World Soccer




In March, the Bayern Munich and Germany midfield duo establishe­d the WeKickCoro­na campaign, which has donated over €6 million to organisati­ons including food banks, hospitals, homeless charities and blood donation services. Their latest donation of €500,000 to UNICEF is in support of the United Nations Children’s Fund, which aims to help provide vaccines to the world’s poorest countries.


The former England midfielder of 172 caps became the first inductee into the Women’s Super League Hall of Fame. Set up to mark the league’s ten-year anniversar­y, the honour recognised Williams’ status as one of the country’s most gifted female players, overcoming homelessne­ss to become the most capped English footballer ever.


The Bundesliga side’s new stadium, which they moved into in October, is set to be one of the greenest in the world, with the potential to be carbon neutral. The 34,700-seater SC-Stadion has solar panels on the roof, generating 2.3 million kWh per year, and will be heated by energy generated from a nearby manufactur­ing plant. The ground also offers electric car charging stations and over 3,000 parking spaces for bikes.


The Fenerbahce midfielder recently launched a football developmen­t centre for South Asians in the UK. Recent research revealed that British Asians make up seven per cent of the overall UK population, but just 0.25 per cent of footballer­s. “Why are we not seeing more [Asian] players or managers breaking into profession­al football?” said Ozil. “I hope the Football for Peace Mesut Ozil Centre will become the platform they need.”


The Sport Club Sao Paulo player has been charged with attempted murder after kicking a referee Rodrigo Crivellaro in the head. “I don’t really remember [what happened],” Crivellaro told a local radio station after being discharged from hospital. “My refereeing colleagues told me that I gave him a yellow card. He punched me in the face, I fell to the ground, got kicked, and passed out.”


One of football’s most prominent agents, Zahavi has been indicted for forgery, use of forgery, fraud and money laundering. The Israeli, who has worked with the likes of Neymar, David Alaba and Thomas Tuchel, was accused amidst investigat­ions into Belgian club Mouscron, which he bought in 2015 and sold a year later. He denies all charges.


The 60-year-old owner of Surinamese side Inter Moengotapo­e chose the biggest game in the club’s history – a round of 16 clash with Olimpia in the CONCACAF League – as the moment to make his profession­al football debut. Brunswijk played nearly an hour of the 6-0 defeat, and was later recorded handing out cash in the visitors’ dressing room and left wearing an Olimpia shirt. Both clubs were subsequent­ly disqualifi­ed from the competitio­n.


The former Premier League referee came under fire for his comments on female referees in an interview with talkSPORT. “The problem with women is…they have a difficult pathway if they get pregnant during their refereeing career,” said Clattenbur­g. “Do they want to be pregnant or do they want to be referees?” The organisati­on Women In Football described Clattenbur­g’s comments as “lazy” and “outdated”.

 ?? ?? Under fire…Mark Clattenbur­g
Under fire…Mark Clattenbur­g
 ?? ?? Team-mates… Kimmich and Goretzka
Team-mates… Kimmich and Goretzka

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