Premier League is a professional football league for English football clubs. It is the top division in the system of football leagues in England. In it act 20 clubs. The championship runs from August to May, each team holds 38 matches. The Premier League continues to hold the tacit title of the most unpredictable European tournament. Sensations and just unexpected results here occur in almost every round. Recall at least the recent championship “Lester” and the absolute failure of “Chelsea”! Therefore, it’s rather difficult to make predictions for the English Premier League today – you never know where the dog is buried. It is not surprising that many players, betting on seemingly obvious events, are burning through. Nobody can provide a 100% guarantee of winning anywhere. But the percentage of patency recommendations is large enough. The current trend has been continued in the new season of the English Premier League.
Beginning of the way: Premier League fixtures
In the official homeland of modern football – England – the first documented game of football occurred in 217 AD. In the area of the city of Derby held the Celtic derby against the Romans. The Celts won, the story did not save the account. In the Middle Ages ball game was very popular in England, a cross between ancient and modern football. Although most of all she looked like a messy dump, turning into a bloody fight. They played right on the streets, sometimes 500 or more people from each side. The team that managed to drive the ball through the entire city to a certain place won. The 16th-century English writer Stabbes wrote about football: “Football brings scandals, noise and discord. This is a complete collection of motives for fighting, killing and a great many spilled blood. Noses full of blood – that’s what football is. “It is not surprising that football was considered a politically dangerous occupation. The first attempt to combat this scourge was made by King Edward II – in 1313 he banned football within the city. Then King Edward III banned football in general.
King Richard II in 1389 introduced a very harsh punishment for the game – up to the death penalty. After that, each king considered it his duty to issue a decree prohibiting football, as he continued to play. Only 100 years later, the monarchs decided that it was better to let the people play football than uprisings and politics. In 1603, the ban on football in England was lifted. The game was widely spread in 1660, when Charles II ascended the English throne. In 1681, the match even took place according to certain rules.
The team of the king was defeated, but he awarded one of the best players in the opposing team. Until the beginning of the 19th century, football was played as it should be – the number of players was not limited, the methods of taking the ball were very diverse. There was only one goal – to drive the ball to a certain place. In the twenties of the 19th century, the first attempts were made to turn football into a sport and create uniform rules. Not immediately, they were crowned with success. Football was especially popular in colleges, but each college played by its own laws. Therefore, representatives of English educational institutions decided to finally unify the rules of the game of football. In 1848, the so-called Cambridge Rules appeared – after delegates from colleges gathered in Cambridge in order to streamline a football game.
The main provisions of these rules were a corner kick, a goal kick, an offside position, a punishment for being rude. But even then no one performed them. The main stumbling block was the dilemma – to play football with your feet or with your feet and hands. In Eton College they played according to the rules that most resembled modern football – there were 11 people in the team, the game was forbidden by the hands, there was even a rule similar to today’s “offside”. Rugby college players played with their feet and hands. As a result, in 1863, at the next meeting, Rugby representatives left the congress and organized their own football, which we know as rugby. And the rest have developed rules published in newspapers and received universal recognition.
Only in 1871, goalkeepers got the right to play with their hands within the goalkeeper’s area, and after another 31 years – in the whole penalty area. Looking through the pages of history, you make sure that football in its modern form owes its birth largely to the English. It was they who in 1878 gave the citizenship rights to the referee’s whistle (before the arbitrators gave signals either with a school bell-bell or just with a voice). Yes and the judges themselves first appeared on the English fields. All controversial issues at the dawn of football were decided by the team captains. The British, at the suggestion of Mr. Brodie, the owner of the Liverpool fishing gear factory, in 1890 “put” a football goal in the net.
It is also very important that this argument is not conducted alone, but collectively. The need for concerted action with teammates, assistance and mutual assistance brings you closer together, develops the desire to give all your strength and skill to the common cause. Football is for the audience. When you watch the games of high-class teams, you probably will not remain indifferent: the players deftly circle each other, make all kinds of feints or soar high, hitting the ball with a foot or head. And what a pleasure football players give to the audience by the coordination of actions! How can you remain indifferent when you see how eleven people skillfully interact, each of whom has different tasks in the game! Another thing is interesting: every football game is a mystery.
Why in football the weak sometimes manage to win the stronger? Perhaps mainly it’s because the competitors throughout the game interfere with each other to show skill. Sometimes, the resistance of players on a team that is considered to be noticeably weaker than a rival team reaches such an extent that it negates the possibility of the stronger to fully manifest their qualities. For example, skaters during the passage of a distance do not get in the way of each other, but each run along their own path. Football players also meet with interference throughout the game. Only the attacker wants to break through the goal, but from where does the opponent’s leg come from, which prevents him from doing so. But to perform this or that technique is possible only in certain conditions!
In the Middle Ages “football” was cultivated, above all, in the British Isles, in Italy and France, over time, it “caught on” in other countries. It is known that in England, both the city authorities and the monarchs repeatedly tried to ban dangerous fun, which at times grew into a bloody massacre and caused considerable damage. (By the way, one of these decrees was the first written document that mentioned the word “football.”) In medieval English football, the game allowed both feet and hands, the number of participants in the match was not limited, there were very few rules, and with those were not considered.
More than once attempts were made to develop uniform rules. At one of the meetings of representatives of various schools and clubs (the first ever Sheffield United football club was created in 1855) —in 1863 — supporters of football rugby, in which handball was allowed, were in the minority and left the meeting. Adherents of “foot football” adopted the first unified rules and organized the English Football Association. Very soon, through the efforts of English sailors and merchants, as well as Her Majesty’s citizens who settled in different parts of the Earth, football is recognized in other countries, primarily European and Latin American. Until the end of the century, football unions are created in Denmark, Holland, Chile, Argentina, Belgium and other states, national championships begin to play out.
Achievements of England and recognition of the English Premier League
Despite the fact that England is officially recognized as the “birthplace of football”, major achievements at the level of the national team, such as Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Uruguay, France and Spain, are much smaller. In the assembly of the world champions, it is essentially the last in terms of the number of achievements. In the final tournament of the World Championships, including the home World Cup 1966 England came out 13 times and did not qualify 3 times. In the final tournament of the European Championships with 8 and 16 participants, starting in 1980, came out 7 times, without qualifying 1 time in 1984.
England during its participation in the World Championships since 1950 went as if in the “second echelon”, more often than other teams entering the quarter-finals or a similar stage of the world championships and very rarely rising higher. It became the World Champion only once in 1966 at her home, and at the next European Championship in 1968 she reached the semifinals and took 3rd place. The next relative success is reaching the semifinals and the final 4th place England reached only at the World Championship in 1990. At the 1996 European Home Championship, in which 16 countries participated in the final tournament for the first time, it reached only the semi-finals.
In general, England as a country champion of the world in 1966 and the founder of football performs unevenly at modern world and European championships. Since the 2002 World Cup, England did not rise above the quarter finals: it didn’t qualify for Euro 2008, got stuck in the preliminary group for Euro 2000 lost to 1/8 finals in World Cup 1998 and World Cup 2010, though the World champions of different years.
Premier League: table and team tactics
Tactics should be understood as the organization of individual and collective actions of players aimed at achieving victory over an opponent, i.e. Team players’ interaction according to a certain plan, which makes it possible to successfully fight a rival. The ability to correctly solve the tasks of neutralizing opponents and successfully using their capabilities in attacks characterizes the tactical maturity of the team as a whole and its individual players. A team can succeed only with well-organized and necessarily active actions of all the players in the attack and in defense. The tactics of the game is continuously being improved as a result of the constant struggle of attack and defense. It is this struggle that is the main driving force behind the development of football tactics. There are two major sections of tactics: attack tactics and defense tactics. They, in turn, are divided into subsections: individual, group and team tactics. Within these subsections there are groups of tactical actions that are performed in various ways.
Liverpool wins Manchester City leadership in the English Premier League
Goal Salah brought Liverpool victory and leadership in the Premier League. In the third round of the English Premier League, Liverpool took advantage of the misfire of Manchester City and led the standings. The current champion of England, in the application of which there was no Ukrainian midfielder Alexander Zinchenko, stayed with Wolverhampton, but was never able to win. Moreover, it was the hosts who, through the efforts of Willy of Pain, opened the scoring in the 57th minute. The guests regained their balance on the 69th turn of the second hand thanks to an accurate strike from Emerik Laporte who took advantage of the transfer of Ilkay Gundogan. And yet, Sir Alex was not able to win.
Liverpool squeezed the City, not only because of a misfire competitor, but also his own victory. Mohamed Salah helped to achieve single goal and three points. He did it by accurate shot in the 23rd minute. In another match of the day Arsenal beat West Ham with a 3: 1 score which included Ukrainian midfielder Andrei Yarmolenko to replace with a score of 1: 2, but failed to help his team escape from defeat.