Premier League goalkeepers

Clean sheets are crucial and there have been plenty of match-saving goalkeepers to have played in the Premier League – but who is the greatest?

How to judge the Premier League’s greatest goalkeeper?

Goalkeepers in the past had to be good with only their hands, keeping the ball out of the net, but there is a growing emphasise on outfield skills too.

“The goalkeeping position has evolved massively,” says Lineker. “They have become more part of the football team because they have to play with their feet.”

Shearer said: “When we started out, the goalkeeper had to keep the ball out of the goal, that was his job. Now he has got to be able to play.”

Asked if he studied goalkeepers before going into games, Wright said: “Definitely. For example, I knew former Coventry goalkeeper Steve Ogrizovic always liked to pat the ball down and then catch it so any shot that went in he used to do that. Anything that was coming in, I would just go in for.”

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Ex-Marseille president Pape Diouf dies from coronavirus

Former Marseille president Pape Diouf died on Tuesday after contracting the coronavirus, the French club has confirmed.

Diouf, 68, was admitted to hospital in his native Senegal over the weekend and required breathing assistance.

The man who led OM from 2005 to 2009 was due to be flown to Nice this week but his deteriorating condition made that impossible.

Diouf was well-regarded in the French game and Marseille wished him well in his battle against COVID-19 via social media just hours before the news of his death.

Although Marseille did not win a domestic title under Diouf, he saw Les Phoceens twice finish second in Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France, but they did win the 2005 Intertoto Cup.

https://www.espn.co.uk/football/marseille/story/4081233/ex-marseille-president-pape-diouf-dies-from-coronavirus

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Gonzalo Higuain’s future at Juventus anything but certain

It’s not so far-fetched to say that Gonzalo Higuian remaining on Juventus’ roster through last summer’s transfer window was one of the biggest early-season surprises we saw take place. There was the Maurizio Sarri factor, sure, but Higuain was high-priced and coming off one of the worst seasons of his career the year before with Milan and Chelsea.

The surprise has turned into a mostly productive season for Higuain, who has played a large role in some of Juventus’ biggest wins of the season before the coronavirus put everything on hold.

The thing is, though, a rebound of a season might not be the thing that keeps Higuain in Turin on a long-term basis.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano published at calciomercato.com as well as an article by the good folks at Tuttosport, Higuain’s future at Juventus is far from set in stone. In fact, both Romano and Tuttosport have gone so far to state that Higuain is going to be on the market whenever the next transfer market actually does ope..

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What It Is Like to Play with Leo Messi

Marti Riverola was 20 years old when he made his debut for Barcelona in December 2011. It was at the Camp Nou Stadium for a UEFA Champions League game against BATE Borisov. He wasn’t nervous on the eve of the game because he wasn’t sure if he’d play. It took him a long time to sleep after Barca’s 4-0 win, though, as he was so high on adrenaline and flooded with messages of congratulations from family and friends.

It was peak Lionel Messi time. The Argentinian was in the middle of his most prolific scoring season, netting a record 50 goals in La Liga—though Real Madrid won the league—and tallying an incredible 91 goals in a calendar year. Riverola had not believed his luck when Barca coach Pep Guardiola called him up to train with Messi and Co. for the first team a couple of years earlier.

“At that stage, Messi was my idol, and he still is,” Riverola says. “When you first meet him, it’s like: Wow! I can’t believe I’m meeting Messi. Then five minutes later, you have to calm down and tr..

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He invested his life’s savings in a new Haiti beach resort. Then a mob sent it up in flames Read more here:

A Haiti judge has issued more than a dozen arrest warrants for individuals accused of looting and torching a million dollar beach resort in northern Haiti owned by a Haitian-American engineer and his wife.

“It was a hired mob of at least 30-40 people,” said Jude Jean-Gilles, the owner of the Joupana Beach Resort, which was set ablaze Saturday in Port Français, a hillside village near Haiti’s northern coast between the town of Labadie and Baie de l’Acul. “I wasn’t there but they tell me it was a large, large crowd.”

Dariot Jean, a justice of the peace, said he issued arrest warrants Tuesday for 15 individuals involved in the incident, which unfolded within eyesight of him and seven police officers. They had been called to the property, he said, to investigate a corpse, which Jean-Gilles believes was planted, and had already boarded a boat to head back to nearby Plaine-du-Nord when the crowd began stealing the furnishings before setting the property ablaze.

“It was a large crowd,” Jea..

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Compas Festival is canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone watching the coronavirus global pandemic from the confinement of self-isolation on their couch. But Haitian music fans, here it goes: This year’s 22nd annual Haitian Compas Festival has been canceled.

Organizers say with the “Stay at Home” directive and the calls for social distancing — you know this just doesn’t work for konpa music — this year’s show, scheduled for May 16 at Mana Wynwood in Miami with some of the hottest acts in Haitian music, can’t go on.

In fact, with all of the public health emergencies, calls for social distancing, lockdowns and prevention guidance, the realization of the festival, which is also pays tribute to Haiti’s May 18 Flag Day commemoration, is just — well, “impossible.”

“We understand how crucial it is that Compas fans have time to make important decisions and plans,” organizers said. “But you understand, this is totally out of our control. We continue to defer to the authorities for guidance and there is no hi..

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Haitian factories to donate a million masks to government in fight against Covid-19

The donation of one million masks will be made to the Haitian government as part of the fight against Covid-19 next Friday at the request of Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe, the president of the Association of Industries of Haiti, (ADIH), Georges B. Sassine, said Tuesday. “Yes, we will do it for free. These masks, mostly washable, will be available next Friday,” he said, mentioning that everyone must get their hands dirty in the fight against this pandemic. Le Nouvelliste

Several organizations express their concerns over the risks of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in Haiti

The Organization of Citizens for a New Haiti (Ocnh), the Combite for Peace and Development (Cpd) and the Center for Peasant Animation and D community action (Capac) express their concerns as they face with the risks of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in Haiti. “Our already deleterious social system may not recover. Overcrowd..

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Bundesliga boss still aiming to finish season by June 30

German Football League chief executive Christian Seifert has reiterated the aim to finish the Bundesliga season by June 30 but warned games could be played behind closed doors for the rest of the year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The DFL has agreed to extend the suspension of top flight and 2.Bundesliga games until April 30, and has begun to look at ways matches could be played with the bare minimum number of people in attendance.

“We aim to end the season by June 30th, and that is still the status today,” Seifert said in a press conference conducted online. “We want to see what is possible.

If games can take place, it can be assumed that they will necessarily have to take place without spectators, possibly into next season, maybe until the end of the year.”

Seifert also announced an easing of the league’s financial regulations so as not to punish clubs who are suffering from the lack of games.

Clubs will not face a points deduction if they enter bankruptcy proceedings this se..

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