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‘Worthy son’ Tiote laid to rest

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Abidjan (AFP) – Ivory Coast international Cheick Tiote, whose sudden death in China at just 30 years old shocked his country, was laid to rest Sunday as he was hailed a “worthy son” of the African nation.

Tiote, a 52-time capped player who featured at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, was honoured with a military funeral at the Williamsville cemetery in Abidjan where hundreds of people gathered to mourn.

Cheick Tiote’s agent calls for end to speculation over death

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London (AFP) – The agent of the late Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote on Wednesday called for the media to cease making unsubstantiated claims about the reasons for his death.

The 52-time capped star - a member of the Ivory Coast squad that ended a 23-year drought in winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations - died after fainting during training with second division side Beijing Enterprises on June 5.

Cheick Tiote’s agent calls for end to speculation over death

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London (AFP) – The agent of the late Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote on Wednesday called for the media to cease making unsubstantiated claims about the reasons for his death.

The 52-time capped star - a member of the Ivory Coast squad that ended a 23-year drought in winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations - died after fainting during training with second division side Beijing Enterprises on June 5.

Ivory Coast must beat Guinea to ‘honour’ Tiote: Wilmots

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Bouaké (Ivory Coast) (AFP) – The Ivory Coast must beat Guinea on Saturday to “honour the memory of Cheick Tiote”, the former international who died in China this week, according to Elephants coach Marc Wilmots.

“We must do it, we have no choice, I hope to win it for him,” Wilmots said ahead of the game that is the opening qualifying fixture for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.

Ivory Coast must beat Guinea to ‘honour’ Tiote: Wilmots

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Bouaké (Ivory Coast) (AFP) – The Ivory Coast must beat Guinea on Saturday to “honour the memory of Cheick Tiote”, the former international who died in China this week, according to Elephants coach Marc Wilmots.

“We must do it, we have no choice, I hope to win it for him,” Wilmots said ahead of the game that is the opening qualifying fixture for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.

Fans petition to retire Tiote’s Newcastle number

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London (AFP) – The sense of loss in Newcastle at the death of Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote has been reflected by over 1,000 Newcastle United fans signing a petition to have his shirt number of 24 retired the BBC reported Wednesday.

Tiote - who was a member of the Ivory Coast squad that ended a 23 year drought winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations - died on Monday after ‘suddenly fainting’ during a training session with his second tier Chinese club Beijing Enterprises.

McClaren recalls Tiote’s ‘beautiful smile’

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London (AFP) – Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote who died on Monday aged 30 was the ‘kind of player everyone wants in their team, said former England manager Steve McClaren who managed him at two clubs.

According to his second tier Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, Tiote “suddenly fainted” during training on Monday and was rushed to hospital, where he died.

McClaren recalls Tiote’s ‘beautiful smile’

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London (AFP) – Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote who died on Monday aged 30 was the ‘kind of player everyone wants in their team, said former England manager Steve McClaren who managed him at two clubs.

According to his second tier Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, Tiote “suddenly fainted” during training on Monday and was rushed to hospital, where he died.

From Foe to Tiote – five footballers’ deaths

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Beijing (AFP) – Ivory Coast international and former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote died while training for his Chinese club on Monday. Here are five players who died during their careers:

– Marc-Vivien Foe, June 2003 –

Cameroon midfielder Foe collapsed after a heart attack during a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon, France.

From Foe to Tiote – five footballers’ deaths

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Beijing (AFP) – Ivory Coast international and former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote died while training for his Chinese club on Monday. Here are five players who died during their careers:

– Marc-Vivien Foe, June 2003 –

Cameroon midfielder Foe collapsed after a heart attack during a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon, France.

Africa Cup of Nations winner Tiote dies aged 30

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London (AFP) – Ivory Coast international midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 while training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, his spokesman announced in a statement on Monday.

Tiote, who was part of the Ivory Coast squad that delivered the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after a 23 year drought although he was injured for the final, had only moved to China in February after ending a seven year stay with English outfit Newcastle United.

Africa Cup of Nations winner Tiote dies: spokesman

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London (AFP) – Ivory Coast international midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 while training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, his spokesman announced in a statement on Monday.

Tiote, who was part of the Ivory Coast squad that delivered the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after a 23 year drought although he was injured for the final, had only moved to China in February after ending a seven year stay with English outfit Newcastle United.

Confidence boosting friendly wins for Dutch, Ireland

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Paris (AFP) – The Netherlands warmed up for a vital 2018 World Cup qualifier next week with an emphatic 5-0 friendly win against Ivory Coast on Sunday.

The Dutch are struggling to make it to Russia next year, placed only fourth in Group A on seven points behind leaders France (13) Sweden (10) and Bulgaria (9).

Confidence boosting friendly wins for Dutch, Ireland

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Paris (AFP) – The Netherlands warmed up for a vital 2018 World Cup qualifier next week with an emphatic 5-0 friendly win against Ivory Coast on Sunday.

The Dutch are struggling to make it to Russia next year, placed only fourth in Group A on seven points behind leaders France (13) Sweden (10) and Bulgaria (9).

Wilmots recalls Kalou, Doumbia for Ivory Coast

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Abidjan (AFP) – New Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots on Thursday tempted Salomon Kalou out of international retirement and recalled fellow striker Seydou Doumbia in a 27-man squad to face the Netherlands and Guinea next month.

Hertha Berlin’s Kalou had quit the national team after defending champions Ivory Coast crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations this year in the first round.

Wilmots recalls Kalou, Doumbia for Ivory Coast

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Abidjan (AFP) – New Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots on Thursday tempted Salomon Kalou out of international retirement and recalled fellow striker Seydou Doumbia in a 27-man squad to face the Netherlands and Guinea next month.

Hertha Berlin’s Kalou had quit the national team after defending champions Ivory Coast crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations this year in the first round.

FIFA probes Ivory Coast, Senegal crowd trouble

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Geneva (AFP) – FIFA said Tuesday it had launched an investigation into incidents which led to the abandonment of a friendly match between Ivory Coast and Senegal in Paris following a series of pitch invasions.

The sides were level at 1-1 late Monday when French referee Tony Chapron called off the match in the 88th minute as fans from both sides flooded onto the pitch.

FIFA probes Ivory Coast, Senegal crowd trouble

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Geneva (AFP) – FIFA said Tuesday it had launched an investigation into incidents which led to the abandonment of a friendly match between Ivory Coast and Senegal in Paris following a series of pitch invasions.

The sides were level at 1-1 late Monday when French referee Tony Chapron called off the match in the 88th minute as fans from both sides flooded onto the pitch.

Southgate irked by Palace chief’s Zaha remark

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate has taken issue with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish’s views on the international tug-of-war involving Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha.

Zaha was capped twice by England, in 2012 and 2013, but switched allegiances to Ivory Coast, the country of his birth, late last year and has since made six appearances for them.

Southgate irked by Palace chief’s Zaha remark

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate has taken issue with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish’s views on the international tug-of-war involving Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha.

Zaha was capped twice by England, in 2012 and 2013, but switched allegiances to Ivory Coast, the country of his birth, late last year and has since made six appearances for them.

Pitch invasions end I.Coast-Senegal match early

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Paris (AFP) – Numerous pitch invasions forced Monday’s friendly between Ivory Coast and Senegal in Paris to be abandoned before full-time.

The sides were level at 1-1 when French referee Tony Chapron called off the match in the 88th minute as fans from both sides flooded onto the pitch.

England-based pair give Ivory Coast win in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – England-based pair Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha fired Ivory Coast to a 2-0 win over Russia in a friendly at Krasnodar on Friday.

It was Russia’s third defeat in six matches since Stanislav Cherchesov took over as manager in August - the other two coming against Costa Rica and Qatar last year.

England-based pair give Ivory Coast win in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – England-based pair Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha fired Ivory Coast to a 2-0 win over Russia in a friendly at Krasnodar on Friday.

It was Russia’s third defeat in six matches since Stanislav Cherchesov took over as manager in August - the other two coming against Costa Rica and Qatar last year.

England-based pair give Ivory Coast football win in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – England-based pair Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha fired Ivory Coast to a 2-0 win over Russia in a friendly at Krasnodar on Friday.

It was Russia’s third defeat in six matches since Stanislav Cherchesov took over as manager in August - the other two coming against Costa Rica and Qatar last year.

Belgium’s Marc Wilmots named new Ivory Coast coach

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Abidjan (AFP) – Former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has been appointed to lead Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualifying bid, the country’s football authorities said on Tuesday.

Wilmots, 48, is one of an elite band of players to have played at four World Cups, and also led Belgium into the 2014 World Cup during his stint as coach with them between 2012-2016.

Belgium’s Marc Wilmots named new Ivory Coast coach

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Abidjan (AFP) – Former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has been appointed to lead Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualifying bid, the country’s football authorities said on Tuesday.

Wilmots, 48, is one of an elite band of players to have played at four World Cups, and also led Belgium into the 2014 World Cup during his stint as coach with them between 2012-2016.

Ignored Bony finding Stoke situation ‘painful’

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London (AFP) – Ivory Coast international striker Wilfried Bony says his prolonged omission from the Stoke team is “painful” as he continues to be overlooked for selection by manager Mark Hughes.

The 28-year-old - who has scored just twice in 11 games since his loan move from Manchester City last August - added he had turned down a move to China in January’s transfer window because he wants to prove he has the quality still to succeed.

Ignored Bony finding Stoke situation ‘painful’

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London (AFP) – Ivory Coast international striker Wilfried Bony says his prolonged omission from the Stoke team is “painful” as he continues to be overlooked for selection by manager Mark Hughes.

The 28-year-old - who has scored just twice in 11 games since his loan move from Manchester City last August - added he had turned down a move to China in January’s transfer window because he wants to prove he has the quality still to succeed.

Kalou’s miss puts Dortmund into German Cup quarters

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Berlin (AFP) – Salomon Kalou’s missed spot-kick put hosts Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday as Hertha Berlin lost 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

The Ivory Coast striker gave Hertha a first-half lead in the third-round cup clash in Dortmund when he volleyed home on 27 minutes after the hosts made a slow start.

Kalou’s miss puts Dortmund into German Cup quarters

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Berlin (AFP) – Salomon Kalou’s missed spot-kick put hosts Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday as Hertha Berlin lost 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

The Ivory Coast striker gave Hertha a first-half lead in the third-round cup clash in Dortmund when he volleyed home on 27 minutes after the hosts made a slow start.

Rejuvenated Cameroon, Egypt set for Cup final showdown

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Libreville (AFP) Cameroon and Egypt are both aiming to cap remarkable revivals by winning the Africa Cup of Nations when they meet in a final that few thought possible in Libreville on Sunday evening.

These are two of the most successful nations in the 60-year history of the competition, with Egypt unrivalled on seven titles and Cameroon, four-time winners, just behind alongside Ghana.

Rejuvenated Cameroon, Egypt set for Cup final showdown

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Libreville (AFP) Cameroon and Egypt are both aiming to cap remarkable revivals by winning the Africa Cup of Nations when they meet in a final that few thought possible in Libreville on Sunday evening.

These are two of the most successful nations in the 60-year history of the competition, with Egypt unrivalled on seven titles and Cameroon, four-time winners, just behind alongside Ghana.

Manchester City

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is still somehow undervalued

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Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has been an absolute superb signing since he arrived to the blue side of the city in 2011. The striker has scored 164 goals in just 246 total matches since becoming a Premier League player. The tally is impressive considering that Chelsea great Didier Drogba also managed to score 164 total goals during his time with the London club; however, it took the former Ivory Coast international 135 additional games to get to 164 than Aguero.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is still somehow undervalued

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Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has been an absolute superb signing since he arrived to the blue side of the city in 2011. The striker has scored 164 goals in just 246 total matches since becoming a Premier League player. The tally is impressive considering that Chelsea great Didier Drogba also managed to score 164 total goals during his time with the London club; however, it took the former Ivory Coast international 135 additional games to get to 164 than Aguero.

International football

‘My Desire Shouldn’t Be Questioned’ – Wilfried Zaha Releases Statement To Clarify How And Why He Chose Ivory Coast Over England

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As you may recall, Wilfried Zaha found himself at the centre of a mini-furore yesterday when Danny Mills had the temerity to heckle him for pledging his international allegiance toIvory Coast rather than England.

Mills accused Zaha of "taking the easy option" after Gareth Southgate revealed he'd attempted to persuade the Crystal Palace winger to opt for England, only to be rebuffed.

‘He’s Taken The Easy Option’ – Danny Mills Accuses Wilfried Zaha Of Tossing Off His Entire International Future By Snubbing England

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Noted dimwit Danny Mills has basically accused Wilfried Zaha of chucking away his entire international future by choosing to represent Ivory Coast instead of jolly oldEngland.

Zaha won two non-competitive capsunder Roy Hodgson but found his participation limited so instead opted to pursue an international career with the country of his parents' birth.

Ivory Coast-Senegal Friendly Abandoned In 88th Minute After Pitch Invader Rugby Tackles Player (Photos)

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Monday night's friendly between Senegal and the Ivory Coast had to be scuttled before full-time when a group of lairy fans invaded the pitch.

The match, being played at the Charlety Stadium in Paris, was abandoned in the 88th minute when several pockets of crowd trouble began to develop in the terraces.

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Philly Unity Cup kicks off tonight

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The Philly Unity Cup kicks off tonight. The city-wide tourney features 48 teams representing immigrant communities throughout the area. PSP has the story and a preview of a sports tournament unlike any in America.

Spurs sign Serge Aurier

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Tottenham Hotspur have completed the deadline day signing of Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier. The Ivory Coast international has signed a...

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Arsenal transfer rumours – Seri, Kolasinac, Mahrez and Gibson

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As the season approaches the end, we are expecting an avalanche of Arsenal transfer rumours with so many of the Gunners' stars approaching the final year of their contracts, and they are getting off the ground earlier than usual. To start with we have the Ivory Coast international midfielder Jean Seri, who has been involved [.