October 18 – For the first time in his illustrious yet often controversial career, Real Madrid’s French international forward Karim Benzema won the Ballon d’Or award for the best men’s player in the world on Monday, while Barcelona’s Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas retained her women’s crown.
October 17 – French superstar Kylian Mbappé has denied reports that he wants to leave Paris St Germain during the January transfer window insisting he was “just as shocked as everyone else” over the claims.
October 24 – France, Poland, Switzerland and a quartet of Nordic countries will vie to land the hosting rights for the 2025 Women’s Euro, European governing body UEFA confirmed on Thursday.
By Andrew Warshaw
October 14 – Just weeks before leaving for the World Cup, Brazilian ace Neymar stands trial next week on fraud and corruption charges over his transfer to Barcelona from Santos in 2013.
October 14 – UEFA is investigating “potential inappropriate behaviour” by Republic of Ireland women’s players after they sang a pro-IRA chant following their World Cup play-off victory over Scotland.
By Andrew Brown
October 13 – Russia is proceeding with its incorporation of the Crimean Football Union (CFU) and its eight Premier League clubs into Russia’s national football league, an action prohibited by UEFA.
October 13 – The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and national team manager Vera Pauw have apologised for players singing a song with a pro-IRA chorus after they beat Scotland 1-0 and qualified for the women’s World Cup finals for the first time.
October 13 – On a dramatic night of Champions League action, Club Brugge became only the third Belgian club in the competition’s modern history to progress from the group stages after holding Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw.
October 13 – Nottingham Forest broke a 20-year record for the most signings by a British club in a single transfer window – a record previously jointly held by Dundee United and Livingston in Scotland.
October 12 – The Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are to bid jointly for the 2025 Women’s European Championship – supported by the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
October 12 – Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia are demanding an apology from the president of the Spanish FA (RFEF) after he allegedly said in leaked text messages that they were his least favourite clubs.
October 12 – Scottish champions Celtic have been fined €15,000 by UEFA over a provocative anti-monarchy banner displayed ahead of their recent Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in Warsaw.
October 12 – In dramatic fashion, Ireland has qualified for the 2023 Women’s World Cup after a 1-0 away victory in Scotland. It’s the first time that the ‘Girls in Green’ will feature at the global finals.
October 11 – Lionel Messi will feature in a star-studded ‘match for peace’ in tribute to fellow Argentina legend Diego Maradona on November 14 in Rome, organisers announced on Monday.
October 11 – OH Leuven has become the sixth Belgian top-flight club to provide designated seating and services for blind and visually impaired supporters.