There have always been lots of great legends who had graced the pitch of play with their talents in competitions and went on to achieved success while playing actively, so after hanging up their boots the same thing or paramount thing for every manager, club owners or countries is to invest hugely in developing new talents for the future that would go on to form the fulcrum of the team.
Although history might tell you that not all young talents who went through the ranks often graduate from their adolescence into a superstar, while some even grow faster in becoming a superstar in their career and in the end achieve success just like their predecessors.
Today we will look at how well the new hope of Danish football is faring since he burst into limelight.
At every point in time, there are a handful of players at the top footballing world who has or had defined their era, just like the Danish team of the Euros 1992 who defies the odds and went on to win the title and they were all been universally hailed as one of the finest team around the world.
After those generations of players who all went on to achieved success with their respective clubs in Europe, and the 1998 squad which has the likes of the Laudrup brothers, Ebbe Sand, and Martin Jorgensen. It’s can be said for a fact that the Danish national team hasn’t seen more talented and gifted players of the 1992 and 1998 team up until date, although in recent years they’ve been able to produce one or two talented footballers yet it’s can’t be compared to the arrears of stars in the aforementioned teams above.
As its stands now, former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen plus some decent players in the team has been the only fuel that carries the Danish national, and they haven’t been doing badly, however, some of the players are gradually getting to that point where they will need to hang up their boots and that will usher in new faces into the team.
The ushering in of new players brought about Robert Skov, Skov came up through the youth ranks at Silkeborg and as a 16 years old boy he made his debut against Midtjylland and also scored his first league goal for Silkeborg against the same team he made his debut against. Skov in the 2013-14 season at 17 years old, he was very instrumental in helping Silkeborg win the Danish 1st Division that made them gained promotion to the Superliga, fast forward to 2016-17 his goals also helped the team in avoiding relegation in the Superliga by scoring 10 league goals as a wing player.
Following his mouthwatering and impressive performance for Silkeborg in the Superliga, Skov was scouted by one of the biggest team in Danish league Copenhagen, so in 2018 he sealed a move down to Copenhagen in a deal worth around 7.5 million Danish Kronor, Skov made is debut against Randers which also followed with his first goal two weeks later in a home win against Odense BK, as the season progresses Skov went on to finished the league as top scorer in the 2018-19 season breaking the all-time Danish Superliga record by scoring 30 league goals in 34 games, to break a record that was set by former Danish forward Ebbe Sand with 28 goals in the league.
Skov was head above every other player in the league, with the 30 goals he scored and also set up 10 assists for his team during that season as Copenhagen went on to win the league returning to the capital after a disappointing 2017-18 campaign in which the capital club finished fourth in the league, and before he joined Copenhagen he was rewarded with his first senior cap for Denmark in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers in 2019 where he showed the world what he’s capable of doing, prior to his debut for Denmark he has also featured for the Danish team at the U18, U19 and U21 level as well at the Summer Olympic Games in 2016.
Skov impressive performances that season also won him the Danish Player of the Year, which made quite a whole number of ex-internationals sees him as the next big thing for the Danish national team, and as such different club side across Europe have been looking to have the new talent in their team which was a testament to how good Skov is.
Following his outstanding performance for Copenhagen, having been scouted by the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal he finally made a move down to Germany with 1899 Hoffenheim for a deal which worth €10million, and since he joined the ‘Die Kraichgauer‘ his performances has been top-notch for them. The performance that is still very fresh in the mind of 1899 Hoffenheim fans is that of his fierce 25-yard freekick in just two minutes which he scored against Paderborn in 2019 which marked his first goal for the Die Kraichgauer.
If the Bundesliga hasn’t been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic Skov could have gone on to light up the league with his talent and perhaps go on to score more goals with his fierce left foot, although he is two-footed his left foot is his main scoring weapon which the Danish Superliga witnessed a lot from his boots same can also be said of the Bundesliga since he switched club.
Skov is also a skilled winger who is well renowned for taking on defenders and dribbling past them, a skill that is synonymous with that of Gareth Bale when he was much younger, the Danish winger is also known for scoring mouthwatering goals and creating sublime assists for his teammates, and most importantly the new hope of Danish football is making a name for himself as a free-kick specialist.
If Skov prowess in taking freekicks are anything to go by, then the suggestion made by his compatriot Christian Eriksen in overtaking him as the next number one free-kick specialist for the Danish national isn’t an illusion as he has shown in the past that is worthy of delivering if he took up the position of a freekicks specialist. And at just 23 years of age, there is still much to expect from the young Danish player and if he keeps his head down he could go on to achieved success just like some of the great Danish players.
Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick
Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.
Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.
The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.
The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.
Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.
“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.
“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.
“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”
He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.
“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.
“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”
It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.
Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.
- Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)
Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.
It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.
With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.
However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.
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- Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)
The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.
Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.
Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.
Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.
At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.