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Football's biggest stories of the week on the BBC.


Edwin van der Sar and Other Movers and Shakers  

The Chief Executive of Ajax, Edwin van der Sar, calls on UEFA to address the trend of big clubs stockpiling the best young talent, only to loan them out. We meet one of the best connected men in football, the American sports executive Charlie Stillitano. As RB Leipzig prepare for the Champions League, former coach Alex Zorniger remembers the early days of fourth-tier football. And we hear from the President of Bristol Rovers FC, Wael Al-Qadi. But why has a wealthy Jordanian businessman decided to invest in England’s lower leagues?

In Conversation with George Weah  

The former AC Milan player and FIFA World Player of the Year, George Weah, looks back on his career. He also talks about his political aspirations after launching his campaign to become the next President of Liberia. Picture: Former international football star George Weah looks at his political supporters from his party's headquarters in Monrovia. (ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Dangerous World of Croatian Football  

We investigate allegations of corruption inside Croatian and Greek football as HNK Rijeka and Olympiacos face each other for a place in the Champions League group stage.

Girona FC: Meeting La Liga's new boys  

We spend time with Girona FC as the Catalan club prepares for its first ever season in La Liga. Also on the show, the Burnley manager Sean Dyche talks about his love for dance music and handmade leather shoes. Picture: The Estadia Montilivi stadium during the Spanish Segunda Division match between Girona FC and SD Eibar (Josep Lago/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

Maty Ryan, Eric Abidal and the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa  

Australian goalkeeper Maty Ryan talks about his move to Brighton, initiation songs and how he keeps his feet on he ground. We travel to Lille to find out about the coaching methods of the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa. Plus, Eric Abidal talks about 'crazy' transfer fees and his emotional return to football after twice being diagnosed with cancer. Picture: Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan gestures during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification match between the Socceroos and Tajikistan (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Women's Euro 2017, Yannick Bolasie and a football visionary  

Ahead of the Euro 2017 final we discuss the state of the women's game. Yannick Bolasie talks about his rehabilitation following a serious knee injury. And comic book artist Paul Trevillion tells us about the ideas he's had which have shaped the modern game, such as replica kits, mascots and football stickers. Picture: Netherlands' Shanice van de Sanden celebrates after winning the UEFA Womens Euro 2017 football match against Sweden (Credit: DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

The Journeyman Coach  

Some of football's most traveled managers swap stories about their experiences. We're joined by Stephen Constantine, Tom Saintfiet, Vera Pauw and Steve Darby...four coaches who between them have coached more than 20 national teams and countless clubs on four continents. (Photo: India's national football coach Stephen Constantine (R) addresses his players at a training camp in Bangalore (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

Viking Adventures in the Champions League  

We're with Vikingur of the Faroe Islands and FC Copenhagen for the latest round of Uefa Champions League matches. We hear from the FC Copenhagen coach Ståle Solbakken about his near death experience. And the former Denmark midfielder John Jensen tells us how binge eating beef burgers was the secret to their shock European Championship success in 1992. Picture: FC Copenhagen fans (Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Kluivert, Wynton Rufer and the Coach of the Philippines  

Former USA captain Thomas Dooley talks about coaching the Philippines national team. Is there a secret as to why 25% of Premier League managers used to play for Barcelona? We ask Patrick Kluivert. And the former Werder Breman and New Zealand striker Wynton Rufer tells us about his fascinating career. (Photo: Patrick Kluivert poses with a t-shirt at a Global Legends Series event in Kuala Lumpur. Credit: Charles Pertwee/Getty Images)

Meet the Minnows: The Uefa Champions League is Back!  

We spend time with Andorra's FC Santa Coloma. Despite being a modest club, the Andorran champions do have a rather special left-back...the former World Cup winner Joan Capdevila. But could this be the end of his illustrious career? We speak to Capdevila and his team-mates as they take on Armenia's Alashkert in the first qualifying round of the Uefa Champions League. We're also in Mitrovica for Trepca 89 v Vikingkur, the first Champions League match to be played in Kosovo. (Picture: BBC)

Confederations Cup Part 2: Sochi and St Petersburg  

The CEO of Russia's 2018 World Cup organising committee, Alexey Sorokin, reacts to reports that Russia's footballers are being investigated for doping and talks about the lessons learnt at the Confederations Cup. The former Russia and CSKA coach and Leonid Slutsky looks ahead to next year's World Cup. And we talk to FIFA's head of referees Massimo Busacca about the controversy over the use of video technology at the Confederations Cup. (Picture credit: Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Confederations Cup Part 1: A week in Moscow  

Mani Djazmi reports from the Fifa Confederations Cup speaking to the former Russia captain Alexei Smertin.

Portugal's Jose Fonte, Nigeria's Ahmed Musa and Russia's Leonid Slutsky  

Portugal's Jose Fonte looks ahead to the Confederations Cup and talks about his international career. Nigeria's Ahmed Musa reflects on his time playing in Russia for CSKA Moscow. We also hear from the former Russia national team coach Leonid Slutsky . Plus, Stuart Baxter explains why he's decided to take on the job of South Africa's national team coach for a second time. (Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Remembering Cheick Tiote  

Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho pays tribute to Cheick Tiote after the Ivory Coast international collapsed and died during training. Iheanacho also tells us how his manager, Pep Guardiola, was caught up in the recent Manchester bombing...and discusses his own future. Also on the programme, the USA international Herculez Gomez talks about the rivalry between Mexico and the USA. Picture: Cheick Tiote of Newcastle United applauds the supporters following the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United (Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Uefa Champions League, FC Vaduz and Adventures in Turkey  

The former Spain international Michel Salgado looks ahead to the Uefa Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus. We travel to Liechtenstein to find out more about Cup winners FC Vaduz, who play in the Swiss league. And the former Manchester City and England striker Darius Vassell talks about his troubled time in Turkey. (Photo: Cristiano Ronaldo. Credit: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese Super League: Time to Slow Down?  

The vice President of the Chinese FA, Zhang Jian, criticises the standard of football in Asia. He also raises concerns about Chinese clubs spending huge amounts of money to attract players from Europe and South America. And coach Matt Ward discusses his problems he faced working in Ghana. (Photo: Ultra supporters and fans of the Beijing Guoan FC cheer together during their match against Chongcing Lifan FC in Chinese Super League. Credit: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Julian Draxler: My Worst Moment  

Paris Saint Germain winger Julian Draxler talks about the heartbreak of their dramatic loss to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League this season. Bebeto's baby-cradling goal celebration was one of the iconic images from the 1994 World Cup. The child who inspired that celebration is now a footballer and has just signed for Sporting Lisbon. Bebeto tells us all about him. And we travel to the Colombian jungle to find out about a new football club set up by FARC rebels. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

A Crazy Week in Manama  

Has FIFA broken its promise to reform? We're in Bahrain to find out. The Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez talks about the one thing in football he'd love to change. And we visit the West Bank settlements to find out more about the football clubs at the centre of a political row between Israel and Palestine. (Picture credit: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Racism, Bribery and an ex-KGB agent  

Italy's anti-racism adviser, Fiona May, reacts to the latest incident of racism involving Ghana's Sulley Muntari. As football's corruption scandal reaches Asia, we find out more about the men caught up in the latest bribery allegations. And we're in Latvia to hear a story of match-fixers, ex-KGB agents and a former Premier League player who's simply had enough. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Martin Demichelis, Iheanacho and women's football in Colombia  

Argentina's Martin Demichelis looks back at Manchester City's title win in 2014 and tells us why his former coach Manuel Pellegrini deserves more respect. The Nigerian internationals Kelechi Iheanacho and Kenneth Omeruo discuss their Premier League futures. Plus, we visit Colombia to find out more about the country's new professional women's league. Picture: Martin Demichelis of Manchester City signals as snow falls during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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