A comprehensive record of recent events around the world
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