The Blaugranas head to Germany to face FC Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena for the first leg of a semifinal clash. The match which have been described as a ‘cracker of a game’ by medias in both Spain and Germany will, have two of the best sides in Europe battle for a slot in Wembley.
Different peoples see today’s game from different perspectives, as it’s expected of every big match. A recent publication by the Barcelona- based El Mundo Deportivo expressed positive views about the chances of the Catalans coming top in tonight game. ‘A smiling Messi is the best signal,’ El Mundo Deportivo explained before predicting that the Argentinean will receive the medical all- clear to play at the Allianz Arena.
“For the first time in years, it seems as if Barcelona are not going into an eliminator with the tag of favourites. Bayern might be the in- form team in Europe right now but there is one indisputable fact to consider, facing them tonight are a side that many believe to be the best of all time,” Mundo Deportivo explains.
Germans have been lending their voices to a team recently crowned Champion of Budensliga. One man at the center- stage is former Bayern Munich captain Oliver Khan. Khan believes tonight’s encounter stands as the ‘moment of truth’ for the Bayern.
“Barcelona have shown this season how vulnerable they can be at the back,” said the 2001 UEFA Champions League winner.
“However, in the crucial moment, (Lionel) Messi, (Andres) Iniesta and Xavi (Hernandez) have always pulled out world- class performances. In my opinion, the tie will be a very open one. Exiting the competition would be a huge disappointment to the fans and the players after such a dominant season. It’s the moment of truth for Bayern.”
Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic will miss the Champions League showdown against Barcelona through suspension. Also, long- term injury victims Toni Kroos (groin) and Holger Badstuber (knee) remain absent.
Philippe Lahm, Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger should all return to the starting line- up after being rested for Saturday’s 6-1 win over Hannover.
The defensive options available to FC Barcelona coach, Tito Vilanova for the evening clash is a matter of urgency. With Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano both injured and Adriano suspended, there are predictions over the Spanish media that Marc Bartra will start alongside Gerard Pique in the heart of defence despite the return of Eric Abidal.
Lionel Messi’s return to full training is a major boost to the Catalans’ starting eleven after missing the last two games with a hamstring strain.
Did you know the Blaugranas are on an eight- match unbeaten run on German soil, stretching back to 2001? Well, Bayern has won eighteen of their last nineteen matches in all competitions, with the solitary defeat coming from Arsenal in the Champions League round of 16 second leg.
The Bavarians giants have lost just one of 20 previous home encounters against Spanish opponents (W14, D5, L1). Bayern have won three of its six previous meetings with Barcelona in European competition (W3, D2, L1).
Barcelona has only won 2 of its last 8 away games in all competitions (W2, D4, L2).
For Bayern Munich, this is a third semifinal in four years; anything short of a win tonight, reduces their chances of going past the stage (so also conceding at home). Meanwhile, a Barca team, spearheaded by Messi, could pose a threat to any defence- line in the world any day.
Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack
Argentina and Napoli legend, Diego Maradona has passed away at the age of 60 following a heart attack.
The Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue.
Recall that some weeks ago, it was reported that the football legend had a blood clot on the brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully.
Two weeks after being discharged from the hospital and recovering at home, he reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning.
The Argentine national team’s official Twitter account confirmed the news on Wednesday.
The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria
Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.
This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.
However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.
Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.
The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.
Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?
The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.
Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.
Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.
Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.
As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like Usafriendlypokersites.com can do so with the use of VPNs.
Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.
With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.
Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.
Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:
One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.
Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.
This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.
It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.
The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:
As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.
The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.
The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.
This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.
With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.
If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.
Wrapping It Up:
We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.
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Sporty.com offers a lot of features that can be leveraged by those who are sports enthusiasts. Here are the standout features of the newly launched application that has access to the world’s best sports content.
- Latest Sports News (SportyNews)
Get access to all the hot articles and video news in the world of sport at the tip of your fingers through Sporty. This news can be completely customized as per one’s liking. Pick your favourite sports, leagues and teams, all in one place, to be the first to know everything or just pick the option of “Popular” news.
- Live Scores and Exclusive Videos (SportyTV)
Sporty.com provides live scores of all the sports around the world, including an additional choice where one can filter out scores of just their favourites, whether it would be league scores or team scores.
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Analyze every game in detail through this feature on Sporty. Get the most comprehensive data on any match through the app with match facts, team line-ups, minute-by-minute analysis and tracking, competition trees, live league tables and formations.
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