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World Soccer October 2021

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
in pictures

2 min
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from the editor

Two of football’s greatest-ever goalscorers receive coverage in this edition of World Soccer. We pay our respects to the game’s original goal machine, Gerd Muller (page 58), with Keir Radnedge offering a glowing tribute to “Der Bomber”, whose many goal records still stand today. Another player who has his own set of incredible goalscoring feats is Lionel Messi, and his shock move to Paris Saint-Germain perhaps poses more questions than answers for the French giants (page 16) whilst simultaneously leaving a gaping hole in the Spanish game. The fallout in Spain from Messi’s exit, along with La Liga’s proposed deal with private equity firm CVC, has led to shockwaves within the domestic scene, and Colin Millar helps us digest the latest developments (page 24). It isn’t just goalscorers, though, who achieve headlines…

1 min
draw made for delayed afcon

A month after the competition was originally scheduled to kick-off – before being moved twice, firstly due to “unfavourable climatic conditions” and then COVID-19 – the draw for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations has taken place. CAF had changed the timing of the tournament and, in July 2019, Algeria became the first-ever summertime winners in Egypt. However, 2021 hosts Cameroon could not commit to a summer tournament due to their rainy season, thus the competition was shifted to January 2021, before the pandemic led to a further year’s delay. The most eye-catching group will see holders Algeria face Ivory Coast, while AFCON debutants Comoros have a tough task in Group C against Morocco, Ghana and Gabon. The top two nations from each group will progress to the knockout stages, along with the…

1 min
heading restrictions introduced

After a number of studies investigating the link between football and dementia, professional footballers are to be limited to ten “higher force headers” per week in training under new guidelines for this season. According to a joint-statement by the FA, Premier League, EFL, PFA and LMA “higher force” describes headers which follow “a long pass (more than 35 metres) or from crosses, corners and free-kicks.” “This recommendation is provided to protect player welfare and will be reviewed regularly as further research is undertaken to understand more regarding the impact of heading in football.” Leading figures in the sport have come under increasing pressure to do more to address the alarming and disproportionate number of former professional players who go on to suffer from dementia. Just weeks after the guidelines were issued, former Manchester…

3 min
heroes & villains

BENDER TWINS After retiring from top-flight football in the summer, Lars and Sven Bender have returned to the club where they made their names: ninth-tier side TSV Brannenburg. “We still have three or four players in the squad who played with Lars and Sven,” says head coach Hans Nietzold. “They kept in touch and always said: ‘If we stop, we’ll play again for Brannenburg.’” DANI ALVES The Brazil captain has cemented his status as the most decorated footballer of all time, adding an Olympic gold medal to take his haul to 43 trophies. The 38-year-old full-back played every minute of his team’s campaign, and was one of the outstanding performers. “He is an example to all Brazilian footballers,” said Brazil’s Olympics coach Andre Jardine. CARLI LLOYD The USA legend also starred at the Olympics, before…