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Gomis: Al Hilal belong at the Club World Cup

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Gomis: Al Hilal belong at the Club World Cup

Al Hilal won the 2019 AFC Champions League Gomis was the tournament’s top scorer and best player The striker discusses Asian triumph and long-awaited Club World Cup appearance The 2019 AFC Champions League came to a conclusion with Al Hilal dominating the scene. After a 20-year drought, the Saudi giants finally won the title, with…

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Russia banned for four years to include 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup

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Russia banned for four years to include 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup

Russia has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada). It means the Russia flag and anthem will not be allowed at events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics and football’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar. But athletes who can prove they are untainted by…

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Sadio Mane was snubbed for Ballon d’Or because he is African, claims Cheikhou Kouyate

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Sadio Mane was snubbed for Ballon d’Or because he is African, claims Cheikhou Kouyate

Cheikhou Kouyate believes international teammate Sadio Mane was overlooked for the Ballon d’Or because he is African. Mane finished in fourth in the running for the prestigious prize behind Lionel Messi, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo . The 27-year-old has enjoyed a fine 2019, scoring 54 goals for club and country last term as he helped…

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Megan Rapinoe wins Women’s Ballon d’Or, Lucy Bronze second

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Megan Rapinoe wins Women’s Ballon d’Or, Lucy Bronze second

Megan Rapinoe of the United States has won Women’s Ballon d’Or for 2019, with England’s Lucy Bronze the runner-up. Winger Rapinoe, 34, co-captained the US to victory at this summer’s World Cup, where she was named player of the tournament and finished joint-top scorer with six goals. Bronze, 28, the Uefa Women’s Player of the…

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SISTER ACT: Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister launches epic rant at Van Dijk after Liverpool star’s Ballon d’Or joke

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SISTER ACT: Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister launches epic rant at Van Dijk after Liverpool star’s Ballon d’Or joke

CRISTIANO RONALDO’S sister launched an epic rant at Virgil van Dijk after the Liverpool star made a joke about the Juventus hero at the Ballon d’Or awards. Anfield ace Van Dijk finished second to Lionel Messi as the Barcelona forward bagged a record sixth Ballon d’Or trophy, while Ronaldo finished a distant third. Ronaldo did not attend the glitzy…

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‘I’ll try to win the Ballon d’Or next year’ – Liverpool star Mane apologises for missing Paris awards ceremony

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‘I’ll try to win the Ballon d’Or next year’ – Liverpool star Mane apologises for missing Paris awards ceremony

Liverpool star Sadio Mane has apologised for not attending the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on Monday night, but feels he might be a contender for the award next year The 27-year-old finished fourth in the award voting behind winner Lionel Messi, Reds team-mate Virgil van Dijk and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. With an important Premier League…

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Chelsea legend Drogba finally grants Mbappe’s 10-year-old wish

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Chelsea legend Drogba finally grants Mbappe’s 10-year-old wish

Kylian Mbappe had his decade-long request to Didier Drogba granted during the 2019 Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in Paris. Drogba who co-hosted Monday’s event with Sandy Heribert disclosed he denied a 10-year-old Mbappe (who was on trial at Chelsea) a picture following Chelsea’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona. According to him, he snubbed the Frenchman because he was infuriated…

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Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward wins Ballon d’Or for record sixth time

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Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward wins Ballon d’Or for record sixth time

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for a record sixth time. It is the 32-year-old Argentine’s first Ballon d’Or since 2015 and comes after he scored 54 times for club and country in 2018-19, in which Barca won La Liga. Virgil van Dijk was second –…

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FIFA mop up more outstanding business with life ban for Teixeira

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FIFA mop up more outstanding business with life ban for Teixeira

By Andrew Warshaw It has taken several years to punish him but although US authorities have not yet been able to, FIFA finally has. Football’s world governing body has banned its one-time vice-president Ricardo Teixeira  for life and fined him CHF1 million after finding him guilty of bribery. Teixeira, one of the inner circle of old-school…

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LATEST CAF-FIFA MEN’S RANKING

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LATEST CAF-FIFA MEN’S RANKING

RNK TEAM TOTAL POINTS PREVIOUS POINTS +/- POSITIONS 20 Senegal 1555 1546 0 27 Tunisia 1506 1495 2 31 Nigeria 1493 1481 4 35 Algeria 1482 1469 3 43 Morocco 1456 1457 -1 47 Ghana 1439 1426 4 51 Egypt 1420 1433 -2 53 Cameroon 1413 1409 -1 56 Mali 1389 1386 3 56 Congo…

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