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World Soccer December 2020

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
13 Issues

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from the editor

Every once in a while, a generational talent emerges that looks set to be a standard-bearer for the sport for years to come. We could be sticking our necks on the block with this statement, but one such player that looks ready to take up that mantle over the next decade is Bayern Munich and Canada’s Alphonso Davies. After such an outstanding breakout season in 2019-20, we only thought it right to give the lightning-quick superstar-in-the-making the coverage he deserves, with an exclusive interview (page 40) and detailed player biography (page 32) on his incredible rags-to-riches story. His emergence from Canada and MLS is a growing trend of the modern game, with the Canadian trailblazers who paved the way for him analysed in detail along with his contemporaries (page 44), while…

1 min
project “big picture” dead in the water

Plans for a raft of new changes to the English football pyramid, which would have seen one of the biggest shake-ups of the professional game since the formation of the Premier League in 1992, were shot down almost as soon as they had been proposed. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Sam Wallace unveiled details of the plans, which included giving nine clubs (the Premier League’s longest-serving teams: Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton, West Ham and Southampton) preferential voting rights over the league’s major decisions. The other changes, which were proposed by Liverpool and Manchester United before being rejected at a meeting of the 20 clubs in England’s top flight in October included: • The Premier League to be reduced from 20 teams to18, with the club finishing 16th…

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heroes & villains

“The message has been lost. It is now not dissimilar to a fancy hashtag or a nice pin badge…Taking the knee will not bring about change in the game – actions will” KAZUYOSHI MIURA The 53-year-old recently became the oldest player in J.League history, starting Yokohama’s 3-2 defeat to Kawasaki Frontale. Sound familiar? That’s because Miura has been breaking records every year since 2017, when he replaced Stanley Matthews as the oldest professional footballer of all time. KARIM BENZEMA Benzema hit his 250th goal for Real Madrid in the 2-0 win over Levante. He’s now Real’s fifth all-time top scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul, Alfredo di Stefano and Santillana. LANDON DONOVAN Now managing San diego Loyal, the USA legend led his team off the pitch in a crucial USL Championship clash with Phoenix Rising after a…

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on the radar

“Jose [Mourinho] wasn’t happy but there was nothing I could do about it, nature was calling!”Eric Dier, after taking a toilet break during Tottenham v Chelsea Giovanni REYNA (Borussia Dortmund) Dortmund is already home to some of the very best young players in Europe, and Reyna is very much following in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland. After making his debut in January – breaking Christian Pulisic’s record as the Bundesliga’s youngest American – Reyna has this season made the step up from promising teenager to first-team match-winner. In his first three league matches, Reyna was directly involved in four goals, including three assists in one game. Born in Sunderland to former Black Cats midfielder Claudio, Reyna has been targeted for an England call-up by the FA. The USA are determined to hold…