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World Soccer July 2021

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from the assistant editor

Even fans of Atletico Madrid, Lille, Internazionale and Villarreal, who have all seen their teams achieve great success, might have been forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief at the end of the 2020-21 domestic season. Empty stadiums, combined with a relentless schedule that pushed players to their absolute limits, meant that for large parts of the season, it just didn’t quite feel the same. And yet, in such a bleak year, football often found a way to shine a light through the gloom; whether as a distraction from depressing news stories by injecting a rare thrill of excitement, or even just providing a sense of routine as the days stretched on from one lockdown to the next. So yes, in many ways it was a miserable season, but to borrow an…

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the world this month

SOUTH AMERICA Copa chaos The 2021 edition of the Copa America, due to be co-hosted by Colombia and Argentina, has been plunged into chaos. In the midst of civil unrest and protests against the government, Colombia requested a delay to the competition but, having already waited an extra year for the tournament because of the pandemic, CONMEBOL rejected the proposal and stripped them of their hosting rights. A spike in COVID-19 cases and a nine-day lockdown then saw Argentina stripped of the tournament too. The possibility of moving games to the United States was briefly considered – in spite of the country hosting the CONCACAF Gold Cup later this summer – but CONMEBOL eventually decided to move the competition to Brazil, hosts of the last edition in 2019. The decision, labelled “insane” by many…

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heroes & villains

GIANLUIGI BUFFON In 1999, Buffon won the Coppa Italia as a fresh-faced 21-year-old in a Parma side featuring Italy striker Enrico Chiesa. When the 43-year-old won it this year with Juventus, the winner was scored by 23-year-old Federico Chiesa, son of Enrico. Buffon: the cross-generational man. SAPIR BERMAN In May, the referee took charge of her first match since coming out as transgender. “This is the first step in a long and wonderful journey,” the Israel Football Association said on Twitter. “Sapir, we are proud to do it with you.” Berman, 26, was already a well-established official in the Israeli Premier League before officiating the clash between Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Haifa. MARCUS RASHFORD For what feels like the1,000th time this season: credit to Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford. In May, the England forward became the…

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the european super league: different names, same plot

Silvio Berlusconi, some 30 years ago, sat in the boardroom of his grand villa at Arcore outside Milan and expounded for World Soccer and this writer exactly how the big clubs were about to take over international football. For Berlusconi, international football was moribund, a curiosity only for the history books. Tomorrow belonged to him and his like: rich owners of both their clubs and the burgeoning new world of cash-rich commercial television, which had pushed state broadcasters into penurious retreat. Milan were then the finest team in the world: Franco Baresi, Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, et al. But the players aged, titles were lost and with it Berlusconi’s enthusiasm for his toy. Football had served its purpose as a platform for grander ambitions that secured three terms as…