November 10 – Real Madrid (43), Barcelona (32) and Lyon (31) head a ranking of clubs in the Big 5 European leagues who have trained the most players active in 31 top divisions of UEFA member nations.
November 9 – Zinedine Zidane’s rotation policy backfired once more after his Real Madrid slid to a dispiriting 4-1 defeat at Valencia, missing a chance to go top of the table in La Liga.
November 5 – Not for the first time this season but even more so now, pressure is mounting on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the end of their winning start in the Champions League, coupled with a poor run of domestic form.
November 3 – Serbian coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic insists he will take charge of next week’s winner-takes-all Euro 2020 playoff at home to Scotland despite a one-match touchline ban handed out by UEFA for his team’s late arrival for a Nations League game last month.
November 3 – One year after he was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur despite transforming the club into regular Champions League participants and even reaching the final in 2019, Mauricio Pochettino admits he was “disappointed and upset” but holds no grudges and is waiting for the right moment to return to the game.
November 2 – The relief and joy were palpable. Seven years after his then world record move to Real Madrid, Gareth Bale has become Tottenham Hotspur’s match-winner once again.
October 30 – Barcelona presidential frontrunner Victor Font (pictured) wants Pep Guardiola to return to the club and has “no doubt” Lionel Messi will stay despite his much-publicised fallout with previous Barca chief Josep Maria Bartomeu.
October 27 – Ajax Amsterdam set an Eredivisie record on Saturday when they annihilated 10-man VVV-Venlo 13-0. Lassina Traore scored five times to propel Ajax to the top of the standings.
October 26 – Following a number of contentious calls in recent weeks, the English Premier League is reportedly pushing FIFA to implement a ‘linesman’s call’ to deal with the most marginal offside decisions.
October 22 – The international window at last saw a return to a significant numbers of national team matches with FIFA reporting 120 games played in October, the bulk of them in the UEFA and Conmebol region. The top five nations in FIFA’s men’s national team ranking all remained the same.
October 20 – The group stages of the UEFA Champions League kick off tonight with a congested calendar and the threat of the coronavirus looming large.
October 19 – English champions Liverpool have been a dealt a massive blow after it was confirmed that central defensive talisman Virgil van Dijk will endure a long layoff after suffering a serious cruciate injury in Saturday’s hotly contested Merseyside derby draw against league leaders Everton.
October 19 – Gareth Bale’s much-anticipated homecoming to Tottenham Hotspur was overshadowed by his team squandering a 3-0 lead with just minutes remaining against London rivals West Ham on Sunday.
October 15 – Christian Eriksen’s penalty on his 100th appearance for Denmark earned his side a 1-0 upset win over England in their Nations League clash at Wembley on Wednesday as the hosts ended up with nine men.