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Wed­nes­day Au­gust 29

CONMEBOL: Ex-con­fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Juan An­gel Napout is jailed for nine years for rack­e­teer­ing con­spir­acy and wire-fraud charges.

ITALY: Udi­nese mid­fielder Rolando Man­dragora is sus­pended for one game af­ter be­ing caught by TV cam­eras mak­ing “blas­phe­mous re­marks” at the week­end af­ter he had a shot saved by Sam­p­do­ria goal­keeper Emil Aud­ero.

Thurs­day Au­gust 30

LUX­EM­BOURG: Dude­lange beat Ro­ma­nian cham­pi­ons CFR Cluj in the Europa League and be­come the first team from Lux­em­bourg to reach the group stage of a ma­jor Eu­ro­pean com­pe­ti­tion.

Fri­day Au­gust 31

FRANCE: Patrick Vieira claims his first vic­tory as Nice coach with a 1-0 tri­umph at Lyon. ITALY: Mi­lan beat Roma 2-1 with a 95th-minute goal from sub Patrick Cutrone af­ter both sides have a goal dis­al­lowed by VAR.

SER­BIA: Red Star fans will be able to at­tend their open­ing Cham­pi­ons League group game, at home to Napoli, af­ter UEFA re­duces their two-game sta­dium ban on ap­peal.

Satur­day Septem­ber 1

ASIAN GAMES: South Korea beat Ja­pan 2-1 in the men’s Fi­nal. FRANCE: Kylian Mbappe is sent off late on in Paris Saint-Ger­main’s 4-2 win at Nimes. HOL­LAND: PSV main­tain their per­fect start in the Ere­di­visie with a 6-1 win over Willem II. USA: Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and LA Gal­axy are thrashed 6-2 away at Real Salt Lake.

Sun­day Septem­ber 2

BRAZIL: Fol­low­ing a 1-1 draw with Atletico Mineiro, a hostage is taken in the Corinthi­ans club shop – and then aban­doned – as three men try to rob the premises.

FRANCE: Mar­seille come from 2-1 down to beat Monaco 3-2 with a 90th-minute win­ner from Valere Ger­main.

ITALY: Carlo Ancelotti suf­fers a first de­feat as Napoli coach as his side lose 3-0 at Sam­p­do­ria.

RUS­SIA: Zenit’s per­fect start to the sea­son ends with a 0-0 draw at home to Spar­tak Moscow in a game that is in­ter­rupted when a drone crashes onto the pitch.

SCOT­LAND: Steven Ger­rard loses for the first time as a man­ager as Rangers go down 1-0 at Celtic.

SPAIN: La Liga new­com­ers Huesca take the lead at Barcelona be­fore be­ing thrashed 8-2. Real Betis beat city ri­vals Sevilla 1-0.

Mon­day Septem­ber 3

ENG­LAND: Tot­ten­ham Hotspur con­firm their Cham­pi­ons League group games will be played at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium. IRAQ: Pre­vi­ously in charge of Slove­nia (twice), Mace­do­nia and United Arab Emi­rates, Srecko Katanec re­places Basim Qasim in charge of Iraq.

PARAGUAY: For­mer Mex­ico coach Juan Car­los Os­o­rio will lead Paraguay in their qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign for the 2022 World Cup.

SCOT­LAND: St Mir­ren, who are sec­ond-bot­tom of the Premier­ship sack man­ager Alan Stubbs af­ter less than three months in charge.

SPAIN: Brazil’s for­mer World Cup win­ner Ron­aldo buys a 51 per cent con­trol­ling stake in Real Valladolid, who are 16th in La Liga and yet to win a game this sea­son.

Tues­day Septem­ber 4

AUS­TRALIA: The coun­try’s all-time top scorer Tim Cahill, who man­aged 50 goals in 107 games be­fore an­nounc­ing his in­ter­na­tional re­tire­ment at this sum­mer’s World Cup, will make one last ap­pear­ance for Aus­tralia when they meet Le­banon in Syd­ney in Novem­ber.

COLOM­BIA: Jose Pekerman steps down as Colom­bia coach af­ter sixand-a-half years in charge, with Ar­turo Reyes tak­ing charge of the side for the friendlies against Venezuela and Ar­gentina.

DEN­MARK: Ex-Arse­nal mid­fielder John Jensen, who was a Euro cham­pion in 1992, will be in charge for the na­tional side’s up­com­ing games against Slo­vakia and Wales af­ter coach Age Hareide is stood down by the Dan­ish FA amid a dis­pute with the play­ers’ union over com­mer­cial rights.

HOL­LAND: Ajax and Morocco

mid­fielder Hakim Ziyech wins the Dutch foot­baller of the year award.

Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 5

DEN­MARK: With the na­tional team in­volved in a dis­pute with the Dan­ish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, and play­ers from the coun­try’s top two di­vi­sions and those based over­seas mak­ing them­selves un­avail­able, Den­mark field a makeshift side against Slo­vakia and lose 3-0.

FRANCE: Eleven years af­ter he was last in charge of Bordeaux, Brazil­ian coach Ri­cardo Gomes re­turns to re­place Gus Poyet, who was sacked fol­low­ing a row with the board over the sale of striker Gae­tan Laborde to Ligue 1 ri­vals Mont­pel­lier.

NIGE­RIA: Sal­isu Yusuf, who was as­sis­tant to Ger­not Rohr at the World Cup, is banned for a year by the Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion af­ter be­ing caught on cam­era tak­ing cash from two men who

re­quested that he pick two play­ers for this year’s African Na­tions Cham­pi­onship.

sPAIN: La Liga pushes ahead with its plan to take matches to the USA, with re­ports claim­ing the first game will be be­tween Barcelona and Girona in Mi­ami on Jan­uary 27.

UsA: David Beck­ham’s MLS team will be called Club In­ter­na­cional de Fut­bol Mi­ami, or In­ter Mi­ami.

Thurs­day Septem­ber 6

BRAZIl: Na­tional coach Tite scraps his ro­ta­tion pol­icy and an­nounces that Ney­mar will be his side’s per­ma­nent cap­tain.

FRANCE: Play­ing their first game since beat­ing Croa­tia in the World Cup Fi­nal, Les Bleus are held to a goal­less draw by Ger­many.

GE­OR­GIA: Giorgi Chakve­tadze scores the first-ever goal in the UEFA Na­tions League as Ge­or­gia win 2-0 away to Kaza­khstan.

JA­PAN: Fri­day’s home friendly against Chile is can­celled af­ter an earth­quake strikes the north­ern Ja­panese is­land of Hokkaido.

MEX­ICO: Sec­ond-tier side Do­ra­dos de Si­naloa ap­point Diego Maradona as coach.

Fri­day Septem­ber 7

AR­GENTINA: Gio­vanni Sime­one, the son of Diego Sime­one, scores on his de­but as Ar­gentina beat Gu­atemala 3-0.

DEN­MARK: The Dan­ish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion reaches a tem­po­rary agree­ment for the coun­try’s se­nior play­ers to re­turn to the na­tional team to face Wales on Sun­day.

NORTH­ERN IRE­lAND: Oran Kear­ney leaves top-of-the-ta­ble Col­eraine to take charge of Scot­tish Premier­ship strug­glers St Mir­ren.

sCOT­lAND: Alex McLeish’s side lose 4-0 to Bel­gium at Ham­p­den Park – Scot­land’s heav­i­est de­feat at home for 45 years.

sER­BIA: Red Star sup­port­ers are banned from at­tend­ing their side’s Cham­pi­ons League games away to Paris Saint-Ger­main and Liver­pool fol­low­ing the poor be­hav­iour of fans in Aus­tria at their qual­i­fier against Red Bull Salzburg.

Satur­day Septem­ber 8

BU­RUNDI: For­mer Eng­land un­der-21 striker Saido Ber­ahino scores on his de­but for Bu­rundi as they draw 1-1 with Gabon in an African Na­tions Cup qual­i­fier.

EGYPT: Mo­hamed Salah misses two penal­ties but still man­ages to get on the score­sheet twice as Egypt beat Niger 6-0.

CAMEROON: Clarence See­dorf makes a dis­ap­point­ing de­but as coach of Cameroon, who are held to a 1-1 draw by Co­moros.

Sun­day Septem­ber 9

CANADA: An 8-0 vic­tory over the US Vir­gin Is­lands in the CON­CA­CAF Na­tions League is Canada’s biggestever win.

ECUADOR: Em­elec beat Barcelona 2-0 in the Cla­sico del Astillero (“the ship­yard derby”) and re­place their Guayaquil neigh­bours at the top of the ta­ble.

FRANCE: For­mer Saint-Eti­enne de­fender Wil­liam Gomis, 19, who was re­leased this sum­mer, is shot dead in the south of France.

GER­MANY: Nico Schulz scores an 85th-minute win­ner on his de­but as Ger­many come from be­hind to beat Peru 2-1 in a friendly.

JOR­DAN: Ex-Bel­gian in­ter­na­tional Vi­tal Borkelmans re­places La­mal Abu Abed as na­tional coach.

MADA­GAs­CAR: At least one per­son is killed and 37 in­jured in a stam­pede be­fore Mada­gas­car’s African Na­tions Cup game against Sene­gal. The game goes ahead as planned and fin­ishes 2-2.

VIET­NAM: Hoang Vu Sam­son scores both goals as Hanoi beat Song Lam Nghe An 2-0 to win a fourth V.League 1 ti­tle with five games to spare.

Mon­day Septem­ber 10

CHINA: Guus Hiddink is ap­pointed coach of China’s un­der-21 side.

HONG KONG: English coach Gary White, who has spent the last sixand-a-half years in Asia, leaves his post with Chi­nese Taipei to take charge of Hong Kong.

KOsOVO: Goals from Ar­ber Zeneli and At­dhe Nuhiu give Kosovo a 2-0 vic­tory over Faroe Is­lands in the UEFA Na­tions League – their first-ever com­pet­i­tive win.

QATAR: De­spite po­lit­i­cal ten­sions in the re­gion, Qatar will host next year’s Gulf Cup.

TURKEY: Emre Ak­baba scores twice in the clos­ing min­utes as Turkey come from 2-0 down to beat Swe­den 3-2 in Solna.

UsA: LA Gal­axy coach Sigi Sch­mid steps down with six MLS games to go and is tem­po­rar­ily re­placed by Do­minic Kin­n­ear.

Tues­day Septem­ber 11

BOs­NIA: Edin Dzeko sur­passes Emir Spahic with his 95th ap­pear­ance to be­come Bos­nia’s most-capped player and marks the oc­ca­sion with the only goal of the game against Aus­tria.

ENG­lAND: Mar­cus Rash­ford gets

the only goal of the game as Eng­land beat Switzer­land to avoid an un­wanted na­tional record of four con­sec­u­tive de­feats.

JA­PAN: Ha­jime Moriyasu makes a win­ning start as Ja­pan coach with a 3-0 vic­tory over Costa Rica.

NORTH­ERN IRE­LAND: One hun­dred and six sec­onds af­ter ap­pear­ing as a sub to make his in­ter­na­tional de­but, Gavin Whyte scores with his first touch as North­ern Ire­land beat Is­rael 3-0.

SCOT­LAND: The Scot­tish FA de­cides to re­main at Ham­p­den Park and agrees to buy the sta­dium from Queen’s Park when their ex­ist­ing lease ex­pires in 2020.

UEFA: Eu­ro­pean Club As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent An­drea Agnelli claims that a third Eu­ro­pean club com­pe­ti­tion will start in 2021. The Europa League group stage will also be re­duced from 48 teams to 32.

Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 12

GABON: Sports min­is­ter Alain Claude Bilie By-Nze an­nounces that Span­ish coach Jose An­to­nio Camacho’s con­tract will not be re­newed at the end of Novem­ber. Thurs­day Septem­ber 13

FIFA: A rul­ing to limit the num­ber of play­ers that one club can lend out is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion by FIFA.

ITALY: Chievo are docked three points for ac­count­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, leav­ing them adrift at the bot­tom of Serie A on mi­nus two points.

Fri­day Septem­ber 14

ENG­LAND: For­mer Manch­ester United keeper Tim Howard, who now plays for MLS side Colorado Rapids, is part of a con­sor­tium that buys a ma­jor­ity stake in non-league Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge, who are man­aged by one-time Eng­land care­taker boss Peter Tay­lor.

Satur­day Septem­ber 15

AN­GOLA: Five peo­ple are killed and seven in­jured in a stam­pede af­ter Primeiro de Agosto’s 0-0 draw with DR Congo’s TP Mazembe in the African Cham­pi­ons League.

HOL­LAND: PSV win 7-0 at Den Haag to make it 13 goals scored in their last two Ere­di­visie games.

ITALY: Three years af­ter go­ing bank­rupt, Parma win in Serie A again, beat­ing In­ter­nazionale 1-0 with a goal from Fed­erico Di­marco – who is on loan from In­ter.

MAL­DIVES: De­spite los­ing to hold­ers In­dia in their group game, and only ad­vanc­ing to the knock­out stage on a coin toss, Mal­dives beat the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons 2-0

in the SAFF Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal.

SPAIN: Real Madrid drop their first points of the sea­son with a 1-1 draw at Ath­letic Bil­bao. Teenage sub Borja Garces scores a 94th-minute equaliser on his de­but as Atletico Madrid draw 1-1 with Eibar.

TU­NISIA: Esper­ance beat Etoile Sa­hel 2-1 in the home leg of their all-Tu­nisian CAF Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nal.

USA: Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic joins Lionel Messi and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo as the only ac­tive play­ers with 500 or more se­nior club and in­ter­na­tional goals by scor­ing in LA Gal­axy’s 5-3 de­feat by Toronto.

Sun­day Septem­ber 16

ENG­LAND: For­mer Eng­land and Ip­swich Town de­fender Kevin Beat­tie dies of a sus­pected heart at­tack at the age of 64.

ITALY: Cris­tiano Ron­aldo scores his first two goals for Ju­ven­tus as they beat Sas­suolo 2-1.

Mon­day Septem­ber 17

GHANA: Six more ref­er­ees are banned for life by the Ref­er­ees’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Ghana, and a fur­ther 47 for 10 years each, in the wake of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into bribery.

RWANDA: Fran­cois Regis Uwayezu and Eric Ruham­i­riza of the Rwan­dese As­so­ci­a­tion Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion are ar­rested over al­le­ga­tions that they tried to bribe Namib­ian ref­eree Jack­son Pavaza who took charge of their 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast in an African Na­tions Cup qual­i­fier on Septem­ber 9.

USA: As­sis­tant coach Steve Ral­ston will guide San Jose Earth­quakes in their last six MLS games af­ter Mikael Stahre is sacked.

Tues­day Septem­ber 18

BRAZIL: Next year’s Copa Amer­ica Fi­nal will be staged at the Mara­cana in Rio, with the open­ing match at the Mo­rumbi in Sao Paulo. Games will also be played in Porto Ale­gre, Belo Hor­i­zonte and Sal­vador.

ITALY: Ivan Gazidis is to leave his post as chief ex­ec­u­tive at Arse­nal and take up a sim­i­lar po­si­tion with Mi­lan on De­cem­ber 1.

SPAIN: Lionel Messi scores a record eighth Cham­pi­ons League hat-trick as Barcelona beat PSV 4-0, putting him one ahead of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo.

Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 19

AR­GENTINA: Boca Ju­niors beat Brazil’s Cruzeiro 2-0 in the home leg of their Lib­er­ta­dores Cup quar­ter-fi­nal, while River Plate draw 0-0 away at In­de­pen­di­ente in an

all-Ar­gen­tinian pair­ing.

CROA­TIA: Six months af­ter Luka Mo­dric was charged with the same of­fence, De­jan Lovren is ac­cused in court of giv­ing false state­ments in the trial of for­mer Di­namo Za­greb chief ex­ec­u­tive Zdravko Mamic.

ENG­LAND: Beaten 2-1 at home by Lyon, Manch­ester City are the first English side to lose four Cham­pi­ons League games in a row.

ITALY: Cris­tiano Ron­aldo is sent off as Ju­ven­tus beat Va­len­cia 2-0.

SOLOmON IS­LANDS: A 3-1 win over Fiji in the OFC Un­der-16 semi-fi­nals sees Solomon Is­lands qual­ify for next year’s Un­der-17 World Cup – their first 11-a-side FIFA tour­na­ment fi­nals.

Thurs­day Septem­ber 20

BRAZIL: Bruno Hen­rique and Dudu give Palmeiras a 2-0 win away to Chile’s Colo Colo in the first leg of their Lib­er­ta­dores Cup quar­ter-fi­nal.

EUROPA LEAGUE: Arse­nal, Chelsea, Mi­lan and Sevilla all get off to win­ning starts in the group stage, but Mar­seille are beaten 3-2 at home by Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt.

Fri­day Septem­ber 21

URUGUAY: Os­car Tabarez signs a new four-year con­tract to re­main in charge of the na­tional side. He will keep as­sis­tants Celso Otero, Mario Re­bollo and Jose Her­rera, who have worked with him since he be­gan his sec­ond spell as coach in 2006.

Satur­day Septem­ber 22

GER­mANY: Schalke are still with­out a point this sea­son as they lose 2-0 at home to league lead­ers Bay­ern Mu­nich.

Sun­day Septem­ber 23

AR­GENTINA: River Plate win 2-0 away to arch-ri­vals Boca Ju­niors.

HOL­LAND: PSV go five points clear of sec­ond-place Ajax at the top of the ta­ble with a 3-0 vic­tory.

ITALY: Ju­ven­tus main­tain their 100 per cent start to Serie A with a 2-0 win at Frosi­none.

SCOT­LAND: Celtic lose 2-1 at Kil­marnock and slip to sixth in the Premier­ship with their worst start to a league sea­son for 20 years.

SER­BIA: Red Star draw 1-1 at Par­ti­zan and re­main two points above their Bel­grade neigh­bours, who are third on goal dif­fer­ence.

Mon­day Septem­ber 24

FIFA: Luka Mo­dric is named the world’s top male player at the Best FIFA Foot­ball Awards in Lon­don. Marta of Brazil wins the best fe­male player award and France’s Di­dier De­schamps is the best coach.

POR­TU­GAL: Sport­ing lose in the league for the first time this sea­son, go­ing down 1-0 at Braga, who go sec­ond in the ta­ble be­hind Ben­fica on goal dif­fer­ence.

TURKEY: Fener­bahce draw 1-1 at home to Be­sik­tas in the sea­son’s first Is­tan­bul derby.

Tues­day Septem­ber 25

ENG­LAND: Af­ter tak­ing ex­ams at school ear­lier in the day, Har­vey El­liott ap­pears as a sub­sti­tute for Ful­ham in their 3-1 League Cup win at Mill­wall to be­come the club’s youngest-ever player at 15 years and 174 days.

GABON: Ini­tially ap­pointed as the joint-boss of Gabon, Daniel Cousin is named sole coach as Pier­reFran­cois Aubameyang, who is the fa­ther of Arse­nal striker Pier­reEm­er­ick Aubameyang, is too ill to ac­cept the job.

GER­mANY: Bay­ern Mu­nich drop their first points of the sea­son with a 1-1 draw at home to Augs­burg.

IN­DONE­SIA: Liga 1 is sus­pended af­ter the death of a Per­sija fan in clashes with Persib sup­port­ers be­fore their game on Sun­day.

Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 26

GER­mANY: Borus­sia Dort­mund beat Nurem­berg 7-0 to equal the club’s sec­ond-big­gest win of all time in the Bun­desliga.

ITALY: Daniele De Rossi makes his 600th ap­pear­ance for Roma as they beat Frosi­none.

SPAIN: Barcelona lose 2-1 away to bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble Le­ganes while Real Madrid are beaten 3-0 at Sevilla – the first time the pair have both lost in La Liga on the same day since Jan­uary 4, 2015.

USA: New York City book their place in the MLS play-offs with a 2-0 vic­tory over Chicago Fire.

ZAm­BIA: ZESCO United beat Nchanga Rangers 4-0 to re­tain the ti­tle with two games to spare.

Thurs­day Septem­ber 27

GER­mANY: Euro 2024 will be staged in Ger­many af­ter Turkey’s bid is beaten in a vote.

SCOT­LAND: Scot­tish League Cup semi-fi­nals Aberdeen v Rangers and Hearts v Celtic will be played at Ham­p­den Park on Oc­to­ber 28. It will be the first time Celtic and Rangers have played in Glas­gow on the same day since 1983.

UEFA: VAR will be used from the play-off stage of next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League and in the 2019 UEFA Su­per Cup in Is­tan­bul, as well as at Euro 2020.

Golden...South Korea cel­e­brate beat­ing Ja­pan in the Fi­nal of the men’s foot­ball tour­na­ment at the 2018 Asian Games in In­done­sia

Old Firm...Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham (left) and Al­fredo More­los of Rangers

Caught...Sal­isu Yusuf has been banned

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