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January 2020 Transfer Window: Guiding Your Expectations

January 2020 will be a busy month for the Premier League now that it has already confirmed the dates and times for the transfer window.

The clubs eagerly await this time of the year where they can finally re-configure and re-strategize for the matches ahead.

When will the 2020 transfer window happen?

As confirmed, the transfer window will be from January 1 until January 31, 2020, 11 pm. It was finalised and confirmed during the meeting of the twenty teams. 

The transfer window officially opens on the same day in France, Germany, and China. In Spain, Italy, and Portugal, it will be open on January 3 while in Russia, on January 22.

This would allow all the clubs to plan ahead of time and improve their teams while participating in the transfer market. Teams in the Premier and Football Leagues get a chance to buy, sell, and loan players. 

Changes to the transfers

Clubs can still make changes to their teams throughout the period. Resubmission is only allowed until February 5, 2 pm.

Completing deals for international transfers

Deals can be made even after the deadline, via the Deal Sheet completion. The Deal sheet can be submitted on Deadline Day, between 9 and 11 pm.

FIFA’s Transfer Matching System requires complete information before issuing a clearance for international signings.

Emergency loan windows are no longer implemented. If the club needs a goalkeeper, the club needs to tap the services of the free agents. They can join the club while the goalkeeper is trying to recover from his injuries.

What to expect during the January 2020 transfer window?

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed that the club would be active in January. He also said that marquee signings are difficult and hefty during mid-season. 

The Red Devils are eyeing to expand the team to include a midfielder and striker. The club needs to bolster its rankings with one or two signings including Reading’s Danny Loader.

And without Scott McTominay who skipped matches due to an injury, the club needs to juggle its midfield options.

Paul Pogba is also struggling physically. There were also fears that Pogba would leave the club earlier in the season. He stuck with the Red Devils, though.

Leicester City

Leicester City claimed that the transfer window is an ongoing preparation. 

The City needs a winger, especially in the right-wing. The club is eyeing an addition to Ayoze Perez.

However, Brendan Rodgers may have to loan Filip Benkovic for someone more aggressive as a centre-back. 

The club also needs a strong striker, someone better than Kelechi Iheanacho.

The club may also lose James Maddison to Manchester United.

Liverpool

Liverpool is currently targeting Ryan Fraser. However, Arsenal and Everton are said to eyeing Fraser as the newest team member of their club as well.

Chelsea

Chelsea has a transfer window ban, wherein its appeal will be heard before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), December 4, 2019.

FIFA sanctioned the Blues due to violations of Articles 18 and 19 of the regulations concerning the third-party influence and the regulations on the status and transfer of players, respectively.

CAS is yet to decide regarding the appeal. Deciding in favour of the club, Chelse would be able to participate in the January 2020 transfer window.

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6 Football Greats Who Never Played in the FIFA World Cup

While not all football players dream of playing in the FIFA World Cup, no one can deny that it’s a different high.

On the other end of the spectrum, some players have never played in the World Cup when they should’ve. Here are some of them.

#6 Abedi Ayew

Ayew is more popularly known as Abedi Pele because of footballing skills comparable with Pele.

He was a dominant figure in African football since he joined Real Tamale (Ghana) in 1978 and continued until the early 1990s. He was awarded three African Player of the Year titles. 

Abedi Pele played for various European clubs, although he became more famous internationally during the French Ligue 1 specifically with Lille OSC and Marseille. 

Despite this, he never appeared in World Cup because his national team, Black Stars, failed in the qualifying rounds for all its attempts. 

However, Abedi Pele has three sons, Ibrahim, Jordan, and Andre, who played for 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.

#5 Eric Cantona

Cantona is a legend, but his temperament was his biggest hindrance. Remember the Eric Cantona moment?

At one point in his career, he had an outburst against Henri Michel, his then coach, questioning his decision to leave him out of the team during the 1990 World Cup qualifiers. He was banned from playing in international matches.

He had another chance in the 1998 World Cup. However, Zinedine Zidane prevented him from appearing on the international stage. 

#4 Ryan Giggs

Giggs is a well-decorated football player in its entire history. Most of them he received when he played for Manchester United. He even won double European champion.

The international stage proved to be elusive for the Welsh team, however, so Giggs never got to play in the World Cup.

#3 George Weah

Weah is considered as one of the greatest African football players. He also won the World Player of the Year once.

Weah made his mark playing for Paris Saint Germain and Monaco. However, it was his AC Milan performance that really took him to pedestal. He won two Scudettos (Italian football championships).

Although he played for Liberia, he never had a chance to play in the FIFA World Cup.

#2 George Best

Best was the pride of Northern Ireland, playing for the country for 37 times. He won the European Football Player of the Year once.

Sceptics noted that while Best has the best rosters at Manchester United which won the European Cup, the same cannot be said when it comes to his international teammates. 

The closest he got at playing in the World Cup was in 1982. The team’s then manager of Northern Ireland, Billy Bingham, was keen on letting him play, but it did not push through.

He was already 36 years old then and past his prime.

#1 Alfredo di Stefano

Pele called him the best football player ever. 

Di Stefano was the primary man behind the success of Real Madrid, particularly in the international footballing world. The club won five European Cups.

He played for the Spanish, Colombian, and Argentinian clubs, none of which allowed him to play in the World Cup. Argentina did not enter the 1950 tournament. FIFA deemed him ineligible due to playing for both Argentina and Colombia.

Spain did not qualify in 1958. When Spain was finally able to qualify, he had an injury and prevented him from playing in 1962 World Cup.

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The Best Football Players in the Last 10 Years, According to FIFA

In the last ten years, FIFA awarded the best names in the world of men and women’s football.

Best FIFA Men’s Player

  • 2019 – Lionel Messi
  • 2018 – Luka Modric
  • 2017 – Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2016  – Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2015 – Lionel Messi
  • 2014 – Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2013 – Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2012 – Lionel Messi
  • 2011 – Lionel Messi
  • 2010 – Lionel Messi

Messi and Ronaldo dominate FIFA Men’s Player awards.  This should not come as a surprise, though, because these two big names composed one of the greatest rivalries in football history, if not the most prominent rivalry.

Messi has six Ballon d’Or awards while Ronaldo has five; Messi holds the record for the most Ballon d’Ors. Messi also won his first Ballon d’Or when he was only 22 years old as well as the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009. In 2014, he earned his first Golden Ball.

Ronaldo received his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year when he was 23 years old.

Last year’s Best Men’s Player awardee, Modric, is a breath of fresh air. Modric played for Dinamo Zagreb, a Croatian football club. Right now, he was with Real Madrid.

Modric won the player of the year award for at least five times. While he won his Golden Foot award in 2019, his 2018 is full of accolades also. Aside from winning Best FIFA’s Men’s Player award, he also earned his first Ballon d’Or.

In addition, Modric was 2018 World Soccer Player of the Year, World’s Best Playmaker (IFFHS), Athlete of the Year (AIPS), and Midfielder of the Year (ESPN). He won the ESPN award for three consecutive years.

Best FIFA Women’s Player 

  • 2019 – Megan Rapinoe
  • 2018 – Marta 
  • 2017 – Lieke Martens
  • 2016 – Carli Lloyd
  • 2015 – Carli Lloyd
  • 2014 – Nadine Keßler
  • 2013 – Nadine Angerer
  • 2012 – Abby Wambach
  • 2011 – Homare Sawa
  • 2010 – Marta

The women’s player awards are more heterogeneous than their men’s player awards counterpart. Two names won the award twice in the last ten years, however, and they are Marta and Lloyd.

Known as “Pele in skirts,” Marta holds the record for the most goals scored at World Cup tournaments. FIFA named her as the World Player of the Year from 2006 to 2010. She was also a Golden Ball and Golden Shoe awardee, both of which she received in the same year (2007).

Sports Illustrated her ranked as the #7 in its Top 20 Female Athletes of the Decade (2000-2009). 

Lloyd, on the other hand, won two Olympic gold medals. She was also awarded the FIFA Player of the Year twice, for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016). In 2015, she was the captain of the US soccer team. 

Lloyd was the first woman soccer player to score three goals during the World Cup final, scoring goals in the first 16 minutes of the game. Because of this, she was awarded the Golden Ball.

In 2015, Lloyd was nominated in Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. She did not win the award, but she won the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year Team Sport award.

In 2016, she was also nominated as the Best Championship Performance from the ESPY award.

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