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FOOTBALL IN 2020

The year 2020 has been a rollercoaster, for all of us. From a global pandemic to racial tension to the fight against police brutality in Nigeria and so many other causes that continue to open our eyes to different forms of oppression going on around the world and amidst it all is football.

Football has been through this year the much-needed escape from reality and boy did we need it. But much like 2020, football has been a rollercoaster too.

We saw dominant performances from teams like Bayern Munich waltzing its way to 5 trophies including the Champions League and scoring an incredible 19 goals in 5 knock-out games including the final. Liverpool finally lifted the Premier League for the first time in over two decades. Sevilla continued their tradition of lifting the Europa League trophy beating Man United and Inter Milan along the way and Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane back in as the manager snatched the La Liga title from Barcelona.

They were some great footballing stories throughout the year. 39 years old Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to Europe with AC Milan and has been superb scoring 20 goals in 24 games since his return while helping AC Milan finish the year top of the table and still unbeaten in the league. Atalanta continues their journey for European recognition reaching the Quarter Finals of the UEFA Champions League in their debut. Odion Ighalo became the first Nigerian to play for Manchester United and was a huge part of the Europa League and FA Cup team that was eliminated in the Semis. Lionel Messi requested a transfer from Barcelona, a club he has been in since he was 15. Arsenal hired ex Gunner Mikel Arteta who started really well lifting the FA Cup and Community Shield, and Leeds have found their way back into the Premier League after a 16 years’ absence.

It hasn’t been all roses for football this year. November 25, 2020, the world of football mourned the death of Diego Armando Maradona, one of football’s greatest players. Maradona was famous for doing the unthinkable one of which was “The Hand of god” goal he scored in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup against England. Everyone in the footballing community adored Maradona, and while he will be deeply missed, he’ll never be forgotten.

Football has been great, so great that even when we are expected to maintain distance, all we sing is “We will never walk alone”. A game that is played by the young and vibrant and yet we support “The Old Lady”. No one likes to see violence, but love “The Gunners”. And yes it hurts when you lose, but we go into every game like it’s a new year; with newfound hope and expectations. Football in 2020 has been great. Football in 2021, BRING IT ON!

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  1. What a sad day November 25 was. 2020 took a lot from us and also gave us quite a few

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