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Games and dates to pencil in for the month ahead


(All kick-off times, if stated, are BST)

Saturday January 22

FRANCE: Arch-rivals Lyon and Saint-Etienne go head to head at the Groupama Stadium. GERMANY: Bundesliga top-four rivals Hoffenheim and Dortmund meet at the PreZero Arena. ITALY: Milan host Juventus at the San Siro in Serie A.

Sunday January 23

CAMEROON: The AFCON 2021 last 16 begins, with the runners-up in Groups A and C meeting, before Group D’s winners kick off at 8pm. ENGLAND: Antonio Conte returns to Stamford Bridge as his Tottenham Hotspur side take on Chelsea. NETHERLAND­S: PSV host Ajax.

Monday January 24

CAMEROON: In AFCON, the winners of Group A are in action after the two runners-up from Groups B and F meet at 5pm. PORTUGAL: The Portuguese League Cup semi-finals take place over the next two days.

Tuesday January 25

CAMEROON: The winners of both Group B and Group C are in action in the AFCON round of 16.

Wednesday January 26

CAMEROON: The AFCON round of 16 concludes, with the Group E winners facing the Group D runners-up, and top of Group F facing second in Group E.

Thursday January 27

ASIA: World Cup qualifiers continue, with China bidding to keep their hopes alive with a visit to Japan, while Saudi Arabia can move a step closer to booking their place if they beat Oman. CONCACAF: Jamaica v Mexico is the standout fixture of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. SOUTH AMERICA: In World Cup qualifying, fourth-placed Colombia meet Peru, while Uruguay travel to Paraguay in their first game since the departure of Oscar Tabarez.

Friday January 28

ENGLAND: Huddersfie­ld Town meet Stoke City in the Championsh­ip.

Saturday January 29

CAMEROON: AFCON’s quarterfin­als begin, with one game kicking off at 5pm and the other at 8pm. FRANCE: The last 16 of the French Cup takes place. PORTUGAL: The Portuguese League Cup final kicks off. CONCACAF: Canada host USA at the top of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table.

Sunday January 30

CAMEROON: The other two AFCON quarter-finals take place.

Monday January 31

EUROPE: The January transfer window closes across Europe’s top five leagues leagues at 11pm, with the exception of the Bundesliga (5pm) and Serie A (7pm). SOUTH AMERICA: More crucial World Cup qualifiers take place. Brazil v Paraguay, Argentina v Colombia and Peru v Ecuador are the standout clashes.

Tuesday February 1

CONCACAF: Mexico and Panama, currently third and fourth in World Cup qualifying, face off.

Wednesday February 2

CAMEROON: The first AFCON semi-final kicks off in Douala.

SPAIN: The Copa del

Rey quarter-finals begin. PORTUGAL: The Portuguese transfer window closes.

Thursday February 3

CAMEROON: The second AFCON finalist is determined by the second semi-final.

Friday February 4

GERMANY: Hertha Berlin host Bochum in the Bundesliga.

Saturday February 5

ENGLAND: The fourth round of the FA Cup takes place across the course of the weekend. GERMANY: Last season’s Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig travel to Munich to face Bayern. ITALY: The Derby Della Madonnina takes place between Inter and Milan. SPAIN: Barcelona meet Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp. FRANCE: Ligue 1 champions Lille host Paris Saint-Germain.

Sunday February 6

CAMEROON: The final of AFCON 2021 takes place at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde at 8pm, with the third-place play-off kicking off three hours earlier. GERMANY: In another big game at the top of the Bundesliga, Dortmund host Leverkusen. INDIA: The Women’s Asian Cup final takes place in Navi Mumbai.

Tuesday February 8

FRANCE: The first two French Cup quarter-finals take place, with the other two taking place a day later. TURKEY: The transfer window closes, giving Turkish sides an extra week of recruitmen­t.

Wednesday February 9

ITALY: The Coppa Italia quarter-finals get underway.

Thursday February 10

ENGLAND: The midweek league action concludes with Wolves v Arsenal and Liverpool v Leicester.

Saturday February 12

ITALY: In another vital weekend at the top of Serie A, Atalanta face Juventus and Napoli host Inter. PORTUGAL: The last two league champions, Porto and Sporting, meet at the Estadio do Dragao.

Sunday February 13

FRANCE: High-flying Rennes visit Paris to face leaders PSG. ENGLAND: Four Premier League fixtures conclude with Leicester City v West Ham United.

Tuesday February 15

EUROPE: The Champions League last 16 begins with Paris SaintGerma­in v Real Madrid and Sporting v Manchester City.

Wednesday February 16

EUROPE: The Champions League round of 16 continues with Red Bull Salzburg v Bayern Munich and Inter v Liverpool.

Thursday February 17

EUROPE: The first knockout rounds for both the Europa League and Europa Conference League begin, with Atalanta, Barcelona and Dortmund in action in the former, and Marseille, Celtic and Leicester involved in the latter.

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Milan derby…Derby Della Madonnina
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World Cup qualifying… South America

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