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Arsenal frustrated after Bayer Leverkusen cancelled Kolasinac deadline day move

Arsenal were left frustrated after Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen reportedly ‘cancelled’ Sead Kolasinac’s deadline day transfer to the club.

The Gunners star looked set to leave the Emirates with Leverkusen having been heavily linked with a move for the left-back.

But the Bosnian remained an Arsenal player after Monday’s 11pm deadline with the German side not wanting to add to their list of defensive players.

Kicker claim that Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz had wanted another left-back in his squad and hoped that Kolasinac would arrive.

However the deal was reportedly cancelled as Kolasinac would have been the 11th defensive player in the Leverkusen squad and the Bundesliga outfit’s chiefs did not want that.

It would have been a huge gain for Arsenal had Kolasinac departed given the wage packed he is on in north London.

But he has remained and has been included in Arsenal’s 25-man squad for the upcoming Europa League group stages.

And Arsenal technical director Edu is pleased with the balance Mikel Arteta has in his squad.

He said: “I think we improved the squad's quality and physicality.

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“Thomas [Partey], who we had in our plan for the future, when me and Mikel sit and talked, I think you get all the players who we really focused on.

“If you see Willian, he brings us experience and a very special physicality in terms of speed. If you see Gabriel, he gives us a lot of physicality and presence. Dani [Ceballos], quality. Thomas, physicality, quality and mentally he is very strong.

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“But in the end if you see all these players we brought to the club, they are very good here (points to legs), but they are better here (points to head) which for me is very important because when you talk to the players, they have a lot of ambition, they are excited and they are hungry to win a title again.

“This, for me, is important to have in the players to not only be good here (points to legs), but good here (points to head). And they are.”

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Liverpool confirm signing of young goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense

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Liverpool have confirmed the signing of 17-year-old goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense.

Pitaluga will train with the Reds first-team and play competitive matches for the Academy team at Anfield.

There had been talk earlier in the summer that Liverpool were interested with Pitaluga having worked with Alisson Becker’s brother, Muriel, at Fluminense.

He was part of the Brazil squad that won the FIFA U17 World Cup on home soil last November and named on the bench for two Fluminense fixtures last season.

And Reds head of goalkeeping John Achterberg explained why Liverpool pounced for the young shot-stopper.

He said: “I saw him for the first time in the World Cup squad. You’re checking all the goalies and looking at the ages.

“You see that he was in the World Cup squad one year younger than the rest of the squad, then you think that’s worth a look because normally you have two goalkeepers of the same age, but if you have someone who is a year younger you think he may have some good attributes.

“He was at Fluminense; we got some games to look at, all the other goalie coaches also look at it – Jack [Robinson] and the Academy coaches Mark [Morris] and Taff [Neil Edwards]. And, of course, I speak to the gaffer and the rest of the coaching department here.

“In Fluminense we had Allan [on loan], so I spoke to Julian [Ward, loan pathways and football partnerships manager] if he saw a little bit of him in training there. He saw him too and was also positive.

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“I asked Ali to speak to his brother to see how it goes and how he is doing. Ali spoke to his brother and Ali went training there. We saw a little bit from the training and the games he was playing for the reserves in Brazil.

“He was already 16 playing in the reserve team there so you also think, they trust him to play already in the reserves at 16.”

It was reported last month that Fluminense accepted a bid from Liverpool in the region of €1m with a further €1m depending on bonuses.

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The goalkeeper was set to sign a three-year deal with an option for another two.

Achterberg added: “Now he is here, we have to improve [him]. He is still young, there is no pressure because there is still a long road and we don’t want to create any pressure for him because there is still work to do.

“First of all, you need to let him settle down, find his way. He needs to learn the speed, the kind of game in England is different than in Brazil, it’s a lot faster and there’s more aggression in it.

“All that stuff you have to calculate as well to work on a little bit.”

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Edinson Cavani already thinking about his next club after Man Utd despite just joining

Manchester United sealed a deadline day move for ex-PSG striker Edinson Cavani on Monday after he was linked with a host of clubs. The Uruguayan has signed a potential two year deal at Old Trafford, but it appears he already has his sights set on his next club.

New Manchester United signing Edinson Cavani has admitted that he is already thinking about his next club

Cavani joined the Red Devils on Monday on a free transfer after being released by PSG in June.

The move came as a surprise to many, with Cavani also in talks with a number of other clubs, including Argentine giants Boca Juniors.

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The Uruguayan international even held talks with vice president Juan Roman Riquelme about a potential move.

And he admits that it is a dream to play at the iconic La Bombonera every week before the 33-year-old calls time on his career

“Roman wrote to me with great respect, he wanted to know how I was in this situation, with a very particular salary and we had a very respectful talk,” Cavani told ESPN.

“Boca is a giant of the world, any footballer would like to play there. There have been several Uruguayans that have played there. Following the history of our football arouses curiosity a bit.

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“There are some secrets from the conversation with Roman, you have to ask him if he wants to tell them.

“We will see what happens in the future. It would be very nice to be able to play at Boca one day.”

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For now though, the powerful finisher insists that he will give his all for United, but won’t leave it until he’s on his last legs to return to South America.

“I have a two-year contract with Manchester United. I want to do my best here. I feel good,” Cavani went on.

“The day I return to South America is not going to be when I have nothing left to give. I am realistic, I want to play until I feel good.

“I will play these two years and see if I continue or go back to South America.”

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'B' Teams idea rejected by Port Vale chair Carol Shanahan and Exeter president Julian Tagg

Port Vale chair Carol Shanahan has rejected the notion that some Premier League clubs could be allowed to field ‘B’ teams in the EFL.

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano mooted the idea this week after claiming that the EFL was not a sustainable business even before the coronavirus crisis.

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While Shanahan agreed that some co-operation should be developed between the leagues, she insisted this was not the way forward.

“I think he’s right that this is a good opportunity for the pyramid to help each other but that isn’t the way that we need help,” Shanahan told Sky Sports News.

“The clubs I am talking about are in Leagues One and Two, which seem to be the forgotten part of the elite arm of the football family.

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“We are completely different from the Championship, who get a lot of money from the Football League through parachute payments.

“I can see why there could be some reticence from the Premier League to help [Championship clubs] because they yo-yo back and forwards and take each other’s places.

“It’s completely different down in League One and League Two, where we don’t get money coming down at that same sort of rate.

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“We don’t get media money, all our money comes through the gate. So by the time you take the fans away, you don’t have the income coming in.

“But the answer certainly isn’t to have ‘B’ teams, it’s to support the current structure as it is.”

Exeter City president Julian Tagg is also against the idea of B teams being introduced to the EFL and has defended the organisation’s handling of the pandemic.

“There has to be some solution here but I believe the people within the EFL certainly and Rick Parry and his team have worked hard in extremely difficult circumstances and have done incredibly well to get us to this point,” he said.

“It does need a reshape but that’s not the answer for me.

“The other thing that’s important here is that I don’t think the fans will like it.

“They’re the ones that make football, their opinion will be significant in this and I’m not sure that’s what they want to see, In fact I’m sure it’s not.”

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Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah levels Shearer and Jeffers' U21 goals record

Eddie Nketiah matches Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers in becoming England U21’s record goalscorer after he hit 13th strike in Andorra draw… now will Gareth Southgate take notice of the Arsenal starlet?

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Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah has joined Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers as England Under 21s’ joint leading scorer after netting his 13th goal for his country on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old Gunners striker came on as a second-half substitute to slot home in the 83rd minute in the 3-3 UEFA U21 Championship qualifier with Andorra at Estadi Nacional and giving a timely nudge to full England manager Gareth Southgate.

Nketiah’s ninth goal in his last five qualifying games looked to have clinched the win for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.

Eddie Nketiah scored England U21s’ third goal in the 3-3 qualifying draw against Andorra

Arsenal forward Nketiah has joined Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers on 13  goals for the U21s

But the minnows grabbed a shock draw with seven minutes remaining as Christian Garcia claimed a share of the points.

Nketiah now has the same strike rate as Shearer, with his 13 goals coming in 11 appearances for the U21s.

And his form has already prompted suggestions from his Arsenal club boss Mikel Arteta that he could be on the brink of a senior England call-up having established himself in the Gunners’ first team at the start of 2020-21 season with two goals in four appearances so far. 

Match of the Day pundit Shearer – the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer with 260 – translated his Young Lions form into the full England team, with the former Newcastle, Blackburn and Southampton marksman striking 30 goals in 63 appearances for his country.

England legend Alan Shearer grabbed his 13 U21 goals in 11 matches – the same as Nketiah

Former Everton and Arsenal star Francis Jeffers scored his 13 England U21 goals in 16 games

Jeffers’ 13 U21 goals came from 16 games, and he earned just one cap for the full England team, scoring in a dismal defeat by Australia in 2003.  Once described as his ‘Fox in the Box’ by Arsene Wenger, Jeffers’ career sadly only went downhill after he joined Arsenal for £8million from boyhood club Everton – where he is now a coach of the club’s U-23 side.

Reflecting on Nketiah’s landmark, boss Boothroyd said: ‘Eddie is in esteemed company, isn’t he? He took his goal really well, and a great pass from Eberechi Eze to play him in.

‘I am really pleased with Eddie. He is the captain of the team when he plays, he is great off the pitch as well as off the pitch, and if he can emulate the guy he now shares the record with he’ll have had a brilliant career at the end of it. ‘

England remain unbeaten to stay top of Group Three with six wins from seven games, but it was a poor display and their hosts greeted the result at the full-time whistle with sheer jubilance.

Victory over Turkey at Molineux on Tuesday will secure qualification – and England still boast 19 points from seven games – but Wednesday’s draw was a wake-up call for Boothroyd’s side.  




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FIFA 21 Division Rivals rewards guide including reward tiers and release time

When it comes to the FIFA 21 Division Rivals competition, it's all about the rewards, with coins and player packs on offer.

Division Rivals is a weekly competition within the FIFA Ultimate Team game mode, with players facing off against each-other via online matchmaking. The competition is split into ten different divisions and each division contains players of differing playing ability, with Division 10 being the lowest and Division 1 containing the very best players on FUT 21.

There are also ranks within each different division, depending on how many Division Rivals points you earn during each week. Points are given out for match results. Rewards for this game mode differ depending on which division you're in and which individual rank you've placed in within that week.

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The Division Rivals rewards on offer include coin rewards, tradable player pack rewards and untradeable player pack rewards, with each division and rank giving different rewards.

So, what are the complete Division Rivals rewards for each division and rank? And, what time are Division Rivals rewards released?

Here is your comprehensive guide to FIFA 21 Division Rivals rewards including reward tiers in full and rewards release time.

FIFA 21 Division Rivals rewards release time

The Division Rivals competition runs weekly from Thursday until the following Thursday, with Division Rivals rewards being released on Thursday mornings at 8am BST UK time. For players not based in the UK, here are the full international release times, 12am PDT, 2am CDT, 3am EDT, 8am BST, 9am CEST and 5pm AEDT (Following day).

When you first start playing Division Rivals, you will play five 'placement' matches within the mode and depending on the results you achieve in those five games, you will be added into an appropriate division. You will then receive a placement reward, which again depends on which division you are placed in. In addition, as you advance through the divisions. you will receive division promotion rewards too.

New for FIFA 21, you can only play a total of 30 Division Rivals games to increase your Weekly Score. Through this change, players who play Rivals more than 30 times per week can continue to make progress against Objectives, earn higher Skill Ratings, and climb to new Divisions, but will NOT earn additional Weekly Score.

Check out our full FIFA 21 Division Rivals rewards guide below.

FIFA 21 Division Rivals rewards guide

Division 10 Rewards

Rank VI

  • TBC

Rank V

  • 1 x Gold Pack (Untradeable)

Rank IV

  • 1,000 Coins
  • 2 x Premium Gold Packs

Rank III

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 15,000 Coins

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Prime Mixed Players Pack
  • 2 x Gold Packs

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Prime Mixed Players Packs
  • 4 x Gold Packs

Rank II

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 20,000 Coins

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 2 x Prime Mixed Players Packs
  • 1 x Bronze Pack

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 4 x Prime Mixed Players Packs
  • 1 x Bronze Pack

Rank I

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 28,000 Coins
  • 20 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Small Prime Gold Players Pack
  • 1 x Prime Mixed Players Pack
  • 2 x Mixed Players Packs
  • 20 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Small Prime Gold Players Pack
  • 2 x Prime Mixed Players Pack
  • 4 x Mixed Players Packs
  • 20 Champions Points

Division 9 Rewards

Rank VI

  • TBC

Rank V

  • 2 x Gold Packs (Untradeable)

Rank IV

  • 2,500 Coins
  • 1 x Jumbo Premium Gold Pack

Rank III

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 17,500 Coins

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Mega Pack

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Mega Packs

Rank II

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 25,000 Coins

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 3 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
  • 1 x Consumables Pack

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 6 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
  • 2 x Consumables Packs

Rank I

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 34,000 Coins
  • 25 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 3 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
  • 2 x Consumables Packs
  • 25 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 6 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
  • 4 x Consumables Packs
  • 25 Champions Points

Division 8 Rewards

Rank VI

  • TBC

Rank V

  • 1 x Premium Gold Pack (Untradeable)
  • 1 x Gold Pack (Untradeable)

Rank IV

  • 1,000 Coins
  • 1 x Jumbo Premium Gold Pack
  • 1 x Gold Pack

Rank III

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 20,000 Coins

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 2 x Prime Mixed Players Packs

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 4 x Prime Mixed Players Packs

Rank II

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 30,000 Coins
  • 30 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Prime Mixed Players Pack
  • 1 x Rare Gold Pack
  • 30 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Prime Mixed Players Packs
  • 2 x Rare Gold Packs
  • 30 Champions Points

Rank I

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 40,000 Coins
  • 60 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 2 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
  • 1 x Jumbo Premium Gold Players Pack
  • 60 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 4 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
  • 2 x Jumbo Premium Gold Players Packs
  • 60 Champions Points

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Division 7 Rewards

Rank VI

  • TBC

Rank V

  • 2 x Premium Gold Packs (Untradeable)

Rank IV

  • 3,000 Coins
  • 1 x Jumbo Premium Gold Pack
  • 1 x Gold Pack

Rank III

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 24,000 Coins

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Rare Electrum Players Pack
  • 1 x Jumbo Premium Gold Pack

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Rare Electrum Players Packs
  • 2 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs

Rank II

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 35,000 Coins
  • 40 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 2 x Mega Packs
  • 40 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 4 x Mega Packs
  • 40 Champions Points

Rank I

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 45,000 Coins
  • 80 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Jumbo Premium Gold Players Pack
  • 2 x Prime Mixed Players Packs
  • 80 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Jumbo Premium Gold Players Packs
  • 4 x Prime Mixed Players Packs
  • 80 Champions Points

Division 6 Rewards

Rank VI

  • TBC

Rank V

  • 1 x Jumbo Gold Pack (Untradeable)

Rank IV

  • 3,500 Coins
  • 1 x Jumbo Premium Gold Pack

Rank III

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 27,500 Coins

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Mega Pack

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Mega Packs

Rank II

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 39,000 Coins
  • 50 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Prime Gold Players Pack
  • 1 x Rare Electrum Players Pack
  • 50 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Prime Gold Players Packs
  • 2 x Rare Electrum Players Packs
  • 50 Champions Points

Rank I

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 52,000 Coins
  • 100 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Prime Gold Players Pack
  • 1 x Mega Pack
  • 1 x Rare Gold Pack
  • 100 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Prime Gold Players Packs
  • 2 x Mega Packs
  • 2 x Rare Gold Packs
  • 100 Champions Points

Division 5 Rewards

Rank VI

  • TBC

Rank V

  • 2 x Jumbo Gold Packs (Untradeable)

Rank IV

  • 3,500 Coins
  • 1 x Jumbo Premium Gold Pack
  • 2 x Gold Packs

Rank III

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 32,000 Coins
  • 65 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Mega Pack
  • 2 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
  • 65 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Mega Packs
  • 4 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
  • 65 Champions Points

Rank II

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 44,000 Coins
  • 130 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Rare Players Pack
  • 1 x Mega Pack
  • 130 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Rare Players Packs
  • 2 x Mega Packs
  • 130 Champions Points

Rank I

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 58,000 Coins
  • 195 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Rare Players Pack
  • 1 x Mega Pack
  • 2 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
  • 195 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Rare Players Pack
  • 2 x Mega Pack
  • 4 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
  • 195 Champions Points

Division 4 Rewards

Rank VI

  • TBC

Rank V

  • 2 x Jumbo Gold Packs (Untradeable)
  • 1 x Gold Pack (Untradeable)

Rank IV

  • 3,500 Coins
  • 1 x Jumbo Premium Gold Pack
  • 2 x Premium Gold Packs

Rank III

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 34,000 Coins
  • 80 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 2 x Mega Packs
  • 80 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 4 x Mega Packs
  • 80 Champions Points

Rank II

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 50,000 Coins
  • 160 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Rare Players Pack
  • 1 x Mega Pack
  • 1 x Jumbo Premium Gold Pack
  • 160 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Rare Players Packs
  • 2 x Mega Packs
  • 2 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
  • 160 Champions Points

Rank I

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 65,000 Coins
  • 240 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Rare Players Pack
  • 1 x Prime Gold Players Pack
  • 1 x Mega Pack
  • 240 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Rare Players Packs
  • 2 x Prime Gold Players Packs
  • 2 x Mega Packs
  • 240 Champions Points

Division 3 Rewards

Rank VI

  • TBC

Rank V

  • 3 x Jumbo Gold Packs (Untradeable)

Rank IV

  • 4,500 Coins
  • 2 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs

Rank III

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 36,000 Coins
  • 125 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Rare Players Pack
  • 1 x Rare Gold Pack
  • 125 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Rare Players Packs
  • 2 x Rare Gold Packs
  • 125 Champions Points

Rank II

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 53,000 Coins
  • 250 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Rare Mega Pack
  • 1 x Prime Mixed Players Pack
  • 2 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
  • 250 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Rare Mega Packs
  • 2 x Prime Mixed Players Packs
  • 4 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
  • 250 Champions Points

Rank I

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 70,000 Coins
  • 375 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 2 x Rare Mega Packs
  • 1 x Rare Electrum Players Pack
  • 375 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 4 x Rare Mega Packs
  • 2 x Rare Electrum Players Packs
  • 375 Champions Points

Division 2 Rewards

Rank VI

  • 3 x Jumbo Gold Packs (untradeable)

Rank V

  • 4 x Jumbo Gold Packs (Untradeable)

Rank IV

  • 1 x Jumbo Premium Gold Pack
  • 1 x Premium Gold Pack

Rank III

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 40,000 Coins
  • 250 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Rare Players Pack
  • 1 x Rare Electrum Players Pack
  • 250 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Rare Players Packs
  • 2 x Rare Electrum Players Packs
  • 250 Champions Points

Rank II

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 58,000 Coins
  • 500 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • ×3 Mega Packs
  • ×1 Jumbo Premium Gold Pack
  • 500 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 6 x Mega Packs
  • 2 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
  • 500 Champions Points

Rank I

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 75,000 Coins
  • 750 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Rare Mixed Players Pack
  • 1 x Rare Mega Pack
  • 2 x Mega Packs
  • 750 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Rare Mixed Players Packs
  • 2 x Rare Mega Packs
  • 4 x Mega Packs
  • 750 Champions Points

Division 1 Rewards

Rank VI

  • TBC

Rank V

  • 3 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (Untradeable)

Rank IV

  • 2 x Premium Gold Players Packs
  • 250 Champions Points

Rank III

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 42,000 Coins
  • 500 Champions Points

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Rare Players Pack
  • 1 x Mega Pack
  • 500 Champions Points

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Rare Players Packs
  • 2 x Mega Packs
  • 500 Champions Points

Rank II

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 61,000 Coins

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Ultimate Pack

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Ultimate Packs

Rank I

Option 1 (Coins)

  • 80,000 Coins

Option 2 (Tradeable)

  • 1 x Ultimate Pack
  • 1 x Mega Pack

Option 3 (Untradeable)

  • 2 x Ultimate Packs
  • 2 x Mega Packs

So, if you've bought the FIFA 21 Champions Edition or the FIFA 21 Ultimate Edition, you can start playing the full game right now! But, for those with the FIFA 21 Standard Edition, you will be able to access the full game from October 9.

EA have confirmed that when you purchase FIFA 21 on Xbox, PS4 or PC, you'll have access to something called Dual Entitlement, which will enable you to upgrade your copy of FIFA 21 on PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, or from Xbox One to Xbox Series X, at no extra cost. The Dual Entitlement offer will let you upgrade your copy of the game at no extra cost up until the release of FIFA 22.

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Edinson Cavani pictured in Man Utd kit for first time as he trains at home

Manchester United fans got a first glimpse of new arrival Edinson Cavani in their kit on Thursday morning as the veteran striker posted a video of himself working on his fitness at home.

The 33-year-old completed a free transfer to Old Trafford on deadline day and is clearly raring to go with the Red Devils, having not played football in around seven months.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was desperate to strengthen his attacking options for the 2020/21 campaign and United turned their attentions to Cavani once it became clear their pursuit of number one target, Jadon Sancho, had failed this summer.

The Uruguayan, PSG’s all-time top scorer 200 goals in 301 appearances for the Ligue 1 giants, has signed a one-year deal at the Theatre of Dreams but will have to wait to make his debut for his new club.

Most new signings in the Premier League have been able to train and play with their new team-mates immediately, but this is not the case for Cavani given he’s not been part of a secure bubble and has been mixing with the general population in Paris.

This means Cavani is set to miss United’s trip to Newcastle after the international break – but it hasn’t stopped him putting in the hard yards at home after jetting into Manchester from the French capital.

‘The clock does not stop,’ the forward posted on his Instagram page with a video showing him running on a treadmill in United’s training gear.

Cavani has been given the No.7 shirt for the new campaign and the attacker says he’s honoured to take over such an iconic number which has been worn by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham.

‘It will give me great pride to wear the No 7 shirt for Manchester United,’ he told ESPN.

‘Now I am going to prepare for this responsibility, do my best to be ready and enjoy it and I hope to make my mark at Manchester United.

‘I have two years of a contract with Manchester United. I want to give it my all here. I feel good.’

On Cavani’s move, Solskjaer said: ‘Edinson is an experienced ultimate professional who always gives everything for his team.

‘His goalscoring record for club and country is fantastic and we are delighted to sign a player of his calibre.

‘He’ll bring energy, power, leadership and a great mentality to the squad but, most importantly, he’ll bring goals.

‘He has had a brilliant career so far, winning trophies at almost every club he has played for, and he still has so much more to give at the highest level.’

The Norwegian believes Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood will all benefit from the arrival of one of Europe’s top strikers of the last decade.

‘The opportunity for our young players to learn from one of Europe’s top goalscorers over the last ten years is fantastic and it will really benefit them going forward,’ he added.

‘Edinson knows exactly what it takes to succeed and we are all looking forward to seeing him make an impact at Manchester United.’

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Premier League CEO Richard Masters wants Government to reconsider spectator ban

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has called for “consistency” from the Government and urged them to allow spectators back into sports matches.

A rise in coronavirus cases in the UK paused plans to re-open stadiums on a partial basis from October 1, and the Premier League is among the governing bodies who wrote an open letter urging the Government to reconsider this proposal.

League champions Liverpool were among the clubs who backed the letter, while Manchester United joined the EFL’s Twitter account in sharing a petition to let football fans attend matches at all levels.

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As of Thursday morning that petition had surpassed 180,000 signatures, comfortably beyond the 100,000-mark required to be a topic of debate in Parliament.

Speaking to The Times, Masters said sport must be treated “as fairly as other activities” given concert venues are currently allowed to hold socially-distanced events indoors.

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Masters said: “It’s good news that [concert] venues can run socially-distanced events indoors, it gives them a lifeline. We are starting to see the return of the paying spectator at a ticketed event and we just believe that football should be allowed to do the same.

Current rules for performing arts

Currently at Stage Four of the Government’s plans, performing arts are currently allowed to hold outdoor performances plus indoor events with socially-distancing audiences.

London’s O2 Arena is pushing forward with plans to welcome 4,700 spectators to concerts in December, while the Royal Albert Hall announced plans for a maximum 2,500-strong crowd for upcoming events this Christmas.

“We do understand why caution is needed but what we are asking for is consistency from government so that sport is treated as fairly as other activities.

“We are a highly regulated environment. We have the Sports Grounds Safety Authority in place to ensure that supporters are safe at all times and we’re outdoors in a highly stewarded environment. What we really need is clarity for our clubs and supporters and a road map from government.”

Masters said Premier League clubs feel as though they have been hit by a “quadruple whammy” and was critical of the notion that top-tier clubs should bail out teams in the EFL while their own doors remain closed.

There has also been dialogue with counterparts in Germany, Masters revealed, with the Bundesliga starting its season with a capacity at 20 per cent so long as the seven-day rate of infection is below or equal to 35 per 100,000 in the local region.

“There’s a frustration that there is that inconsistency and we would urge the Government to treat sport in the same way as the entertainment industry,” Masters added.

“The clubs feel they have been hit with a quadruple whammy – firstly that the optimism of October 1 has been taken away; secondly that there will be a sports bailout but that it wouldn’t include football; thirdly that the Premier League will be expected to secure the future of the EFL while dealing with the implications of having no fans until possibly March; finally the opening up of entertainment arenas within sometimes a couple of miles of football grounds without any road map for the return of football supporters.

“The Government is managing the country around local conditions so we have to be flexible in that respect. We have been in regular conversation with our German counterparts and we are aware of how it’s working and how it is not working for some clubs where the numbers are higher. Like everything, you have to start somewhere and just to do it would be fantastic.”

English football’s open letter to Government

Along with Masters, EFL CEO David Baldwin, FA chief executive Mark Bullingham and FA Director of Women’s Professional Game Kelly Simmons all signed a letter which calls for the return of the test-event programme and consistency in Government policy regarding the re-opening of certain venues and events.

The full letter reads…

The Premier League, EFL, The FA, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship want to assure all fans that together we are fully committed to your safe return to football grounds as soon as possible.

The health of the nation remains our overriding priority, and for many months we have been working with experts to make our grounds as safe as, if not safer than, any other public activity currently allowed. And we are consulting with the Football Supporters’ Association to keep supporters updated every step of the way.

An open letter to supporters from the @premierleague, @FA and @EFL.

We know attendance at matches can play a positive role in people’s lives during these challenging times. And the past few months have shown how clubs can still feel the support of their fans. Even when you have been unable to get together, you and your clubs have found ways to make a difference in your communities, with clubs delivering food parcels, taking part in phone calls and online conversations with fans, the elderly and vulnerable and moving services and programmes online to make a difference in unprecedented and challenging circumstances.

But we all know football is not the same without fans. Every player and manager is missing the direct connection with you and the impact that you have on our games.

United supports the campaign to #LetFansIn.

We back the petition to allow fans to attend games.#MUFC https://t.co/hI9tjAwHaS

With the EFL, Premier League, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship already staging 11 successful test events recently, we have demonstrated that we can deliver matches safely. The sooner we can return, the sooner we can reunite communities and support local jobs, livelihoods, regional businesses and also the national economy.

We will continue to urge Government to allow us to return fans safely to stadiums. It is positive progress that major arts and music venues have been told they can run socially-distanced events indoors. And now football should be allowed to do the same – in highly regulated and stewarded outdoor environments.

Additionally, representatives from football are active members of the Government’s Sports Technology and Innovation Group, as well as being involved with their ‘Moonshot’ mass-testing project to open up the economy. And in light of the postponement of test events we will intensify our efforts to pioneer new approaches – working with epidemiologists, scientists and medical experts in areas such as public health, clinical processes and occupational hygiene. This will make sure stadiums are COVID-safe by considering best practice screening and hygiene methods to ensure that fans and the general public will be safe and drive the Government’s sporting plans to move faster.

Petition: Allow football fans to attend matches at all levels.#EFL | #LetFansIn https://t.co/ooZWFGpYW3

Stadium environments can be modified and carefully managed. Measures could include screening spectators before they enter the ground, installing temperature checks, requiring masks to be worn, one-way systems and providing a code of conduct for all those attending on a matchday. This will all be bolstered by deep-cleaning practices to help further reduce the risk of virus transmission.

Clubs want to be pro-active on this matter and are considering measures both in the stadium and on the approach that will allay any concerns as to fans’ safety. From a travel perspective, clubs will work closely with experts and local authorities to model solutions relevant for each stadium to ease pressure on public transport, while extra parking facilities could be available so a greater proportion of you can travel by private car or bicycle.

Please sign and share…👍🏻 https://t.co/DNs5NHQ32L

We are determined to identify a path forward with Government. We need clarity for our clubs and for you as supporters as to what the roadmap for change in this area looks like. We all know why caution is needed, and we ask Government for consistency in their policy so sport is treated as fairly as other activities currently allowed to welcome spectators.

So, we will continue to urge the relevant authorities to let us, together, use innovative ways to bring fans safely back into football grounds, starting with a return of the test event programme. If we do so, then the benefits will be felt not just by fans but throughout society and the economy.

Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive

David Baldwin, EFL Chief Executive

Mark Bullingham, The FA Chief Executive

Kelly Simmons, The FA Director of Women’s Professional Game

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Chelsea's Charly Musonda Jr opens up on his devastating knee injury

Football’s forgotten wonderkid: From being rated the world’s best youngster at 16, Chelsea’s Charly Musonda says his injury hell has seen him go FOUR YEARS without back-to-back games after being given just a 20 per cent chance of EVER playing again

  • Chelsea attacker Charly Musonda Jr has opened up on his injury heartbreak
  • The 23-year-old was once rated as the best young player in the world at 16
  • A chronic knee injury has reduced him to limited game time in the last four years
  • Doctors told him he only has a 20 per cent chances of ever playing again

Chelsea winger Charly Musonda Jr has opened up on his injury heartbreak which  resulted in doctors telling him he only had a 20 per cent chance of ever playing again.

Football’s forgotten wonderkid took to Instagram on Wednesday to emotionally reveal how he has struggled to play consecutive games in the last four years and how he still hasn’t played a game for the Blues in the last three.

At 16, Musonda was rated by scouts as the best youngster in the world which saw him snapped up by Chelsea in 2012.

Chelsea’s Charly Musonda (pictured in 2017) lifts the lid on his last four years of injury hell

However, since 2016 Musonda has been plagued by a cruciate ligament issue in his knee which has effectively robbed the winger of fulfilling his sky-high potential.

Now, with no return date in sight, the Belgian attacker has provided hope to others that are suffering career-ending injuries by telling them not to give up on making their comeback.

Musonda said: ‘It’s been four years since I played back to back professional games, three years since I last played for my club, two of those last four years, I’ve been injured with the post cruciate ligament of my knee. 

The 23-year-old revealed how doctors told him the chances of playing again were slim

Musonda (right) was sent out on loan to Real Betis in 2016 and made 24 appearances

‘Nothing but heartbreak and heartache. Doctors told me going through surgery after being out for so long would be the end, an impossible mountain to climb, we’re the exact words. 

‘I miss football so much, to say the least, and I’m doing everything I can to play once again, to all the kids out there who have a dream and are injured or are going through monumental setbacks, never give up!

‘I’ll keep climbing the insurmountable mountain everyday to run with the football once again, because there’s no better feeling than taking someone on and feeling alive. 

‘Until that day comes I’ll keep training and believing in the impossible comeback, because the greatest comebacks always seem like there is no way back, and that’s when we’ve got to dig deep and live to tell the story and not die in it. 

He was then sent on loan to Celtic but only managed to make a handful of appearances

‘#ThisIsMyStory and how I keep training and staying ready, despite the odds, that one day I’ll be back.’ 

Having joined Chelsea from Anderlecht’ youth academy in 2012, Musonda went on to rise through the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge before being sent out on loan for the first time to Real Betis.

In 24 LaLiga appearances, Musonda managed to make three assists and score one goal across 1,500 minutes of football at the age of 20.

After returning to the Blues, he was sent back out on loan to Celtic in 2018, which was viewed as a major coup for the Scottish champions.

Musonda, who was rated as the best young player in the world at 16, hopes to make a return

However, the youngster only managed to make a handful of appearances under Brendan Rodgers at Celtic Park before returning to west London.

It was hoped that he would be able to put his injury woes behind him and kick on at Vitesse in the Eredivisie but his chronic knee issue limited him to just four league appearances.

Once again, he is back at Chelsea and hasn’t made an appearance for the club in three years. It remains to be seen when, and if, he will be able to make his comeback.




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Wayne Rooney and Derby stars save Phillip Cocu’s job with tactics intervention

Wayne Rooney and senior Derby players may have helped save Phillip Cocu's job by convincing him to modify his tactics.

The struggling Rams picked up their first Championship win of the season at Norwich from Rooney's superb late free-kick in a 1-0 triumph.

It eased the pressure on County's boss Cocu after opening with three straight League losses to spark fears of the axe ahead of the international break.

The victory followed Cocu tweaking his tactics in the team meeting in their hotel in Norwich before the game.

Cocu was outlining his plans for the Carrow Road clash when senior players spoke up.

They said Derby needed to be much harder to play against after their previous 4-0 home defeat to Blackburn, when they trailed 3-0 at the break.

Senior players argued for the Rams to be much more aggressive out of possession to harry opponents more.

England's record goal-scorer Rooney,34, a player-coach at Pride Park, then voiced his support for the approach before Cocu agreed to adopt it.

Reflecting on the win, Dutch coach Cocu, 49, said: “They gave the confirmation to themselves about what we spoke about in our meetings about what we should put on the pitch as individuals and as a whole.

“That has to be on the pitch every game.

“It is regardless of whether we play a fantastic game of football where everything goes to plan.

“Some games we struggle for whatever reason but we still need that attitude.

“You never know in football but I think this is an important turning point.”

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