A comprehensive record of recent events around the world
Thursday August 31
BELGIUM: Playing at right-back, Thomas Meunier scores a hat-trick and sets up three more as Belgium beat Gibraltar 9-0 to equal their biggest-ever margin of victory.
ENGLAND: Premier League clubs’ transfer deadline-day spending reaches a new high of £210m, taking their total summer outlay to a record £1.4billion.
FRANCE: Paris Saint-Germain sign Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe on loan, with an option to buy the 18-yearold for € 180m next summer. In the evening, he becomes Les Bleus’ youngest goalscorer for almost 54 years as France beat Holland 4-0.
IRAN: A 0-0 draw away to South Korea sees Iran set a World Cup qualifying record with a 12th clean sheet in a row.
JAPAN: Goals from Takuma Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi secure a 2-0 win over Australia that seals Japan’s sixth successive qualification for the World Cup finals.
Friday September 1
FRANCE: UEFA opens a formal investigation into Paris SaintGermain as part of its “ongoing monitoring” of clubs and Financial Fairplay rules.
MEXICO: Hirving Lozano scores as Mexico beat Panama 1-0 to book their place at Russia 2018.
Saturday September 2
ITALY: A 3-0 loss in Spain is Italy’s first defeat in a World Cup or Euro qualifier for almost 11 years – a run of 56 games.
WALES: Seventeen-year-old Ben Woodburn comes off the bench and scores the only goal of the game against Austria on his debut. Sunday September 3 BELGIUM: A 2-1 victory away to Greece seals Belgium’s place at next year’s World Cup. COSTA RICA: With five minutes to play and hosts Saprissa leading Grecia 6-1, the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma is evacuated and the game abandoned following a bomb threat – which is later confirmed as a hoax.
LUXEMBOURG: Despite facing 34 shots, goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert keeps a clean sheet as Luxembourg earn a shock 0-0 draw in France.
Monday September 4
ENGLAND: Chelsea omit striker Diego Costa from their squad for the Champions League group stage.
Tuesday September 5
MEXICO: Giovani Dos Santos plays his 100th game for Mexico and scores in a 1-1 draw with Costa Rica.
SPAIN: La Liga’s longest-serving coach Diego Simeone signs a two-year contract extension with Atletico Madrid.
WORLD CUP: Saudi Arabia and South Korea book their places at the 2018 World Cup, with a 1-0 win over Japan and a 0-0 draw in Uzbekistan respectively, and Syria’s 2-2 draw in Iran takes them into a play-off game against Australia.
Wednesday September 6
SOUTH AFRICA: The World Cup qualifier on November 12 last year, in which South Africa beat Senegal 2-1, will be replayed in November following referee Joseph Lamptey’s ban for match manipulation.
Thursday September 7
ENGLAND: Premier League clubs vote to close next summer’s transfer window before the season starts. Clubs will still be able to sell players until the end of the window in Europe. NIGERIA: Ifeanyi Ubah have nine players banned for 12 games each after they attacked match officials during their top-flight game against Niger Tornadoes in August.
Friday September 8
FRANCE: Kylian Mbappe scores on his debut for Paris Saint-Germain as they thrash Metz 5-1.
PORTUGAL: Bas Dost’s 97th-minute penalty gives Sporting a 3-2 win at Feirense to maintain their 100 per cent league record this season.
Saturday September 9 ENGLAND: Manchester City beat Liverpool 5-0 to equal the heaviest defeat of Jurgen Klopp’s career as a manager.
GERMANY: Thomas Muller makes his 400th appearance for Bayern Munich but they lose in the Bundesliga for the first time since
April, going down 2-0 away to Hoffenheim.
NIGERIA: Plateau United beat Rangers 2-0 and are crowned Nigerian Professional Football League champions for the first time, with MFM finishing second and Enyimba in third. Shooting Stars, ABS, Gombe United and Remo Stars are relegated.
SPAIN: Lionel Messi scores his 38th hat-trick for Barcelona as they beat Espanyol 5-0 in the Catalan derby.
Sunday September 10
GERMANY: Bibiana Steinhaus becomes the Bundesliga’s first female referee as she takes charge of Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen.
ITALY: Ciro Immobile scores a hattrick as Lazio beat Milan 4-1 in a game that is delayed by an hour after flash floods in Rome.
USA: Atlanta United christen their new Mercedes-Benz Stadium
with a 3-0 victory over Dallas in front of a sell-out crowd of 45,314.
Monday September 11
CHINA: Uruguayan coach Gus Poyet quits Shanghai Shenhua with the team sitting 12th in the 16-team Chinese Super League.
ENGLAND: Crystal Palace sack manager Frank De Boer the day after a 1-0 defeat at Burnley sees them become the first English topflight team since 1924 to lose their opening four league games without scoring a goal.
SAUDI ARABIA: After a goalless first leg, Carlos Eduardo scores a hat-trick in the return as Al Hilal beat Al Ain of the UAE 3-0 to reach the AFC Champions League semi-finals.
Tuesday September 12
CHINA: Leading 4-0 from the home leg of their AFC Champions League quarter-final, Shanghai SIPG lose 4-0 at Guangzhou Evergrande, have two players sent off in extra-time and then draw 5-5 on aggregate before winning on penalties.
ENGLAND: Roy Hodgson is named Crystal Palace’s new manager on a two-year deal and, at 70, becomes the Premier League’s oldest boss.
SCOTLAND: Celtic suffer their biggest home defeat in Europe, losing 5-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
UKRAINE: Mariupol are awarded the points after Dynamo Kiev refused to travel to the eastern port city to fulfil their away fixture on August 25 due to safety fears.
Wednesday September 13
JAPAN: Urawa Red Diamonds come back from a 3-1 first-leg defeat to beat Kawasaki Frontale 5-4 on aggregate in the AFC Champions League.
PORTUGAL: Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas equals former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs’ record of playing in 19 different Champions League campaigns as his side lose 3-1 at home to Besiktas.
SPAIN: Real Madrid set a new record for a home win in the UEFA Youth League with a 10-0 victory over APOEL of Cyprus.
USA: Atlanta United equal the MLS record for the largest margin of victory with a 7-0 thrashing of New England Revolution.
Thursday September 14
SAUDI ARABIA: Nine days after sealing qualification for next summer’s World Cup in Russia,
Saudi Arabia replace coach Bert Van Marwijk with Edgardo Bauza.
Friday September 15
GERMANY: Hanover top the table for the first time in 48 years with a 2-0 victory over Hamburg.
Saturday September 16
CHINA: Shanghai SIPG thrash city rivals Shanghai Shenhua 6-1.
GERMANY: Robert Lewandowski scores twice in his 100th league game for Bayern Munich, in a 4-0 victory over Mainz, which takes him to a total of 82 top-flight goals for the team – a Bundesliga record for a player reaching a century of league appearances for one club.
SPAIN: Record signing Ousmane Dembele suffers a hamstring injury on his Liga debut as Barcelona beat Getafe 2-1 and is expected to be sidelined for four months. Antoine Griezmann scores as Atletico Madrid beat Malaga 1-0 in their first game at the Wanda Metropolitano.
USA: A new MLS record crowd of 70,425 watches Atlanta United draw 3-3 with Orlando City.
Sunday September 17
CZECH REPUBLIC: Slavia Prague beat Sparta Prague 2-0 to win the 288th derby.
ENGLAND: Wayne Rooney suffers a 4-0 loss on his return to Manchester United with Everton.
GERMANY: Beaten 5-0 at Borussia Dortmund, Cologne have now lost their first four league games, scoring just one goal and conceding 12, which is the worst start to a Bundesliga campaign since the 1962-63 season.
HOLLAND: Feyenoord’s 100 per cent start to the Eredivisie season ends with a 1-0 defeat at PSV.
ITALY: Playing his 100th game for Juventus, Paulo Dybala gets a hattrick in a 3-1 win at Sassuolo. Dries Mertens also scores three as Napoli beat Benevento 6-0. Genoa’s 16year-old striker Pietro Pellegri becomes the youngest player to score twice in a Serie A game as his side lose 3-2 to Lazio.
PARAGUAY: Club Atletico 3 de February and Deportivo Santani are promoted to the Primera Division.
Monday September 18
BELGIUM: Anderlecht sack coach Rene Weiler after just two wins in seven league games leaves the defending Belgian champions ninth in the table.
GERMANY: Wolfsburg dismiss Andries Jonker after Saturday’s 1-0 Bundesliga defeat to Stuttgart and
appoint Martin Schmidt as coach. TAJIKISTAN: Istiklol beat Panjshir 5-0 to claim a fourth successive Tajik league title.
Tuesday September 19
JORDAN: Al Wehdat win the Jordan FA Shield for a recordextending ninth time with a 2-0 victory over Al Jazeera in the Final.
SPAIN: Lionel Messi scores four times as Barcelona thrash Eibar 6-1, while Simone Zaza grabs a nineminute hat-trick as Valencia beat Malaga 5-0.
Wednesday September 20
ITALY: Napoli come from behind to win 4-1 at Lazio, while Juventus beat Fiorentina 1-0. Roma’s 4-0 victory at Benevento is their ninth in a row on the road in Serie A.
RUSSIA: Without a representative on the FIFA Council since Vitaly Mutko was barred from standing for re-election in May, Russia’s Alexei Sorokin is elected as one of the panel’s European members at an extraordinary UEFA Congress.
SAN MARINO: Tre Penne beat La Fiorita 4-0 in the Super Cup.
SPAIN: Real Madrid lose 1-0 at home to Real Betis and fail to break the record for scoring in consecutive games, a mark of 73 which they now share with Santos.
USA: Sporting Kansas City win their third US Open Cup in six years, beating New York Red Bulls 2-1.
Thursday September 21
SPAIN: Atletico Madrid announce they have agreed a deal for Chelsea striker Diego Costa, even though he is not eligible to play until January.
Friday September 22
FRANCE: Radamel Falcao scores twice to make it 11 goals in seven Ligue 1 games for the Colombian as Monaco win 4-0 away to Lille.
GERMANY: Bayern Munich blow a two-goal lead and are held 2-2 at home by Wolfsburg.
Saturday September 23
ENGLAND: Premier League leaders Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 5-0 to stay ahead of arch-rivals Manchester United, 1-0 winners at Southampton, on goal difference. Third-placed Chelsea win 4-0 at Stoke.
FRANCE: Without the injured Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain drop league points for the first time this season in a goalless draw at Montpellier.
GERMANY: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabs a hat-trick
as Borussia Dortmund crush Borussia Monchengladbach 6-1 to stay top of the Bundesliga.
ITALY: Juventus thrash Torino 4-0 in the Turin derby and remain jointtop in Serie A with Napoli, who win 3-2 at SPAL.
SCOTLAND: Celtic win 2-0 at Rangers in the Old Firm derby to take their run of unbeaten domestic games to 57.
SPAIN: Real Madrid win 2-1 at Alaves to equal the Spanish topflight record of 12 consecutive wins on the road. Barcelona’s 3-0 victory away to Catalan neighbours Girona makes it six wins out of six for them in La Liga as they remain top of the table.
TURKEY: Five players are sent off as Fenerbahce beat Besiktas 2-1 in an Istanbul derby that features two goals and three red cards in the final five minutes.
Sunday September 24
BELGIUM: Club Brugge win 2-1 at Sporting Charleroi and go four points clear as the top two meet.
EGYPT: Two people are jailed for life over the violence that led to a stampede before a game between Zamalek and ENPPI in Cairo, in 2015, in which 19 people died.
GREECE: League leaders AEK come from two goals down to win 3-2 at home to Olympiakos.
HOLLAND: PSV win 7-1 at Utrecht and return to the top of the league. Ajax lose 2-1 at home to Vitesse.
ITALY: Genoa have two players sent off in injury time as they lose 1-0 at Internazionale to Danilo D’Ambrosio’s 87th-minute goal.
KENYA: CAF strips Kenya of the right to host next year’s African Nations Championship after an inspection team reports that only one of the four venues is ready.
SOUTH AFRICA: African Champions League holders Mamelodi Sundowns go out in this year’s quarter-finals, losing to Wydad of Morocco on penalties.
URUGUAY: All the day’s fixtures are called off as the country’s referees go on strike following attacks on two officials during an under-19 game between Platense and Basanez the previous day.
Monday September 25
ENGLAND: West Bromwich Albion lose 2-0 at Arsenal.
ITALY: Juventus say they will lodge an appeal after president Andrea Agnelli is banned for one year for his role in the club selling tickets to supporters allegedly linked with organised crime.
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