A tradition that had its origin more than a hundred years ago. Specifically, in 1860, when the first club football match between Sheffield and Hallam was played. That date is the beginning of what in the mid-twentieth century would begin to be known as Boxing Day, the day on which football and Christmas merge throughout England. On December 26, the Premier League will play nine of the ten games of the 19th day. Only the match between the Wolves and Manchester City will be played outside the afternoon of that Thursday.
And in this edition a new litter of soccer players appears, the so-called Generation Z born from 1995, which has broken into a cyclone this season. Between all of them two Spaniards, Dani Ceballos and Rodrigo Hernández (both 23 years old), landed in summer at Arsenal and Manchester City. Two of the numerous appearances of young talents of the English championship.
But if there is a team that has opted for youth that is Chelsea. Although partly obliged, after the sanction of FIFA without being able to sign. Frank Lampard has screened two boys from the quarry, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham (born in 1997), regulars in the blue lineups. The spiky ram, in fact, is the second top scorer of the Premier, only behind a Jamie Vardy that accumulates 17 goals in 18 games.
In Manchester United they also boast another Z. It's Daniel James (born 1997), who in his first season at Old Trafford is already fixed at eleven Solskjaer . «He is one of the best band players in the world for his commitment to defense and his ability to surprise from behind. When you are not astonished to play with this shirt, your limit as a footballer is very high, ”said the coach a few weeks ago about the Welshman, for which United paid 20 million pounds last summer.
In the surprising Leicester City, immediate pursuer of a Liverpool that is heading unstoppably towards the title, James Maddison , also 23 years old, midfielder with striker characteristics, which adds seven goals this season. Manchester United, Arsenal or Tottenham, as published by the British media, have already knocked on his door, although the Leicester expects to close its renovation in the coming weeks.
All of them, Ceballos, Rodrigo, Mount, Abraham, James, Madisson ... form the new generation that has stormed into English football. Since that game of 1860, back in the nineteenth century, a litter of young people born almost in the XXI. The new protagonists of Boxing Day.
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