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Published:Wednesday | September 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM


Coaches support unified transfer window closure


NYON, Switzerland (AP):

Top club coaches want the European summer transfer window to close on the same day across the continent before their league seasons start.

After UEFA hosted coaches including Jose Mourinho and Max Allegri for an annual meeting yesterday, deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti says they supported "a unified window."

Though trading in most European leagues ended on August 31, English clubs could not buy players after August 9 and the Italian deadline was August 17.

English leagues switched this year aiming to avoid disrupting team plans after leagues kicked off.

Marchetti says the coaches agreed: "There should be one window ending at the same time and that window should not overlap with competitions."


All set for 7-team Club World Cup



Real Madrid will face either the champions of Asia or Mexican club Guadalajara in the Club World Cup semi-finals.

FIFA made the draw yesterday for the seven-team tournament, which will be played from December 12-22 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Copa Libertadores champions will represent South America in the semifinals against the African champion or the winners of a preliminary-round game between Al Ain and Oceania champion Team Wellington. Al Ain will enter as the host nation's champion, joining the six continental champions.

FIFA wants to launch a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021.


Scotland qualify for Women's World Cup for first time


TIRANA, Albania (AP):

Scotland qualified for the Women's World Cup for the first time with a 2-1 victory over Albania yesterday.

Jane Ross scored the second goal that sealed top spot for Scotland in European qualifying Group 2 above Switzerland.

Germany, Norway and Sweden also qualified for the finals next year. Fifteen of the 24 slots have been filled for the June 7-July 7 tournament in France.