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Esports betting – The future of sports (Part 1)

E-Sports has been growing very strong in the last 10 years and has become a billion-dollar industry, attracting millions of players and viewers around the world with top leagues. High bonuses of up to hundreds of billions of VND such as Dota 2’s The International tournament is held every year with a reward of up to 30 million USD.

The attraction of e-sports is growing so you will not be surprised to see that Esports betting is becoming more and more popular.

And the top sports betting houses pay attention and put on the list of betting categories. And if you’re an Esports fan and a betting lover, this is your chance to make money with your hobby.

What is e-sports?

Since the video game industry has developed for nearly two decades, with networking capabilities, players can interact with each other over LANs and the Internet like Starcraft, Warcraft, Age of Empires, etc. gave birth to a need to play to see who was the best in a game. And the tournament gradually came up to create the concept of electronic sports.

If regular sports include soccer, track and field, tennis, swimming, etc. then e-sports focus on the most popular games, such as League of Legends, Counter-Strike : Global Offensive, DotA 2, …

In addition to bonuses, gamers also have salaries from organizations. Organizations that may be specialized in gaming such as TSM, Fnatic, Cloud9 or maybe a famous brand such as Razer, Samsung, SKT, Roccat.

Gamers sell more products or add logos on the players’ uniforms and on all promotional channels such as YouTube, Facebook, etc… and they extract part of that money which pay for their team members.

A gaming can have many players and teams competing in many games such as TSM, Gamers2, Fnatic, SKT but there are also teams that specialize in only one game.

E-sports have taken a leap like today, thanks in part to online television (Twitch or YouTube).

Argentina coach: ‘If I win Copa America, I will retire.’

Scaloni joked about the coronation of the tango team when playing on Brazil.

Argentina is the runner-up of Copa America for the last two years. They have not won this tournament since 1993. When asked about this year’s opportunity at a press conference before going to Colombia, Lionel Scaloni joked: “If we win, I will retire. “

Although there is no long-term contract with Argentina, Scaloni is aware of the importance of the tournament in Brazil. He hightlighted that they were there to play all matches, and also to show that the Argentinian deserved to wear a blue and white striped shirt.”

In the 2019 Copa America match, Argentina faces a hard-to-play Colombian opponent, with many stars such as Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado. However, the history of confrontation was tilted toward Argentina when they won three, drawn two at the last five encounters. At the Copa America 2015, the tango team drew 0-0 after 120 minutes and won the 5-4 shootout in the quarterfinals.

“Colombia is a tough team. They have twice made it to the Copa America finals. Therefore, nothing is easy in this game. It is important that my students stay focused and think about the game.” , Scaloni emphasized.

The Argentine captain did not forget to praise Lionel Messi, who was determined to conquer his first team title in 2019. He appreciated his enthusiasm every time he came out, adding that Messi is born to play and win. They are happy to know that Messi is there with other players to win the cup.

Left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, who recently joined Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals, also praised Messi for his words. He said that it was incredible when a person is full of the title as Messi still desired to win.

What International Football Fans Should Know About Copa America

Copa America 2019 tickets are finally on sale, meaning that thousands of international football fans finally have the chance to witness one of the world’s best sports tournaments.

It’s estimated that at least 770,000 tickets will be sale to accommodate the countless fans from all over the world traveling to this amazing event, hosted in Brazil. Prices will range from $16 to $240.

Whether football is your favorite sport or not, it’s not a waste to learn a little bit  about the international football tournament that is going to take the world by storm: Copa America 2019. Here’s what you can expect at this event.

PLENTY OF MATCHES

Copa America 2019 has scheduled 26 matches among 12 football teams in three weeks from June 14 to July 7. During this period, fans can witness the international football tour right in Brazil, that is well-known for its fervent football fans.

The football tours will take place in five different cities of Brazil, showcasing the beauty of Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, and Sao Paulo.

TOP CONTENDERS

Uruguay, the tournament’s most successful team to date, is undoubtedly the leader of the pack. However, Brazil and Argentina, amidst a huge rivalry, are planned to go head-to-head on Brazil’s home turf, making this a can’t-miss event. Lionel Messi is predicted to be one of the world’s strongest football players showcased at the event.

This years, besides the participants that are members of CONMEBOL, there are two AFC guest teams that are Japan and Qatar.

Particularly, this year’s tournament is especially unique because it’s the first year having no CONCACAF representatives.

THOUSANDS OF FANS

It’s estimated that 27% of all trips in 2012 were for the purpose of witnessing a sports event. Due to so many heavy-hitters this year, this number may be even larger for these Brazil football tours. The Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro can hold nearly 75,000 people alone.

Nations League: Portugal vs Netherlands, June 10

Predict the results

According to the bookmarker, Ronaldo continuing to play in the official lineup together with Koeman’s formidable attack, fans will enjoy a fascinating final with a balanced attack from both teams , creating opportunities for many goals in this match.

Predict the score: Portugal 3-2 Netherlands

Meaning of the match

On Monday morning, Portugal and the Netherlands will face each other in the European Cup match on Estadio do Dragao. In the previous semi-final, Cristiano Ronaldo left a strong echo with a beautiful hat-trick against Switzerland, setting the final score 3-1. In this match, home turf has no doubt played an important role in the Portuguese team’s victory.

With keeping this destructive form, Ronaldo absolutely has a chance to shine in the finals before the Dutch deflected defense. The orange team was unable to keep a clean sheet in their six  away games, and in the last 11 games, there was at least one Dutch game conceded.

However, Portugal also needs a centralized defense, considering the Dutch scoring record. Ronald Koeman‘s team has only one game that cannot put the ball in their last 18 matches.

Formation

Pepe could not play in this final match, when he was injured to shoulder in the encounter with Switzerland. Jose Fonte will be the alternate name for Portugal’s central defender.

In the 3-1 victory over England, Quincy Promes shined with a stoppage time goal after coming on as a substitute. Therefore, it is possible that he will have a major kick in this final.

If two teams draw after 2 main rounds?

If the two teams tie together after the end of the official match time, they will enter extra time (replaced by 4 players instead of 3). If the team still draw, then the two teams enter the penalty shootout to determine the championship. Goal-line technology is used.

Which team is preferred to choose the shirt color first?

Under UEFA regulations, the home team – Portugal are given priority to choose the shirt color.

General info about UEFA Nations League final

Who is in the final?

The host Portugal take on the Netherlands in inaugural UEFA Nations League final on Sunday. Portugal booked their place by a 3-1 win against Switzerland in the first semi-final on Wednesday. The Netherlands followed on Thursday after defeating England 3-1.

When does it take place?

The final match will take place on Sunday 9 June, starting at 20:45CET (19:45 local time).

Where is it being played?

It is being played at the Estádio do Dragão (Dragon Stadium), that is home of Porto, 28-time Portuguese champions. It opened with a friendly against Barcelona at the end of 2003, when the 16-year-old Argentinian boy Lionel Messi made his debut for the visitors. That year it also hosted the opening game of UEFA EURO 2004 as well as Porto’s advance to the Champions League glory under José Mourinho.

How about tickets sellling?

Tickets selling is based on a first-come, first-served rule.

How can I watch the final?

Here is the full list of global UEFA Nations League broadcast partners.

What kits will the teams wear?

According to rule, the home team Portugal is entitled to wear their first-choice kit.

What if the scores of the final are level after the normal time?

If the final ends in a draw at the end of normal time, there is extra time when two teams are allowed for a fourth substitution. After the additional time, if the scores are still level, there is a penalty shoot-out and goal-line technology will be utilized.

What about the Match for the third place?

Losing semi-finalists England and Switzerland will meet in Guimaraes on Sunday 9 June. The match will be starting at 15:00CET.

What does the winner get?

The winner will get a fetching 71cm-tall sterling silver trophy. The money on offer is:

€10.5m for Winners

€9.0m for Runners-up

€8.0m for Third place

€7.0m for Fourth place

2019 UEFA Champions League Final: Estadio Metropolitano

The 2019 UEFA Champions League Final at Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid is at 21:00CET on Saturday 1 June.

Madrid is…

  • The capital of Spain.
  • The fourth most-visited city in Europe.
  • The sixth largest city in the UEFA area.
  • First named ‘Magerit’ in the middle ages, meaning ‘place of plentiful water’ in Arabic.
  • The birthplace of Julio and Enrique Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, Penélope Cruz, Fernando Verdasco, and Raúl González.
  • Twinned with New York, Abu Dhabi, Melbourne, Rabat, and Tripoli, among others.
  • The second city to host the fifth European Cup final after London.

Where is it

In the middle of Spain, on the River Manzanares, Madrid is the largest city in the Iberian peninsula.

Getting to and around Madrid

The Estadio Metropolitano is not far from the busy Madrid–Barajas airport, while Madrid also offers an excellent high-speed rail service and good road links to France and Portugal. Moreover, it has a well-developed local transport network with such an extensive metro system and buses that it can be easily navigated without a car.

Estadio Metropolitano

estadio metropolitano
  • It is named in honor of Atlético’s home, the original Estadio Metropolitano, until 1966.
  • The stadium was newly-reconstructed to replace the Vicente Calderón as the home of Atlético Madrid, the three-time UEFA Europa League winners.
  • Estadio Metropolitano opened on 16 September 2017 when Atlético faced Málaga in the Liga with Antoine Griezmann having scored the first goal of the stadium in a 1-0 home win.
  • Located on the Avenida Luis Aragonés, that was named after Spain’s UEFA EURO 2008-winning coach, the stadium can contain around 68,000 people.
  • Built with environmental concerns in mind, Estadio Metropolitano’s LED lighting and solar panels help reduce energy consumption and recycled rainwater irrigates the pitch.
  • Located in the north-east of Madrid, it is easy to reach the stadium on subway line seven.

Football in Madrid

Supporters of Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid make up more than half of all of Spain’s football fans, and they are also giants in European terms.

70 percent of the UK are watching Premier League title race

The most exciting title race in years of Premier League has attracted some record-breaking television audiences all over the world, Sportsmail reveals.

While clubs such as Juventus are pushing for the formation of a European Super League in order to weaken the domestic leagues, the latest figures show that the appeal of English football has been greater than ever before.

The full season’s international figures are not yet in with the final weekend of fixtures to go; however, they are tracking a lot higher and in some territories around the world, the Premier League has achieved its highest audience for an individual match.

Interestingly, that appeal is not only limited to any single marquee fixture such as Liverpool versus Manchester United.

In India, it was that match, but in Brazil, it was Chelsea versus City, while in Canada, the Netherlands, and Denmark, it was Manchester City against Liverpool. It was United versus Huddersfield in Norway while Tottenham’s encounter with Wolves has attracted a record audience in South Korea.

Although live TV viewing figures have not reached record levels in the UK, there has been a notable 9% uplift on last season with about 70% of the total population watching Premier League across BT Sport, Sky, or the BBC’s Match of the Day.

With the fact that traditional TV viewing is in decline, Premier League finds this hugely encouraging.

Sky has had 16 matches with more than 2million audience this season, that is more than the past two seasons combined.

Richard Masters, the Interim Premier League chief executive, said that they always hoped the race for the title continued right up till the final day and Liverpool and Manchester City had delivered on that in some style.

Moreover, the Premier League claim that tickets sold is tracking at 95%, while their efforts have also played a part in the increasing of TV viewing. They have successfully blocked up to 175,000 illegal streams in the UK this season.