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Football: Ajax FC will not win the Dutch League title

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Football: Ajax FC will not win the Dutch League title

According to various reports, football leagues are planning ways to wrap up the 2019/20 football season which has been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic which has spread across the globe.

As a result of this, it looks like the Dutch League has come to the end of its season without a winner.

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According to the Dutch Football handle on Twitter, Ajax FC, who are the current Dutch League toppers will not win the league title this season as there will not be an Eredivisie 2019/’20 Champion.

It was also revealed that there will be no promotion or relegation this season in the Dutch Eredivisie and Eerstedivisie.

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This means the new season which is expected to kick off in September will start with the same teams on the league table.

In another report, there are indications that the German Bundesliga will return in May.

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Football-crazy Argentines get kicks at social distance with “human foosball’’

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Football-mad Argentines in the country’s farm belt city of Pergamino have devised a clever way to keep playing while avoiding the risk of spreading COVID-19.

They use a human foosball pitch with zones for each player to avoid physical contact.

Foosball is the American corruption of Fussball (pronounced the same), the German word for football-literally —- foot plus ball.

While the sport has the more formal name of table soccer, to the American players who love it, it’s foosball or just foos.

Now, the innovative approach has captured the imagination in the South American nation famed for producing football legends Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.

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This is in the midst of the fact that the country has seen cases of the novel coronavirus spike in recent weeks.

The game, known locally as “metegol humano” divides the pitch into rectangular zones with while lines limiting where a player can move —- helping to enforce social distancing.

But it limits slide tackles or pitch-length dribbles with the ball.

“It’s intended for two teams of five players who can run around maintaining distance and without the possibility of touching,” said Gustavo Cuiffo, a creator of the project.

“Limits are set by the rectangles each team occupies.”

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“They are fixed positions like a goalkeeper, a defender, a midfielder and two forwards,” added the owner of the Play Fútbol club.

Seen from above, the demarcated court resembles a large foosball table —– though with real people and no swivel handles.

Argentina has recorded over 75,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and around 1,500 deaths linked to the virus.

The government has had to reinforce lockdown measures in and around capital city Buenos Aires after a recent spike in cases.

In Pergamino some restrictions have been eased, but football fans are having to do without the country’s football league which has been halted, while public pitches have been long closed.

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“It is the first time I have kicked in several months,” said Gustavo Santapaola, who took part in a match at the Play Fútbol ground. “I honestly tell you, I am excited.”

Foosball, as it is known in North America, is the same as table football or table soccer, and it is a table-top game that is loosely based on football.

The aim of the game is to move the ball into the opponent’s goal by manipulating rods that have figures attached.

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Iheanacho scores again as Vardy hits 100th EPL goal

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Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored in his second consecutive game as the Foxes continued their push for a Champions League place next season.

Iheanacho scored his fifth goal of the season to help Leicester City defeat Crystal Palace 3-0 in Saturday’s Premier League game.

Jamie Vardy’s hit a brace and his first took him to 100 Premier League goals as he became the 29th player to join that exclusive club since the competition was founded in 1992.

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Vardy also added a second during stoppage time of a 3-0 victory at the King Power Stadium. Despite joining an elite club, his focus was on securing Leicester’s first win since the restart.

“I am absolutely over the moon,” Vardy told Sky Sports afterwards. “First and foremost it was about the win today, getting back to basics and putting in a performance.

“I am always frustrated if I miss a chance. You want to score as many as possible. But to score two goals and get the three points, that is all you can ask for.

“I will wait until the end of the season before I can start reflecting on stuff.”

Vardy’s achievement is all the more remarkable given that he did not make his Football League debut until the age of 25 and did not appear in the Premier League until he was 27.

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AFCON 2022: Lazarus wants Super Eagles call up

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Slovakia based Nigeria defender, Celestine Lazarus, has told Gernot Rohr to extend an invitation to him as Nigeria prepares for 2022 AFCON qualifiers.

The Slavoj Trebišov player has enjoyed a smooth journey in Europe in the last five years and believes he has gathered enough experience to be in the star-studded national team.

“Playing for my country is one of my biggest dreams coming up as a player, and I think I have gotten better credentials to don the country’s colours ahead of next AFCON,” said Lazarus.

“My coach and my teammates have been encouraging me to reach out to the national team coach for a chance in the national team but I believe my ability and hard work will take me there at the appropriate time. I am not rushing, but I am ready and ripe enough to prove a chance to play for my country.”

“My uncles used to tell me about Uche Okechukwu, Stephen Keshi and others, some of them said I play like Uche because of my physique but in my club, they always see me as another player like Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid.”

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