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Shortlist For 2018 Ballon d’Or Award Announced: Philippe Coutinho, Harry Kane And Sadio Mane All In The Running…

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The shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award is being gradually announced, with half of the nominees know known.

Being the roguish little teases they are, France Football have been drip-dripping their list in five-player increments over the course of the afternoon, with 15 names let out of the bag so far.

Shortlist For 2018 Ballon d’Or Award Announced: Philippe Coutinho, Harry Kane And Sadio Mane All In The Running…

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The shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award has gradually been announced today, with the usual suspects all cropping up once again.

Being the roguish little teases they are, France Footballdrip-dripped their list in five-player increments over the course of the afternoon, with all 30 names now present and accounted for.

Abby Wambach

Wambach, Morgan on FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year shortlist

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By DAN KARELL

For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Women's National Team will have two representatives on the ten-player shortlist for FIFA's Women's Ballon D'or, or the World Player of the Year award.

FIFA revealed on Friday that 2012 Ballon D'or winner USWNT forward Abby Wambach and teammate Alex Morgan have both been nominated for the award.

Morgan, Rapinoe On Shortlist For Women's Ballon d'Or

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The FIFA Women's Ballon d'Or shortlist contains names from outside of the United States like Sawa, Sinclair and Marta, but is once against dominated by Americans. Winning the largest tournament of the year will do that. The Americans on the list are Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach, Sounder Megan Rapinoe and Sounder Alex Morgan.

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OTP Rebounds: Former Chelsea star fails drugs test, Gareth Bale’s Spurs perspective hilarity and Liverpool’s snooker loopy striker

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Gareth Bale and an in-house Tottenham journalist discover "Spurs perspective" is quite tricky to say [101GG] Ex-Chelsea midfielder Deco has failed a drugs test in Brazil [Guardian] Borussia Dortmund's chairman spent the closing stages of last night's match against Real Madrid locked in a toilet [Independent] Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan [.

Messi, Ronaldo, Falcao headline Ballon d’Or shortlist filled with La Liga players

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FIFA has released a 23-man shortlist for the 2012 Ballon d'Or and to very few people's surprise, La Liga players comprised most of it.

Barcelona's Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao were just three of the 14 players on the Ballon d'Or list that ply their trade in Spain's top division.

FIFA Announce 23-Man Ballon d’Or Shortlist: Surprise/Ridiculous Nods For Balotelli, Pique

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By Chris Wright

FIFA have taken it upon themselves to announce their 23-man long shortlist/short longlist of nominations for this year's Ballon d'Or prize.

Here it be (in alphabetical order) as put out by award originators and overseers France Football...

Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Man City)
Mario Balotelli (Italy, Man City)
Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid)
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus)
Sergio Busquets (Spain, Barcelona)
Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid)
Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast, Chelsea/Shanghai Shenhua)
Radamel Falcao (Colombia, Atletico Madrid)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Milan/PSG)
Andrés Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona)
Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona)
Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich)
Neymar (Brazil, Santos)
Mesut Özil (Germany, Real Madrid)
Gerard Pique (Spain, Barcelona)
Andrea Pirlo (Italy, Juventus)
Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal Real Madrid)
Wayne Rooney (England, Man Utd)
Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast, Man City)
Robin van Persie (Holland, Arsenal/Man Utd)
Xabi Alonso (Spain, Real Madrid)
Xavi (Spain, Barcelona)

The long/shortlist will be further whittled down to just three names (the short shortlist) at the tail end of November, with the winner being announced at FIFA's annual jolly in Zurich on January 7th of next year.

Messi, Ronaldo And Iniesta Up For European Player Of The Year Award

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will go up against each other again for Uefa's Best Player in Europe award.

Last year's winner Messi is joined in the final three by Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta, while Real Madrid's Ronaldo makes it two years in a row on the shortlist.

The winner will be announced on 30 August in Monaco on the same day as the Champions League group stage draw.

Laudrup In Liverpool Link

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Sky Sports understands former Denmark star Michael Laudrup is a contender for the vacant manager's job at Liverpool.
Liverpool have begun their search for a new boss following the board's decision to axe Kenny Dalglish earlier this week.
The Reds are believed to have a shortlist of up to 12 people they want to talk to about succeeding Dalglish at Anfield.

Harry Redknapp linked with Chelsea job? Yes or No?

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Ever since AVB was sacked as manager of Chelsea, there have been various rumours in the press about who Roman Abramovich has his eye on to take over at Chelsea.

All sorts of names have been mentioned from the likes of Guardiola, Joachim Low, Jose Mourinho and David Moyes. This morning a new name has appeared and it's an interesting one to say the least.

English Premier League

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez booed at PFA awards

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Luis Suarez's name was twice booed by an audience comprising mainly fellow players at the PFA awards. The Liverpool striker, currently serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, was jeered following the announcement that he had been selected in the Premier League team of the year.

Michu’s impassioned response to missing out on the PFA Player of the Year shortlist

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To whom it may concern,

Put on your imagination cap and allow me to take you for a ride.

You are a 27-year-old Spanish footballer who is playing his first season in the wonderful Premier League. When you first arrived, people did not know who you were. Even your teammates at Swansea City thought your name was "Pikachu.

West Ham Give Up On Carroll Pursuit

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West Ham has informed ESPN that they have given up on trying to sign Andy Carroll after three weeks of chasing the Liverpool striker.
The Hammers were hopeful that an eight-year contract worth £36 million would have tempted Carroll, along with his links to Kevin Nolan and Sam Allardyce, his former team-mate and manager at Newcastle United.

Liverpool Given Matias Suarez Warning

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Liverpool must move quickly or risk missing out on long-term target Matias Suarez, with Bayern Munich reported to be readying a bid for the Argentine striker.
Anderlecht hitman Suarez has been on the Merseyside club's shortlist for some time and they had looked set to lure him from Belgium to Anfield this summer.

Sir Alex Ferguson wins Best Manager in EPL 20 Seasons awards

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has won the "Best Manager" in the English Premier League for the first 20 seasons awarads. The awards mark the 20th season of the EPL era and Ferguson was the clear choice as United won 12 of 20 league titles. Â The following is an excerpt from the news on the official Premier League site.

Is this midfielder Arsenal’s second best player of the season?

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There would be little value in doing an opinion poll on who has been our best player of the season. No doubt, a vast majority would opt for our captain, top goal scorer, and the PL's Player of the Season, Robin van Persie. But it all becomes a lot more difficult when we have to choose our second best player of the season.

Is this midfielder Arsenal’s second best player of the season?

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There would be little value in doing an opinion poll on who has been our best player of the season. No doubt, a vast majority would opt for our captain, top goal scorer, and the PL's Player of the Season, Robin van Persie. But it all becomes a lot more difficult when we have to choose our second best player of the season.

Where do Aston Villa go from here?

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With Alex Mccleish out of the picture now, the search to find a suitable managerial candidate goes on. Aston Villa failed in their pursuit of Roberto Martinez last season and from evidence of Wigan's form in the 2nd half of the season it would seem that he was a big loss. So who do the Aston Villa board have on their shortlist?

Premier League Conveniently Vote 2011/12 As Greatest Ever Season

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By Chris Wright

2011/12: The Year of the Cat

Nothing like a bit of timely self-aggrandisation, eh? As part of their celebratory '20 Seasons' awards push, The Premier League have conveniently seen the 2011/12 season (i.e, the current campaign about to come to it's climax at the weekend) voted as the top flight's greatest ever season despite it not even featuring on the original shortlist.

England Coach Stuart Pearce Includes Beckham In Olympic Team Shortlist

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LA Galaxy's English midfielder David Beckham can still make his dream of playing for his national side in the Olympics a reality after he was named as part of caretaker coach Stuart Pearce's 80 man shortlist for the tournament.

Beckahm who scored a stunner against the Portland Timber in LA's 3-1 win is joined by Lille forward Joe Cole, Tottenham's Gareth Bale and Liverpool's Craig Bellamy.

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Carrick, Welbeck And RvP In PFA Shortlist

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Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie have made the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Season whilst Danny Welbeck has been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year.

Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
Michael Carrick (United)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Juan Mata (Chelsea)
Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Robin van Persie (United)

Young Player of the Year
Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Romelu Lukaku (West Brom)
Danny Welbeck (United)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

"Carrick, Welbeck And RvP In PFA Shortlist" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Italian Giants Eye Up Reported Move For Liverpool Striker

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Italian giants Juventus are rumoured to be eyeing up a move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, as they look to bring a marquee signing to Turin this summer.
According to talkSPORT, the newly-crowned Serie A champions are hoping to bring in a world-class attacker as they prepare to defend their title next season.

PFA Player Of The Year 2012 Shortlist

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TweetThe shortlist for the 2012 PFA Players' Player of the Year award has been revealed with Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney amongst the favourites to take the crown. Nominees for Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year award 2011-12 are: Sergio Aguero (Man City) Joe Hart (Man City) Scott Parker (Tottenham) Robin van [.

PFA Player Of The Year 2012 Shortlist

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TweetThe shortlist for the 2012 PFA Players' Player of the Year award has been revealed with Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney amongst the favourites to take the crown. Nominees for Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year award 2011-12 are: Sergio Aguero (Man City) Joe Hart (Man City) Scott Parker (Tottenham) Robin van [.

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Wednesday Kickoff: Tottenham eye Lloris signing, Maradona fired and more

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Brad Friedel is aware that his playing days are winding down, and Tottenham is reportedly eyeing a move that could accelerate his decline from his post as the club's No. 1 goalkeeper.

According to reports, Spurs are looking to sign Lyon and French national team goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, a move that does not faze the veteran American goalkeeper, who is entering his second season with Tottenham.

Liverpool Reportedly Approach Benitez Over Return

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Liverpool has reportedly made a sensational approach to former manager Rafa Benitez over a potential return to the club.
As reported by the Mirror, Liverpool chiefs have sounded out the Spaniard, after being rejected by Swansea City boss Brendan Rogers and former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola in their hunt for a new boss.

Liverpool Put Pep Guardiola At Top Of Wishlist For New Manager

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Liverpool have wasted little time in the search for Kenny Dalglish's successor by drawing up a wishlist headed by Pep Guardiola and Fabio Capello, and have already approached Roberto Martínez at Wigan Athletic, Swansea City's Brendan Rodgers and André Villas-Boas within 24 hours of bringing the Anfield legend's reign to an end.

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David Beckham not selected for UK's Olympic soccer team

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David Beckham has failed to make the British soccer team for the London Olympics.

Becks made Stuart Pearce's shortlist of 35 but was not selected for the final 18-man squad although he had been widely expected to be named as one of the three over-age players in Stuart Pearce's Under-23 squad for the London Games in July and August.

Dalglish: Adam Out Of Olympics

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Kenny Dalglish has confirmed that Charlie Adam will miss the remainder of Liverpool's season through injury, and does not expect the Scotland international to feature in this summer's Olympic Games.
Adam has not played for the Reds since the defeat to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in late March, and his knee injury will keep the 26-year-old out until next term.

Jack Wilshere “on shortlist” for Olympic Team GB

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The England manager Stuart Pearce, who is usually taking care of the youth squad but is now also the interim manager of the senior squad, has declared that Arsenal's Jack Wilshere will be given a chance to come good at the Olympics if he will return to fitness soon enough. Wilshere, who was at first [.

Would David Beckham be in your Team GB Olympics squad?

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There are lots of markets available for people to bet on football and millions of pounds are spent this way every week. But never before has the betting market on whether a 37-year-old man will represent a scratch international football team in a competition that isn't particularly valued at the upper echelons of the game [.

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Deschamps Cools Reds Talk

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Didier Deschamps has distanced himself from speculation regarding the Liverpool manager's job by revealing he still expects to be at Marseille next season.
The 43-year-old former Juventus and Chelsea midfielder was reportedly on Liverpool's shortlist when Rafa Benitez left the club two years ago only for the job to go to Roy Hodgson.

Tuesday Kickoff: Balotelli to return to City, Villa begins coaching search & more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

It looks like Mario Balotelli isn't going anywhere.

In a complete reversal from barely a month ago, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini confirmed that the unpredictable Italian striker will return to the Etihad next season. Mancini had suggested Balotelli would be sold in the summer after being sent off against Arsenal in April, but rumors over a swap deal with AC Milan for Zlatan Ibrahimovic were quickly squashed and now Mancini says Balotelli is "101 percent certain to remain with the club.

The Rest

adidas Brazuca – 2014 Brazil World Cup match ball name

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FIFA and adidas revealed the name of the Official Match Ball for the 2014 FIFA World Cup 'adidas Brazuca'. adidas took inspiration from elements of Brazilian culture to come up with a shortlist of three possible names for the ball.

For Once, We Want To Join The FIFA Club

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If we buy this game, do we get to choose our free player with purchase or not? Our shortlist of options includes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joe Hart or Karim Benzema. H/T The Stiles Council.

WAG Tag Watch: Christine Bleakley

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Christine Bleakley joined a shortlist of footballers' partners who reject their WAG titles by claiming to be "fiercely independent" in an interview with The Mail on Sunday's Live Magazine. If you've not read the whole thing, allow us to sum it up. - Frank Lampard's fiancée says she takes pride in providing for herself, something that her [.

Port Vales Summer Of Optimism Returns To Square One

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200% has observed events at Burslem from a distance over the summer, as Port Vale appeared to be slowly edging towards an exit from administration. In recent weeks, Vale have begun to slowly edge nowhere. In the first of a two-part piece, Mark Murphy summarises what has happened, and what hasn't happened at the club since April.

Honour Roll: The Golden Foot 2012

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Image: Getty Images. This year's Golden Foot awards features an indiscriminate shortlist of candidates, but also, lots of quality pics for your desktop or Facebook timeline. If this is the first time you're hearing of the Golden Foot awards, join the club. Do the right thing and download vote now, Kickettes.

Arsenal put brilliant Ukranian midfielder top of wish-list (+ video)

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Say Hello To Andriy Yarmolenko – By JG Don't know who Yarmolenko is? Well you should, because he is at the top of Arsene Wenger's shortlist for this summer. I have been informed that Arsenal are in the middle of trying to figure out what they are going to to with Andrei Arshavin. The little [...]

EA Sports Should Open Up Cover Selection To U.S. Soccer Fans And Bring It Into Line With Other U.S. Sports – Our Advice…

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While perusing another major sports website (shame on us), we couldn't help but notice the ongoing competition for the cover athlete of EA Sports NHL '13. Now down to the final 8 players, the voting process sees a number of players compete against one another in a public vote to determine who will grace the cover of the much lauded computer game series.