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US judge sentences Guatemalan to 8 months in FIFA scandal

US judge sentences Guatemalan to 8 months in FIFA scandal

New York – A 63-year-old former Guatemalan football official was handed an eight-month jail term Wednesday, the first person sentenced by a US judge over a massive corruption scandal that rocked world soccer two years ago. The US investigation, first unveiled in May 2015, has seen federal prosecutors in New York indict around 40 football […]

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best FIFA Men’s Player Award

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best FIFA Men’s Player Award

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Best FIFA Men’s Player ahead of Lionel Messi for the second successive year. The Real Madrid forward received 43.16 per cent of the total votes and was presented with the 2017 award by Diego Maradona and former Brazil striker Ronaldo at the London ceremony after beating off competition from Messi […]

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Regal Ronaldo tipped for Best FIFA award

Regal Ronaldo tipped for Best FIFA award

London – Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning exploits with Real Madrid make him the strong favourite to win the 2017 Best FIFA Men’s Player Award at Monday’s ceremony in London. The Portuguese superstar, who won last year’s inaugural award, fired Madrid to glory in La Liga and scored 12 goals as they won the Champions League for […]

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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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