Football Kaleidoscope February 2020: Chelsea Get Ziyech, City Sentenced by UEFA

2021-01-21 12:39

Football Kaleidoscope February 2020: Chelsea Get Ziyech, City Sentenced by UEFA

Many interesting events take place in the world of international football throughout 2020.

In the world of international football, February 2020 is back with news from the winter transfer market. Manchester United have again brought in new players, after at the end of January the success of bringing in Bruno Fernandes.

This time, MU's new players come from the center-attacking sector after Marcus Rashford's injury. The Red Devils officially borrowed Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua. The former Watford star is on loan until the end of the 2019/2020 season.

Meanwhile, bad news actually came from the Spanish LaLiga giants, Barcelona. The team nicknamed the Blaugrana had to lose Ousmane Dembele for up to six months after undergoing surgery. In fact, previously Barcelona had already lost Luis Suarez, who had a knee injury. Instead, the good news was received by the Premier League club, Chelsea. The Blues officially signed Ajax Amsterdam's mainstay wing, Hakim Ziyech, with a tag of 40 million euros (Rp.690 billion) on February 12. However, this player from Morocco will only join after the 2019/2020 season ends.

A few days later, Ajax experienced an exciting event with Daley Blind returning to play after heart surgery. The player played 13 minutes as a substitute against Vitesse, after collapsing on the pitch in December 2019 with a heart problem. From the Premier League, Manchester City received bad news in the middle of the month. The Citizens received punishment from UEFA for violating Financial Fair Play rules. As a result, Manchester City were banned from appearing in the Champions League in the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 seasons because they were considered to have inflated the income figures from sponsors in the 2012-2016 period. The sentence immediately sparked speculation regarding Pep Guardiola's future.

The manager was immediately linked with Juventus, while Mauricio Pochettino was said to be a candidate to replace Guardional at the Etihad Stadium. From the Champions League, the Italian Serie A representative, Atalanta, has successfully made history. The first time they advanced to the knockout stages, they achieved amazing results by beating Valencia 4-1, in the first leg of the last 16, Thursday (20/02/20) early morning WIB.

Meanwhile, in LaLiga Spain, Barcelona received special permission to bring in new players even though the transfer market was closed, due to long injuries from Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele. The Blaugrana then brought Leganes striker Martin Braithwaite with a value of 18 million euros (Rp310 billion). Interestingly, Leganes, who was forced to lose his flagship striker, was not allowed to bring in a replacement striker. February 2020 closes with the results of the European club competition. Manchester City beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of the last 16 at the Santiago Bernabeu. They became the second team after AC Milan to beat Madrid at home even though they fell behind first.

In the Europa League, Arsenal ran aground in the last 32 after losing 1-2 at home to Olympiacos. Despite having an aggregate score of 2-2, the Gunners lost because of the away goals rule.