Bundesliga fans have grown accustomed to seeing Robert Lewandowski’s signature goal celebration over the last decade – but the Bayern Munich hitman is remaining tight-lipped as to its full meaning.The 31-year-old is closing in on his 200th goal for Bayern, after also reaching three figures for previous club Borussia Dortmund.Plenty of those strikes have been accompanied by his signature move, with his fingers pointing and hands crossed across his chest. But while there is a certain similarity to fellow former Dortmund man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Black Panther-inspired celebration, Lewandowski’s has its roots a little closer to home. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “The celebration has something to do with my daughter,” he told Bayern’s YouTube channel. “I don’t want to go into details, it’s a little secret!“I want to show that my family are always behind me, as that has helped me a lot in my career as a footballer.”Lewandowski’s daughter, Klara, was born to wife and fellow professional athlete Anna in May 2017.“There’s so much euphoria [when you score] that you just don’t think,” Lewandowski added. “It just happens. Sometimes I think afterwards, ‘what did I do?’ You just do whatever your heart or head tells you to do, which is what happens to me on the pitch.“That moment when you score a goal and 80,000 fans cheer your name is a really special feeling. You get goosebumps and just want to fly. But I also know that you need to come back to reality after just a few seconds – you can’t let the euphoria show.“It’s hard to explain what you experience in that moment. I wish everyone could enjoy that feeling at least once in their life.”Since moving to Dortmund from Lech Poznan in 2010, Lewandowski has only failed to hit the 25-goal mark in all competitions once – in his debut campaign.He admits that he initially found the move, his first outside of his native Poland, to be a real challenge, though he did still notch his first eight Bundesliga goals.“The first six months, I have to be honest, were really difficult for me,” he said.“I couldn’t speak a word of German. I could only say ‘thank you’ and ‘s**t’! It wasn’t easy to learn a new culture and language. I knew that I needed to power through and then I could focus on football.“It was a special feeling when I first put the [Bayern] shirt on. It was the first time I could really feel the weight of a huge club on the shirt I was wearing. I was really proud. I knew that I could develop here and that I wanted to come here and stay.”
ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum believes there’s a new favorite for the Nov. 9 showdown between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 LSU following the injury to Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.Finebaum now thinks that the Tigers are the favorite with Tagovailoa’s status uncertain.“It completely changes the dynamics of Nov. 9, and I think it changes the dynamics to favor LSU,” Finebaum said on WJOX Monday morning.Tagovailoa suffered a high-ankle sprain in Saturday night’s win over Tennessee. Nick Saban released a statement on Sunday, confirming that Tagovailoa will miss this week’s game against Arkansas.“Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high-ankle sprain last night against Tennessee. Our physicians performed a successful tight-rope procedure on his right ankle this morning. This is the same injury, but the opposite ankle that Tua injured last season. Tua will miss next week’s game against Arkansas, but we expect a full and speedy recovery,” he said.Tagovailoa, meanwhile, has reportedly already told his teammates he’ll be back for the LSU game.Terrell Lewis on what Tua Tagovailoa said in the locker room after the game: “He said, ‘I’ll be back for LSU.’”— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) October 20, 2019Alabama and LSU are set to meet in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday, Nov. 9.
“A little girl is still a child. She cannot be a mother or a bride. Let her grow up to live a fulfilling life. Say NO to child marriage,” sings Ms. Kidjo, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, along with UNICEF national Goodwill Ambassador Zeynab Abib, and a number of other stars. In Benin, one in ten girls is married under the age of 15 and three out of ten girls are married before they are 18 years old, according to UN figures. These girls are among the 250 million around the world forced into marriage before their eighteenth birthdays.“Child marriage is a negation of children’s right to grow up free. Every child has the right to a childhood. I call on parents not to marry off their young daughters as they are our wealth and the future of our continent,” said Angélique Kidjo who co-created the song with Zeynab Abib. The artists sing in a variety of languages, including Fon, Mina, Mahi, Sahouè, Yoruba, Goun, Bariba and French in order for the message to reach people throughout the country and in neighbouring countries. “The impact on these girls is terrible. Once married, they no longer attend school, they are raped, they fall pregnant, which puts their health and that of their baby in danger,” said Ms. Abib, who mobilised Benin’s greatest artists around this cause.“We artists are saying NO to all these injustices! Girls are not the property of anyone; they have the right to choose their own destinies.”The song is part of the national Zero Tolerance Campaign against child marriage, launched by the Government of Benin on 16 June, which is the International Day of the African Child.Other artists signing include Danialou Sagbohan, Kalamoulaï, Don Métok, Sessimè, Dibi Dobo, Norberka and Olga Vigouroux. “We need all the strength and weapons we can muster to fight the scourge of child marriage. Art, especially music, is a powerful weapon,” said Claudes Kamenga, UNICEF Representative in Benin.