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Barcelona vs Juventus Is The Strongest Champions League Final Ever

Barcelona vs Juventus Is The Strongest Champions League Final Ever

1999Man. U.England Barcelona will take on Italian side Juventus in the Champions League final Saturday, and it may well be the strongest Champions League final ever. The sum of Barcelona and Juventus’s Elo ratings, according to the Football Club Elo Ratings, is higher than any final in history. (We love Elo around here — we’ve used it to explore the NBA, the NFL, chess and even Scrabble. Teams gain points for wins and lose them for losses. The higher your rating, the better.) You can see all this data from Champions League — known as the European Cup before 1992 — finals in the table at the top of this post.1One may suspect that some ratings inflation is responsible for the strength of this and a few other recent finals. However, a simple regression reveals only a very weak inflationary trend. One reason for the strength of many recent finals may be increasing inequality — the gulf between the great teams and the average ones is likely widening. Also note that the 1974 final was replayed, hence its appearing twice. And if a few totals look off, that’s because of rounding.Juventus won Serie A by a full 17 points over second-place Roma, and its average league game was a 1.3-goal victory. And it’s fourth in the world according to Elo — only Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are rated higher. This would be Juventus’s third title.But Barcelona is beyond strong — so much so that it’s nearly unprecedented. It’s currently top-ranked in Europe and, by Elo, the strongest team to ever appear in a Champions League final. This would be Barça’s fifth title. 1988PSV EindhovenNetherlands 1972AjaxNetherlands 2009BarcelonaSpain YEARTEAMCOUNTRY 1967CelticScotland 2010Inter MilanItaly 2013Bayern MunichGermany And both teams are at near-historic peaks. Unsurprisingly, given the trophies it’s won already this year, Barcelona has shot up since the beginning of 2015 and is just about one win away from achieving the highest Elo rating in club history. Ditto Juventus, which is in its finest form in more than 15 years. It helps that both teams have won two major trophies already this year — whoever wins the Champ League final will complete a rare “treble.” (This has happened only seven times in European soccer, including once for Barça, shown in the table.)Oh, right, and there’s this Lionel Messi fellow, who plays for Barcelona. The game could serve as a popular referendum on his status as the greatest footballer of all time. If he scores in the match, he’ll be the first to do so in three Champions League finals, and he will lead outright this year’s competition in scoring, edging out Cristiano Ronaldo. And after seeing this Messi goal in the Copa del Rey final last Saturday, I’m tempted to just throw all these spreadsheets out the window.The market odds for the game have, as I write, settled around 4-to-11 for favorite Barcelona and 9-to-4 for underdog Juventus — implying a roughly 70 percent chance of a Barça victory. That’s right in line with what the Elo ratings imply — about a 71 percent chance of a win for Barcelona. Just because it’s the strongest Champions League final ever doesn’t mean it’ll be the most competitive. read more

Low prefers Messi over Ronaldo

Low prefers Messi over Ronaldo

first_imgIt seems to be a neverending discussion – Messi or Ronaldo? There are many players, coaches and pundits on each of these sides and only one thing is for sure – both of them have been amazing players.However, Joachim Low, the Germany national team coach, claimed that he would choose Messi over the Portuguese star as the Argentinian is a more complex player to him and he has more value for the team.The German coach spoke about these two great players as he said, according to fourfourtwo.com:Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I would stick with Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo is sensational, a very good professional, an incredible goalscoring machine for many years, but Messi is the most complete player I have seen.”“He is a great team player. He’s provided 30 to 40 assists for the last 10 years as well as scoring around 50 goals.”“He’s capable of leaving eight or nine players in his path and his goals always stay in your memory.”last_img read more

Inter got the worst of it Fabio Capello

Inter got the worst of it Fabio Capello

first_imgThe former Milan, England and Real Madrid manager has spoken about what he thinks is the hardest group in the UEFA Champions League.Inter Milan landed in Group B of the 2018-2019 UEFA Europa League along with Spain’s Barcelona, England’s Tottenham Hotspur, and Netherland’s PSV Eindhoven.And to many people, this is the most difficult group in the competition.“Inter really got the worst of it,” Capello told Sky Sports Italia as quoted by Football Italia.“Napoli had a very bad draw too and I think in both those groups it’ll be a three-way battle for the two qualifying spots.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“It’ll need a great Napoli and Inter from the very start to put themselves in a good position to go forward,” he added.“Roma and Real Madrid are favorites to go through from their group, while Juve needs to be wary of Valencia in Spain, as they are strong on their own turf.”“Having said that, Juve seems superior to all their opponents in that group,” he commented.“Liverpool and Napoli are two sides who both play very attacking football.”last_img read more

Sarri Higuain is a wonderful player

Sarri Higuain is a wonderful player

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri remains a keen admirer of Gonzalo Higuain’s, amid reports that the duo could reunite in JanuaryThe Argentine striker had the most prolific season of his career under Sarri at Napoli with 36 goals in 35 Serie A games in the 2015/16 campaign.Higuain had been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Juventus that had deemed him surplus to requirements at Turin.Instead, Higuain joined AC Milan on loan after revealing that he felt like only Sarri had wanted him at Chelsea.But reports in Italy this week have suggested that the reunion that Sarri craved for in the summer could now go ahead next month in a trade deal involving Alvaro Morata.“As you know, I like him very much,” Sarri said of Higuain on ESPN.“He is a wonderful player, a wonderful man. But I don’t want to talk about Higuain.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I have two strikers, two and a half at the moment, and Gonzalo is playing for AC Milan. It’s better not to talk about him at the moment.”Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola confirmed their interest in AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson this week.But Sarri suggests a move for Wilson is unlikely.“I don’t know about Wilson,” he said.“As you know, Eddie [Howe] is a friend and I want to see him very happy.”Chelsea will take on Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.last_img read more

A polkadot pattern appears in superfluid helium3 in a thin cell when

A polkadot pattern appears in superfluid helium3 in a thin cell when

center_img (Left) A sketch of the one-dimensional order-parameter modulation in the FFLO state of organic superconductors, where the stripes correspond to different superconducting phases separated by magnetically ordered regions (blue). (Right) The two-dimensional polka-dot pattern proposed by Saunders, Parpia, and colleagues to explain nuclear magnetic resonance observations of superfluid helium-3. The domains here correspond to different superfluid phases (B+ and B−), which are separated by nonsuperfluid domain walls (blue). Credit: APS/Alan Stonebraker Journal information: Physical Review Letters A lot of work over the past several years has shown that superconductivity is quite common in metals subjected to very cold temperatures. Scientists have found that the zero-resistance state arises due to electrons forming a condensate of Cooper pairs that carry electrical current without losing any of it. Less well known is that similar pairings happen in neutron stars, quark matter, some gases at very low temperatures and neutral helium-3 atoms. In this new effort, the researchers were studying the behavior of such atoms under varying conditions, and in so doing, discovered that a 2-D pattern appeared in superfluid helium-3 when it was confined using a magnetic field.In their work, the researchers pumped helium-3 into a silicon-glass cell with an inner cavity that had a height of just 1.1um—they increased the pressure inside to 30 mbar. Next, they took pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance measurements in an applied magnetic field of 31 mT. They report that doing so allowed them to identify two B phases in the cavity. They note that they were expecting to see single-dimensional modulation in both B+ and B- phases, and stripes would form with walls between them made of non-superfluid material. Instead, they found that the area of the B+ domain was four times bigger than the B- domain. They noted that this meant that their stripe assumptions were incorrect. To explain the difference, they suggest a 2-D modulation in superfluid order in which the B-domains are patterned like polka-dots within a B+ domain. The researchers note that their findings open the door to more questions, such as the size of the polka-dots and the distance between them. Additionally, the nature of the boundaries is unknown as yet. Because the pattern was unexpected, new theories are required to explain it. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Joining hands

Joining hands

first_imgIn order to promote Tourism between the two states, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Delhi Tourism and Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam.The MOU was signed by G.G Saxena, MD and CEO, DTTDC and Deepak Rawat, MD, KMVN in Nainital on 10 August. Both the Tourism corporations seek to enhance the tourism potential by developing tourism packages, services and make them accessible to the public through publicity.This step will broaden new horizons between both the organisations in terms of creating opportunities and tapping tourism potential of the respective states.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Agreements such as reservation of hotels, reservation of marketing space, inter-state package tours, publicity and marketing, participation in each other’s tourism fairs and festivals etc. were undertaken in the MOU. This will go a long way in facilitating Delhiites seeking information for planning their holidays in Kumaon regions such as – Nainital, Ranikhet, Almora Distt. etc.This tie up between the two tourism corporations sets a new benchmark in the field of tourism which will go a long way and will infuse new potential and possibilities to make the respective places as Tourist friendly destination.Agreements such as this MOU will move proactively in the direction of establishing a new economic pillar and simultaneously reinforcing tourism as the strongest pillar.last_img read more

Tech like artificial intelligence may spell disaster if not used judiciously Mitra

Tech like artificial intelligence may spell disaster if not used judiciously Mitra

first_imgKolkata: State Finance, Industry and Information Technology (IT) minister Amit Mitra on Thursday expressed his concern about the detrimental effects of the next age of digital technology like artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics and cautioned that it should be put into use judiciously.”Artificial super intelligence is empowered to understand human thoughts and affect human behaviour, which may lead to a disaster. So we have to use the technology in a careful manner and in a way that will be beneficial for the common people,” Mitra said at the inaugural session of Infocom 2018. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the Bengal government has been holding knowledge workshops every month on emerging technologies, to ensure that digital technology is not adopted in an indiscriminate fashion. The two-day Blockchain Congress scheduled on December 18 and 19 at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town will see experts from different parts of the country disseminate knowledge about blockchain. Mitra highlighted the achievements of Bengal in e-taxation, complete e-treasury, e-districts in which 85 government-to-citizen services had been included in 21 districts and e-office for the government’s speedy clearances of files. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBangladesh IT minister Mustafa Jabbar also emphasised on the need to ‘regulate’ AI and robotics research that may invite ill omen for mankind. It may be achieved by check and balance, he said. He highlighted Bangladesh’s digital journey and said that the country has been able to deliver 300 services on a digital platform. Some other speakers also endorsed the views of Mitra and shared their apprehensions about rapid digitalisation deeply impacting B2C relationships. “Self-service, automation and robots would dominate the customer relations in the future and the time is fast approaching when computers will dominate our lives, making human interactions rare,” said a number of experts in IT who attended the event.last_img read more