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FIFA Announce Three-Man Shortlist For Best Player Award

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Interesting move by FIFA who have named their contenders for The Best FIFA Football Awards™. The winners will be crowned in Zurich on 9 January 2017.

The three nominees are Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (France/Atletico Madrid) and Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona).

Wednesday Kickoff: Lahm, Suarez, Rooney, FIFA and more

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One of the game's best defenders could retire at season's end, while a top forward is closing in on a contract extension.

Phillip Lahm said he "wouldn't rule out" retiring at the end of the season. (REPORT)

Luis Suarez is close to finalizing a contract extension with Barcelona. (REPORT)

Honorary Beijing Guoan chairman Luo Ning said that Wayne Rooney rejected a move to the club.

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Malaysia player beats Messi, Neymar to FIFA shortlist

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) A Malaysian footballer has beaten the likes of Neymar and Messi to score a place in FIFA's shortlist for top three goals of the year.

Midfielder Mohamad Faiz Subri's cracker of a free kick for Penang state in the Malaysian Super League in February was reminiscent of the swerving thunderbolt by Brazil legend Roberto Carlos against France in 1997.

Ronaldo, Messi, Griezmann vie for FIFA best player award

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Paris (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann will battle it out for the world player of the year title, FIFA said Friday.

Real Madrid star Ronaldo is favourite for the crown after winning the Champions League and also Euro 2016 with Portugal, even though he exited the final win over France with an early injury.

Ronaldo, Messi, Griezmann vie for FIFA best player award

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Paris (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann will battle it out for the world player of the year title, FIFA said Friday.

Real Madrid star Ronaldo is favourite for the crown after winning the Champions League and also Euro 2016 with Portugal, even though he exited the final win over France with an early injury.

Police swoop on ex-FIFA executive in 2006 World Cup probe

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Lausanne (AFP) A Swiss corruption probe into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany was broadened on Wednesday to include former FIFA general secretary Urs Linsi after police raided homes.

Switzerland's attorney general's office (OAG) opened an investigation last year into fraud and money laundering allegations against four members of the 2006 World Cup organising committee: Germans Franz Beckenbauer, Hans-Rudolf Schmidt, Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach.

Russia’s Putin to meet FIFA chief Infantino

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Moscow (AFP) Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in Moscow on Friday ahead of this weekend's draw for the Confederations Cup, the Kremlin announced on Thursday.

"The head of state will meet the FIFA president in Moscow," read a brief statement from the Kremlin, with Infantino on his way to Kazan for the draw for next year's tournament.

FIFA face lawsuit over ban on transfer of minors

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Zurich (AFP) A complaint has been filed to a court in the Swiss city of Zurich against a FIFA-imposed ban on the transfer of under-age players, lawyers representing the complainant said on Thursday.

The Zurich firm Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte launched the lawsuit at a court in the city on Wednesday on behalf of a 17-year-old African player and his parents.

FIFA face lawsuit over ban on transfer of minors

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Zurich (AFP) A complaint has been filed to a court in the Swiss city of Zurich against a FIFA-imposed ban on the transfer of under-age players, lawyers representing the complainant said on Thursday.

The Zurich firm Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte launched the lawsuit at a court in the city on Wednesday on behalf of a 17-year-old African player and his parents.

FIFA boss Infantino confronts numbers game in World Cup expansion

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Wednesday that everyone agrees on the need to expand the World Cup finals but there are divisions on whether there should be 40 or 48 teams.

Infantino campaigned for the FIFA leadership this year on the back of adding to the 32 nations at the current World Cup.

FIFA boss Infantino confronts numbers game in World Cup expansion

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Wednesday that everyone agrees on the need to expand the World Cup finals but there are divisions on whether there should be 40 or 48 teams.

Infantino campaigned for the FIFA leadership this year on the back of adding to the 32 nations at the current World Cup.

Wales, N. Ireland FAs charged over poppy tributes

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London (AFP) FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Wales and Northern Ireland over the display of commemorative poppy symbols in their recent matches, the world governing body announced on Wednesday.

Both countries' football associations opted against allowing their players to wear black armbands with poppy symbols, but they have been charged anyway.

FIFA chief Infantino kicks off talks on World Cup expansion

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino wrapped up the first of 11 executive meetings with federation representatives Wednesday by saying those gathered in Paris were all in favour of expanding the World Cup.

Infantino is all for growing the cash cow tournament from 32 to as many as 48 teams.

FIFA chief Infantino kicks off talks on World Cup expansion

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino wrapped up the first of 11 executive meetings with federation representatives Wednesday by saying those gathered in Paris were all in favour of expanding the World Cup.

Infantino is all for growing the cash cow tournament from 32 to as many as 48 teams.

FIFA envoy seeks deal on Israeli settlement clubs

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Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) FIFA envoy Tokyo Sexwale on Tuesday called for movement on the "headache" issue of Israeli clubs in settlements in the occupied West Bank, after meeting Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino last month told AFP the issue was a "priority" for him, and Sexwale, chairman of theFIFA Monitoring Committee on Israel-Palestine, addressed the subject in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

FIFA envoy seeks deal on Israeli settlement clubs

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Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) FIFA envoy Tokyo Sexwale on Tuesday called for movement on the "headache" issue of Israeli clubs in settlements in the occupied West Bank, after meeting Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino last month told AFP the issue was a "priority" for him, and Sexwale, chairman of theFIFA Monitoring Committee on Israel-Palestine, addressed the subject in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

FIFA chief Infantino wants video refs for next World Cup

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is in favour of introducing video refereeing for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, after previously expressing fears it would break up games too much.

The head of world football's governing body told Tuesday's Le Parisien newspaper that he was sceptical at first about using video technology to assist referees in crucial decisions.

FIFA open ‘disciplinary’ case against England for poppy tribute

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA said Thursday it has started "disciplinary proceedings" after England and Scotland wore poppies on an armband in tribute to their countries' war dead in breach of a ban on political symbols.

"We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened on this matter," a FIFA spokesperson told AFP when asked about action planned after the November 11 match at Wembley.

FIFA bans top Qatari football official

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) FIFA's ethics tribunal on Wednesday banned top Qatari and Asia football official Saoud al-Mohannadi for one year for refusing to help in an investigation.

Al-Mohannadi is vice-president of the 2022 World Cup host nation's football association and had wanted to run for an Asian Football Confederatioin vice president's position this year as a first step to getting into FIFA.

FIFA deny ‘poppy ban’ ahead of England-Scotland clash

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London (AFP) Football global governing body FIFA insisted Friday it was a "distortion of the facts" to suggest they would punish British national associations determined to mark this weekend's World Cup qualifiers with poppy tributes.

Both England and Scotland pan to defy what they believe to be a FIFA ban on the wearing of poppies, a national symbol honouring war dead, when their teams meet at Wembley on Friday.

FIFA deny ‘poppy ban’ ahead of England-Scotland clash

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London (AFP) Football global governing body FIFA insisted Friday it was a "distortion of the facts" to suggest they would punish British national associations determined to mark this weekend's World Cup qualifiers with poppy tributes.

Both England and Scotland pan to defy what they believe to be a FIFA ban on the wearing of poppies, a national symbol honouring war dead, when their teams meet at Wembley on Friday.

FIFA moves to close loss-making museum – source

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA plans to close its loss-making $142 million World Football Museum, a landmark project of ousted president Sepp Blatter, which was only opened eight months ago, a FIFA source said Friday.

While football's world body denied any immediate closure, it estimated a loss of more than $30 million for 2016 and said the FIFA Council will hold talks on the museum's future at a January meeting.

FIFA moves to close loss-making museum – source

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA plans to close its loss-making $142 million World Football Museum, a landmark project of ousted president Sepp Blatter, which was only opened eight months ago, a FIFA source said Friday.

While football's world body denied any immediate closure, it estimated a loss of more than $30 million for 2016 and said the FIFA Council will hold talks on the museum's future at a January meeting.

Former Venezuelan football leader pleads guilty in FIFA scandal

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New York (AFP) A former president of Venezuela's football federation pleaded guilty Thursday over the massive FIFA corruption scandal, eight months after posting a $7 million bond and professing his innocence.

Rafael Esquivel, 70, also a former vice president of the South American Football Confederation, pled guilty to seven counts of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.

Former Venezuelan football leader pleads guilty in FIFA scandal

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New York (AFP) A former president of Venezuela's football federation pleaded guilty Thursday over the massive FIFA corruption scandal, eight months after posting a $7 million bond and professing his innocence.

Rafael Esquivel, 70, also a former vice president of the South American Football Confederation, pled guilty to seven counts of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.

FA are morally right over poppies issue: Glenn

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London (AFP) The English Football Association (FA) are morally right to insist on the England team wearing commemorative poppies in Friday's World Cup qualifier with Scotland said chief executive Martin Glenn on Thursday.

World governing body FIFA forbids teams from wearing political, commercial or religious symbols during matches and has warned England and Scotland they could face sanctions if they defy the directive.

FA are morally right over poppies issue: Glenn

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London (AFP) The English Football Association (FA) are morally right to insist on the England team wearing commemorative poppies in Friday's World Cup qualifier with Scotland said chief executive Martin Glenn on Thursday.

World governing body FIFA forbids teams from wearing political, commercial or religious symbols during matches and has warned England and Scotland they could face sanctions if they defy the directive.

Poppies and pride as England, Scotland collide

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London (AFP) England and Scotland renew the oldest rivalry in international football on Friday in a 2018 World Cup qualifier that has been dogged by a pre-match row about commemorative poppies.

The football associations of both countries have pledged to defy a FIFA ban on political, religious or commercial symbols by wearing black armbands with red poppy emblems.

Poppies and pride as England, Scotland collide

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London (AFP) England and Scotland renew the oldest rivalry in international football on Friday in a 2018 World Cup qualifier that has been dogged by a pre-match row about commemorative poppies.

The football associations of both countries have pledged to defy a FIFA ban on political, religious or commercial symbols by wearing black armbands with red poppy emblems.

Life ban demanded for ex-Honduran president

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA's ethics committee on Wednesday recommended a life ban from all football-related activities for former Honduras president Rafael Callejas, who is awaiting judgement in the United States on kick-back charges.

Head of state between 1990-1994, Callejas previously pleaded guilty to racketeering to a New York court in March, and now faces a series of charges from FIFA

"In his final report, (FIFA ethics investigator) Cornel Borbely recommended imposing on Mr Callejas a lifelong ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity," a FIFA statement said.

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US Soccer Federation under microscope again in TV journalism pieces from HBO and CBS

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With the upcoming release of two new investigative journalism pieces byHBO and CBS, don't be surprised if there'll be some nervous days ahead at the headquarters of the US Soccer Federation in Chicago, Illinois.

First up is an interview with several US Women's National Team players, which will appear on CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday at 7:30pm ET.

US Soccer Federation under microscope again in TV journalism pieces from HBO and CBS

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With the upcoming release of two new investigative journalism pieces byHBO and CBS, don't be surprised if there'll be some nervous days ahead at the headquarters of the US Soccer Federation in Chicago, Illinois.

First up is an interview with several US Women's National Team players, which will appear on CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday at 7:30pm ET.

Goalkeepers and Goalkeeping

Top 5 Young Goalkeepers in Europe

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Historically, goalkeepers come to prominence and reach their peak in their late 20’s. In recent times, there has been a surge in the number of quality young goalkeepers becoming first team regulars for their clubs.

Below is a list of the top 5 young goalkeepers in Europe under the age of 22 (born on or after 1st January 1995) who have impressed for their clubs, despite their inexperience.

Top 5 Young Goalkeepers in Europe

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Historically, goalkeepers come to prominence and reach their peak in their late 20’s. In recent times, there has been a surge in the number of quality young goalkeepers becoming first team regulars for their clubs.

Below is a list of the top 5 young goalkeepers in Europe under the age of 22 (born on or after 1st January 1995) who have impressed for their clubs, despite their inexperience.

Top 5 Young Goalkeepers in Europe

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Historically, goalkeepers come to prominence and reach their peak in their late 20’s. In recent times, there has been a surge in the number of quality young goalkeepers becoming first team regulars for their clubs.

Below is a list of the top 5 young goalkeepers in Europe under the age of 22 (born on or after 1st January 1995) who have impressed for their clubs, despite their inexperience.

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Carli Lloyd finalist for FIFA Best of 2016 award

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Dash midfielder up for "The Best" FIFA award.

Carli Lloyd has been nominated for The Best FIFA Women's Player Award. She is one of three nominees for the award. Germany's Melanie Behringer and Brazil's Marta are also up for the award.

Lloyd scored 17 goals and 11 assists in her 21 national team games this year.

The Confederations Cup predicts nothing

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FIFA prepares to draw the match-ups for this summer's Confederations Cup in the soccer news, a tournament still in search of an audience.

FIFA Bring Disciplinary Charges Against Wales For Allowing Fans To Wear Poppies In Crowd

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After launching probes into the various instances of rule-defying poppy display over the course of the international break, FIFA have today brought charges against the Football Associations of both Wales and Northern Ireland.

FIFA have specifically begun disciplinary proceedings against Wales pertaining to their 1-1 draw against Serbia on 12th November.

FIFA: Lionel Messi, Neymar And Hal Robson-Kanu All Included On Shortlist For 2016 Puskas Awards (Video)

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It's that time of year again and FIFA have cobbled together their pickof the 10 most beautiful goals scored to form the shortlist for the 2016 Puskas Award.

This year's rundown features goals scored in Malaysia, Sweden and Venezuela, with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Hal Robson-Kanu among the more establishednames to make the cut.

Should MLS Stop the Clock on Out of Bounds Plays Like the NFL?

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With a newer, more transparent FIFA leadership, MLS should be allowed to make subtle rules changes to its game, like the NBA does for basketball. The NBA puts its own twist on how rules are applied, deviating from FIBA, the international arm of basketball.