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Victor Wanyama - Player of the Week

Victor Wanyama - Player of the Week

Wanyama sends Southampton to second place!

Wanyama shooting and scoring against Hull City.Victor Wanyama scored a sensational goal to give Southampton a 1-0 win away to Hull City. This victory was Southampton's seventh win in their last eight matches, and they stay in second place in the Premier League table - only 4 points behind Chelsea. Southampton are this season's surprise team, and after 10 matches have only conceded 5 goals, which is the lowest in the Premier League, and only Chelsea have scored more goals than 'The Saints'. Wanyama's goal arrived after only 3 minutes and was a beautiful lob from nearly 40 metres, after a mistake from Hull City's goalkeeper. There were no more goals and Southampton continue their early season chase of Chelsea at the top of the table.  

"We're going to win the league." Southampton fans singing after their 1-0 win against Hull City.

Where is Wanyama from?

Wanyama celebrates his goal against Hull City.Victor Wanyama was born on 25 June 1991 in Nairobi, which is the capital of Kenya. He spent his youth career with clubs in Kenya and a short spell in Sweden. Wanyama's first professional club was Beerschot AC in Belgium, who he signed for in 2008. After 3 years in Belgium he moved to Scotland to play for Celtic. Wanyama had a very successful spell in Scotland, in his first season he helped Celtic to the Scottish League title and his second season was even better. In 2012/13, Celtic won the League and Cup double and Wanyama was voted Scottish Young Player of the Year.

"I will say it's the best goal I've ever scored. I've never scored from that far." Victor Wanyama talking about his goal against Hull City.

How is he playing for Southampton?

Wanyama won 3 trophies with Celtic.In July 2013, Wanyama signed for Southampton for around £12.5 million. When he made his debut the following month, he became the first Kenyan to play in the Premier League. Southampton had a good season in 2013/14 and finished in 8th place, but Wanyama only played 24 games because of injuries. This season Wanyama has helped Southampton to second place and has scored three goals already. All 3 of his goals have been special:

  • v Swansea (20 September) Wanyama became the first Kenyan to score in the Premier League.
  • v Sunderland (19 October) Wanyama scored the seventh goal as Southampton beat Sunderland 8-0. This is a Premier League record for Southampton and only Man Utd (9-0 v Ipswich Town 1995) have won a Premier League game by a bigger margin.
  • v Hull City (1 November) Wanyama scores one of the goals of the season from nearly 40 metres to give Southampton a 1-0 victory. 

How many nationalities have played and scored in the Premier League?

Wanyama with Southampton teammates.From Albania to Zambia and from China to Venezuela the Premier League has been represented by countries from all over the world. Over 100 nationalities have played for Premier League teams. But, not all of these players have scored, and Victor Wanyama's goal against Swansea meant Kenya became the 91st different nationality to score a Premier League goal. All Premier League teams have a mix of nationalities in their sides, but the most goalscorers in one match from different countries came in 2009 when Arsenal beat Blackburn Rovers 6-2. The goalscorers were:

Thomas Vermaelen Belgium Nicklas Bendtner Denmark
David Dunn England Theo Walcott England
Steven N'Zonzi France Robin van Persie Netherlands
Andrei Arshavin Russia Cesc Fabragas Spain

What is the goal of the season so far?

Wanyama in action against West Brom.Victor Wanyama scored an amazing goal against Hull City and it is a contender for goal of the season, but there have been many fantastic goals already this season. Which has been your favourite? Here are three of our favourites:

 

  • Graziano Pelle (27 September Southampton v QPR) scored a fantastic overhead kick to win the game for Southampton.
  • Phil Jagielka (27 September Liverpool v Everton) scored with a last-minute long-range shot to give Everton a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside Derby.
  • Erik Lamela (23 October Tottenham Hotspur v Asteras Tripolis) scored a sensational 'rabona' style goal, when he put his left leg around his right leg to score from 20 metres.

Watch a video of Victor Wanyama talking about his great goal against Hull City.

Wanyama in action for Southampton, Getty.

What did you understand?

 
Match the numbers to the correct sentence.
Activity 1:  In this activity, think about what you read. Can you match the numbers to the correct statement?

 


 

How much did you understand?

Wanyama sends Southampton to second place!

Victor Wanyama scored a sensational goal to give Southampton a 1-0 win away to Hull City. This victory was Southampton's seventh win in their last eight matches, and they stay in second place in the Premier League table - only 4 points behind Chelsea. Southampton are this season's surprise team, and after 10 matches have only conceded 5 goals, which is the lowest in the Premier League, and only Chelsea have scored more goals than 'The Saints'. Wanyama's goal arrived after only 3 minutes and was a beautiful lob from nearly 40 metres, after a mistake from Hull City's goalkeeper. There were no more goals and Southampton continue their early season chase of Chelsea at the top of the table.  

"We're going to win the league." Southampton fans singing after their 1-0 win against Hull City.

Where is Wanyama from?

Victor Wanyama was born on 25 June 1991 in Nairobi, which is the capital of Kenya. He spent his youth career with clubs in Kenya and a short spell in Sweden. Wanyama's first professional club was Beerschot AC in Belgium, who he signed for in 2008. After 3 years in Belgium he moved to Scotland to play for Celtic. Wanyama had a very successful spell in Scotland, in his first season he helped Celtic to the Scottish League title and his second season was even better. In 2012/13, Celtic won the League and Cup double and Wanyama was voted Scottish Young Player of the Year.

"I will say it's the best goal I've ever scored. I've never scored from that far." Victor Wanyama talking about his goal against Hull City.

How is he playing for Southampton?

In July 2013, Wanyama signed for Southampton for around £12.5 million. When he made his debut the following month, he became the first Kenyan to play in the Premier League. Southampton had a good season in 2013/14 and finished in 8th place, but Wanyama only played 24 games because of injuries. This season Wanyama has helped Southampton to second place and has scored three goals already. All 3 of his goals have been special:

  • v Swansea (20 September) Wanyama became the first Kenyan to score in the Premier League.
  • v Sunderland (19 October) Wanyama scored the seventh goal as Southampton beat Sunderland 8-0. This is a Premier League record for Southampton and only Man Utd (9-0 v Ipswich Town 1995) have won a Premier League game by a bigger margin.
  • v Hull City (1 November) Wanyama scores one of the goals of the season from nearly 40 metres to give Southampton a 1-0 victory. 

How many nationalities have played and scored in the Premier League?

From Albania to Zambia and from China to Venezuela the Premier League has been represented by countries from all over the world. Over 100 nationalities have played for Premier League teams. But, not all of these players have scored, and Victor Wanyama's goal against Swansea meant Kenya became the 91st different nationality to score a Premier League goal. All Premier League teams have a mix of nationalities in their sides, but the most goalscorers in one match from different countries came in 2009 when Arsenal beat Blackburn Rovers 6-2. The goalscorers were:

Thomas Vermaelen Belgium Nicklas Bendtner Denmark
David Dunn England Theo Walcott England
Steven N'Zonzi France Robin van Persie Netherlands
Andrei Arshavin Russia Cesc Fabragas Spain

What is the goal of the season so far?

Victor Wanyama scored an amazing goal against Hull City and it is a contender for goal of the season, but there have been many fantastic goals already this season. Which has been your favourite? Here are three of our favourites:

  • Graziano Pelle (27 September Southampton v QPR) scored a fantastic overhead kick to win the game for Southampton.
  • Phil Jagielka (27 September Liverpool v Everton) scored with a last-minute long-range shot to give Everton a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside Derby.
  • Erik Lamela (23 October Tottenham Hotspur v Asteras Tripolis) scored a sensational 'rabona' style goal, when he wrapped his left leg around his right leg to score from 20 metres.

 

Activity 2: In this activity, have a go at these more difficult questions. Answer the questions to show how much of the article you understood.

 


 
Match the types of goal with their definitions.
Activity 3: Victor Wanyama scored with a lob from nearly 40 metres. In this activity, look at the types of goals and see if you can match them to the correct definition.
 

 

Did you know.......?

  • Wanyama comes from a sporty family. His brother is also a footballer (Parma in Italy) and his sister is a basketball player in the USA.
  • Wanyama made his debut for Kenya when he was only 15.
  • He is now the captain of the Kenyan national team.
  • Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman, played nearly 200 times for Barcelona. 
  • Southampton's nickname is 'The Saints' because, in 1885, they started as a church football team.
  • Southampton's highest ever finish in the top division was second, in 1983-84.
Wanyama up against Ross Barkley of Everton, Getty.

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What do you think?

Kenya became the 91st nationality to score a Premier League goal when Victor Wanyama scored.

Has your country scored a Premier League goal? Who was it? Who's your favourite Premier League player from your country?

Wanyama scored a fantastic goal against Hull City. Is it the best of the season? 

 

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hsn's picture
hsn
08/12/2022
TR
5542
points

Sentence
She was only contender in high jumping who has won olympic game medal by a biggest margin points.


hsn's picture
hsn
08/12/2022 16:51
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5542

Sentence
She was only contender in high jumping who has won olympic game medal by a biggest margin points.

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Gabriel Amaral
10/06/2021
BR
1512
points

My country is certainlly in PL history. Brazilian players had played some prolific rules at their clubs and kept being part of champions last seasons.


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Gabriel Amaral
10/06/2021 16:07
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

My country is certainlly in PL history. Brazilian players had played some prolific rules at their clubs and kept being part of champions last seasons.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
20/06/2020
TR
6511
points

My original country Egypt scored more than 100 goals in the Premier League with the likes of Mido , Hossam Ghaly , Ahmed Elmohammady , Trezeguet and the legend Mohamed Salah ( The Egyptian King ).

My current country Turkey scored more than 50 goals in the Premier League with the likes of Cenk Tosun , Çağlar Söyüncü , Tugay Kerimoğlu and Hakan Ünsal.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
20/06/2020 22:37
Turkey
Manchester United
6511

My original country Egypt scored more than 100 goals in the Premier League with the likes of Mido , Hossam Ghaly , Ahmed Elmohammady , Trezeguet and the legend Mohamed Salah ( The Egyptian King ).

My current country Turkey scored more than 50 goals in the Premier League with the likes of Cenk Tosun , Çağlar Söyüncü , Tugay Kerimoğlu and Hakan Ünsal.

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HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016
TR
1761
points

yes,that's awesome.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016 08:13
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

yes,that's awesome.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Tugay Kerimoglu he played in Blackburn Rovers.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016 08:12
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Tugay Kerimoglu he played in Blackburn Rovers.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016
TR
1761
points

He was Hakan Sukur when he played in Balckburn Rovers,he scored.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016 08:12
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

He was Hakan Sukur when he played in Balckburn Rovers,he scored.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
22/02/2016
PS
3705
points

I do not think it is the best goal this season.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
22/02/2016 16:51
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I do not think it is the best goal this season.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
22/02/2016
PS
3705
points

Nobody scored a goal from my country.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
22/02/2016 16:50
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Nobody scored a goal from my country.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
01/12/2015
ME
3557
points

Jovetić from my country scored many goals in the Premier League. Also, every year some players from arfican countries come and show their full potential. And some asian countries are on the beggining, but in a few years they could discover potential new stars..


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aragorn1986
01/12/2015 16:22
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Jovetić from my country scored many goals in the Premier League. Also, every year some players from arfican countries come and show their full potential. And some asian countries are on the beggining, but in a few years they could discover potential new stars..

nikosonris
04/12/2015
UA
2453
points

It's become a good tradition for PL teams to scout African players. Barclays Premier League is the place when new football stars are born. That's why this league attracts so many fans from all over the world.


nikosonris
04/12/2015 17:15
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

It's become a good tradition for PL teams to scout African players. Barclays Premier League is the place when new football stars are born. That's why this league attracts so many fans from all over the world.

nikosonris
17/11/2015
UA
2453
points

Andriy Shevchenko (Chelsea) and Serhiy Rebrov (Spurs)


nikosonris
17/11/2015 14:02
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Andriy Shevchenko (Chelsea) and Serhiy Rebrov (Spurs)

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
02/11/2015
ME
3557
points

Not the best goal, but very good.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
02/11/2015 20:52
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Not the best goal, but very good.

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almirpereira
25/10/2015
BR
1332
points

Okay. I love it its fooball.


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almirpereira
25/10/2015 20:14
Brazil
Chelsea
1332

Okay. I love it its fooball.

almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
25/10/2015
BR
1332
points

All right


almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
25/10/2015 20:13
Brazil
Chelsea
1332

All right

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EngFilipe
08/11/2014
BR
0
points

My fovourite player is Coutinho from Brazil in Liverpool.


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EngFilipe
08/11/2014 17:50
Brazil
Liverpool
0

My fovourite player is Coutinho from Brazil in Liverpool.

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