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FIVE South American Top Scorers in The Premier League History

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Football has been a culture and profession in South American countries especially Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Paraguay including others.

South America had great names in football history likes Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo, Messi… and this list is now continuing until these days.

In the schools, parks, street, small pitches and beaches of every South American country, you’ll find crowds of people coming together to show off their fancy football in friendly competition.

For instance, in different slums of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, kids can be seen kicking raggedy old balls around from sunset to sundown, undeterred by the dusty pitches, absence of goal structures and frequent lack of shoes.

Practising day in and day out, many of these kids will be recognised by big teams in the world and go on to become some of the most famous footballers on the planet, especially in Europe where football is mostly developed.

The English Premier League has received many players including strikers from South America. Many of these strikers have successfully completed their tasks with their quality finishing, dribbling and other skills.

Let us take a look at the top five goalscorers from this talented continent in the Premier League.

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Bundesliga Players On International Duty: Who To Watch ?

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Even with club football off the agenda for the week, Bundesliga fans have much to look forward to during the November international break. A plethora of Bundesliga stars will be flying the flag in the coming days, guaranteed to draw crowds in all four corners of the world.

For a true taste of Bundesliga flavor, look no further than the USA’s FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier with Mexico. No less than nine Bundesliga representatives could be involved in Colombus, with the USMNT providing seven alone.

USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann’s faith in Bundesliga talent has made international mainstays out of Germany-born duo John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin) and Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach in recent times, while providing fertile ground for the development of Bobby Wood (Hamburger SV) and USMNT wonderkid Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund).

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Julian Green keeps his place, fresh from making his own piece of history as the first ever American player to score a competitive goal for FC Bayern München. There are also recalls for SV Werder Bremen striker Aron Johannsson and revitalized Eintracht Frankfurt defender Timothy Chandler.

Chandler’s return to prominence is mirrored by team-mate Marco Fabian, the Mexican playmaker whose trying early days in the Bundesliga saw him overlooked for this summer’s Copa America Centenario and 2016 Rio Olympics. His subsequent showings have been nothing short of spectacular, however, with three goals and four assists helping catapult Frankfurt up to seventh in the Bundesliga standings.

Fabian

Hot on the Eagles’ tails are a Bayer 04 Leverkusen ensemble spearheaded by Fabian’s close friend and international teammate, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez. The most prolific Mexican to have graced the Bundesliga has already scored five times in the league this season and hits the international trail needing just one more goal to draw level with Jared Borgetti as his country’s all-time leading marksman.

Staying with the Americas, turbo-charged Bayern winger Douglas Costa returns to the Brazil set-up for the Selecao’s crunch qualifier with Argentina. The 26-year-old was a spectator during the close season due to injury, but is now back doing what he does best: tying Bundesliga defenders up in knots.

Costa

Brazil are in pole position to reach the World Cup finals in Russia, albeit with Copa America Centenario winners Chile only five points off the qualifying pace in fifth place. Talismanic Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal scored both goals for La Roja in a 2-1 win over Peru last time out and can once again count on Leverkusen’s Charles Aranguiz and Copa America Centenario top scorer Eduardo Vargas (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) for support against Colombia.

Over in Asian qualifying, Bundesliga workhorses Yuya Osako (1. FC Köln) and Genki Haraguchi (Hertha Berlin) take centre stage for a Japan outfit that also includes Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg), Makoto Hasebe (Frankfurt) and Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund). A trip to Thailand awaits Australia’s Mathew Leckie (FC Ingolstadt 04) and Robbie Kruse (Leverkusen), while FC Augsburg duo Ja-Cheol Koo and Dong-Won Ji are key to South Korea’s World Cup hopes.

Kagawa

It goes without saying that African eyes will light up at the sight of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Dortmund striker who netted four times against Hamburger SV at the weekend to move joint-top of the Bundesliga scoring charts on 11 goals.

The Gabon international is the Bundesliga’s leading African goalscorer and, along with Hertha’s Salomon Kalou (Cote D’Ivoire), FC Schalke 04 pair Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Gladbach’s Ibrahima Traore and RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita (both Guinea), is doing his home continent proud.

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Europe, too, is sprinkled with Bundesliga star dust. In addition to the 20-strong Bundesliga cast at Germany head coach Joachim Löw’s disposal, the likes of Hertha goal machine Vedad Ibisevic (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Bayern maestros Thiago Alcantara (Spain) and Renato Sanches (Portugal), Leipzig duo Emil Forsberg (Sweden) and Oliver Burke (Scotland) are all match-winners in their own right.

With so many stars from Germany’s top flight seeking to do their respective countries proud over the coming days, this latest mini Bundesliga hiatus is guaranteed to be something to savour.

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Three Manchester United stars to miss derby against Manchester City

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he could be missing three of his South American players for the derby match against Manchester City next Saturday.

Mourinho will come face to face with Pep Guardiola once again, but the Portuguese tactician be without his hero Antonio Valencia and Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo, who will return the day before the crunch match at Old Trafford.

“We keep eight outfield players and Sam Johnstone as the goalkeeper [for training] We are going to lose the others and we don’t know the way they train, the way they recover, the life they are going to have with their national teams,” Mourinho told the club’s official website.

“Some are coming back on the Monday before the Manchester City match but some are coming back on Friday. The day before Man City, we will still have Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia arriving.

“It will be a complicated process but we know it is like this when we have these players. And I would love all of the players to go because it would mean that everybody is being selected for their national teams.”

 

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Chapecoense appoint Vagner Mancini as new manager

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Chapecoense have confirmed the appointment of Vagner Mancini as their new manager following the plane crash that killed most of their players and coaching staff.

A total of 71 people, including team boss Caio Junior, lost their lives in the accident, which came as they were making their way to Colombia to compete in the Copa Sudamericana final.

Chapecoense said in a statement: “Vagner Mancini will take charge of the team with the responsibility for maintaining the work that was being done.”

  • The Brazilian club are due to compete in the Copa Libertadores – South America’s equivalent of the Champions League – next season for the first time.
  • Mancini has coached all thirteen clubs, including Santos, Gremio, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama, among others.

Full article at Daily Mail

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Top 12 MOST EXPENSIVE AFRICAN footballers of ALL TIME

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African football has continued to grow despite challenges of lack of facilities and poor management across the continent. A quick check at how other continents are doing and you will notice that more players from Africa are playing in Europe top leagues than as compared to Asia, South America and North America.

Today, we can all agree that it is difficult to find any big team in Europe without a player either from Africa or has roots in the continent.

So as we continue to celebrate the success of our football let us take a look at 12 most expensive African footballers ever in history;

12. Jay-Jay Okocha- – €20 Million

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Jay Jay Okocha is the only footballer in the history of football that was so good that he was given his name twice. The former Nigerian footballer is actually regarded as the man who inspired Brazilian magician Ronaldinho. He had everything any footballer would dream for talk of confidence, technique, creativity and dribbling skills, everything.

In 1998 French giants Paris Saint-Germain decided to pay Turkish side Fenerbahce €20 Million to get the man in Paris and the fans loved him. In 2002 he joined Bolton Wanderers in the English Premier League and later Hull City.

11. Medhi Benatia- €26 million

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Bayern Munich paid €26 million to sign Morocco International Medhi Benatia from Serie A side AS Roma in the summer of 2014. He had an ok season at Allianz Arena before joining Italian giants Juventus on a season long loan last summer.

10. Samuel Eto’o -€28 Million

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Cameroon football legend and Africa most decorated footballer Samuel Etoo surprised the World when he decided to ditch InterMilan for Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. There was no guessing the reason because when the details of the deal emerged, he was top of the World in salary with a €20 million annual pay after tax. He scored 14 goals in 36 appearances in 3 years and then he joined Jose Mourinho again this time at Chelsea. Etoo has won all trophies available in Club level and national level apart from the World Cup.

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