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World Soccer

February 2019

Your life made easier - every day. The unrivalled authority on the game of soccer around the world, World Soccer calls upon journalists from the globe's great soccer capitals. The best writers, analytical features and the ability to deliver the inside-track on domestic and world football have made World Soccer an institution. With stunning images and a website delivering up-to-the-minute global results and authoritative insights into the players, politics and power-struggles, the brand constantly looks behind the score-lines. Its insightful writing reaches to the heart of the triumphs, scandals and controversies that constantly emerge in the greatest international sport of them all.

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in pictures

MEXICO…Club America coach Miguel herrera celebrates winning the Apertura Final against Cruz AzulAUSTRALIA…Newcastle Jets’ John Koutroumbis (left) and Kearyn Baccus of Melbourne City cast shadows at AAMI ParkUAE…India players defend a Bahrain free-kick taken by Jamal rashid during the Asian CupBELGIUM… Standard Liege’s Christian Luyindama (left) comes face to face with Victor Osimhen of Charleroi during a league encounterHOLLAND…Fran Sol of Willem II celebrates victory at Emmen with away fans after the gameGERMANY…Timo Werner (left) and Diego Demme of RB Leipzig celebrate a goal against Mainz ■…

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from the editor

There’s plenty to read about and discuss this month. But I fear we finally have to ask the question: are we playing too much football? Have we reached peak viewing point?The Champions League resumes with 16 teams in the knockout stage (page 38). Yet you could count the number of entertaining games in this season’s group stage on the fingers of one hand. Knockout matches traditionally feature more cautious tactics, yet there is talk of some clubs wanting to shift games to weekends in a bid to increase TV revenues.I fear we finally have to ask the question: are we playing too much football? Have we reached peak viewing point?The recent Club World Cup (page 64) was ignored by much of the footballing world. The old format of the World…

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vegas police seek ronaldo dna evidence

Accused…Cristiano RonaldoPolice in Nevada have formally asked Italian authorities to obtain a DNA sample from Cristiano Ronaldo in the investigation of accusations that he raped a woman a decade ago in Las Vegas.In September 2018, when Kathryn Mayorga sued Ronaldo in Clark County District Court in Nevada, accusing the player of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009, he paid her $375,000 in hush money.Mayorga’s lawyers said she was now seeking $200,000 in damages and to void the non-disclosure agreement, which they said she was coerced into signing by “personal reputation protection specialists hired” by Ronaldo.Ronaldo has maintained he is innocent of rape and said through his Las Vegas lawyer that the sexual encounter in question was consensual. ■…

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salah is voted african footballer of the year

Proud… Mohamed SalahLiverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah was named African Footballer of the Year for the second successive year at the Confederation of African Football’s awards ceremony in Dakar.Salah beat Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – the same two players as last year – in a vote decided by the technical directors and head coaches of 56 CAF member associations.“This award is very big for me,” said Salah when collecting the trophy for his 2018 exploits. “I love it because I saw it when I was young and I always had a dream to win it one day.“I’m proud to win it twice. I must thank my family and my team-mates, and I dedicate this award to my country, Egypt.”Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, after being…

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heroes & villains

Help…BlaszczykowskiCup hero…Monaco goalkeeper Loic BadiashileJAKUB BLASZCZYKOWSKIWithout a club since leaving Wolfsburg in December, the winger offered to play for former side Wisla Krakow for nothing. The 33-year-old, who was a league champion in his previous spell at Wisla and a Champions League finalist with Borussia Dortmund in 2013, also donated £265,000 to help the financially stricken Polish club.FABIO QUAGLIARELLABy scoring in a 2-1 loss at Juventus, Sampdoria’s striker found the net for a ninth successive Serie A game – the first player to achieve such a feat since David Trezeguet for Juve in 2005.LOIC BADIASHILEIn a shoot-out consisting of 22 penalties, Monaco’s goalkeeper saved three spot-kicks before converting the winner as Thierry Henry’s side beat Rennes in the French League Cup.PEPEHaving cut short his contract with Besiktas to reduce the…

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on the radar

Diego LAINEZ (Real Betis)Real Betis may have lost their opening two La Liga games of the new year, but they won the battle to secure one of the best early signings of the winter transfer window, with the teenage Mexican winger joining from Club America for a fee believed to be in the region of €14million.The 18-year-old was one of the standout stars of his side’s recent Apertura triumph in Mexico, scoring goals in each of the two semi-final legs against Pumas.“Diego is an exceptional young player and he demonstrates the potential of young Mexican players in any circumstance,” Club America wrote in a statement.He is seen as one of the country’s brightest young stars and made his senior international debut in September, in a friendly defeat by Uruguay.Ajax were reported…