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Summarizing all the major football tournaments of 2021

The Year 2021 was full of ups and downs with many uncertainties. This year will also be one of the memorable years in the football history. A lot of sporting events related to football which was affected by COVID in 2020 took place in 2021. Euro Cup, Copa America, UEFA Nations League, and all domestic tournaments with Champions League made this year a memorable one

 2021: Feb 4 - 11 (FIFA Club World Cup Doha, Qatar)

The 2020 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 was the 17th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations, as well as the host nation's league champions. The tournament was hosted by Qatar.

The event was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the AFC, CONMEBOL, and CONCACAF champions would not have been decided in time for the tournament. Originally to be held in December 2020, on 17 November of the same year FIFA announced that the competition would be played between 1 and 11 February 2021.

Originally seven teams were to compete in the tournament. However, OFC's representatives Auckland City withdrew due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities. As a result, only six teams competed, and the first round match, originally scheduled on 1 February 2021, was awarded as a 3–0 win to their first round opponents, host Qatar's representatives Al-Duhail, who advanced automatically to the second round on 4 February 2021.

Liverpool were the defending champions, but could not defend their title after being eliminated in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League round of 16.


Bayern Munich won the final 1–0 against UANL for their second FIFA Club World Cup title. By winning the trophy, Bayern Munich became only the second club in European football history (after Barcelona in 2009) to win all six titles (commonly known as a sextuple) on offer in a single calendar year.


2021 : May 15 (FA Cup final-Wembley Stadium, London)

The 2021 FA Cup Final was an association football match played between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium, London, England on 15 May 2021. Organised by the Football Association (FA), it was the 140th final of the Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup) and the showpiece match of English football's primary cup competition. The match was among the first football events where the return of large crowds was piloted after the COVID-19 pandemic in England, with an official attendance of 20,000 after the previous year's final was held behind closed doors. The match was televised live in the United Kingdom on free-to-air channel BBC One and on pay TV channel BT Sport 1. In the UK, live radio coverage was provided by BBC Radio 5 Live, Talksport and local stations BBC Radio London and BBC Radio Leicester. The match was watched by more than 9 million people in the United Kingdom.

Michael Oliver was the referee. After a goalless first half, Youri Tielemans scored midway through the second half with a strike from a distance which flew into the top-left corner of Chelsea's goal past Kepa Arrizabalaga. In the final minute of regular time, Thiago Silva passed to Ben Chilwell, who shot; Çağlar Söyüncü cleared Chilwell's shot off the line but it deflected back off Chilwell and into the Leicester City net. The goal was referred to the video assistant referee, who deemed Chilwell was offside in the build-up; the goal was disallowed and the match ended 1–0 to Leicester City who won the first FA Cup title in their history. Tielemans was named as the man of the match. As winners, Leicester City entered the group stage of the 2021–22 UEFA Europa League. They also faced 2020–21 Premier League champions Manchester City in the 2021 FA Community Shield.


2021: May 29 (UEFA Champions League Final - Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal)

The 2021 UEFA Champions League Final was the final match of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League, the 66th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 29th season since it was renamed from the European Cup to the UEFA Champions League. It was played at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal on 29 May 2021, between English clubs Manchester City, in their first UEFA Champions League final, and 2012 winners Chelsea.


The final was originally scheduled to be played at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia. However, due to the postponement and relocation of the 2020 final to Lisbon as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the final hosts were shifted back a year, with the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey instead planning to host the 2021 final.[6] Two weeks before the final, UEFA announced that it would be relocated to Porto to allow a limited number of fans to attend the match.

Chelsea won the final 1–0 for their second UEFA Champions League title.[7] As winners, they earned the right to play against the winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League, Villarreal, in the 2021 UEFA Super Cup, and also qualified for the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup.

2021 : Jun 11 - Jul 11 (Postponed from 2020; Euro 2021-tournament played across Europe, the final in London UK.)


On Saturday in the Euro 2020 final, the Italians defeated England in a penalty shootout to become the undisputed kings of the continent. The win is Italy's second-ever Euro title and first since 1968. It was the first shootout in a Euro final since 1976.

England manager Gareth Southgate brought on both Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho to take penalty kicks, and both missed. Rashford hit the left post and Sancho's effort was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma. The goalkeeper saved young talent Bukayo Saka's attempt, which was England's fifth, to clinch the title. 

A second-half goal from Italy forced extra time as they were level with England 1-1 after 90 minutes. After Luke Shaw's second-minute opener, it was defender Leonardo Bonucci who got the Italians on the board at Wembley Stadium, cleaning up a loose ball inside the box with 23 minutes to go. As a result, 30 minutes of extra time will be played, with penalty kicks deciding it if no team has the advantage after the half of hour of additional play.

The deserved equaliser eventually came from a set-piece, with veteran defender Leonardo Bonucci tapping in after a scramble on 67 minutes and, at 34 years old, becoming the oldest goalscorer in a Euros final. He was also one of three Italians to find the net from 12 yards at the end of extra-time to seal their second Euros crown, after their first in 1968.

In the first half, England had just one shot, but boy did they capitalize on it. It was Kieran Trippier's fine ball to an open back post in the second minute, with Shaw putting the ball away with a fine touch that saw it hit the post and get past Donnarumma.

It was penalty shootout heartbreak again for England and Gareth Southgate, as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed from the spot in a crushing Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.

2021 :  Jun 13 - Jul 10 (Postponed from 2020; 47th Copa América Argentina, Colombia, Brazil)


The 2021 Copa América Final was a football match to determine the winners of the 2021 Copa América. The match was the 47th final of the Copa América, a quadrennial tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of CONMEBOL. The match was held at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 10 July 2021.

The match featured two rival teams: Argentina and the tournament hosts, Brazil. Argentina won the match 1–0 to clinch their fifteenth Copa América title and first since 1993, giving captain Lionel Messi his first senior international trophy sixteen years into his career and ending a 28-year trophy drought. Argentina also equalled Uruguay's record of Copa América titles.

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2021 : Oct 6-10 (UEFA Nations League, Italy)


The 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals was the final tournament of the 2020–21 edition of the UEFA Nations League, the second season of the international football competition involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA. The tournament was held in Italy from 6 to 10 October 2021, and was contested by the four group winners of Nations League A. The tournament consisted of two semi-finals, a third place play-off and final to determine the champions of the UEFA Nations League.

Portugal were the defending champions, having won the inaugural 2019 finals. However, they failed to qualify for the 2021 finals after finishing second in their group behind France.

France won the final 2–1 against Spain for their first UEFA Nations League title.

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