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Liverpool forward Mo Salah crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year beating Sadio Mane to award

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Mo Salah has been crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year.

The Liverpool forward has won the gong after a successful year for both club and country.


Salah began the year by reaching the final of the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt and later helped steer his country to their first World Cup finals since 1990.

He scored five of their seven final qualifying stage goals to send them to Russia.

Such was his impact, fans nicknamed the national team 'Salah's Egypt'.

His form continued domestically, as his prolific record in front of goal for Roma earned him a £37million move to Liverpool.

Since switching to Anfield, Salah, 25, has scored 20 goals in all competitions, putting him on course to break the club's seasonal scoring record.

Thirteen of his strikes have come in the Premier League, with the most recent being in the Merseyside derby draw with Everton at the weekend.

"I would like to win this award also next year," Salah told BBC Sport after receiving his awar…

Alli calrifies his finger gesture

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After being caught on camera making a gesture with his middle finger, England's Dele Alli has claimed it was not aimed at the referee.
Dele Alli took to twitter and has insisted the middle finger gesture he was caught on camera making during England's win over Slovakia was aimed at Kyle Walker and not referee Clement Turpin.
Alli could find himself the subject of retroactive disciplinary action for seemingly expressing dissent toward the match official in the 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory at Wembley on Monday.
England manager Gareth Southgate told a news conference Alli had targeted his former Tottenham team-mate and the Spurs attacking midfielder has now used social media to reiterate that stance.
England manager Gareth Southgate told a news conference Alli had targeted his former Tottenham team-mate and the Spurs attacking midfielder has now used social media to reiterate that stance.
"Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend K…

Breaking news: FIFA gives up Ballon D’Or

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French publication France Football has parted
ways with FIFA over the organisation of football’s
prestigious award, the Ballon d’Or.“The end of the partnership between France
Football and FIFA will lead to a new look of
Ballon d’Or. Discover it next Tuesday in FF,” read
a news release of the French publication.The Ballon d’Or was first introduced in 1956,
when the European Cup (now known as the
Champions League) came into existence, to
reward players based on their performances in the
previous 12 months on votes exclusively from journalist in Europe.The FIFA World Player of the Year, on the other
hand, was introduced in 1991 and awarded until
2009 with the winner decided by votes from
national team coaches and captains from all of
the association members.In 2010, the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World
Player of the Year were fused for the FIFA Ballon
d’Or to select the world’s best player of the year,
based on votes from media, team coaches and
captains.Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the…

Get to know uefa newest president Ceferin

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Aleksander Ceferin has been elected the new president of UEFA, beating Michael van Praag in the race to succeed Michel Platini.

Nigeria rise up to 67th in August Fifa ranking

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Nigeria have moved up to the 67th position in the latest Fifa global rankings released on Thursday.  The Eagles remain the sixteenth ranked African side behind Algeria, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Cameroon, Congo DR, Cape Verde, Mali, Congo, South Africa, Uganda and Guinea.  In July’s grading, the Super Eagles dropped nine places to 70th – their poorest drop in 2016.  The top twenty teams in the world remain unchanged owing to a quiet month of international football – which means that Argentina remain top, followed closely by Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Chile.  The next Fifa/Coca-Cola world ranking will be published on 15 September 2016.

Blatter blathers: 'Look at moi! I am football!'

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Thank you for your question. Today is a great day for football. The integrity of my beautiful game has been upheld. FIFA, you will recall, did not have an ethics committee until I invented it. The organisation had many committees, but no ethics. And then I stepped in. 
I take it as the highest tribute to my personal morality, my humanity, my compassion and my honesty that the ethics committee that I established has chosen to 'ban' me from football for eight years. Well, it is Christmas after all, the season for playing pranks. You have had your little Christmas-cracker joke now. We have all enjoyed a good laugh at the irony, yes, I can see the humour in it too, ho ho ho. But this would be an act of parricide, dear ethics committee. Kill me and you kill yourselves (just check your bank accounts before you go any further…) Look! I am your father!
I'll be back. When I say back, what do I mean? Will I ever be away? Do you think football can survive one minute wi…

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says his work in football 'finished'

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On Monday, Blatter and suspended UEFA president Michel Platini were both banned from any football-related activities for the next eight years for conflict of interest in a 2 million Swiss franc (£1.35 million) payment deal that is also the subject of a criminal investigation in Switzerland. The bans were effective immediately and effectively end any chance of Blatter continuing his involvement with the sport's governing body, while also casting major doubt on Platini's hopes of running for the FIFA presidency in 2016.

40 teams in view for worldcup 2026

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FIFA is considering expanding the World Cup from 32 teams to 40 in 2026 and will discuss the proposal at a future meeting, with support particularly strong among Asian and African representatives.No formal agreement on the matter was reached at FIFA’s Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, but ExCo member Wolfgang Niersbach said it will be discussed at a later date.“No decision was taken on expanding the World Cup to 40 teams from 2026,” Niersbach said in a written statement. “The Asian and African representatives on the executive committee were in favour of it. This matter has been put off until a future meeting.” The debate on extending the World Cup came as a corruption scandal engulfing the organisation widened with fresh arrests.The World Cup had been a 16-team competition before being expanded to 24 nations in 1982 and then to 32 for the first time in France in 1998.The bidding process for the 2026 World Cup was postponed in June due to the corruption scandal which has centred…

FIFA Acting-President Issa Hayatou Writes to President of the French Football Federation

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Several football players and clubs have sent out their heartfelt respects to the city of Paris and it is no surprise that FIFA’s Acting President, Issa Hayatou, has also done so.
Mr. Hayatou according to a report on
FIFA.com has written to the President of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graët saying:
“It is with intense emotion that I write today. I am obviously in shock at the terrorist attacks yesterday in Paris and around the Stade de France on the sidelines of the match between France and Germany”

Suspended sepp blatter hospitalized due to stress

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Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter is to remain in hospital until next week after suffering what has been described as a "small emotional breakdown" but his stay will not prevent him from fighting his provisional ban imposed by the ethics committee of world football, his adviser has said.Blatter, who is currently on a 90day's suspension was admitted to hospital in Zurich for a checkup due to stress last week and is expected to remain there until the beginning of next week. Sources close to Blatter said he was admitted after "a small emotional breakdown."BBC understands the Fifa president Sepp Blatter is in hospital after having a "small breakdown" & "nervous shock" - via @richard_conway
- Allie Hodgkins-Brown (@AllieHBNews) November 11, 2015
Blatter's lawyer, Richard Cullen, had said last week that the Swiss was in hospital for a medical checkup on Friday.
His adviser, Klaus Stoehlker, told Press Association Sport: "He is in h…
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