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World Soccer September 2020

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
in pictures

3 min.
from the assistant editor

So, how was it for you? Having gone months without football, Europe’s major leagues have now been and gone in an intense and relentless flurry of fixtures, with several games a day. Now it’s over, all that’s left to be decided are the Champions League and Europa League. UEFA have devised a couple of mini-tournaments, one in Portugal and one in Germany. With this summer’s Euros pushed back a year, it should act as a decent stand-in for a major tournament. We’ve got everything you need to know about the competitions on pages 22-27. The rest of this issue is dominated by our list of the 500 most important players in the world (pages 42-83). It is not definitive, nor is it about who is the best, but rather a guide to the…

2 min.
heroes & villains

LIONEL MESSI By scoring from the penalty spot in Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid, the Argentinian became only the seventh player in history to reach the landmark of 700 goals for club and country. The list is headed by Josef Bican on 805 goals, and also includes the Brazilians Romario and Pele, Hungary’s Ferenc Puskas, and Gerd Muller of Germany, while his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo is now closing in on 750. JAMES McCLEAN After their father Thomas died of a heart attack at the age of 29, twins Adam and Aoife received tickets to visit disneyland from the Stoke City winger. Republic of Ireland international McClean sent a message saying: “I thought I would wish you a big, very happy fourth birthday and I hope you enjoy your surprise trip to…

2 min.
on the radar

“We didn’t expect to finish in this way, but it sums up the year for us. We are a weak team who can be beaten with intensity and enthusiasm. We have lost a lot of points which we shouldn’t have”Lionel Messi speaks out after Barcelona’s defeat to Osasuna hands Real Madrid the title Victor OSIMHEN (Lille) With13 goals in 27 games for Lille last time out, the Nigerian followed in the footsteps of talents such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2013) and Nicolas Pepe (2019) by winning The Prix Marc-Vivien Foe award for the best African player in Ligue1. Named in honour of the Cameroon midfielder who died during a Confederations Cup game against Colombia in 2003, the 21-year-old striker finished ahead of Monaco loanee Islam Slimani and Yunis Abdelhamid of Reims in a vote among100…

3 min.
paul gardner

Far from smooth return for football in the USA Back in March, the coronavirus crisis and the total shutdown of professional sports in the USA was met by Major League Soccer with an imaginative, response. They called it MLS Is Back. The plan was to assemble all 26 MLS teams at the vast Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The resort houses the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a 220-acre sporting Xanadu that includes 17 playing fields, many of them full-size football pitches. The area is also rich in hotels–little used at the moment. Each team would be isolated within a hotel “bubble”, emerging only to get on a bus to take them to the playing fields. No spectators, of course. Game over, the teams would board their bubble buses…

5 min.
keir radnedge

Players take the lead in fighting racism FIFA president Gianni Infantino, like other sports supremos in general, comes in for continuous fire, but he has probably not been given enough credit for a highly unusual response to the Black Lives Matter activism: removing the risk of disciplinary action over any player’s gesture in support of protests after the killing of George Floyd. Floyd’s death under police detention in Minneapolis sparked a wave of street protest in the United States and elsewhere in the West. For football, that was initially adopted by four players when Germany’s Bundesliga resumed. Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi displayed undershirts bearing the message, “Justice for George Floyd”; American midfielder Weston McKennie wore an armband over his Schalke jersey with the handwritten message, “Justice for George”; and…