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Fifa President Gianni Infantino Says Biennial World Cup Can Help Save African Lives
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Fifa President Gianni Infantino Says Biennial World Cup Can Help Save African Lives

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has suggested reforms to football's calendar could help prevent Africans from dying at sea through migration. World football's governing body has put forward plans which include staging a World Cup every two years. Infantino says more regular World Cups can help provide hope for some nations but his comments on the impact on African migration have faced criticism. "We need to give opportunities and we need to give dignity," said Infantino. "Not by giving charity, but by allowing the rest of the world to participate. We need to give hope to Africans so they don't need to cross the Mediterranean in order to find, maybe, a better life, but more probably death in the sea." More than 23,000 people are missing as a result of attempts to cross th...
Majority in support of biennial World Cup – FIFA
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Majority in support of biennial World Cup – FIFA

FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, has insisted he has majority backing for a biennial World Cup plan. This is after he informed national football leaders that the switch would create an extra $4.4bn in revenues. European clubs, the top leagues and European governing body, UEFA, have kicked against the plan in the past. No vote is scheduled yet, but Infantino claims majority was in place for the idea but it needed to be dealt with as part of the broader overhaul of the international match calendar. “If I was going to a vote tomorrow, probably the majority would vote in favour of a World Cup every two years. “But it is not the topic, we are looking at the entire calendar and how we can make football better and how many we can bring on board with a new way of organising the f...
Champions League: New Round of 16 ties confirmed [Full fixtures]
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Champions League: New Round of 16 ties confirmed [Full fixtures]

UEFA has conducted a fresh draw for the Champions League round of 16. The European football governing body was forced to declare Monday morning’s process void, after a series of mistakes. Manchester United had been handed a mouth-watering last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain but only after being erroneously paired with Villarreal in the first instance and then mistakenly left off the list of possible opponents to face Atletico Madrid. The Red Devils will now take on Atletico, while PSG plays Real Madrid. Chelsea retain their tie against Lille, Inter Milan face Liverpool and Manchester City have been paired against Sporting Lisbon. Draw in full: Salzburg vs Bayern Munich Sporting vs Man City Benfica vs Ajax Chelsea vs Lille Atletico Madrid vs Man Utd Vi...
Tottenham Conference League clash vs Rennes called off following Covid-19 outbreak
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Tottenham Conference League clash vs Rennes called off following Covid-19 outbreak

The Premier League side are without a host of first-teamers who have tested positive for the virus Tottenham's UEFA Conference League clash with Rennes on Thursday has been called off due to an outbreak of Covid-19, the Londoners have confirmed. Eight players and five further members of staff tested positive for Spurs in the build-up to the match, leaving the club severely limited in terms of selection options. Rennes, though, angrily disputed Tottenham's announcement, saying the decision was "unilateral" and that Spurs had displayed a lack of fair play throughout the process.  
Man City hero Yaya Toure coaching at Spurs academy
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Man City hero Yaya Toure coaching at Spurs academy

Manchester City hero Yaya Toure is spending time with Tottenham this week. Football.London reports the 38-year-old three-time Premier League winner and Champions League and two-time La Liga winner was in a Spurs tracksuit at the club's Hotspur Way training complex on Wednesday. The former Manchester City midfielder, who currently lives in London, is spending a couple of days this week with Spurs' academy staff and players as he works towards his UEFA A Licence coaching badge, sponsored by the Welsh FA. The Ivorian is believed to be open to extending his stay with Tottenham's development groups as he works with academy manager Dean Rastrick and head of academy coaching Chris Powell. He has also been gaining coaching experience in Russia this year.
Ballon d’ Or 2021: It’s his right – Marcello Lippi names player to win award
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: It’s his right – Marcello Lippi names player to win award

Former Juventus manager, Marcello Lippi, has named Chelsea’s Jorginho as the rightful player that should win this year’s Ballon d’ Or. Lippi believes it is Jorginho’s right to win the 2021 Ballon d’ Or because the Italy international won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA best player and the Euro 2020. The 73-year-old stated this at the weekend following Italy’s World Cup qualifier in a 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Recall that Jorginho missed a penalty during Italy’s draw with Switzerland at the Stadio Olimpico. “Despite the mistake from the penalty spot yesterday [Italy vs Switzerland], I would give it [Ballon d’Or 2021] to Jorginho,” Lippi told TMW. “He has won everything and when one wins everything, it’s right that he gets this recognition. “There are gre...
UEFA names Ronaldo, Lewandowski, others in Champions League team [Full list]
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UEFA names Ronaldo, Lewandowski, others in Champions League team [Full list]

UEFA on Thursday named Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich’ Robert Lewandowski in the Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post on its website today following the conclusion of the group stage, match-day four fixtures on Wednesday night. Both Ronaldo and Lewandowski were impressive for their respective clubs against Atalanta and Benfica. Ronaldo scored a brace for Man United against Atalanta, while Lewandowski netted three goals against Benfica. Below is the UEFA Champions League team of the week: Goalkeeper: Odysseas Vlachodimos (Benfica) – 7 points Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 14 points Ridle Baku (Wolfsburg) – 12 points João Cancelo (Manchester City) – 13 points Midfielders: Christop...
UCL: Man Utd’s group still open as Chelsea set to qualify for knock-out stage
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UCL: Man Utd’s group still open as Chelsea set to qualify for knock-out stage

Ahead of tonight’s UEFA Champions League group stage matchday 4 fixtures, Manchester United’s group is still open, while Chelsea already looks set to qualify for the next stage. Man United will tackle Atalanta at the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, while Chelsea will face Malmo at Eleda Stadion. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is currently on top of Group F with six points from three games. Behind Man United is second-place Villarreal with 4 points from the same number of games, while Atalanta (third place) also have 4 points and Young Boys (fourth place) have 3 points. Chelsea, meanwhile, is currently in the second position in Group H with 6 points from three games. Above Chelsea is Juventus, who have 9 points from three games. Behind Thomas Tuchel’s men is Zenit, who have three po...
Champions League: UEFA fines Man Utd £7,000
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Champions League: UEFA fines Man Utd £7,000

UEFA has fined Manchester United 8,375 euros (£7,050) for their fans’ behaviour during recent European fixtures. United were punished after fans threw objects and invaded the pitch, as the team came from behind to beat Villarreal on September 29. West Ham must also pay 60,000 euros (£50,500) for crowd trouble that happened during their 2-0 win over Rapid Vienna on September 28. Rapid have been fined 60,000 euros and banned from having fans travel to their next away European fixture. An extensive disciplinary update published on Thursday by the European governing body, also shows Paris Saint-Germain have been fined a total of 40,250 euros (£33,900) after fans blocked public passageways and set off fireworks in their 2-0 Champions League win over Manchester City on September 28...
England ordered to play behind closed doors following Euro 2020 final incidents at Wembley
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England ordered to play behind closed doors following Euro 2020 final incidents at Wembley

The Three Lions have been punished by UEFA for fan behaviour this summer England have been ordered to play without fans for their next two home matches, the second of which is suspended for a probationary period of two years. The punishment stems from this past summer's Euro 2020 final, which saw ticketless England fans clash with police and stewards as they forced their way into the stadium. With the decision by UEFA, there will be no fans at England's opening game of their 2022-23 Nations League campaign, while the FA has also been fined €100,000 (£85k/$116k) as part of the punishment  
Pavard responds to Pogba on-pitch rant and admits he’s ‘less sexy’ than Alexander-Arnold and Hakimi
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Pavard responds to Pogba on-pitch rant and admits he’s ‘less sexy’ than Alexander-Arnold and Hakimi

The Bayern Munich defender incurred the wrath of a fellow France international during the Nations League final, but has been talking up his ability Benjamin Pavard claims to have no issue with Paul Pogba following an on-field rant from the Manchester United star during France’s victory in the UEFA Nations League final, with the pair now friends again after seeing tempers flare in the heat of battle. A World Cup-winning midfielder lost his cool with an international colleague during a 2-1 win over Spain, with Pogba demanding more from Pavard after being forced to leave his central role to provide cover at right-back. The issue quickly blew over, as Les Bleus went on to claim the ultimate prize, and apologies were offered afterwards by a 28-year-old who expects nothing but the best ...
UEFA Nations League: Prize money for France, Spain, others revealed
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UEFA Nations League: Prize money for France, Spain, others revealed

UEFA will pay France €14 million for winning this year’s Nations League ahead of Spain. The top European football governing body will also pay Spain €9million for losing the UEFA Nations League final to France, Bolavip reports. France defeated Spain 2-1 in the final at San Siro on Sunday evening. Goals from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe ensured France defeated Spain, as Mikel Oyarzabal’s strike was not enough. However, in the third/fourth place encounter played at the weekend, Italy defeated Belgium 2-1 to claim the third position. UEFA will pay Italy €8million for finishing third place, while Belgium will get €7million for finishing fourth place. Meanwhile, Portugal won the inaugural competition in 2019. The Nations League 2020-21 is the second season of the tourn...
Nations League: They only care about money – Courtois blasts UEFA
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Nations League: They only care about money – Courtois blasts UEFA

Belgium goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, has slammed UEFA following his side’s Nations League 2-1 defeat to Italy over the weekend. Courtois said that UEFA only cares about money and not players after Italy defeated Belgium in the Nations League 3rd/4th placed play-off. Two goals from Nicolas Barella and Domenico Berardi ensured Italy defeated Belgium as Charles De Ketelaere’s late goal was not enough. Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Courtois said, “This game is just a money game and we have to be honest about it. “We just play it because for UEFA, it’s extra money. “This just shows that we play too many games. In June again, there are four Nations League games, why?” “We will get injured and nobody cares about the players anymore.”
‘We are just Belgium’ – De Bruyne says Golden Generation cannot compete with France or Italy
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‘We are just Belgium’ – De Bruyne says Golden Generation cannot compete with France or Italy

The Manchester City midfielder suffered more international disappointment at the UEFA Nations League finals Kevin De Bruyne claims Belgium cannot be expected to compete with Italy and France despite topping the FIFA world rankings and boasting an enviable array of talent. Another opportunity to land major silverware has passed the Red Devils by, with Roberto Martinez’s side only able to muster a fourth-place finish at the UEFA Nations League finals. They remain the No 1 side on the planet in the official rankings, but De Bruyne claims Belgium lack the depth required to secure tangible success.  
EPL: Man Utd suffer injury blow ahead of Leicester City clash
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EPL: Man Utd suffer injury blow ahead of Leicester City clash

Manchester United will be left sweating over Raphael Varane’s fitness after he limped off against Spain on Sunday night during the UEFA Nations Cup final. Varane appeared to pick up the knock after stretching to cut out a low cross from Gavi before halftime. He immediately signalled towards the bench and was replaced by Dayot Upamecano. United will be concerned over the extent of Varane’s injury, as he was seen sitting on the bench with ice strapped to his right quad. The Red Devils face Leicester City next in the Premier League and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already without Harry Maguire. Solskjaer would probably call on Eric Bailly or Phil Jones to partner Victor Lindelof in the centre of defence. Varane has only made seven appearances in all competitions for Unite...
Andorra vs England: UEFA takes decision on Saturday’s game after fire incident
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Andorra vs England: UEFA takes decision on Saturday’s game after fire incident

UEFA has confirmed that the game between Andorra and England on Saturday will go ahead despite the fire incident that damaged the broadcast gantry, dugouts and small section of the pitch at the Estadi Nacional, Sky Sports reports. On Friday, a major fire broke out at the Estadi Nacional, where Andorra are set to tackle England in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier. Nobody was hurt in the blaze as the fire crew helped to put out the fire. Meanwhile, providing an update on the fire incident, an Andorra Football Federation spokesperson said: “As we all know there has been a small accident and a fire. “No personal harm has been reported, only material damages and the schedule will continue as foreseen. No changes there (with) press conference and training. “There has been an offic...
Nigeria’s Oshoala: I’d get in trouble for playing football – I didn’t get to sleep at home
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Nigeria’s Oshoala: I’d get in trouble for playing football – I didn’t get to sleep at home

The Barcelona star opened up on her route to being a UEFA Women’s Champions League winner and how attitudes in women’s football have changed Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala has opened up on her route to the top of the game and how her love for football would often get her into trouble at home. The Barcelona star became the first African player to win the UEFA Women’s Champions League in May, as the Spanish champions beat Chelsea 4-0 in last season’s final. While on that journey to the highest point, her parents have certainly changed their previously sceptical ways and the striker has also noticed massive changes in general in how women’s football is viewed - with even bigger changes to come.  
Tottenham winger Gil replaces Llorente in Spain squad for Nations’ League finals following injury to Atletico star
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Tottenham winger Gil replaces Llorente in Spain squad for Nations’ League finals following injury to Atletico star

Spurs' £22 million ($30m) summer signing will join up with Luis Enrique's group ahead of their last four meeting with Italy in midweek Tottenham winger Bryan Gil has replaced Marcos Llorente in Spain's squad for the UEFA Nations' League finals following an injury to the Atletico Madrid star. Luis Enrique confirmed his initial 23-man squad on Thursday, with Premier League stars David De Gea, Robert Sanchez, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Reguilon, Marcos Alonso, Rodri and Ferran Torres all making the cut. Gil has now been added to that list after the withdrawal of Llorente, who picked up a thigh problem in Atletico's 2-0 Liga victory over Barcelona on Saturday.  
‘The powers that be don’t do enough’ – Rangers boss Gerrard reacts after Kamara is booed by Sparta Prague fans
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‘The powers that be don’t do enough’ – Rangers boss Gerrard reacts after Kamara is booed by Sparta Prague fans

The Scottish champions suffered a 1-0 defeat in their latest Europa League outing and saw a star player targeted by the home crowd Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has reacted to Sparta Prague supporters booing Glen Kamara by expressing his belief that "the powers that be don't do enough". Kamara and Rangers returned to the Letna Stadium on Thursday night for the first time since the midfielder was racially abused by Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela back in March, with their latest Europa League fixture originally scheduled to take place behind closed doors. Slavia share the venue with Sparta, who had been handed a stadium ban for racist chanting from their fans towards Monaco's Aurelien Tchouameni in a separate incident last season, but UEFA relented on their initial decision by allo...
Awoniyi ends four-game goal drought in Union Berlin’s Europa Conference League win
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Awoniyi ends four-game goal drought in Union Berlin’s Europa Conference League win

After failing to score in his last four matches, the Nigeria forward was on target in Thursday's game Taiwo Awoniyi sealed Union Berlin's 3-0 win over Maccabi Haifa in Thursday's Uefa Europa Conference League outing. Awoniyi found the back of the net four minutes after he replaced Kevin Behrens in the 72nd minute. Earlier in the encounter, goals from Andreas Voglsammer and Behrens gave the hosts a two-goal lead at the Olympiastadion Berlin.  
Wan-Bissaka CL ban Extended to two Matches
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Wan-Bissaka CL ban Extended to two Matches

Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has had the ban for his red card against Young Boys in the Champions League extended to two matches by a UEFA disciplinary panel. Wan-Bissaka received a straight red card in the 35th minute of his side's shock loss earlier this month after a foul on Christopher Martins Pereira. The full-back's mandatory one-match ban has been increased for "rough play", meaning he will miss next month's home clash with Atalanta in addition to Wednesday night's game against Villarreal. The extension of Wan-Bissaka's suspension adds to United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's concerns, with fellow defenders Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw battling injury. Image:Wan-Bissaka received a straight red card after a foul on Christopher Martins Pereira Maguir...
UEFA to drop legal action against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus over attempted breakaway
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UEFA to drop legal action against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus over attempted breakaway

UEFA is dropping legal action against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, the three remaining clubs who are still insisting on the European Super League. The football body is informing the Madrid commercial court that it will no longer pursue legal action, according to Sky Sports. The three clubs had argued in court that the attempt to punish them for setting up a breakaway league was against European competition law. UEFA will also reach out to the other nine clubs involved in the attempted breakaway and inform them they will no longer have to pay the fines imposed on them for trying to set up the Super League in April. The nine clubs are Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan. In May,...
‘I am happy at Brighton’ – Arsenal & Manchester United-linked Bissouma updates on future
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‘I am happy at Brighton’ – Arsenal & Manchester United-linked Bissouma updates on future

The Mali international believes when time is right he will leave for Champions League football, stating he wants to gauge himself with the best Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma has revealed his dream is to rub shoulders with the best in the Uefa Champions League and win a trophy with Mali. The talented West African was consistently linked with a move away from the Seagulls in the last transfer window, with Arsenal and Manchester United believed to be interested. But a move did not happen for the 25-year-old who believes it was not his time to leave his current team.  
‘Every idea is about more games’ – Klopp blasts plans for biennial World Cup
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‘Every idea is about more games’ – Klopp blasts plans for biennial World Cup

The German's comments come amid speculation that FIFA could move to hold their lucrative showpiece tournament every two years instead of four Jurgen Klopp has blasted plans to hold the World Cup on a biennial basis, with the Liverpool manager stating that player welfare seems secondary to the game's powerbrokers as fixture congestion continues to pile up. The German's comments come amid increasing speculation that FIFA could move to hold their lucrative showpiece tournament every two years instead of four, despite strong opposition from UEFA and other continental governing bodies. Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, now FIFA's chief of global football development, has been touting a possible transition for several months amid a feasibility study - but Klopp has now become the lat...
‘We can decide not to play in it’ – UEFA president Ceferin warns new World Cup plans could lead to European boycott
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‘We can decide not to play in it’ – UEFA president Ceferin warns new World Cup plans could lead to European boycott

  There continues to be fierce opposition to the controversial proposal suggesting that the tournament should be held every two years UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned that the new World Cup plans could lead to a European boycott of the competition. Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been pushing for major reform in his role as FIFA's chief of football development. The Frenchman has proposed that the World Cup should be held every two years, with it his belief that a structural change is necessary to reduce travelling time and the number of matches played at the top level of international football.      
UEFA told to intervene in Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer
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UEFA told to intervene in Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer

Former Bayern Munich CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has pleaded with the European football governing body, UEFA, to intervene if Cristiano Ronaldo completes a stunning move to Manchester City or any other club in that matter. Ronaldo have been linked with a departure from Juventus and while reports suggest he could be on his way to Manchester City this time, many still believe the Portuguese will join either Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain. The 36-year-old’s future at Juventus is gradually coming to an end with the former Real Madrid superstar said to have asked to leave Turin. The speculation has been rife all summer long, but it has intensified going into the final week of the transfer window. And ex-Bayern chief Rummenigge insisted that UEFA needs to ste...
UEFA Champions League: Chelsea, Man Utd, Barcelona, PSG groups confirmed
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UEFA Champions League: Chelsea, Man Utd, Barcelona, PSG groups confirmed

The draw for the group stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League have been confirmed. Manchester United will take on Atalanta, Young Boys and Villarreal in Group F. Holders Chelsea are in Group H along with Zenit, Juventus and Malmo Paris Saint-Germain will take on last season’s finalists Manchester City, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge in Group A. The fixtures begin September 14/15 this year. Group A: Manchester City, PSG, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge Group B: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, FC Porto, AC Milan Group C: Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas Group D: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donestk, Sheriff Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kiev Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys Group G: Lille, Sev...
EPL: Another Chelsea star leaves Stamford Bridge for new club after Kenedy
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EPL: Another Chelsea star leaves Stamford Bridge for new club after Kenedy

Another Chelsea player, Emerson Palmieri, has left Stamford Bridge after the departure of Robert Kenedy on Wednesday night. Chelsea disclosed this in a statement through their website on Thursday night ahead of their Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday. Emerson left the UEFA Champions League winner to join French Ligue 1 side, Lyon, on a season-long loan. The statement read, “Emerson Palmieri will spend the remainder of the 2021/22 season in Ligue 1 after completing a loan move to Lyon. “The 27-year-old defender, who can play at left-back or wing-back, will get his first taste of French football following three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge. “During that time, the Italian international has made 71 appearances and secured a clean sweep of European honours, scori...
Onyekuru makes Olympiacos debut in Europa League win over Slovan Bratislava
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Onyekuru makes Olympiacos debut in Europa League win over Slovan Bratislava

The Super Eagles winger came off the bench to play in front home fans for the first time at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskak Henry Onyekuru made his Olympiacos debut in their Uefa Europa League victory over Slovan Bratislava 3-0 on Thursday. The commanding win helped the Greek giants put one foot in the Europa League group stage. Onyekuru replaced Mathieu Valbuena in the 74th minute for his maiden competitive in Greece. Prior to his introduction, Guinea's Aguibou Camara and Senegal's Pape Cisse gave the hosts a two-goal lead with efforts in the 37th and 52nd minutes respectively.
UEFA announces final three-man shortlist for Men’s Coach of the Year [Full list]
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UEFA announces final three-man shortlist for Men’s Coach of the Year [Full list]

UEFA, on Thursday, announced their final three-man shortlist for Men’s Coach of the Year. They are: Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, Italy’s Roberto Mancini and Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel. One of the three managers will be named UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year. UEFA made the announcement in a post through their official website. The award winners will be announced at the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony, which will take place on Thursday 26 August at the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey. Guardiola led Man City to win the English Premier League last season, while Mancini won the Euro 2020 with Italy and Tuchel won the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea.
UEFA announces 3 nominees for 2021 Men’s Player of the Year Awards
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UEFA announces 3 nominees for 2021 Men’s Player of the Year Awards

The Union of European Football Associations, UEFA, on Thursday announced the names of the three nominees shortlisted for the 2020/21 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Awards. UEFA made the announcement in a post via their official website. The players for the award are Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Chelsea’s Jorginho and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante. The award winners will be announced at the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony, which will take place on Thursday, 26 August at the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey. De Bruyne was impressive for Manchester City as they won the Premier League title last season, while Kante and Jorginho won the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup with the Blues. Jorginho also won the Euro 2020 with Italy national team...
EPL: Two key players absent from Chelsea training ahead of Arsenal clash
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EPL: Two key players absent from Chelsea training ahead of Arsenal clash

Reigning UEFA Champions League winners, Chelsea could be without two key players when they face Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday after both N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic missed Wednesday’s open training session at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea opened their 2021/22 Premier League campaign with a convincing 3-0 win against Crystal Palace last weekend in the absence of Kante, who has been nursing an ankle injury for the past couple of days. Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, had hoped that Kante would be fit enough to feature against Arsenal, who endured a shock 2-0 defeat against newly-promoted Premier League side Brentford. Pulisic, meanwhile, played against Palace and scored against the visitors. But the USA international, whose progress at Chelsea has been stunted by a n...
UEFA Super Cup final: Prize money for Chelsea, Villarreal revealed
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UEFA Super Cup final: Prize money for Chelsea, Villarreal revealed

UEFA will pay Chelsea €5million (around $ 5.86million) for winning this year’s UEFA Super Cup ahead of Villarreal. The top European football governing body will also pay Villarreal €3million ($3.51million) for losing the UEFA Super Cup final to Chelsea, Bolavip reports. Chelsea defeated Villarreal 6-5 on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup final Wednesday night in Belfast. Hakim Ziyech opened scoring for Chelsea, before Gerard Moreno restored parity for the LaLiga side as the match ended 1-1 after 120minutes. Kepa Arrizabalaga then came off the bench to save two kicks during the shootout to give Thomas Tuchel’s side the UEFA Super Cup. Chelsea will now play in the Club World Cup in December as UEFA Champions League winners. The Blues will kick-start their 2021...
Chelsea star Ziyech subbed off due to injury after scoring against Villarreal in UEFA Super Cup
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Chelsea star Ziyech subbed off due to injury after scoring against Villarreal in UEFA Super Cup

The Morocco star appeared to hurt his shoulder while defending a corner kick against the Spanish side Chelsea goalscorer Hakim Ziyech was forced off with a shoulder injury in the first half of Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup against Villarreal. Ziyech gave the Blues the lead in the 27th minute, converting a cross from Kai Havertz from close range. Just minutes later, the Moroccan star had to be taken off after a painful-looking incident during a Villarreal corner kick.
Champions League: Jack Grealish predicts club to win trophy this season
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Champions League: Jack Grealish predicts club to win trophy this season

New Manchester City signing, Jack Grealish, has backed Pep Guardiola’s side to win the UEFA Champions League this season. Man City failed to win the Champions League last season after losing 1-0 in the final to Premier League rivals Chelsea. But Grealish, who joined Man City from Aston Villa for £100million this summer, believes the Premier League champions can win the Europe top-flight league this term. The England international said this at a press conference on Monday. “I look around the changing room and there is so much talent and so much depth, I fully believe we can win it [UEFA Champions League] this year. “We have so much talent in the Premier League and the depth is crazy – that is something we will be looking to win along with every other trophy,” Grealish was quo...
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Europe to use VAR – UEFA
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Europe to use VAR – UEFA

  Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Europe, starting from September 2022. The continental football ruling body, UEFA, said this in a statement via their website on Thursday. The light-touch use of VAR at Euro 2020 was widely praised, and UEFA will hope those standards are maintained in the qualifiers for Qatar, with the group stages concluding in November. Unlike the Euros, where the VARs were based away from the matches at UEFA’s Nyon headquarters in Switzerland, the technology will be implemented on site at the stadium hosting each qualifier. UEFA had hoped to introduce VAR into its national team qualifying competitions sooner, but the logistical difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic forced it to delay.
‘It’d be nice to play with Ziyech again’ – Giroud wants Chelsea star at AC Milan
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‘It’d be nice to play with Ziyech again’ – Giroud wants Chelsea star at AC Milan

The French star was presented to the media on Monday after he joined the Rossoneri on a €2 million deal from Stamford Bridge last month New AC Milan signing Olivier Giroud has fuelled the Serie A club's reported interest in Chelsea playmaker Hakim Ziyech with his desire for a reunion at San Siro Stadium. Giroud moved to Milan on a two-year deal last month, which ended his three-year stay in West London with the Blues. In his last season at Stamford Bridge, the France striker played alongside Ziyech, who joined Chelsea from Ajax in July 2020 for a reported initial fee of €40 million, and they both helped Thomas Tuchel's side win the Uefa Champions League in May.  
UEFA Announces 2021/2022 Europa League Draws [See full fixtures]
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UEFA Announces 2021/2022 Europa League Draws [See full fixtures]

  The 2021/2022 UEFA Europa League play-off draw took place on Monday, 2 August 2021. The Europa League play-off draw was streamed live via UEFA’s website at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland. The teams were drawn into ten fixtures, with the winners advancing to the group stage. The fixtures will be finalised on 10 and 12 August with the completion of the third qualifying round for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Below is the Europa League play-off draw: Randers (DEN) vs Galatasaray (TUR) / St Johnstone (SCO) Rapid Wien (AUT) / Anorthosis Famagusta (CYP) vs Zorya Luhansk (UKR) Jablonec (CZE) / Celtic (SCO) vs AZ Alkmaar (NED) Fenerbahçe (TUR) vs Neftçi (AZE) / HJK Helsinki (FIN) Mura (SVN) / Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU) vs Sturm Gr...
Super League: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus floor UEFA in court
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Super League: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus floor UEFA in court

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus will pursue their European Super League dream, after winning in court on Friday. The three clubs refused to pull out of plans for the breakaway league in April, after nine clubs withdrew following public outrage. In a statement on their respective websites, it read: “FC Barcelona, Juventus, and Real Madrid CF welcome today’s Court’s decision enforcing, with immediate effect, UEFA’s obligation to unwind the actions taken against all European Super League founding clubs, including terminating the disciplinary proceedings against the undersigning three clubs and removing the penalties and restrictions imposed on the remaining nine founding clubs for them to avoid UEFA’s disciplinary action. “The Court backs the request made by the promoters of th...
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Europa League 2021/2022 Play-off Draws: All you need to know

The 2021/22 UEFA Europa League play-off draw will take place on 2 August at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw, which features 20 teams, will commence at 13:00 CET. The 20 teams include six teams eliminated from the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round champions path, five winners from the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round champions path, six teams entering at this stage and three winners from the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round the main path. The teams are seeded and drawn in accordance with the Club Competitions Committee principles for guaranteeing that six clubs eliminated from the UEFA Champions League champions path are drawn against each other. The winners of the ten fixtures will join 11 teams given direct entry t...
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UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 draws released [See full fixtures]

Olympiacos, Ferencváros, Midtjylland and Dinamo Zagreb are among 20 teams who have been guaranteed a spot in the group stage of one of UEFA’s three club competitions. This follows their victories in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round ties on Wednesday. In the second legs, PSV Eindhoven completed a 7-2 aggregate win over Galatasaray, while Crvena zvezda and Sparta Praha both overturned first-leg disadvantages to qualify for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Celtic were dumped out by Midtjylland. The Scottish giants have been sent packing for the group stage again, after recent exits against AEK Athens, Cluj and Ferencvaros The third qualifying round fixtures will be played August 3rd & 4th and 10th. League path PSV Eindhoven vs Midtjy...
UEFA confirms venues for Champions League finals until 2025
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UEFA confirms venues for Champions League finals until 2025

  UEFA on Friday, confirmed that Wembley Stadium will host the Champions League final in 2024. This decision comes less than a week after there was a security breach during the Euro 2020 final at the same stadium. The stampede saw over five thousand ticketless supporters force their way into the concourses and take up empty seats and corridors inside the ground. It will be the first time Wembley will host the final, after it hosted the 2013 clash between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Meanwhile, the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, has been awarded the 2023 Champions League final by UEFA. The venue had been due to stage the match in 2020 and 2021, but UEFA was forced to make changes in both years due to COVID-19. Munich’s Allianz Arena will now host the fina...
UEFA Charges English FA over fan Disturbances during Euro 2020 final
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UEFA Charges English FA over fan Disturbances during Euro 2020 final

UEFA has charged the English Football Association over fan disturbances during England’s Euro 2020 final loss to Italy, European football’s governing body announced on Tuesday. An investigation into “events involving supporters which occurred inside and around the stadium” will also be conducted, after fans without tickets managed to force their way into Wembley on Sunday. Videos on social media also appeared to show England supporters fighting among each other in the stadium. The FA had already been fined 30,000 euros ($35,600) after a laser was shone in the face of Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel during England’s semi-final win last week. As for that match, England were again charged for booing “during the (Italian) national anthem” and “lighting of a firework”. T...
UEFA Announces Euro 2020 team of the tournament, excludes Ronaldo [Full list]
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UEFA Announces Euro 2020 team of the tournament, excludes Ronaldo [Full list]

UEFA on Tuesday announced the Euro 2020 team of the tournament with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the biggest omission despite emerging highest goal scorer with five goals. The Euro 2020 ended on Sunday night with Italy beating England 3-2 on penalties in the final at Wembley Stadium. Manchester United’s Luke Shaw and Juventus’s Leonardo Bonucci scored for England and Italy respectively to make it 1-1 after 120 minutes. Below is UEFA’s Euro 2020 team; Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy) Defenders: Kyle Walker (England) Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) Harry Maguire (England) Leonardo Spinazzola (Italy) Midfielders: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Denmark) Jorginho (Italy) Pedri (Spain) Forwards: Federico Chiesa (Italy) Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) Raheem Sterling...
Euro 2020 final: Prize money for Italy, England revealed
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Euro 2020 final: Prize money for Italy, England revealed

UEFA will pay Italy €10 million for winning the Euro 2020 ahead of England. The European top football governing body will also pay England €7 million for losing the Euro 2020 final to Italy, according to The Quint. Italy defeated England 3-2 on penalties in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday night at Wembley Stadium. Luke Shaw gave England an early lead in the first half, but Italy was able to force extra time and penalties after Leonardo Bonucci equalised in the second half. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka all missed their spot-kicks against Italy. Meanwhile, the total prize money between the 24 participating nations at Euro 2020 was a staggering €371 million. All participating countries received €9.25 million for qualifying for the group stages of the tourname...
England vs Italy: UEFA Receives Petitions to Replay Euro 2020 final
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England vs Italy: UEFA Receives Petitions to Replay Euro 2020 final

  Some England fans have started a petition, asking that UEFA order a replay of the Euro 2020 final. They feel the defeat to Italy on penalties was “unfair”, according to the Daily Mail. Italy have been accused of playing “dirty”, after their captain Giorgio Chiellini pulled on Bukayo Saka’s collar, dragging him onto the pitch in the latter stages of the game. While some fans have taken to social media to insist he deserved a red card for the move, he eventually got away with a yellow. The refereeing decisions have been widely disputed since and a number of England fans have taken it upon themselves to start up petitions. One petition, in its description, outlines: “Bukayo Saka was mistreated during the match between England and Italy as he was dragged down by hi...
Why do some England fans boo national anthems of their opponents?
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Why do some England fans boo national anthems of their opponents?

  The action has led to punishment from UEFA and condemnation from a long list of ex-players, so why is it done? England's run to the final of Euro 2020 captured the imagination of the English public, with Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane inspiring a new generation of supporters. However, the behaviour of some of the Three Lions supporters - particularly the booing of national anthems - took the sheen off, leading to words of condemnation. The anthems of Scotland, Germany and Denmark were subjected to boos and jeers when England lined up against them, but why? Goal takes a look at the reasons and the response to the booing of the anthems.
Euro 2020: UEFA punishes England over penalty incident against Denmark in semi-final
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Euro 2020: UEFA punishes England over penalty incident against Denmark in semi-final

UEFA has fined England’s Football Association (FA) the sum of €30,000, after a laser pointer was shone at Denmark goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel, during what proved to be the crucial moment of their Euro 2020 semifinal. Europe’s governing body confirmed this on Saturday. Television footage showed that Schmeichel was targeted by a fan inside Wembley Stadium using a green laser, as England captain Harry Kane came up to take a penalty in extra time. Kane tucked away his own rebound to give the Three Lions a 2-1 win on Wednesday. However, UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against England on Thursday. The FA was also charged following disturbances during the national anthems and for the setting off of fireworks. England is looking to win their first major trophy since th...
England hit with £26,000 UEFA fine for laser pointer shone at Schmeichel in Euro 2020 semi-final
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England hit with £26,000 UEFA fine for laser pointer shone at Schmeichel in Euro 2020 semi-final

The incident happened as the Denmark No.1 was preparing to face Harry Kane's extra-time penalty England have been fined £26,000 by UEFA after a laser pointer was shone at Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel by someone in the crowd during Wednesday's Euro 2020 semi-final. The laser was shone in the face of the Leicester City goalkeeper as he prepared to face Harry Kane's penalty in extra-time. The fine is also related to the booing of the Danish national anthem from sections of the England fan base before the game, along with the setting off of fireworks following the 2-1 extra-time win.

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