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Guardiola wins 2022-23 Premier League Manager of the Season

Premier League champions Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been awarded the Premier League Manager of the Season 2022-23 for the fourth consecutive time. The Spaniard took his club Manchester City to the title for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

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Football & Studs

Pep Guardiola has been a boon for Manchester City. The former Barcelona manager guided City to their third Premier League title in a row and a fifth in six years, as well as securing places in the final of the FA Cup and Champions League. “I am at an incredible football club and without all of the support that I have had throughout my time here, this would not have been possible,” Guardiola said in a club statement.

Guardiola is only the second manager in Premier League history to have won more than three awards after Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson. He faced competition from Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta, Brighton & Hove Albion’s Roberto De Zerbi, Newcastle United’s Eddie Howe, and Fulham’s Marco Silva to win the prestigious award.

Manchester City released a statement congratulating Pep Guardiola for his achievements and well-deserved honour.

After winning the Premier League, Manchester City have an important task cut out for them. The champions will be facing fellow Manchester rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final. Also, they have the most important match of the season i.e. Champions League final against Inter Milan.

Pep Guardiola masterclass powers Manchester City to the finals of Champions League

Manchester City Rout Everton, Put One Foot in the Premier League Title

Current Premier League table toppers Manchester City thrashed Everton to edge closer to its 3rd successive Premier League title. The Men in Blue won 3-0 with skipper Ilkay Gundogan scoring a double to take his side to a comfortable victory.

Manchester City’s four-point advantage over an Arsenal side who have played a game more means they will win the title on Saturday – if Arsenal loses at Nottingham Forest – or on Sunday if they beat Chelsea.

Arsenal, who have been leading the Premier League title charge have slipped massively after the huge defeat to Brighton. The Mikel Arteta-led side lost 3-0 to Brighton to remove any signs of them winning the Premier League title.

Pep Guardiola, who is about to lift the trophy for the fourth time in the last five seasons was ecstatic with his team’s victory. The manager commented, “From minute one we took the game in our hands. We controlled the game. We were patient and attacked the spaces.”

Guardiola’s Manchester City are on the verge of completing their treble. The Premier League defending champions have drawn the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid. The club will host Real Madrid for the second leg on Wednesday and make another Champions League final.

Additionally, the English club will be facing fellow Manchester rivals; Manchester United in the FA Cup finals on 3rd June at Wembley Stadium.

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Erling Haaland sets a new Premier League record

Manchester City striker Erling Haaland has created a new record in the English Premier League. The Norwegian scored his record-breaking 35th Premier League goal of the season to help secure a 3-0 victory against West Ham United that sent his side back to the top of the Premier League table.

Haaland’s 35th top-flight goal of the season came via a deft finish in the second half of a 3-0 win against the Hammers that sent Manchester City back to the top of the league. He was given a guard of honor by his teammates, boss Pep Guardiola, and the club’s backroom staff after the final whistle at Etihad Stadium.

Haaland, who has been prolific for Manchester City this entire season, has surpassed the previous best mark held by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer. In a post-match interview, the star striker said, “It’s a special night and a special moment. I’m really happy and proud.”

He further stated, “It feels amazing and I’m really happy and I’m also happy for the three points.” The Norwegian has another five games to add to his tally.

Haaland, in his debut season in English football, has set the new marker in just his 31st game of the year. His 35 goals are also the most by a player in a single campaign in the English top division since Ron Davies scored 37 for Southampton in 1966-67, while Dixie Dean boasts the record with 60 in 39 games for Everton in 1927-28.

Aleksandar Mitrovic handed a 8-match ban following misconduct with referee

Aleksandar Mitrovic handed an 8-match ban following misconduct with referee

Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic has been handed an 8-match ban after pushing referee Chris Kavanagh during Fulham’s FA Cup defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford last month.

Mitrovic was subsequently charged with violent conduct, as well as with using “improper, abusive, insulting and threatening” language towards Kavanagh.

Following a hearing by an independent regulatory commission, it was revealed that Mitrovic would be banned for a total of eight matches, with the striker also receiving a ÂŁ75,000 fine.

The Serbian striker served the first game of his suspension in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at Bournemouth and will now miss Fulham’s next seven top-flight matches.

Fulham’s head coach Marco Silva was also shown a red card during the defeat to United, and he will serve a two-game touchline ban after being charged with improper conduct and using “abusive and insulting” language. A further ÂŁ40,000 penalty was issued against Fulham for failing to control their players.

A spokesperson from Fulham informed that they will appeal the sanction. He further said, “We note the decision of the independent regulatory commission to sanction Aleksandar Mitrovic and Marco Silva. Our current intention is to appeal both sanctions, however we will await the written reasons before confirming our final position.”

Breaking: Chelsea sack Graham Potter after six months in charge

Breaking: Chelsea sack Graham Potter after six months in charge

After dropping to the lower half of the table in Premier League, Chelsea authorities have decided to sack their manager Graham Potter with immediate effect. Bruno Saltor will take charge of the team as Interim Head Coach.

Announcing the news on Chelsea’s official website, co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said, ‘On behalf of everyone at the club, we want to thank Graham sincerely for his contribution to Chelsea. We have the highest degree of respect for Graham as a coach and as a person. He has always conducted himself with professionalism and integrity, and we are all disappointed in this outcome.”

They further added, “Along with our incredible fans, we will all be getting behind Bruno and the team as we focus on the rest of the season. We have 10 Premier League games remaining and a Champions League quarter-final ahead. We will put every effort and commitment into every one of those games so that we can end the season on a high.”

Graham Potter leaves with the second-worst record of any Chelsea manager in the Premier League era (40% win percentage overall, barely 30% in the league). This weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa at home, the final straw, was his 8th defeat in 22 Premier League games. At one point, Chelsea had gone without a win in six straight (longest in a decade) and an absolutely futile sequence from November to March saw the Blues win just twice from fifteen games — Chelsea’s worst run for three decades. Potter did eventually arrest the slide, but that turned out to be just a temporary reprieve. He could not find the solutions needed.

With Potter’s exit, there are few names that are expected to take charge of the London-based club. Former Bayern Munich manager Julian Naggelsmann is the favorite to succeed Graham Potter at Chelsea. Former Tottenham Hotspur and Paris St. Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is also being linked with the high-profile job.

The 15 Strangest Prizes given in Sports

The 15 Strangest Prizes given in Sports

Every sport is played for the reward, be it a golden trophy or a mixer-grinder; the prizes are a must. There are many strangest prizes that have been given out in sports. Some examples include “A full crate of beer” awarded to the man of the match of The Zimbabwean Premier League, a gigantic credit card, and even a live chicken. Some of these odd awards, whether they serve as an acknowledgment for a Man of the Match performance, Player of the Month consistency, or any other honor that recognizes excellent form, actually left us perplexed. Let’s have a look at some of those. 

Top 15 Strangest Prizes given in Sports

A chicken 

This Man of the Match award from Malawi was more of a local fan’s gesture of appreciation than a full-fledged trophy. Despite this, there is no denying how bizarre it is on its whole. Supporters of Nyassa Big Bullets are accustomed to rewarding their players to encourage them. Hassan Kajoke, a striker of the team, was handed a live chicken in July 2019 after leading the team to a 5-0 victory. 

A jeweled dagger 

Golf’s TrophĂ©e Hassan II in Morocco chooses a jeweled ceremonial dagger over a jacket or cardigan, which are prizes at the Masters and Arnold Palmer Invitational, respectively. Welshman Rhys Davis won it in 2010, but in order to get the weapon on the plane for his return voyage home, he needed a special letter of permission from the Moroccan Royal Family. 

Blender 

When Luke Wright was given a blender as the Man of the Match prize for his performance in the Dhaka Premier League. The cricketer for England’s post at the time had gone viral. “Pleased we won my first match for Abhanai today. Have to say I have never been given a blender for MoM before,” he tweeted. 

A full crate of beer 

Champagne may no longer be awarded a Man of the Match trophy in the Premier League, but other nations continue to award alcohol—and in considerable quantities, too. A whole crate of beer has occasionally been given as a reward for Man of the Match performances in the Zimbabwean Premier League, which is sponsored by Castle Lager. Not exactly the best award for a professional athlete. 

A cow 

Winners of alpine ski competitions frequently receive animals, but this is primarily symbolic. Up until a live calf or $5,000 offer was made to Lindsey Vonn in France’s Val d’Isère. As you would have anticipated, Vonn took the calf, much to the chagrin of the organizer. The cow was valued at $20,000, so Vonn’s decision to buy it was more than savvy.

Bat grip and shoelaces 

In the opening ODI of India’s tour to Australia in 2018–19, the speedster bowled superbly. Jhye Richardson took four wickets and only conceded 26 runs. His bowling performance was immensely helpful for the Australians as they won the opening game of the three-match ODI series. Funny enough, the fast bowler received the Man of the Match award during the presentation ceremony in the form of shoelaces and a bat grip. 

The India-Australia series is one of the most valuable in sports, as it is widely recognized. The trophies handed out during the series drew criticism from several former cricket players. The Indian team ultimately won the series. However, they were only granted $500, and the organizers received a lot of criticism for this. 

A rice cooker 

Eoin Morgan played many match-winning performances during his time in the Dhaka Premier League. The southpaw received many Player of the Match awards for his efforts. However, one such prize turned out to be a rice cooker. Morgan assumed the stove was being used as a metaphor for his terrific knock “under pressure,” which made the situation rather comical. But it turned out that one of the sponsors was the rice cooker brand. 

Milk and rosewater 

Indianapolis 500 victors are given a milk bottle, which they will gulp from and then pour over their heads (they even have to specify their milk preference before racing). Alcohol use is not unlawful in Bahrain, although it is not permitted outside. Therefore, Waard, a non-alcoholic rosewater beverage, is used in place of the customary victory spray at Formula 1 races. 

A gigantic credit card 

We have no doubt that the Kaiser Chiefs midfielder enjoyed the 2,000 South African Rand that he received from sponsors ABSA bank in April 2014 as a Man of the Match award, but we’re still not sure why the novelty credit card he was given had to be quite so big. This item would have been difficult to transport home, and using contactless payment would require at least two people to operate. 

Flip Flops 

A prize is a prize, but we don’t think a pair of flip-flops should ever be given out as the Man of the Match award except for the final match before the summer break. However, Ghanaian Premier League team Dreams FC decided to frequently award pairs of the infamously fragile shoes as a reward for exceptional performances via their sponsors. They don’t appear top of the line from the picture below, and the receiver appears more interested in being somewhere else than at the presentation.

A Burger King paper crown 

Undoubtedly the least expensive item on this list, Franco Armani of Argentina received a paper crown from one of the fast food moguls following his outstanding River Plate performance against Danubio in March 2018. Armani was forced to give his post-game interview while wearing the crown due to sponsorship obligations, making him appear silly. 

Sunshine snacks in CPL 

One of the top T20 cricket competitions is the Caribbean Premier League. Since several T20 franchises worldwide had Caribbean cricketers as their main attraction, the West Indies Cricket Board decided to launch its own T20 League. Sunshine Snacks is one of the tournament’s many notable sponsors. Customers of the food companies receive nuts and chips, and they also follow this strategy with Man of the Matches. The sponsor gave players of the match award winners a snack basket, which was hilarious because the players couldn’t eat greasy snacks given the current fitness standards of the sport. 

Bananas 

Bicyclists adore bananas. They contain carbs to boost energy levels as well as potassium to assist in restoring electrolytes lost via perspiration. The opening stage winner in Alanya is awarded a few kilograms of bananas, proving that no one likes them nearly as much as the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. That might not seem like much, but it makes sense because the city produces most of the fruit in Turkey, with about 40,000 tonnes produced yearly. 

5GB of mobile data 

In 2018, Hlompho Kekana of the South African team Mamelodi Sundowns went viral after receiving 5GB of mobile data from league sponsors after a performance that won him the “Man of the Match.” Such a prize would come in handy in a place where high-speed internet can be expensive. But it’s not the kind of thing you can put on your mantle and look back on when your career is gone! 

A fresh fish 

In August 2019, after winning Real Sociedad’s Player of the Month award, current Arsenal playmaker Martin Odegaard received a sizable fresh fish for reasons that we’ve never quite been able to decipher. He could have been excused for having the same confused look on his face as many others on this list at the age of 16, especially because he was earning a sizable weekly wage.

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