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Senegalese woman ‘likely new FIFA number two’

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Mexico City (AFP) Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura is likely to be named as FIFA's new secretary general on Friday, which would make her the first female number two ever at world football's governing body, according to a source close to FIFA.

The historic appointment is expected to be made at the FIFA congress in Mexico City, the sources said on condition of anonymity.

Senegalese woman ‘likely new FIFA number two’

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Mexico City (AFP) Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura is likely to be named as FIFA's new secretary general on Friday, which would make her the first female number two ever at world football's governing body, according to a source close to FIFA.

The historic appointment is expected to be made at the FIFA congress in Mexico City, the sources said on condition of anonymity.

FIFA congress seeks to clean up mess

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA's new president Gianni Infantino will preside over world football's annual congress in Mexico City on Friday to push through reforms aimed at rehabilitating the scandal-tarred organization.

Infantino who was elected in February after his predecessor Sepp Blatter was brought down by the corruption crisis wants to turn the page and put the focus back on football.

FIFA congress seeks to clean up mess

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA's new president Gianni Infantino will preside over world football's annual congress in Mexico City on Friday to push through reforms aimed at rehabilitating the scandal-tarred organization.

Infantino who was elected in February after his predecessor Sepp Blatter was brought down by the corruption crisis wants to turn the page and put the focus back on football.

Platini’s poor timing brings UEFA downfall

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Paris (AFP) Making the right pass at a crucial moment made Michel Platini one of the world's greatest footballers, but poor timing cost him his place as one of the most powerful men in sport.

The 60-year-old Frenchman, who quit as UEFA president Monday after failing to overturn a ban from world football, regularly battled back from injury and other blows to star in some of football's most dramatic moments as a player.

Platini’s poor timing brings UEFA downfall

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Paris (AFP) Making the right pass at a crucial moment made Michel Platini one of the world's greatest footballers, but poor timing cost him his place as one of the most powerful men in sport.

The 60-year-old Frenchman, who quit as UEFA president Monday after failing to overturn a ban from world football, regularly battled back from injury and other blows to star in some of football's most dramatic moments as a player.

TONI KROOS IFFHS BEST PLAY CREATOR FOR 2014

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A Late Entry For Goal Of The Year

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It might well be the goal of 2013, and in the final days at that. FIFA decided to cash in early on their goal of the year, but perhaps they should reopen voting. This Spanish futsal number from Matamoros is steeped in technique and skill. Plus you get the patented Spanish goal call. The complete package.

Cristiano Ronaldo

WORLD SOCCER | CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS BEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2014

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TOP 100 PLAYERS IN WORLD FOOTBALL 2014 | FOUR FOUR TWO MAGAZINE

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REVISED FASTEST FOOTBALL - SOCCER PLAYERS IN THE WORLD | FIFA RANKING

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EUROPEAN GOLDEN BOOT AWARD | CRISTIANO RONALDO, LUIS SUAREZ OR LIONEL MESSI

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Cristiano Ronaldo Dedicates Museum To Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo has unveiled a museum dedicated to Cristiano Ronaldo in his hometown.

You're shocked. Yes, you're shocked.

Curious neighbours stood on their balconies to witness the ruckus, unusual on the quiet island with 260,000 inhabitants, famous for its luxuriant biodiversity, strong-flavoured bananas and fortified wine.

FC Barcelona

EL CLASICO, THE BIG LOSER COACH CARLO ANCELOTTI

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Infographics With Barcelona

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Every club should do one of the little videos, though for many, it would be significantly more humble and the graphics would be scribbled on scrap paper littered about the club offices. Barcelona's numbers look infinitely more impressive than anyone else's, though the number of beverages sold seems a bit low.

Barcelona x Intel: Inventing New Sponsorship Locations

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From nothing to UNICEF to logos on the front, back and inside in a jiffy. Barcelona is running the route from minimalist to Formula 1 wannabe in record time. This time, however, they've gone with an unconventional sponsorship location: the inside of the shirt. You know, because "Intel...inside." Obviously it's going to be nigh impossible to see for those of us without x-ray vision.

YouTube

More Christmas With Man City

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For a club with so much money, Manchester City is at least spending it in the right places like high quality players and high quality YouTube videos. For Christmas they've got a YouTube advent calendar running with a new video each day and today, they're doing face swaps. Some combined photos of teammates, new and old, are whipped up with Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards quizzed.

The Slovenian Goalkeeper Method

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Clearly that's not a real cannon ball (the second) because the net would have a circular hole in it, but in what world did people think this was a smart idea? Of course a smart idea has never gained one YouTube infamy, so I guess a cannon it is.

This is the Slovenian fourth division, which one presumes is basically the equivalent of, "You and your friends had a lot to drink and there was a ball in the vicinity.

John Guidetti Does His Best Mariah Carey

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Tis the season, which means plenty of footballers getting into the spirit on YouTube and of all clubs, it always seems as though Manchester City is at the forefront of the holidays. Maybe because they can afford the most gifts? Who knows.

John Guidetti is definitely...embracing the spirit. That's being polite.

Italy

World Cup 2014 : Two Groups Of Death As England Face Uruguay, Italy and Germany Drawn With Portugal, USA

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The World Cup Brazil 2014 Final draw took place in Bahia, Brazil last night, and suffice to say there were some surprises and certainly several Groups of Death waiting to unleash at the tournament next year!

Hosts Brazil have been paired up with Mexico (who came close to not qualifying), Croatia and Cameroon in Group A.

World Cup Draw Rehearsal & Pot Previews

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A rehearsal was held for the 2014 World Cup draw taking part on Friday in Bahia, which meant a simulated draw was whipped out of the bowls or hats or whatever the hell they'll use. Judging by that draft draw, there are a lot of federations which won't be sleeping tonight. There was one Group of Death, which included Brazil, Italy, and France with Australia for the parting gifts.

The Rest

Close-Up With the Jordanian National Women's Football Team

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"[Here] in Jordan there's some mentalities that women are just for the house, for their husbands and kids. This idea, of course it's changed and people are starting to get more mature. I think their idea of talking was for us to stop playing and to stop women's football in Jordan.

SPANISH FOOTBALL , NEYMAR & 2014

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Branislav Ivanovic Gets His Revenge

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All was fine and well between Branislav Ivanovic and Luis Suarez in the prematch handshake; their first since the Uruguayan began nibbling on Ivanovic during the spring. So that was nice. Bygones, etc. But then during the match, Ivanovic went about doing his job and accidentally kicked Luis in the throat.

A Little Benfica Fan & A Cruel Joke

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This little girl is a Benfica fan. Under the Christmas tree, her family placed a cruel, cruel joke in the form of a Porto shirt. Her reaction is priceless and leads to the idea that she'll be an excellent disciplinarian as a mother. Thankfully, her family was just playing a trick and she eventually got a Benfica shirt.

Andres Iniesta: Secret Salesman

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If you happened upon Andres Iniesta in a store and didn't know who he was, would you think of him to be one of the world's finest athletes, even for a second? Probably not. In fact of all footballers, he seems closest to the picture of an average man. Sony got Andres to work in one of its stores with a hidden camera.

The Top Players of 2013 Lists Have Begun

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Lists compiling the top players of the world are typically best left ignored. Not necessarily on the whole, if often, but because there's that one guy in that one slot who just..."Oh my god. Don't even get me started." One of the better lists came in the form of last year's Guardian Top 100, which ended with a single unanimous decision in the whole 100.

Chilean Beer Company Gets The World Cup Smack Talk Started Early

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Suppose it's never too early for some trash talk, though six months ahead of time is quite preemptive. Cristal, a beer of Chile, has sent a frightening message to the Netherlands ahead of their match in the Group of Death in Brazil. Nude girl in a beer commercial quota hit, too.

Presumably the clip for the Spain game will read something like: "Please don't hurt us.

Arsenal Holds A Christmas Party

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Life's good for Arsenal at the moment. Top of the table and the once-juggernaut Manchester United is currently going through a crisis of basic functioning. Kind of like the guy who got married in his teens, the falls apart in spectacular fashion when his wife leaves him because he realizes he doesn't actually know how to do anything.

Raja Casablanca Players Worship Ronaldinho Just A Touch

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When Raja Casablanca beat Atletico Mineiro in the Club World Cup semifinal, there was a clamoring for the shirt of one man Ronaldinho. His star may have faded but for so many, particularly those of a particular generations, he's still a football god. (Half-decent free kick he scored despite the loss.

Independence Day: Samsung’s Footy Edition

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Samsung is quite possibly the worst tactician ever. When tasked with compiling a team for the purposes of defending earth from aliens, they begin by picking a team of all sizzle, no steak. So when someone finally calls them out on their lack of defense, they take Saint Iker...and then go back to attackers.

A Spanish Pickpocket In Australia

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You know, no one's looking for truly world class ability in Australia. Outside of Alessandro Del Piero's carcass, a lot of people would be hard-pressed to name a player in the A-League, because once they're good enough, it's a trek half a world away for European glory. It's a few notches below, so expectations are held accordingly.

Balotelli’s Black & White Booties

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For reasons best left to be determined by those with an advanced degree in psychiatry, Mario Balotelli likes to draw attention to the fact that he draws attention in an attempt to deflect attention. Because obviously. In his latest 'Why Always Me?' moment, Mario had Nike plaster headlines from throughout his career on his booties.

A Brzyski From The Heavens

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The free kick is decidedly Pirlo, Juninho-esque, but the name is not one you're likely to know. Tomasz Brzyski is a 31 year old leftback for Legia Warsaw with possibly one of the most underrated left foots in the game. His goal from the Europa League on Thursday isn't a one-off, but rather the standard from a left foot which has the touch of clouds and baby unicorns.

PSG x McDonald’s: Parisian Cuisine At Its Finest

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Découvrez le « Menu Paris Saint-Germain » avec notre Fournisseur Officiel McDonald's IDF http://t.co/SnrQMD5Pre pic.twitter.com/M6kyopSUrL

- PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) December 5, 2013

Most of the jokes centering upon McDonald's sneaking into the football arena involve American-owned clubs or those employing Adriano or other once-iconic now-tubby superstars.

A Finnish Finish

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The video is well over a month old, but the world can be forgiven for overlooking the Finnish third division, right? Right. Thankfully, the video also provides running commentary as well as a wonderfully obstructed viewpoint from the stands.

And if you pay attention, you'll notice that it's not quite the worst sitter miss you've ever seen, he just forgot to shoot.

Photo: A De Kuip Crib

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If this happened in America, this child would rebel by becoming an Ajax fan and they'd film an entire reality show based whlly upon the family dysfunction as a result. As it stands, however, this kid could very well grow up to become this kid. Let's hope there's a middle ground.

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Visa Takes Paolo Rossi To Brazil

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The spate of solid World Cup commercials has begun. Next up is Paolo Rossi's spot for VISA, taking him back to Brazil to remind them of the terror he unleashed in 1982 with a hat trick in Spain. Presumably the next one is a very resigned Roberto Baggio taking heat for his revenge with the barber constantly clipping the air over his head with a hysterical "Oops!

Adidas Launches The Brazuca

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Adidas launched the official ball for the 2014 World Cup, called the brazuca. Which sounds vaguely like something Kramer and Frank Costanza would've whipped up. They had models and dubstep but not a soul who thought to change the name to something which sounds less like a brassiere for the amply bosomed.