Barcelona step up coronavirus efforts, Crouch reveals a difficult part of his career and more


The Catalan giants announce funding from naming rights will go to Barca Foundation

Barcelona will donate Camp Nou naming rights to Barca Foundation
Barcelona will lend their naming rights in order to aid with the pandemic efforts. Copyright: imago images / Kirchner-Media

The La Liga giants have officially announced that proceedings gained from the 2020-21 stadium naming rights will be used to aid health departments.

Barcelona will use the money from their stadium naming rights agreement in a bid to bolster the ongoing efforts against Covid-19 in Catalunya. They have stated that they are fully aware of their responsibilities and will use their power to help contain and eventually eradicate a global pandemic.

It is also interesting to mention that Barcelona have never negotiated using their naming rights, but now their legendary Camp Nou will be used to help the Barca foundation, thus lessening the effects of the coronavirus.

Jordi Cardoner, vice-president of FC Barcelona and the Barca Foundation, was pretty excited to announce this plan: “We are making a solid and firm commitment so that the investments gained from this project can be fully used in financing research projects on the illness and potentially save thousands of lives. As we are fully aware, our main responsibility right now is helping people, and we will also lend the name of our stadium to further contribute to this cause.”

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'The worst time in my football career!'

Crouch says he was feeling embarrassed during the first few month at Anfield
The sturdy England striker spent 3 years at Anfield, scoring 22 Premier League goals. Copyright: imago images / PanoramiC

The former England striker was reflecting on a miserable first few months at Liverpool, during which he failed to find the net in 18 successive appearances!

Liverpool managed to sign the then-24-year-old striker from Southampton in the summer of 2005, with Crouch signing a long-term contract with the Reds. He spent three years at Anfield, making 134 appearances in total, while managing to score 42 times.

Though he went on to make a significant impact there, he didn’t have the best of starts. For 19 matches — this was over the span of four months — he failed to score a single goal and quickly became a laughing stock for Reds supporters. The drought ended against Wigan, when Peter Crouch finally managed to break the duck, scoring a brace.

In a recent interview with Paddy Power, he went back on this period, naming it the “lowest point of his career.” He also thanked Reds’ supporters for their understanding during his nightmare run: “During the whole run, honestly, I felt like I was trying to do too much. The ball just wasn’t going in. I just wanted to hide, I stopped watching TV, I was getting loads of stick. Thankfully, the Liverpool fans stood by me and I’ll never forget that.”

'He is the best right-back in the world and all the big names are after him'

Hakimi's agent claims his client is one of the best right-backs in the world at the moment
Achraf Hakimi has put in great performances at Dortmund. Copyright: imago images / Kirchner-Media

With the Moroccan’s future becoming a topic that’s widely discussed this season, his representative has also weighed in on the debate, claiming his client is one of the most talented players in the world.

Borussia Dortmund loanee Achraf Hakimi has received high praise, with his agent Alejandro Camano naming him as the “best right-back in the world” alongside Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold. He also added that Hakimi could end up making a permanent move to Dortmund.

Hakimi, 21,  is a youth product from Real Madrid’s cantera, and already has a Champions League winners’ medal to his name, but he swapped Madrid for Dortmund in 2018 on a two-year loan deal, in a bid to further his development. His reputation has been on the rise ever since, with the Moroccan contributing 7 goals and 10 assists to his team’s cause this season.

His agent Alejandro Camano was pretty vocal on Hakimi’s talents, telling Sky Germany: “I believe it is just a matter of waiting now. Achraf is the best-right back in the world right now, alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, so it is only natural that all the big teams in Europe want him, including Real Madrid.”

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