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World Soccer

August 2019

Your life made easier - every day. The unrivalled authority on the game of soccer around the world, World Soccer calls upon journalists from the globe's great soccer capitals. The best writers, analytical features and the ability to deliver the inside-track on domestic and world football have made World Soccer an institution. With stunning images and a website delivering up-to-the-minute global results and authoritative insights into the players, politics and power-struggles, the brand constantly looks behind the score-lines. Its insightful writing reaches to the heart of the triumphs, scandals and controversies that constantly emerge in the greatest international sport of them all.

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in pictures

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from the editor

On the face of it, we are in for one of the most predictable seasons ever. Last year, for the first time in all five major European leagues, the champions retained their titles – and few would bet against Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Barcelona celebrating again in nine months’ time. Yet for all the money that has distorted European club football in recent years, the game’s greatest attraction remains its unpredictability and capacity for surprise. Those surprises may well happen further down the football food chain over the coming months, but the game will be richer and more entertaining for them. We always try to reach the parts of the footballing world that Google can’t reach. This month, we visit San Marino, the lowest-ranked country in Europe (page 22),…

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the world this month

USA No charges for Ronaldo in rape case Prosecutors in Las Vegas say that former World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo will not face criminal charges over allegations he raped a woman at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. The allegations, which were first made in 2009, cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and no charges will be filed. Clark County district attorney Steve Wolfson said: “Based upon a review of the information presented at this time, the allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, no charges will be forthcoming.” Representatives for the Juventus star have denied the allegations since German publication Der Spiegel first reported them in 2017. Ronaldo’s accuser, Kathryn Mayorga, has filed a separate civil lawsuit against the player in a US federal…

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heroes & villains

ATHLETIC BILBAO, REAL SOCIEDAD, EIBAR, OSASUNA & ALAVES La Liga’s Basque region clubs agreed to fix away fan ticket prices at €25. DAVID MANSELL The father of Partick Thistle’s Lewis Mansell gave “life-saving” help to a fan during his son’s Scottish League Cup tie at Hamilton Academical. He provided CPR before emergency services arrived after a supporter fell in the stands. SADIO MANE The Liverpool striker has built a school in his local village in Senegal at a cost of €270,000. He previously paid for the cost of building a hospital and financed a stadium for the people. FORT WILLIAM The team from the Scottish Highlands had not won a match for 840 days, but within hours of the BBC airing a film on their plight they won a game, beating Nairn County 5-2 in the North…

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on the radar

“These are not tears of fear. I respect the illness, I will face it, with chest puffed out, looking it in the eyes, the way I always have done”Sinisa Mihajlovic on being diagnosed with leukaemia Ismael BENNACER (Algeria) (Algeria) Will Arsenal regret letting the 21-year-old slip away? The midfielder was the official player of the tournament as Algeria won the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and returned to Europe to complete a highprofile move to Milan from Empoli. Born in Arles in southern France to an Algerian mother and Moroccan father, he represented France at youth level before joining the growing band of players who have switched allegiances to Algeria. Scouted and signed by Arsenal at 18, he made one appearance for the north London club, as a sub in a League Cup win…

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keir radnedge

Ahmad’s CAF is biggest basket case in football With apologies to Lewis Carroll, the never-ending stream of bizarre events within African football might well be termed “Ahmad Through the Looking Glass”. But who most resembles the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen, the Cheshire Cat and their fantastically gruesome colleagues is anyone’s guess. Right now, CAF is a basket case. This is the reason FIFA president Gianni Infantino decided to send in secretary-general Fatma Samoura to effectively take control. Africa’s confederation – and the game over which it sort of rules – has long been an administrative minefield. Never does an international tournament go by without at least one squad threatening a strike over non-payment of money or the accommodation chasm between foreign and home-based stars. The Africa Cup of Nations is rarely sure of…