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World Soccer

April 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

URUGUAY…Juan Cazares of Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro is mobbed after scoring against defensor SportingPORTUGAL…Sweden’S Caroline Seger (left) and Vanessa Marques of Portugal compete during the Algarve CupCHILE…Patrick of Brazil’s Internacional battles two Palestino playersJAPAN…fans of Malaysian club Johor Darul Ta’zim cheer on their team against Kashima AntlersGERMANY…Anthony Modeste of Cologne after scoring against SandhausenFRANCE…Monaco’s Radamel Falcao high fives the mascots as he walks onto the pitch…

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from the editor

Pensioner… Louis Van GaalAfter the Champions League round-of-16 games produced four English quarter-finalists, there was plenty of excitable talk of a new era of English dominance of the European club game. The quarter-final draw has opened up the possibility of an all-English Final for the first time since Manchester United played Chelsea in Moscow in 2008.In the last 20 years we have had an all Italian Final (Milan-Juventus, 2003), one all-English (United-Chelsea, 2008), one all-German (Bayern-Dortmund, 2013) and three all-Spanish (Real Madrid-Valencia, 2000, Real-Atletico, 2014 and 2016).Perhaps the real question we should be asking is why, given their superior fisnances, have English clubs not reached the latter stages more often.The real achievement this season has been the likes of Ajax and Porto making the quarter-finals at the expense of richer…

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heroes & villains

Honest…clement grenier admitted he wasn’t fouledCLEMENT GRENIERThe Rennes midfielder fell in the penalty area under a challenge in a French Cup match against Orleans. The referee awarded a spot-kick but he told the official he had not been fouled and the decision was overturned.PATRICIO RUBIOBecame the first Chile-born player to score four goals in a Libertadores Cup match since Chileans began playing in the tournament 59 years ago. He scored the goals for Universidad de Concepcion in their 5-4 win against Sporting Cristal, netting the winner in the third minute of added time.JACK GREALISHAfter being attacked on the pitch by a Birmingham City fan, the Aston Villa captain scored the only goal in his team’s 1-0 Championship win at St Andrews.Six-shooter… Moussa Two-match ban…Sergio Ramos (in black)MaregaMOUSSA MAREGAThe Porto striker…

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on the radar

Krzysztof PIATEK (Milan)The €35million that Milan paid Genoa in the January transfer window for the Polish striker is already looking like money well spent.The 23-year-old has carried on at his new club where he left off with his old one, grabbing spectacular goals and leading the scoring charts for both.His goal against Chievo in March secured Milan’s fifth successive Serie A victory and consolidated their challenge for a return to the Champions League. A potential third place behind Juventus and Napoli would be their highest finish for six seasons.Piatek – pronounced “Piontek” – has also weighed in with eight goals in four Italian Cup matches, helping Milan to reach the semi-finals.Looking for his first silverware as a coach, Milan’s Gennaro Gattuso says of his new signing: “Piatek’s a guy of…

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keir radnedge

Tough…the referee’s job is far from easyTime for IFAB to take a breakPity the poor referee. No wonder local associations all around the world are finding it evermore difficult to persuade people to take up the noble art of the whistle.It’s not enough that elite players set an example of petulance and deception, not enough that one-eyed parents and fans scream abuse from the touchline and threaten physical violence; referees also have to cope with the meddling of an organisation that is supposed to provide them with a level playing field: the International Football Association Board (IFAB).Once upon a time one of the greatest strengths of association football was the conservatism of its lawmakers. Not for them a panic every year to change the scoring system or the time of…

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ifab decisions

• 2016: approved live experimentation with VAR, the pass back at kick-off, medical assessment on the pitch for injured players, a trial variation on the “triple punishment” and experimenting with allowing a fourth substitute in extra time.• 2017: approved a “strategy” for “fairness and integrity”, allowing regional competitive modifications at grassroots (sin bins, returning subs, etc), and another variation on punishments for goal-zone fouls.• 2018: approved the introduction of VAR, an extra substitute in extra time, the use of communication equipment in the technical area and yet another variation on the denial of a goal-scoring opportunity.Decision… using VAR• 2019: approved a differential between accidental handball in normal play compared with in goalscoring situations, ordering substituted players to leave the pitch during play at the nearest point, yellow and red cards…