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Massive Cup tombola, Liverpool rumblings and a distant screeching sound | Soccer


An especially versatile Turkish midfielder who now works as a blazer for his nationwide federation, Hamit Altintop appeared nearly as good a random former footballer as any for Uefa to decide on to assist conduct the Massive Cup spherical of 16 tombola. What’s extra, he’s one half of a set of twins, a state of affairs that meant that if this season’s draw was beset with the identical technical glitches that meant final yr’s needed to be completed twice and he began buffering, there was a just about like-for-like substitute in his brother, Halil, out there to take over.

Fortunately, there have been no gremlins within the Uefa machine this time round and with the help of suave, debonair Uefa mouthpiece Pedro Pinto, Hamit did a sterling job beneath the beady eye of the organisation’s Deputy Normal, Giorgio Marchetti, in entrance of an viewers of membership representatives that includes former Germany goalkeeper and outdated Fiver favorite Oliver Khan. Now the CEO of Bayern Munich, Khan managed to stay commendably emotionless as his membership had been drawn towards Paris Saint-Germain, even when his plucky German underdogs will go into the tie as outsiders to beat the Qatari-owned juggernaut who discover new and ever extra amusing methods to exit Massive Cup with every passing yr.

Talking of state-owned juggernauts, Manchester Metropolis celebrated the discharge of their bumper stability sheet (which was, relying on the allegiances of a number of thousand of unqualified Social Media Shame accountants, predictably believable or merited compliments to the chef), by being paired with Crimson BulRasen-Ballsport Leipzig. Oh the romance! Chelsea will even journey to Germany, however might be on their third supervisor of the event by the point they go to Dortmund in February.

Elsewhere, Spurs will face Milan in a re-run of the Gennaro Gattuso-Joe Jordan throat-grab derby, whereas Liverpool’s disquiet at being paired up with Actual Madrid for the third time in as a few years was such that, based on some studies, their homeowners Fenway Sports activities Group instantly went searching for consumers. And sure, you’re proper. That screeching noise you may quickly hear would be the sound of the Tory-esque U-turns being pulled by 1000’s of Anfield regulars who’ve spent the previous yr wanting disapprovingly and tut-tutting sanctimoniously within the path of Newcastle. Oh, soccer. Why do you retain making fools of us all?

That Massive Cup R16 attract full: Manchester Metropolis v RB Leipzig, Benfica v Membership Brugge, Actual Madrid v Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur v Milan, Napoli v Eintracht Frankfurt, Chelsea v Borussia Dortmund, FC Porto v Inter, Bayern Munich v PSG.


“They’ll’t deal with discrimination. So it reveals there isn’t a actual intention to alter. We spoke to [the social media giants] however you get wishy-washy suggestions: ‘Yeah, we’re making an attempt all we are able to.’ No, you’re not” – Rio Ferdinand talks to Donald McRae about racism, sexuality and psychological well being in soccer after making a trilogy of movies on these topics.

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Your man, Rio. {Photograph}: Linda Nylind/The Guardian

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