N’Golo Kante – The unsung hero we can’t stop singing about

The compact dynamo’s double tally of the Football Writers’ Association and Premier League Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year (that’s a mouthful to say) is probably the least controversial duo of individual awards one can imagine. Capping this off with the PFA Fan’s Player of the Year should only be a formality, barring a global brainwashing or apocalypse scenario.

It can sometimes be difficult to explain him to people who don’t watch football. If you like comics then think of him as “Multiple Man” from Marvel’s lesser followed X-teams. The only time you might see one of him is right at the beginning of the game. Afterwards you might struggle to see fewer than six of him on the pitch at once.

It’s always fun to throw about some stats:

1st highest back-to-back Premier league titles with different clubs (Leicester 2016, Chelsea 2017)
2nd highest tackler in the league this season (114)
6th highest passer in the league this season (2011 passes)
5th highest interceptions in the league this season (79)
0 Career Red Cards 

Who would have thought that the wealthy Premier League’s first genuine challenge to the Messi-Ronaldo hegemony of La Liga is a small Frenchman of Malian descent who you could be forgiven for initially calling a workhorse, just once…

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Around the world in 50 football pitches

Turf and Beauty…

Have you played on any of these?

Which of these would you like to play on?

Henningsvaer, NORWAY

 

Adidas Futsal Park, TOKYO

 

Munich Olympia Park, GERMANY

 

Marina Bay, SINGAPORE

 

Shell Football Pitch Rio, BRAZIL

 

Ottmar Hitzfeld Gspon Arena, SWITZERLAND

 

Gangwon Ski Jump Pitch, SOUTH KOREA

 

Tasiilaq pitch, GREENLAND

 

Stadion Piran, SLOVENIA

 

Hasteinsvollur Stadium, ICELAND

 

Al-Hajar pitch, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

 

Selkirk Football pitch, SCOTLAND

 

Igraliste Batarija CROATIA

 

Coroico Football Pitch, BOLIVIA

 

Bamburg Castle Football Pitch, ENGLAND

 

Cocodrilos Sports Park, VENEZUELA

 

Fuglafjørður, FAROE ISLANDS

 

Tamnogalt MOROCCO

 

Janosovska Stadium CZECH REPUBLIC

 

Kuredu Football Pitch MALDIVES

 

Stadion Gospin Dolac CROATIA

 

Wakhan Valley, Dzhiland TAJIKISTAN

 

Eidi Field, FAROE ISLANDS

 

Koh Panyi, Phang-Nga THAILAND

 

Autuntheatre Staduim FRANCE

 

Ghana Field, GHANA

 

Estadio Silvestre Carrillo de La Palma, SPAIN

 

Atlanta Station Stadium, UNITED STATES

 

Qaqortoq, GREENLAND

 

San Carlos Favela Football Pitch – BRAZIL

 

Devil’s Tower Camp, GIBRALTAR

 

Ipurua, Eibar, SPAIN

 

Saas-Fee Snow Field, SWITZERLAND

 

Estadi Comunal D’Andorra La Vella, ANDORRA

 

Vorovoro Football Pitch FIJI

 

NJ Rijeka Kantrida, CROATIA

 

Eduardo Souto de Moura Braga, PORTUGAL

 

Desert Pitch, OMAN

 

Svanfaskard Stadium, FAROE ISLANDS

 

Mmbatho Stadium Mafikeng SOUTH AFRICA

 

Tonciu Football Pitch ROMANIA

 

Brooklyn Bridge Park UNITED STATES

 

Pancho Arena HUNGARY

 

Ascension Island Football Pitch SAINT HELENA

 

AS Monaco Training Pitch, MONACO

 

World Games Solar Stadium, TAIWAN

 

Marseilles Harbour Pitch, FRANCE

 

Bureh Town Football Pitch, SIERRA LEONE

 

Hattoheim Football Pitch, NETHERLANDS

 

Lordegan, Iran

 

 

Liverpool Biennial Pitch ENGLAND

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Classic analysis on the rules of sport by Alan Partridge in his audiobook I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan.

“Sport, on the other hand, is straightforward. In badminton, if you win a rally, you get one point. In volleyball, if you win a rally, you get one point. In tennis, if you win a rally, you get 15 points for the first or second rallies you’ve won in that game, or 10 for the third, with an indeterminate amount assigned to the fourth rally other than the knowledge that the game is won, providing one player is two 10-point (or 15-point) segments clear of his opponent. It’s clear and simple”

All rights belong to Steve Coogan, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons and Armando Iannucci

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