World Soccer Autumn 2021

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
13 Issues

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from the editor

After a year’s hiatus in 2019 we brought the World Soccer 500 list back in 2020, and it was a huge success with the feature generating lots of positive feedback online from all around the world. The annual article, which was first published by World Soccer in 2015, provides a current snapshot of the global game and includes a real mix of movers and shakers: world superstars, headliners from the past year, young talents to keep an eye on and players that either have or will soon be completing big moves in the transfer window. As always, it is not a definitive list of the world’s 500 best players, but rather a shortlist of stars making a real impact on football right now; and hopefully it can provoke further debate and…

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pandemic prompts “remarkable” transfer window

Following the closure of the European summer transfer window, some unique trends were clearly apparent and an obvious result of the on-going pandemic. While the English Premier League, according to analysis by financial experts Deloitte, led the way with an overall spend of £1.1bn – down11 per cent from 2020 – the market was mainly flooded by free transfers and loans with option-to-buy clauses. While clubs such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea all made signings valued at £50m or more, the number of Premier League transfers valued at £10m-£25m fell to 20 (from 33 in 2020), suggesting that while the bigger clubs were still able to spend large sums of money, mid-market deals were significantly curbed. Outside of the Premier League (a total of £560m net spend), the purse strings…

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world cup qualifying chaos

Brazil and Argentina’s September World Cup qualifier in Sao Paulo descended into chaos following its abandonment seven minutes after kick-off, with several visiting players accused of COVID quarantine violations. Health authority officials entered the pitch to stop the match, objecting to three Argentina players they believed should not be playing after apparently breaking quarantine rules, prompting the away side to walk off. Although the players were not named, Premier League stars Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso all started the game, and Brazilian rules state that visitors who have been in the UK in the 14 days before entering the country must quarantine for a fortnight on arrival. This wasn’t the only controversy arising from the latest CONMEBOL international window – eight Brazilians, along with players from Chile and Paraguay, were…

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heroes & villains

HARVEY ELLIOTT After a bright start to the season, the Liverpool teenager suffered a heart-breaking ankle injury against Leeds in September. After being rushed to hospital, he found himself next to a young boy who had also broken a bone while playing football that day. Elliott handed the13-year-old his match shirt and boots to help cheer him up. JORGINHO The Chelsea and Italy midfield metronome was voted UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for 2021, having won both the Champions League and European Championship. His manager, Thomas Tuchel, won the men’s coaching award, while Barcelona Femeni took a clean sweep in the women’s categories. Alexia Putellas was named the best player, while the coaching award went to Lluis Cortes, who stepped down after winning the Champions League with the club. KAI HAVERTZ From one Chelsea…