At the age of 45, former Juventus midfielder and Ballon d'Or winner Pavel Nedved is coming out of retirement. Czech legend Nedved signed for amateur side FK Skalna in his homeland after retiring from football in 2009. It is a return home for Nedved, who started his career in Skalna before going on to win Serie A titles among others with Juventus and Lazio.
Barcelona finally have a replacement for Dani Alves. After playing Sergi Roberto out of position for much of last season and then switching to a three-man defence to hide their lack of a genuine right-back, the Catalan club signed a specialist in the summer. The Blaugrana had originally targeted Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, but were put off by the Gunners' high valuation of their former youth product and signed Semedo instead from Benfica for a fee of around €30 million.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, and Real Madrid head Zinedine Zidane were named as the three candidates for The Best FIFA Men's Coach award after each delivered a domestic title in Italy, England, and Spain respectively. Allegri guided the Bianconeri to a sixth consecutive Scudetti, pipping Roma to the title by a four-point margin. His compatriot Conte enjoyed similar success in his first season at the helm of the Blues, where a shift to 3-4-3 football saw Chelsea emerge triumphant in the Premier League for the second time in three seasons. But it is Zidane who enjoyed the most success of the three as Real Madrid beat Barcelona by three points to reclaim the