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Terry urges Sky Sports to take over UCL coverage from BT Sport

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Terry urges Sky Sports to take over UCL coverage from BT Sport

This happened while the England and Chelsea legend was watching former club Chelsea play Porto, as John Terry urges Sky Sports to take over UCL coverage from BT Sport.

BT has aired Champions League matches since 2015, after outbidding then-co-holders Sky and ITV with an offer of about £1 billion.

The new Aston Villa assistant manager was following the broadcaster’s latest collection of European fixtures, which saw the Blues defeat their Portuguese rivals 2-0 in Seville thanks to goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell.

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Although the 40-year-old would be pleased with Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg performance, he seemed to be dissatisfied with the broadcaster.

Just 11 minutes into the game, he wrote on his Instagram account, ‘@SkySports please get hold of the Champions League,’ followed by a fist emoji.

In November 2019, it was revealed that BT Sport had secured the rights to the Champions League until 2024, at a fee of £400 million per year as part of a three-year contract. John Terry, on the other hand, will have to wait at least another three years before Sky Sports can reclaim the rights they shared with ITV between 2008 and 2015.

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The Premier League has surpassed La Liga to become Europe’s best league

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The Premier League has surpassed La Liga to become Europe’s best league after Manchester United’s 6-2 win over Roma in the first leg of the Europa League on Thursday which propelled the English Premier League to the top of Europe’s rankings, according to the Daily Mail.

With United’s Europa League victory, the Premier League has taken over the first spot in the UEFA rankings for the first time in nine years, dropping LaLiga to second place.

Since winning the Champions League and the Europa League, England and the Premier League now have a coefficient ranking of 98.997.
Manchester City and Chelsea are the Champions League leaders, while Manchester United and Arsenal are battling it out in the Europa League.

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The English top-flight has reportedly outperformed LaLiga in three of the last five seasons, including two Premier League teams in both the Champions League and Europa League semi-finals.

Spain will not be able to catch England despite seeing Real Madrid and Villarreal in the Champions League and Europa League, respectively.

Even Champions League and Europa League victories will not be enough to lift Spain and LaLiga out of England’s shadow.
Since the distance between the two countries will widen as the season progresses, this is the case.

As of right now, Spain has a coefficient ranking of 97.425. Though England’s score has surpassed that of their 2018-19 season, it could also surpass Spain’s all-time high coefficient score of 2015-2016.

When Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and Sevilla defeated Liverpool in the Europa League, Spain set a new record.

The fact that England has risen to the top of the UEFA rankings would have little bearing on the number of Champions League spots available to any nation.

TABLE With UEFA COEFFICIENTS:

1. England has 98.997 points and in the first position.
2. Spain with a score of 97.425
3. Italy (75.153 points)
4. Germany is in fourth place with a score of 73.570.
5. In 5th place with 56.081 points is France

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Brazilian Club: Athletico Paranaense to purchase COVID-19 vaccinations for Fans, officials, and players

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Athletico Paranaense to purchase COVID-19 vaccinations for fans, officials, and players. Fans within this category must however be registered members of the Brazilian Sports powerhouse and Club.

Athletico Paranaense, a Brazilian top-flight football team, has confirmed that it intends to purchase COVID-19 vaccines and make them available to clubs, administrators, and fans with paying memberships for free.

Earlier this week, Brazil’s Congress passed legislation authorizing private companies to purchase vaccinations, and Athletico has said that if the legislation becomes law, they will do so in collaboration with other companies.

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The Curitiba-based team, which won the Copa Sudamericana in 2018, announced on Thursday that the vaccinations will be made available “for all their workers, players, backroom personnel, and [members] who are assisting by paying their monthly membership dues during the pandemic, even though they can’t go to the stadium.”

Monthly memberships at the club are priced between 75 Brazilian real ($13.5) and 350 real ($62.9), equivalent to season tickets in Europe.

“Athletico encourages all organisations interested in football to contribute to the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” the club said in a tweet.

Although Athletico did not specify how many members they had, prior to the pandemic, media sources set the number between 20,000 and 30,000.

In a report per Aljazeera: Brazil has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, with authorities announcing a daily death toll of 4,249 on Thursday.

In South America’s most populated nation, more than 345,000 people have died as a result of the outbreak. Brazil leads the world in the daily average number of new coronavirus deaths recorded.

The World Health Organization recognised the country’s desperate situation as a result of the coronavirus, stating that the country is in a critical state with an overburdened healthcare system.

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Bayern Munich to bid for Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-Min as new contract stalls

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According to sources, Bayern Munich to bid for Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-Min as new contract stalls, his contract talks with the club have stalled with parties yet to reach any reasonable agreement or conclusion.

The South Korean winger is one of Tottenham’s most dangerous attacking players this season, with 18 goals and 16 assists for the north Londoners.

Son has been in talks with the club over a new £200,000-a-week contract since October, according to Sportsmail, but no agreement has been reached as the season nears its end.

According to Football Insider, Bayern Munich is willing to give Son a new five-year contract worth more than what Tottenham is demanding, and the Bundesliga club is willing to wait a year to sign him.

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Before joining Tottenham in 2015, Son made his name on the European stage when playing in Germany, scoring 49 goals in all competitions for Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen.

Despite the delay in talks, the 28-year-old has just over two years left on his current Tottenham deal, and Jose Mourinho was optimistic that the winger will sign an extension.

‘Son is not a concern, he has a deal for a couple of years if I am not mistaken, maybe even three,’ the Spurs manager said in February. I believe it is just a matter of waiting for the right opportunity.

‘With the state of the nation, I don’t believe it is the best time for players and clubs to worry about contracts when so many people are losing jobs, not working, and experiencing difficulties.’

‘I assume that when the sun shines again for the country, the club and Sonny will be able to reach an agreement fairly quickly.’

Since Mourinho’s most recent remarks regarding Son’s future, Spurs have left the FA Cup, the Europa League, and the Premier League title chase, with former Tottenham striker and current Sportsmail columnist Peter Crouch believing the winger could leave to play at a higher level.

Spurs haven’t won a trophy since Son joined the club in 2015, while Bayern Munich won the treble last season, including the Champions League.

‘Son and (Harry) Kane are players who deserve to be competing at a higher level than the Europa League,’ Crouch told BT Sport after Spurs were knocked out of the competition by Dinamo Zagreb. ‘Of course, they are loyal to Tottenham, as we all hope, but games like that don’t help.’

Son has 103 goals in 270 Tottenham matches since joining the club from Germany six seasons ago.

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