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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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Sony won the IPL TV Broadcast Rights for 2022-27 for a record 23,575 crores.

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Viacom 18 Group entitled to Digital OTT Rights for 20,500 Crores. Joint IPL broadcasters for the first time.

Shobhit Chandola – Mumbai Uncensored, 14th June 2022

On March 29, the BCCI made an announcement to release a tender for the Media Rights Cycle of the Indian Premier League ( IPL ). Therefore, On June 13, 2022 commenced the high octane battle for the IPL Media rights between big giants. The E-Auction comprised primarily the Linear & Digital Rights for the IPL for a 5 year cycle which meant that the broadcasting giants would 20be holding the rights reserved from 2022 to 2027. 

As per the Sports marketing analysts, the Day 1 saw the bidding valuation surpassing over 43,000 crore landmark, also making the 100 crore rights ( Digital + Television ) surpassed in a record move. What was special about Day 1 was a record 1.2 x jump over the final bidding at the end of the Day of 43,000 crores against the base price set by the BCCI at Rs 32,890 crores and was almost twice the 5 years Cycle Valuation made by the Star India Group from 2017- 2022 at 16,438 crores. 

However it was on Day 2 when the biggest T20 League in the world got its purchaser with none other than Sony Entertainment Television ( SET ). With the tough competition from the potential giants such as Star Group, Viacom 18, Essel Zee Group, it was the SET group who fetched the TV rights for the record amount of Rs 23,575 crore whereas it was Viacom 18 backed by the Reliance Entertainment that secured the Digital Streaming rights for a whopping amount of Rs 20,500 Crores. Thus, bringing up the combined TV & streaming rights per match to Rs 107.5 crore. As part of the deal, Sony Group will receive Rs 57.5 crore per game whereas the remaining 50 crores will be secured by Reliance Entertainment. 

Not only it has surprised the expectations but also has broken the record by overtaking the biggest football league in the world- EPL ( 84 crores ) sitting just behind the NBA league valuation / match. 

It also has made the BCCI, the biggest Cricket governing body in the world who now is set to enjoy the perk of earning from the biggest league in the Indian subcontinent. All thanks to the leadership which Sourav Ganguly has shown throughout the auction.

Now what it means to the subscribers and dear audiences is that the glory days of the IPL are said to be back. Remember the time when IPL used to have a great blend of audience, glamorous cheerleaders, divas like Archana Vijay, Karishma Kotak interviewing the big names, the Danny Morrison’s humor as the pitch curator preceded by the Official annual slogan be it ‘Ek India Happy wala’, ‘Dil Jumping Japang’ or ‘Come on Bulawa Aaya hai’, the on-mic conversation of the on-field fielder with the sports commentator, the Siddhu & Aakash Chopra’s mic skills and what not.

Well, the list will never end. The IPL is set to regain its glory since the Sony group will be aware of the majors of the IPL which outplayed the Big Bash , Caribbean premier league in its prime. How successful Sony will be in its 2nd Inning of IPL, only time will tell. But let us just tell our viewers that the Media rights purchase means that the official broadcaster in the TV will be Sony making Set Max, Sony Six & Ten Sports to be eligible for the broadcast ( excluding Sony Liv ) 

whereas the Live match broadcast in the OTT platform will be streamed on the VOOT ( Viacom 18 group ) app. Therefore, the premium subscription of the Voot will be required to stream your matches digitally or possibly the JIO TV shall allow the access of the matches to the jio customers.

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Why ‘Los Blancos’ may upset ‘The Citizens’ ?

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Reasons Why Real Madrid VS. Manchester City UCL Semi Final 2022 Result will go in favor of Real Madrid

Shobhit Chandola – Mumbai Uncensored, 5th May 2022

All eyes are set for the Champions League Semi Final Leg 2 which is to be played between the two dominant teams of Europe- Real Madrid & Manchester City. Just a week ago, we witnessed the aggressive scoreline of 4-3 between ManCity & Real Madrid which was one of its kind played at the Etihad Stadium & now is followed up with 2nd Leg at Santiago Bernabeu to be played on 5th May @ 12:30 IST. It has sparked the excitement worldwide once again as it is being seen as the Close encounter. But still there is a belief that Guardiola’s led Man City can be overshadowed by Carlos Ancelotti’s Real Madrid. Find out the reason why Man City can suffer big blow below:

  • Home Advantage for RMA:  Well, the 2nd leg is being played at Santiago Bernabeu so now the vibes and atmosphere will be quite different. Adding to the fact that just after losing out the UCL leg 1 against City, Real defeated Espanyol FC 4-0 to clinch their 35th  Laliga Title. This is good enough for Real to be motivated to the point that they can outclass City as City holds just a lead of 1 goal. What adds to the fact is that Carlos Ancelotti’s press conference interview where he looked pretty confident on his side making magic at their Home stadium. He even kept on saying that the Big thing for the RMA is playing Final at Stade de France and hinted at retiring post final. Thus, making the Team bid a perfect farewell and double up Ancelotti’s title tally of 2 UCL titles with RMA..
  • Benzema’s Surreal Form: Whosoever is following UCL 2022, checking on Real’s surreal campaign and is a Madridsta knows how good Benzema’s run for Real Madrid has been since the departure of CR7. His role now as a centre forward with 42 goals and 13 assists speaks of the volume of the Frenchman’s class. If the guy can score a hattrick within 17 minutes against PSG in Round of 16 changing the scoreline from 0-2 to 3-2 by full time and score a decider goal against the dangerous looking Chelsea to win on Aggregate 5-4 in Quarter Final,  he surely can run riot in this crucial gateway to UCL Final 2022.

  • Overthinking Guardiola: Often hailed as one of the GOAT in Managers, Guardiola enjoys tremendous success with City in the Premier League & Carabao / FA Cups but the same side looks vulnerable which is quite evident with the City’s Champions league run under Guardiola where they have lost to Monaco on away goals on 2016-17, 1-5 to Liverpool in the 2018 UCL Quarterfinals with a surprising 3-3-1-3 formation, losing out to Tottenham on away goals, 1-3 against Lyon due to ill defending in 2nd half & most recently 0-1 against Chelsea in UCL 2021 Final with a debatable substitutions of KDB & Silva which cost them their 1st Champions League title. Moreover there will be pressure on him to repeat his feat with City just like a  dream run with Barcelona after a decade where he clinched 2 Champions league titles but getting less credited for Management skills & being overshadowed by the Football experts with the phrases that his side was talented and perfect & never an underdogs.
  • Time Tested Team of Real Madrid: When we look at the performances of the Club in the Champions League since its inception, it is the Real Madrid which boasts of the record 13 titles with only Milan coming near with 7 titles and the likes of  Liverpool & Bayern Munich still behind with almost twice the multiplication of the titles required to be at par with UCL titles. Real has been a historical club with the record breaking hat trick spree of 2016, 2017 & 2018 which is almost impossible to break in the coming time. This makes them high on spirit which City certainly lacks. Adding to the fact the City has looked glittering in the 1st half but have concealed goals more than often in the 2nd half which seems to be the perfect opportunity for the ‘Kings of Comebacks’

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Is it All Over for Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford?

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Summer Transfer Rumours to Real Madrid begins for 2022-23 season.

Shobhit Chandola – Mumbai Uncensored, 4th May 2022

When Manchester United purchased Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus in the summer transfer window of 2021-22, it was being termed a nostalgic moment for the fans of the ‘The Reds’. It seemed like CR7 was planning to hang his boots at the club where he played one of the best seasons of his career with 84 lucrative goals in 196 appearances. However, things didn’t go down as expected with Cristiano for the Premier League 2021-22 season as he has just managed to strike 17 goals in 28 appearances which look decent on records but have not come good against the big 6 of the premier league ( hattrick against Tottenham being an exception ).

What adds fuel to the fire is the disappointing run at the Champions league 2021-22 season, the format where the CR7 used to outshine his rivals and compatriots throughout the years. The example of No shots on target against the Simeone lead Atletico Madrid in the UCL Quarterfinal, his most victimised team which cost the United losing hopes of running for the Champions League title. Well carrying the Blame on Cristiano’s performance will be hypocritical considering the depth of the Manchester United’s squad which has the likes of Pogba, Bruno, Sancho, De Gea, Rashford but is being brutally punished by the mediocre teams. Thanks to the uneven management of the Ole Gunnar Solskjær followed up by the confused tactics of the Interim Manager Ralph Ragnick.

This MUN side seems to be competing hard even for the Europa league, leave out UCL for a while. This certainly has sparked the speculations high of Ronaldo leaving the club for the Summer transfer with the night at Old Trafford against the Brighton possibly being the last of his career at ManU. This has come up with Ronaldo disappointed with the Trophyless run of Man United indeed making his influential record suffer for the first time in a while. 

Even though the addition of Erik Ten Hag as the new Manager is seen as the new transition period of ManU with Ragnick taking a back seat as a consultant, it seemingly shows that the CR7 as the lead is not in the cards for Erik Ten Hag’s gameplan who seeks to revive ‘Total Football’ at his time in England with a major build-up of the United’s squad possibly hinting the purchase of new strikers & Centre backs in a swap for the Current ones respectively. Considering the recent success of Erik Ten Hag with AJAX at Eredivisie & Champions league, it should come as no surprise that Ronaldo’s place in the  starting XI would be uncertain due to less work rate, age factor & lack of pressing which is a must for the ETH’s players.

This has once again striked the rumours of Ronaldo moving back to Santiago Bernabeu to serve as deputy to Carlos Ancelotti for a glorious run or maybe a surprise move to Bayern Munich at Bundesliga to once again claim his supremacy at the attacking football of Bavarians with being the perfect choice for Number 9 role in place of Robert Levandowski whose successive terms with Bayern comes to the end this season. Well only time will tell the fate of the Ronaldo with ManU but for now, it feels like the fans’ reaction at Old Trafford feels more like Bidding Adieu to one of the greatest Players of their Club.

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