As we look ahead to the new year, the world of football has undergone several changes. As a result, there are several key developments to keep an eye on in 2024.
Here are five things to pay attention to in football this year.
The potential end of Bayern’s Bundesliga dominance
After winning the Bundesliga for 11 consecutive seasons, Bayern Munich may finally be on the verge of losing their grip on the title. Bayer Leverkusen, led by coach Xabi Alonso, currently sits atop the league with a 7-point lead over Bayern.
Although Bayern is just two points behind, their recent loss to mid-table Werder Bremen suggests that the balance of power may be shifting. Leverkusen twice came from behind against RB Leipzig before Peiro Hincapie’s header won the game for Leverkusen, who continued their excellent form.
Mbappe’s long-awaited move
The ongoing Kylian Mbappé transfer saga has been dragging on for years, but it seems that Mbappé may finally be on the move. PSG has struggled in the UEFA Champions League, leading Mbappé to reconsider his decision to stay.
PSG has made some key signings such as Lucas Hernandez, and Ousmane Dembélé while also signing top talents like Gabriel Moscardo and Lucas Beraldo during the transfer window. Moreover the emergence of Zaire-Emery has made their squad pretty competitive but the Mbappe saga remains a key story to watch in the coming months.
With Lionel Messi and Ronaldo no longer in contention, the race for the Ballon d’Or is wide open. Several players, including Mbappé, Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham, and Kevin de Bruyne, are in the running for the prestigious award.
As these new faces emerge, it will be fascinating to see who comes out on top. Will Mbappé and Haaland ignite a rivalry similar to Messi and Ronaldo? Will Jude Bellingham replicate Luka Modrić‘s magic, or will Kevin De Bruyne establish himself as one of the greatest attacking midfielders the world has ever seen?
It has been reported that INEOS has taken over the operations of Manchester United, and many changes are expected to occur. Omar Berrada, who previously worked for Manchester City, has already joined the club. Additionally, Dan Ashworth from Newcastle is expected to take over the director of football role following John Murtough’s departure.
There have also been rumours about changes to the club’s structure. Erik ten Hag’s position as manager is currently being monitored, with results expected from him. Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s ownership of United has created optimism among the fans, and some promising young players have also been linked with the club. It looks like 2024 is going to be an exciting year for The Red Devils.