World Soccer

World Soccer December 2019

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from the editor

Growing up in the UK, my annual calendar has always run the same course as the football season, from August through to July. That’s the case for most of Europe. But in the rest of the world, football follows the regular year from January to December and this month we can begin our annual review of the non-European seasons. There’s the Major League Soccer season to review (page 68) as well as the Under-17 World Cup (page 76) in Brazil and the Copa Sudamericana Final (page 72). Unfortunately, our monthly deadlines prevent us from reporting on the Copa Libertadores Final, relocated to Lima in Peru following the street protest in Santiago, Chile, and the Asian Champions League Final. They will have to wait until the next issue, when we will also review…

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taison suspended for racism protest

Campaign group Kick It Out on the weak punishment handed to Bulgaria for racist chants aimed at England players during the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia “UEFA has missed an opportunity. The current sanctions, however tough UEFA think they may be, are clearly not working” Ukrainian football’s governing body is facing calls to overturn a one-match ban handed to Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian Taison after he was sent off for reacting to racist abuse from opposition fans in a game against Dynamo Kiev. “We are very disappointed by the decision,” players’ union Fifpro said. “Sanctioning a victim of racial abuse is beyond comprehension and it plays into the hands of those who promote this kind of disgraceful behaviour.” The Ukrainian Association of Football also fined Dynamo Kiev £16,000 and ordered them to play one match…

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heroes & villains

DYNAMO DRESDEN FANS More than 30,000 of their supporters made the 125-mile trip to Hertha Berlin to see the team lose on penalties in the second round of the German Cup. TIMO WERNER The RB Leipzig star became the first player since the turn of the millennium to manage a hat-trick of both goals and assists in the same Bundesliga game, being involved in six of his side’s goals in an 8-0 win against Mainz. GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA The Milan goalkeeper showed support for the victims of the Venice floods when he visited the city and met local people as part of an Italian Football Federation delegation. ADA HEGERBERG The Lyon striker became the highest scorer in Women’s Champions League history with 53 goals in 50 appearances, surpassing the 51 previously set by Germany’s Anja Mittag. VERONA The Italian club…

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on the radar

Gerard Pique reveals the message Barcelona players gave their former team-mate when he moved to Paris Saint-Germain “We told Neymar, ‘you’re going to a golden prison’” Gabriel VERON (Brazil) When Brazil won the under-17 world title (see page 76) it was a victory for a pragmatic side that put team ethics ahead of individualism – with the notable exception of the Palmeiras winger, who won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player. The teen scored three and provided two assists during the tournament, as well as drawing the foul for the penalty that drew his side level in the Final. Before moving to Sao Paulo to join the Palmeiras academy, the teenager – who is named after former Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron – had dreams of becoming a cowboy. “That’s my father’s profession,” he explains.…