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Virgil van Dijk

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In this Dutch name, the family name is van Dijk, not Dijk.

Van Dijk lining up for the Netherlands in 2016

Virgil van Dijk (Dutch pronunciation: [vɑn ˈdɛik]; born 8 July 1991) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for English Premier League club Liverpool and captains the Netherlands national team.

After beginning his professional career with Groningen, he moved to Celtic in 2013, where he won the Scottish Premiership and was named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year in both of his seasons with the club, also winning the Scottish League Cup in the latter. In September 2015, he joined Premier League side Southampton before signing for Liverpool in January 2018 for £75 million, a world record transfer fee for a defender at the time. Van Dijk was involved in reaching the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final during his first spring at Liverpool. In his first full season at the club Van Dijk was named the PFA Player of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season for the 2018–19 season. Van Dijk starred as Liverpool won the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final where he was named man of the match.

Van Dijk made his international debut for the Netherlands in 2015 and became captain of his country in 2018. Considered to be one of the best defenders in the world, he is known for his strength, leadership and aerial ability.

Club Career

Early Life and Career

Van Dijk was born in Breda to a Dutch father and Surinamese mother. During his teenage years, he combined his time playing at the Willem II academy with a part-time job as a dishwasher. Having previously and unsuccessfully featured as a right-back, van Dijk was shifted into a central defensive position in 2008, aged 17, after he grew in height by around 18 centimetres. Despite the positional shift and van Dijk’s physical growth, Willem II’s reserve manager at the time Edwin Hermans believed he had “too many limitations” which prevented him from breaking into the first team.In 2010, he was scouted by former Dutch international Martin Koeman, who was working for FC Groningen at the time, and he ended up completing a free transfer to the club in the same year.

Groningen

Van Dijk initially struggled to break into Groningen’s first team with club staff believing he was “overtired” after extensive playing time with Willem II’s academy and reserve sides. He made his professional debut for the club on 1 May 2011, coming on as a 72nd-minute substitute for Petter Andersson during a 4–2 victory against ADO Den Haag. On 29 May, and against the same opposition, he made his first start for Groningen and scored his first professional goals, netting twice in a 5–1 win in a UEFA Europa League play-off match.

During the 2011–12 Eredivisie season, Van Dijk made 23 league appearances for the Eredivisie team, and scored his first regular-season goal during the club’s 6–0 victory over Feyenoord on 30 October 2011. He suffered a personal setback during the campaign, however, as soon after his 20th birthday he was admitted to hospital with peritonitis and kidney poisoning. Van Dijk later revealed that he had been close to dying as a result of the medical emergency and that the hospital had even gone so far as to ask him to sign a “sort of will” in the event of his passing.

He did, however, return to the field for Groningen and continued to impress for the club the following season. At the end of the campaign, and with Van Dijk having “outgrown” the club, he was offered to a number of bigger Eredivisie clubs, including Ajax, all of whom elected not to sign him. Instead, in June 2013, he joined Scottish side Celtic.

Celtic

2013–14 season

On 21 June 2013, Van Dijk signed with Celtic for a fee of around £2.6 million, on a four-year deal including a 10% selling-on fee for Groningen. He made his debut on 17 August, replacing Efe Ambrose for the final 13 minutes of a 2–0 Scottish Premiership win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie Stadium. A week later, he made his first start, in a 2–2 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Celtic Park. On 9 November, Van Dijk scored his first Celtic goals, heading one in each half of a 4–1 win against Ross County. After a solo run, he scored within five minutes the only goal of a victory over St Johnstone on 26 December.

Van Dijk scored again on 26 January 2014, in a 4–0 win versus Hibernian for Celtic’s 11th consecutive league win. On 25 February, he was sent off after 13 minutes of an eventual 2–1 loss at Aberdeen, for a professional foul on Peter Pawlett; it was Celtic’s first defeat of the season. With Celtic having already won the league, Van Dijk netted again on 7 May to put his team 3–1 up away to St Johnstone, in an eventual 3–3 draw. He was one of three Celtic players named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year. Van Dijk was nominated for the PFA Scotland Players’ Player of the Year award, but lost out to fellow Celtic player Kris Commons

2014–15 season

Van Dijk playing for Celtic in 2015

On 22 July 2014, Van Dijk and Teemu Pukki each scored twice in a 4–0 home win over KR in a UEFA Champions League qualifier, putting their team into the next round 5–0 on aggregate. His first goal of the Premiership season came on 9 November, finishing from Stefan Johansen’s last-minute corner for a 2–1 win at Aberdeen. Three weeks later, Van Dijk scored the first and last goals of Celtic’s 4–0 win versus Heart of Midlothian in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. Four days after that, his sixth goal of the season was enough for victory in a home match against Glasgow neighbours Partick Thistle.

Van Dijk was again on target on 21 January 2015, opening a 4–0 home win over Motherwell. On 26 February, he was sent off in the 36th minute against Inter Milan for a foul on Mauro Icardi, as Celtic lost 1–0 on the night, 4–3 on aggregate in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League. He was again sent off on 8 March in the Cup quarter-final away to Dundee United at Tannadice Park, receiving a red card after eleven minutes for a confrontation with Calum Butcher. His suspension for the following week’s Scottish League Cup Final was overturned on appeal, as was that of Paul Paton, who was sent off when mistaken for Butcher. Van Dijk played the full 90 minutes of the final at Hampden Park, which Celtic won 2–0. On 18 March, Celtic’s third consecutive match against Dundee United, Van Dijk scored in the last minute to confirm a 4–0 win in a Cup replay.

On 19 April, Celtic contested the Cup semi-final against Inverness at Hampden, and Van Dijk opened the scoring with a free kick. After the dismissal of goalkeeper Craig Gordon, Celtic fell 3–2, ending their chance of a treble. Three days later, again from a free kick, he confirmed a 2–1 win away to Dundee. His team again won the league, and Van Dijk was included in the league’s Team of the Season for the second consecutive campaign. He was again shortlisted for the PFA Scotland Players’ Player award, but lost out to another team mate, this time Stefan Johansen.

Van Dijk was reportedly “considering his future” in Glasgow after Celtic were knocked out of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League in the qualifying rounds to Malmö of Sweden.

Southampton

On 1 September 2015, Van Dijk signed a five-year contract with Premier League club Southampton, managed by Ronald Koeman, for a reported £13 million transfer fee.

2015–16 season

He made his debut for Southampton on 12 September in a 0–0 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. Two weeks later, Van Dijk marked his third Premier League appearance with his first goal for the club, which came in the form of a header in the 11th minute to put Southampton in front, following a set-piece from James Ward-Prowse in a 3–1 home win over Swansea City. On 7 May 2016, Van Dijk signed a new six-year contract with the Saints.

2016–17 season

On 22 January 2017, he was named team captain of Southampton, after the departure of José Fonte. On the same day, he suffered an ankle injury against Leicester City. This ruled him out of the 2017 EFL Cup Final, which Southampton lost to Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.

After a successful 2016–17 season at Southampton, Van Dijk was subject to interest from Liverpool, who apologised to Southampton for an illegal approach for the player after having reportedly made clear his interest in a move to Liverpool. On 7 August 2017, Van Dijk handed in a transfer request to Southampton and released a statement along with it, emphasising his wish to join a different club in the transfer window.

2017–18 season

Van Dijk remained with Southampton for the start of the 2017–18 season and made his first appearance since being injured in January, coming on as a late substitute in a 1–0 victory at Crystal Palace on 26 September. He made what turned out to be his final appearance for Southampton on 13 December 2017, in a 4–1 home defeat to Leicester. It was also his last appearance in any of Southampton’s matchday squads, as he was omitted from the squad for the rest of his tenure at the club in light of speculation surrounding his future.

Liverpool

On 27 December 2017, it was announced that Van Dijk would join Liverpool when the winter transfer window opened on 1 January 2018 for a reported fee of £75 million. Former club Celtic would receive 10% of Van Dijk’s transfer fee, due to a sell-on clause placed in his Southampton contract. Southampton claimed the undisclosed transfer fee would constitute a world record fee in football for a defender.

2017–18 season

He made his debut for Liverpool on 5 January in the third round of the FA Cup and scored the winning goal with a late header in a 2–1 victory against local rivals Everton. In doing so, he became the first player since Bill White in 1901 to score on his debut in the Merseyside derby. Van Dijk and Dejan Lovren built a strong partnership at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, with the Dutchman being credited for improving Liverpool’s previous defensive issues.

Van Dijk was included in the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season, despite playing just half of the season in the Champions League, with the UEFA Technical Observers saying: “Van Dijk arrived at Anfield and provided composure and stability in the competition’s knockout stages.” Van Dijk played the full 90 minutes in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, which Liverpool lost 1–3. Van Dijk played 22 games in all competitions in his first season with the club, scoring 1 goal.

2018–19 season

On 20 August 2018, Van Dijk was voted Man of the Match by BBC Sport and Sky Sports for his performance in a 2–0 win over Crystal Palace. Van Dijk received the Liverpool Standard Chartered Player of the Month award for his performances in August. On 2 December, Van Dijk was awarded an assist for the winning goal in a derby match against city rivals Everton. Liverpool won 1–0 thanks to Divock Origi’s 96th minute goal, set up by a Van Dijk volley and a subsequent error from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The Dutchman was ultimately awarded the PFA Player of the Month for November 2018. On 21 December, Van Dijk scored his first goal in the Premier League for Liverpool in a 2–0 away win against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Dutchman continued his impressive form in the 2018–19 season by winning the Premier League Player of the Month prize for December 2018.

On 27 February 2019, Van Dijk scored twice in a 5–0 win against Watford. The following month, he scored once – his first goal in the Champions League for the club – and assisted another in a 3–1 win over Bayern Munich. In doing so, he became the first player since Craig Bellamy in 2007 to score and assist a goal for Liverpool in a knock-out stage match away from home in the competition.

On 20 April, he was one of six players nominated for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award alongside teammate Sadio Mané. Four days later, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year alongside Liverpool teammates, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mané and Andrew Robertson. On 28 April 2019, he was named the PFA Player of the Year. Following Liverpool’s 2–0 victory over Tottenham in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final on 1 June, van Dijk was named UEFA’s Man of the match.

Facts as of 19-08-2019 From LFC Webiste

International Career

Van Dijk made his full international debut for Netherlands on 10 October 2015, in a 2–1 victory away from home against Kazakhstan in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier.

He was awarded the captaincy of his country by manager Ronald Koeman on 22 March 2018, and his first match as captain was a 1–0 home friendly defeat by England the next day. On 26 March, he scored his first international goal to conclude a 3–0 win over European champions Portugal at the Stade de Genève. On 13 October, he scored in a 3–0 win over 2014 World Cup champions Germany in the UEFA Nations League.

Style of Play

Van Dijk is a physically strong, right-footed centre-back, who usually features on the left-hand side of central defence, although he can also play as a right-sided centre-back. He is gifted with pace, good technique, and an eye for goal, and is an effective set-piece taker. Regarding his ability, former Celtic teammate Kris Commons commented that van Dijk was “comfortable on the ball”, also noting that “He had good technique and a wonderful right foot. He was good on set-pieces, some of the free-kicks he scored for Celtic are absolute wonders. He could read the game well. He had an aura about him, a confidence, because I think he knew he was good.”

Neil McGuinness, senior scout at Celtic when Van Dijk was signed, called him “everything you would want if you could create a profile of the ideal central defender”, praising him as a “very smooth ball-playing defender” who possesses aerial prowess, skills from dead ball situations, and “strong leadership qualities”, while commenting that since his move to England, he is “more tactically aware now […] his anticipation and timing has improved and he is a lot more of an all-rounder”. McGuinness believes Van Dijk’s “biggest problem” is that he “can switch off when the game is comfortable”.

Sponsorship

Van Dijk features as the cover star of the champions edition of EA Sports’ FIFA video game FIFA 20.

Personal Life

Van Dijk commonly uses only his first name on the kit. According to his uncle Steven, this is because of a feud with his father.

Career Statistics

Club

As of match played 17 August 2019

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition

International

As of match played 9 June 2019

Appearances and goals by national team and year

International Goals

As of match played on 9 June 2019. Netherlands score listed first, score column indicates score after each Van Dijk goal.

International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition

Honours

Celtic

  • Scottish Premiership: 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Scottish League Cup: 2014–15

Liverpool

  • UEFA Champions League: 2018–19; runner-up: 2017–18]
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2019

Netherlands

  • UEFA Nations League runner-up: 2018–19

Individual

  • PFA Scotland Team of the Year: 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Celtic FC Players’ Player of the Year: 2013–14
  • Southampton Player of the Season: 2015–16
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2017–18, 2018–19
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 5th Team: 2018
  • Premier League Player of the Season: 2018–19
  • PFA Team of the Year: 2018–19 Premier League
  • PFA Player of the Month: November 2018
  • Premier League Player of the Month: December 2018
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2018
  • Liverpool Fans Player of the Season Award: 2018–19
  • Liverpool Players’ Player of the Season Award: 2018–19
  • PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2018–19
  • UEFA Nations League Finals Team of the Tournament: 2019]

Sadio Mané

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Mané playing for Senegal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Sadio Mané (born 10 April 1992) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Liverpool and the Senegal national team.

Having begun his career with Metz in France, he transferred to Red Bull Salzburg in 2012. After winning the Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Cup in 2014, he was signed by Southampton. In 2015, Mané set a new Premier League record for the fastest hat-trick when he scored three times in 176 seconds during a 6–1 win over Aston Villa. He transferred to Liverpool in 2016 for a fee of £34 million, making him the most expensive African player in history at that time. Since joining Liverpool, Mané among other achievements scored in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final. The following season he was joint recipient of the Premier League Golden Boot with 22 goals, and was part of the Liverpool team that won the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.

Mané has earned over 60 caps for Senegal since his debut in 2012, and represented the national team at the 2012 Olympics, the 2015, 2017 and 2019 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Club Career

Early Career

Born in Sédhiou, Sénégal, Mané started his career at the Académie Génération Foot, Senegalese football academy.

Mané made his professional debut for Metz on 14 January 2012, coming on as a substitute for Kévin Diaz in the 75th minute of a 0–1 home defeat against Bastia in Ligue 2. He made 19 appearances in his first league season, 12 as a starter, and scored a solitary goal in a 2–5 loss to Guingamp at the Stade Saint-Symphorien on 4 May. Metz were relegated to the Championnat National at the end of the season.

Red Bull Salzburg

On 31 August 2012, Mané moved to Austrian Bundesliga side Red Bull Salzburg for the third biggest transfer fee that FC Metz had ever received. The fee was believed to be €4 million.

He scored his first hat-trick for the club on 31 October, in a 3–1 away win at Kalsdorf in the third round of the Austrian Cup.

On 27 October 2013, he netted his first hat-trick in the Austrian Bundesliga, during a 3–0 win away to Grödig. He scored another treble on 7 May 2014 as Salzburg won 7–0 at Horn in the cup semi-finals; the season ended with the team winning a domestic double. At the end of August 2014 Mané forced a transfer out of the club, by not coming to the training and to the most important game for Salzburg at that time to qualify for the Champions League.

Mané (right) playing for Red Bull Salzburg in 2013

Southampton

2014–15 season

On 1 September 2014, Mané transferred to Premier League side Southampton for £11.8 million, signing a four-year contract. He made his debut 22 days later in a 2–1 League Cup victory over Arsenal, winning the penalty for Southampton’s first goal. He made his first league appearance for the club in another 2–1 victory over Queens Park Rangers on 27 September, starting and assisting Ryan Bertrand for the first goal of the game. He scored his first goal for the club in an 8–0 victory over Sunderland on 18 October, although this was subsequently credited as an own goal by Patrick van Aanholt. He did, however, score his first goal in his next game, a 1–0 win over Stoke City a week later.

In December and January he scored in three successive matches, against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal. Mané scored two late winning goals in 1–0 league victories at Queens Park Rangers on 7 February 2015 and at home to Crystal Palace on 3 March respectively. However, Mané had been dropped from Southampton’s starting line-up for their 0–2 home defeat to Liverpool on 22 February as a punishment for being late to the stadium.

On 16 May, during Southampton’s final home match of the season, Mané scored three times in 2 minutes 56 seconds in a 6–1 win over Aston Villa to set a new Premier League record for the fastest hat-trick. The record had been held since 1994 by Robbie Fowler, who scored three against Arsenal in 4 minutes and 33 seconds. Mané finished the season with 10 goals from 32 appearances in all competitions.

Mané (right) playing for Southampton in 2015

2015–16 season

Mané began the 2015–16 season by registering two assists in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg match with Vitesse Arnhem at home and scoring in the return leg, as Southampton eased through to the next round 5–0 on aggregate. On 2 December, he took 39 seconds to open the scoring against Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the League Cup, but the Saints eventually lost 6–1 at home.

On 2 January 2016, he was again dropped from the starting line-up by manager Ronald Koeman for a match at Norwich City when he turned up late for a pre-match meeting. He received a straight red card on 12 March at the end of a 2–1 win at Stoke City for a collision into Erik Pieters, although this was quickly overturned on appeal.

Having failed to score in the league for over four months, Mané scored twice in a 3–2 victory over Liverpool on 20 March 2016, followed by five goals in the next five matches, including a hat-trick in a 4–2 victory against Manchester City on 1 May. He finished the season as Southampton’s top scorer, with 15 goals in all competitions.

Liverpool

2016–17 season

On 28 June 2016, Mané joined Liverpool for a transfer fee of £34 million on a five-year contract. The transfer fee made him the most expensive African player in history at the time. On 14 August, he made his Premier League debut for the Reds, scoring the fourth goal in a 4–3 away win against Arsenal. Having missed Liverpool’s defeat at Burnley through a slight shoulder injury, Mane returned to the starting line-up against Burton Albion in the League Cup where he had two assists in a 5–0 win.

On 19 December, Mané scored the only goal of the 227th Merseyside derby in added time against Everton at Goodison Park. On 11 February 2017, Mané scored two goals within two minutes against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, for Liverpool’s first league win in 2017. On 20 April 2017, Mané was named in the PFA Team of the Year after scoring 13 league goals in his first season with Liverpool. Despite missing the latter part of the campaign through injury, Mané was awarded the Liverpool Player of the Season award on 9 May 2017.

Mané playing for Liverpool in 2017

2017–18 season

In the first match of the new season, on 12 August 2017, away to Watford, Mané scored Liverpool’s first goal of the season in a 3–3 draw. He was named Premier League Player of the Month after scoring a goal in each of the Reds’ three matches in August. On 9 September 2017, he was given a straight red card in the first half of a 5–0 loss to Manchester City for a high boot against goalkeeper Ederson, resulting in a three-match ban.[48] Mané, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho made up a prolific attacking quartet dubbed the “Fab Four” and “Fab Three” after the mid-season exit of the latter.

On 14 February 2018, Mané scored his first hat-trick for Liverpool in a 5–0 away win against Porto in the round of 16 first leg of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League. In doing so, he became only the second player to score an away hat-trick for the club in Europe. Later, with a goal in the 3–0 win over Bournemouth on 14 April, he overtook Demba Ba’s record of 43 to become the highest scoring Senegalese in Premier League history.

On 26 May, during the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, Mané scored Liverpool’s equalizing goal in a 3–1 defeat.[53] In doing so, he became the first Senegalese player to score in the final of the competition. His goal was also his 10th for the campaign which saw Liverpool become the first team in history to have three players score 10+ goals in a single Champions League season, with Mané achieving the milestone alongside fellow forwards Salah and Firmino.

2018–19 season

On 22 November 2018, Mané signed new long-term deal with the Reds. On 10 March 2019, Mané scored twice in a 4–2 win over Burnley, the second of which was his 50th competitive goal for Liverpool. His goals also saw him become only the fifth Liverpool player to score in six consecutive home Premier League appearances after Michael Owen, Fernando Torres, Luis Suárez and Salah. Three days later, he scored twice more in a 3–1 win over Bayern Munich to help Liverpool progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. In doing so, he became the club’s record goalscorer away from home in the competition with seven goals to his name. During Liverpool’s next match, he broke another of Ba’s records to become the Senegalese player with the most goals scored in a single Premier League season, after scoring his 17th goal for the campaign in a 2–1 win over Fulham. On 20 April, he was one of six players nominated for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award alongside teammate Virgil van Dijk. He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year alongside Liverpool teammates, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson and Van Dijk.

On the final day of the domestic campaign, Mané scored twice in a 2–0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. His brace took him to 22 goals for the campaign which saw him share the Premier League Golden Boot award with Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. On 1 June, Mané helped win an early penalty for Liverpool in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final against Tottenham, only 24 seconds after the kick-off, after his cross was judged to have hit Moussa Sissoko’s arm inside the penalty area; Salah subsequently converted from the spot to open the scoring, and Liverpool ultimately won the match 2–0 to claim the title.

2019–20 season

Mané pursued a career in football despite his father forbidding him from playing the sport as a child. He currently resides in Allerton and has been burgled twice, once in November 2017 and again in February 2019. He is a practising Muslim and occasionally makes du’a before the start of each match.

International Career

Mané was part of the Senegal team at the 2012 Olympic tournament, and started every match as they advanced through Group A as runners-up to Great Britain before losing 4–2 after extra time in the quarter-finals to eventual champions Mexico.

Mané was ruled out of the Senegalese squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after suffering a calf injury in Southampton’s 2–0 win against Arsenal on 1 January 2015. He later returned to the squad, and started in their final two group matches against South Africa and Algeria in a group stage exit.

Mané represented Senegal at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and scored a goal in each of the nation’s opening two games, 2–0 wins against Tunisia and Zimbabwe. After a goalless draw in the quarter-final clash against Cameroon, he missed in the penalty shootout as Senegal were eliminated.

In May 2018, he was named in Senegal’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He scored the opening goal in a 2–2 draw against Japan in the group stage.

Personal Life

Mané pursued a career in football despite his father forbidding him from playing the sport as a child. He currently resides in Allerton and has been burgled twice, once in November 2017 and again in February 2019. He is a practising Muslim and occasionally makes du’a before the start of each match.

Career Statistics

Club

As of match played 1 June 2019

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition

International

As of matches played 27 July 2019.

International Goals

As of match played 27 July 2019. Senegal score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mané goal (includes one unofficial goal).

International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition

Honours

Red Bull Salzburg

  • Austrian Football Bundesliga: 2013–14
  • Austrian Cup: 2013–14

Liverpool

  • UEFA Champions League: 2018–19;[64] runner-up 2017–18
  • EFA Super Cup: 2019

Senegal

  • Africa Cup of Nations: runner-up 2019

Individual

  • CAF Team of the Year: 2015, 2016, 2018
  • PFA Team of the Year: 2016–17 Premier League, 2018–19 Premier

League

  • Premier League Player of the Month: August 2017, March 2019
  • Liverpool Fans Player of the Season Award: 2016–17
  • Liverpool Players’ Player of the Season Award: 2016–17
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 4th team: 2018
  • Premier League Golden Boot: 2018–19
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2018–19
  • CAF Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament: 2019
  • Onze d’Or: 2018–19

Roberto Firmino

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Firmino with Brazil in 2018

Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁuˈbɛɾtu fiɾˈmĩnu]; born 2 October 1991) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Liverpool and the Brazil national team as an attacking midfielder, forward or winger.

After starting his career with Figueirense in 2009, he spent four-and-a-half seasons at Hoffenheim. His 16 goals in 33 games for the 2013–14 Bundesliga season earned him the award for the league’s Breakthrough Player. In July 2015, he signed for Premier League club Liverpool. His creativity, goalscoring and work rate have earned him plaudits at Liverpool, with manager Jürgen Klopp referring to Firmino as the “engine” that propels the club’s counter-attacking system. He won the UEFA Champions League with the club in 2019.

Firmino made his international debut for Brazil in November 2014. He represented the nation at the 2015 Copa América, the 2018 FIFA World Cup and was part of the Brazil team that won the 2019 Copa América.

Club Career

Early Career

Born in Maceió, Alagoas, Firmino joined Figueirense’s youth setup in 2008, aged 17, after starting out at CRB. He was discovered by a dentist, Marcellus Portella. With the latter, he was mainly used as a defensive midfielder.

Firmino made his professional debut on 24 October 2009, coming on as a half-time substitute for Toninho in a 1–2 home loss against Ponte Preta, for the Série B championship. In January 2010 he was promoted to the main squad.

Firmino scored his first professional goal on 8 May 2010, netting the winner in an away success against São Caetano. He contributed with eight goals in 36 appearances during the season, as Figueira returned to Série A after a two-year absence.

Hoffenheim

Firmino signed with Hoffenheim in December 2010, with the contract running until June 2015. He formally arrived at Hoffenheim on 1 January 2011. Then Hoffenheim manager Ernst Tanner commented that they were “pleased to hire a Brazilian talent”. He made his debut a month later in a Bundesliga defeat against Mainz, where he came on as a 75th-minute substitute for Sebastian Rudy. He scored his first goal for the club on 16 April, the only goal of a league victory against Eintracht Frankfurt.

He was dropped from the first-team squad along with Chinedu Obasi at the end of November 2011 for showing up late for training, missing the league match against Bayer Leverkusen. He scored two more goals that season, against Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach. In the 2012–13 season, Firmino made 36 appearances and scored seven goals.

In July 2013, Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow made a €12 million bid for Firmino. Hoffenheim captain Andreas Beck hailed Firmino’s development as “outstanding” in August 2013. On 27 March 2014, Firmino extended his contract with the club, signing a three-year extension. He finished the 2013–14 Bundesliga season tied as the fourth highest scorer with 16 goals, and was named the league’s Breakthrough Player.

Firmino playing for 1899 Hoffenheim in 2014

Liverpool

On 23 June 2015, while he was competing for Brazil at the Copa América, Hoffenheim and Firmino agreed terms for him to transfer to Premier League club Liverpool for up to £29 million on conclusion of the tournament, subject to a work permit. Liverpool confirmed the signing the following day, subject to a medical. The deal was finalised on 4 July.

2015–16 Season

Firmino made his Liverpool debut in a pre-season friendly away to Swindon Town on 2 August, and his league debut a week later, replacing Jordon Ibe for the final 12 minutes of a 1–0 win at Stoke City. On 21 November, Firmino scored his first goal for Liverpool in a 4–1 victory over Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium. In January 2016, Firmino was described by Paul Little of the Irish Examiner as steadily improving during his first season in England, although an inability to combine with centre forward Christian Benteke drew criticism.

However, in 2016, Firmino’s form improved as manager Jürgen Klopp played him alone up front in a False 9 role. He scored braces against Arsenal and Norwich City that month; the latter performance, in which he also assisted in a 5–4 win, earned comparisons to Raheem Sterling. With his form improved, Firmino was voted to be Liverpool’s Player of the Month in January. Firmino ended the season as Liverpool’s league top scorer with ten goals.

2016–17 Season

On 23 August, Firmino scored his first goal of the 2016–17 season, scoring in a 5–0 win over Burton Albion in the second round of the EFL Cup. Firmino scored his first league goals of the season in a 4–1 win over Leicester City, scoring a brace, on 10 September. On 29 October, Firmino scored in a 4–2 win over Crystal Palace, and on 6 November he scored in a 6–1 over Watford; the latter result saw Liverpool move to 1st position in the league table, the first time under Klopp. On 27 December, he scored in a 4–1 win over Stoke City. On 21 January 2017, Firmino scored a brace in a 2–3 home defeat to Swansea City. On 4 March, he scored the opening goal in a 3–1 win over Arsenal. On 8 April, Firmino scored the winning goal in a 2–1 win over Stoke City, and also scored the winning goal in the game against West Bromwich Albion, which Liverpool won 1–0, on 16 April. Firmino finished the season with 12 goals in 38 appearances.

2017–18 Season

Before the start of the 2017–18 season, Firmino switched his shirt number to 9, with new signing Mohamed Salah taking his number 11. Firmino scored his first goal of the new season on 12 August, scoring a penalty in a 3–3 draw with Watford. On 23 August, Firmino scored in a 4–2 win over Hoffenheim in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League play-off, with Liverpool winning 6–3 on aggregate to qualify for the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League group stage. On 27 August, he scored the opening goal in a 4–0 win over Arsenal.[46] On 13 September, Firmino scored and missed a penalty in a 2–2 draw with Sevilla in the first match of the Champions League. On 17 October, Firmino scored twice in a 7–0 Champions League away win over Maribor, helping Liverpool to the joint-largest away win of the competition; and the largest away win by an English club.

On 28 October, Firmino scored in a 3–0 win over Huddersfield Town. On 21 November, he scored twice in a 3–3 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League. On 2 December, Firmino scored twice in a 5–1 away win over Brighton & Hove Albion. On 6 December, he scored in a 7–0 win over Spartak Moscow in the Champions League. On 17 December, he scored in a 4–0 away win over Bournemouth; a result which saw Liverpool become the first team in Premier League history to win four consecutive away games by a margin of at least three goals. On 22 December, Firmino scored the equalizing goal in a 3–3 away draw with Arsenal. On 26 December, Firmino scored twice in a 5–0 win over Swansea City.

On 5 January 2018, during a FA Cup match against rivals Everton, Firmino was the subject of controversy following a clash with Everton defender Mason Holgate. Holgate pushed Firmino into the advertising boards, which was followed by the pair exchanging words, with Firmino seemingly insulting the player. Following the match, Holgate accused Firmino of racially abusing him, which he denied. A day later, the Football Association opened an investigation on the matter. Nearly two months later, after they had took statements from 12 different players, several referees and consulted two Portuguese lip-readers, the Football Association cleared Firmino of any offence as a result of “insufficient evidence”.

On 14 January, Firmino scored in a 4–3 home win over Manchester City; which saw Liverpool end City’s unbeaten league run. On 27 January, Firmino scored and missed a penalty in a 2–3 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup. On 30 January, he scored in a 3–0 away win over Huddersfield Town. On 11 February 2018, Firmino scored in a 2–0 away win over Southampton. On 14 February, Firmino scored in a 5–0 away win over Porto in the first leg of the Champions League round of sixteen.[68] On 24 February, he scored in a 4–1 win over West Ham United.[69] On 17 March, he scored in 5–0 win over Watford. On 10 April, he scored in a 2–1 win over Manchester City in the second leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League; which saw Liverpool advance to the semi-finals with a 5–1 aggregate win.Four days later, on 14 April, he scored in a 3–0 win over Bournemouth. On 24 April, he scored twice in Liverpool’s 5–2 win over Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals. On 29 April, Firmino signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool. Firmino started and played the whole 90 minutes in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final, with Liverpool losing 3–1.

During the season, Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mané made up a prolific attacking quarter, dubbed the “Fab Four”, in reference to the rock band The Beatles, also from the same city as the club. Following the mid-season exit of Coutinho, the three remaining players were dubbed as the “Fab Three”, with the trio having a total of 91 goals between them at the end of the season. Firmino was Liverpool’s joint top goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League, together with Salah, with 11 goals. Firmino was also included in the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season. The 2017–18 season was Firmino’s most prolific in his Liverpool career; as he scored 27 goals in all competitions.

2018–19 Season

After going goalless in all three matches played in August, Firmino scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 Premier League win over Leicester City on 1 September. On 15 September he scored in Liverpool’s 2–1 league win over Spurs at Wembley, a game that saw him leave the field 15 minutes before the end with an eye injury. Three days later he came off the bench to score the stoppage time winner in Liverpool’s 3–2 Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield. On 29 December, Firmino scored his first Liverpool hat-trick in a 5–1 win over Arsenal, scoring two goals in three minutes and a second half penalty, becoming the highest scoring Brazilian player in Premier League history. On 19 January 2019, he scored Liverpool’s 1000th goal at Anfield in the Premier League era when he netted in a 4–3 win over Crystal Palace.

On 1 June, Firmino started for Liverpool in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final against Tottenham, making a comeback after missing the last few weeks of the season with injury. Firmino lasted 60 minutes before being substituted as Liverpool won the match 2–0 to claim the title.

2019–20 Season

On 14 August 2019, Firmino came off the bench in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea in a match that Liverpool won 5–4 on penalties. The game had finished 2–2 after 120 minutes, with Firmino setting up both goals for Sadio Mané, before Firmino scored the first penalty in the shoot-out win.

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Firmino with Liverpool during a UEFA Champions League match against Spartak Moscow in 2017.

International Career

Firmino said that it was his “dream” to play in the national team though he had no “contact with national team manager Dunga”. On 23 October 2014, Firmino received his first call up to Brazil national football team for the friendly matches against Turkey and Austria. He commented, “I’m very happy about the nomination and would especially like to thank the team”. He debuted in a 4–0 win over Turkey on 12 November, replacing fellow debutant Luiz Adriano for the last 17 minutes. Firmino scored his first goal six days later in the latter match, a 2–1 away win.

In May 2015, Firmino was included in Brazil’s 23-man squad for the 2015 Copa América to be held in Chile. On 21 June, he scored in a 2–1 defeat of Venezuela to qualify the Seleção for the knockout stage as Group C winners.

In May 2018 he was named in Tite’s final 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. On 2 July, Firmino scored Brazil’s second goal in a 2–0 win over Mexico in the round of sixteen having come on as a late substitute.

In May 2019, Firmino was included in Brazil’s 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa América.

Firmino playing against Austria in 2018
Firmino training with Brazil in 2014

Style of Play

At Hoffenheim, Firmino primarily played as an attacking midfielder, or as a second striker, but was also utilised as a forward, winger or central midfielder, with Firmino using his speed, close control and vision wherever he is deployed. After initially starting as a left winger at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers, new manager Jürgen Klopp utilised Firmino more centrally, initially as a False 9. However, after impressing under Klopp’s pressing system, Firmino established himself as Liverpool’s first choice centre-forward by the 2017–18 season. Ian Doyle of the Liverpool Echo referred to him as “a true Liverpool number nine”, whose “numbers are up there with Harry Kane and Sergio Agüero.”

Ryan Babel, a teammate of Firmino’s at Hoffenheim, described him as “A tricky player. He can dribble, shoot, he has a great shot, he can play a lot of through balls and his assists are very good”, while also praising a heading ability which would not be common amongst other players of Firmino’s slender build and relatively small stature, a unique trait which journalist and ESPN contributor Michael Cox has also noted. Babel also stated that Firmino had a humble mentality and no problems with attitude. Manager Hemerson Maria also stated that he was impressed with Firmino’s “strong personality and mentality.” In addition to his technical skills, creativity, link-up play, and goalscoring, Firmino has also been praised by his managers, teammates, and pundits for his positional sense, mobility, intelligent movement, and ability to make attacking runs off the ball, which often draws opposing players out of position and creates space for his teammates.

Due to his energy and defensive work-rate off the ball, Klopp has referred to Firmino as the “engine” that propels the team’s relentless counter-attacking system; “If he loses the ball, he fights for it back. If he loses it again, he fights for it. He looks like the engine of the team.” The suitability of Firmino’s playing style to Klopp’s pressing system has meant that Firmino was referred to as “Liverpool’s most important player” on several occasions during the 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons. Due to Firmino’s wide range of skills, Thierry Henry described him as “the most complete striker in the [Premier] [L]eague.”

Firmino is also well known for his popular “no-look” goals.One of his best known goal celebrations, ‘the Matador’, features in the FIFA video game FIFA 19.

Firmino is known for his creativity, link-up play, goalscoring and workrate.

Personal Life

Firmino married Larissa Pereira in his hometown in June 2017. They have two daughters. Firmino has been given the affectionate nickname “Bobby” by Liverpool fans and players – a shortening of his first name “Roberto”.

In December 2016, Firmino was arrested for drink driving. He was fined £20,000 and had his driving licence revoked for a year when sentenced at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court in February 2017.

Career Statistics

Club

As of match played 1 June 2019

International

As of 8 July 2019

International Goals

Scores and results list Brazil’s goal tally first

Honours

Liverpool

  • UEFA Champions League: 2018–19;[126] runner-up: 2017–18
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2019
  • Football League Cup runner-up: 2015–16
  • UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2015–16

Brazil

  • Copa América: 2019

Individual

  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2017–18
  • Bundesliga Breakthrough of the Season: 2013–14
  • Samba Gold: 2018

Mohamed Salah

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Salah with Egypt at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly (Arabic: محمد صلاح حامد محروس غالى‎ Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [mæˈħam.mæd sˤɑˈlɑːħ ˈɣæːli]; born 15 June 1992) is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and the Egypt national team. Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed.

Salah started his senior career with Cairo club El Mokawloon in the Egyptian Premier League in 2010, departing shortly thereafter to join Basel for an undisclosed fee. In Switzerland, he starred as he helped the club win the league in his debut season, winning the SAFP Golden Player Award in the process. Salah’s performances then attracted Premier League side Chelsea, and he joined the club for a £11 million fee in 2014. However, he was used sparingly in his debut season and was allowed to leave on loan to Serie A clubs Fiorentina and Roma, with the latter eventually signing him permanently for €15 million.

Following consistent match-winning performances in Rome to lead them to second-placed finish and a record points-tally in 2017, Salah returned to the Premier League in order to sign for Liverpool for a then club-record fee of £36.9 million. During his second spell in England, he adapted his game from a natural winger to a complete forward and quickly became the focal point of the team. Salah would go on to break the Premier League scoring record for a 38 game season, receiving the Premier League Golden Boot after registering a record 32 goals in 36 league games. His record-breaking performances saw him receive a number of accolades, including the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, the FWA Footballer of the Year and the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year awards. Salah also came third in the 2018 Best FIFA Men’s Player award. In the following season, he finished as the Premier League’s joint-top goalscorer, and helped the club win the UEFA Champions League.

At international level, Salah represented Egypt at youth level, winning a bronze medal in the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations, and participated in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, prior to debuting for the senior side later that year. Following his performances at the 2012 Summer Olympics. he was named CAF Most Promising African Talent of the Year. Since then, he has helped Egypt reach the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, and was top scorer during CAF qualification to help the team qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. For his performances, Salah was named CAF African Footballer of the Year, BBC African Footballer of the Year, and was selected in the CAF Team of the Year and Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament.

An advocate of women’s equality in the Middle East – stating, “We need to change the way we treat women in our culture” – Salah was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019, and was one of the six cover stars on the magazine.

Club Career

El Mokawloon

Salah played his youth football with El Mokawloon. He made his senior team debut in the Egyptian Premier League coming on as a substitute on 3 May 2010 in a 1–1 away draw against El Mansoura. During the 2010–11 season Salah continued earning minutes on the pitch, eventually becoming a regular in the team. He scored his first goal for them on 25 December 2010 in a 1–1 away draw against Al Ahly. He remained a regular for Al Mokawloon, appearing in every game of the 2011–12 season. Following the Port Said Stadium riot on 1 February 2012, the Egyptian Premier League was suspended, and on 10 March 2012, the Egyptian Football Association announced their decision to cancel the remainder of the season.

Basel

Swiss Super League club Basel had been monitoring Salah for some time, so following the Egyptian Premier League suspension, the club organised a friendly match with the Egypt U-23 team. The match took place on 16 March at the Stadion Rankhof in Basel, and despite only playing the second half, Salah scored twice, helping the Egyptians to a 4–3 win. Basel subsequently invited Salah to remain in the city for a week’s training. On 10 April 2012, it was announced that Salah had signed for Basel on a four-year contract starting from 15 June 2012.

2012–13: Development and Breakthrough

Salah scored on his unofficial debut on 23 June 2012 against Steaua București during a friendly match, a 4–2 defeat. He made his official Basel debut in a UEFA Champions League preliminary stage match against the Norwegian club Molde on 8 August, coming on as a substitute in the 74th minute. He made his league debut on 12 August against Thun, playing the full match. He scored his first league goal a week later, the second goal in the 2–0 home win against Lausanne. Salah scored his first Europa League goal in the quarter-finals on 11 April 2013, as Basel advanced to the semi-finals by beating Tottenham Hotspur 4–1 on penalties after a 4–4 aggregate draw. In the semi-final on 2 May, Salah scored against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, although they were beaten 2–5 on aggregate. Despite late disappointment in Europe, Basel comfortably won the Swiss Super League season 2012–13 Championship title and finished runners-up in the Swiss Cup.

2013–14: Final season and league championship

To the start of the 2013–14 Swiss Super League season Salah was member of the Basel team that won the 2013 Uhrencup. Salah scored on his first league appearance against Aarau on 13 July 2013. He scored his first Champions League goal a month later against Maccabi Tel Aviv on 6 August 2013 in the third qualifying round. Before the first leg on 30 July 2013, Salah did not take part in the UEFA-mandated pre-match handshakes with Maccabi players. Basel called the incident a “coincidence” and said it was not intended as a snub. Salah was on pressure from several Egyptian voices demanding from him not to travel to Israel and then criticizing his visit. On the return leg in Tel Aviv, he took part in the handshake line, but offered fist bumps rather than an open hand to Maccabi players. He scored twice against the Bulgarian league champions PFC Ludogorets Razgrad on 21 August 2013 in the play-off round. On 18 September 2013, Salah scored the equalizer against Chelsea in the 2–1 away win during the group stage. During the return tie on 26 November at the St. Jakob-Park, Salah scored the winning goal as Basel beat Chelsea for the second time with a 1–0 home win.

Salah playing for Basel away at Zenit St Petersburg in the UEFA Europa League in March 2013

Chelsea

2013–14: Entry into first-team squad

On 23 January 2014, Chelsea announced that a deal had been agreed with Basel to bring Salah to London for a fee reported to be in the region of £11 million. Three days later the transfer was completed, making him the first Egyptian to sign for the Stamford Bridge club.

On 8 February, Salah made his debut for Chelsea in the Premier League, coming on as a substitute in the 3–0 win over Newcastle United. On 22 March, Salah scored his first goal for Chelsea against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in the London Derby, coming on as a substitute for Oscar, in a match which ended with a 6–0 win for the Blues. On 5 April, Salah opened the scoring and later won a penalty and an assist in Chelsea’s 3–0 win over Stoke City.

2014–15: Domestic success

Before the 2014–15 season, Salah’s future with Chelsea looked to be in a balance after reports suggested he could be forced to return to Egypt to carry out military service after his registration for an education scheme was rescinded by the Egyptian Minister of Higher Education. He was spared of military service after the meeting with the then Egyptian prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab, the Minister of Higher Education and the Egyptian national manager Shawky Gharib. Salah changed squad numbers from 15 to 17 for the start of the season, with his new number having been vacated by Eden Hazard changing to number 10.

Salah was rarely used during the season. On 28 October 2014, in a 2–1 win at League Two club Shrewsbury Town in the fourth round of the League Cup, he took a shot that went so far off target that it went for a throw-in. After the game, he and fellow winger André Schürrle were criticized publicly by manager José Mourinho. Although Salah only made three league appearances before his loan move to Fiorentina, Mourinho stated that he would receive a replica winner’s medal from the club for his contributions that season.

Salah playing for Chelsea away at Tottenham Hotspur on 1 January 2015

Loan to Fiorentina

On transfer deadline, 2 February 2015, Chelsea confirmed that Salah would play for the Italian club Fiorentina on an 18-month loan until the end of the 2015–16 season, as part of a transfer deal which saw Juan Cuadrado moving in the opposite direction, Salah chose the number 74 shirt in honor of the victims of the Port Said Stadium riot. Six days after signing, he made his Fiorentina debut coming off the bench in the 65th minute as a replacement for Joaquín in a 3–2 Serie A victory against Atalanta at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Salah made his first start for Fiorentina on 14 February against Sassuolo, scoring his first goal for the club in the 30th minute. He then provided an assist to Khouma Babacar just two minutes after scoring; the match ended in a 3–1 win for Fiorentina. Twelve days after that, Salah scored his first European goal for Fiorentina, as his side advanced to the Round of 16 of the Europa League, beating Tottenham 3–1 on aggregate. Salah scored the winning goal for Fiorentina against Inter Milan on 1 March, his third goal in Serie A. Four days after that, Salah scored both of Fiorentina’s goals in their 2–1 win away to Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg. At the end of the season, Fiorentina reportedly activated an option to make the loan move permanent, but Salah refused the move. Even though the loan agreement was for 18 months, Salah refused to return to Fiorentina and instead joined fellow Serie A club Roma.

Salah playing for Fiorentina against Dynamo Kiev in 2015

Loan to Roma

On 6 August 2015, Salah joined Roma on a season-long loan for €5 million; with the option to make the deal permanent, for a reported €15 million. He wore the number 11 shirt. He made his debut on 22 August, as the new season began with a 1–1 draw at Hellas Verona. On 11 September, ACF Fiorentina filed a complaint to FIFA with the claim that Chelsea alleging breach of contract when they allowed Salah to join Roma on loan. On 20 September, Salah scored his first goal of the season against Sassuolo to help Roma salvage a point as the match ended in a 2–2 draw. He went on to score in his following two matches, a 2–1 loss against Sampdoria and a 5–1 win against Carpi. On 25 October, Salah returned to the Stadio Artemio Franchi, scoring the opener against his former Serie A side Fiorentina to help earn a fourth straight league win for Roma. In his return, Salah was also sent off after picking up a second yellow in the closing minutes of the game, only seconds after picking up his first yellow. On 4 November, he scored the opening goal of a 3–2 UEFA Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen.

On 2 February 2016, Salah scored in a 2–0 away win over Sassuolo. Ten days later, on 12 February, he scored in a 3–1 win over Carpi. On 21 February, he scored two goals in quick succession, in a 5–0 home win over Palermo. On 4 March, Salah scored twice in a 4–1 win over former club Fiorentina, overtaking them in the top three. A week later, on 11 March, he scored in a 1–1 draw with Bologna. On 2 May, he scored in a 3–2 away win over Genoa. On 14 May, he scored in a 3–1 away win over Milan on the last day of the league season, scoring the opening goal. At the end of the season, Salah was named Player of the Season, finishing as the club’s top goalscorer with 15 goals in all competitions (14 in Serie A) and six assists.

Roma

2016–17: Permanent transfer, Serie A runner-up

On 3 August 2016, Roma made the deal permanent. On 20 August 2016, Salah scored his first goal of the season in a 4–0 win over Udinese. On 11 September, he scored in a 3–2 win over Sampdoria. Ten days later, on 21 September, he scored in a 4–0 win over Crotone. On 29 September, he scored in a 4–0 win over Astra Giurgiu in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League. On 15 October, he scored in a 3–1 win over Napoli. On 6 November, Salah scored a hat-trick in a 3–0 win over Bologna, his first club career hat-trick. On 9 March, he scored Roma’s opening goal in an eventual 2–4 defeat to Lyon in the first leg of the round of sixteen in the UEFA Europa League. On 19 March, he scored in a 3–1 win over Sassuolo. On 9 April, he scored in a 3–0 win over Bologna. On 24 April, he scored twice in a 4–1 away league win over Pescara. On 20 May, he scored in a 5–3 away win over Chievo. On 28 May, in the final game of the season, Salah was substituted for legendary captain Francesco Totti, who was playing his final game with the club, in a 3–2 win over Genoa.

Liverpool

2017–18: Record-breaking individual success

On 22 June 2017, Salah agreed a transfer to Liverpool. He signed a long-term contract with the Reds for an initial €42m fee that could rise to €50m. The fee was a club record, eclipsing the £35m spent on Andy Carroll in 2011. He was assigned the number 11 shirt previously worn by Roberto Firmino who instead switched to number 9. He joined the club on 1 July upon the opening of the summer transfer window, becoming Liverpool’s first Egyptian player. He scored on his debut against Watford in a 3–3 draw on 12 August. On 24 August, Salah scored his second goal for Liverpool, in a 2017–18 UEFA Champions League play-off round 4–2 win (6–3 agg) against Hoffenheim, his first goal at Anfield. Three days later, Salah scored and assisted a goal in a 4–0 victory over Arsenal. For his performances in August, Salah was awarded Player of the Month by Liverpool supporters. On 17 October, Salah netted twice in a 7–0 Champions League win over Maribor, helping Liverpool to the joint-largest ever away win in the competition, and the largest away win by an English club.

On 26 November, Salah scored the opener and refused to celebrate in a 1–1 home draw with his former team Chelsea out of respect for the club as well as victims of the North Sinai Mosque attack two days earlier. Salah hit the top of the Premier League goal scoring charts by scoring twice after coming on as a substitute away at Stoke City on 29 November in a 3–0 win. The following month, Salah netted in a 4–0 win over AFC Bournemouth; a result which saw Liverpool become the first team in Premier League history to win four consecutive away league matches by a margin of at least three goals. In the process, he also became the joint-second fastest player to reach 20 goals for Liverpool on his 26th appearance, only behind George Allan who reached the milestone in 19 appearances in 1895.

On 17 March 2018, Salah scored four goals in a 5–0 win over Watford, which was his first hat-trick for Liverpool. In this game, he also broke a record of scoring 36 times in his debut season for Liverpool, and also became the leading goalscorer in Europe’s top five leagues – overtaking Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Tottenham striker Harry Kane. Following Salah’s record-breaking goal exploits former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard stated “we are witnessing the start of greatness”.

On 22 April 2018, Salah was awarded the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award, having earlier been named in the PFA Team of the Year for the Premier League. Two days later, he scored a brace in a 5–2 Champions League semi-final first leg win over former club, Roma. In doing so, he simultaneously became the first player from Africa and the first Liverpool player to score 10 goals in a single campaign in the tournament. His double also took him to 43 goals for the season across all competitions, surpassing Roger Hunt’s tally of 42, and making him Liverpool’s second-highest goalscorer in a single season, behind Ian Rush. He had previously also broken the club’s record for the Premier League era, surpassing Robbie Fowler’s total of 36 goals set in the 1995–96 campaign, and Fernando Torres’ record of 33 for the most goals by a Liverpool player in a debut season. After his two goals and assists in the first leg against Roma, Salah featured in the second leg as Liverpool beat Roma 6–7 on aggregate to qualify for the final for the first time in eleven years. He would then become the Premier League’s all-time goalscorer for a 38 game season, registering his 32nd league goal in a 4–0 win against Brighton & Hove Albion en route to being awarded the Premier League Golden Boot.

In the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, Salah injured his left shoulder in the 30th minute. After initially carrying on, he left the field in tears after going to ground in a challenge with Madrid defender Sergio Ramos; the match ended in a 3–1 defeat. The Egyptian FA stated that this would have no effect on his playing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and that Salah would still be named in the team’s final squad on 4 June. The day after the match, Ramos wrote a message and sent him good wishes.

Salah playing for Liverpool in 2017. His performances in the 2017–18 season saw him receive numerous accolades, including PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Player of the Year.

2018–19: Premier League runners-up, European champions

On 2 July 2018, Salah signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool. Manager Jürgen Klopp said the news was important as a statement of intent in terms of Liverpool’s status in the football world in having Salah commit himself further to the club. On 12 August, Salah scored his first goal of the season and Liverpool’s first overall goal of the season, in a 4–0 win over West Ham United. On 20 August, in a 2–0 away win over Crystal Palace, Salah played a part in both of Liverpool’s goals; winning a penalty for the first after being kicked in the shins twice, and providing an assist for Sadio Mané for the second. On 25 August, Salah scored the only goal in Liverpool’s 1–0 win over Brighton.

On 30 August 2018, Salah was named on the three-man shortlist for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, coming in third place, and was also included on the three-man shortlist for the UEFA Forward of the Season, coming in second place. On 3 September he was named on the three-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Player, finishing third. Amid controversy and online protest, Salah received the 2018 FIFA Puskás Award for goal of the year, the winning strike his goal at Anfield in his first Merseyside derby. On 24 October, Salah scored twice against Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Champions League group stage, with his second goal his 50th for the club. With 50 goals in 65 games he is the fastest player in Liverpool history to reach the half century.

Salah during a warm-up ahead of a pre-season match on 7 August 2018.

“I have sacrificed a lot for my career, to come from a village to go to Cairo, and to be an Egyptian at this level is unbelievable for me.”
— Salah after winning the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.

On 8 December, Salah scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 away win over Bournemouth, to move Liverpool to the top of the league table. On 11 December, he scored the winning goal in a 1–0 win over Napoli in their final Champions League group fixture, the result qualifying Liverpool to the round of sixteen. On 19 January 2019, he scored his 50th Premier League goal with a brace in a 4–3 win over Crystal Palace, reaching the tally in 72 appearances. In doing so, he became the joint-fourth fastest player to achieve the milestone, alongside Fernando Torres, and behind only Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

In February 2019, West Ham said they were investigating a video which allegedly showed fans racially abusing Salah, including for being Muslim. On 5 April, he scored his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool in a 3–1 win over Southampton and in the process broke Torres’ record to become the fastest player to reach the milestone for the club, doing so in his 69th appearance. It also saw him become the third fastest to player to reach the milestone for a single club in the Premier League era, behind Shearer for Blackburn Rovers, in 66 appearances, and van Nistelrooy for Manchester United, in 68 appearances. Later that month, he scored the second goal in a 2–0 win over Chelsea which helped Liverpool earn a club-record-equaling 26th win for the Premier League campaign; and the club’s second-highest ever wins return in the top-flight after the record of 30 set in 1979. On 26 April, he made his 100th appearance for Liverpool and broke the record jointly held by Roger Hunt and Sam Raybould for the player with the most goals in his first century of appearances for the club, netting twice in a 5–0 win over Huddersfield to take his tally to 69. On 1 June, he scored Liverpool’s first goal in a 2–0 win over Tottenham in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final from a penalty. Salah’s goal, which he scored in the opening two minutes of the match, was the second fastest goal ever scored in a Champions League final, slower only than Paolo Maldini’s effort for A.C. Milan against Liverpool in the 2005 final.

Salah at the Champions League trophy parade on the streets of Liverpool the day after the final: 2 June 2019

2019–20 season

On 9 August 2019, Salah scored Liverpool’s second goal in a 4–1 win against Norwich City in the opening game of the 2019–20 Premier League season. In the 2019 UEFA Super Cup final on 14 August, Salah scored Liverpool’s fifth and ultimately decisive penalty in a 5–4 penalty shoot-out win against Chelsea, after the game had finished 2–2 after 120 minutes.

International Career

Youth

Salah made 11 appearances for the Egypt U-20 team and 11 for the Egypt U-23 team, representing Egypt in both 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics, scoring a penalty against Argentina in the round of sixteen of the former tournament, with Egypt losing the match 1–2.

Salah was selected for the youth squad to play at the 2012 Summer Olympics scoring in all three of the team’s group games. In their opening match on 26 July, he scored Egypt’s second goal in a 2–3 defeat to Brazil he scored the equalizer in their 1–1 draw against New Zealand played on 29 July, before scoring Egypt’s opening goal in a 3–1 win over Belarus in their final group stage game played on 1 August, securing advancement into the knockout stage of the tournament, where Egypt were eliminated following a 0–3 quarter-final defeat to Japan on 4 August.

Senior

On 3 September 2011, Salah made his debut for the Egypt national football team in the 2–1 away defeat by Sierra Leone. He scored his first goal for Egypt’s first team in the 3–0 win against Niger a month later, on 8 October, in qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

On 10 June 2012, he scored a goal in the 93rd minute in stoppage time against Guinea to give Egypt an important 3–2 away victory in a 2014 World Cup qualifier. On 9 June 2013, Salah scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 away win against Zimbabwe as Egypt won their fourth consecutive match in the World Cup qualifiers. A week later in the following match, he scored the only goal away to Mozambique, putting Egypt into the final qualifying group. On 10 September, Salah scored his sixth tournament goal in a 4–2 win over Guinea, securing Egypt a 100% record to finish their qualifying group and becoming the joint-top scorer among all African teams in the qualification stages.

On 10 October 2014, Salah scored in a 2–0 win over Botswana, also scoring in the return fixture on five days later on 15 October, in qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. On 19 November, Salah scored the opening goal in a 1–2 away defeat to Tunisia, as Egypt missed out on qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations finals for a third consecutive time, with their latest successful qualification being in 2010, when they won the competition for a third straight time.

Salah was a member of the Pharaohs’ squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations held in Gabon. On 25 January, he scored in Egypt’s 1–0 win over Ghana to secure first place in Group D. He went all the way to the final with Egypt, scoring twice and assisting two times in 6 games, earning him a place in the CAF Team of the Tournament.

Salah was the top scorer for Egypt with five goals during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, including both goals in the decisive 2–1 victory over Congo, one of which was a penalty in the last minute to make the Pharaohs reach their first World Cup finals since 1990. Despite doubts over his fitness following his shoulder injury, Salah was included in Egypt’s 29-man provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and was included in their final 23-man squad on 4 June. He missed Egypt’s opening match against Uruguay on 15 June, which the Pharaohs lost 1–0, conceding in the 89th minute. On 19 June, Salah scored a penalty in Egypt’s 3–1 defeat to hosts Russia at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg. In Egypt’s final group game on 25 June, Salah scored his second goal of the World Cup with a chip over the goalkeeper in Egypt’s 2–1 defeat to Saudi Arabia at Volgograd Arena.

On 8 September, in a 6–0 win over Niger in qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Salah scored two goals, provided two assists and also missed two penalties. His first penalty, in the first minute of the game, was saved, while the second he converted the loose ball after it was initially saved.

On 16 June 2019, Salah provided two assists after coming on as a substitute in 3–1 win over Guinea in friendly warm-up game for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil, wearing the captain’s armband for the first time ever at his international career. On 26 June, Salah scored his first goal of the tournament in Egypt’s second group match, a 2–0 win over DR Congo; he was also involved in the opening goal of the match, which was scored by captain Ahmed Elmohamady.

Salah with Egypt at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Style of Play

Analysis

A quick, mobile, hard-working and tactical player, with good technique and an eye for goal, Salah is predominantly known for his speed, movement, clinical finishing, agility, dribbling skills, first touch, and ball control, as well as his ability to use both his pace and flair on the ball in order to beat opponents, and create scoring opportunities for himself or his teammates. A versatile forward, he primarily plays as a winger on the right flank, a position which allows him to cut into the centre onto his stronger left foot, and either shoot on goal or play quick exchanges with other players and make runs in behind the defence towards goal; he can also play in the centre behind the main striker as either an attacking midfielder or second striker.

On his increased threat in front of goal since joining Liverpool, Salah credits Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp’s request for him to occupy more advanced central positions, often operating as a main striker, with the forward telling ESPN, “I play closer to the goal than any club before.” Salah initially started his career at the left-back position, however, following a 4–0 win over the youth team of Egyptian club ENPPI, Salah was in tears for not scoring after missing several clear chances; this made his coach realize his passion for scoring goals, forcing him to move him to a forward position.

Salah is best known for his speed, dribbling ability and finishing

Reception

While playing Al Mokawloon, American soccer coach Bob Bradley saw Salah play and noted his prodigious speed, explosiveness, and intelligence on the pitch, already evident at his young age. Upon signing for Chelsea, José Mourinho said of Salah: “He’s young, he’s fast, he’s creative, he’s enthusiastic. When we analysed him he looks the kind of humble personality on the pitch, ready to work for the team.” Mourinho added that Salah has “similar qualities” with “talented players” that he had worked with, such as Gareth Bale and Arjen Robben. His technical skills, pace, left foot, goalscoring, position and direct playing style led him to be nicknamed the “Egyptian Messi”, in the Italian media. Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo – whom Salah idolized while growing up – stated, “Salah is an incredible player with a tremendous quality. He looks like Messi.” Salah has also received praise for having never celebrated scoring a goal against any of his former clubs.

Personal Life

Mohamed Salah and his wife, Maggi, married in 2013. Their daughter, Makka, born in 2014, is named in honour of the Islamic holy city of Mecca. Salah is Muslim and often celebrates goals by performing the sujud.

Outside Football

Media

Salah features in EA Sports’ FIFA video game series: on FIFA 18 he had a rating of 87 and a potential of 90 following his displays for Liverpool. In a 2018 poll by FIFPLAY, a website run and made for the game’s fans, Salah ranked first (ahead of Lionel Messi) on who should be the global cover star for FIFA 19, obtaining 77 percent of the total number of votes.

Active on social media, Salah has over 30 million Instagram followers, the most for a person from Egypt.

Salah during a press conference at the 2017 CAF Awards.

Sponsors

Salah has a sponsorship deal with sportswear and equipment supplier Adidas: he wears Adidas X18 football boots. He appeared in an Adidas 2018 World Cup commercial along with other players in the Adidas stable, including David Beckham, Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba, and singer Pharrell Williams.

In March 2018, Salah appeared in an advertisement for Vodafone Egypt. Filmed visiting several Merseyside landmarks, the video was originally released in Arabic (but was also translated to English).

Charity

Salah is active in regeneration projects in Nagrig, his hometown where 65% of people live in poverty, donating money to help build a school and hospital. The project includes the construction of an Al-Azhar institute and an ambulance unit. In an interview with Al-Masry Al-Youm, father of the Egyptian footballer Salah Ghaly, claimed that his son refused to accept any financial assistance with the project.

During his time in Egypt, Salah’s family was once robbed, however, the thief was caught and arrested by police, with Salah’s father preparing to press charges against him, but Mohamed convinced him to drop the case. Afterwards, Salah helped the thief financially, giving him some money and trying to find him a job. In February 2018, following a match against Tottenham, Salah donated a replica shirt to young supporter Mohamed Abdel Karim, who was previously pictured wearing a jumper reading Salah’s name and shirt number. Moreover, Mohamed Salah has helped more than 450 families by giving them monthly allowances and he also helped the government by giving approximately $300,000 when the country was in a bad situation.

Controversy

On 30 July 2013, while playing for Basel in a UEFA Champions League qualifying match against Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv, Salah appeared to have refused to shake hands with several of the club’s Israeli players, and instead appeared to have preoccupied himself with changing his boots at the side of the pitch during the ceremony. His club maintained afterwards that it had been a “coincidence” and that no snub had been intended. In the return leg on 6 July played in Tel Aviv, instead of offering an open hand Salah appeared to have only offered fist bumps to the Maccabi players. He was booed by the home fans for the rest of the match, in which he scored once as Basel progressed into the next round.

At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, at which the Egypt national team were based in Chechnya, the autonomous republic presided by Ramzan Kadyrov, Salah posed for a photo with the Chechen leader after the latter made a visit to the team’s hotel and requested a photo shoot with him at the stadium during their team training. Kadyrov later gave him honorary citizenship of the Chechen Republic in a public dinner made for the whole Egypt national team and officials. Several western news outlets and NGOs criticised Salah and the EFA for their interactions with Kadyrov, citing the president’s alleged human rights abuses and that the player is used for ‘political propaganda’ by the dictator during Egypt’s national team training camp in Chechnya. Salah’s relationship with the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) was reported to have soured during the World Cup, after his image was used without his permission to promote the national team’s sponsor, WE, the mobile service of Telecom Egypt. At the time of the incident, Salah was sponsored by WE’s telecommunications rivals, Vodafone.

In August 2018, Liverpool referred Salah to Merseyside police after footage was posted online which showed him allegedly using a phone while driving in traffic. Salah’s indiscretion was brought to light after autograph hunter Rob Wylie posted a video online apparently showing the Egyptian ignoring requests for autographs. Wylie, whose conduct had previously resulted in Liverpool instituting a policy which banned players giving autographs from their vehicles, received widespread criticism from the club’s supporters and had to temporarily shut down his website.

In Popular Culture

Liverpool fans created a chant to the tune of Dodgy’s “Good Enough”, saying that if Salah continued to score goals, they would convert to Islam – “If he’s good enough for you, he’s good enough for me, if he scores another few, then I’ll be Muslim too.” Salah gave his approval to the chant, and it has been cited as an example of inclusivity. Salah is devout to a degree that many other well-known Muslims sports figures are not, and his charm and apolitical persona have made him a popular figure in the UK. During his goal celebration, Salah lays in the prostrate position to thank god in sujud. It appears in FIFA 19.

Salah is nicknamed “The Pharaoh” by the press and his fans. Salah was given the nickname “Egyptian King” by Liverpool supporters, arising from a chant set to the tune of “Sit Down” by English band James.

Following his goal that led Egypt to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1990, a school in Egypt was named after him.Following Egypt’s exit from the World Cup, Salah stayed in his home country for his pre-season holiday. In late June, his address was accidentally leaked on Facebook. After this, crowds of fans showed up at Salah’s house, with Salah greeting the fans and signing autographs for some, although according to reports in Spain, police did arrive to cordon off his house.

During Liverpool’s pre-season tour in the U.S. an American artist named Brandan Odums created a mural in the Times Square area displaying Salah in the Egypt kit, with the player later posting an image on social media posing next to it. In Egypt, several murals have also been created displaying Salah’s likeness, including one in the capital of Cairo.

Career Statistics

Club

As of match played 14 August 2019

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition

a. Salah scored 22 goals, which was tied with teammate Sadio Mané and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the most in the 2018–19 season
b. Includes Egypt Cup, Swiss Cup, FA Cup and Coppa Italia
c. Includes League Cup/EFL Cup
d. Includes other competitive competitions such as the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup
e. Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, fourteen appearances and two goals in UEFA Europa League
f. a.b.c.d.e.f. Appearances in UEFA Champions League
g. Appearances in UEFA Europa League
h.Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, six appearances and two goals in UEFA Europa League

International

As of match played 6 July 2019

Appearances and goals by national team and year

International Goals

As of match played 30 June 2019. Egypt score listed first, score column indicates score after each Salah goal.

International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition

Honours

Basel

  • Swiss Super League: 2012–13, 2013–14

Liverpool

  • UEFA Champions League: 2018–19;[280] runner-up: 2017–18
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2019

Egypt U20

  • African U-20 Championship third place: 2011

Egypt

  • Africa Cup of Nations runner-up: 2017

Individual

  • CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year: 2012
  • UAFA Golden Boy: 2012
  • Swiss Super League Player of the Year: 2013
  • El Heddaf Arab Footballer of the Year: 2013, 2017, 2018
  • A.S. Roma Player of the Season: 2015–16
  • Globe Soccer Best Arab Player of the Year: 2016
  • CAF Team of the Year: 2016, 2017, 2018
  • CAF Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament: 2017
  • Premier League Player of the Month: November 2017, February 2018, March 2018
  • PFA Player of the Month: November 2017, December 2017, February 2018, March 2018,[294] December 2018,January 2019, April 2019
  • BBC African Footballer of the Year: 2017, 2018
  • African Footballer of the Year: 2017, 2018
  • BBC Goal of the Month: December 2017, February 2018, April 2019
  • Goal Arab Player of the Year: 2017, 2018
  • PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2017–18
  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 2017–18
  • Premier League Golden Boot: 2017–18, 2018–19
  • Premier League Player of the Season: 2017–18
  • PFA Team of the Year: 2017–18 Premier League
  • Liverpool Fans Player of the Season Award 2017–18
  • Liverpool Players’ Player of the Season Award: 2017–18
  • PFA Fans’ Player of the Year: 2017–18
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2017–18
  • Onze d’Argent: 2017–18
  • Honorary Citizen of the Chechen Republic: 2018
  • UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award: 2018 (3rd place)
  • UEFA Champions League Forward of the Season: 2017–18 (2nd place)
  • FIFA Puskás Award: 2018
  • The Best FIFA Men’s Player: 2018 (3rd place)
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2nd Team: 2018
  • Goal 50: 2018 (3rd place)
  • Football Supporters’ Federation Player of the Year: 2018
  • Ballon d’Or: 2018 (6th place)
  • Time 100: 2019
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2017–18
  • Liverpool Goal of the Season: 2018–19 (vs. Chelsea)
  • IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2018

Records

England

  • Most goals in a 38-game Premier League season: 32 goals in 2017–18
  • Most games scored in during a Premier League season: 24 games in 2017–18
  • Most goals by an African player in a Premier League season: 32 goals in 2017–18
  • Most Premier League Player of the Month awards in a single season: 3 (November 2017, February 2018 and March 2018)
  • Most left-footed goals scored in a season: 25 goals in 2017–18
  • Most teams scored against in a Premier League season: 17 teams (shared with Ian Wright and Robin van Persie)
  • First player to outscore three Premier League teams in a Premier League season: West Brom (31), Swansea City (28) and Huddersfield Town (28) in 2017–18

Europe

  • Most goals by an African player in a UEFA Champions League season: 11 goals in 2017–18

Liverpool

  • Most goals in a debut season: 44 goals in 2017–18
  • Most European goals in a season: 11 goals in 2017–18 (shared with Roberto Firmino)
  • Most games scored in during a single campaign: 34 games in 2017–18
  • Most top-flight goals in a season by a Liverpool player: 32 goals in Premier League 2017–18 (shared with Ian Rush)
  • Most Liverpool Player of the Month awards in a season: 7 months in 2017–18
  • Fastest player to Score 50 Goals for Liverpool: 65 games in 2018–19
  • Fastest Liverpool player to Score 50 Premier League Goals: 69 games in 2018–19
  • Most goals in the first 100 appearances in all competition in Liverpool club history: 69 goals

Egypt

  • Egypt’s all-time highest scorer in FIFA World Cup history: 2 Goals in FIFA World Cup 2018 (shared with Abdulrahman Fawzi, 2 Goals in FIFA World Cup 1934)
  • Egypt’s all-time highest scorer in CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualification: 14 goals

Italy

  • Highest-scoring Egyptian in Serie A history: 35 goals in 81 games

Performances

  • 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) joint top scorer: 6 goals (shared with Mohamed Aboutrika and Asamoah Gyan)
  • 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) joint top scorer: 5 goals (shared with Préjuce Nakoulma)
  • A.S Roma top scorer: 15 goals in 2015–16
  • A.S Roma top assist provider: 15 assists in 2016–17
  • Liverpool top scorer (2): 44 goals in 2017–18, 27 goals in 2018–19

2019 UEFA Super Cup

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The 2019 UEFA Super Cup was the 44th edition of the UEFA Super Cup, an annual football match organised by UEFA and contested by the reigning champions of the two main European club competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. The match featured two English sides, Liverpool, the winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, and Chelsea, the winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League. The match was played at Vodafone Park in Istanbul, Turkey on 14 August 2019. The match was the first all-English UEFA Super Cup, and the eighth overall Super Cup to feature two teams from the same country.

For the first time, the video assistant referee (VAR) system was used in the competition.

Liverpool won the match 5–4 on penalties following a 2–2 draw after extra time for their fourth UEFA Super Cup title.

Match programme cover

Teams

Venue

The Vodafone Park in Istanbul hosted the match.

This was the first UEFA Super Cup held in Turkey, and the third time a UEFA club competition final was held in the country, after the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium and the 2009 UEFA Cup Final at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, both also in Istanbul.

The stadium is the home ground of Turkish club Beşiktaş. UEFA regulations regarding naming rights of non-tournament sponsors required that the stadium be referred to as Beşiktaş Park in all UEFA materials.

Host Selection

For the first time ever, an open bidding process was launched on 9 December 2016 by UEFA to select the venues of the club competition finals (UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Women’s Champions League, and UEFA Super Cup). Associations had until 27 January 2017 to express interest, and bid dossiers had to be submitted by 6 June 2017.

UEFA announced on 3 February 2017 that nine associations expressed interest in hosting, and confirmed on 7 June 2017 that seven associations submitted bids for the 2019 UEFA Super Cup:

Bidding associations for 2019 UEFA Super Cup

The following associations expressed interest in hosting but eventually did not submit bids:

  • Hungary: Groupama Arena, Budapest
  • Scotland: Hampden Park, Glasgow

The bid evaluation report was published by UEFA on 14 September 2017. Vodafone Park was selected as the venue by the UEFA Executive Committee on 20 September 2017.

Background

The match was the first UEFA Super Cup to feature two English teams, after all-English finals in both of UEFA’s seasonal tournaments; Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League and Chelsea beat Arsenal in the Europa League. The match was the eighth overall Super Cup to feature two teams from the same country, previously achieved five times by Spanish teams (2006, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018) and twice by Italian teams (1990 and 1993). This also ensured that it would be the first Super Cup to be won by an English team since Liverpool in 2005.

This was the eleventh meeting between both clubs in UEFA competition. Liverpool and Chelsea were drawn against each other in five successive Champions League seasons between 2004–05 and 2008–09. Chelsea have won three of these meetings (including one after extra time) to Liverpool’s two, with the other five ending in draws. Each side has advanced against the other two times apiece, with the other tie coming in the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League group stage as Livepool’s unique qualifying situation that season did not grant them association protection.

Match

Officials

On 2 August 2019, UEFA named French official Stéphanie Frappart as the referee for the match, marking the first time in history a woman would referee the final of a UEFA men’s competition. Frappart has been a FIFA referee since 2009, and had officiated at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the month prior, where she was appointed as the referee for the final. She also previously officiated at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2016 Summer Olympics and UEFA Women’s Euro 2017, and became the first woman to referee in Ligue 1 in April 2019. Her compatriot Manuela Nicolosi was chosen as one of the assistant referees, along with Irish official Michelle O’Neill, while Cüneyt Çakır of Turkey was chosen as the fourth official. French referee Clément Turpin was named the video assistant referee, presiding over the first use of the technology in the UEFA Super Cup. His fellow countryman François Letexier was named as one of the assistant video assistant referees for the match, along with Massimiliano Irrati of Italy, while Mark Borsch of Germany offside VAR.

Stéphanie Frappart, the referee for the match.

Summary

Chelsea who took the lead after 36 minutes when a pass from Christian Pulisic played in Giroud on the left and his first-time left-foot shot found the right corner of the net. Pusilic had a second goal ruled out shortly after for offside after confirmation from VAR. Sadio Mané made it 1–1 after 48 minutes when he scored from close range at the second attempt after a flick past the goalkeeper from substitute Roberto Firmino. The match went to extra-time and Sadio Mané got his second goal of the match in the 95th minute with a side-foot into the top right-hand corner of the net after Roberto Firmino found him with a cut-back from the left.

Chelsea were awarded a penalty six minutes later when Adrián was adjudged to have brought down Tammy Abraham when he ran onto a pass in the penalty area. Jorginho scored to make it 2–2 with a low shot to the right corner. The match went to a penalty shoot-out and with the score at 5–4 Tammy Abraham saw his low shot saved by Adrián with his right leg to win the game for Liverpool.

Details

The Champions League winners were designated as the “home” team for administrative purposes.

Man of the Match:
Sadio Mané (Liverpool)

Assistant Referees:
Manuela Nicolosi (France)
Michelle O’Neill (Republic of Ireland)
Fourth Official:
Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Video Assistant Referee (VAR):
Clément Turpin (France)
Assistant Video Assistant Referees:
François Letexier (France)
Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
Offside Video Assistant Referee:
Mark Borsch (Germany)

Match Rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Twelve named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time

Statistics

See also

International Olympiad in Informatics 2019 Azerbaijan: Indonesia Raih 4 Medali

Dirgahayu Indonesia 74 Tahun

Tim Olimpiade Komputer Indonesia Raih 1 Emas, 2 Perak, 1 Perunggu di International Olympiad in Informatics 2019.

Tim Olimpiade Komputer Indonesia bersama pembimbing

Menjelang peringatan Hari Kemerdekaan Indonesia yang ke-74, empat siswa SMA ini berhasil mengharumkan nama bangsa di ajang International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) 2019.

Dalam ajang yang digelar di Baku, Azerbaijan, mulai tanggal 4 sampai dengan 11 Agustus 2019 tim Indonesia berhasil meraih 1 medali emas, 2 medali perak dan 1 medali perunggu.

Keempat delegasi adalah: Abdul Malik Nurrokhman (Amnu), SMA Semesta BBS Semarang; Vincent Ling, SMA Pribadi Bandung; Fausta Anugerah Dianparama, SMA Negeri 1 Yogyakarta; dan Moses Mayer, SMA Jakarta Intercultural School.

IOI merupakan olimpiade sains di bidang informatika (khususnya pemrograman) yang diselenggarakan setiap tahun. Ajang bergengsi ini pada tahun 2019 memasuki tahun ke-31.

Bersaing dengan 323 peserta lain dari 87 negara, tim Indonesia berhasil meraih 1 medali emas dari Amnu, 2 medali perak dari Fausta dan Vincent, dan 1 medali perunggu dari Moses Mayer.

Perolehan ini menempatkan Indonesia pada posisi ranking juara ke-10, mengalahkan puluhan negara lain, seperti Singapura, Kanada, atau Australia.

Empat siswa anggota Tim Olimpiade Komputer Indonesia patut merasa bangga. Untuk mempersiapkan diri mengikuti IOI, tim ini telah mengikuti pembinaan selama berbulan-bulan, yang dilaksanakan oleh Direktorat Pembinaan SMA, Direktorat Jenderal Pendidikan Dasar dan Menengah, serta Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan RI bekerja sama dengan UI, ITB, IPB, ITS, UGM dan Binus University.

Peran para alumni TOKI sangat besar pada proses persiapan dan pelatihan. Keempat siswa juga harus menjalani karantina dan pembinaan intensif untuk memperbanyak latihan soal, diskusi dan pelatihan kesiapan mental bertanding.

Materi pembinaan, selain diisi oleh para dosen dari berbagai universitas, juga diisi oleh para alumni TOKI dalam bentuk diskusi dan sparring partner. Para siswa juga diikutsertakan dalam beberapa kegiatan latih tanding. Strategi ini terbukti meningkatkan prestasi tim Indonesia dari tahun ke tahun.

“Sejak terpilih menjadi TOKI, saya berkomitmen untuk memberikan yang terbaik. Tujuan pribadi saya adalah membuktikan kalau Indonesia tidak kalah dari negara lain dalam hal teknologi dan informatika. Walaupun dalam proses pelatihan sempat merasa lelah dan kangen keluarga, tapi sekarang saya sudah lega karena bisa memberikan kado untuk ulang tahun Indonesia, dan bisa kembali berkumpul bersama keluarga,” kata Amnu yang sudah dua kali menyumbangkan medali di ajang IOI, yaitu medali perak pada IOI 2018, dan emas pada IOI 2019 kali ini.

Tantangan terbesar yang dihadapi TOKI adalah rasa gugup karena menghadapi negara-negara lebih maju yang sering dipandang lebih ahli. Tidak mau kalah sebelum bertanding, Amnu, Vincent, Fausta, dan Moses berusaha untuk membulatkan tekad dan memupuk rasa percaya diri.

Mereka pun tampil lepas dan tanpa beban. Panduan dan dukungan yang diberikan oleh tim delegasi juga membuat mereka selalu bersemangat untuk mengikuti tahapan kompetisi dari hari ke hari. Selain meraih medali, mereka juga sempat memperkenalkan budaya Indonesia dengan bermain angklung pada acara Malam Budaya IOI.

“Dengan pencapaian yang diraih dalam kompetisi IOI kali ini, kita patut memberikan penghargaan setinggi-tingginya untuk semangat, perjuangan dan juga pengorbanan yang telah dilakukan oleh para siswa, Pembina, Alumni dan Direktorat Pembinaan SMA, Direktorat
Jenderal Pendidikan Dasar dan Menengah, serta Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan RI, yang telah bekerja keras dalam mengupayakan hasil yang maksimal demi mengharumkan nama baik bangsa dan negara,” kata Adi Mulyanto, M.T, dosen STEI ITB dan Pembina TOKI sebagai ketua delegasi

Secara khusus, Adi juga mengapresiasi bantuan moral dan pelatihan yang diberikan oleh Ikatan Alumni Tim Olimpiade Komputer Indonesia (IA-TOKI). Beberapa alumni TOKI kini telah mencetak prestasi masing-masing, seperti Brian Marshal yang mendirikan start-up SIRCLO dan Derianto Kusuma yang mendirikan unicorn Traveloka.

“Mereka telah membangun ikatan alumni yang solid, suportif, dan saling membantu. Secara kompak, mereka mencurahkan waktu,
tenaga, perhatian, dan pengalaman, untuk membimbing ‘adik kelas’ mereka,” tambahnya.

Source: Tribunnews | 13 Agustus 2019 06:22 WIB

Cara melunakkan Daging sebelum di masak

Cara melunakkan daging sebelum di masak

1 | Daun Pepaya

Agar daging tidak alot, sebaiknya bungkus dulu potongan daging menggunakan daun pepaya dan diamkan selama beberapa waktu. Getah dari daun pepaya, akan menyerap ke serat daging dan membuat teksturnya tidak alot. Tapi jangan terlalu lama membungkus daging dengan daun pepaya, takutnya getah justru mempengarahui rasa daging. Cukup 1 jam saja

2 | Nanas

Cara melembutkan daging dengan nanas adalah pilih nanas muda yang masih berwarna hijau, lalu parut nanas sampai halus

Setelah itu, lumuri daging dengan parutan nanas/perasan air nanas dan diamkan selama 15 menit.

Hati-hati, jangan biarkan daging dalam nanas terlalu lama karena enzim bromelain dalam nanas dapat bekerja dengan cepat.

3 | Jahe

Enzim proteolitik yg ada di dalam jahe dapat menguraikan ikatan protein daging sehingga tekstur daging jadi lebih empuk.

Cara menggunakan jahe untuk melembutkan daging adalah kupas kulit jahe dan parut hingga halus. Lumuri daging dengan parutan jahe selama 15 – 30 menit sebelum memasak daging.

4 | Teh

Kandungan tanin di dalam teh berfungsi sebagai pelunak daging alami.

Untuk memanfaatkan teh sebagai pengemuk daging, Anda harus menyeduh teh hitam yang sangat kental dan pekat. Kemudian, rendam daging di dalam teh sembati dipijat-pijat agar air tehnya meresap ke dalam pori-pori daging. Diamkan daging di dalam air teh selama beberapa menit, angkat dan tiriskan daging, lalu Anda dapat langsung memasak daging tersebut.

5 | Saus Tomat

Ketika hendak membuat daging untuk BBQ, Anda akan melumuri daging dengan saus tomat. Selain untuk menambah citarasa daging, saus tomat juga mengandung asam yang dapat melunakkan tekstur daging.
Oleh karena itu, sangat disarankan untuk merendam daging di dalam saus tomat selama 2 jam agar daging yang akan dibakar menjadi lebih empuk. Di samping itu, dalam waktu 2 jam saus tomat akan meresap ke dalam daging sehingga dapat menambah citarasa daging tersebut ketika dikonsumsi

6 | Baking Soda

Baking soda atau soda kue bersifat antasid yang dapat menetralkan asam. Soda kue meningkatkan pH pada permukaan daging dan membuat bagian luar daging lebih basa dan membuat protein daging menjadi renggang. Ketika protein tidak mengikat, daging tetap empuk bahkan setelah di masak.

Sesuai lansiran Livestrong, daging hanya perlu direndam selama 15-20 menit di larutan baking soda dan air agar daging empuk

7 | Kiwi

Enzim Actinidin di dalam kiwi dapat mempercepat pengempukan daging. Jika Anda tertarik menggunakan kiwi untuk mengempukkan daging, cobalah untuk membeli buah kiwi segar, kupas kulitnya, dan iris buah ini tipis-tipis. Letakkan irisan buah kiwi secara berjajar hingga menutupi daging. Untuk daging dengan berat 1 kilogram umumnya membutuhkan 4 buah kiwi

8 | Kopi

Caranya pun cukup mudah, Anda bisa menyeduh kopi kental, lalu diamkan sampai dingin. Selanjutnya rendam daging di dalam air kopi tersebut selama 24 jam. Apabila sudah direndam selama 24 jam penuh, Anda dapat langsung mengolah daging tersebut. Selain menjadi lebih empuk, daging yang direndam dengan kopi akan memiliki aroma yang lebih sedap ketika dimasak.

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Super Cup Facts: Liverpool vs Chelsea

Beşiktaş Park, Istanbul

EUFA, Wednesday 7 August 2019

Istanbul is the venue for the first all-English UEFA Super Cup as European champions Liverpool take on Chelsea.

The UEFA Super Cup will be an all-English affair for the first time as Liverpool take on Chelsea at the Beşiktaş Park in Istanbul.

  • Liverpool, who qualified by claiming their sixth European Cup in Madrid in June, are making their sixth UEFA Super Cup appearance, and are bidding to lift the trophy for the fourth time.
  • This is Chelsea’s fourth UEFA Super Cup match; having won the first, in 1998, they have lost on their last two appearances.
  • Whoever wins in Istanbul will claim England’s eighth UEFA Super Cup, fewer only than Spain (15) and Italy (nine). An English side has not triumphed since Liverpool’s 2005 success; Premier League clubs have been beaten on their four subsequent appearances, including defeats for Chelsea in 2012 and 2013.
  • This will also be the first time a Spanish club has not won the UEFA Super Cup since 2013, when Bayern München beat Chelsea on penalties in Prague.
  • Seven UEFA Super Cup finals have previously been contested by domestic rivals: two all-Italian ones, and five involving Spanish teams including four since 2014, most recently Atlético Madrid beating Real Madrid last year.

UEFA Super Cup Pedigree

Liverpool

  • The Reds’ record in the UEFA Super Cup is 3 Win and 2 Loss
    • 1977 W 7-1 v Hamburg (agg: 1-1 a, 6-0 h)
    • 1978 L 3-4 v Anderlecht (agg: 1-3 a, 2-1 h)
    • 1984 L 0-2 v Juventus
    • 2001 W 3-2 v Bayern München
    • 2005 W 3-1 v CSKA Moskva (aet)
  • Liverpool won the competition in 1977 and 2005 as European champions (having knocked out Chelsea in the latter semi-final), and in 2001 as UEFA Cup holders. However they lost (as European Cup holders) in the 1978 and 1984 games.
  • The 6-0 second-leg win against Hamburg in 1977 equalled the biggest win in a UEFA Super Cup game, matching Ajax’s defeat of Milan in 1973. Terry McDermott’s hat-trick against Hamburg is one of only two in a UEFA Super Cup match; the other came against Chelsea, scored by Atlético’s Radamel Falcao in 2012.
  • Victory would take Liverpool level with Real Madrid on four UEFA Super Cups, fewer only than Barcelona and AC Milan’s five.

Chelsea

  • This is Chelsea’s fourth appearance in the UEFA Super Cup, with the record W1 L2:
    • 1998 W 1-0 v Real Madrid
    • 2012 L 1-4 v Atlético Madrid
    • 2013 L 2-2 aet, 4-5 pens v Bayern München
  • Chelsea’s 1998 UEFA Super Cup triumph came after they had won the previous season’s UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup; they lost in 2012 as UEFA Champions League winners and in 2013 having won that year’s UEFA Europa League.
  • Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was captain of the team beaten by Atlético in 2012 and Bayern 12 months later. César Azpilicueta was an unused substitute in that 2013 showpiece.
  • The Blues would become the tenth side to win multiple UEFA Super Cups with victory in Istanbul.

Previous Meetings

  • This is the sides’ 11th meeting in UEFA competition, all since 2005, with the previous ten having all come in the UEFA Champions League. Five of those matches were drawn, with Liverpool recording two wins to Chelsea’s three – and only one game was won by a margin of more than one goal.
  • Their paths first crossed in Europe in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, Liverpool’s Luis García scoring the only goal of the tie four minutes into the second leg at Anfield; the Reds went on to beat AC Milan in a dramatic final in Istanbul.
  • After two goalless draws in the following season’s group stage, each side won 1-0 at home in the 2006/07 semi-finals; Liverpool prevailed, winning the Anfield penalty shoot-out 4-1. They again met Milan in the final, losing 2-1 in Athens.
  • Chelsea reached their first UEFA Champions League final with an extra-time victory against Liverpool in the 2007/08 semi-finals. After a 1-1 first-leg draw at Anfield, the London club won 3-2 after 120 minutes at Stamford Bridge, Lampard scoring their second goal from the penalty spot. The current Chelsea manager was also on target in the final, against Manchester United in Moscow, but his side were defeated 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
  • Lampard also scored in the clubs’ most recent European match, in the second leg of the 2008/09 quarter-final. Chelsea won 3-1 at Anfield in the first game – the only UEFA fixture between the sides to be settled by more than one goal – before a remarkable 4-4 draw in west London in which Lampard scored Chelsea’s third and fourth goals. The Blues therefore progressed to the semi-finals, where they lost on away goals to Barcelona.
  • Overall, of the 181 fixtures between the clubs, Liverpool have recorded 77 wins to Chelsea’s 63 with 41 draws. In 2018/19 Chelsea won 2-1 at Anfield in the League Cup third round thanks to goals from Emerson Palmieri and Eden Hazard; in the Premier League, the game at Stamford Bridge finished 1-1 before a 2-0 Liverpool victory on Merseyside, Sadio Mané (51) and Mohamed Salah (53) scoring early in the second half.
  • In domestic cup finals, Chelsea beat Liverpool 3-2 after extra time in the 2004/05 League Cup decider – José Mourinho’s first trophy as Blues manager – and 2-1 in the FA Cup in May 2012. Lampard featured in both games for Chelsea, with Jordan Henderson in the Liverpool line-up for the latter.

Form Guide

Liverpool

  • Liverpool qualified by winning their sixth European Cup in 2018/19, beating Tottenham 2-0 at the Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid on 1 June in the second all-English final thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, a penalty, and Divock Origi.
  • That stretched the Reds’ unbeaten run against English clubs to six matches (W4 D2), since that 3-1 home defeat by Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg in April 2009. They have won eight of their 21 matches against domestic rivals in UEFA competition (D8 L5), including the last three having beaten Manchester City home (3-0) and away (2-1) in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
  • Liverpool’s record in last season’s UEFA Champions League was W8 D1 L4 F24 A12. They have won five of their last six European fixtures (L1).
  • The Reds have, however, lost six of their last nine UEFA competition matches outside England – although they have won three of the last four.
  • Istanbul looms large in the Reds’ history; they came from 3-0 down to win the 2005 UEFA Champions League final against AC Milan on penalties at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, but have yet to win a game outright in the city, their five visits having ended in three defeats and two draws.
  • Liverpool lost 2-1 to Beşiktaş in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage at the Inönü Stadium – the venue that was knocked down to build Beşiktaş Park. They also lost on penalties at Beşiktaş in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 32 after each side had won 1-0 at home.
  • Liverpool’s record in four UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W3 L1:
  • 4-2 v Roma, 1983/84 European Champion Clubs’ Cup final
  • 3-2 v AC Milan, 2004/05 UEFA Champions League final
  • 4-1 v Chelsea, 2006/07 UEFA Champions League semi-final
  • 4-5 v Beşiktaş, 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 32

Chelsea

  • The Blues were UEFA Europa League winners in 2018/19, beating Arsenal 4-1 in the competition’s first all-English final since Tottenham beat Wolves in the 1972 UEFA Cup. Eden Hazard scored twice at the Baku Olympic Stadium, Olivier Giroud and Pedro Rodríguez also finding the net as Chelsea claimed their second UEFA Europa League title having also triumphed in 2013, their only other appearance in the competition.
  • Chelsea were unbeaten in European competition last season, claiming the UEFA Europa League with a record of W12 D3 F36 A10. Their last continental defeat came at Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg in March 2018 (0-3).
  • The London club have scored three goals or more in five of their last eight European matches. Their tally of 36 goals in last season’s UEFA Europa League was one short of the competition record set by Porto in 2010/11.
  • Chelsea’s record against English clubs in Europe is W7 D7 L4. The defeat of Arsenal ended a three-game run without a victory in such fixtures (D1 L2), since their 3-1 win at Liverpool in 2009.
  • Chelsea have played three UEFA competition games in Istanbul (W1 D1 L1) but will be making their first appearance at Beşiktaş Park. They took on Beşiktaş themselves in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League group stage, both games ending in 2-0 away wins, but the Istanbul side played that home game in Gelsenkirchen.
  • A 5-0 first group stage win at Galatasaray in October 1999 remains Chelsea’s joint biggest UEFA Champions League away victory.
  • Chelsea’s record in five UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W2 L3:
    • 1-4 v Liverpool, 2006/07 UEFA Champions League semi-final
    • 5-6 v Manchester United, 2007/08 UEFA Champions League final
    • 4-3 v Bayern München, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League final
    • 4-5 v Bayern München, 2013 UEFA Super Cup
    • 4-3 v Eintracht Frankfurt, 2018/19 UEFA Europa League semi-final

Links and Trivia

  • As a Chelsea player, Lampard scored seven goals in 39 matches against Liverpool. His record in matches against the Merseyside club for the Blues was W18 D8 L13.
  • Salah joined Chelsea from Basel in January 2014 having scored against the English side in both fixtures during that season’s UEFA Champions League group stage, with Basel winning both games. The Egyptian had also found the net in the second leg of Basel’s 2012/13 UEFA Europa League semi-final defeat by the Blues. Salah made only 19 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring twice, before signing for Fiorentina in January 2015.
  • International team-mates:
    • Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson & Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham (England)
    • Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino & Willian (Brazil)
    • Dejan Lovren & Mateo Kovačić (Croatia)
    • Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi & Michy Batshuayi (Belgium)
  • Have played together:
    • Mohamed Salah & Emerson Palmieri, Antonio Rüdiger (Roma 2015–17)
    • Alisson Becker & Emerson Palmieri (Roma 2016–18)
    • Alisson Becker & Antonio Rüdiger (Roma 2016/17)
    • Mohamed Salah & Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina 2015)
    • Fabinho & Tiémoué Bakayoko (Monaco 2014–17)

The 4 Sisters Took Photos Every Year For 40 Years

By Shana Lee

The 4 Sisters Took Photos Every Year For 40 Years, You Won’t Believe What Happened To Them.

In 1975, Nicholas Nixon began a series of annual photographs of four sisters that have spanned 43 years of their lives – to date. Although married to one sister, Bebe, Nixon’s series is more than a record for the family album. The black and white photograph collection has been exhibited in many galleries and museums and published as a book.

The photos offer an insight into how we age and wear life experiences in our physicality, along with the closeness siblings can have. Interviews with Nixon give a further glimpse of the process. While the poses and the location vary a little from year to year, the left to right position of each of the sisters is always the same.

1975

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The Brown sisters in 1975, New Canaan, Connecticut. From left to right is Heather aged 23, Mimi aged 15, Bebe aged 25 and Laurie aged 21. The sisters lined up and Nixon has said they liked it and found it refreshing because it was different from the traditional family line up from youngest to oldest – and being expected to smile!

1976

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This photo was taken in Hartford, Connecticut in 1996 following Lauri’s college graduation. Nixon decided to capture the four sisters wearing dresses on this occasion, which apparently didn’t usually happen! It was after this photo, he says, he decided to suggest they do it forever.

1977

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Over the next few years, Nixon says, there was a debate on the lineup, with the two sisters on the outside saying they would prefer to be in the middle. To offer a compromise, he took shots with them in different positions, with the option for him to choose lineup from the best shot. The original order came up trumps. This picture was from 1977 is in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1978

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Nixon has spoken of part of the drama, or interestingness of the photos as being the degree to which each of the sisters is willing to open up and show their vulnerability from year to year. This image from 1978 was taken in Harwich Port, Massachusetts.

1979

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The sisters come to a common consensus each year on the final choice of which shot will be published from a total of around 10 taken. This shot was taken in 1979 in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

1980

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Nixon himself grew up as an only child. He has spoken of being embraced by marrying into this family of close-knit siblings as gratifying and supportive. This image was taken in 1980 in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

1981

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Given we are now in an age of selfies and social media where people post happy or posed images, this photo from 1981 in Cincinnati, Ohio, doesn’t give the impression of the sisters having much enthusiasm for the annual shot!

1982

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Bebe Nixon has said that the sisters are not directed by her husband as the photographer/artist on what to wear on the day they take the photos to get a certain look. She says they just wear what they feel like wearing on the day. This 1982 photo was taken in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

1983

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In some years the appearance of the sisters suggests someone may be pregnant. However, the series keeps its focus on the sister dynamic, rather than any additions to the family. This photograph taken in Allston, Massachusetts, is from 1993.

1984

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Nixon’s joined this beach shot from 1984 in Truro, Massachusetts! You can see the shadow from him and his old-school 8x 10 camera – which Nixon uses every time.

1985

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Ten years since the first photo. Heather will have been aged 33, Mimi aged 25, Bebe aged 35 and Laurie aged 31. This photo is from 1985 in Allston, Massachusetts.

1986

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This is the most close-up and intimate image of the sisters in the series to date. This shot was taken in 1986 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1987

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The youngest and oldest sisters take the foreground in this image from 1987 in Chatham, Massachusetts.

1988

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It’s the middle sisters turn to take positions towards the front in 1988 in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

1989

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Nixon speaks of the photographs having developed a public following because they have become a marker for people to note another year has gone by. This image is from 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1990

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From the beginning, Nixon’s direction was that the sisters didn’t have to smile, he says he told them to “just give me what you’ve got”. This the image from 1990 in Woodstock, Vermont.

1991

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Nixon speaks of people being aware of time, but unaware of time passing while it is. He sees this project as about showing a bigger chunk of time – and the longer and bigger the better. This photograph is from 1991 in Waterton, Massachusetts.

1992

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In all of the previous years’ shots, the sisters were looking at the camera front on and very directly This is the first of only a few photographs where one or more of the sisters have their focus elsewhere. This 1992 photo was taken in Concord, Massachusetts.

1993

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The light may be darker in 1993, but a warmth seems to radiate from the sisters’ eyes in this shot taken in Boston, Massachusetts.

1994

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This is 1994, and the actual twentieth anniversary of the first photo. Nixon threw the first image taken in 1974 away, thinking it was “dumb”. This photo was taken in Grantham, New Hampshire.

1995

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Twenty years since the first published photo. Heather will have been aged 43, Mimi aged 35, Bebe aged 45 and Laurie aged 41. This photo is from 1985 in Allston, Massachusetts.1995, Marblehead, Massachusetts.

1996

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Nixon and his camera have dropped in again via shadowing in this shot from 1996 in Lexington, Massachusetts.

1997

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Nixon says when he’s looking for his choice of shot he goes for what is interesting about each of the four, and which has the overall best drama. He says “it usually has something to do with the truth, but it might not”. This image is from 1997 in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts.

1998

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According to Nelson, the sisters want to be anonymous women as far as their professions and family go, and they would feel betrayed if he revealed that. This photograph is from 1998 in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

1999

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Nelson says the physical closeness of the sisters in each year’s photo has come naturally as they’ve grown older. This photo is from 1999 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

2000

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Twenty-five years on, and the year of the new millennium. This photograph is from 2000 in Eastham, Massachusetts.

2001

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Nixon has quoted one of the sisters as saying “You know, these aren’t just about us. These are Nick’s stories about four women, as much as they’re a recording of the four of us. In a way, it’s not you, it’s the woman in the picture.” This photograph is from 2001 in Brewster, Massachusetts.

2002

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Nixon says he’s feared that the sisters may become self-conscious, but it hasn’t happened. The gestures of affection are genuine and in the moment. This photograph is from 2002 in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

2003

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Looking through these photos, it’s hard not to imagine and wonder what is going on in their lives. This image is from 2003 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

2004

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One thing that is striking from the naturalness of these photos, is that these women could be anyone from within your own extended family. This photograph is from 2004 in Cataumet, Massachusetts.

2005

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Thirty years since the first photo. Heather will have been aged 53, Mimi aged 45, Bebe aged 55 and Laurie aged 51. This photo is 2005 in Cataumet, Massachusetts.

2006

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2006, and the third year in a row that Laurie, on the right, has been looking away into the distance. This photo is in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

2007

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2007, and another rich image. We can see these women aging and the changing seasons in their faces. This photograph was taken in Cataumet, Massachusetts.

2008

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2008 and located in a completely different State. Most of the photos have been set in Massachusetts, however, the location of this photograph is named as Dallas, Texas.

2009

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Are Nixon’s fingers joining the sisters in the top right-hand corner of this photo from 2009 in Truro, Massachusetts or is it leaves?

2010

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Thirty-five years on, this photograph was taken in 2010 in Truro, Massachusetts.

2011

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The Brown Sisters books have been released in three editions. The first in 1999, the second in 2008 and the third in 2014. This photo from 2011 was taken in Truro, Massachusetts.

2012

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It is a remarkable journey to look through these photos and see the enduring relationships of siblings over time. This 2012 photograph was taken in Boston, Massachusetts.

2013

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The photographs seem to show that, contrary to pop culture, beauty does not fade with age. This is the 2013 photograph, taken in Truro, Massachusetts.

2014

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There’s something in this image from 2014 clearly suggesting that these sisters have literally got each other’s backs. This photo was taken in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

2015

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Forty years since the first photo. Heather will have been aged 63, Mimi aged 55, Bebe aged 65 and Laurie aged 61. This photo is from 2015 in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

2016

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Nixon has spoken about his approach to photography and working with people as “dancing in the moment, or collaborating in the moment”. This photo was taken in 2016 in Truro, Massachusetts.

2017

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When asked whether the series will continue after one or more of the sisters are not around, Nixon says it is his intention to carry on, whether there’s four, three, two or one and/or he has to jump into the shot himself! This is the Brown sisters in 2017, Truro, Massachusetts.

How to Test a Ground Rod

Co-authored by wikiHow Staff | Updated: March 29, 2019

A ground rod is an important part of an electrical system. It allows uncontrolled electricity to go to the ground instead of causing a fire or damaging a building. When installing a ground rod, you need to make sure that electricity will easily flow through it into the earth. The resistance to the flow of electricity is measured by a ground meter and is read in ohms. The lower the number of ohms of resistance a grounding system has, the better your protection is.

Method 1 | Using a Clamp-on Ground Meter

1 | Get a clamp-on ground meter

A clamp-on ground meter is a specialized electronic machine that checks electrical resistance. These meters can range from about $100 (USD) to over $1500 for professional models. They are available at hardware stores, home improvement stores, and online retailers of electrical supplies.

  • The clamp-on meter will give you a reading in “ohms,” which is the unit of measurement for resistance. It may be signified with the symbol “Ω” on the meter.

2 | Clamp the meter on the ground rod or grounding electrode conductor

Open the clamp by pressing the lever on the side of the meter and holding it down. Then put the clamp around the grounding electrode conductor or the top of the ground rod. Let the clamp close by letting go of the lever.

  • The meter should be used as close to the ground rod as possible. Using it further down the electrical system, such as near the electrical panel, will read other ground sources in addition to the ground rod.

3 | Turn on the meter

How you start the meter depends on the specific brand you have. Some simply have a button that says “power” or “on.” Others have a dial that needs to be set to ohms.

  • If you are unsure of how to turn on your ground meter, follow the directions included with it.

4 | Assess the readings on the meter

Method 2 | Using an Earth Electrode Tester

1 | Get an earth electrode tester

This is an older type of resistance meter that uses multiple ground probes and wires to assess a ground rod’s resistance. This type of tester is usually available at hardware and home improvement stores, as well as from online retailers.

  • Using an earth electrode tester instead of a clamp-on tester will take a lot more time and effort. If you have the option of using a clamp-on meter instead, do it.

2 | Insert 2 ground probes into the ground

The ground probes need to be inserted into the ground at specific distances away from the ground rod. The furthest ground probe needs to be at a distance that is 10 times the length of the ground rod. For instance, if the ground rod is 8 feet (2.4 m) long, the furthest probe should be 80 feet (24 m) away. The second ground rod should be located halfway between the furthest probe and the ground rod.

  • The ground probes are typically about 1 foot (0.30 m) long. They should be inserted into the ground until the top of them is just visible.
  • The leads that come with earth electrode testers are typically very long, so they should reach the required distance.

3 | Connect all three leads

The three leads your meter comes with should be inserted into the openings on the meter. Then, the other end of 1 of the leads needs to be connected to the top of the ground rod. The other 2 each need to be connected to one of the ground probes.

  • In general, it doesn’t matter which lead goes to which ground rod or probe. However, the lead for the furthest ground probe should be the longest one so that it will reach.

4 | Turn on the meter and take a reading

How you turn on the meter depends on the specific type of meter you have. Most have a dial that should be set to the ohm symbol or to a mark that says “3 pole,” which is referencing your 3 points of contact with the earth. Once the meter is on, read what the screen says.

  • If a ground rod has a good connection to ground, its reading should be a number below 25.

5 | Verify your original reading

Move one of your probes to a location 2 feet (0.61 m) closer to the ground rod. Take a reading of the resistance once again. Then move that same probe so it is 2 feet (0.61 m) closer to the second probe than it was originally. Take another reading. All the readings that you get should be very similar.

  • To ensure that your ground rod is sufficient, the average of all 3 readings should be less than 25 ohms.

Method 3 | Reducing Grounding System Resistance

1 | Make sure the grounding system connections are secure

If you don’t get a satisfactory ground reading, check your grounding system for problems. Make sure the clamp that connects the ground rod and the grounding circuit conductor is very tight. Also ensure that the ground electrode conductor is solidly connected to the grounding bar in the electrical panel.

  • Most electrical systems also have secondary grounding means, such as the grounding bar being connected to a cold water pipe that goes into the ground. Make sure that the secondary grounding means is also securely connected.

2 | Install a new ground rod in a different location

In some instances, ground rods can be installed in areas where the earth has a lot of resistance. For instance, if a ground rod is driven into a very rocky and dry area it may not conduct electricity into the ground well. If this is the case for your ground rod, the best solution is to drive a different rod into a different location.

  • This may not require you to put a ground rod a long distance away from the original rod. Even a few feet can make a difference for the ground resistance.

3 | Install a second ground rod

If you have too much resistance in your initial ground rod, you can connect a second one in series to reduce the overall resistance. This will ensure that any ground fault will be able to go to ground easily.

  • Your second ground rod should be located at a distance that is equal to the length of your ground rod. For example, if your first ground rod is 8 feet (2.4 m) long, your second ground rod should be located 8 feet (2.4 m) from the first ground rod.