World Soccer - - This Month -

Three weeks on from the World Cup Fi­nal and al­ready the Euro­pean club sea­son is up and running. Cris­tiano Ron­aldo did not wait for the tour­na­ment in Rus­sia to fin­ish be­fore land­ing in Italy. His move to Ju­ven­tus feels like a sig­nif­i­cant event; it is cer­tainly be­ing por­trayed that way by Ital­ian ob­servers. Serie A has been given a shot in the arm by his trans­fer, while Real Madrid, masters of the mar­quee sign­ing, ap­pear to have been caught un­awares by his de­par­ture.

Madrid could yet take ad­van­tage of the early clos­ing of the trans­fer win­dow in Eng­land to ac­quire re­in­force­ments. And it’s easy to for­get that last sea­son they achieved what no other club had ever done in the Cham­pi­ons League by re­tain­ing their ti­tle.

A year is an eter­nity in football. Less than 12 months ago Ney­mar was the heir ap­par­ent to Ron­aldo and Lionel Messi. But af­ter a World Cup in which the Brazil­ian’s play-act­ing was ridiculed, his rep­u­ta­tion has taken a bat­ter­ing.

Whether Ney­mar can take PSG to the next level in the Cham­pi­ons League is a theme we will turn to next month in our guide to the Euro­pean club com­pe­ti­tions.

See you then.

Gavin Hamil­ton, Edi­tor

Serie A has been given a shot in the arm by Ron­aldo’s trans­fer, while Madrid ap­pear to have been caught un­awares

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