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Kenedy

Kenedy

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Kenedy keeps Chelsea moving in the right direction!

Kenedy and Costa were the goal scorers against Norwich.Chelsea's young Brazilian, Kenedy, scored the first Premier League goal of his career as Chelsea extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 12 matches, with a 2-1 win against Norwich City. It took the Brazilian just 39 seconds to score his goal. Kenedy collected the ball from Eden Hazard and ran at the Norwich defence, he then hit a shot from the edge of the penalty area that beat the goalkeeper and found the bottom corner of the net. It was a great start for Chelsea and they extended their lead at the end of the first half when Diego Costa scored his 11th league goal of the season. Another of Chelsea's young players, Bertrand Traore, played the ball to Costa who scored easily, but the goal should have been disallowed for offside. Norwich played better in the second half and scored a consolation goal, but Chelsea took the three points and are still unbeaten under their interim manager, Guus Hiddink. 

"We had a splendid start through Kenedy, who scored a beautiful goal." Guus Hiddink, Chelsea's interim manager.

It only takes a second to score a goal!

Ledley King working on the Premier Skills project!'It only takes a second to score a goal' is a football cliche often used by football managers and commentators but it usually takes a little bit longer than that! Kenedy's goal against Chelsea was the fastest in the Premier League this season and was timed at 39 seconds. There have been two other Premier League goals scored in the first minute this season. They were:

  • Matt Richie scored after just 49 seconds for Bournemouth against Tottenham. The early goal didn't help Bournemouth because the match finished 5-1 to Spurs with Harry Kane scoring a hat-trick.
  • The other goal scored in less than a minute this season was scored by Enner Valencia for West Ham against Manchester City. The Ecuadorian striker scored after just 53 seconds. The match finished 2-2 with Valencia getting a second but a Sergio Aguero double rescuing City.

Kenedy's goal was fast and the fastest this season but there have been lots of Premier League goals scored in quicker times. Take a look at the fastest Premier League goals of all time:

  • Tottenham's Ledley King is the record-holder for the fastest ever Premier League goal which he scored in 2000. The Spurs midfielder hit a speculative shot from 40 metres which found the back of the net. The goal was timed at just 9.9 seconds!
  • Alan Shearer, the Premier League's all-time top scorer, scored his fastest ever goal for Newcastle against Manchester City in 2003. It took him just 10.4 seconds!
  • Leeds Utd scored after just 11.1 seconds against Charlton Athletic back in 2001. The goalkeeper hit the ball up field, it was flicked on and the Australian, Mark Viduka scored the goal.

What do we know about Kenedy?

Kenedy started his career at the Maracana!Robert Kenedy Nunes do Nascimento was born in February 1996, and is from Santa Rita do Sapucaí, which is a small town in the south of Brazil. He played for his hometown team before moving to Rio De Janeiro and playing for youth teams at Vasco da Gama and Atletico Mineiro. Kenedy's first professional club was Fluminense in Brazil, one of the biggest clubs in Brazilian football. Fluminense play their home matches in the iconic Maracana Stadium, which held the World Cup Finals in 2014 and 1950. The stadium holds the record for the biggest ever attendance at a football match (199,854), although it is believed that over 210,000 people were at the 1950 World Cup Final. Kenedy played 40 times for Fluminense before moving to London to play for Chelsea at the beginning of the 2015/16 season.

"I’m very excited and delighted to be part of one of the biggest clubs in European footballKenedy.

Is Kenedy named after someone?

This street is outside Old Trafford.Kenedy is not a common Brazilian name and was chosen by his mum. He says that his mum was a fan of John F. Kennedy, who was the American President from 1961 until his assassination in 1963 so he was named after him. The Robert part of his name was chosen by his older sister and named after a former Corinthians player, who she enjoyed watching. It's not common for footballers to be named after famous people but there have been plenty of things named after famous people in football. Take a look at these:

  • Park Ji Sung Road - The former Manchester Utd midfielder Park Ji Sung has a road named after him in Suwon in his native South Korea.
  • The Matt Le Tissier Aircraft - The Southampton legend had an aeroplane named after him in his honour after he retired.
  • Emmanuel Eminike Street -  The Nigerian striker, who has recently moved to West Ham Utd on loan has a street named after him in Lagos after spending many millions of pounds on property in the area.
  • Steven Gerrard Tower - The former Liverpool captain has an apartment block named after him in Dubai.
  • George Best Belfast City Airport - The airport, which handles over 2.5 million passengers each year, was named after the Manchester Utd legend in 2006, after his death.
Kenedy got his first goal for Chelsea back in October, against Walsall in the League Cup.

Did you know......?

  • Kenedy is not the latest Brazilian to join Chelsea. Alexandre Pato joined the club in January. 
  • Kenedy's goal was fast but Chelsea's fastest ever goal was scored by Keith Waller in 1970 against Middlesborough.
  • Chelsea's 12 match unbeaten run is the longest of any club in the Premier League this season.
  • The worst finishing position by current Premier League Champions was 11th, which is where Blackburn Rovers finished in 1993/94.
  • Chelsea manager, Guus Hiddink, has had two spells as interim manager and lost only twice in 37 matches.
Ledley King scored the fastest ever Premier League goal and here he is working on the Premier Skills project.

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Chelsea's Robert Kenedy is named after a famous Brazilian footballer and a former American President.

Do you know anyone that has been named after someone famous?

In the UK, there is Sir Alex Ferguson Way and George Best Belfast City Airport.

Is anything named after a footballer in your country?

If you could name something after a footballer, which football player would you choose and what would you name?

 

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
26/06/2020
TR
6468
points

I would name an airport in Egypt after Mohamed Salah and it could be Mo Salah airport :)


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mobeckham
26/06/2020 22:14
Turkey
Manchester United
6468

I would name an airport in Egypt after Mohamed Salah and it could be Mo Salah airport :)

EMIZA99
18/05/2017
ES
700
points

I am from Valencia (Spain) and here there are a lot of children who named Mario after the great argentinian player who won World Cup with Argentina in 1978, Mario Alberto Kempes and he played for Valencia CF and was the top scorer at Spanish First Division.


EMIZA99
18/05/2017 12:41
Spain
Manchester United
700

I am from Valencia (Spain) and here there are a lot of children who named Mario after the great argentinian player who won World Cup with Argentina in 1978, Mario Alberto Kempes and he played for Valencia CF and was the top scorer at Spanish First Division.

englishman
18/07/2016
DZ
1727
points

pelee an airport


englishman
18/07/2016 15:14
Algeria
Manchester City
1727

pelee an airport

englishman
18/07/2016
DZ
1727
points

this is not easy


englishman
18/07/2016 15:13
Algeria
Manchester City
1727

this is not easy

MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
10/04/2016
RW
2320
points

In my country, our football isn't good enough to produce player who will be remembered all time.


MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
10/04/2016 10:24
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

In my country, our football isn't good enough to produce player who will be remembered all time.

admin's picture
admin
10/04/2016
GB
496
points

Hi Mugemanyi, 

You never know where talent might come from. The next international footballing legend might be playing in a youth team in Kigali right now.

Thanks 

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team


admin's picture
admin
10/04/2016 12:03
United Kingdom
Arsenal
496

Hi Mugemanyi, 

You never know where talent might come from. The next international footballing legend might be playing in a youth team in Kigali right now.

Thanks 

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team

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aragorn1986
05/03/2016
ME
3557
points

I really miss 'What's my team' competition. I know we had all PL teams in the podcasts but it would be great if you could do that with the Championship teams too. That league is more than interesting, and even more unpredictable..


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aragorn1986
05/03/2016 19:33
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I really miss 'What's my team' competition. I know we had all PL teams in the podcasts but it would be great if you could do that with the Championship teams too. That league is more than interesting, and even more unpredictable..

MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
10/04/2016
RW
2320
points

I totally agree with you Aragorn1986


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MUGEMANYI
10/04/2016 10:26
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

I totally agree with you Aragorn1986

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
08/03/2016
PS
3705
points

I agree with you.


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assemjuve
08/03/2016 12:46
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I agree with you.

nikosonris
07/03/2016
UA
2453
points

Please also count my vote in for this idea!


nikosonris
07/03/2016 12:08
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Please also count my vote in for this idea!

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
05/03/2016
UA
6200
points

I agree with Aragorn1986 on this. It would be much more interesting and difficult to guess.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
05/03/2016 21:16
Ukraine
Liverpool
6200

I agree with Aragorn1986 on this. It would be much more interesting and difficult to guess.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
05/03/2016
PS
3705
points

The San Siro Stadium in Milan is also called Guezzipi Miatza and this is a name of the former player for both Milan and Inter Milan.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
05/03/2016 13:15
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

The San Siro Stadium in Milan is also called Guezzipi Miatza and this is a name of the former player for both Milan and Inter Milan.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
05/03/2016
UA
6200
points

Giuseppe Meazza in Italian : Personal information
Date of birth 23 August 1910
Place of birth Milan, Italy
Date of death 21 August 1979 (aged 68)
Place of death Rapallo, Italy
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Inside forward
(from wikipedia)


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Alex_from_Ukraine
05/03/2016 19:02
Ukraine
Liverpool
6200

Giuseppe Meazza in Italian : Personal information
Date of birth 23 August 1910
Place of birth Milan, Italy
Date of death 21 August 1979 (aged 68)
Place of death Rapallo, Italy
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Inside forward
(from wikipedia)

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
08/03/2016
PS
3705
points

Thank you for this information.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
08/03/2016 12:44
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Thank you for this information.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
09/03/2016
UA
6200
points

You are welcome !


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
09/03/2016 01:53
Ukraine
Liverpool
6200

You are welcome !

elghoul's picture
elghoul
04/03/2016
DZ
3988
points

Amirouche the talented left wing in RCKouba was named after the Colonel Amirouche, Chief of the Willaya 3 but just in football.His real name is Fritah.
I would like to name the communal park of Kouba with the name of Mustapha Zitouni the elegant central back of the FLN team between 1958 and 1962 and of the Rck team which played the final cup of Algeria in 1966.


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elghoul
04/03/2016 18:46
Algeria
Manchester City
3988

Amirouche the talented left wing in RCKouba was named after the Colonel Amirouche, Chief of the Willaya 3 but just in football.His real name is Fritah.
I would like to name the communal park of Kouba with the name of Mustapha Zitouni the elegant central back of the FLN team between 1958 and 1962 and of the Rck team which played the final cup of Algeria in 1966.

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kwesimanifest
04/03/2016
GH
4768
points

There is a street called george oppon weah st in Ghana.
people named their wards obama because they were given birth to on the day he came to visit ghana and also see them at the hospital.
i would love to see any of our streets named after stephen appiah because he was a commited and selfless captain who led ghana to the world cup thrice. #TornadoAppiah


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kwesimanifest
04/03/2016 11:19
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

There is a street called george oppon weah st in Ghana.
people named their wards obama because they were given birth to on the day he came to visit ghana and also see them at the hospital.
i would love to see any of our streets named after stephen appiah because he was a commited and selfless captain who led ghana to the world cup thrice. #TornadoAppiah

SalvaGH
03/03/2016
ES
841
points

In Spain, I know that the Real Madrid second team's stadium it's named after former Real Madrid footballer Alfredo di Stéfano.


SalvaGH
03/03/2016 23:17
Spain
Manchester City
841

In Spain, I know that the Real Madrid second team's stadium it's named after former Real Madrid footballer Alfredo di Stéfano.

SalvaGH
03/03/2016
ES
841
points

Kenedy looks good and he is very young, so if he has continuity he could become in an important player, not only for Chelsea but for Brazil too.


SalvaGH
03/03/2016 23:12
Spain
Manchester City
841

Kenedy looks good and he is very young, so if he has continuity he could become in an important player, not only for Chelsea but for Brazil too.

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MUGEMANYI
10/04/2016
RW
2320
points

He has to continue with his good performance to prove his capacity.


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MUGEMANYI
10/04/2016 10:28
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

He has to continue with his good performance to prove his capacity.

nikosonris
07/03/2016
UA
2453
points

He just needs more starts in the first XI.


nikosonris
07/03/2016 12:07
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

He just needs more starts in the first XI.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
04/03/2016
UA
6200
points

Totally agree, SalvaGH. Only Time will tell.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
04/03/2016 07:37
Ukraine
Liverpool
6200

Totally agree, SalvaGH. Only Time will tell.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/03/2016
UA
6200
points

If I could I'd name an airport in Milan by Andrea Pirlo.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
03/03/2016 20:40
Ukraine
Liverpool
6200

If I could I'd name an airport in Milan by Andrea Pirlo.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/03/2016
UA
6200
points

Lobanovsky when young played for Kiev's Dynamo and was famous for his stroke "sukhoy list" - "dry leaf" with which he could strike a goal by a direct stroke from the corner.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/03/2016 20:38
Ukraine
Liverpool
6200

Lobanovsky when young played for Kiev's Dynamo and was famous for his stroke "sukhoy list" - "dry leaf" with which he could strike a goal by a direct stroke from the corner.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/03/2016
UA
6200
points

In Ukrane the stadium in the centre of Kiev was named after the great trainer Valery Vasilyevich Lobanovsky.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/03/2016 20:34
Ukraine
Liverpool
6200

In Ukrane the stadium in the centre of Kiev was named after the great trainer Valery Vasilyevich Lobanovsky.

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aragorn1986
07/03/2016
ME
3557
points

And I must say that he completely deserved to have stadium named after him.


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aragorn1986
07/03/2016 14:39
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

And I must say that he completely deserved to have stadium named after him.

nikosonris
07/03/2016
UA
2453
points

There is also an avenue in Kyiv recently renamed after this great coach.


nikosonris
07/03/2016 12:05
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

There is also an avenue in Kyiv recently renamed after this great coach.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/03/2016
UA
6200
points

When I was a student I got acqainted with a student from Columbia. His name was Napoleon. :-)


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/03/2016 20:32
Ukraine
Liverpool
6200

When I was a student I got acqainted with a student from Columbia. His name was Napoleon. :-)

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HakanUslu1881
03/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Mehmet Özdilek.Then He renamed şifo Mehmet.
Yeah For example Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium.
It was Felipe Melo.


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HakanUslu1881
03/03/2016 19:34
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Mehmet Özdilek.Then He renamed şifo Mehmet.
Yeah For example Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium.
It was Felipe Melo.

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aragorn1986
03/03/2016
ME
3557
points

It would be very nice if someone called a street or even a square after great football coach, Vujadin Boskov. He was a legendary coach of many teams, Real Madrid, Napoli, Roma and then famous team of Sampdoria. He was also a manager of the national team of Yugoslavia! There is a football center named after him but it would be really nice if we name some nice park or a street after him also. His contribution to the world's football and the clubs he led is priceless.


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aragorn1986
03/03/2016 15:59
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

It would be very nice if someone called a street or even a square after great football coach, Vujadin Boskov. He was a legendary coach of many teams, Real Madrid, Napoli, Roma and then famous team of Sampdoria. He was also a manager of the national team of Yugoslavia! There is a football center named after him but it would be really nice if we name some nice park or a street after him also. His contribution to the world's football and the clubs he led is priceless.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
03/03/2016
ME
3557
points

No, I can't remember any street named after a footballer in my country, not even a stadium. But the stadium of my favourite team from Serbia is named after a football legend - Rajko Mitic. However it is more recognizable as 'Maracana' like the more famous brazilian stadium, home of Fla-Flu clubs (Flamengo & Fluminense).


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aragorn1986
03/03/2016 15:44
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

No, I can't remember any street named after a footballer in my country, not even a stadium. But the stadium of my favourite team from Serbia is named after a football legend - Rajko Mitic. However it is more recognizable as 'Maracana' like the more famous brazilian stadium, home of Fla-Flu clubs (Flamengo & Fluminense).

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aragorn1986
03/03/2016
ME
3557
points

Yes, Cristiano Ronaldo for example. His second given name, "Ronaldo", was chosen after then-U.S. president Ronald Reagan, who was his father's favourite actor.


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aragorn1986
03/03/2016 15:35
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Yes, Cristiano Ronaldo for example. His second given name, "Ronaldo", was chosen after then-U.S. president Ronald Reagan, who was his father's favourite actor.

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