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Kenya and Tanzania gain positions as African nations learn latest Fifa Rankings
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Kenya and Tanzania gain positions as African nations learn latest Fifa Rankings

  The East Africa nations had mixed results in recent international assignments with Taifa Stars massively gaining after two wins and a draw Kenya and Tanzania have moved up in the recent Fifa rankings released on Friday, September 16 while South Africa are unmoved and Uganda have dropped. Since August, Harambee Stars have played in two matches; both 2022 World Cup qualifiers. They hosted neighbours Uganda on September 2 at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi and settled for a goalless draw. Their next assignment was away to Rwanda where they were held to a 1-1 draw. Michael Olunga struck for the visitors, but the hosts fought back and managed to equalise courtesy of Abdul Rwatubyaye.      
England move up to third in FIFA rankings
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England move up to third in FIFA rankings

England have moved up to third in the latest FIFA men's rankings to claim their joint-highest position since the rankings began. It is the first time England have been in the top three since September 2012 and have only ever been in that position for two months since the rankings were introduced in 1992. England were in 13th place when Gareth Southgate took charge in 2016. Scotland have moved up four places to rank 45th, closely followed by Northern Ireland, who also rose four spots to rank 47th in the world. Wales remain in 19th, while Republic of Ireland have dropped to 50. The top two positions stay unchanged with Belgium the highest-ranked team in the world and Brazil placing second, ahead of England. World champions France have dropped from third to fourt...
South Africa confirms interest in hosting 2021 Fifa Club World Cup
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South Africa confirms interest in hosting 2021 Fifa Club World Cup

  If Mzansi does succeed in convincing Fifa with its bid, they will become the second African country to host the global tournament South Africa has thrown their hat in the ring to host the 2021 Fifa Club World Cup in December. This comes after Japan dropped their commitment to host the global tournament because of the Covid-19 pandemic having staged the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan has now confirmed that the Southern African country is interested in hosting the Club World Cup.      
FIFA takes Final Decision on Brazilian stars playing this weekend
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FIFA takes Final Decision on Brazilian stars playing this weekend

FIFA has given permission to players who were called up by Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay during the last international break, to play in the Premier League this weekend. On Wednesday, the world football governing body had invoked Article 5 to block English clubs from selecting players who did not honour their countries’ invitation. This followed a request from the Brazilian Football Confederation. Premier League clubs unanimously agreed not to release players for matches in countries on the UK Government’s red list.
Guardiola expects Ederson & Jesus to play for Man City against Leicester amid Brazil ban request
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Guardiola expects Ederson & Jesus to play for Man City against Leicester amid Brazil ban request

  The Catalan coach admits the situation is unclear with FIFA amid fears that as many as eight Premier League players will be barred from playing Pep Guardiola is expecting to be able to play Ederson and Gabriel Jesus in Saturday's Premier League clash with Leicester City although he says the situation over their availability remains unclear. City were among five Premier League clubs that stopped their players travelling to red-list countries in South America, but the Brazilian FA has since responded by imposing a restriction on playing five days after the international window. Back-up keeper Zack Steffen, meanwhile, is ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19 meaning Guardiola could be forced to field third-choice Scott Carson, who has played just one Premier League in t...
Why I chose Nigeria over England – Ike Ugbo
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Why I chose Nigeria over England – Ike Ugbo

Genk forward, Ike Ugbo, has explained his decision to commit his international allegiance to Nigeria over England. Ugbo was born in Lewisham to a Nigerian father and has represented the Three Lions at Under-17 and Under-20 levels. Nevertheless, in 2020 the 22-year-old chose to play for the Super Eagles at senior level. In a chat with Sport Voetbal Magazine, he said: “I chose Nigeria and right now, we’re getting the papers in order. “The chance of playing at the Fifa World Cup is part of it. I think I have more chances with Nigeria than with England. “Also, I grew up with images of the [Nigeria] national team and always followed their strikers, especially the guys who came to England.”
‘We can decide not to play in it’ – UEFA president Ceferin warns new World Cup plans could lead to European boycott
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‘We can decide not to play in it’ – UEFA president Ceferin warns new World Cup plans could lead to European boycott

  There continues to be fierce opposition to the controversial proposal suggesting that the tournament should be held every two years UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned that the new World Cup plans could lead to a European boycott of the competition. Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been pushing for major reform in his role as FIFA's chief of football development. The Frenchman has proposed that the World Cup should be held every two years, with it his belief that a structural change is necessary to reduce travelling time and the number of matches played at the top level of international football.      
Everton star, Richarlison escapes FIFA ban
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Everton star, Richarlison escapes FIFA ban

The Brazil Football Association has decided not to add Everton star, Richarlison among the eight Premier League players restricted by FIFA from playing this weekend. The South American country had requested that the world football governing body invoke the five-day rule, which means Premier League stars such as Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Fred(Man United), Ederson and Gabriel Jesus(Man City) and Raphinha(Leeds) Alison Becker, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho (Liverpool) will not take part in this weekend matches. Liverpool tackles Leeds on Sunday while Manchester City will have a date with Leicester City earlier on Saturday. While Chelsea and Manchester United face Aston Villa and Newcastle respectively, the clubs will be without their Brazilian players except for Everton. Metro UK repor...
FIFA bans eight players from Man Utd, Chelsea, others for Weekend Matches
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FIFA bans eight players from Man Utd, Chelsea, others for Weekend Matches

Brazil have requested that FIFA invoke the five-day rule, which means at least eight Premier League players will not be available for selection this weekend. According to the UK Mirror, the affected clubs are Manchester City, Leeds, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United. Liverpool will be without Becker Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho, for their trip to Leeds on Sunday. Marcelo Bielsa’s squad will also not include Raphinha. Manchester City duo of Gabriel Jesus and Ederson will miss their clash with Leicester City on Saturday. Chelsea’s Thiago Silva and Manchester United’s Fred are also affected. The Premier League clubs had risked FIFA ban, after expressing issues with the players travelling for international duty amid the UK’s strict COVID-19 regulations. Th...
FIFA release statement following Brazil vs Argentina World Cup qualifier suspension
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FIFA release statement following Brazil vs Argentina World Cup qualifier suspension

World football's main governing body have broken their silence on the weekend's bizarre events at Corinthians Arena FIFA have released an official statement following the suspension of the World Cup qualifying fixture between Brazil and Argentina on Sunday. The contest at Corinthians Arena was called to an abrupt halt minutes after kick-off when health authorities attempted to reprimand three Argentina players for breaching Covid-19 rules. The visitors eventually walked off the pitch and roughly an hour after the game was stopped South American football's governing body CONMEBOL confirmed its suspension, and now FIFA have pledged to look into the incident in greater detail.
Former USWNT head coach and World Cup winner Jill Ellis named in new FIFA role
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Former USWNT head coach and World Cup winner Jill Ellis named in new FIFA role

She will lead a group tasked with developing the women's game and improving the match calendar, amid rumours of a biennial World Cup. Former U.S. women's national team head coach Jill Ellis has been appointed by FIFA to lead a new technical advisory group on the future of women's football, it has been announced. The 54-year-old won back-to-back Women's World Cup titles as the head coach of the USWNT in 2015 and 2019 before stepping down following the latter triumph. In addition to her FIFA position, she will continue working in San Diego with the city's NWSL expansion side, which will enter the top league in the United States at the beginning of 2022. Ellis and the FIFA technical advisory group she's leading will set out to "examine and explore ways to improve the current match calend...
Coup: Guinea’s World Cup qualifier Postponed
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Coup: Guinea’s World Cup qualifier Postponed

Football governing bodies FIFA and CAF have postponed Monday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match involving Guinea and visiting Morocco. The decision to postpone the game is as a result of Sunday’s coup d’etat in the west African country, as well as the reported detention of its president, Alpha Conde. “The current political and security situation in Guinea is quite volatile and is being closely monitored by FIFA and CAF. “To ensure the safety and security of all players and to protect all match officials, FIFA and CAF have decided to postpone the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying match, Guinea versus Morocco. ”The match had been scheduled to be hosted in Conakry, Guinea on Monday,” CAF disclosed in a statement late on Sunday. It added that information about reschedul...
Hungary v England: Fifa investigating racial abuse aimed at English players
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Hungary v England: Fifa investigating racial abuse aimed at English players

Football's governing body, FIFA says it is investigating racial abuse aimed at England players, Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham during Thursday's 4-0 win over Hungary in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest. England's players were booed as they took a knee before the match at the 67,000-capacity Puskas Arena to protest against racism, while racist chants could be heard during the match as Sterling and Bellingham were the targets of abuse. In the second half, Sterling was pelted with paper cups and bottles when he opened the scoring for England while a flare was later thrown on to the pitch after Harry Maguire put the visitors 3-0 ahead. UEFA ordered Hungary to play three home games behind closed doors after fans' discriminatory behaviour which took place during Euro 2020 in J...
UK PM Johnson condemns racist abuse of England players during World Cup qualifying win in Hungary
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UK PM Johnson condemns racist abuse of England players during World Cup qualifying win in Hungary

  The prime minister called the attacks on Raheem Sterling and his team mates during the 4-0 win in Budapest "unacceptable" Boris Johnson has called on FIFA to take "strong action" against spectators who racially abused England players during Thursday's 4-0 win against Hungary. England secured the three points in a dominant display in the World Cup qualifying match, but the evening was marred by the behaviour of the home fans at Puskas Arena. Racist chants were aimed at Three Lions players Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham and the UK prime minister has condemned the abuse.      
Yaw Yeboah: Ghana star reveals Messi and Neymar inspiration behind viral Polish goal
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Yaw Yeboah: Ghana star reveals Messi and Neymar inspiration behind viral Polish goal

The Wisla Krakow winger throws more light on his amazing solo finish in the Ekstraklasa Wisla Krakow attacker Yaw Yeboah has stated his viral sublime goal in the Polish league was inspired by Paris Saint-German duo Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. The winger made global headlines earlier this week after dancing his way through Gornik Leczna’s defence to score an incredible solo effort. The goal has been reported around the world and shared by top sport and football outfits on social media, including world football’s governing body Fifa.
Liverpool defender Matip does not want Cameroon return – Conceicao
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Liverpool defender Matip does not want Cameroon return – Conceicao

The Germany-born centre-back is yet to play for the Indomitable Lions since his last outing in 2015 Cameroon coach Antonio Conceicao has explained Liverpool defender Joel Matip is not interested to revive his international career. After playing for the Central African nation at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and two Fifa World Cup tournaments (2010 and 2014), the 30-year-old turned down subsequent invitations to join the national team. Matip first played for the Indomitable Lions in a friendly match against Italy in March 2010, and he scored their only goal at the 2014 World Cup which was in a 4-1 loss to the host country, Brazil.
EPL clubs risk FIFA ban after blocking 60 players from World Cup Qualifiers
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EPL clubs risk FIFA ban after blocking 60 players from World Cup Qualifiers

Premier League clubs will risk having their players banned from playing for them by FIFA, after they decided not to release players travelling for international matches in red-list countries. A unanimous decision was taken on Tuesday, to block up to 60 players from travelling to nations on the UK’s red list. This is because it would involve them quarantining for 10 days on their return and potentially missing two rounds of fixtures, a European match and a third-round Carabao Cup clash. Liverpool and Manchester City have already barred the likes of Mo Salah and their Brazilian contingents from going away with their countries. The Premier League still hopes to force the UK Government to grant exemptions. FIFA are also attempting to find a solution by holding ta...
FIFA working with FIFPro to help evacuate Afghan Players
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FIFA working with FIFPro to help evacuate Afghan Players

FIFA and the player’s union FIFPro are cooperating to evacuate male and female footballers who wish to leave Afghanistan, the global body’s secretary general Fatma Samoura told AFP on Sunday. Last week, hardline Islamist militants the Taliban took control in Kabul with tens of thousands of people trying to leave in what has been dubbed one of the most difficult airlifts in history. “We’re in the process of working with FIFPro,” Samoura said. She added the body had “already done it in the past, we should be able to do it again.” On Friday, FIFPro said on Twitter it had “been liaising with governments to establish an evacuation plan for athletes at risk”. “Central to this rescue effort, is the ambition to bring as many people to safety as possible,” it added. On Thu...
Afghanistan Women’s Football Captain calls on FIFA to step in to Save her teammates
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Afghanistan Women’s Football Captain calls on FIFA to step in to Save her teammates

The captain of the Afghanistan women's team has called on FIFA to help 'save' her team-mates from the Taliban after the country fell to the Islamist group. The Taliban took control of Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul, earlier this week, with many of the country's female footballers going into hiding since the coup as the future of Afghan women remains uncertain. Previously, Afghan women were not allowed to work and study. Individuals who violated the sexist laws were imprisoned, publicly flogged, and even executed. With the lives of many of her football teammates under threat, national team captain Shabnam Mobarez, 25, who is currently residing in the United States, has asked the world football governing body to intervene in the situation in her home country. She shared he...
FIFA Reacts as Messi’s Exit from Barcelona is Confirmed
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FIFA Reacts as Messi’s Exit from Barcelona is Confirmed

FIFA has reacted to the news that Lionel Messi will be leaving Barcelona this summer. The world football governing body posted an eight-minute clip of Messi’s highlights on Twitter. It was accompanied by the text: “Has one man ever done more for one club? “Leo, what you did for Barça was utterly mind-blowing.” The 34-year-old leaves the LaLiga giants, after failing to sign a new five-year contract. Messi, who first joined Barcelona’s Academy in 2000, will now represent another team for the 2021/2022 season. He has already been heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain, where he could reunite with Neymar.
FIFA Bans Issa Hayatou
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FIFA Bans Issa Hayatou

  The Federation of International Football Association, FIFA, on Tuesday banned Issa Hayatou, its former interim president, for alleged wrongdoing in a commercial deal for African football. Hayatou was banned for a year over breach of “duty of loyalty” rules, FIFA said while announcing the ruling of its ethics committee. The 74-year-old, who was Confederation of African Football (CAF) president for 29 years until 2017, was also fined $33,000, though it is unclear how FIFA can enforce payment. The FIFA investigation team concluded the Cameroonian signed CAF “into an anti-competitive agreement with Lagardère Sport,” a media rights agency based in France. Hayatou was a long-time FIFA vice president and its stand-in president for several months between Sepp Blatter’s su...
Man Utd new boy Sancho reveals Ronaldo inspiration & how FIFA Street helped to shape his style
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Man Utd new boy Sancho reveals Ronaldo inspiration & how FIFA Street helped to shape his style

The 21-year-old picked the Juventus star as well as Ronaldinho and Wayne Rooney as the players who helped shape him Jadon Sancho has identified Cristiano Ronaldo as the Manchester United icon who has had the biggest influence on his playing style. Sancho completed a move to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund on Friday in a deal worth £73 million ($101m). The move sees the 21-year-old follow in the path of two of his idols, including the Juventus and Portugal star as well as ex-England striker Wayne Rooney.
FIFA plans to introduce new rules in football including reducing games from 90 minutes to 60 Minutes
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FIFA plans to introduce new rules in football including reducing games from 90 minutes to 60 Minutes

World football governing body, FIFA is considering bringing in a host of controversial changes to the current football system, with a prominent change being games reduced from 90 minutes to 60 minutes. According to Mundo Deportivo, FIFA are looking for ways to improve the game and will be trying out a series of different rules in the ‘Future of Football Cup’ youth tournament that will include Under 19 sides from PSV, AZ Alkmaar, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge. The tournament will feature five new key regulations. Firstly, instead of 90 minutes, games will be made of two 30 minute halves – with the idea of shortened matches believed to have been taken from basketball . In April, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had hinted at shorter games in the European Super League befor...
Serie A club Spezia handed transfer ban for signing underage Nigeria footballers
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Serie A club Spezia handed transfer ban for signing underage Nigeria footballers

The Eagles were punished on Friday after a thorough investigation by football's world governing body The Fifa disciplinary commission has banned Serie A club Spezia from signing new players after they were found guilty of bringing several underage players from Nigeria to Italy. They have been banned from signing new players for four transfer windows, starting from January 2022 till the summer of 2023. In addition to the suspension, Spezia will also pay a fine of 500,000 Swiss francs.
Etebo: Watford gradually becoming Super Eagles camp – Pinnick
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Etebo: Watford gradually becoming Super Eagles camp – Pinnick

The Fifa executive council member was intrigued following the Hornets signing another player from the Nigeria senior national team Watford are gradually becoming a Super Eagles camp, according to the president of Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick. The country’s football chief made the statement following the Hornets’ signing of Nigeria national team star Oghenekaro Etebo on a season-long loan from Stoke City. Etebo’s move makes him the latest Super Eagle in Xisco Munoz’s team ahead of the 2021-22 English top-flight campaign after Emmanuel Dennis switched from Club Brugge permanently.
Absolutely incomprehensible’ – Sterling penalty award in Euro 2020 semi-final baffles former FIFA referee Meier
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Absolutely incomprehensible’ – Sterling penalty award in Euro 2020 semi-final baffles former FIFA referee Meier

The Three Lions edged past Denmark in the semi-finals courtesy of an effort from Harry Kane that came following a controversial spot-kick Former FIFA referee Urs Meier has been left baffled by the penalty that allowed England to edge past Denmark in the semi-finals of Euro 2020, with Raheem Sterling considered to have been "looking for contact" in an "absolutely incomprehensible" call. The Three Lions benefitted from the controversial decision during extra-time of the last-four encounter at Wembley, with Harry Kane to stepping up to the spot. The England captain saw his initial effort saved before turning home the rebound. That chance had come about after Sterling took a tumble under pressure from Joakim Maehle, with match referee Danny Makkelie deciding he had been tripped and ...
That’s what the fans want’ – Wenger backs World Cup every two years
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That’s what the fans want’ – Wenger backs World Cup every two years

The former Arsenal boss says a quality over quantity approach is needed when organising the international football calendar Arsene Wenger has backed plans to hold the World Cup every two years as part of a revamp of the international football calendar. World governing body FIFA is currently carrying out a feasibility study into making the men's and women's tournaments a biennial event rather than every four years. Wenger believes it would be possible to fit more World Cups into the schedule by reducing the amount of qualifying games and international breaks during the season
Brazil name Arsenal duo Gabriel & Martinelli in Olympics squad
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Brazil name Arsenal duo Gabriel & Martinelli in Olympics squad

The centre-back and attacker have been included in the list of 22 alongside Dani Alves and Everton star Richarlison Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes and winger Gabriel Martinelli have been named in the Brazil squad for the Olympics. Coach Andre Jardine has announced his 22-man list for the games in Tokyo after FIFA authorised an increase to the initial number of 18. As the Olympics are not considered part of the official football calendar, teams can refuse to release their players for the tournament, meaning Jardine has had to make some changes to his initial list.
Marc-Vivien Foe: ‘Your memory lives on’ – Manchester City, Fifa, Lyon remember late Cameroon star
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Marc-Vivien Foe: ‘Your memory lives on’ – Manchester City, Fifa, Lyon remember late Cameroon star

The football ruling body, as well as club websites, have taken to social media in remembrance of the late Indomitable Lions star The Federation of International Football Association, Manchester City, Olympique Lyon and West Ham United have paid tribute to Marc-Vivien Foe who died on June 26, 2003. Aged 28, the midfielder passed away following a cardiac arrest during a Fifa Confederations Cup semi-final encounter between Cameroon and Colombia inside Stade de Gerland, Lyon. With Saturday marking the 18th year of his death anniversary, the world’s football ruling body alongside his former teams have taken to social media to remember his legacy.
Fifa bans former Caf vice-president Omari for flouting ‘ethics code
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Fifa bans former Caf vice-president Omari for flouting ‘ethics code

The world football ruling body has found the seasoned DR Congo football administrator guilty Fifa's Independent Ethics Committee has handed the vice-president of the Confederation of African Football, Constant Omari, a one-year ban from all football-related activities. The Congolese football chief was found guilty of receiving aids from Lagardere during discussions between Caf and the French media outfit. Omar was claimed to have pocketed over 66,000 Euros (US$80,000), and Fifa has requested he returns these as part of his punishment.
CAS reduces ex-Nigerian coach, Samson Siasia’s FIFA life ban
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CAS reduces ex-Nigerian coach, Samson Siasia’s FIFA life ban

The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has reduced the life ban placed on former Nigerian coach, Samson Siasia by FIFA to five years. CAS delivered its long-awaited appeal verdict on Monday. The court also dismissed the fine of CHF 50,000 (fifty thousand Swiss Francs) he was ordered to pay. “The imposition of a life ban to be disproportionate for a first offence which was committed passively and which had not had an adverse or immediate effect on football stakeholders,” the court said. DAILY POST recalls that Siasia was banned by the world football governing body for life, following a match-fixing probe. Siasia led Nigeria to two Olympic medals in men’s football. His playing and coaching career had standout moments for Nigeria against Argentina. At the 1994 World ...
Netherlands-born Gyasi seeking first Ghana call-up under Akonnor
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Netherlands-born Gyasi seeking first Ghana call-up under Akonnor

The 29-year-old has set his sights on winning back a spot in the Black Stars squad, having last featured some four years ago Ghana attacker Edwin Gyasi is holding out for a return to international duty after some time out in the wilderness. The Boluspor winger is yet to earn a call-up to the four-time African champions since current coach CK Akonnor assumed duty last year. Born in the Netherlands to Ghanaian parents, Gyasi made his Ghana debut in a Fifa World Cup qualification win over Congo in September 2017.
PSG to Block Neymar, Mbappe from Olympic Games
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PSG to Block Neymar, Mbappe from Olympic Games

  Paris Saint-Germain will not permit Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Marquinhos or any of their players to feature in the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, ESPN reports. Mbappe, Neymar and Marquinhos have all expressed a desire to play in the competition, but the Ligue 1 side will not agree to their request. PSG feel the trio would need rest before a short preseason, following their involvement at Euro 2020 and the Copa America in Brazil. Playing at the Olympics (which Neymar and Marquinhos did in 2016), would mean no holidays or preseason. The Olympic tournament will be held between July 21 and August 7. It is not an official FIFA competition, which means clubs are not obliged to let their players go The new Ligue 1 season starts on August 6, with the Trophee des C...
Lewandowski Rated Higher than Ronaldo, Messi
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Lewandowski Rated Higher than Ronaldo, Messi

  Bayern Munich CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has claimed Robert Lewandowski has proved he is better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Lewandowski, 32, has enjoyed another fine season with the Bundesliga champions, netting 40 goals in 28 league fixtures this season. The Polish striker also netted five times in six Champions League appearances, before they crashed out at the quarter-final stage. “He got the FIFA award for the best player in the world, so for me the case is clear. “OK, great talents have emerged in world football, such as Kylian Mbappe. Nevertheless, Robert Lewandowski is currently the best footballer in the world. “In my opinion, he is currently better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi,” Rummenigge told Wirtualna Polska.
FIFA To Consider Possibility Of Hosting World Cup Every Two Years
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FIFA To Consider Possibility Of Hosting World Cup Every Two Years

FIFA will be considering the possibility of holding the World Cup every two years instead of four, for both the men’s and women’s tournaments. The body will be launching a feasibility study into the ramifications of such a move after a proposal was brought to light by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation (SAFF) at the annual congress. The next edition of the World Cup will be played next year in Qatar while the women’s tournament will go ahead in 2023 in Australia/New Zealand. “We believe the future of football is at a critical juncture. The many issues that football has faced have now been further exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic. It is important to review how the global game is structured, which should include whether the current four-year cycle remains the optimum basis ...
FIFA Approves footballer, Aymeric Laporte’s switch to Spain From France ahead of Euros
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FIFA Approves footballer, Aymeric Laporte’s switch to Spain From France ahead of Euros

Manchester City defender, Aymeric Laporte has switched his international allegiance from France to Spain ahead of Euro 2020 this summer. Laporte has previously played for the France Under-21 international team but has never represented the senior side. FIFA confirmed the switch on Friday, May 14, that it had approved the switch after the French Football Federation consented to the Royal Spanish Football Federation’s request, meaning Laporte is available to feature for Spain next month. "The player Aymeric Laporte is eligible to play for the representative teams of the RFEF - Spanish Football Association with immediate effect," it said in a statement. The Spanish government said on Tuesday that it had given Laporte citizenship, paving way for him to represent Spain at the Eu...
UEFA Open Disciplinary Investigation against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus
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UEFA Open Disciplinary Investigation against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus for their involvement with the European Super League project. The three clubs are the only teams of the original 12 Super League clubs who signed up for the breakaway competition not to have formally renounced the competition and renewed their commitments to UEFA. The trio could be expelled from the Champions League for two years as a consequence. UEFA released a statement on Wednesday which read: 'In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, UEFA Ethics, and Disciplinary Inspectors have today been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding a potential violation of UEFA's legal framework by Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona and Juventus FC in connection w...
Laporte set to switch to Spain in time for European Championship after being ignored by France
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Laporte set to switch to Spain in time for European Championship after being ignored by France

The Man City defender played for Les Bleus at youth level but has not won a single senior cap after being snubbed by Didier Deschamps Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte it set to play for Spain at the European Championship, sources have confirmed to Goal. The Spanish Football Federation has lodged paperwork with FIFA and is awaiting the final approval from the world governing body, and he could play at this summer's tournament alongside team-mate Eric Garcia. Laporte, 26, was born in the south-western French town of Agen but, despite playing for France at youth levels, has never appeared for the national team.
Super League: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus react as UEFA Announces Punishment
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Super League: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus react as UEFA Announces Punishment

  Three clubs, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus from the original 12 breakaway European Super Leagues teams, have penned a joint communique after UEFA confirmed its plan to prepare disciplinary action against them. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, in a joint communique issued via their websites simultaneously on Saturday morning, complained about external ‘pressure’ and ‘threats’. UEFA had said on Friday that the nine clubs who withdraw from the plan had signed a ‘Club Commitment Declaration’ as well as a series of “reintegration” steps. The six Premier League clubs – Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal – along with Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atlético Madrid, all signed the agreement. The issued by the three club reads...
Spanish court tells UEFA, FIFA not to stop Super League in holding order
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Spanish court tells UEFA, FIFA not to stop Super League in holding order

The World and European soccer bodies, FIFA and UEFA, must not prevent 12 of the continent’s leading clubs from creating a breakaway Super League, a Spanish commercial court said on Tuesday in a preliminary ruling. FIFA and UEFA made no immediate comment about the case, which is likely to mark the start of a prolonged legal fight over the proposed league, which threatens to upend the long-established order of elite soccer in Europe. It was not immediately clear what authority the Madrid court, which adjudicates corporate disputes, had over the Swiss-based soccer bodies. The court said in a ruling seen by Reuters that FIFA, UEFA and all its associated soccer federations must not adopt “any measure that prohibits, restricts, limits or conditions in any way” the creation of the Su...
Danjuma Considers Dumping Holland for Nigeria
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Danjuma Considers Dumping Holland for Nigeria

  Bournemouth winger, Arnaut Danjuma, has admitted he is considering his international future with the Netherlands and could switch to Nigeria. Danjuma was born in Lagos to a Dutch father and Nigerian mother. However, the 24-year-old has represented the Dutch U-21 side and featured twice for the senior team. He is, however, still eligible to represent the Super Eagles, according to new FIFA rules. Danjuma has now said he could take up the option if the Dutch senior team continues to snub him. “I’ve heard some bits about Nigeria but I can’t say too much about it though. My mum is Nigerian and my father lived 23 years in Nigeria as well. “The culture is still within the family, so it does not disregard the Nigerian side. It’s a choice I will think about but I ne...
FIFA president, Infantino Condemns ESL, Sends Warning To Founding Clubs
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FIFA president, Infantino Condemns ESL, Sends Warning To Founding Clubs

FIFA president Gianni Infantino condemned the European Super League and warned the clubs involved of the consequences. Twelve clubs – including the Premier League’s so-called ‘big six’ – were part of the controversial plans to create a new competition. The Super League plans were condemned across the football community with the Premier League, FA and even Prime Minister Boris Johnson criticising the clubs. A suggestion from UEFA that participating players would not be allowed to take part in major international tournaments was shot down by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. However, FIFA have taken a similar hard line approach judging by Infantino’s comments. He is the latest to add his voice to the dissenting choir and told the UEFA Congress on Tuesday morning: “We...
European Super League: Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Real Madrid drag FIFA to court
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European Super League: Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Real Madrid drag FIFA to court

The 12 European clubs that have decided to form a Super League, have informed FIFA and UEFA that they are already pursuing legal action, to bar them from taking action intended to thwart the launch of the breakaway competition. This was contained in a letter obtained on Monday by The Associated Press. The letter was sent to FIFA President Gianni Infantino and his UEFA counterpart Aleksander Ceferin. UEFA had warned the Super League clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United, that they would be barred from domestic competitions like La Liga in Spain and the Premier League in England, as well as international competitions. “We are concerned that FIFA and UEFA may respond to this invitation letter by seeking to take punitive measures to exclude any...
Super Eagles Rise Four Places in FIFA’s April ranking
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Super Eagles Rise Four Places in FIFA’s April ranking

Nigeria is now the 32nd best men’s football team in the world. This is according to the latest FIFA rankings published on Wednesday. The three-time African champions have climbed four places having garnered 1487 points. The Super Eagles are the third-best on the continent only behind Algeria and Morocco. This follows a month in which they beat Benin Republic 1-0 and demolished Lesotho 3-0 in their final 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Despite dropping two places, Senegal is ranked first in Africa and 22nd in the world with 1542 points. Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles remained 26th globally and second in Africa after accruing 1512 points. Guinea Bissau is the biggest mover in April – moving a massive eleven places to the 108th position in the world.
Fifa Bans Chad from Football Activities for Life
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Fifa Bans Chad from Football Activities for Life

Global football governing body, FIFA has banned Chad from football until further notice. The decision was taken by the Bureau of the Fifa Council on Wednesday and takes effect immediately. Note that in December 2020, Fifa had rejected a request from the country’s ministry of sports to dissolve the Chadian Football Federation. On March 10, the minister for youth and sports released a statement to prevent the Chadian Football Association, FTFA, from performing its obligatory duties due to a dispute between both parties. CAF then disqualified Chad from the Africa Cup of Nations qualification race, just a few days prior to their fixtures against Namibia and Mali, following the sport Minister's actions. FIFA has now waded in, banning the country henceforth. FIFA says t...
Guardiola blasts UEFA, FIFA for ‘killing’ players
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Guardiola blasts UEFA, FIFA for ‘killing’ players

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has hit out at UEFA and FIFA, accusing them of “killing” players with a hectic schedule. Guardiola’s men are still on track for a historic quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. However, the Spaniard has the luxury of rotating players for matches in all of those competitions, as he left Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo, Ilkay Gundogan and John Stones on the bench for the 2-0 weekend victory at Leicester City. But Guardiola says he has no option but to rotate his players. “UEFA and FIFA kill the players and it is too much,” he said after the win at the King Power. “We haven’t had one midweek off since we started. They are human beings, not machines. “Some of them want to play every day,...
Mino Raiola Tells FIFA & EA Sports They ‘Abuse Player Rights’ In Most Extraordinary Rant Yet
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Mino Raiola Tells FIFA & EA Sports They ‘Abuse Player Rights’ In Most Extraordinary Rant Yet

Football agent Mino Raiola has continued his feud with FIFA and EA Sports - by claiming the governing body and game publisher abuse their rights. Last year saw the Dutchman start a war of words with FIFA over agent fees being capped and turned his fury towards the game as well. He has threatened to 'delete' the popular franchise and is furious with how they profit off players. Raiola told talkSPORT: "I think we can, they think we don't, but I think we can! Because there is a difference in the collective rights they said they bought. "They buy collective rights from clubs that say they have it, but they use it on an individual basis and in most countries this is forbidden. "We think that they are abusing rights of players, that they are not being bought from clubs and the c...
No FIFA sanctions for Germany team despite ‘Human Rights’ protest
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No FIFA sanctions for Germany team despite ‘Human Rights’ protest

World football’s governing body FIFA on Friday said it will not sanction the German national team for its T-shirt protest in support of human rights before a World Cup qualifier. Germany head coach Joachim Loew said he supported the players after they wore black T-shirts with white lettering to spell out “Human Rights”, aimed at 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar, before Thursday’s 3-0 win over Iceland. “It was a sign that we stand up for all human rights in the world, no matter where,” said Loew after the qualifier in Duisburg. FIFA prohibits political statements during its matches, but the governing body told AFP subsidiary SID they will not sanction the Germans. “FIFA believes in freedom of expression and in the power of football to drive positive change,” it said in a sta...
I Can’t Control Chelsea’s Plans – Pulisic
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I Can’t Control Chelsea’s Plans – Pulisic

  Chelsea winger, Christian Pulisic, has admitted he wants to play in this summer’s Olympics with the USA, but says he “can’t control” whether his club would give him permission The Olympics are classified by FIFA as an under-23 tournament, with three overage players per team allowed. As such, clubs are not obliged to release players. The timing of the competition means Pulisic would miss part of preseason, a time in which he would be keen to impress club boss Thomas Tuchel. “It’s something I’ve thought about, and have wanted to play in,” Pulisic said on a Zoom call with reporters about playing in the Olympics. “Obviously, I can’t control what goes on. What’s best for me at the time and what’s best for the team at the time, I obviously can’t say. But it is someth...
FIFA Imposes Fines On Blatter, Valcke; Extends Bans By 6 Years, 8 Months
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FIFA Imposes Fines On Blatter, Valcke; Extends Bans By 6 Years, 8 Months

Former FIFA President, Sepp Blatter has been handed a new ban of six years and eight months from football, said world football's governing body. Ex-FIFA General Secretary, Jerome Valcke has received a similar punishment, with both also being fined £780,000. FIFA said the bans were for "various violations" of its code of ethics. The new bans start when the current suspensions of Blatter and Valcke end in October 2021 and October 2025 respectively. The former FIFA President, alongside then UEFA President (a 3-time Balon d'or winner) Michel Platini and then FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valcke, were provisionally suspended for 90 days in October 2015 for ethics violations. Platini is already serving an 8-year ban from "all football-related activities" since 2015. Adjudica...

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