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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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4 Touching Moments of Respect in Football History

Football is not all about trophies, medals, and honours of sorts. Football is a refuge where humans are being humane as they are. After all, the teams, players, fans, and casual spectators are in it for the disparate display of compassion.

A Quora user asked, “What are some famous gestures of respect in football history?” One user answers some moments that will leave you teary-eyed.

Enjoy the most heartwarming moments of respect in football history.

1) A.S. Roma honouring their father-and-son fans who died after watching their game

Stefano and Cristiano had a blast watching their favourite football club against Bayern Munich in October 2014. 

Riding a scooter on their way home, the father and son met with an accident that took their lives. Luana and Michelle, Stefano’s wife and daughter, respectively, were left behind. 

The tragic news reached the players as they were given a shirt with the father and son’s picture printed on each, minutes before their next game. 

Wearing the shirt as they head onto the pitch, the players honoured both Stefano and Cristiano and Luana and Michelle who were in the audience and shared with the latter’s pain.

2) Oliver Kahn consoling Santiago Cañizares who was crying profusely after the match

In a 2001 Champions League Finals game between Bayern Munich and Valencia, Cañizares was seen crying on the pitch right after the game. But it wasn’t because of the club’s lost or the fact that they lost for two consecutive finals matches.

He learned during half-time that his mother had died. He continued playing only to broke down to tears right after the match. 

Instead of celebrating his team’s victory, Kahn, Bayern’s then captain, went over to Cañizares to console him. Kahn lent his shoulder for Cañizares to cry on.

3) Carles Puyol calling Ronaldhino for a team photo a year after leaving Barcelona

Ronaldhino left the Blaugrana club in 2008, signing up with A.C. Milan. 

In 2009, during a preseason match in honour of Barcelona’s founder Joan Gamper, Puyol invited Ronaldhino over for a team photo. It signalled that the players still consider him as part of the Barca family.

Puyol’s sportsmanship was a legend. In 2005, Sergio Ballesteros, Mallorca’s defender, slapped as he was sent out of the pitch for a rash challenge. Ronaldhino saw this and strongly reacted by aiming at Ballesteros.

Puyol pushed him back, stopping Ronaldhino purposefully who was about to attack Ballesteros because of what he did. 

4) Carles Puyol removing his armband and putting it on Eric Abidal

Abidal wasn’t performing well—he had liver cancer. Barcelona also decided that his 2012-ending contract won’t be extended because of health issues.

In May 2011, Puyol had another touching moment and this time involving Abidal when the team won their fourth Champions League Finals match against Manchester United.

Abidal was able to play the full 90 minutes of the game. To celebrate his recovery, Puyol removed his armband and put it on Abidal so he could lift the trophy first amidst an 85,000-packed Wembley Stadium.

Abidal was diagnosed with a tumour in March 2011 and underwent surgery two days after. 

During the round-of-16 matches, football players wore t-shirts saying “Animo Abidal!” (Get well Abidal!). The message was also displayed in the scoreboard.

On March 19, 2011, the fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium clapped for 22 minutes in his honour. It was his jersey number.

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