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World Soccer January 2020

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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Congratulations to Lionel Messi, World Soccer’s World Player of the Year for 2019. It is hard to argue with Barcelona’s Argentinian superstar being the most feted footballer of the past 12 months, although it was one of the tightest votes of recent times. Credit, too, to Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, World Team and World Manager of the Year. The European champions were emphatic winners in both categories, though their victories raise many questions about the changing nature of our sport. For the first time, this season’s Champions League knockout stage will only feature teams from the big five leagues of England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The growing inequalities in the European club game are a theme to which we will return in greater detail in the coming months, along with a…

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teixeira finally handed fifa life ban

Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim was far from happy with the attitude in training of Steven Nzonzi, who is on loan from Roma “I can only tell you that his behaviour was not just disrespectful to me but to all of his teammates. Nobody has the right to do what he did” Even when the Qatar World Cup fades into history, tales of the turmoil and skulduggery which surrounded FIFA’s awarding of the 2018 and 2022 finals will linger. Even now, more than nine years since that fateful December day in snowy Zurich, more icicles of insight continue to thaw out. The latest flurry emerged as FIFA’s ethics committee issued a life ban and $1million fine to Ricardo Teixeira for his complicity at the centre of the FIFAGate scandal. The penalty was academic because the…

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heroes & villains

ANSU FATI At 17 years and 40 days, the Barcelona striker became the youngest scorer in Champions League history with his goal at Internazionale. ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI The Bayern Munich striker scored the fastest quadruple in Champions League history as his team thrashed Red Star Belgrade 6-0 in Group B. He took just 14 minutes and 31 seconds to net four goals. OLIVIER SADRAN With Toulouse’s form so poor this season, the French club’s president has offered a refund to season-ticket holders who can no longer bare to watch their side. He said: “People who no longer wish to participate in the second half of this season, no longer go to the stadium, can give their season tickets back and will be reimbursed for the second half of the season. What we are offering on the…

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big guns line-up

Ajax coach Erik Ten Haag reflects on the defeat to Valencia that saw last season’s semi-finalists miss out on the Champions League knockout stage “That makes it even more bitter. We deserved to go through but we let it slip through our own hands. We have to look at ourselves” Champions League ROUND OF 16 FIRST LEGS FEBRUARY 18 Borussia Dortmund v Paris Saint-Germain Atletico Madrid v Liverpool FEBRUARY 19 Atalanta v Valencia Tottenham Hotspur v RB Leipzig FEBRUARY 25 Chelsea v Bayern Munich Napoli v Barcelona FEBRUARY 26 Real Madrid v Manchester City Lyon v Juventus SECOND LEGS MARCH 10 Valencia v Atalanta RB Leipzig v Tottenham Hotspur MARCH 11 Paris Saint-Germain v Borussia Dortmund Liverpool v Atletico Madrid MARCH 17 Manchester City v Real Madrid Juventus v Lyon MARCH 18 Bayern Munich v Chelsea Barcelona v Napoli QUARTER-FINALS DRAW: March 20 FIRST LEGS: April ⅞ SECOND LEGS: April 14/15 SEMI-FINALS DRAW: 20 March 20 FIRST LEGS: April 28/29 SECOND LEGS: May 5/6 FINAL MAY 30 Ataturk Olympic…