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World Soccer March 2020

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
R 100,20
R 762,82
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
in pictures

1 min.
from the editor

For many years in England, football consumers have been fed the narrative that the Premier League is the best competition in the world. That argument may help to sell newspapers and TV subscriptions but it does not tell the whole story. The theme of “life outside the Premier League” has been a familiar one to World Soccer readers over the years and we continue with it this month. We turn the spotlight on two players who are thriving after leaving Manchester United last summer. We speak to Chris Smalling (page 46) about the good, bad and occasionally ugly aspects of his new life in Serie A; and we profile Romelu Lukaku (page 34), a player who has defied the critics throughout his career and is doing so again this season at…

1 min.
chelsea agree deal with ajax for ziyech

Chelsea have agreed a £37.6million deal with Ajax to sign Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech in the summer. Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban for breaching the rules on the signing of young players was reduced on appeal, allowing them to sign players in the January window. However, the London club opted against bringing in any new players. Ziyech will be Frank Lampard’s first signing as Chelsea boss. He was one of the stars of the Ajax side that reached last year’s Champions League semifinals. His departure from Amsterdam will follow last year’s transfers of Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona and Matthijs De Ligt to Juventus.…

1 min.
audit reveals financial chaos at caf

The Confederation of African Football is in a state of disarray, according to an audit by a leading accountancy firm. The investigation, carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers, found that the organisation’s accounting was “unreliable and not trustworthy”, and that some 35 of 40 large payments, totalling $8.3million, were “unusual” or had “little or no supporting documentation”. CAF’s presidential office was found to be “directly involved” in the controversial decision to employ French company Tactical Steel, a little-known manufacturer of gym equipment, as a key supplier of sportswear for its competitions. The audit also questioned “the role played” by CAF president Ahmad and his attache, Loic Gerand, in the deal with Tactical Steel. The company’s financial dealings with CAF were described as “highly suspicious”. Ahmad has strenuously denied any wrongdoing. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed…

2 min.
heroes villains

“She could and should be a multi-millionaire, but she never asked for a penny more than her team-mates. She’s always put her team, her country first”John Herdman on record-breaking Canadian international Christine Sinclair CHRISTINE SINCLAIR The Canadian set a new world record for either men or women when her two goals in an11-0 victory over St Kitts & Nevis took her past Abby Wambach’s previous best and on to 185. The 36-year-old was described as “an amazing human being” by former national coach John Herdman. ERLING HAALAND The Norwegian became the first substitute to score a hat-trick on his Bundesliga debut. The 19-year-old achieved the feat in Borussia Dortmund’s win against Augsburg. THE MALDINIS When Daniel Maldini lined up against Verona in Serie A he became the third generation of his family to represent Milan, following…

1 min.
on the radar

“Imagine, he’s ‘the King’, he was always such an imposing figure and today he can’t walk properly”Pele’s son Edinho says his 79-year-old father (left) is now reluctant to be seen in public Giovanni REYNA (Borussia Dortmund) Erling Haaland may have got eight goals in his first four competitive games, but is not the only teenager to have recently announced himself at Dortmund. Gio Reyna scored a wonder goal in a 3-2 loss at Werder Bremen in the cup. Like Haaland, the17-year-old American creative midfielder is from good footballing stock. While the Norwegian’s father Alf-Inge played for Leeds United and Manchester City, Giovanni’s dad is USA Hall of Fame playmaker Claudio Reyna. Giovanni joined Dortmund last summer from New York City FC and has only been a member of the German club’s senior squad since the…