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Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar named as best FIFA Player finalists

Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar named as best FIFA Player finalists

London – Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar were Friday named as the finalists for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, China\’s Xinhua news agency reported. Ronaldo, who is aiming to claim the honour for the second year running, played a key role in Real Madrid’s Champions League and La Liga titles this year. Messi, […]

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Germany return to top of FIFA rankings

Germany return to top of FIFA rankings

Zurich – World champions Germany pushed Brazil back into second place to return to the top of the Fifa rankings, which was published today. Germany’s 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic and their 6-0 drubbing of Norway in the World Cup qualifiers lifted them over the already-qualified Brazil, who dropped points in a draw […]

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Zidane leads nominees for FIFA coach prize

Zidane leads nominees for FIFA coach prize

Paris – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane heads the list of 12 nominees for the FIFA men’s coach of the year award announced on Thursday. Other candidates include Antonio Conte, who led Chelsea to the English title, Manchester United’s Europa League-winning coach Jose Mourinho and Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus. Zidane has enjoyed a glorious year […]

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Ronaldo nominated for FIFA player award

Ronaldo nominated for FIFA player award

Paris – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo leads the nominees unveiled on Thursday for the Best FIFA Men’s Player 2017 award. The 32-year-old Portuguese captain is favourite to retain the title he won last year after success in both the Champions League and La Liga. Among the 24 men’s nominees are Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammates […]

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All doping tests at Confederations Cup negative – FIFA

All doping tests at Confederations Cup negative – FIFA

There were no positive doping tests at this summer’s Confederations Cup in Russia, global soccer body FIFA said on Monday. FIFA said that 379 tests were carried out on players at the eight-team tournament, which finished at the start of this month. The event acts as a dress rehearsal for next year’s World Cup in […]

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Boycott nations demand FIFA strips Qatar of 2022 World Cup

Boycott nations demand FIFA strips Qatar of 2022 World Cup

The six Arab countries who last month cut ties with Qatar are reported to have written to world soccer’s governing body FIFA to demand it be stripped of hosting the 2022 World Cup because they consider the Gulf state to be a “base of terrorism”. FIFA president Gianni Infantino told Swiss website The Local that […]

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FIFA lifts ban on Sudan

FIFA lifts ban on Sudan

World football body FIFA said Thursday it had lifted a ban imposed on Sudan last week for government interference in the sport. The move follows the reinstatement of Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim as president of the Sudan Football Association. He had been forcibly removed from the association offices by police with unelected official Abdel Rahman […]

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Banned former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer dies

Banned former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer dies

Chuck Blazer, the former FIFA executive committee member who pleaded guilty to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering, has died, his lawyers said on Wednesday. A statement from Blazer’s two lawyers did not provide details or the circumstances of his death. Blazer, 72, was general secretary of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean […]

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FIFA discloses damaging Qatar World Cup bid report

FIFA discloses damaging Qatar World Cup bid report

FIFA on Tuesday released a long-withheld report on alleged corruption in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar after more leaks deepened the controversy surrounding the vote. World football’s governing body had previously declined to publish in full the 400-page report into awarding the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar […]

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FIFA president says Qatar World Cup not under threat

FIFA president says Qatar World Cup not under threat

FIFA president Gianni Infantino does not believe that the diplomatic crisis which has embroiled 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar will threaten its staging of the tournament, he said on Sunday. The global soccer body also confirmed that it had replaced a Qatari refereeing team who were due to officiate at a World Cup qualifying […]

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