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The following are the football (soccer) events in the year 2021 around the world.

Events

January

  • January 15: Wayne Rooney retires from professional football. After he retired, he became the manager of EFL Championship club Derby County.
  • January 29: Saïd Benrahma signs for West Ham United from Brentford for €23 million. This is the most expensice transfer in Winter 2021. As well, this is currently the most expensive transfer in 2021.

Upcoming events

February

  • February 11: The 2020 FIFA Club World Cup Final will be played. It will be played at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar.

May

  • May 26: The 2020-21 UEFA Europa League Final will be played. It will be played at the Stadion Miejski in Gdańsk, Poland.
  • May 29: The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League Final will be played. It will be played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.

June

July

  • July 8: The first ever UEFA Europa Conference League match will be played.
  • July 10: The 2021 Copa América Final will be played. It will be played at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Barranquilla, Colombia.
  • July 11: The UEFA Euro 2020 Final will be played. It will be played at Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom.

Tournament winners

International

Tournament Confederation Host Country(s) Winner Runner-Up Finals Stadium
2020 African Nations Championship CAF (Africa)  Cameroon  Mali or  Morocco Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé
2020 CONCACAF Nations League Finals CONCACAF (North America)  United States - - AT&T Stadium, Arlington
2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup TBC - - TBC
2021 Copa América CONMEBOL (South America)  Argentina
 Colombia
- - Estadio Metropolitano, Barranquilla
UEFA Euro 2020 UEFA (Europe) Multiple Hosts - - Wembley Stadium, London
2021 UEFA Nations League Finals  Italy - - San Siro, Milan
2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup FIFA  Lithuania - - Švyturys Arena, Klaipėda

Youth International

Tournament Confederation Host Country(s) Winner Runner-Up Finals Stadium
2020 AFC U-19 Championship AFC (Asia)  Uzbekistan Cancelled Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent
2020 AFC U-16 Championship  Bahrain Cancelled Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town
2021 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations CAF (Africa)  Mauritania - - TBC
2021 UNAF U-17 Tournament  Algeria AlgeriaAlgeria TunisiaTunisia Stade du 5 Juillet, Algiers
2021 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations  Morocco - - TBC

Continental

Confederation Tournament Previous Winner Winner Runner-Up Finals Stadium
AFC (Asia) 2021 AFC Champions League South Korea Ulsan Hyundai (2020) - - 2-Legged
2021 AFC Cup Lebanon Al Ahed (2020) - - TBC
CAF (Africa) 2020–21 CAF Champions League Egypt Al Ahly (2019-20) - -
2020–21 CAF Confederation Cup Morocco RS Berkane (2019-20) - -
CONCACAF (North America) 2021 CONCACAF Champions League Mexico Tigres UANL (2020) - -
2021 CONCACAF League Costa RicaAlajuelense (2020) - -
CONMEBOL (South America) 2021 Copa Libertadores BrazilPalmeiras (2020) - -
2021 Copa Sudamericana ArgentinaDefensa y Justicia (2020) - -
2021 Recopa Sudamericana Brazil Flamengo (2020) ArgentinaDefensa y Justicia or
Brazil Palmeiras
2-Legged Final
OFC (Oceania) 2021 OFC Champions League New Caledonia Hienghène Sport (2019) - - TBC
UEFA (Europe) 2020–21 UEFA Champions League Germany Bayern Munich (2019-20) - - Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul
2020–21 UEFA Europa League Spain Sevilla (2019-20) - - Stadion Miejski, Gdańsk
2021 UEFA Super Cup Germany Bayern Munich (2020) - - Windsor Park, Belfast
FIFA (Global) 2021 FIFA Club World Cup TBC (2020) - - TBC

Births and deaths

Deaths

January

February

Retired in 2021

Transfers

Winter 2021

Player Age Team Leaving Team Joining Transfer Fee
Algeria Saïd Benrahma 25 England Brentford England West Ham United €23 million
Côte d'Ivoire Sébastien Haller 26 England West Ham United Netherlands Ajax €22.5 million
Côte d'Ivoire Amad Diallo 18 Italy Atalanta England Manchester United €21 million
Hungary Dominik Szoboszlai 20 Austria Red Bull Salzburg Germany RB Leipzig €20 million
Senegal Krépin Diatta 21 Belgium Club Brugge France A.S. Monaco €20 million
Portugal Paulinho 28 Portugal SC Braga Portugal Sporting CP €16 million
France Morgan Sanson 26 France Olympique Marseille England Aston Villa €15.8 million
Argentina Papu Gómez 32 Italy Atalanta Spain Sevilla €15 million
Romania Dennis Man 22 Romania FCSB Italy Parma €13 million
Denmark Joakim Maehle 23 Belgium KRC Genk Italy Atalanta €11 million
Colombia Juan Fernando Quintero 27 Argentina River Plate People's Republic of China Shenzhen €9 million
Kenya Michael Olunga 26 Japan Kashiwa Reysol Qatar Al-Duhail €5.9 million
United States Mark McKenzie 21 United States Philadelphia Union Belgium KRC Genk €5 million
Russia Aleksandr Kokorin 29 Russia Spartak Moscow Italy Fiorentina €4.5 million
Netherlands Bas Dost 31 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt Belgium Club Brugge €4 million
France Jean-Philippe Mateta 23 Germany 1. FSV Mainz 05 England Crystal Palace Loan
(Loan Fee: €3.5 million)
France Étienne Capoue 32 England Watford Spain Villarreal €2 million
Norway Martin Ødegaard 22 Spain Real Madrid England Arsenal Loan
(Loan Fee: €2 million)
Netherlands Timothy Fosu-Mensah 23 England Manchester United Germany Bayer Leverkusen €1.7 million
France Moussa Dembélé 24 France Olympique Lyon Spain Atlético Madrid Loan
(Loan Fee: €1.5 million)
Japan Takefusa Kubo 19 Spain Real Madrid Spain Getafe CF Loan
(Loan Fee: €1.25 million)
Turkey Ozan Kabak 20 Germany Schalke 04 England Liverpool Loan
(Loan Fee: €1.1 million)
Nigeria Henry Onyekuru 23 France A.S. Monaco Turkey Galatasaray Loan
(Loan Fee: €650,000)
England Ben Davies 25 England Preston North End England Liverpool €570,000
Portugal Gedson Fernandes 22 Portugal S.L. Benfica Turkey Galatasaray Loan
(Loan Fee: €500,000)
Scotland Robert Snodgrass 33 England West Ham United England West Bromwich Albion Undisclosed
France Kenny Lala 29 France RC Stratsbourg Greece Olympiacos Undisclosed
Algeria Islam Slimani 32 England Leicester City France Olympique Lyon Free Transfer
Croatia Mario Mandžukić 34 Free Agent Italy AC Milan Free Transfer
Greece Sokratis Papastathopoulos 32 England Arsenal Greece Olympiacos Free Transfer
Germany Mesut Özil 32 England Arsenal Turkey Fenerbahçe Free Transfer
Italy Stephan El Shaarawy 28 People's Republic of China Shanghai Greenland Shenhua Italy AS Roma Free Transfer
Germany Sami Khedira 33 Italy Juventus Germany Hertha BSC Free Transfer
Serbia Luka Jovic 23 Spain Real Madrid Germany Eintracht Frankfurt Loan
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Kolasinac 27 England Arsenal Germany Schalke 04 Loan
Belgium Radja Nainggolan 32 Italy Inter Milan Italy Cagliari Loan
Argentina Lucas Pratto 32 Argentina River Plate Netherlands Feyenoord Loan
Poland Arkadiusz Milik 26 Italy Napoli France Olympique de Marseille Loan
Australia Mathew Ryan 28 England Brighton & Hove Albion England Arsenal Loan
England Fikayo Tomori 23 England Chelsea Italy AC Milan Loan
England Jesse Lingard 28 England Manchester United England West Ham United Loan
England Joe Willock 21 England Arsenal England Newcastle United Loan
England Ainsley Maitland-Niles 23 England Arsenal England West Bromwich Albion Loan
France Jean-Clair Todibo 21 Spain Barcelona France OGC Nice Loan
Morocco Oussama Idrissi 24 Spain Sevillal Netherlands Ajax Loan
Italy Daniele Rugani 26 Italy Juventus Italy Cagliari Loan
Netherlands Joshua Zirkzee 19 Germany Bayern Munich Italy Parma Loan
United States Chris Richards 20 Germany Bayern Munich Germany Hoffenheim Loan

Summer 2021

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