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World Soccer May 2021

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
13 Issues

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from the assistant editor

“He has everything to become one of the best players…Phil is the most, most, most talented player I have ever seen in my career as a manager.” For a man that has coached some of the world’s finest players, Pep Guardiola’s praise of Phil Foden is not to be taken lightly. The former Barcelona coach has heaped it on fairly regularly since arriving in Manchester, but it has taken until this season for him to truly place his trust in the young Mancunian. Foden’s time has arrived. After his devastating display at Anfield back in February, World Soccer immediately set Ryan Baldi the task of delving into the youngster’s past, to tell the story of how he became one of the most highly-regarded young players in world football (page 28). Foden also leads…

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the world this month

ENGLAND Sheldon report delivers verdict into child abuse scandal The report into football’s child sex abuse scandal found that there were “significant institutional failings” by the FA in dealing with the accusations and that they “did not do enough to keep children safe”. “The FA acted far too slowly to introduce appropriate and sufficient child protection measures, and to ensure that safeguarding was taken sufficiently seriously by those involved in the game,” said the 710-page Sheldon report, which focused on abuse of children between 1970 and 2005. In response, FA chief executive Mark Bullingham apologised by addressing the victims directly, saying: “No child should ever have experienced the abuse you did. What you went through was horrific and it is deeply upsetting that more was not done by the game at the time, to…

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heroes & villains

LUIS SUAREZ To celebrate the Uruguayan striker’s 500th career goal, his sponsors Puma donated 500 footballs to youth teams in the cities he has played in at club level, including Amsterdam, Liverpool and Barcelona. The news came just weeks after the Barca forward established Deportivo LS, a new team that will play in Uruguay’s University League, with the goal of eventually turning professional. LIVERPOOL No, not them, the other ones: Liverpool FC of Montevideo. For the first time in their 106-year history, the “Black and Blues” have been crowned champions of Uruguay, sealing the Clausura title after losing just one game. Striker Ignacio Ramirez was the star, topping the league’s scoring charts with13 goals. BONO After earning cult-hero status in Andalusia last season, thanks to his goalkeeping heroics in helping Sevilla win a record sixth…

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on the radar

“I am still very curious about the offside rule because I am convinced that it is not a good rule…I am convinced football would be better without it”Netherlands legend Marco van Basten Ibrahima KONATE (RB Leipzig) While Bayern-bound Dayot Upamecano has grabbed plenty of headlines as one of the most wanted players in Europe, his fellow Frenchman in RB Leipzig’s defence is just as highly rated. That’s why Liverpool have reportedly agreed to pay his €40 million release clause ahead of the summer’s transfer window. Konate, who turns 22 in May, joined Leipzig from Sochaux in 2017 and has played over 60 Bundesliga games for the German side. In the mould of many modern centre-backs, he combines impressive athleticism with strong defensive attributes, while also being extremely comfortable in possession. In March he started…