Ronaldo is the ‘modern athlete’, says Pele, after seeing Juventus superstar capture Serie A crown

The Brazilian legend has billed the Portuguese as the best player on the planet in the past and remains a big fan of his achievements

Pele has paid tribute to the efforts of “modern athlete” Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Juventus superstar having added a second Serie A title to his enviable collection of honours.

The Bianconeri have wrapped up a ninth successive domestic crown in the Italian top flight.

Ronaldo’s presence in Turin has helped to cement that dominance, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner showing no sign of slowing down at 35 years of age.

He continues to set the standard for those around him, with a place among the all-time greats safely secured.

Pele also occupies that talent bracket, and the Brazilian legend remains a big fan of a modern-day superstar.

He is pleased to see Ronaldo’s remarkable professionalism and dedication to his craft being richly rewarded, with major honours collected on a regular basis.

An iconic figure of the past is also happy for fellow countrymen Douglas Costa, Danilo and Alex Sandro, who have picked up another medal alongside their illustrious Portuguese team-mate.

Pele said in a post on his official Instagram account: “@Cristiano is the modern athlete, who shows everyone that success always comes to those who are dedicated and love what they do.

“Also, I would like to congratulate my fellow Brazilians

Pele has aired his admiration for Ronaldo on a regular basis down the years, with the three-time World Cup winner going as far as to place the Juve forward at the top of the global game.

For him, Portuguese power wins out over Argentine flair, with Barcelona icon Lionel Messi forced to operate in the shadow of an eternal rival.

Pele has said: “Today the best player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo.0:001:39

The data behind Juventus’ Serie A title-winning season

“I think he’s the best, because he’s more consistent, but you can’t forget about Messi, of course, but he’s not a striker.”

After helping Juve to another Serie A title, Ronaldo is about to turn his attention towards the pursuit of a sixth Champions League crown.

Maurizio Sarri’s side still have two domestic fixtures to take in this season, but focus is already drifting towards the second leg of a Champions League last-16 encounter with Lyon on August 7 that the Bianconeri currently trail 1-0.

Juventus win Serie A title for ninth consecutive seaso

The Bianconeri have wrapped up yet another league title with their star man once again getting his name on the scoresheetnull

Maurizio Sarri’s side have clinched the crown with two games to spare, following a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria

Juventus have won the Serie A title for the ninth consecutive season.

The win takes them seven points clear of second-placed Inter , who cannot catch with them with only two matches remaining for both sides.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Juventus against Sampdoria in first-half injury time with Federico Bernardeschi then adding a second in the 67th minute. Ronaldo would then miss a penalty late in the game but Juve would still be able to hold out for a crucial three points. 

Thoughts will now surely drift to the potential of an unprecedented 10th straight title next season.

As has often been the case in recent seasons, Juve had seemed to have a genuine title race on their hands earlier in the season.

Early-season contenders Inter dropped off with a run of five draws from seven games around Christmas while Lazio, who looked like potential champions when the season was suspended, have taken just one point from their last five.

Atalanta have been in stunning goalscoring form since the restart and will look forward to their Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain, but their title challenge effectively ended when two Cristiano Ronaldo penalties saw them lose 2-1 against Juve earlier this month.

The trophy will come as a mark of vindication for Maurizio Sarri, who has come under fire at times during an inconsistent campaign.

This is only his second major honour as a manager after his Europa League win at Chelsea last year. It is also only the second trophy he has won in Italy , following the Coppa Italian Serie D with minnows Sansovino, 17 years ago.

Now, Sarri and his side will look to maintain their form through their remaining league fixtures against Caghali and Roma, before switching their attention to the Champions League.

They welcome Ligue 1 side Lyon to Turin on August 7, looking to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit and book their place in Lisbon for the final knockout stages.

When will Premier League 2020-21 start and finish? Teams involved and all you need to know

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When will Premier League 2020-21 start and finish? Teams involved and all you need to know

As the 2019-20 campaign comes to a close, Goal takes a look at when the new one begins and endsnull

It won’t be long after the curtain falls on the 2019-20 Premier League season that the 2020-21 campaign kicks off.

Having resumed play on June 17 following the coronavirus-enforced lockdown period, Premier League clubs will have squeezed nine (and a bit) matchdays into the space of a month, with the last games of the season being played on July 26. The FA Cup final will then bookend the term on August 1.

So when exactly will the next Premier League season begin? Will clubs have much of a pre-season? 

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Goal takes a look at the dates and which teams will be involved as English football looks to rebuild in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Contents

  1. When will Premier League 2020-21 start?
  2. When will Premier League 2020-21 finish?
  3. Which teams will be involved in Premier League 2020-21?

When will Premier League 2020-21 start?

The 2020-21 Premier League start date is Saturday September 12The date was confirmed on July 24.

The Daily Mirror reported that the Football Association favoured an August start date, a position that is understood to have been influenced by the fact that England‘s UEFA Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark are scheduled for September 5 and 8 respectively.

However, Premier League clubs themselves were reportedly more keen on the September start date and it is understandable given that their players will have just played out a gruelling end to the 2019-20 season.

In normal circumstances, teams are granted a three-month break from competitive action, with the league season usually concluding in May and starting up again in August.

Pre-season, the period when players hone their match fitness, tends to kick off around a month before the first competitive games, but that will be impossible ahead of the 2020-21 season.

When will Premier League 2020-21 finish?

The finish date for the 2020-21 Premier League season May 23, 2021. That means the normal cycle will effectively resume.

If the league commences in September, it is entirely achievable to finish in May.

Indeed, it would be even more likely if, as has been speculated, the Carabao Cup is temporarily scrapped in order to ease fixture congestion, thus freeing up fixture slots.

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Which teams will be involved in Premier League 2020-21?

There will be 20 clubs in the 2020-21 Premier League, with three new clubs joining, while three drop down a division.

Norwich City, Bournemouth and Watford lost the fight to retain their place at the top table and were relegated to the Championship.ClubStadium2019-20 positionArsenalEmirates Stadium8thAston VillaVilla Park17thBrightonAmex15thBurnleyTurf Moor10thChelseaStamford Bridge4thCrystal PalaceSelhurst Park14thEvertonGoodison Park12thLeeds UnitedElland Road1st ChampionshipLeicester CityKing Power Stadium5thLiverpoolAnfield1stManchester CityEtihad Stadium2ndManchester UnitedOld Trafford3rdNewcastle UnitedSt James’ Park13thSheffield UnitedBramall Lane9thSouthamptonSt Mary’s Stadium11thTottenhamTottenham Hotspur Stadium6thWest BromThe Hawthorns2nd ChampionshipWest HamLondon Stadium16thWolvesMolineux Stadium7thTBC-Championship play-offs winner

The three relegated clubs will be replaced by three teams from the Championship. Leeds United were the first promoted team, followed by West Brom. 

They will be joined by one of BrentfordFulham, Cardiff or Swansea, with the final promotion being decided through the play-offs.

Ederson claims Premier League Golden Glove award for most clean sheets

The Manchester City keeper edged out Burnley’s Nick Pope, with the pair finishing clear of last season’s winner, Alissonnull

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has won the Premier League Golden Glove award for 2019-20.

The award, given to the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets over the course of the season, was edged by Ederson, who registered 16 shut-outs.

Prior to the final day of the season, the Brazilian was tied with Burnley ‘s Nick Pope on 15 clean sheets, but the Clarets drew 2-2 with Brighton as City overcame relegated Norwich 5-0.

Ederson missed out narrowly on the award last season, keeping 20 clean sheets but seeing the trophy go to his Brazilian compatriot Alisson, who kept 21.

The Liverpool shot-stopper finished this season with 13 clean sheets, but may be left ruing the calf injury which kept him out of seven games between August and October.

Pope has made headlines for his superb performances throughout the season, and his final tally will no doubt help his cause as he looks to challenge for the No.1 shirt at international level.

England keeper Jordan Pickford has been coming under increasing pressure due to his inconsistent performances for Everton . With the Three Lions scheduled to return to international football in September, Gareth Southgate may find himself with a decision to make.

Sheffield United ’s Dean Henderson, on loan from Manchester united , is also in the international conversation and finished just three clean sheets behind the winner on 13.

Elsewhere, Rui Patricio registered 13 shut-outs for Wolves , Kasper Schmeichel managed that number for Leicester, and David de Gea reached 12.

Since it was first awarded in 2004-05, the Golden Glove has only been won by keepers representing Chelsea , Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

The record of 24 clean sheets set by Petr Cech in 2004-05 still stands, with Alisson last season and Edwin van der Sar in 2008-09 coming closest with 21 apiece.

Cech and former City goalkeeper Joe Hart are the record holders of the Golden Glove, with each man having won it on four separate occasions.

Newcastle United 1-3 Liverpool: Origi ends drought to secure Reds record

Liverpool came from behind to conclude their successful 2019-20 Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win at Newcastle United on the final day, securing a club-record points tally.

The Reds have cruised to the title – their first in 30 years – but showed signs of a hangover from Wednesday’s trophy celebrations as they trailed to Dwight Gayle’s first-minute opener.

Although Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all started from the bench, Jurgen Klopp’s men recovered to turn the game on its head either side of half-time.

Virgil van Dijk equalised and Divock Origi then grabbed his first goal since December before Sadio Mane added late gloss to the scoreline as Liverpool finished the campaign with 99 points, their best ever top-flight haul and only one shy of Manchester City’s 2017-18 record.

The surprise Gayle goal had seen Newcastle lead Liverpool early for the second time this season, with this 25-second effort the fastest the Reds have ever conceded in the Premier League.

Allan Saint-Maximin quickly won a foul on halfway and Jonjo Shelvey’s free-kick sent Gayle clear to stab past Alisson, prompting a lengthy VAR review for a potential offside before the goal was given.

Liverpool’s subsequent dominance initially spawned only a speculative Takumi Minamino effort, which Martin Dubravka saved well, before Alisson had to be alert to field an unorthodox Federico Fernandez drive at the other end.

But with the Reds’ usual attacking stars watching on, Van Dijk stepped up and looped a towering header over Dubravka from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s right-wing cross.

Klopp readied Salah, Mane and Firmino as Liverpool made a slow start to the second half, yet the imminent changes provoked Origi to blast in the visitors’ second, his shot passing through a crowd of bodies to deceive Dubravka and pick out the bottom-right corner.

The triple substitution followed regardless and Salah’s first involvement saw a powerful strike bounce off the post, but it was Mane who provided the final flourish.

Cutting inside from the left in trademark fashion, the winger curled beyond Dubravka to end Liverpool’s season in style.


What does it mean? Record-breaking campaign ends in fitting fashion

There has been plenty of attention given to the landmarks Liverpool have not matched this season, losing their unbeaten record to Watford and then slowing after the restart to miss out on the opportunity to earn 100 points.

But few Reds fans will be complaining as they reflect on the campaign and this‏ latest record – besting their 97 points last season and 98 in 1978-79 (when adjusted to three for a win) – provided an apt finale.

Back-up Origi ends goal drought

For close to an hour, Klopp’s makeshift XI displayed the few shortcomings in this Liverpool squad. Without their star attacking trio, the champions rarely tested Dubravka.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was industrious, while Minamino is still finding his feet, but it fell to Origi – scoring just his sixth goal of the season – to really make a mark.

Early error provides scare

There have been a few too many defensive Liverpool mistakes since the title was wrapped up – including in the midweek 5-3 win over Chelsea. The latest saw Joe Gomez caught out of position as Gayle ran through.

Klopp will hope such lapses do not linger into next season.

Key Opta Facts

– This was Liverpool’s 32nd Premier League win of the season, a joint-record by any side in English top-flight history (along with Manchester City in both 2017-18 and 2018-19).
– Liverpool won for the 14th time away from home in this season’s Premier League, a new club record for most away wins in any league campaign.
– Liverpool have recovered 19 points from trailing positions in this season’s Premier League; only Wolves (21) have won more after going behind.
– Gayle scored what was his fifth league goal against Liverpool – he has not scored more against any other side in his career in the top four tiers of English football (level with Rothenham United and Stoke City).
– Van Dijk scored his fifth league goal of the season, his most in a Premier League campaign; since his debut for Liverpool in January 2018, the Dutch defender has scored more goals than any other centre-back in the competition (nine).
– Andrew Robertson’s assist for Origi’s strike was his 12th of the season in the Premier League, surpassing his total for last season (11), with only team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold ever providing more in a season in the competition by defenders (13 this season).

What’s next?

Neither side have FA Cup or European duties still to fulfil, meaning they can instead now look towards next season, with the Premier League returning on September 12.

Chelsea 2-0 Wolves: Mount stunner as Blues seal Champions League place

Mason Mount scored a stunner and Olivier Giroud was on target as Chelsea sealed their place in the top four when beating Wolves 2-0.null

Chelsea secured their place in the Champions League in convincing fashion as Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud sealed a 2-0 win over Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season.

With top-four rivals Manchester united and Leicester City facing each other on Sunday, Frank Lampard’s side needed no more than a point at Stamford Bridge to guarantee their spot in next season’s Champions League.

And despite a sluggish start, Chelsea turned on the style in first-half stoppage time, with Mount’s stunning free-kick opening the scoring before Giroud doubled their tally moments later.

Europa League hopefuls Wolves toiled in the second half, but the visitors offered little threat as their 41-year wait for a top-flight win at Stamford Bridge rolled on.

After 45 minutes largely devoid of action, Chelsea sparked into life in stoppage time – Mount curling a sensational free-kick into the left corner to break the deadlock.

Chelsea had their second three minutes later, Christian Pulisic and Mount combining to play in Giroud, who rounded Rui Patricio and shrugged off Conor Coady before hooking into an empty net.

Nuno Espirito Santo turned to substitute Adama Traore at the start of the second half, yet Chelsea remained in comfortable control.

Diogo Jota brought a save out of Willy Cabellero just prior to the hour, but Chelsea were hardly troubled as they held firm to finish in fourth place – with United’s victory over Leicester meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took third.

What does it mean? Wolves now want a Chelsea favour

With Tottenham drawing at Crystal Palace , it is Jose Mourinho’s side who take sixth place. It means Wolves, in seventh, either need to win the Europa League this season to qualify for the Champions League next term, or they must rely on a favour from Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

Should the Blues beat Arsenal at Wembley, Wolves will qualify for the Europa League.

Mount makes his mark

It has been an impressive campaign for Mount and the England international capped it off with an exquisite strike, before turning provider for Giroud’s eighth league goal of the season.

Kepa’s Chelsea future up in the air

Former Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa has endured a difficult season at Stamford Bridge, and Lampard went with Willy Caballero for Sunday’s clash, perhaps indicating Chelsea will be looking for a new number one in the close season.

What’s next?

Chelsea take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final next week, while Wolves face Olympiacos in the Europa League on August 6 – the first leg of that tie finished 1-1 back in March.

Watford and Bournemouth relegated on Premier League final day as Aston Villa stay up

A draw for the Villans was enough to ensure survival on a thrilling end to the campaign at the foot of the tablenull

Watford and Bournemouth have joined Norwich City in dropping down to the Championship as the final two relegation spots of the 2019-20 Premier League were decided on Sunday.

Norwich went into the final round of fixtures as the only side to have been condemned to the drop, trailing Aston Villa in 17th by 13 points to make an instant return to the second tier. 

But with just three points separating 19th-placed Bournemouth, Watford in 18th and the Birmingham club, there was plenty to play for in a thrilling final day of this interrupted campaign. 

By half-time the Cherries had climbed above Watford, as they led Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park thanks to Joshua King and Dominic Solanke’s goals while the Hornets trailed Arsenal 3-1. 

Villa, meanwhile, sat just a point clear as they were drawing with West Ham 0-0, knowing that defeat coupled with victory for Bournemouth would send them down to the Championship for the first time just one year after regaining their Premier League status via the play-offs.

After the break Danny Welbeck pulled another back at the Emirates Stadium with just under 30 minutes remaining to keep Watford in the chase, while the scorelines in the other two decisive clashes remained unchanged. 

Then, in a late flurry of goals, Jack Grealish appeared to have secured Villa’s safety by opening the scoring, only to see Andriy Yarmolenko equalise minutes later for the Hammers and keep the visitors’ nerves on edge, while Junior Stanislas put Bournemouth’s victory beyond doubt by scoring their third of the afternoon. 

But there was to be no late miracle for Eddie Howe’s charges, as the final whistle blew at the London Stadium to confirm a 1-1 draw for Villa that sees them claim survival by the skin of their teeth. 

Bournemouth thus join Watford in dropping down a league, ending a run of five seasons among the English football elite following their first ever promotion to the top flight in 2015.

At the foot of the table, meanwhile, there would be no last hurrah for Norwich as the Canaries said farewell to the top flight with a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City, their 27th reverse in a season to forget for Daniel Farke’s charges.

Vardy beats Ings, Aubameyang & Sterling to win Premier League Golden Boot

The Leicester striker topped a remarkable personal campaign with the division’s top scorer award after notching 22 goals in the leaguenull

Jamie Vardy has won the 2019-20 Premier League Golden Boot after scoring 23 goals for Leicester this season.

The 33-year-old beat Southampton ’s Danny Ings, Arsenal ’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Liverpool ’s Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling to the top scorer award.

However, there was disappointment for Brendan Rodgers and his Foxes side on the final day of the season, as they missed out on Champions League qualification following a 2-0 loss to Manchester united .

This season was the most prolific of Vardy’s Premier League career since the title-winning season of 2015-16, when he notched 24 goals but missed out on the Golden Boot to Harry Kane, who scored 25.

After two goalless appearances as Leicester drew their first two games of the season, Vardy opened his account for the campaign in a 2-1 win over shilfied United in August, following it up with a double against Bournemouth.

Eleven of his goals came in a remarkable eight-game spell between October and December.

He scored in eight consecutive games, including a hat-trick in the 9-0 demolition of Southampton and a brace against Aston Villa , as the Foxes won eight in a row.

Vardy missed just three Premier League games all season, and has scored four goals in nine appearances since the season resumed.

Ings’ final total of 22 goals was the best he has recorded in his career, and only the second time he has reached double figures in the top flight.

Aubameyang matched last season’s total of 22, and another prolific year leaves Arsenal fans still hoping for a contract extension.

Sterling’s final tally of 20 is the best total of his career so far.

Salah, joint winner of the Golden Boot last season with Aubameyang and Sadio Mane, finished the season with 19 goals – the lowest of his Liverpool career to date.

Vardy is the oldest player to win the Golden Boot since Teddy Sheringham, who also did so at the age of 33 for Tottenham in the 1992-93 season.

He is also only the third English player to do so this century, after Kane and Kevin Phillips.

Manchester United and Chelsea confirm Champions League spots with victories in final Premier League matches

Leicester City were the odd team out thanks to Sunday’s results, with the Red Devils and Blues doing enough to secure top four positionsnull

Manchester United and Chelsea have sealed spots in next season’s Champions League , after the two clubs won their final matches of the season to confirm their places in the top four.

With Sunday’s results, United and Chelsea will join title-winners and second-place Manchester City in the Champions League next season, with the Red Devils sealing their return to the competition after finishing sixth last season.

Meanwhile,Leicester City and Tottenham are headed to the Europa League after their results on Sunday, with Wolves left waiting for the result of the FA Cup final, which will determine their European fate.

United confirmed a top-four finish thanks to a 2-0 win over Leicester, scoring twice in the second half following a tense first 45 minutes.

The game’s pivotal moment came in the 70th minute when Bruno Fernandes fired past Kasper Schmeichel from the spot after Jonny Evans fouled Anthony Martial inside the box. Jesse Lingard then selaed the victory in the eighth minute of stoppage time.

Fernandes’ goal doomed Leicester to a fifth-place finish, with the Foxes needing all three points against the Red Devils.

Leicester’s recent results saw the Foxes fall all the way from second to fifth, after the club remained in the top four from September 21 to July 22 before failing to return on the final day of the Premier League season. 

Chelsea, meanwhile booked their Champions League spot with a 2-0 win over Wolves, with the Blues going into Sunday knowing that even a point would be enough to seal their spot in Europe’s top competition.

The Blues all but confirmed their top-four finish with a two-goal flurry just before half-time, with Mason Mount’s stunning free-kick giving Chelsea the lead in the first minute of first-half stoppage time.

Just three minutes later, their lead was doubled, with Olivier Giroud adding the Blues’ second while severely damaging Wolves’ hopes on the day.

With Wolves’ loss, Tottenham were able to push their way into a sixth-place finish thanks to a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace .

Spurs originally took the lead in the 13th minute thanks to a finish for Harry Kane, but Palace were able to fire back in the 53rd minute through Jeffrey Schlupp.

As a result, Spurs moved into sixth to book an automatic spot in the Europa League, while Wolves will need Chelsea to beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final this weekend for their seventh-place finish to be enough.

Football on TV this week: Matches to watch & live stream in UK today, tomorrow & this weekend

Allfootballs brings you all the matches that are being shown live on television so you can plan your next few days of viewing pleasure

Football never stops – pandemics aside – whether it is the Premier League, Champions League or the international games such as the European Championship, there is almost always some action to watch on television.

Here are all the fixtures that are being shown live in the United Kingdom tonight, tomorrow and this week on channels such as Sky Sports, BT Sport, Premier Sports, La Liga TV , BBC, ITV and more.

The final day of the Premier League season will be broadcast live, including crunch clashes between Manchester United and Leicester City as well as Chelsea versus Wolves .

Championship play-off action will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, while Premier Sports will show games involving Lazio and Juventus .TimeMatchTV channel1amOrlando City vs Montreal ImpactFreeSports3:30amPhiladelphia Union vs New England RevolutionFreeSports12 noonMidtjylland vs AalborgFreeSports4pmArsenal vs WatfordSky Sports Football4pmChelsea vs WolvesSky Sports Premier League4pmLeicester City vs Manchester UnitedSky Sports Main Event4pmManchester City vs Norwich CitySky One / Pick4pmNewcastle United vs LiverpoolBT Sport 24pmCrystal Palace vs TottenhamSky Sports Action4pmEverton vs BournemouthSky Sports Golf4pmBurnley vs BrightonSky Sports Arena4pmSouthampton vs Sheffield UnitedSky Sports Mix4pmWest Ham vs Aston VillaBT Sport 14:15pmBologna vs LecceFreeSports6:30pmSwansea vs BrentfordSky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event6:30pmRoma vs FiorentinaFreeSports6:30pmVerona vs LazioPremier Sports 17:30pmHaugesund vs RosenborgEurosport 28:45pmJuventus vs SampdoriaPremier Sports 1

Monday July 27

Night owls or early risers will be able to tune in to the MLS is Back tournament on FreeSports, with Championship play-off action between Cardiff City and Fulham on Sky Sports in the evening.TimeMatchTV channel1:30amToronto vs New York CityFreeSports4amSporting Kansas City vs Vancouver WhitecapsFreeSports10:30amCentral Coast Mariners vs Western Sydney WanderersBT Sport 14pmBallymena United vs ColeraineBBC Two NI / BBC iPlayer7:45pmCardiff City vs FulhamSky Sports Football8pmCliftonville vs GlentoranBBC Two NI / BBC iPlayer

Tuesday July 28

Premier Sports has two Serie A matches on Tuesday evening: Parma versus Atalanta  and Inter versus Napoli . Atalanta and Inter are both vying for second place, so plenty is at stake.TimeMatchTV channel1:30amSan Jose Earthquakes vs Real Salt LakeFreeSports4amSeattle Sounders vs Los Angeles FCFreeSports6:30pmParma vs AtalantaPremier Sports 18:45pmInter vs NapoliPremier Sports 1

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