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June 2019

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in pictures

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from the editor

For the first time, the title races in all five of Europe’s top leagues were won by the defending champions. A sign of the stagnating times, perhaps, but beneath the top layer of wealthy clubs, some great stories have taken place this season: the likes of Atalanta in Italy (page 30) and Nice in France (page 22) challenging the existing order, as well as new champions in Greece (page 28) and Poland (page 25). Much has been made of the two main European club cup Finals being contested by four English teams for the first time. Yet it is somewhat pointless to describe clubs as English when the managers and club owners are foreign, and only eight of the 44 starters in the two matches were English. Europe’s top five leagues were…

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the world this month

“I think we’re compatible, but Zidane will decide” Real Madrid signing Luka Jovic thinks he can play alongside Karim Benzema after his €60m transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt AFRICA CAF in crisis over Final and Ahmad arrest Confederation of African Football president Ahmad is facing a mounting crisis after the CAF Champions League Final ended in chaos and he was arrested by French police who are investigation corruption allegations. Just days before the Africa Cup of Nations was due to kick off in Egypt, CAF officials ordered that the abandoned second leg of the Champions League Final between Esperance and Wydad must be replayed later this summer at a neutral venue. Just hours after the decision was made at a CAF executive committee meeting in Paris, Ahmad was arrested at the official FIFA Congress hotel. He…

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heroes & villains

MESUT OZIL The Arsenal midfielder and his new wife, Amine Gulse, asked their wedding guests to forego the traditional gifts and instead donate to a charity which funds operations for children in developing countries. The gesture paid for 1,000 children around the world to have lifechanging surgery. THE McGINN BROTHERS John McGinn scored for Aston Villa as they beat Derby County 2-1 in the play-off Final to reach the Premier League, while his elder siblings – Stephen and Paul McGinn – were both in the St Mirren side that ensured the Scottish side’s Premiership safety the day before with a penalty shoot-out victory over Dundee United. KYLIAN MBAPPE The 20-year-old PSG forward’s strike for France in their Euro 2020 qualifying defeat of Andorra was his 100th senior career goal. ERLING BRAUT HAALAND The son of former Manchester…

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on the radar

“Thanks to all those who love me, to all those who hate me. I love everyone today” FIFA president Gianni Infantino is re-elected “by acclamation” Adil AOUCHICHE (Paris Saint-Germain & France) Holland may have triumphed at the European Under-17 Championship in Ireland but the tournament’s top scorer in the finals came from beaten semifinalists France. With nine goals, Adil Aouchiche set a new record for the competition and equalled the European tournament best set by compatriot Michel Platini at Euro 84. On target in all of France’s games, bar the defeat to Italy in the semis, the 16-year-old’s goals included a hat-trick against Sweden in the group stage and four in the 6-1 quarter-final thrashing of Czech Republic. The central midfielder, who has Algerian heritage, was courted by Bordeaux, Lyon and Lille but signed for PSG having…

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keir radnedge

Infantino’s African problem Within hours of Gianni Infantino’s reelection as FIFA president, the smile was wiped off his face by the latest farcical twist within CAF. As Infantino was assuring the world that his new FIFA was as bright and shiny as Jurgen Klopp’s teeth, French police were waiting to pounce on African confederation president Ahmad over corruption allegations. To rewind: Swiss lawyer Infantino was elected in 2016 to serve out the remaining three years of the term to which banned and disgraced Sepp Blatter had been voted in 2015. Infantino had been parachuted in by European federation UEFA after its own president, Michel Platini, had been banned himself over a murky financial deal with Blatter. Hence Infantino stood for reelection this year in Paris to a first of a possible three four-year term…