Newcastle United’s 2019/20 Away Kit Leaks Online & Is Slammed by Magpies Fans

​A picture of Newcastle United’s away top for the 2019/20 season has leaked online and Magpies fans are not too pleased with its design.

Newcastle fan Youtube page ‘The Magpie Channel’ have uploaded a picture on social media of what is supposedly the club’s new away top.


The dark green and black colour is a departure from this season’s away design, which consists of maroon and blue hoops with the shirt sponsor in the middle in gold lettering.

There is a parting in the middle of the shirt which did not exist for this season’s away top nor the third kit. The shirt sponsor in the middle also seems to have been moved further down and it has been met by criticism and mockery from ​Newcastle fans.

This echoes Newcastle fans’ reactions to an image of their supposed ​home kit for next season being leaked, where they similarly voiced their displeasure at the design.

While Magpies supporters may not be happy with the state of their kits for next season they may have better news in the near future in the form of the ​proposed takeover of the club by billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nayhan, who is the cousin of ​Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.

Rafael Benitez,Jose Mourinho

In recent years the club’s fans have vented their fury at owner Mike Ashley for Newcastle’s frugal spending in the transfer market. Ashley put the club up for sale in October 2017 but has not been able to find a buyer.

The future of Rafa Benítez is uncertain as Sheikh Khaled ​reportedly wants former ​Manchester United manager José Mourinho at the helm at St James’ Park if the takeover of the club is completed. 


Macarena Sánchez on the Ongoing Fight for Professional Women’s Football in Argentina

Women’s football in Argentina has been through ongoing change over the last couple of years as players fight for deserved professional status, while the national team even went on strike in 2017 over non-payment of pitifully low $10 stipends.

Argentina’s women, who this week earned a 0-0 draw against 2011 winners Japan to claim a first ever World Cup point, have had to make do without proper facilities and a lack of funding from the national federation (AFA) to cover things like travel and hotels.

That is why going toe to toe with one of the best sides in the world after being on receiving end of 11-0 and 6-1 thrashings the last time they qualified in 2007 was celebrated in the manner it was.


One player who wasn’t there in Paris, but has been such an important part of the continuing battle for professional recognition and gender equality back home, is Macarena Sánchez.

The 27-year-old recently became the first female player to sign a professional contract in Argentina after she joined San Lorenzo in April. That came after beginning legal proceedings against the AFA and former club UAI Urquiza after suddenly being released mid-season and left unable to join another team.

Sánchez is now a symbol for change for women’s footballers in South America.

“Now I take it a little more calmly. But at first the truth is that it affected me a lot, at times I still suffer,” Sánchez told 90min regarding the media exposure following her public stand.

“It is disheartening having to always talk about the same thing, even though it is a struggle I am committed to and affects me. Being the voice of many people is not easy, it’s a lot of pressure.”


Although it is still the beginning of a long, arduous road, a lot has already been achieved in the struggle.

“There were no women on football pitches and today they are full of girls. There are women’s or mixed tournaments and men are being more open to us playing football,” Sánchez explained.

“But things are still missing and everything that surrounds football is still male dominated: out of 100 journalists, only 10 might be women. There are still clubs that do not have women’s teams or academies. That’s the big change we have to make to achieve professional women’s football.

“If I were able to I would take a lot of decisions that would benefit the players, but I do not have that power. Sometimes that affects me but I want to enjoy it a little more.”

On the fight, Sánchez explained that it was sometimes a struggle even to get her own teammates onside over fear of what it means to take a stand against clubs or the AFA.

“Most people supported me, but not everyone. You meet with leaders who do not see it in the same way. They will never know what it is to be on this side because they were not players. They have a hard time understanding and they do not want to see it either,” she said.


“I received the refusal of my colleagues. That’s how it works! I don’t want to blame the players because it is difficult to be on this side and always feel fear or pressure exerted by the clubs, AFA or the leaders. From one day to the next you can lose everything. Do not blame players, but point the anger in the right direction and know the blame is on the people who have the power.”

Sánchez revealed that few male players offered their support, although former national team captain Juan Pablo Sorin and 2018 World Cup goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán did step forward.

“Juan Pablo was one, but it was not surprising because everyone knows his commitment to society, social causes and women’s football in particular,” she explained.

“Nahuel Guzmán too. I was a bit surprised because I hadn’t thought of him as a possible supporter. I talked a lot with him. There were not many male players who supported us.”


Sánchez said it was ‘necessary’ for the men’s team to offer support because of their prominent status and the visibility they could have given her cause for women – “They could make many people rethink their positions and that would be good.”

She admitted that it will still take time for professionalism to take hold and be fully recognised, stating, “It will be our responsibility to continue asking for what is still missing”, while there is important work to be done at grassroots level: “It does not help if you give a contract to someone like me, who is 27 years old, but a girl of 10 cannot join a club.”

Sánchez does see a more positive future if Argentina follow the recent example of Spain, where the key to growth has been media involvement and greater exposure.

“As is happening in Spain, the media have to give more visibility, invite people to go to the games, not only reporting that there has been a women’s football game. You have to give a lot more motivation [to people], a lot of marketing, sell a show,” she said.


“Here we play on ugly pitches, without stands, at times when no one can go. For us it is difficult to sell a sport in these conditions and we should not have to do it either. The people of the AFA and the clubs are the ones who should. It has a lot to do with the sponsors  the media.”

Macarena Sánchez spoke extensively to 90min in Argentina. Originally published in Spanish, the full interviews are available here – on the attitude of Rafael Nadal, on needing support from Argentina’s men’s team, and on Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.


On This Day in 2009: Cristiano Ronaldo Signs for Real Madrid from Manchester United

Ten years ago, on June 11 2009, Real Madrid announced one of the most successful signings in the history of modern football.

Manchester United man Cristiano Ronaldo signed for the Madrid club for £80m. Teams now spend this much on a player after one good season at a mid-table Premier League club, but in 2009 this fee seemed astronomical, yet entirely justified for one the world’s best talents.

Real Madrid's new player Portuguese Cris

Despite breaking the world-record transfer fee in order to secure his services, ​Los Blancos surely would not have expected ​Ronaldo to deliver as much as he did.

During his nine seasons with the Spanish giants, the Portuguese forward made 438 appearances, scoring an obscene 451 goals in that time.

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristia

Joining at the time Barcelona started to dominate Spanish and European football, the Madeira-born man’s trophy cabinet still boasts an incredible amount of silverware.

With four ​Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, two ​La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups, Ronaldo’s spell at the Bernabeu will be remembered for a long, long time.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Of course, Ronaldo won himself the odd individual accolade along the way two. As well as four Ballons d’Or and three Golden Shoe awards, the Portuguese forward also smashed the club’s all-time goalscoring record. 

Raul’s tally of 323 goals would have seemed unattainable when he first joined, but Ronaldo managed to reach this tally in roughly half as many games as it took the Spanish striker, earning him an almost mythical status at the club.


Club president Florentino Perez labelled the Portuguese attacker as “the heir to Alfredo Di Stefano”, who fittingly was the man who introduced Ronaldo to the fans at the Bernabeu during his unveiling in 2009, but it’s fair to say Ronaldo has written his own legacy in Madrid.


Moise Kean Insists There Is ‘Nowhere Better’ Than Juventus Amid Rumours of Potential Inter Switch

Moise Kean has dismissed rumours of an imminent move to Inter, insisted that there is no better club for him to be at than Juventus.

The 19-year-old has long been tipped for greatness and propelled himself into the spotlight last season, impressing for both Juventus and Italy. However, he is yet to renew his contract, which expires in 2020, prompting rumours that Inter could look to offer him a way out of the club.

Speaking to ​Soccer Bible, Kean stated that he only wants to represent ​Juventus, who have helped him develop into the player he is today.

He said: “When I came to Juventus, when I arrived at Vinovo, I understood that things would change. Juventus helps you to grow and become a man in all the things you want to do. You learn lots of things without noticing. 

“Technically I improved, but my ambition is to improve every day more and more. I’m aware of the fact that I wear a shirt that carries responsibilities, but it’s not a burden. I’m focused on my journey.

“I‘m sure that at the moment there aren’t any other teams that can help me improve in the way Juventus can. I was born here, and I have almost always worn the black-and-white shirt. Obviously I don’t know what the future holds, but what is sure is that I will always give my all.

“I think that the biggest ambition is well-known: winning the ​Champions League. But what they teach you in Juventus is to always give your all in every challenge, whatever form that takes.”

Last season, Kean managed 17 appearances in all competitions for Juventus, racking up seven goals and one assist in the process. With ​Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of him in the pecking order at the club, minutes have often been hard to come by, but Kean insisted that he loves working alongside the Portuguese superstar.


“When we train, I try to observe all the things he does, from his attitude on the pitch to his desire to play, to train and to always be ready. Training with great champions has benefits that you can’t underestimate,” Kean added.

I’m not the type to do [ask for tips], but I quietly observe and then I try to apply what I learned on the pitch.”


Vic Buckingham: How an Englishman Discovered Johan Cruyff & Pioneered Total Football

Vic Buckingham is number 49 in 90min’s Top 50 Great Managers of All Time series. Follow the rest of the series over the course of the next 10 weeks. 

Chances are that 99% of people reading this will have the same response: who the heck is Vic Buckingham?

You probably used an even stronger word than heck, and that’s okay, because in the UK, the Londoner, born in 1915, is barely a footnote in English football folklore.

However, on the continent Buckingham’s legacy is that of someone who broke the mould and ​made European football what it is today.

So why is this man, who had an unspectacular playing career as a defender for Tottenham, so highly respected?

Well, that answer can summed up in the form of one man, who would go on to redefine what football was forever.

That man was Johan Cruyff.

Career Honours

West Bromwich Albion ​FA Cup (1954), FA Community Shield (1954, Shared with Wolves)
Ajax ​Eredivisie (1959-60)
Barcelona ​Copa del Rey (1971)

For you see, if there was no Vic Buckingham, there would probably be no Cruyff. And if there was no Cruyff, there would be no ‘Total Football’. And if there was no ‘Total Football’, there would be no Pep Guardiola, and so on and so forth.

That is not hyperbole, Buckingham’s influence is the seed that was planted after the World War II, and his courage and forward thinking allowed that seed to shape modern football.

He was a flamboyant character who was desperate to do things differently, and on his terms.

Dutch midfielder Johann Cruyff dribbles

Alongside his mentor Arthur Rowe, Buckingham decided that he had seen enough of the classic English style of launching the ball up-field to the big man and hope something good happens; essentially negating the need for a midfield.

He decided that the best form of attack was patience, and that patience would require his teams to build up play from the back. A tactic which is now common place and almost necessary in 2019.

But back in the early 1950s, that was an alien concept, and one that English football struggled to fathom.

After retiring as a player in 1949, and following spells at Pegasus in Oxford and Bradford Park Avenue, he was appointed manager of West Bromwich Albion in 1953 – one of the biggest clubs in the first division at the time.

That decision was vindicated just a year later when the Baggies won the FA Cup, and came agonisingly close to becoming the first side in the 20th century to complete the double. But despite this success, English football was not ready for the sort of tactical revolution that Buckingham was ushering in. 

He decided to leave the Hawthorns in 1959 to take what at the time was considered a drastic step, moving overseas, joining a then little known club called Ajax. 

He spotted a then little known player called Cruyff – a gangly teenager with God given talent – and nurtured him to become one of the greatest players of all time.

While there, he spotted a then little known player called Cruyff – a gangly teenager with God given talent – and nurtured him to become one of the greatest players of all time.

In a much more relaxed, and open-minded environment in the Netherlands, Buckingham would guide his young team to a league title, and build the foundations for what would become a multi-time European Cup winning side. 

Life in Holland was good, but the lure and temptation to move back to Britain was too much for Buckingham, so he left for ​Sheffield Wednesday after just two years at Ajax.

Big things were expected of him at Hillsborough, as they wanted to challenge the dominance of Bill Nicholson’s Spurs, as well as Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United. Unfortunately however, that never came close to happening.

He was let go in 1964, and soon after his departure, it had emerged that three of his players at Wednesday were accused of taking bribes to fix a match in 1962.

Tony Kay

Though Buckingham claimed he was mortified by the trio’s actions and all allegations against the man himself were left unproven, his reputation in English football had taken a huge hit, and in truth, it never really recovered.

Following another year at Ajax, he took over at Fulham, where he introduced sweeping changes to the troubled club, including selling plenty of experienced players.

It didn’t work, and three years after he took over, he was dismissed, before the club were relegated four months later. He would never manage in England again.

Buckingham was still revered across the continent however, and after a year in Greece, he took over at Barcelona in 1969.

Just like he had at Ajax, Buckingham focused on the now legendary youth system at the Catalonian club, which would go on to produce the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Carles Puyol.

Lionel Messi,Andres Iniesta,Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma

During the 1970/71 campaign Buckingham would guide the La Blaugrana to a Copa del Rey triumph, beating Valencia 4-3 in one of the most enthralling cup finals in Spanish football’s history. 

His time at the Nou Camp laid the groundwork for Barca to bring in Cruyff in 1973, a move which would change the club forever.

Teams Managed

Pegasus ​1950-51
Bradford Park Avenue ​1951-53
West Bromwich Albion ​1953-59
Ajax ​1959-61 & 1964-65
Sheffield Wednesday ​1961-64
Fulham ​1965-68
Ethnikos Piraeus ​1968
Barcelona ​1969-71
Sevilla  ​1972
Olympiacos ​1975-76
Rodos FC ​1979-80

And that should be Vic Buckingham’s legacy: a man who is largely responsible for making two of Europe’s biggest clubs – Ajax and Barcelona – what they are today.

He was way ahead of his time, and his way of thinking led to the creating of Total Football, and two of the most prolific and incredible youth academies the world has ever seen

His death on 26th January 1995 was not met with universal sadness in England. There was no minutes applause. No great outcry or tributes to what this man had achieved.

Danny Blanchflower,Johnny Haynes,Vic Buckingham

But there is no doubt that this man from Greenwich has changed football for the better. He was a true trailblazer who changed football forever. 

If only English football had noticed. 

Number 50: ​Marcelo Bielsa – El Loco’s Journey From Argentina to Footballing Immortality in Europe