Rafa Benitez took Newcastle to Championship Crown 2016-2017

After completing the 46 games of 2nd tier league in English Football, Rafa Benitez successfully bring the Championship glory to Newcastle city after beating Barnsley 3-0 on the last game and at the same time a Villa player in the dying minute scored an unexpected and surprising equalizer against the previous table leader, Brighton & Howe Albion to make it 1-1 after Brighton scored earlier and a Villa player got dismissed following the Brighton penalty decision by the referee.

Me and maybe with most Newcastle fans may had rested our head and settle as 2nd in the division, because we have been promoted to English Premier League at the 1st asking three weeks ago. So anything comes in the last day we should accept it with open heart, at least we expect Newcastle won the game and Chris Hughton for all he has given to Newcastle in the past deserved the glory.
Continue reading

EPL 2013 / 2014 : Any team

I spotted an intelligent but entertaining stat in Daily Mail Website today. It shows a rich-facts circle statistic which reveals how each team has beaten and has been beaten in yet just 10-games English Premier League Season 2013/2014. Provided in an interesting circular graph, it speaks my language of how I really admire this Football League above all other competitions in this world.

Interesting circular stat, show how each team involved in EPL this season has beaten and has been beaten by any team

Interesting circular stat, show how each team involved in EPL this season has beaten and has been beaten by any team


To my excited-stance, the current table position also show how ‘crazy’ the league is. Both Man. United and Man. City, the Top-2 last season are currently set off out of the Top 4, and the point-gap between the 2nd and the 10th just extend to 6 points. However nothing is perfect, from 10 games football fans could also easily predict 3 teams who will lost the boat at the end of this season

My Comparison between English Premier League and Spanish Primera League

As an European Football fan, of course as with many other fans around world, I think that both of EPL and La Liga stand out as two of the best football league in the Europe continent (automatically become the best in the world in terms of quality and popularity)

Of course everybody has their own cup of tea of the best. To me La Liga cannot hold a candle to EPL because of those reasons below (please note that I am only another football fan from Asia which do not have a space to research or verify all the things about both of this football leagues, this is just simply an opinion from a common fan)

1. First is simple, the key word is diversity. How many clubs have won the league title over the last 10 years, 20 years? And how many clubs got the 2nd place?

2. I don’t know why but it is always visible that

    most of the ‘other’

La Liga clubs have already throw the towel in the first 10 or 20 minutes of the game against either Barcelona or Real Madrid.

3. Half of the season we can easily predict who will compete for the La Liga title, and the rest of the positions become unimportant except for each club’s fans. While in EPL usually there will be 3-4 teams to the cup with 1 or 2 sniffing around. But unlike its counterpart, EPL is also show great competitiveness for Champions League spot, Top 10 place, and surprisingly the relegation battle. Towards the end it is dice that low positioned club can beat top 5 teams because they are fighting for not to be relegated.

4. Can you mention 20 players from other La liga Clubs easily excluding Barca and Madrid? In EPL somehow it’s easy, and yes the comentator and media played a big part in ‘publishing’ players from the clubs that are not even on the Top 10.

5. The level of competition in EPL is very HIGH. Don’t underestimate lower clubs, they can bring nightmare and this happens often (eh, how many times do you hear a lower club beat Barca or Madrid? No it should be a party of goal for both clubs)

6. In EPL most of the games end at 90th minute (regardless of extra time) while in La Liga there are many games I have watched had already stopped de-facto if an opponent has won with 2 or 3 or more goals gap.