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Paul Pogba Misses Out on FIFA ‘s Team of The Year

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba missed out on a place in FIFA ‘s world team of the year by the narrowest margin in the award’s history.

The FIFA FifPro World XI is chosen through the votes of 26,516 players in 69 countries across the world.

Each player is asked to choose one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.

Pogba, who became the world’s most expensive player when United paid Juventus £89m for him in the summer, missed out on the team by just two votes.

While the Frenchman made the team in 2015, he was omitted this year in favour of Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos who lines up alongside Andres Iniesta and Luka Modric in midfield.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both feature in the team for the 10th year in a row, appearing up front with the latter’s Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez.

Pogba’s exclusion means that not a single player from the Premier League is represented. Ten of the team played in Spain’s La Liga – with Daniel Alves leaving Barcelona for Serie A side Juventus in the summer – while Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer is the sole Bundesliga representative.

The award was inaugurated in 2005 when the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Claude Makelele made the team following Chelsea’s first Premier League win.

FIFA Set To Announce 48-Team World Cup Effective From 2026

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Some months ago, FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced that he plans to implement a 48-team World Cup, as one of his many new policies to restore integrity in the world’s football governing body, and according to reports, FIFA could announce the new plan as early as Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017.

The prospect of an expanded World Cup 40 or 48 teams moved a step closer after FIFA president Gianni Infantino revealed that the organization’s highest decision-making body supports the idea in the belief that it will increase the global popularity of the game.

According to top football website, Globo Esporte, FIFA’s top executives have already agreed to increase the number of countries participating in the World Cup Finals from 32 teams to 48 effective from 2026 so as to increase the chances of small nations in the showpiece event and also make the tournament more of a level playing field.

According to the Website, FIFA will announce on Tuesday, the new plans which will see continents like Asia and Africa produce more participants at the World Cup.

UEFA: 16 Participants

Africa: 9 Participants

Asia: 9 Participants

Conmebol: 6 Participants

CONCACAF: 6 Participants

Oceania: 2 Participants

If this goes through as reported, it’ll mark Infantino’s second major policy since assuming the presidency, following the re-branding of the FIFA World Player of the Year awards to ‘The Best’ awards.

The first FIFA World Cup had 13 participants, then increased to 15, 16, 24, and is currently 32.

Glo-CAF Awards 2016 – Riyad Mahrez Wins African Footballer of the Year

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Riyad Mahrez

Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez last night, Thursday, January 5, 2016, won the highly coveted African Footballer of the Year after he inspired Leicester City to the English Premier League title last season.

Riyad Mahrez, beat Gabon skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scooped the award last year, into second place, with Senegal star Sadio Mane, who features for Liverpool, taking third place.

While no Nigerian player made it to the final shortlist of three in the African Player of the Year Award category, Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala made the day for Nigerians. She won the 2016 Women’s Player of the Year Award to cap an exciting year when she won the top scorer award at the Women’s AFCON in Cameroon.

Nigeria got four awards in total at the Glo-CAF Awards 2016 for outstanding football personalities and teams in 2016.

Here’s the full list of winners at the Glo-CAF Awards 2016 as published on CAF’s website;

African Player of the Year

Riyad MAHREZ (Algeria & Leicester City) – 361 votes (Winner)

Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund) – 313 votes

Sadio MANE (Senegal & Liverpool) – 186 votes

African Player of the Year – Based in Africa

Denis ONYANGO (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns) – 252 votes (Winner)

Khama BILLIAT (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns) – 228 votes

Rainford KALABA (Zambia & TP Mazembe) – 206 votes

Women’s player of the Year

Asisat OSHOALA (Nigeria & Arsenal Ladies)

Most Promising Talent

Kelechi IHEANACHO (Nigeria & Manchester City)

Youth Player of the Year

Alex IWOBI (Nigeria and Arsenal)

Coach of the Year

Pitso MOSIMANE (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Club of the Year

Mamelodi Sundowns

National Team of the Year                                                   


Women’s National Team of the Year


Referee of the Year

Bakary Papa GASSAMA (Gambia)

Football Leader of the Year

Manuel LOPES NASCIMENTO, President of Guinea-Bissau Football Federation

Legend Award

Laurent POKOU – Former player of Cote d’Ivoire

Emilienne MBANGO – Former player of Cameroon

Platinum Award

His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Africa Finest XI

Goalkeeper: Denis ONYANGO (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Defenders: Serge AURIER (Cote d’Ivoire & Paris Saint-Germain), Aymen ABDENNOUR (Tunisia & Valencia), Eric BAILLY (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United), Joyce LOMALISA (DR Congo & AS Vita)

Midfielders: Khama BILLIAT (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns), Rainford KALABA (Zambia & TP Mazembe), Keegan DOLLY (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns),

Forwards: Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund), Sadio MANE (Senegal & Liverpool), Riyad MAHREZ (Algeria & Leicester City)

Substitutes: Aymen MATHLOUTHI (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel), Kalidou KOULIBALY (Senegal & Napoli), Salif COULIBALY (Mali & TP Mazembe), Islam SLIMANI (Algeria & Leicester City), Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Roma), Kelechi IHEANACHO (Nigeria & Manchester City), Alex IWOBI (Nigeria and Arsenal)

Serena Williams Bundled Out In Auckland Classic By World No. 72

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Serena Williams

Top seed Tennis Player Serena Williams has suffered a shocking defeat to fellow American, Madison Brengle in the second round of the WTA Auckland Classic to bring an abrupt end to her return to the court.

In her first tournament since losing in the semi-finals of the US Open four months ago, Serena was bundled out 6-4 6-7 (7-3) 6-4 by the world No. 72 in a 2hr:13mins arm wrestle.

Serena Williams was looking for a bold showing in Auckland, both to prepare for the Australian Open and to celebrate her new year engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

After blaming rust for her sluggish first-round win over Pauline Parmentier on Tuesday, Williams succumbed to repeated unforced errors against Brengle. She started with an ace, only to follow up with a double fault, which exemplified the inconsistent nature of her game in the swirling wind.

Brengle dropped her second service game but at 4-1 down reeled off five consecutive games to take the first set.

There was a service break each in the second set, which Williams took in a tie-break 7-3.The final set went with serve until Williams double faulted when serving to stay in the match at 4-5.

Can You Spot Your Favourite Tottenham players In These Fancy Costumes?

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Tottenham football team

After beating  Burnley 2-1 over the weekend,16 members of the Tottenham football team put up a display of team spirit as they carted off to Dublin to celebrate their Christmas party dressed in fancy costumes.

Academy graduates Harry Winks, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Josh Onomah turned up as the Ghostbusters, while Kieran Trippier and Tom Carroll dressed as Oompa Loompas.

Harry Kane can be seen as Batman villain Bane, while Jan Vertonghen looks ready to defend the cause of justice as  Captain America.

The terrifying eyes of Erik Lamela’s terrifying eyes reminds us of the Gingerbread Man from Shrek as Mousa Dembele stands in front of him dressed as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

No doubt these player had a blast as they drew the curtains on football activities this Christmas season.




Lionel Messi To Marry Longtime Girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo

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Lionel Messi and longtime partner Antonella Roccuzzo will be tying the knot next year, according to multiple reports in Argentina.

Lionel Messi, 29, and Roccuzzo, 28, will have a ceremony sometime in the middle of 2017, although the date of the wedding will depend on Barcelona’s schedule of games and the fortunes of the Catalan side in the Champions League,” EFE reports.
The couple met in their native Rosario in 1996 and were introduced by a close friend of Messi’s, who is also Roccuzzo’s cousin.

The wedding is expected to be held in 2017 in the Argentina international’s hometown of Rosario, where they first met when they were children La Nacion reporter Juan Pablo Varsky broke the news during his radio show while a relative told La Capital: ‘It’s true, there’ll be a wedding the middle of next year.’
Roccuzzo and Messi started dating in 2008. The couple already have two children, 4-year-old Thiago and 1-year-old Mateo.

Super Falcons End Protest As Presidency Promises Friday Payday

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It seems the protest made by members of the Senior female national football team, the Super Falcons has paid off. Hours after they stormed the National Assembly in continuation of their protest, the Super Falcons have returned to their Hotel in Abuja as the Presidency has made another promise that all allowances owed them by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) would be paid on Friday.

Members of the team on Wednesday morning stormed the National Assembly complex where President Muhammadu Buhari was scheduled to present the 2017 budget.

It was a desperate plea to have their voices heard after being treated with disdain in the wake of their record-extending eighth continental title at the 2016 African Women Cup of Nation in Cameroon.

The ladies have returned to their hotel following the assurance by the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, that their bills would be offset by tomorrow (Friday), according to Punch.

According to the players, they were also protesting the neglect and relegation of female national football in the country as some of their placards read, “We are your children, pity us”; “Let us respect women”; “female football deserves respect.”

The intervention by the presidency is undoubtedly a welcome development, as it definitely appears that the Super Falcons had no intention to rest until their voices were heard.

We hope that this promise made by the presidency will be the final one and the ladies will get what they have worked hard for.

Five Players Who Had The Most Red Cards In Football History

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  1. Gerardo Alberto Bedoya Múnera (born 26 November 1975 in Ebejico, Antioquia) is a retired Colombian footballer. He began as a defender but he also played as a defensive midfielder.

He currently holds the record for most red cards (46) received by any player in the history of the game.

  1. Vincent Peter “Vinnie” Jones (born 5 January 1965) is a British actor and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 1999 notably for Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Chelsea. He won the 1988 FA Cup Final with Wimbledon.
  2. Roberto Trotta (born 28 January 1969 in Pigüé) is an Argentine football manager and former defender.

Trotta played club football in Argentina, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Ecuador. During his time in the Argentine Primera he set the record for the highest number of red cards ever with 17 red cards. He also  worked as manager of Almagro in 2007.

  1. Fernando Gabriel Amorebieta Mardaras (born 29 March 1985) is a professional footballer who plays for Sporting de Gijón as a central defender.He played most of his professional career with Athletic Bilbao, appearing in 253 official games over the course of eight La Liga seasons and scoring four goals.

Internationally, Amorebieta played for Spain as a youth and also  represented Venezuela at the senior level at the 2015 Copa América.

  1. Josep “Pep” Guardiola Sala (born 18 January 1971) is a Spanish professional football coach and former player who is the current manager of Manchester City.

Unpaid Allowances: Super Falcons Take Protest to National Assembly

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Members of Nigeria’s senior female national team, the Super Falcons, have taken their protest over unpaid fees and allowances to the National Assembly in Abuja.

After two weeks of making efforts and seeing that the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF was not forthcoming with their promises, the ladies have resorted to more desperate measures in order to get the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The President had earlier on sent a congratulatory message to the team after their victory at the Africa Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The ladies have been making subtle protests for weeks and when their efforts seemed fruitless, they have decided to take the protest a step higher by getting the attention of the president.

The Senate had earlier implored the relevant authorities to settle the team with the entitlements they deserve, as they claim to have gotten a paltry $1,900 of the $16,500 owed each player.

Asides from the major fees, the players are also protesting bonuses and allowances owed them during the qualification phase leading up to the 2016 AWCON.


Yaya Toure Fined £54,000 for Drunk-driving

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33 year old Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been served with a fine of £54,000 for Drunk-driving after being arrested in Dagenham, east London, on Nov 28.

He has also pleaded guilty to the offence, although he is insisting he had “not intentionally consumed alcohol”.

The four-time African footballer of the year admitted he’d gone beyond the permitted limit at a court hearing on Monday.

According to a message posted on his website, Toure has this to say:

“I have always refused alcohol. Anyone who knows me or follows football will have seen me refuse champagne for man-of-the-match performances because of my commitment to my religion,” he said.

“The matter has now been resolved in court on Monday. As I was above the permitted limit when tested on the night, I decided not to challenge the charge.

“However, it was important to me that I told the court that I had not intentionally consumed alcohol. The judge in his sentencing remarks accepted that I had not been intentionally drinking.

“Drink-driving is a serious crime and, even though I was not intentionally consuming alcohol, I accept the ban and fine and I would like to apologise for this situation.”

Asides from being fined, the former Ivory Coast captain, who reportedly earns £250,000 a week, has banned from driving for the next 18 months.


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