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FIFA set to launch new biennial international competition called the FIFA Series

FIFA are launching a new series of friendly matches in one location during the international window called the FIFA Series, with a pilot project kicking off in four countries next month, world soccer's governing body said on Monday.

Although there are no trophies or prize money, the series is designed to benefit national teams that do not have the opportunity to play teams from other confederations, with FIFA set to cover travel costs.

Late Virgil Van Dijk header gives Jürgen Klopp one more Carabao Cup title despite injured squad

LONDON — Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk powered home a header in extra time as his side beat Chelsea 1-0 in the League Cup final on Sunday to clinch a record-extending 10th title in the competition and crown Jürgen Klopp's final season in charge with silverware.

Van Dijk rose high above his marker to head a corner back across goal and into the far corner in the 118th minute, sparking wild celebrations among the Liverpool supporters massed at that end of Wembley stadium.

Van Dijk goal vs Chelsea Carabao Cup final

Watch: USMNT's Chris Richards' emotional celebration after first-ever Premier League goal

Chris Richards made an appearance on the scoresheet for Crystal Palace in their 3-0 Premier League victory against Burnley this Saturday.

The American, as per usual, was part of the starting XI and played the full match, re-establishing himself as one of the best USMNT players in Europe this season.

Chris Richards first goal for Crystal Palace vs. Burnley

Richards’ first-ever goal for Crystal Palace in the Premier League came in the 68th minute of the match and opened the scoring to what was a heavily disputed match through and through.

PULI SHOW — Christian Pulisic is AC Milan's highest rated player this season

Christian Pulisic has been in incredible form this season since signing for AC Milan this summer and he has already become the club’s best player. At least that’s what the statistics show.

Christian Pulisic is AC Milan’s highest rated player on FotMob

According to FotMob, the highly-renowned live match update and player statistic website, Christian Pulisic is AC Milan’s highest rated player this season.

Former Barcelona star Dani Alves sentenced to four and a half years in prison for rape

BARCELONA — Brazilian footballer Dani Alves was convicted of raping a woman in the restroom of a Barcelona nightclub in 2022 and sentenced to 4-1/2 years in prison on Thursday, which he will appeal.

The top court in Spain's Catalonia region also ordered Alves, who has been jailed on remand for over a year and repeatedly changed his story, to pay $163,000 to the victim.

Dortmund defender Mats Hummels still fuming over penalty call vs. PSV

BERLIN — Borussia Dortmund were left fuming over a penalty decision in Tuesday's Champions League round of 16 first leg that earned hosts PSV Eindhoven a 1-1 draw.

Donyell Malen had scored a superb goal for the visitors against his former side before Eindhoven's Luuk de Jong converted the spot kick in the 56th minute at the Philips Stadion.

"Zero percent penalty, zero," Dortmund defender Mats Hummels said of his challenge on Malik Tillman.

Bayern Munich to part ways with Thomas Tuchel at end of season after poor form

BERLIN — Bayern Munich have decided to end their collaboration with coach Thomas Tuchel at the end of the current season despite a contract to 2025, the club said on Wednesday.

Bayern lost their last three games in all competitions, including a 3-0 defeat to league leaders Bayer Leverkusen and have now dropped eight points behind them in the Bundesliga.

They were also beaten 1-0 by Lazio in last week's Champions League first leg and now risk going without any silverware for the first season in more than a decade.

1990 World Cup winner with Germany Andreas Brehme dead at 63

BERLIN — World Cup winner Andreas Brehme, whose late penalty in the 1990 final against Argentina in Italy handed Germany their third world title, has died at the age of 63, his family said.

The attacking full back and dead-ball specialist became an instant Germany football great when his spot kick earned them a 1-0 victory over Diego Maradona's Argentina in the World Cup final in Rome.

Video: Christian Pulisic comes off the bench and bags brilliant last-minute goal for AC Milan

Christian Pulisic tallied yet another set of goal contributions for AC Milan in the Rossoneri’s away defeat against Monza in the Serie A on Sunday.

The American started the game on the bench for the first time in a league match since Oct. 7 but was substituted onto the pitch at the start of the second half after Milan conceded two goals just before the break.

Unfortunately for Pulisic and his efforts to turn the game around for the club, Milan went down to 10 men after Luka Jović received a red card just seven minutes into the restart.

Watch: Erling Haaland pushes camera away after historically poor night vs. Chelsea

MANCHESTER — Erling Haaland pushed aside a television camera after the final whistle on Saturday, his frustration spilling over after he took nine shots but scored no goals for the first time in his Manchester City career.

Rodri netted a late equalizer to salvage a 1-1 Premier League home draw for the champions against Chelsea as they avoided their first loss at the Etihad in 15 months.

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