Antoine Griezmann’s unfortunate hamstring injury prevented him from being a part of Atletico’s one to zero victory that they grabbed just recently in Real Betis, he has already had a rough start this season as he took some time to become his usual self, but after getting back to his level after the zero to zero draw between Atletico and Real Madrid, his team is going to be needing his prowess soon. Griezmann’s performance in Wanda Metropolitano was pretty low for this season where he only made 12 pass attempts and did not take any goal shots at all.
However, much to Atletico’s relief, Griezmann has come back on track ever since then and has performed two assists and made four goals in just four games, which is pretty big when you compare it to his performance in the past 14 games. Griezmann’s return to performance is said to be due to his meeting with Atletico’s higher ups which took place once the Madrid derby was finished. During the meeting he was asked to focus on his performance rather than on discussing his career’s future with other parties.
It seems that Griezmann has agreed to this in return for being put next to another striker rather than being sent into the field to be a lone frontman. Griezmann has significantly improved his goal scoring form thanks to this decision along with allowing him to move around the field more freely.
The stats speak for themselves and show that ever since the decisions made after the match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, his passes and goal shots have gone up considerably, his contribution to the team’s goal shot build-ups has also gone up. For someone like Griezmann who likes to play for himself and also for the team, he is in a pretty good spot right now.
Griezmann’s overall involvement with the team has gone up and his contribution is definitely making a good thing for the team, but many people believe that this season is going to be Griezmann’s last run with Atletico since many other clubs have been showing interest in him for a while now. Manchester United made a pretty lucrative offer to Griezmann in the previous season and he even met with Jose Mourinho face to face, but the meeting did not lead to anything.
United still has an eye out for Griezmann and other clubs like Barcelona and PSG are also out for him, meaning that for now we cannot be certain what the future holds for Antonie Griezmann, but we can be sure that whatever happens next will definitely be exciting and worth waiting for.
Football is an international sport that is loved by people everywhere, and it definitely looks like one of the more organized sports out there when you look at it from afar. However, the truth is that there are certain problems with this sport that are grossly overlooked, one of the biggest issues with football being the utter lack of respect that players, managers and spectators seem to have for the referees whose job it is to ensure that every match plays out fairly.
Referees are unsung heroes in any sport, they are the judges that stand amongst the players and make sure that all the rules are being followed and that nobody tries to play foul. Being unnoticed is fine enough for referees since it allows them to stay neutral and do their job properly, but when it comes to football, referees often have to deal with derogatory remarks and hate filled shouts from every direction simply because of the fact that the people involved in the match do not agree with their judgements.
This general lack of respect towards referees goes to show that opposing teams and spectators do not look at referees as official authoritative bodies, you will not see players gathering around a referee to argue and second guess their decision in any other sport. The worst thing about this behaviour is the fact that everyone seems to simply accept it, you will not see anyone standing up for a referee who is being bullied or shouted at simply because people believe that the abuse comes with the job.
What is even more concerning is the fact that the amount of disrespect for referees only increases as you move down to little leagues and amateur county matches, one referee talks about how he started out as a certified referee when he was only 14 years old. His excitement about starting a career for which he had a burning passion was quickly dented when he had to deal with his first bout of verbal abuse during a local youth league that he was refereeing.
Being shouted at by a parent of one of the kids who was playing in the match was a pretty traumatic experience for someone who was only 14 years old. This is only one example of what a referee has to experience throughout their career, when you think about it this way that a majority of the people who act as referees for small time matches do not even get much in return for their efforts.
If this kind of behaviour will not be addressed as quickly as possible, there is a pretty good chance that football is going to have to deal with a downfall in the quality of referees out there. Currently football is regarded as one of the best sports out there, but just like everything else out there, this seemingly professional and organised sport has a pretty unsightly side to it that no one wants to address.
North Korea has been on everyone’s minds lately, and not for the best of reasons; this highly isolated Asian country has had a bad reputation for quite some time now thanks to its harsh dictatorship rule. This reclusive country has accelerated its weapons development for over 6 years now and it is now coming closer and closer to becoming a fully-fledged nuclear power, which is a pretty bad development for the rest of the world since North Korea has been causing a lot of political tension with its rising nuclear threat.
Now, not many people know this but North Korea does focus on other exploits that are not military, in fact the country has a pretty developed football team that has been regarded as one of Asia’s strongest football teams. North Korea even has its own football stadium in its capital, Pyongyang where football matches are held on an occasional basis. Sadly, North Korea’s football programme has been facing a decline recently due to the country having an unstable footing on the world map, a great example of how North Korea’s progressing weapons programme is making things harder for its football industry can be seen in its latest match with Lebanon’s international team.
A match was scheduled between North Korea’s The Chollima (their football team that is named after a mythical creature) and Lebanon’s international team recently took place in North Korea’s Pyongyang football stadium. Many Lebanese players were already uneasy about travelling to North Korea due to the fact that this country could turn into the starting point of an all-out nuclear war. However, despite their uneasiness they still ventured into the country since for many of the Lebanese players, this match with North Korea could be a turning point in their careers.
To make matters more unnerving for the Lebanese team, they had next to no access to the internet throughout their stay and could not contact their families at all, North Korea tends to keep a tight leash on any foreigners who pay them a visit. Once the already nervous Lebanese players had settled down in their hotel rooms and were finally beginning to relax, they found out that North Korea had conducted yet another Hydrogen bomb test, their only source of information being a single TV channel. Naturally, this news led to the players believing that nuclear Armageddon was looming on the horizon.
Political unease has definitely made international sports a bit tricky for North Korea, but this has not stopped the country from making an effort in keeping their sports active, ever since Kim Jong Un came to power in 2012, there has been a lot of emphasis on developing the country’s football talent. Kim Jong Un seems to have a special love for football, this can be seen in the many pro football measures that he has taken, and currently, North Korea’s female football team is valued much more than its male football team due to the fact that it has been much more successful.