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World Soccer March 2021

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
13 Issues

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1 min
from the assistant editor

In recent years the Champions League knockout rounds have delivered some epic drama worthy of its own Netflix series. From Bayern Munich’s 8-2 thrashing of Barcelona in Lisbon last year, to Liverpool’s extraordinary semi-final comeback against the same opponents in 2019, plus the unexpected heroics of Ajax, Atalanta and RB Leipzig, this stage of the competition has witnessed some of football’s most defining and iconic moments. As crunch time begins again, we’ve taken a look at all the teams involved in the last 16 (page 52), plus a glance at the players to watch in the Europa League (page 60). “If the UEFA competitions can match the dying minutes of the Copa Libertadores final, then we’ll have plenty to look forward to” If the UEFA competitions can match the dying minutes of…

2 min
the world this month

UEFA More measures to ward off Super League plans Plans to prevent the introduction of a new European Super League have gathered pace in recent weeks. In January, FIFA – with support from all six continental confederations, including UEFA – issued a statement declaring: “Any club or player involved in such a competition would as a consequence not be allowed to participate in any competition organised by FIFA or their respective confederation.” Weeks later, the Football Supporters Europe, a group representing fans, also added their objections with a statement signed by “a wide cross section of European fans, including national fans’ organisations, fans of the top 200 ranked UEFA clubs, fans of clubs that reportedly back a breakaway league, and fans of previous winners of European competitions.” “We are all united in our opposition to…

3 min
heroes & villains

BRENO LOPES In November he was still playing for Brazil’s Serie B club Juventude, and as recently as 2019 he was in the third tier. He hardly pulled up any trees there either, with four goals in 17 matches, yet fast forward to January 2021 – via loan spells at Figueirense and Athletico Paranaense – and the 25-year-old is at the pinnacle of South American club football, coming off the bench to score Palmeiras’ stoppage-time winner in the Copa Libertadores final. ASIER VILLALIBRE The Athletic Bilbao striker came to his side’s rescue in the 90th minute of their Spanish Super Cup final against Barcelona, but that’s only half the reason he’s a hero. After Inaki Williams had given the Basques the trophy with a goal in extra-time, Villalibre lead the celebrations by playing…

2 min
on the radar

“In a normal transfer window, we would not look at Preston… but since our situation got clearer and clearer – the problems we had – when we saw him we got really excited” Jurgen Klopp on signing Ben Davies from Preston Ben DAVIES (Liverpool) The 25-year-old centre-back’s move from Preston North End to the Premier League champions was one of January’s most unexpected transfers, not least because he had reportedly agreed to join Celtic at the end of his contract this summer. The Reds’ defensive injury crisis saw them seal a £1.6 million deal for the Preston man – plus Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke – on the final day of the transfer window. Having spent his entire career in the Football League, Davies will be ready for all the physical tussles that the…