The Premier League entices fans across the world with its fast-paced, breakneck football, its star power, and its propensity to deliver drama in abundance. England’s top flight is the most popular football league in the world for a multitude of reasons.
One of them is hatred.
As much as we enjoy marvelling at the skill of Alexis Sanchez and the scoring exploits of Sergio Aguero, we enjoy watching the league’s noteworthy villains fail in equal measure. A woeful shot, a red card, being humiliated by a skillful opponent – we love it all, especially when the victim conjures the same emotions as Joey Barton and Robbie Savage in days past.
Here is a collection of the most hated players in the Premier League heading into the 2015-16 campaign.
We’ll start, of course, with the granddaddy of them all.
A snarling beast of a striker who wears short sleeves and gloves when the weather might suggest otherwise, Diego Costa is the sport’s foremost purveyor of the “accidentally on purpose” stamp, late tackle, or headbutt.
Had the former Atletico Madrid attacker struggled to adapt to the Premier League, misfiring in front of goal, he would have been categorized as a waste of money and nobody would care. Instead, he feasted on supreme service from Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, pumping in 20 goals over 24 EPL appearances in his debut season.
Ruthless, reckless, and annoyingly talented at finding the net, nobody fills neutral fans with unabashed hatred quite like Costa.
That he was critical in Chelsea’s capture of the league crown last season only helped make him more despicable in the eyes of everyone outside Stamford Bridge.
An adulterer – with his teammate’s girlfriend, no less – who has ahistory of racial abuse: no wonder most non-Chelsea supporters loatheJohn Terry.
He also happens to (still) be arguably the best central defender in the Premier League. That makes it so, so much worse.
Jealousy is a hell of a character trait.
The hair. The accent. The suaveness that oozes from his bronzed skin. Did we mention the hair? Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud is, in no uncertain terms, a striking specimen.
No wonder non-Arsenal supporters love to deride the Frenchman whenever he spurns a scoring opportunity, jumping on the chance to spew criticism quicker than a puma springs on its prey.
He can’t help that he’s gorgeous. You can help that you’re green with envy.
Generally, an awesome Afro would make you more likable, even if you had the talent of an uncoordinated preschooler. You actually have to work exceedingly hard to be disliked with such a hairstyle.
Enter Marouane Fellaini. The abrasive Belgian is hated by Everton fans for joining Manchester United, hated by United supporters for the exact same reason, and loathed by everyone else for his propensity to throw elbows without getting called for it.
It’s not his fault he’ll never justify his £27.5-million transfer fee, but that certainly makes it easy for many to pile on with the vitriol.
Simon Mignolet’s lack of proficiency between the posts burdened the world with watching the hapless Brad Jones. For this, the Belgian shot-stopper deserves endless scorn.
In this endeavour, the football world has joined together to answer the call.
In fact, Liverpool supporters are leading the charge.
The list of nameplates plastered under the “Enemy No. 1” sign at the Emirates is extensive: Gael Clichy, Robin van Persie, everyone on Tottenham.
Emmanuel Adebayor, however, doesn’t have a plaque. The Togolese
pylon striker has his very own statue.
Naturally, he now plays for Tottenham – though the actual playing part is somewhat of a misnomer, considering he spends more time stapled to the bench than a third-choice goalkeeper.
Newsflash: People don’t like it when you snap a talented midfielder’s leg like a twig, then continue to throw your body around recklessly at the peril of everyone around you. Go away, Ryan Shawcross.
Kampala 7 Hills Hash Run 5th edition launched, aims to raise Ugx 700 million
By Our Reporter
NSSF Kampala 7 Hills Hash Run which has been launched for the 5th edition aims to raise Ugx 700 Million which will go towards renovating select public schools.
Announcing the Run at Mbuya Primary school, Richard Byarugaba, the NSSF Managing Director told journalists that the Fund is responding to a challenge every year to contribute to the wellbeing of the underprivileged communities.
“Most of the underprivileged children in Kampala attend these KCCA public schools so it is befitting that our intervention in Education goes towards improvement of learning conditions in these schools. There is no greater impact you can make on a child or community than through education,” he said.
He also added that in addition to KCCA public schools, proceeds from the Run will also benefit 2 other schools in East and Northern Uganda.
KCCA Executive Director Eng. Andrew Kitaka said that partnerships with institutions such as NSSF have gone along in supplementing Government efforts to improve learning conditions in schools.
“When we started this partnership with NSSF, our target was to replace all asbestos roofs in Kampala public primary schools. We are glad that we are almost at the tail end of this endeavor. However, we also realise that some structures in a very bad shape. That is why we propose to use some of the proceeds to renovate such structures,” he said.
The schools earmarked to benefit from the proceeds are Munyonyo Primary School, St Paul Nsambya in Kampala, and Adwari Primary School in Otuke District and Pioneer Primary School in Soroti.
Byarugaba called upon individual runners to sign up in large numbers to participate in this run, not only because it is for a noble cause but also an exciting and challenging race that runners will enjoy.
“We need to have over 5000 individual runners and participation from over 50 corporate companies if we are to realise our ambitious target this year. Corporate and group participation attracts very competitive packages while individual runners can register at only UGX 25,000,” he said.
Individuals can pay using mobile money through a short code *217*277#.
Slated for March 29th, the run will commence at Pearl of Africa Primary School in Nsambya. The route traverses the original hills of Kampala namely, Nsambya Nakasero, Kibuli, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Rubaga, and Lubiri and will cover a distance of 21km.
6 schools have so far benefited from the past editions. These include Nakivubo Settlement, Makerere University and St. Ponsiano Kyamula. Works are also scheduled to begin at Mbuya Primary school, St. Paul Nsambya, and Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped.
Fortebet Gifts Rock Bwera, Kasese, Mpondwe, As Over 1000 Get Rewarded
By Staff Writer
Fortebet clients in Bwera, Mpondwe and Kasese will take long to forget last weekend hundreds of gifts. Over 1000 clients received Fortebet’s precious gifts at Fortebet centres in the above areas.
The gifts, among others, included phones, jerseys, t-shirts, pens and wristbands. Fortebet also gave out reflector jackets to bodaboda riders in Bwera and Kasese in a bid to reduce their chances of being knocked especially during the night.
All the gifts were handed over by John Nanyumba, the company’s media manager.
“I want to thank Fortebet for their kind heart. It is a great thing to win this phone because I came here with no expectation of getting it. I am also happy because even my friends have won some other gifts,” said the winner of the phone at Bwera centre.
Bodaboda cyclists at Kasese, who received reflector jackets, couldn’t hide their joy. “Fortebet has done for us something we shall never forget. It is the first betting company to give us these reflector jackets. On behalf of my colleagues, we are extremely grateful,” one Kassim, a bodaboda cyclist said on behalf of his colleagues just after receiving the jackets.
Talking to the clients at Kasese main centre, Nanyumba noted that, “We have come here to say thank you for choosing Fortebet. The gifts that we are going to give you today are a token of appreciation from team Fortebet.”
This weekend, Fortebet team will visit branches in Elegu, Adjuman, Pakele and Moyo. Dont miss out!
We need to remain united and work towards promotion of motorsport — FMU President
By Our Reporter
The Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) president has spoken out strongly against a section of motocross club members that have broken away to form their own association.
The breakaway faction which is led by former Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda deputy vice president, Barak Orland recently launched a new organization named the Motorcycling Association of Uganda (MAU).
The group announced their breakaway last month and has even gone ahead to draw a calendar for their activities this year, with their first event slated for later this month at Busiika.
Speaking to media on Friday, Dipu Ruparelia, the new FMU president, emphasized that they need to remain a united entity and work towards the promotion of motorsport within the country.
“We need to ensure that we remain a united entity and work towards the promotion of motor sport with in the country. We should be able to sit down and find a way to resolve this issue without fighting in the press.” Dipu Ruparelia said.
On his part, Jimmy Akena, the President Uganda Motocross Club told media that he is against the breakaway and insisted that the concerns of aggrieved motocross club members must be addressed within the confines of the set laws.
“I have only attended a meeting for all stakeholders and when the issue of breakaway was presented, I stood my ground and told them that everything done must be within the provisions of the constitution,” Jimmy Akena said.
Akena further revealed that they have met with the new FMU leadership and promised to resolve their issues amicably.
“FMU is the sole body affiliated to National Council of Sports and any other body formed right now is illegal. Any individuals participating in their events should know that their points won’t be recognized.” Dipu Ruparelia further warned.
Corporate companies run to restore forest cover in Uganda
By Our Reporter
Uganda Breweries Limited has handed over to the state Minister for Environment, Hon Beatrice Atim Anywar a pledge to work with the government, other corporate companies and citizens countrywide to grow, restore and conserve 40 Million trees around Uganda every year for the next five years. This is in a bid to restore Uganda’s forest cover and conserve the environment.
The pledge was delivered by a group of runners who were flagged off from Kampala by the speaker of Parliament and delivered in Gulu after a two days 330-km long relay Marathon.
The Ministry of Water and Environment is leading an initiative to have a National Tree Planting Day every year in April for 5 years where 40 million trees will be planted in one day.
To support the cause, Uganda Breweries Limited in October 2019 launched an initiative dubbed “Running out of Trees (ROOT), a private/public partnership to raise awareness about the adverse impact of tree cutting activities on the environment, and call upon the public to support the ministry by planting at least 1 tree every national tree planting day for the next 5 years.
While addressing the public in Gulu after receiving the pledge, to the state Minister for Environment, Hon Beatrice Atim Anywar said, “The rate of deforestation in Uganda is high and the country will soon be water-stressed if citizens do not pay due attention to environmental management. Kudos to the organizations that have today pledged to conserve the environment. All other organizations ought to take up tree planting as a priority to manage the current climate change challenges,” Hon Anywar said.
He noted that planting new trees isn’t only essential in the fight against deforestation and to ensure that Uganda’s abundantly diverse wildlife has a habitat, it’s also crucial for the health of the citizens and country; more trees on the planet means more carbon being removed from the atmosphere and a more stable climate.
Speaking during the event, Uganda Breweries Managing Director Alvin Mbugua expressed gratitude to all the participants in the relay.
“Uganda has over 40 million people. If each of us helped to plant and look after at least one tree, we would have planted 40 million trees or about; a big contribution to increasing forest cover and combating climate change,” Mbugua noted.
The Gulu district LC1 chairman, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi encouraged everyone to support the government to protect the environment and reforest for the benefit of future generations. He also called for greater awareness and education in the region about protecting forests.
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