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Football: FIFA: Less Transfers and Transfer Spend in Global Football

4.31 pm: Not only the number of transfers of footballers, but also the amount of money that clubs spend on transfers fell sharply in 2020. The world football association FIFA concluded that Friday from its own investigation and points to the corona crisis as the cause for the decline.

Between 1 June and 5 October this year, 7,424 footballers switched clubs and clubs spent a total amount of 3.92 billion euros. By way of comparison: last year, 9087 footballers had a transfer (18 percent more) for a sum of 5.8 billion euros (32 percent more).

The research also shows that women’s football is less affected by the virus. The number of international transfers increased from 385 to 522 and the amount spent on players nearly doubled from $ 455,000 to $ 822,000.

The corona pandemic brought global football to a halt between March and June and although it has since restarted, most of the matches have been played without fans or in front of a very limited crowd, significantly affecting the club’s revenues. It also extended the transfer window to October 5 to allow for a later start to the 2020-2021 European club season.

Volleyball: Volleyball players in Topsportcentrum Rotterdam in European Championship qualification

3.47 pm: The Dutch volleyball players have chosen the Topsportcentrum Rotterdam as the location for the second round of the European Championship qualifying tournament. From 15 to 17 January, the Dutch will face Croatia and Sweden.

A week earlier, the first round will take place on Croatian soil, with the same three countries. The group winner will immediately qualify for the European Championship that will be played in Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Finland in the summer of 2021. The number two also has a chance to qualify.

The qualification for the European Championship was originally scheduled to take place at the end of August and the beginning of September with away and home games. The European association CEV ruled that these matches could not take place and in consultation with all national federations involved, it was decided to change the qualification.

Handball: Handball association E&O temporarily stops due to corona virus

3.46 pmHandball association E&O from Emmen has suspended all training and matches for the time being. According to the association, there is too much fear within the club about the risk of contamination with the corona virus.

“In view of the health of our players, we no longer consider it justified to play or train in matches,” said spokesman Harwin de Jonge. “Not with the youth and not with the seniors. We don’t understand how it is still justified to send players across the country for a match. ”

The men’s team of E&O plays in the premier division, the women play in the first division. The club from Emmen awaits the cabinet’s next press conference with any new measures. “We will withdraw until Tuesday.”

Handball Association NHV indicates that it is not yet aware of E & O’s decision. “We haven’t heard from the association yet,” said chairman Tjark de Lange. “The association’s credo is still: handball where possible, stop where necessary.”

On Thursday evening, a delegation from the premier league and the BeNe-League discussed how to proceed with the handball competitions. In that consultation it was decided to give clubs more space if they want to postpone a match. “Where there are objections, we must be lenient,” said a spokesman.

Hockey: Disciplinary case postponed at the request of Kampong hockey club

3.16 pm: At the request of hockey club Kampong, a disciplinary case that would serve Friday has been postponed to Sunday. Kampong must answer to the disciplinary committee, because it recently allowed a player to participate in a game against Tilburg who may have had to be quarantined because of a possible corona infection.

The board of the Dutch hockey association KNHB called in the independent disciplinary committee. He must investigate whether Kampong has broken the rules. The KNHB has included in the regulations for this season that a hockey player is not entitled to play if he or she is positive, has to be quarantined, has corona-related complaints or is awaiting the result of a corona test.

The disciplinary committee has summoned representatives of the KNHB and Kampong for the closed session. It is not known why the club had the case postponed. The committee will make a decision within fifteen days of the hearing.

Ski sports: Skier Shiffrin has to skip the start of the World Cup

3.15 pm: The American skier Mikaela Shiffrin is missing next week at the start of the World Cup season in Austria. 25-year-old Shiffrin, winner of 66 World Cup competitions, has problems with her back. On the advice of doctors, she decided to skip the trip to Sölden.

In Austria, there is two giant slalom on the program for the skiers. “For the past eight years I have always started my season in Sölden. So this feels very strange and frustrating, ”said Shiffrin. “Fortunately I will recover from this injury and can start again soon. I can not wait.”

The two-time Olympic champion has dominated the World Cup for years. Shiffrin ended the previous season prematurely due to the death of her father.

Football: Belgian national coach hopeful about Vertonghen participating at Wembley

2.12 pm: The Belgian national coach Roberto Martínez thinks he has Jan Vertonghen at Wembley on Sunday. The Belgians take on England in London in the context of the Nations League.

“The medical staff has yet to approve, but it looks good,” said Martinez. Without Vertonghen, the “Red Devils” played a 1-1 draw against Ivory Coast on Thursday in an exhibition match.

The 33-year-old Vertonghen suffered a broken cheekbone three weeks ago at his new club Benfica, where he did not start happily. With an own goal, he was responsible for the elimination in the preliminary rounds of the Champions League.

Belgium has 6 points after two matches in the Nations League, England has 2 points less.

Tennis: Linz WTA tennis tournament takes place in November

1.07 pm: The Linz WTA tournament will be held in November this year. The tennis tournament in Austria is for the time being the second tournament this season on the significantly thinned out playing calendar of the WTA. The tournament will be held from 7 to 15 November. It was scheduled for mid-October.

The Linz indoor tournament has been on the calendar since 1991. Last year the tournament was won by Cori Gauff, then only 15 years old.

For the time being, only the WTA tournament of Ostrava is on the calendar. That event in the Czech Republic will be played from 19 to 25 October. All tournaments in Asia have been removed from the program.

Kiki Bertens revealed last week at Roland Garros that she may have played her last match of the year due to a lack of tournaments. Last year she was also present in Linz. She then lost to Gauff.

Football: Ronaldo’s countryman has corona

11.52 am: Portuguese goalkeeper Anthony Lopes is infected with the corona virus and is leaving the selection of the national team. The 30-year-old goalkeeper of the French football club Olympique Lyon is the second player in the selection of national coach Fernando Santos to test positive. On Tuesday it turned out that defender José Fonte was also infected.

Portugal drew 0-0 against Spain on Wednesday in an exhibition match. Lopes was then on the couch. On Sunday, Portugal will play in the Nations League against France. The game with Sweden will follow on Wednesday.

Football: Higler to Athens in Nations League

09.45 am: Referee Dennis Higler goes to Athens for the Nations League match between Greece and Moldova. Those countries will meet on Sunday in the Olympic Stadium in the Greek capital. The home team is led by national coach John van ‘t Schip.

The team of the Dutch former international is in the lead in group 3 of division C with four points from two games. Moldova only has one point. Greece lost a friendly game against Austria 2-1 in Klagenfurt earlier this week.

Baseball: Antillean battle in Major League

08.32 am: Antillean baseball players Kenley Jansen and Ozzie Albies will compete against each other in the play-offs of the Major League. Jansen and Albies meet with respectively Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves in the final of the National League. The winner of the best-of-seven series will advance to the World Series.

Both the Dodgers and Braves qualified unbeaten for the National League final. Without pitcher Jansen, who stayed on the mound after a disappointing performance the day before, LA Dodgers won the third game against San Diego Padres in the best-of-five series, 12-3. With the Padres, Jurickson Profar only came into action briefly as the designated hitter.

The Atlanta Braves decided the series against Miami Marlins with a convincing win: 7-0. Albies, the second baseman of the Braves, also scored. The 23-year old baseball player from Curaçao is in his fourth year in the Major League. The 33-year-old Jansen reached the World Series in 2017 and 2018 with the Dodgers, but he could not help the team from LA to its first championship since 1988.

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