⚽ General Football News 2021-22 Season- Open Thread

Football News 2021-2022 Season

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2021/22 UEFA Champions League match and draw calendar released


UEFA has all the match dates for the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League.

June

8 June: Preliminary round draw

15 June: First qualifying round draw

16 June: Second qualifying round draw

22 June: Preliminary round, semi-finals

25 June: Preliminary round, final

July

6/7 July: First qualifying round, first legs

13/14 July: First qualifying round, second legs

19 July: Third qualifying round draw

20/21 July: Second qualifying round, first legs

27/28 July: Second qualifying round, second legs

August

2 August: Play-off round draw

3/4 August: Third qualifying round, first legs

10 August: Third qualifying round, second legs

17/18 August: Play-offs, first legs

24/25 August: Play-offs, second legs

26 August: Group stage draw

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September

14/15 September: Group stage, Matchday 1

28/29 September: Group stage, Matchday 2

October

19/20 October: Group stage, Matchday 3

November

2/3 November: Group stage, Matchday 4

23/24 November: Group stage, Matchday 5

December

7/8 December: Group stage, Matchday 6

13 December: Round of 16 draw

February

15/16/22/23 February: Round of 16, first legs

March

8/9/15/16 March: Round of 16, second legs

18 March: Quarter-final & Semi-final draw

April

5/6 April: Quarter-finals, first legs

12/13 April: Quarter-finals, second legs

26/27 April: Semi-finals, first legs

May

3/4 May: Semi-finals, second legs

28 May: Final – Saint Petersburg Stadium

All dates are provisional and subject to change by UEFA.

All draws start at 12:00 CET except the group stage draw, which begins at 18:00 CET.

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21/22 Ligue 1 fixtures list is down below, PSG vs Lille on October 31!

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We finally know when La Liga Santander and La Liga Smartbank fixtures will be released for the new season.

It was confirmed this week that La Liga will commence on the weekend of August 13 after more frosty talks between the league’s organisers and the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

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EA Sports have revealed their cover star for the newest edition of the football simulation series FIFA 22, ahead of the upcoming season.

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Arsenal’s rookie goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo had an unfortunate debut, after making a howler which led to the Gunners falling behind in their first pre-season friendly ahead of the new season.

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7 posts were merged into an existing topic: :tshirt: New 2021/2022 football kits: Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and other top European clubs

OFFICIAL: UEFA have confirmed the away goals rule will be removed from all UEFA club competitions from the 2021/22 season.

Ties in which the two teams score the same number of goals over the two legs will now have two 15-minute periods of extra time, and, if required, penalty kicks.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘Idiot, Sick’, Says Florentino Perez in New Leaked Audio :scream:

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is under scanner once again as a few audio tape of him was leaked where he can be heard ridiculing former club striker Cristiano Ronaldo and manager Jose Mourinho.

In the audio, Perez says about Ronaldo, “He’s crazy. This guy is an idiot, a sick man. You think this guy is normal, but he’s not normal, otherwise, he wouldn’t do all the things he does."

“Mourinho is an idiot. It is not that he does not want to play. Well, he’s a bit abnormal. He drives without a license. That said, he has been overwhelmed by the pressure."

“These are guys with a terrible ego, both spoiled, the coach and him, and they don’t see reality," Perez was quoted as saying in the audio.

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OFFICIAL: Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37.

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Former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich winger, who made 96 appearances for :netherlands: Holland, thanked fans for the ‘heartwarming support’ after confirming his retirement decision.

  • Arjen Robben has retired from playing football for the second time at age of 37
  • He originally called it a day in July 2019 but returned to former club Groningen
  • But after an injury-plagued Eredivisie season he has finally hung up his boots
  • The Dutch winger enjoyed a stellar career and won league titles in four countries
  • He helped Holland to the World Cup final in 2010 where they lost to Spain
  • Robben won Champions League at Bayern Munich amid host of other medals

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Arjen Robben’s career by numbers:

:stadium: 710 appearances
:soccer: 246 goals
:trophy: 8 Bundesliga
:trophy: 5 DFB Pokal
:trophy: 2 Premier League
:trophy: 2 League Cup
:trophy: 1 La Liga
:trophy: 1 Eredivisie
:trophy: 1 Champions League
:trophy: 1 FA Cup

One deadly left-foot. :athletic_shoe:

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Green kits will be BANNED in Serie A, starting in the 2022-23 season :green_circle::x:

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The change comes amid concerns from television companies that green outfield shirts are too similar to the colour of the pitch and would blend in with the background, making it difficult for viewers and anyone who is colourblind.

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Jose Antonio Abellan - the journalist at the centre of the leaked audio recordings storm surrounding Real Madrid president Florentino Perez - is said to have demanded 10 million euros from the club in exchange for deleting the files.

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Saudi Arabia are considering partnering with Italy to submit a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup, reports @TheAthleticUK :trophy:

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The Champions League match ball for 2021-22 :soccer:

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Golden Boy final 80 nominees: Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, Barcelona’s Pedri, and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham all included.

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**At this moment in time, Real Madrid have 11 forwards on their payroll for next season. Of course, not all of them will be part of the squad for the 2021/22 season, but it’s odd that the team’s main problem is scoring goals.

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