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AC Milan Clinches Serie A 2022

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Regains Scudetto after 11 years’ drought. Are glory days back for Milan?

Shobhit Chandola – Mumbai Uncensored, 25th May 2022

You must never ever write off Milan. A club with so much history and passion. On Sunday Night, Rosonerri played their last league game against Sassulo. What is worth to be noted is that the win/ lose equation was almost the same as that of Premier League Clubs Manchester City and Liverpool. Had Inter won against Sampdoria ( which they won actually. All thanks to Correa’s brace in the 2nd Half ) & the AC Milan would have lost against Sassuolo or even been restricted to draw, then Simone Inzaghi’s Inter Milan would have ended the season with better GD. Thus, clinching their Serie A title in a row. 

One of the greatest scudetto in Milan’s history, for more than one reason. Against all odds, against biased decisions of the referees, against clubs with a payroll twice as big. We surely can’t think of a more deserved triumph, and winning it this way. Just overturning a 7 points deficit, winning the derby the way Rosonerri won it, and the decisive match being Bologna-Inter which Inter had shamelessly tried to win off the pitch and then postpone as long as possible looks quite like a  poetic justice. This victory also marks the first big title in the portfolio of Stefano Piolo who is in-charge of the Management since 2019. 

What went wrong with Milan ?

It is undoubtedly said that Milan was one of the topmost clubs who ruled football for almost 2 decades in the 90s and the early 2000s. In this span, they had a decent supply of youth players like Maldini and Baresi ( arguably the best defending duo of all time ), a great manager like Ariggo Sacchi succeeded by Carlo Ancelotti and a beautiful playing style. Their game never had a particular philosophy and was much opposition oriented. Well, players like Baggio, MVB, and Kaka in their era could adapt to the various attacking positions on the field. The team used to press higher resulting in the best attacking football to witness. But then came a time when Milan Suffered a big setback. The Calciopoli Match scandal broke the backbone of Milan. The club was relegated to the Serie  B as a punishment for a few seasons.Moreover the Spain & England became more marketable with their respective leagues gaining much prominence. Thus, clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United, Barcelona became the preferred clubs for young prospects then Milan which was booed for becoming the household club for purchasing big but finished big names like Beckham, Ronaldo ( not CR7 but Fenemeno ), Ibrahimovic who used to be at the late stage of their careers. Further the Italian recession of 2008-09 showcased the lack of money in Italy to buy the World class players. This combined with the lack of future planning of Soccer in Milan’s Youth academy proved to be a major downfall as the club relied more on the past glory.

AC Milan Reborn

It should not come as a surprise that it took almost a decade for Milan to rebuild the squad from scratch and the only major trophy which Milan won was the Supercoppa Italiana in 2016. This just looks dwarf in the achievement of such a historical club’s stature. But then you will need to praise the winning mentality and the support this Club has been showered to ultimately come out of its shadow. What comes as a surprise is the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the squad under whose time Milan once again earned the Serie A title as the club didn’t win the same since the latter moved to Ligue 1. Oliver Giroud proved to be the most clinical and lethal on aerial for his debut season with Milan since the prime Arsenal days and his brace against Sassuolo ultimately ended the drought of 11 years making Juventus more concerned to get on the track of decade’s dominance( 2011-2020).  Check out what our Ibra has to say post-match celebration to the media in his typical Zlatan Style of motivation and Thanksgiving.

AC Milan to be Resold?

Special credit too goes to the Milan Legend Paolo Maldini who as the Technical Director since June 2019 has intensively worked on sporting strategy and development of the club. And now the Serie A prize money is going to put the club once again into good financial strata. Furthermost, as the rumors are to be believed, it looks evident that the club is soon going to get rid of the ownership from Elliott Management Corporation and has seen Redbird Capital, the American private investment firm and the Bahrain based Investcorp to be in the race to acquire the ownership.Both the parties look close to a final agreement which could see a deal for around 1.3 billion euros making Milan once again become the Financial powerhouse.

Just to add on lastly, the Italian Journalist Enzo Bucchioni has reported that Joao Felix is AC Milan’s summer Dream as Paolo Maldini and Massara have very clear ideas on how to build a squad able to compete in Europe next season. This could make a deal finalized at 70 million euros given the market value of Felix. But for the AC Milan ‘Ultras’ this could be a dream come true as they shall be able to witness the Junior Kaka ( due to Felix’s resemblance & playing style more similar to Kaka ) in the San Siro Soon. What happens next? Only time will tell. For now it is certainly a big time to celebrate for Milan fans throughout Italy and the World.

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The Fatal 4s of Wimbledon battle it out for Final

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Shobhit Chandola, Mumbai Uncensored,16th July, 2022:

Often hailed as one of the most prestigious tournaments in Tennis, this year too Wimbledon commenced from June 10 onwards and is slated to end with the final coming on July 10th. Till the battle so far, the Wimbledon championships have got its leading contenders for the semifinals.  To everyone’s surprise this year Roger Federer whose name is synonymous with the British tennis tournament with the most titles (8)  is absent since the recovery from the knee surgery has taken more time than expected. But nevertheless, the Wimbledon 2022 saga has still turned out to be a rollercoaster ride from every sphere leaving the audience delighted.

On Friday, in the first semifinal of Men’s Singles, the Bad Boy of Tennis Nick Kyrgios will face off the World No 4 Rafael Nadal who is competing for a Calendar grand slam. As of now, Nadal aces the H2H records with 6-3 while the tally getting closer to 2-1 in the Grand Slam faceoffs. Lastly, when Nadal defeated Kyrgios in the Grass courts, it was the 2nd Round of Wimbledon 2019 but  not to forget the potential which Nick Krygios carries when the, then 19 year old  gave the Spaniard run for the money by stunning the, then No 1 Rafael Nadal in the 4th Round of Wimbledon 2014 in 5 sets with a ranking as low as 144 and entering as the Wild Card contestant.

Given Rafa’s current form and Krygios performing to his potential in recent times, the result could flip in either flank. With all close encounters so far with Greek No 1 Stefanos Tsitsipas, Brandon Nakashima and Chilean C Garin just to end up in a winning cause will undoubtedly make the Nick Krygios to be ready for Somerset. Still, the Nadal in this Wimbledon has certainly answered the critics why he is not only confined to clay and has defeated the Sonego, Zandschulp and the Taylor Fritz most recently in the Round of 16 taking the match to 5th set’s tiebreaker. Thus, leaving out everyone stunned in the crowd by reaching the Wimbledon SF. But could be alarming is the abdominal injury which Rafa picked up in the match against Fritz which if turns out to be serious could deny Rafa a run for his 3rd Wimbledon title.

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The other Centre Court for the 2nd SemiFinal will witness the battle between the defending Champion Novak Djokovic and the sole contender of Britain in Cameron Norrie who will look to exploit the Djoker’s game and enter his maiden Wimbledon Final. While Djokovic is said to be deemed as favourite,

Cameroon Norrie can be laced with a southpaw and home advantage of playing in front of the crowd. While the Djokovic defeated Kokkinakis in straight sets in 2nd round, compatriot Kecmanovic in 3rd round and T Van Rijthoven in Round of 16 to come so far, it has been Norrie who have impressed everyone by exploiting Spaniard J Munar in 2nd Round and american rivals Steve Johnson and Tommy Paul respectively to barge into his maiden Wimbledon SF.

Catch the Wimbledon 2022 live on Star Sports India Network across Star Sports 1 and Star Sports Select 1 & 2. Viewers can also stream the matches live on the Disney Hotstar. Catch the Coverage of the Epic Wimbledon Semi Finals and check on your predictions. Will Wimbledon witness the Epic Rivalry of Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic in the Final or the likes of Newcomers in Cameron Norrie & Nick Krygios are there to surprise everyone for going into the Final.

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94-year-old becomes “new inspiration” and creates history after bagging a gold and a bronze

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Khushi Thapa, Mumbai Uncensored, 12th July 2022:

The 94-year-old Bhagvani Devi Dadar created history and showed the world that age is never a barrier when she clinched the gold medal in 100m sprint at the World Masters Athletics Championships held in Tampere. The 94-year-old from Haryana ran 100 metres in 24.74 seconds to clinch the gold and also bagged a bronze in shot put.

The Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports tweeted. “India’s 94-year-old #BhagwaniDevi Ji has yet again proved that age is no bar! She won a GOLD medal at the #WorldMastersAthleticsChampionships in Tampere in the 100m sprint event with a timing of 24.74 seconds. She also bagged a BRONZE in Shot put. Truly commendable effort!,”

Governor Dattatreya also hailed Devi for her accomplishment.

“Hearty congratulations and best wishes to Bhagwani Devi, who became an inspiration to the whole world at the age of 94 on winning three medals, including a gold, in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Finland.”

“This great achievement of yours will create more enthusiasm towards sports among the youth,” the Governor said in a tweet in Hindi.

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Wimbledon 2022 Final : Novak Djokovic clinches 7th Wimbledon title, beats Nick Krygios in 4 sets

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Shobhit Chandola, Mumbai Uncensored, 11th July 2022:

On Sunday, 10th July 2022, the epic battle for the Wimbledon trophy for the men’s singles was played between World No.7 Novak Djokovic and the 45 ranks seeded Aussie Nick Krygios. The Gentlemen’s Singles final lasted for 4 sets in which the 6 times Serbian emerged victorious. Novak defeated Krygios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 ( 7/3 ) to clinch his 21st Grand slam, just one behind Nadal’s overall 22.

In the 1st set, Nick Krygios looked in his beast mode by playing out a sharp serve and volley game. Throughout the set, Djokovic had no answer for the aces. Thus, Krygios won the set by 6-4 making Djokovic get into the backseat.

But in the next set, Djokovic was in his true self exploiting the weakness of Krygios’s weak backhand and making him go for unforced errors. Most of the drop shots from Djokovic had no answer from Krygios’s end. The trailing Djokovic in the 1st set made it to 5-3 in the second set before scoring the advantage from the serve to seal the set with 6-3.

In the 3rd set, the bad boy Krygios once again looked lethal with the serve to begin and got the 1st break point with an excellent drop shot in the left flank of the court which even made Djokovic appreciate him. But Djokovic used his vast experience of GS finals to make it 4-4 and won with the final set result of 6-4 with the serve which Nick Krygios made it out of the line.

The decider 4th set witnessed a highly motivated Djoker but a more than intense Krygios who made the set go for a Match tie-breaker. But in the clutch tie-breaker, the man of Clutch sets- Djokovic used his brilliance to gain the 7 points against the loss of 2 just to end up lifting the title.

Given the match result, it is safer to say that Krygios was let down in the same manner as expected in the clutch sets. Picking up argument with the chair umpire in the the typical hot tempered Krygios style and getting an emotional meltdown once the Djokovic won 2 sets in a row made Mr. Wild Thing hysterical towards Novak’s box. What makes it evident is the Post Match Conference when Noval told ESPN that Nick lost it in the moment when the 3rd set was tied with 4-4 and Krygios leading with 40-0 but then a recurring summary of unforced errors in a row with dropping a volley, double fault and unsuccessful backhand of Nick hitting the net made it 5-4 and made Djoker almost closer to the match.

Djokovic said- “I didn’t win it, he lost that game with his unforced errors. I stayed there, pushed him to the limit and got the reward.”

The suggestion that Kyrgios “lost it” will haunt Kyrgios for the rest of his career. But the Aussie must be proud of playing to his potential even after getting a walkover against Rafael Nadal due to the latter’s abdominal injury. So far Nick led the H2H record with 2-0 which is now 2-1.

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