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World Soccer

September 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

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from the editor

The Champions League dominates our coverage this month. In every aspect of football – technically, tactically, financially – it is the world game’s most sophisticated competition. The great moments in the careers of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have taken place against the backdrop of the Champions League. Virgil Van Dijk’s masterful performances for Liverpool have seen him recognised by UEFA as Europe’s best player – the first of several possible individual awards for him over the coming months. The autumn is also likely to see renewed efforts to restrict access to the Champions League to a select band of wealthy clubs. There is a dangerous assumption in football that money equates to progress. With regard to possible changes, it is worth remembering that a “super league” already exists with the…

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the world this month

UEFA Van Dijk voted Europe’s best player Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool became the first defender to win UEFA’s player of the season award for his performances in his club’s Champions League victory. The Dutchman received his prize at a ceremony in Monaco after finishing ahead of previous winners Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus. The award was decided by a jury comprised of the 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stage of the 2018-19 Champions League and Europa League, along with 55 journalists, one from each of UEFA’s member associations. Gavin Hamilton of World Soccer was the English jury member. Van Dijk was also voted UEFA’s defender of the year. His team-mate Alisson, who finished fourth in the overall player vote, was selected as the beat goalkeeper,…

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heroes & villains

JOSEF MARTINEZ The Venezuelan became the first player to score in 10 MLS games in a row, getting both goals as Atlanta United beat New York City 2-1. ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI The Bayern Munich striker becomes the first player to score in the opening round of games for five consecutive Bundesliga seasons. CHOI KANG-HEE The South Korean coach’s Shanghai Shenhua defeated Rafa Benitez’s Dalian Yifang 3-2 away from home in the Chinese FA cup semi-final. Choi was dismissed by Dalian in mid season. ELKESON The Brazlian-born striker became the all-time leading scorer in the Chinese Super League with his 103rd goal as top-of-the-table Guangzhou Evergrande won 3-1 at second-place Beijing Guoan. CLEMENS TOENNIES The businessman stepped down as Schalke chairman after allegedly making racist comments about Africans. SAMSON SIASIA The former Nigeria coach was banned for life for allegedly receiving bribes. AD NERVION The…

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on the radar

“Any player can go for €100million, even without showing anything”Ronaldo questions the modern football transfer market Eduardo CAMAVINGA (Rennes) There aren’t many 16-year-olds who have got the better of Paris Saint-Germain, but the midfielder was the star of the show as Rennes upset the odds to beat the defending champions 2-1 on the second matchday of the new Ligue 1 season. In only his third league start for the club, he ran the game and set up Romain Del Castillo for the winning goal. In doing so, he became the youngest player to provide an assist in the French top flight since such statistical analysis began. Born in Angola in November 2002, he moved to France with his family as a child and a month after his 16th birthday he made history as the youngest…

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paul gardner

VAR should be a requirement, not an option The powerful tool known as VAR is still a work in progress. And there is still a lot about it that stands in the way of outright acceptance. VAR relies on meticulous observation – and sometimes almost scientifically accurate measurement – yet its employment is not uniform. In fact, it looks almost haphazard. VAR is, inarguably, a branch of refereeing as it is making refereeing decisions, and there is a FIFA rule book governing those decisions. The whole world plays according the same basic set of rules. As VAR is such a costly programme, maybe 99 per cent of the football played worldwide does not use it and probably never will. But among the elite leagues and tournaments we find some that employ VAR and…

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