. Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg to Manchester City) – £32.5m

Dzeko was Wolfsburg’s highest ever goalscorer when Manchester City came sniffing about. After continuing to impress for the German outfit, City decided to make the move and snapped him up for £32.5m. After scoring 72 goals in 189 appearances, it is fair to say that Dzeko is not short of talent, however, City deemed him surplus to requirements and was allowed to leave for Roma.

3. Andy Carroll (Newcastle United to Liverpool) – £35m

After becoming the most expensive Englishman ever, Andy Carroll had a lot of pressure on his shoulders, too much pressure seemingly. After an incredibly disappointing spell at Anfield, Liverpool allowed him to join West Ham United on loan, which eventually turned into a permanent deal. There is still time for Carroll to rejuvenate his career however, he just needs to get over his constant battle with injury.

2. Juan Mata (Chelsea to Manchester United) – £37.1m

Juan Mata was always a fan favourite among Chelsea fans, and was voted as Chelsea’s player of the year for the 2012/13 season. However, after Jose Mourinho took charge of Chelsea for the second time, the Spaniard found himself consistently on the bench, struggling for playing time. Mourinho agreed to David Moyes’ advances for the playmaker, and, despite not being at his best for United, he is most definitely a fan favourite.

1. Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea) – £50m

The Spaniard was somewhat of a flop at the Premier League heavyweights, especially after his incredible goalscoring feats for Liverpool. However, he will be remembered for his goal against Barcelona in the last minute of the Champions League semi-final in 2012 that got Chelsea to the final, which they went on to win. Overall though… it was £50m which was not very well spent.