Frank de Boer was appointed coach of the Netherlands on Wednesday, succeeding Ronald Koeman who quit to join Barcelona. The federation said the 50-year-old De Boer signed a contract through the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
Luis Suarez left his last Barcelona training session in tears on Wednesday as he prepares for a move to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid. Spanish television channel Gol showed the Uruguayan striker wiping away tears with his sleeve as he drove off after saying his last goodbyes.
Thirty four years after making his professional debut, Japanese forward Kazuyoshi Miura became the oldest player to appear in a J-League first division match when he led Yokohama FC on Wednesday at the age of 53.
FC Goa on Wednesday announced that the club has retained the services of Mohamed Ali after the Goan defender put pen to paper on a new two-year deal. Picked in the 10th round of the 2017 ISL Player Draft, the 28-year-old burst on to the scene in the 2017/18 season.
The women's FIFA Under-17 World Cup, which has been rescheduled to February-March, is likely to be postponed again due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled to be held in five venues of India from Nov 2 to 21, the women's age group showpiece was pushed to February 17-March 7 next year due to the pandemic, which has played havoc with sporting calendars.
The global players union FIFPRO has multiple concerns about next month's World Cup qualifiers in South America, including the high incidence of COVID-19 in the region, travel difficulties and - for those based in Europe - quarantine on their return.