November 19 – With the Premier League returning to action this weekend, so will its latest game changer, VAR. With Michel Platini being the latest to weigh in with expletives over the use of video refs, and the Premier League having met with the VAR bosses with a demand to sort the inconsistencies out, the pressure for a controversy free weekend is building.
By Samindra Kunti in Sao Paulo
November 15 – In a dramatic semi-final Brazil upset favourites France 3-2 to reach the final of the U-17 World Cup on home soil against Mexico. The Mexicans eliminated Holland after a penalty shoot-out.
November 14 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that he will leave LA Galaxy after two seasons in the MLS. The Swede has been linked with a return to Serie A.
November 13 – Premier League bosses are to meet English football’s head of referees on Thursday in attempt to sort out ongoing confusion over VAR which many pundits believe is wrecking the spirit of the game.
November 13 – England’s in-form Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has been dropped from the squad to face Montenegro in their Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley on Thursday after a clash in training with teammate Joe Gomez.
By Samindra Kunti in Sao Paulo
November 12 – Brazil have set up a mouth-watering semi-final with France following a 2-0 win over Italy in the last eight of the U-17 World Cup. The French demolished Spain 6-1 in their semi.
November 12 – The man in charge of VAR in the English top flight says it could take years before the system is implemented properly.
November 8 – Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is out of the race to become the next head coach of Bayern Munich, according to reports in Germany.
November 7 – Serie A have asked football’s lawmakers for the right to allow them to use five substitutes per match instead of three.
November 6 – Justice has been done with Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min’s much-publicised red card for his tackle that led to Andre Gomes’ horrific broken ankle in Sunday’s Premier League encounter against Everton overturned by the authorities.
November 5 – The trend of increasing numbers of non-domestic players in top division teams appears to have slowed with 41.8% of players in 31 European leagues now being expatriates. This is still an increase of 0.2% over last year but is less that the 1.2% average increase seen between 2014 and 2018.
November 4 – Football moves in mysterious ways. Just one month after wowing the whole of Europe with their sensational 7-2 win at Tottenham in the Champions League, Bayern Munich have sacked Niko Kovac as manager following Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga – their heaviest defeat in a decade.
October 31 – Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg has broken the goalscoring record in the Women’s Champions League, becoming the competition’s all-time top scorer with 53 goals following a brace on Wednesday against Denmark’s Fortuna Hjorring.
October 29 – Following a spate of controversial VAR decisions in the English top flight, some of them totally absurd, Premier League chiefs have finally agreed to consider a change in policy on the use of pitch-side monitors.