The leaders of the decade

first_imgHazard and Messi are the two most outstanding footballers of the decade in the Premier and in LaLiga, according to a study by Whoscored, a website specialized in statistics. The study is based on the times in which the players have been chosen as the MVP of the match according to the parameters developed by this website, starting from the 2009-10 season.In the Premier the leader is Hazard, who landed at Chelsea in the summer of 2012 and was until June 2019, when he signed for Real Madrid. In that period he played 245 games with the blues, in which he made 85 goals and distributed 61 assists. Those numbers served him to be chosen 62 times as MVP of the meeting, leading this statistic in England in the last decade. There is also surprise in Germany. Bayern is the clear winner at the collective level (it lifted the title in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). However, he never had a clear star that clearly stood out from the rest as in Madrid it was Cristiano, Messi at Barça or Hazard at Chelsea. Soccer players like Robben, Ribéry or Lewandowski have been dividing the leading role during the last decade, causing the classification to be led by Reus, from Dortmund, with 48 MVP. As for Ligue 1, the winner surprises: Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede continues to lead the standings despite only being during four seasons at PSG, in which he was chosen 42 times MVP of a match. Neymar and Mbappé begin to get closer, although the Swede still resists. Finally, in Italy no soccer player from the big clubs leads the ranking. The winner is Papu Gómez, who during his stages in Catania and Atalanta was chosen up to 38 times as the MVP of the match. Surely Cristiano (19 times in less than two courses) ends up displacing him in the medium term, but at the moment he resists. In Spain, Messi smashes all records: he has been MVP 196 times! It clearly surpasses Cristiano Ronaldo, who was chosen 93 times. It is true that the Portuguese has been for almost two complete seasons in Italy. In that time, with Juventus, he accumulated 19 awards, for which he would add 112 times, quite far from the Argentine.last_img read more

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The impact of Brexit on the British travel industry

first_imgThe impact of Brexit on the British travel industryThe impact of Brexit on the British travel industryThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) released preliminary analysis of the financial and economic impact of the Brexit decision on the air transport industry.“The Brexit vote has triggered much uncertainty—financial and otherwise. As leaders in the UK and the EU work to establish a new framework for their relationship, one certainty to guide them is the need and desire of people on both sides of that relationship to travel and trade. Air transport plays a major role in making that possible. There were 117 million air passenger journeys between the UK and the EU in 2015. Air links facilitate business, support jobs and build prosperity. It is critical that whatever form the new UK-EU relationship takes, it must continue to ensure the common interests of safe, secure, efficient and sustainable air connectivity,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.Preliminary estimates suggest that the number of UK air passengers could be 3-5% lower by 2020, driven by the expected downturn in economic activity and the fall in the sterling exchange rate. The near-term impact on the UK air freight market is less certain, but freight will be affected by lower international trade in the longer term.A big issue is with aviation regulation. The UK faces a trade-off between accessing the European Single Aviation Market and having the policy freedom to set its own regulations.Simon McNamara, Director General of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), says “time will tell what this vote will mean for the UK and wider European aviation sector. Aviation is a global industry that works best in a borderless environment where the free movement of people allows airlines to move passengers seamlessly and without complication.”As a European association, ERA represents both EU and non-EU member airlines and has associate and affiliate members from across the globe. “ERA represents its 53 member airlines at the highest levels in Europe,” says McNamara. “Our airlines face similar challenges and ERA protects and safeguards their interests whether they are members of the EU, European Common Aviation Area, or have chosen to negotiate a bilateral aviation agreement with the EU or another European country. Through our extensive experience ERA will continue to support our members flying to, from and within the UK as it becomes clearer what the implications of the vote are for the aviation industry.”The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) emphasises that travel to, from and within the EU and UK will not be affected in the short term. The process set out by the Lisbon Treaty allows for a two year period of negotiation once the UK formally states its intention to leave the EU, and this period could even be extended by agreement of all the parties. During this period the legislation around Travel & Tourism will remain unchanged.David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “We are entering a period of market uncertainty which will undoubtedly put pressure on Travel & Tourism businesses, however we know that our sector is resilient and we expect business and leisure travel to hold up in the face of these challenges.”Source = IATA – International Air Transport Associationlast_img read more

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