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Argentina push into Europe with Smartsoft ‘digital’ sponsorship

October 25 – The Argentina Football Association has signed an agreement with Smartsoft that will see the online gaming software provider become an official digital sponsor of the world champions. The newest addition to the AFA’s sponsorship roster – and their first in Europe – is a game development studio based in the Georgian Capital of Tbilisi, which has been …

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Concacaf plots pathway for 2024 Champions Cup clubs

October 25 – With 21 of the 27 clubs already qualified, Concacaf have announced it will hold the draw for the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup, the rebranded Champions League, on December 15. Played in a knockout stage format, the Champions Cup has been expanded to five rounds (up from four) and 27 clubs (up from 16). The competition’s first four …

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Fortuna Düsseldorf pilot first of its free ticket matches and deliver a 7–goal thriller

October 25 – Bundesliga club Fortuna Düsseldorf have trialled the first match of their ‘Fortuna for All’ campaign, marking the beginning of a groundbreaking new initiative where fans can attend matches free of charge. Unveiled at the end of the 2022/23 season, the ‘Fortuna for All’ campaign outlines the club’s ambitious plans to offer free admission to all spectators to …

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Belgium, Netherlands and Germany launch joint WWC2027 bid promising ‘compactness’

By Samindra Kunti October 25 – Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany have promised one of the most “compact” tournaments yet in the race to host the 2027 Women’s World Cup. With co-hosting becoming the norm for FIFA tournaments, leading to a scale and largesse of tournaments that often defies logic and certainly tests sustainability criteria, the trio of European countries …

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Spanish women want to return focus to football

October 25 – Spain’s women players want to start concentrating on matters on the field rather than the kissgate scandal that marred their World Cup-winning celebrations. Skipper Olga Carmona, who scored her country’s winner in the final in August, says the team want to focus on securing a spot at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Spain will play Nations League games against …

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Everton learns potential points deduction penalty in FFP case

Everton learned its potential penalty and points deduction should the Premier League and an independent commission find the Toffees guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. According to the Mirror, Premier League officials recommended the Toffees earn a 12-point slash for the violation. The Merseyside club currently sits 16th in the top-flight table with just seven total points. Everton …

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European Court of Justice sets December date for final ruling on Super League case

October 25 – The European Court of Justice will deliver its binding verdict on the validity of the European Super League on December 21, ruling on the case against UEFA. Last December, UEFA and FIFA received significant backing in their bid to block any breakaway league with the ECJ’s advocate general (AG) saying the current UEFA rules were “compatible with EU competition law”. …

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Barcelona legend Lionel Messi expected to win the 2023 Ballon d’Or – Romano

Former Barcelona captain and football legend Lionel Messi is all set to win the Ballon d’Or award for 2023, reports the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano. The Ballon d’Or ceremony will be held in France next Monday and Romano claims that everything points towards Messi bagging the award once more. The 36-year-old Inter Miami and Argentina superstar will lift the prestigious honour …

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Agent reveals disappointment at Juventus sale of Radu Dragusin

Juventus recognised Radu Dragusin as a top talent when he broke into their first team, having been impressed with his performances in their youth team. Numerous clubs expressed interest in signing the Romanian as he made progress with the first team, and he even had the opportunity to move to the Premier League. With his contract set to expire, Juventus …

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