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Fri­day Au­gust 4 SIERRA LEONE: John Keis­ter, who took charge of just one game as na­tional coach, is sus­pended in­def­i­nitely by the Sierra Leone FA after al­legedly call­ing its pres­i­dent Isha Jo­hansen “cor­rupt”. Satur­day Au­gust 5 GER­MANY: Bay­ern Mu­nich twice come from be­hind to draw 2-2 with Borus­sia Dort­mund be­fore win­ning the Su­per Cup on penal­ties. Sun­day Au­gust 6 ARAB CLUB CHAM­PI­ONSHIP: Egyp­tian ref Ibrahim Nour El Din is head-butted dur­ing the Arab Club Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal and at­tacked by play­ers, of­fi­cials and fans of Jor­dan’s Al Faisaly as they lose 3-2 to Tu­nisia’s Esper­ance in ex­tra-time.

ENG­LAND: The Com­mu­nity Shield is the first game in Eng­land to use the ABBA penalty se­quence sys­tem,

with Ar­se­nal beat­ing Chelsea.

TURKEY: Konyas­por’s 2-1 vic­tory over Be­sik­tas in the Su­per Cup is marred by a pitch in­va­sion after the fi­nal whis­tle and fight­ing be­tween ri­val fans.

USA: David Villa scores a hat-trick as New York City beat New York Red Bulls 3-2. Tues­day Au­gust 8 SPAIN: Real Madrid re­tain the UEFA Su­per Cup with a 2-1 vic­tory over Manchester United. Wed­nes­day Au­gust 9

BRAZIL: Fla­mengo’s Vini­cius Ju­nior, who will join Real Madrid for € 45m in 2019, scores his first pro­fes­sional goal, in a 5-0 win over Palestino in the Su­damer­i­cana cup.

CYPRUS: Ten-man Apol­lon score two late goals to beat APOEL 2-1 and claim their sec­ond suc­ces­sive Su­per Cup.

ITALY: Na­tional coach Gi­ampiero Ven­tura signs a new two-year con­tract to lead the Az­zurri to the 2020 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.

MEX­ICO: Rafael Mar­quez is one of 22 peo­ple and 42 or­gan­i­sa­tions sanc­tioned by the US trea­sury de­part­ment for hav­ing ties with al­leged drug traf­ficker Raul Flores Her­nan­dez. Mex­ico’s cap­tain is ac­cused of be­ing a “front per­son” for a drugs car­tel.

POR­TU­GAL: Ben­fica be­gin their de­fence of the league ti­tle with a 3-1 win at home to Braga.

SCOT­LAND: Dundee United chair­man Stephen Thomp­son is as­saulted and pushed to the ground after a 2-1 de­feat by city rivals Dundee in the Scot­tish League Cup.

SPAIN: Barcelona have a bid of € 100m for Philippe Coutinho rejected by Liver­pool. Thurs­day Au­gust 10 GER­MANY: Ous­mane Dem­bele is sus­pended by Borus­sia Dort­mund after miss­ing train­ing, with the club hav­ing turned down an of­fer from Barcelona for the France in­ter­na­tional ear­lier in the day.

SENE­GAL: US Ouakam are banned for seven years fol­low­ing the crowd trou­ble in July’s League Cup Fi­nal against Stade de Mbour which left eight peo­ple dead, al­though club pres­i­dent Ab­doul Aziz Gu­eye in­sists: “We are go­ing to ap­peal this penalty, which seems to us to be heavy and dis­pro­por­tion­ate.” Fri­day Au­gust 11 ENG­LAND: Hours after Liver­pool say that Philippe Coutinho is not for sale, the Brazil­ian mid­fielder sub­mits a trans­fer re­quest.

MOROCCO: The Royal Moroc­can Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion tells FIFA it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Satur­day Au­gust 12 ENG­LAND: Trail­ing 3-0 at half­time, Chelsea be­gin their de­fence of the Premier League with two red cards and a 3-2 loss at home to Burn­ley. Wayne Rooney scores on his sec­ond Ever­ton league de­but, 13 years after he left the club, as they beat Stoke City 1-0.

HOL­LAND: Ajax suf­fer an open­ing­day de­feat in the Ere­di­visie, los­ing 2-1 at Her­a­cles.

SPAIN: Real Madrid boss Zine­dine Zidane agrees a new three-year deal with the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons. Sun­day Au­gust 13 FRANCE: Neymar scores on his Paris Saint-Ger­main de­but as they win 3-0 at Guingamp. Lille try two dif­fer­ent out­field play­ers in goal

after keeper Mike Maig­nan is sent off in a 3-0 de­feat at Stras­bourg. Monaco win 4-1 at Di­jon but leave Kylian Mbappe on the bench, with re­ports claim­ing that the 18-yearold has agreed to join PSG.

GER­MANY: Ham­burg lose 3-1 at third-tier Osnabruck, who have a man sent off, in the Ger­man Cup.

ITALY: Ju­ven­tus score twice in the last five min­utes be­fore Lazio grab an even later goal to win the Ital­ian Su­per Cup 3-2. Bologna lose 3-0 at home to Serie B side Cit­tadella in the Ital­ian Cup.

PERU: Alianza Lima are crowned Aper­tura cham­pi­ons with a 0-0 draw at Comer­ciantes Unidos.

SPAIN: Sub Cris­tiano Ron­aldo comes off the bench to score but is later sent off as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 in the first leg of the Span­ish Su­per Cup. Mon­day Au­gust 14 ENG­LAND: Southamp­ton owner Katha­rina Lieb­herr sells 80 per

cent of the club to Chinese busi­ness­man Gao Jisheng.

SPAIN: Cris­tiano Ron­aldo re­ceives a one-match ban for his send­ing off in Real Madrid’s Su­per Cup game on Sun­day, plus a fur­ther four games for push­ing the ref­eree in the back after his dis­missal.

USA: It is an­nounced that Las Vegas will have the third and fi­nal ex­pan­sion team in the sec­ond-tier USL next year, with Nashville SC and Fresno FC also join­ing. Tues­day Au­gust 15

EGYPT: After a goal­less 90 min­utes, Al Ahly come from be­hind in ex­tra time to beat Al Masry 2-1 in the Egyp­tian Cup Fi­nal.

GER­MANY: Hof­fen­heim’s Euro­pean de­but ends in a 2-1 loss at home to Liver­pool in the first leg of their Cham­pi­ons League play-off game.

IRAN: Re­ports that Ma­soud Sho­jaei and Eh­san Haji Safi were banned from rep­re­sent­ing the na­tional team, after play­ing for Pan­io­nis of Greece against Is­rael’s Mac­cabi Tel Aviv in the Europa League, are de­nied by the Ira­nian FA.

JA­PAN: Urawa Red Di­a­monds beat Brazil’s Chapecoense 1-0 in a game be­tween the win­ners of the J.League Cup and the Su­damer­i­cana Cup.

USA: New York Red Bulls will face Sport­ing Kansas City in the US Open Cup Fi­nal on Septem­ber 20 after beat­ing Cincin­nati 3-2 in ex­tra time. Wed­nes­day Au­gust 16

SPAIN: Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 at the Bern­abeu to claim the Su­per Cup 5-1 on ag­gre­gate. Thurs­day Au­gust 17

ITALY: Mi­lan thrash Mace­do­nia’s Shk­endija 6-0 in the Europa League qual­i­fiers – their big­gest vic­tory in Europe for 24 years.

MEX­ICO: Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt mid­fielder Marco Fabian will miss Mex­ico’s four re­main­ing World Cup qual­i­fiers after agree­ing to un­dergo back surgery later this month that will rule him out for a year.

SOMALIA: Os­man Jama Di­raa, an Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­ber of the So­mali Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion, is shot dead in the cap­i­tal, Mo­gadishu. Fri­day Au­gust 18

ENG­LAND: Liver­pool re­ject a third bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, which is be­lieved to be in the re­gion of £114m.

FIN­LAND: Pertti Alaja, pres­i­dent of the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Fin­land and an ex-in­ter­na­tional goal­keeper, passes away, aged

65, after a se­ri­ous ill­ness.

FRANCE: Monaco set a new Ligue 1 record, beat­ing Metz 1-0 to make it 15 league wins in a row. Satur­day Au­gust 19

ITALY: Gian­luigi Buf­fon saves Serie A’s first VAR-awarded penalty as Ju­ven­tus beat Cagliari 3-0.

RO­MA­NIA: With the last kick of the game, Ge­orge Cal­in­taru chips his “Pa­nenka” penalty into the arms of Florin Nita in the sixth minute of in­jury time as min­nows Ju­ven­tus Bucharest lose 2-1 to city gi­ants FCSB, for­merly known as Steaua. Sun­day Au­gust 20

ENG­LAND: Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s first league game at their tem­po­rary Wem­b­ley home ends in a 2-1 de­feat by Chelsea.

SPAIN: Barcelona make a win­ning start to their Liga cam­paign, beat­ing Real Betis 2-0 on an emo­tional night at Camp Nou, with the club play­ing for the first time since a ter­ror at­tack in the city on Thurs­day. Mon­day Au­gust 21 ENG­LAND: Wayne Rooney is on tar­get for Ever­ton in their 1-1 draw at Manchester City and be­comes only the sec­ond player, after Alan Shearer, to score 200 Premier League goals. Tues­day Au­gust 22

CHINA: Hulk scores for a sev­enth con­sec­u­tive AFC Cham­pi­ons League game as Shang­hai SIPG beat Chinese Su­per League rivals Guangzhou Ever­grande 4-0 in the first leg of their quar­ter-fi­nal.

EGYPT: Clubs will now be al­lowed to sign four foreign play­ers – an in­crease from the three pre­vi­ously per­mit­ted – plus two fur­ther play­ers from Syria or Pales­tine.

RUS­SIA: Fancy Bears, a group of Hack­ers from Rus­sia, re­lease doc­u­ments that claim 25 play­ers, in­clud­ing Car­los Tevez and Dirk Kuyt used banned medicines dur­ing the 2010 World Cup and that 160 foot­ballers failed drugs tests in 2015. Wed­nes­day Au­gust 23 AZER­BAI­JAN: Qarabag lose 2-1 to Copenhagen in Denmark to draw 2-2 on ag­gre­gate and go through on away goals, be­com­ing the first Azer­bai­jani side to reach the group stage of the Cham­pi­ons League. CAMEROON: FIFA sets up a “nor­mal­i­sa­tion com­mit­tee” to run the coun­try’s foot­ball fed­er­a­tion due to in­ter­nal wran­gles. ENG­LAND: Wayne Rooney turns

down an in­vi­ta­tion to be in­cluded in Eng­land’s squad for next month’s World Cup qual­i­fiers against Malta and Slo­vakia and re­tires from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball.

SPAIN: The City Foot­ball Group, who are Manchester City’s par­ent com­pany, and a group owned by City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola’s brother Pere each buy an equal ma­jor­ity stake in La Liga side Girona, who have five play­ers on loan from the Premier League club.

UKRAINE: Dy­namo Kiev say they will not play Sun­day’s league game at Mar­i­upol due to safety con­cerns. The city has hosted three games this sea­son but is only 40km from where in­ter­mit­tent cease­fire vi­o­la­tions have oc­curred be­tween Ukrainian and pro-Rus­sian forces. Thurs­day Au­gust 24 EUROPA LEAGUE: Ajax – who reached last sea­son’s Fi­nal – and Fener­bahce miss out on the group stage, go­ing out to Rosen­borg and Var­dar re­spec­tively. Fri­day Au­gust 25 SPAIN: David Villa of New York City re­ceives his first call up for Spain since the 2014 World Cup.

UEFA: Cris­tiano Ron­aldo is voted UEFA’s Player of the Sea­son for the third time in four years. Satur­day Au­gust 26

ENG­LAND: With a 2-0 vic­tory over Le­ices­ter City, Manchester United re­main the only side with a 100 per re­cent record in the Premier League this sea­son.

GER­MANY: Robert Le­wandowski scores twice in the last 20 min­utes as Bay­ern Mu­nich beat Werder Bre­men 2-0.

ITALY: Paulo Dy­bala scores a hat­trick as Ju­ven­tus come from 2-0 down to win 4-2 at Genoa. They lead Serie A with In­ter­nazionale, who are 3-1 win­ners at Roma.

SCOT­LAND: With Celtic be­ing held 1-1 at home by St John­stone, Aberdeen go top with a 4-3 win at Partick This­tle.

SPAIN: Lionel Messi misses a penalty but then scores twice as Barcelona win 2-0 at Alaves and join Real So­ciedad at the top of La Liga with max­i­mum points. Sun­day Au­gust 27 ENG­LAND: Liver­pool beat Ar­se­nal 4-0 at An­field. FRANCE: Monaco thrash Mar­seille 6-1 to join Paris Saint-Ger­main at the top of Ligue 1 with four wins from four games. SPAIN: Real Madrid are held to a 2-2 draw at home by Va­len­cia. Mon­day Au­gust 28 ENG­LAND: Liver­pool agree to pay Naby Keita’s £48m re­lease clause and will sign RB Leipzig’s mid­fielder in July 2018. SPAIN: Ous­mane Dem­bele be­comes the sec­ond-most ex­pen­sive sign­ing ever as Barcelona pay Borus­sia Dort­mund € 105m for the 20-yearold French striker. Tues­day Au­gust 29 IRAN: Ma­soud Sho­jae, who was cap­tain of the na­tional side for their last World Cup game, is left out of the Iran squad for the fi­nal qual­i­fiers against South Korea and Syria. GER­MANY: A man sus­pected of tar­get­ing the Borus­sia Dort­mund team bus in an April nail-bomb at­tack when it was en route to the Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nal tie at home to Monaco is charged with 28 counts of at­tempted mur­der by Ger­man prose­cu­tors. THAI­LAND: De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Thai­land re­tain the men’s South­east Asian Games ti­tle with a 1-0 win over Malaysia in the Fi­nal as keeper Haziq Nad­zli punched a cor­ner into his own net. Wed­nes­day Au­gust 30 BO­LIVIA: The Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport dis­misses Bo­livia’s ap­peal against for­feit­ing two World Cup games. In Septem­ber, they beat Peru 2-0 and drew 0-0 with Chile but were later handed 3-0 de­feats in both games after they fielded Paraguay-born Nel­son Cabr­era, who was ruled in­el­i­gi­ble.

Dom­i­nant...Real Madrid (in black) get the bet­ter of Manchester United in the UEFA Su­per Cup, which was played in Mace­do­nia

Sub...Lille striker Ni­co­las De Pre­ville is beaten while in goal against Stras­bourg

Late show...Lazio cel­e­brate vic­tory

De­nied...Thai­land keep out Malaysia

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