World Soccer

World Soccer February 2020

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from the editor

Two of the main stories that we cover this month have a common theme. The Club World Cup (page 62) and the Spanish Super Cup (page 20) were both played in the Middle East, in Qatar and Saudi Arabia respectively. As we enter a new decade, football clubs and administrators continue to have no qualms about following the money around the globe, even if that means dragging supporters to matches thousands of miles away from home and playing in countries with dubious human-rights records. The growing global consensus on the need to tackle climate change should be a catalyst forcing football to change tack. But it doesn’t appear that much will change in the near future. This summer’s European Championship, the second time the finals have been expanded to 24 teams, will…

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the world this month

ITALY Lazio fined for racist abuse of Mario Balotelli Lazio have been fined €20,000 for their fans’ racist abuse of Brescia striker Mario Balotelli in the latest case of racism in Italian football. Brescia’s Serie A game at home to Lazio was temporarily halted and a stadium announcement made urging away supporters not to sing discriminatory songs about Balotelli. “Lazio fans that were today at the stadium SHAME ON YOU!” said a social-media post from Balotelli, who opened the scoring in a 2-1 defeat. Lazio said in a statement: “As always, Lazio dissociates in the most taxing way from the discriminatory behaviour carried out by a very small minority of fans during the match against Brescia. The club once again reiterates its condemnation of such unjustified misconduct and confirms its intent to prosecute those who…

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heroes & villains

Erling Haaland reveals why he opted to join Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg “I liked how they spoke to me then and that’s what triggered me. That’s when I felt that me and Dortmund was a good match” BEN FOSTER Watford’s goalkeeper pulled an 80-year-old fan suffering from dementia out of a roadside ditch after a game. He also invited the supporter to his home for Christmas dinner and offered to pay for his next season ticket. THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION Praised for their mental health campaign as all the FA Cup third-round kick-off times were delayed by a minute in order to show a campaign message. JOKIN APERRIBAY After his side beat fourth-tier Becerril 8-0 in the Copa del Rey, Real Sociedad’s president invited the entire population of the northern Spanish village to a future match.…

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on the radar

“Watching United play now is a bit like an old man who is trying to make love. You are trying with all your might but, at the end of the day, everyone’s a little disappointed” Exequiel PALACIOS (Bayer Leverkusen) Leverkusen has long been a destination for ambitious South Americans looking to make a name for themselves in the European game and, following his €22m January transfer from River Plate, Palacios is the latest starlet to demonstrate that ambition. Linked with a move ever since his starring role in River’s 2018 Libertadores triumph, Real Madrid, Internazionale and Arsenal were among the interested teams, but the central midfielder – who made his Argentina debut in August 2018 – has opted for a club with a track record of signing and developing talent. Asked if he believes this…