|News / important information
|December 2002 - April 2003 news
|2nd April 2003, Africa/Senegal :
Senegal beat them all. El Hadji Diouf of English club Liverpool has benn voted African player of the year 2002. It his second time after winning the titel in 2001 too. Runners-up is Pape Bouba Diop from French club Racing Lens and Ahmed Hossam from Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam finished third. Tony Sylva from French club AS Monaco has been voted best goalkeeper. Bruno Metsu the former Senegal national team manager has been voted best manager and his team has been choosen as best team in 2002. Metsu took the Senegal national team into the World Cup quarter finals.
28th March 2003, Poland :
GKS Katowice have changed their name to Dospel Katowice after being saved from bankruptcy. An industrial and household goods manufacturer saved the club.
5th March 2003, Italy :
The Italian Football Federation continues to put a cap on the number of players from countries outside the European Union.
For the next season the Italian FA permits Serie A teams to sign just one non-EU player, and only to replace a non-EU player already at the club. Teams promoting to Serie A next season will have a quota of three non-EU players. From the start of the 2003/04 campaign there will be a complete block on non-EU players entering Serie B and Serie C. There will be no future restriction on clubs nominating all their non-EU players for match day.
3rd March 2003, Poland :
Wisla Krakow striker Maciej Zurawski has been named Poland's footballer of the year for 2002.
14th February 2003, USA :
The 13-year-old talent Freddy Adu has gained the American citizenship so that he can play for the under-17 national team. When he was 11 he moved to the United States from Ghana with his family. Currently Adu is with the Under-17 residency program at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
12th February 2003, Estonia :
A month after changing their name to FC LevadiaKalev Tallinn, FC Levadia Maardu have changed to their old club name.
11th Februay 2003, Yugoslavia :
The Yugoslavian parliament decided to change the name Yugoslavia into Serbia and Montenegro. UEFA and FIFA agreed also on the name change of the Yugoslavian national team into Serbia and Montenegro.
10th February 2003, Czech Republic :
Tomas Rosicky of German club Borussia Dortmund has been voted Czech Player of the Year 2002. Runners-up is his team mate at Dortmund, Jan Koller. Pavel Nedved from Italian club Juventus finished third.
5th February 2003, Switzerland :
Former Switzerland Champion FC Sion now playing 2nd divison terminated all player contracts due to financial reasons.
The promotion play-offs will start one month ahead and the club decided to play the play-off with players who agree a new wage shortage contract.
3rd February 2003, UEFA :
UEFA Online team of the Year 2002. The internet user had to vote the team of the year.
Goal : Rüstu Recber (Fenerbahce, Tur)
Defence : Carlos Puyol (FC Barcelona, Spa), Alessandro Nesta (AC Mailand, Ita), Cristian Chivu (Ajax Amsterdam, Hol), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid, Spa)
Midfield : Clarence Seedorf (AC Mailand, Ita), Michael Ballack (Bayern München, Ger), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid, Spa), Damien Duff (Blackburn Rovers, Eng)
Forward : Thierry Henry (Arsenal London, Eng), Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Spa)
Manager : Senol Günes (Turkey)
February 2003 , Germany :
VfR Neumünster's 21 year old Yugoslavian player Dusko Blagojevic has gained the German citizenship.
27th January 2003, Germany :
Eintracht Trier's Yugoslavian player Mehmet Dragusha has gained the Albanian citizenship.
27th January 2003, Germany :
Non-EC players playing in a 1st and 2nd Bundesliga club's amateur team are no longer allowed to name for match day. This should improve the youth player's development. This new rule effects only players signed after 20th January 2003.
14th January 2003, Japan :
Japan international and Hamburger SV(Ger) player Naohiro Takahara has been named 2002 player of the year. Junichi Inamoto was runner-up followed by Hidetoshi Nakata and Keisuke Tsuboi. Nakata and Tsuboi have to share the third place.
14th January 2003 :
Bayern München's Oliver Kahn has been voted World Goalkeeper of the Year 2002. Runners-up is Real Madrid's Iker Casillas and Fenerbahce Istanbul's Receber Rüstü finished third. Kahn is the third goalkeeper after Walter Zenga and Jose Luis Chilavert who has won this title three times.
13th January 2003 :
Results of the World Club Manager of the Year 2002 voting.
1. Vicente del Bosque (Real Madrid, Spa)
2. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal, Eng)
3. Sir Alexander Ferguson (Manchester Utd, Eng)
3. Klaus Toppmöller (Bayer Leverkusen, Ger)
5. Nery Pumpido (Olimpia Asuncion, Par)
6. Rafael Benitez (Valencia, Spa)
7. Marcello Lippi (Juventus, Ita)
8. Christian Gross (FC Basel, Swi)
9. Hector Raul Cuper (Inter Mailand, Ita)
10. Jair Picemi (São Caetano, Bra)
7th January 2003, Estonia :
Estonian club FC Levadia Maardu have changed their name to FC LevadiaKalev Tallinn.
January 2003, Mexico :
Mexican club Atletico Celaya changed their name to Colibries de Cuernavaca.
2nd January 2003, Estonia :
Andres Oper of Danish club AaB has been named Estonian footballer of the year for 2002.
31st December 2002, Russia :
Big honour to Lokomotiv Moscow. Captain Dmitri Loskov has been named Russian Footballer of the Year 2002 by soccer experts and coaches. The Lokomotiv manager gained the title as best manager 2002.
30th December 2002, Belarus :
Alexander Hleb of German club VfB Stuttgart has been voted Belarusian Player of the Year 2002. Dinamo Kiev's Valentin Belchevitsch finished second and Dimitri Lichtorowitsch of Belarusian champion Bate Borisov secured the third place.
30th December 2002, Georgia :
In debts Georgian Premier League club FC Merani-91 Tbilisi had been sold to Olimpi Tbilisi. Olimpi Tbilisi and Merani Tbilisi change places. The new Premier League club who will play at the Tbilisi's SKA stadium.
Date unknown, Russia :
Torpedo-ZiL Moscow have changed their name to Topedo Meallurg.
Rostselmash Rostov-na-Donu have changed their name to FK Rostow.
Alania Vladikavkaz have changed their name to Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz.
|December 2002 news
|27th December 2002, England :
FC Chelsea's Australian goalkeeper Mark Bosnich is facing a worldwide ban after been tested positive for cocaine. Bosnich will be suspended from all football activities until charges have been heard. Chelsea already suspended the former Manchester Utd player before the results of the B sample were known.
27th December 2002, Slovakia :
Miroslav Karhan, captain of German VfL Wolfsburg, has been voted Slovakian player of the year 2002. Austria Wien midfielder Vladimir Janocko, who was voted Austrian player of the year, has been voted second. Middlesbrough striker Szilard Nemeth finished third.
27th December 2002, Bulgaria :
Bayer Leverkusen's striker Dimitar Berbatov has been voted Bulgarian Player of the Year 2002. While having some problems this season he played a great last season finishing second in German League, German Cup and Champions League. Another Bulgarian playing in Germany finished second, VFB Stuttgart's Krassimir Balakov.
Stilian Petrov from Celtic Glasgow reached the third place.
27th December 2002, Croatia :
Croatian national team goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa from Hajduk Split has been voted Croatian Player of the Year 2002.
27th December 2002, Macedonia :
Midfielder Robert Popov from Macedonian club Belasica GGC Strumica has been voted Mazedonian Player of the Year 2002.
23rd December 2002, Spain :
Champagne at half time! A Spanish non-league team from south Spanish town Velez Rubio has won 160 million Euro in the traditional Spanish lottery. The money will be chared with the 6472 Velez Rubio inhabitants. On this day the team lost their match with 0:2.
22nd December 2002, Romania :
Ajax Amsterdam defender Christian Chivu has been voted Romanian Player of the Year 2002. He is been chased by Italian and Spanish major teams. AC Parma's Adrian Mutu finished second and Atletico de Madrid's Cosmin Contra ended up third.
Mircea Lucescu, who led Galatasaray to the title in 2001/02, and is now managing Besiktas has been voted best Romanian manager.
19th December 2002, Ukraine :
Ukrainian club FC Metallurg Mariupol have changed their name to FC Ilyichevets Mariupol. They decided to change the name as two other Ukrainian team use the name "Metallurg". Ilyichevets derives from the name of the main sponsor, metal factory Ilyich.
19th December 2002, Lithuania :
Maccabi Haifa midfielder Raimondas Zutautas has been named Lithuanian player of the year 2002. Krylya Sovetov Samara striker Robertas Poskus finished second and FC Porto striker Edgaras Jankauskas ended up third.
17th December 2002, FIFA :
Ronaldo has been named FIFA's World Player of the Year 2002. It's the third time the Real Madrid player has won this title. Bayern München's goalkeeper Oliver Kahn secured the second place. It's the best place for a goalkeeper ever at the FIFA's World Player of the Year award. Third is Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane.
17th December 2002, Ukraine :
Shakhar Donetsk's Anatoliy Tymoschuk has been named Ukrainian Player of the Year 2002. AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko finished only second. Dynamo Kiev midfielder Andriy Husin ended up third.
17th December 2002, Azerbaijan :
Midfielder Samir Aliyev from Ukrainian club Volyn Lutsk has been voted player of the year 2002 in Azerbaijan. He is one of the one of the brightest young talents in Azerbaijan.
16th December 2002, Italy :
Chievo Verona winger Luciano Siqueira will return to league business on 26th January, when his team meets Perugia, after his seven month ban has been reduced. He was suspended after it had been revealed that he played with an assumed identity.
11th December 2002, Germany :
A fan offered a 2 million EURO Christmas gift to Hannover 96. There hasn't been a decision made about how the money should be transfered and if he has got the 2 million.
11th December 2002, UEFA/Austria/Switzerland :
UEFA has choosen Austria and Switzerland to host the UEFA European Championship in 2008.
11th December 2002, Spain :
Athletic Bilbao club midfielder Carlos Gurtegi facing a ban after he has been tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone.
December 2002, UEFA :
Ronaldo has been named European Player of the Year 2002. Real Madrid's Roberto Carlos has been voted second and Bayern München goalkeeper Oliver Kahn finished third.
December 2002, Armenia :
Armenian Premier League clubs FC Spartak Yerevan and FC Banants have announced to merge to play a successful new season. The name of the new club is still unknown. Also it hasn't been decided who will be the new manager and board members. Banants manager Armen Gyulbuagyants is the favorite for manager post. Spartak Yerevan's president is expected to be the new club's chairman.
|November and December 2002 news
|6th December 2002, Denmark :
AC Milan, Italian championship challenger, striker Jon Dahl Tomasson has been voted Danish player of the year 2002. Manchester City's Niclas Jensen finished second and Schalke 04's Christian Poulsen ended up third. The Danish top striker Ebbe Sand hasn't even reached the top 5.
3rd December 2002, Austria :
Austria Wien's Slovakian midfielder Vladimir Janocko has been voted Austrian League player of the year 2002.
1st December 2002, Russia :
The ownership of struggling russian club FC Torpedo-ZIL has been changed. The new ownership of Torpedo, who may now also be relocated to Krasnoyarsk, can lead to a name change. It wouldn't be the first name change in club history. Torpedo were founded in 1931, and were originally known as RDPK. The club has won the Russian title in 1960, 1965 and 1976.
30th November 2002, Senegal :
Racing Lens midfielder Pape Bouba Diop has been voted Senegalese player of the year. AS Monaco's Tony Sylva finished second and Liverpool's El Hadji Diouf ended up third.
25th November 2002, Germany :
It seems that the agreed fusion between SV Waldhof Mannheim and VfR Mannheim can be canceled now, as VfR chairman Wolfgang Ulrich says that some contract agreements hasn't been fulfilled by the SV Waldhof. The major point at issue is the new club name SV Mannheim. How will this story end? We will see.
25th November 2002, Germany :
Bayern München will be without midfielder Hasan Salihamidzic for the rest of the season because of a serious knee injury. He has got damaged right knee ligaments.
25th November 2002, England :
Former England striker and Leicester local hero Gary Lineker, who leads a consortium of Leicester people, makes a bid to buy English club Leicter City which will secure the future of the football club. First division club Leicester currently set course to promotion for Premier League has financial problems.
22nd November 2002, Colombia :
Carlos Valderrama, who was voted Colombia's player of the last century last year, honoured by Colombian soccer officials who unveiled a seven-meter tall bronze statue in his home town Santa Marta. The former Colombian captain is known by soccer fans all around world by his funky, afro-like hairstyle.
22nd November 2002, England :
The English FA reacted towards the clubs financial problems. All 72 English first to third division clubs agreed on a salary cap. A maximum of 60% of the clubs budget can be spend on player salaries.
|20th November 2002, Germany :
German FA(DFB) and German Soccer League(DFL) agreed about a pilot project to install a fourth referee. It's a result after discussions over recent poor referee performances. At first the fourth referee will only be installed for the 1st Bundesliga. The project will start with the beginning of the league's second half at 25th January 2003. The extra costs of 500.000 Euro will be paid by the clubs.
20th November 2002, Georgia :
Former Soviet Union international Kaha Asatiani has been killed. He was shot by an unidentified gunmen.
19th November 2002, Euope :
The full shortlist for European Footballer of the Year award.
Pablo Aimar, Sonny Anderson, Michael Ballack, Ruben Baraja, Yildiray Bastürk, David Beckham, Cafu, Djibril Cisse, Alessandro Del Piero, Papa Bouba Diop, El Hadji Diouf, Edmilson, Rio Ferdinand, Luis Figo, Ryan Giggs, Hasan Sas, Thierry Henry, Iker Casillas, Junichi Inamoto, Filippo Inzaghi, Oliver Kahn, Miroslav Klose, Patrick Kluivert, Lucio, Luis Enrique, Roy Makaay, Claude Makelele, Paolo Maldini, Michael Owen, Pauleta, Raul Gonzalez, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Tomas Rosicky, Saviola, Bernd Schneider, Seol Ki-Hyeon, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Francesco Totti, David Trezeguet, Juan Carlos Valeron, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Ruud van Nistelrooij, Patrick Vieira, Christian Vieri, Marc Wilmots, Sylvain Wiltord, Zinedine Zidane.
19th November 2002, Poland :
Amica Wronki's midfielder Pawel Skrzypek is facing disciplinary action from Polish FA after twice testing positive for a banned substance. He was tested for pseudoephedrine on samples taken after a league match against Legia Warszawa in August. He denied taking any banned substance but it had been confirmed by two independent institutes. The long term ban he is facing could end his career.
19th November 2002, Italy :
Italian player's union (AIC) wants a season's 6 months "time-out". Chairman Sergio Campana said that the league needs a time to think about the current league situation e.g. about the violence in the stadiums, referee performances.
19th November 2002, Austria :
FC Kärnten and BSV Bad Bleiberg agreed a co-operation for the youth development. Their motto is "United we are strong".
18th November 2002, Italy :
Messina's goalkeeper Emanuela Manitta had been beaten up in their away match against Cagliari by a Cagliari fan. The referee called the match off. The Italian Fa had spoken out Stadium ban for Cagliari until all details about the case are known.
4th November 2002, Germany :
SV Mannheim's midfielder Erol Bekirovski has taken on the name of his father. His name is now Erol Bekir.
|Old and new soccer news
19th November 2002, Sweden :
Arsenal London's midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg has been named Sweden's player of 2002.
17th November 2002, Finland :
FC Liverpool's defender Sami Hyypiä has been named Finland's player of 2002.
FC Haka's Valeri Popovitch has been named footballer of the year in the Finnish first division.
Keith Armstrong who let HJK Helsinki to the championship was named manager of the year.
13th November 2002, Austria :
SV Salzburg's goalkeeper Szabolcs Safar was been granted the Austrian nationality. The born Hungarian was glad about it as Austria ans especially Salzburg has become his new center of life. He joined SV Salzburg in 1997.
13th November 2002, Spain :
The Spanish FA "RFEF" decided that from now on also amateur and women teams are allowed to sign non-EC players.
12th November 2002, Spain :
A 18 year old player and his family have beaten up a referee in a youth match after the player has been shown the yellow card. It wasn't even red. Some referee decision are questionable but it's not okay to start beating up for it. They are only human, who do mistakes, too. Please remember : It's only a game.
3rd November 2002, Zimbabwe/South African :
The Zimbabwean-born twins Wilfred and William Mugeyi have been granted the South African nationality. This will make the two talented player capable to play for South Africa as they havn't played for Zimbabwe yet.
9th October 2002, Iceland :
Finnur Kolbeinsson has been voted player of the year by the Icelandic FA. He is playing for Icelandic cup winner Fylkir.
Willum Thor Thorsson of champion KR Reykjavik has been voted manager of the year.
7th October 2002, Italy :
Chievo Verona manager Luigi Del Neri has won the 'Golden Bench' award. This award goes to the best Serie A and Serie B manager of the year. The winner of this award is been voted by the Serie A and Serie B managers themselves.
1st October, FIFA :
The FIFA plans to install a referee assistant behind the goal. The "goal-referee"-projekt should start in Junuary or summer 2003 for all international competitions including the Confederations Cup and Women World Cup.
26th September, Germany :
Tennis Borussia Berlin's goalkeeper Dennis Otzik decided to take on his wife's surname. His name will be now Dennis Ganschow.
22nd September, South Africa :
Two South African soccer stars are currently facing charges. SuperSports defender Japie Motale of murder, Jeremy Jansen of attempted rape.
August 2002, Spain :
Celta Vigo's Ecuadorian international striker Ivan Kaviedes has been granted Spanish nationality. He signed for Celta in 1999.
Kaviedes played for Ecuador in the FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan.
07th August, Italy :
The former Serie A club Fiorentina AC have been confirmed as a Serie C1 club today to be called Fiorentina 1926 Florentia.
Fiorentina who had won the Italian championship two times have been liquidated after they couldn't pay their debts. The club relegated to second division but had to relegate to third division as they couldn't make financial guarantee.
15th July, Germany :
VfL Wolfsburg's player Charles Akonnor has been granted the German nationality.
|July 2002 soccer news review
|17.07.2002 , Italy :
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced today to limit the number of non-European Union players at Italian clubs ahead of the new season. Serie A and B clubs will be allowed to recruit one additional non-EU player before 31 August deadline. Until further notice from 1 September no further signings from outside the EU will be accepted. With immediate effect the recruitment of non-EU players at clubs in Serie C and below is not allowed. The old rulings limited the number of non-EU players under contract at one club to a maximum of five and the number of non-EU players used in a league match to three. Since season 2001/2002 there had been no limitations regarding the use of foreign players in the Italian league. The new rule won't take an effect on current contracts. It has been decided to hold on to this rule for the time being the end of season 2003/2004.
16.07.2002 , Romania :
Newly promoted team AEK Bucharest merged with Politehnica Timisoara. The new club has been named FC Politehnica AEK Timisoara. AEK were without a home ground. They moved to Timisoara which is the fourth largest city in Romania. The Timisoara city council agreed to construct a new 40,000-seater stadium.
16.07.2002 , Romania :
1st division teams SC Astra Ploiesti and FC Petrolul Ploiesti agreed to join forces and form a new club. They will start as Astra Ploiesti. Eight players move from Petrolul Ploiesti to Astra Ploiesti. Petrolul Ploiesti also continue to exist as a separate club in the second division
14.07.2002 , Georgia :
The Georgian Football Federation (GFF) has allowed the national Under-19 team into the first division. This should be a part of their preparations for the upcoming UEFA European Under-19 Championship. The clubs don't want their players to spend the whole season with the U-19 side. Details about the "13th team" and the how the fixtures have been arranged are unknown at the moment.
11.07.2002 , Germany :
The 1.FC Köln's stadium the "Müngersdorfer Stadion" has been renamed to "RheinEnergieStadion". The second division club and the GEW RheinEnergie AG sighned a contract until 2009 plus an option for five more years. The Köln Stadium will be one of the World Cup 2006 stadiums. At the moment the stadium is being rebuilt and will be finished in 2004.
July 2002 , F.Y.R. Macedonia :
The Macedonia FA executive committee has decided that second division teams can not have foreign players in their squads.
|01-07-2002, Congratulations Brazil for winning the World Cup 2002 (updated 02/07)
|The following will be a bit of both personal and offical. Yesterday was the day on which two teams met on the pitch but only one left as World champion. My friends and I went like many other supporters of the German team to watch the match on big screens in the public. All hopes and wishes
had been destroyed by two goals of one person : Ronaldo. At the first moment the world seemed to collapse but at the next moment reality came back and we noticed what the German team had achieved. I have give special thanks to the manager Rudi Völler and the captain Oliver Kahn.
The Brazilian team wasn't the
better team but again their individual players settled the match. Congratulations to a great Brazilian team which has won all matches and produced with Ronaldo the World Cup top scorer.
Best World Cup Scorer:
8 goals : Ronaldo (Brasil) 5 goals : Klose (Germany), Rivaldo (Brasil) 4 goals : Tomasson (Denmark), Vieri (Italy)
Latest GST poll result : Who will win the World Cup?
Brazil : 52% , Germany : 48%
Webmaster's player/manager World Cup ratings :
Best manager : Bruno Metsu (Senegal)
Most valuable player (normally one but must be two) : Oliver Kahn (Germany), Ronaldo (Brazil)
Best goalkeeper : Oliver Kahn (Germany)
Best defender : Thomas Linke (Germany)
Best midfielder (two) : Rivaldo (Brazil), Damian Duff (Ireland)
Best striker : Ronaldo (Brazil)
FIFA All Star Team :
Goal : Oliver Kahn (Ger), Recber Rüstü (Tur)
Defence : Roberto Carlos (Bra), Sol Campbell (Eng), Myung-Bo Hong (Kor), Özalan Alpay (Tur), Fernando Hierro (Spa)
Midfield : Michael Ballack (Ger), Claudio Reyna (USA), Rivaldo (Bra), Ronaldinho (Bra), Sang-Chul Yoo (Kor)
Striker : El-Hadji Diouf (Sen), Miroslav Klose (Ger), Ronaldo (Bra), Hasan Sas (Tur)
Offical most valuable World Cup player voted ! :
Oliver "King" Kahn scooped best World Cup 2002 player award. It's the first time that a goalkeeper had been voted best World Cup player.
Thanks for a peaceful World Cup !
Thanks to the Korean and Japanese people who helped to make it a great World Cup !
|28-06-2002, Club name changes (updated)
The Oberliga Nord-Ost club FSV Lok Altmark Stendal will play from now on as 1.FC Lokomotive Stendal. FSV Lok Altmark Stendal merged with 1.FC Stendal.
After the final out and relegation to third division of Austrian club FC Innsbruck Tirol a new club the FC Wacker Tirol was founded. New and old manager should be Joachim Löw. The club's board is in negotiations with the manager.
2.Bundesliga club SV Waldhof Mannheim will play from now on as SV Mannheim. They merged with Mannheim club VfR Mannheim which played in the Regionalliga before. It's not sure how or if the VfR Mannheim will exist in the future. There are negotiations that the VfR Mannheim might play in the Oberliga.
The SCB Preussen Köln has been renamed to SCB Viktoria Köln.
|European's league champions season 2001/2002
|France : Olympique Lyon
Portugal : Sporting Lisbon
Austria : FC Tirol
Germany : Borussia Dortmund
Switzerland : FC Basel
Turkey : Galatasary SK
England : Arsenal London
Holland : Ajax Amsterdam
Italy : Juventus
Scotland : Celtic Glasgow
Greece : Olympiakos Piräus
Spain : CF Valencia
Belgium : Racing Genk
|Slovakian team FK Dukla Trencin has been renamed to FK Laugaricio Trencin. The change will be offical on 1st July.
|04-05-2002, German Bundesliga! And the winner is ...
|Congratulations Borussia Dortmund. The Borussia Dortmund have won the German championship. The defended the "pole position" with a 2:1 win against Werder Bremen. Chasing teams Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern München have also won their matches. GST poll result: Who will win the German Bundesliga? Borussia Dortmund 31%, Bayer Leverkusen 14% and Bayern München 13%.
|15-04-2002, World Cup 2006 Preview
|The twelve match locations have been choosen. These are München, Nürnberg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Kaiserslauten, Köln, Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Hannover, Hamburg, Berlin and Leipzig.
|The rescue of Finnish first division side FC Atlantis has been confirmed but the name of Atlantis will disappear. The club continues the competition as AC Vantaan Allianssi.
Their licence had been removed by Finland's football authorities due to heavy debts. The club has been taken over by two Finnish companies. This secured the licensed to play season 2002 in the Veikkausliiga.
|Feb 2002 : Russia
|FK Krasnoznamensk has been renamed to FK Stolitsa Moscow after been relocated in the capital city.
|Feb 2002 : Russia
|Saturn Ramenskoye has been renamed to Saturn-REN TV. The club signed a sponsorship deal with Russia TV company REN TV, with the club dropping Ramenskoye from their name. REN TV will now have the rights to broadcast all of Saturn's home matches.
|Jan 2002 : Ukraine
|FC CSCA Kyiv has been renamed to Arsenal Kyiv.
|Jan 2002 : Germany
|SC Freiburg's player Ibrahim Tanko has been granted the German nationality.