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Referees and FIFA are now trying to prevent diving with more frequent punishments as part of their ongoing target to stop all kinds of simulation in football. The game's rules now state that: "Any simulating action anywhere on the field, which is intended to deceive the referee, must be sanctioned as unsporting behaviour" which is misconduct ...


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Israel is not in Europe but is a member of UEFA for political reasons (From Wikipedia): Israel competed in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) between 1954 and 1974. Due to the Arab–Israeli conflict, several Muslim states refused to compete against Israel. The political situation culminated in Israel winning the 1958 World Cup qualifying stage ...


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Torres won the Golden Boot because he was the most effective.. In the event of a tie, the Golden Boot will be awarded to the player with the most assists. In a further tie, the winner will be the player spending the least time playing in the tournament(i.e On the pitch). Fernando Torres secured one assist, the same as Mario Gomez, but spent a total of 189 ...


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This rule was first issued to the Football League referees prior to the 1982-83 season. FIFA instructed its referees to send off for this kind of foul prior to the 1990 World Cup. IFAB(International Football Association Board) incroporated this law in 1997. The concept gained notoriety in association football after an infamous incident in the 1980 FA Cup ...


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The UEFA Champion's League uses goal-line technology. This is an automated system which detects the moment the ball has crossed the goal-line under the crossbar. It sends a signal to the referee via a wrist-mounted alarm unit to show a goal has been scored. This reduces the reliance on precise visual judgements from bad angles. The referee indicated that ...


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This question was a subject of much interest following Barcelona's 4-0 hammering at PSG in the Round of 16 stage of the Champions League in February 2017. While this question looks for the greatest comeback across all competitions, I focused my research on European competitions alone and it looked like Barcelona had some inspiring examples to emulate (...


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I have checked whether something can be found on Wikipedia, since it is one of natural places to go for questions like this. I am posting this as a CW answer; so that it can be updated by other users, if needed: Primera Division In the article Football records in Spain the following is mentioned: Most red cards in a single match: 6, Espanyol (1) v. ...


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The watch is the part of Goal Line Technology system, Under IFAB LAW 1 - THE FIELD OF PLAY, GOAL LINE TECHNOLOGY (GLT) The indication of whether a goal has been scored must be immediate and automatically confirmed within one second by the GLT system only to the match officials (via the referee’s watch, by vibration and visual signal). (my ...


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Every year 3 countries get 1 more berth in the uefa europa league first qualifying round based on countries fair play rankings. Based on last year ranking England got that 1 extra spot and West Ham were the highest placed team in the fair play ranking that have not qualified to the champions league or europa league they qualified for the first qualifying ...


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UEFA's finance report for 2010/2011 shows exactly where their income originated from, and what they spent it on; They summarise that football related income largely originates from; broadcasting rights commercial and licensing rights ticket sales hospitality sales other football-related revenue: fines, FIFA contributions However, football-related expenses ...


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Well I would say that the primary motivation is to make more money. Take the Championship in England, the second tier of football, where the teams that finish the season first and second in the league gain automatic promotion to the Premiership, and the teams placed third to sixth enter a play-off. In this play-off the team placed third plays the team in ...


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Spain won €23 million according to the following calculation: €8m fixed for playing in UEFA EURO 2012. €0.5m for the draw against Italy. €1m for winning the game against Ireland. €1m for winning the game against Croatia. €2m for participating in the quarter-final against France. €3m for participating in the semi-final against Portugal. Finally, €7.5m for ...


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For six teams 25 points, for five teams, 19 points. If you have six teams there are 30 games, so maximum 90 points to play for. Assuming every game is won by a team where; the bottom team wins none, the second bottom beats only the bottom team (6 points) and the third team beats on the two lower placed team (12 points). That leaves 72 points, to be split ...


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FIFA's official languages are English and French and it is an obligation for all FIFA referees to speak English and at least one other language. English is used as the default, but during domestic games, it is quite common for the referee to speak in the local language e.g. Spanish in La Liga especially when most of the players understand it. They also use ...


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The idea behind financial fair play is, as you say, to prevent rich owners dumping in their money into a club, and "purchase" success. Examples of such being Chelsea, Man City and more recently PSG. One could count FC "Red Bull" Salzburg among those, even though that club have not been on the international arena as much as the previous ones. Now there are ...


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For UEFA competitions, 1 - 1961/62 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup first round FC La Chaux-de-Fonds 6-2 Leixões SC Leixões SC 5-0 FC La Chaux-de-Fonds 2 - 1984/85 UEFA Cup second round Queens Park Rangers FC 6 - 2 FK Partizan FK Partizan 4 - 0 Queens Park Rangers FC 3 - 1985/86 UEFA Cup third round VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach 5 - 1 Real Madrid CF Real Madrid CF ...


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This is all completely valid. As part of Neymar's contact, both Neymar and Barcelona agreed to the value of the release clause - note that under Spanish law, all employees have a release clause in their contracts, and this applies just as much to footballers as to anyone else (for more details, see this ESPN article). PSG made an offer for Neymar which met ...


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The relevant rules are in 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League Regulations: Article 23 Confirmation of fixtures and automatic reversals 23.01 The venues, dates (in accordance with the calendar in Annex C) and kick-off times for all qualifying matches except those in the preliminary round are fixed by the home clubs and must be confirmed to the UEFA ...


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The laws of the game clearly delineate where the referees should position themselves. The additional assistant referees (the official name for the goal line refs) are supposed to be on the same side as the assistant refs (official name for the sideline refs) because the referee positions himself at the top corner of the box on the opposite side of the field ...


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Straight from Wikipedia: After the establishment of the UEFA Champions League (formerly called the European Champion Clubs' Cup) in the early 1990s, the standing and prestige of the Cup Winners' Cup began to decline. With the expansion of the Champions League in 1997 to allow more than one team from the highest-ranked member associations to enter, the CWC ...


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In addition to the financial benefits detailed in Dor Cohen's answer, Spain also achieved: Fifa World Ranking Points Spain will have picked up a considerable number of Fifa World Ranking points by winning this tournament and via the manner in which they did so. With continental cup tournaments carrying a 3.0x multiplier, Spain will have further cemented ...


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It's used when you started with three teams equal on points, but one (and only one) of the teams was ruled out via criteria (a) to (d). For simplicity, I'll go with a scenario where each team plays each other once only rather than twice. Imagine the results are: A beats B 2 - 0 A loses to C 1 - 2 A beats D 1 - 0 B beats C 3 - 0 B beats D 1 - 0 C beats D 1 - ...


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According to official UEFA Super Cup regulations for the period 2015-18 (link here) article 9.04, 40 gold medals are awarded to the winning team. And it's not mentioned that only players who are in the match squad should receive a gold medal. Thus Cristiano Ronaldo could receive a gold medal.


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Shortly: A team is drawn by a human (generally a famous player). The computer indicates the possible groups in which that team can be drawn. A human puts the corresponding balls of possible groups into a separate pot. A group is drawn from that separate pot by a human (another famous player). More detailed: There are 4 pots with the names of the teams ...


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First, it should be pointed out that until all matches have played, it might be impossible to apply some of the tie-breakers. For this reason, I would consider tables with only 5 matches of 6 played only as informative. For example if you look at this rule: higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in ...


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The English Premier League is guaranteed at least four, and may earn a total of five, places at the next Champions League group stage. They are assigned in the following priority order. The previous Champions League winner The previous Europa League winner The first-place team in the Premier League The second-place team in the Premier League The third-...


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I remember a glorious Istanbul derby (GS-FB) in 2008-2009 season that ended 0-0 but with 4 reds and 4 yellows, but I cannot go as far to claim that it's the most red cards shown in the league history. It's perhaps worth mentioning that just the year before that the same teams tallied 4 reds and 11 yellows in a cup game. According to The Guardian, the most ...


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Game playing time determined at Europa League regulations. It is under the following section: VII Fixtures, Match Dates, Venues and Kick-off Times Kick-off time of the qualifying matches and play-offs. 12.02 The home club fixes the kick-off time for all matches of the qualifying phase and the play-offs. Kick-off time until the round ...


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Actually, it is 36. See following two links: 36 red cards shown in one game The 50 Most Unbreakable Records in Sports History


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