The 10 biggest failures in football history (Part 1)

After the legendary football player Paolo Maldini acknowledged him as a failure, Marca listed the players who lost the most finals.

Javier Mascherano

The Argentine midfielder won a total of 20 titles, including six national championships with Corinthians (Brazil), River Plate (Argentina) and Barca (Spain). He also won the Champions League twice and twice won gold in men’s football at the Olympic Games.

But Mascherano was a member of the talented Argentinian team who turned away from the title, alongside Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi. He lost 11 finals, one more than Messi. This includes the 2014 World Cup final and the Copa America final 2004, 2007, 2015 and 2016.

Patrick Evra

The French defender has won the title with every team he has ever played for, a total of 21 Cups. But he also has sad memories at the finals.

Evra is the player who has lost the Champions League final most times (4 times). He lost his first match when playing for Monaco against Jose Mourinho’s Porto in 2004. Three times later, he was the champion of Barca, playing for Man Utd in 2009, 2011 and Juventus in 2015. Evra also failed in general. Euro 2016 when France lost to Portugal 0-1.

Arjen Robben

Robben used to play for top clubs like Chelsea, Real or Bayern. In the summer of 2019, he retired, closing 19 years of his career with a total of 30 titles, big and small.

But Robben also lost six finals. In particular, the most significant failure in the 2010 World Cup final with the Netherlands. At that time, Robben missed a good opportunity in the face of goalkeeper Iker Casillas and the Netherlands failed by a goal in extra time of Andres Iniesta. Robben also lost in the final of 2010 and 2012 Champions League (when playing for Bayern), besides three national Super Cup matches.

Arsenal can attend the Champions League if the season is canceled

The historic record in the European arena may be a surprise fulcrum for Arsenal to win tickets to the Champions League in the 2020-2021 season.

The Daily Mail said that the federation of member nations was meeting with UEFA. The meeting was to discuss the remaining period of the 2019-2020 season. In addition to the plans to organize a competition, the plan to end early is also commented.

If it ends early, one of the solutions to choose a team for the European Cup next season is based on the UEFA coefficient table. UEFA made this table based on the performance of the clubs in the last five years in the European arena.

If the solution is chosen, Arsenal will be in the top four teams of English football for the Champions League next season, alongside Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool. Similarly, three teams Tottenham, Chelsea and Leicester City attend the Europa League. If the Champions League two-year ban is enforced against Man City, Tottenham will replace it.

The scoreboard

On the Premier League scoreboard, Arsenal are ranked ninth. In case the season continues, the possibility for Mikel Arteta’s teachers to win tickets to the Champions League is not great.

While encouraging tournaments to return, UEFA also opens up the possibility for some tournaments to end prematurely “in special circumstances”. The Dutch championship can be a prime example. Prime Minister Mark Rutte ordered a football ban until at least September 1.

In early April, Belgium also ended the national championship early. They choose to recognize the current rankings and give the title to the leading team.

The Covid-19 pandemic is showing signs of subsiding, but European countries remain very alert. Spain, England, Italy, Germany and France all have more than 100,000 cases. The risk of a second pandemic is still potential and could cause sports activities to be “frozen” once again.

The Champions League final may be at the end of August

UEFA is considering organizing the Champions League final on August 29, three months behind the original schedule.

According to the schedule, the Champions League final 2019-2020 takes place at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on May 30. However, due to COVID-19, UEFA had to postpone the tournaments indefinitely. The Champions League and Europa League only return when the national championships continue to compete.

Next week, UEFA will meet to discuss a three-month postponement plan. Accordingly, the Champions League final was moved to August 29, while the Europa League final took place three days earlier. The two finals were all held in the same venues.

UEFA considers two options to bring the European Cup back. If the national championships return in June, UEFA wants the Champions League and the Europa League to be held in parallel.

But if the leagues are further delayed, UEFA will give priority to teams that finish the domestic arena first before joining the European Cup.

The UEFA proposal will be reviewed at a board meeting on April 23. They also held a meeting with representatives of 55 member states on April 21. This meeting was attended by representatives of the Association of European leagues on April 22.

Champions League competition format changes

UEFA has not finalized any plans to return to the Champions League. One of the options is to gather eight teams in the quarterfinals in one city. After taht, the teams will play in a knockout cup format. Before that, the remaining four matches in the eighth round. The rounds include Juventus – Lyon, Man City – Real Madrid, Bayern Munich – Chelsea and Barca – Napoli will be held.

The two main issues of UEFA, if changing the format of the competition, are television rights and finding a city that is capable of organizing matches. In the first place, UEFA will have to negotiate with sponsors and clubs, because the location changes will be difficult to ensure the broadcast for broadcasters.

The second problem is even more difficult. All the top four football developing countries have the highest numbers of nCoV infections in Europe.

Despite holding quarter-finals and semi-finals in neutral ground, UEFA still wants to keep Ataturk Olimpiyat, Istanbul as the venue for the final. The organizers are also willing to reduce income. This is because of the risk of not selling tickets, to retain the right to host the match.

Currently, Europe has no control over COVID-19. UEFA left the possibility of extending the season until August 2020 to find the Champions League champion.