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World Soccer October 2020

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
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Kelsey Publishing Group
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
in pictures

3 min.
from the editor

The “New Season” special issue is a regular edition ofWorld Soccer I avidly looked forward to collecting as a reader, and after a 2019-20 season we will never forget – primarily for all the wrong reasons – it is nice to finally get back to some semblance of normality within the football calendar by compiling this 2020-21 edition. After a condensed schedule to complete last season’s campaigns, including the Champions League and Europa League “mini-tournaments” (page 70), within the blink of an eye, the 2020-21 season is upon us. But not everything is quite back to normal yet. The ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic are still lurking – we bring you comprehensive previews of 12 major European leagues (page 33) but some are already experiencing new postponements (Scotland, page 52). The…

2 min.
heroes & villains

JULEN LOPETEGUI In 2018, Lopetegui was sacked from two of the most prestigious jobs in the world within the space of five months – first Spain, and then Real Madrid. By guiding Sevilla to their sixth Europa League, he has reminded Europe of the coaching ability that made him so sought after two years ago. BODO/GLIMT The Norwegian side made an explosive start to the 2020 season, winning 12 of their first14 matches and drawing the other two, averaging over three goals a game in the process. Glimt are chasing their first-ever top-flight league title after finishing second for the fourth time in 2019. No Norwegian team has ever finished runners-up as often without winning the Eliteserien, Norway’s top flight. MAROUANE FELLAINI The former Belgium, Manchester United and Everton midfielder netted a stunning hat-trick for…

2 min.
on the radar

“It’s nothing like La Liga. Defenders kick the s*** out of you and nothing gets given, they don’t blow for free-kicks like they would in Spain. I don’t know how that would affect Messi” Gonzalo Higuain warns his international team-mate Lionel Messi against a move to the Premier League Eddie NEWTON (Trabzonspor) 2020 has been a roller-coaster ride for former Chelsea midfielder Newton. The 48-year-old left Stamford Bridge in February to become Trabzonspor’s assistant coach, but when Huseyin Cimsir was sacked for failing to win the title, he was hired on a caretaker basis. In only his second match, he oversaw a 2-0 win over Alanyaspor in the Turkish Cup final, which landed him the job full-time. Newton spent eight years at Chelsea after returning as Roberto Di Matteo’s assistant in 2012, but felt ready…

3 min.
timo werner: chelsea’s new talisman

Look at the numbers, as any wise football fan does, and it’s plain to see why Chelsea’s £54 million acquisition of Germany striker Timo Werner is a move of thrilling potential. He scored 28 goals in the Bundesliga last season for RB Leipzig. His overall record through four years at the club was 95 goals in 159 matches, as he became the club’s record goalscorer. Werner is only 24. These are fabulous statistics for a relatively young forward; beyond a surge of good fortune, far beyond a oneseason dazzler who can be shackled when opposition teams work him out. The stats are why Liverpool were also seriously interested in taking him to Anfield before the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic prompted them to be cautious about transfers. In the case of Werner, however,…

6 min.
varmust improve in 2020-21

Sepp Blatter composed his most lugubrious expression, leaned forward meaningfully, gazed around the expectant quorum of reporters and admitted: “We are a laughing stock around the world.” The phrase has been re-coined more recently about the erratic and belated arrival of VAR in the Premier League. But Blatter was speaking as FIFA president a decade ago, the day after witnessing Frank Lampard’s infamous “phantom goal” against Germany at the 2010 World Cup. There had been none of the “was-it-or-wasn’t-it?” guesswork which surrounds England’s third goal in the1966 final against the same opposition; nor even the “did-I-see-what-I-think-I-did?” over Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” audacity for Argentina in Mexico in 1986. Everyone in the Bloemfontein sun had seen Lampard’s shot strike the underside of the crossbar and spin down behind the line. Everyone, that is, except…