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Alli seats uncomfortable @ the MTV EMAs

DELE ALLI slumped awkwardly in his seat next to French singer Petite Meller at the MTV awards.
The Tottenham ace attempted to cover his face as the bizarrely dressed musician stared in his direction.
Alli arrived to the glitzy bash sporting light blue jeans, a white t-shirt and a matching denim jacket.

However, Meller turned heads with her quirky dress choice and bold make-up.
The explosive pop singer was nominated for Best Push Act at the 2017 awards ceremony in London.
30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto was sitting to the left of the injured Spurs ace.
Alli was among a handful of footballers that attended the Wembley Arena event, with French ace Paul Pogba making an appearance.
The 21-year-old went on stage with Madison Beer to present Shawn Mendes with the best artist award.

He appeared in high spirits as he battles an ongoing hamstring injury ahead of Tottenham's trip to Arsenal on Saturday.
The midfielder was forced to pull out of the England sqaud for England's goal…

World cup 2006: Marco Materazzi clarifies what he said to Zidane in 2006 World Cup final

Mystery and intrigue has always surrounded the incident between Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final.

Vidic set for inter exit

Nemanja Vidic, left, has failed to be selected under Roberto Mancini this season.
Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is attempting to engineer an exit from Inter Milan, the player's agent has confirmed.The defender has been battling a back injury since August and has failed to make a single appearance for Roberto Mancini's side this season."At the moment I don't know much about what will happen in future," Vidic's agent Silvano Martina told"Is termination of the contract by mutual consent possible in January? We're talking about it, so we'll see what happens."Nothing has been done yet. The lad is fine, for the moment he is focused only on training."Nerazzurri manager Mancini has previously indicated that Vidic would be given the opportunity to win his place back in the Inter side."If he is feeling well, there's no problem at all -- he is an Inter player," said the coach who fielded him from the …

CONMEBOL headquarters in Paraguay raided by authorities

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- Authorities in Paraguay are raiding
the headquarters of the South American football
confederation in the capital of Asuncion.
The raid is connected to the sprawling FIFA probe being led
by U.S. and Swiss authorities.The U.S. Justice Department last year indicted several top
football officials and businessmen in an alleged scheme
that involved receiving bribes for broadcast rights to Copa
America games.The men charged include Juan Angel Napout, Nicolas Leoz
and Eugenio Figueredo, former presidents of the
confederation known as CONMEBOL.A Public Ministry statement said investigators were
combing the headquarters on Thursday in search of
documents or information on computer hard drives related
to the FIFA probe.

Onazi ties the not privately

Nigeria international midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has married his fiancee Sandra Ogunsuyi in a private ceremony in Lagos on 29 December. Onazi, who plays for Lazio in the Italian serie A, and Sandra tied the knot at the marriage registry in Ikoyi. Onazi & Sandra

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


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'

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.

Gokhan Inler prepared to leave Leicester to save Euro 2016 dream with Switzerland

Gokhan Inler will not rush into a Leicester exit but is prepared to leave to save his Euro 2016 dream. The 31-year-old is interesting a number of clubs ahead of the January window after failing to break into Claudio Ranieri's table-topping team
. He has made just two Barclays Premier League starts since a summer move from Napoli and wants to safeguard his spot in Switzerland's squad for France next year

Euro 16 group stage draw

England and Wales have been drawn together in the same group at Euro 2016, while Belgium and Italy will also meet in France next summer.
Wales are competing in only their second major finals, after qualifying for the 1958 World Cup. Gareth Bale's team will meet neighbours England in the second match of Group B, which takes place in Lens on Thursday, June 16. Russia and debutants Slovakia complete the group.

Karim benzema suspended indefinitely


explosions heard audibly during france vs germany match

Fans have captured the moment an explosion went off during an international football game in the Stade de France this evening.
Screams can be heard from the stadium but the game continued in play till the final whistle.
French Prime Minister Francois Hollande, who was watching the game between France and Germany, was immediately evacuated from the stadium following two explosions heard.

stunner from mario gasper

Whatever David Platt can do, Mario Gaspar can do it better.
During a predictably turgid friendly between England and Spain, the Villarreal right-back lit up the match with an outrageous on-the-turn finish.

39th minute tribute for the 39 belgium vs italy

Belgium and Italy have paid a moving tribute to the fans who lost their lives in the Heysel Stadium disaster 30 years ago.
Back in 1985, the Heysel Stadium played host to the European Cup final, which was contested by Liverpool and Juventus.


"Cesc a revelation at just 18years"The midfielder could have marked the milestone with a goal in Monday's Euro 2016 qualifying match against Ukraine but missed from the spotCesc Fabregas missed the chance to mark his 100th appearance for Spain with a goal after missing a penalty in the 1-0 win over Ukraine on Monday.In starting the Euro 2016 qualifying match in Kiev, the midfielder joined the likes of Iker Casillas, Xavi, Raul, Fernando Torres and Sergio Ramos in surpassing the milestone of a century of caps.With his side 1-0 up thanks to a Mario Gaspar goal in the first half, Fabregas - who was given the captain's armband - won a penalty and stepped up, only to see his effort saved by Andriy Pyatov. It is the fourth spot kick he has missed in open play for the national team.
Fabregas made his international debut at just 18, in which he helped his side to a 3-2 win over Cote d'Ivoire in 2006.
Over nine years later, he remains part of the national set up and is …

Deschamps urges France players to give him selection headaches ahead of euro 2016

The European Championships hosts cruised past Denmark in their latest friendly on Sunday but the head coach is demanding his players convince him they deserve a place in his squad
 Deschamps has urged his players to cause him selecting aches ahead of euro 2016 on home soil

 Didier Deschamps has told his France squad that they must do more and make his life "difficult" if they are to be picked for Euro 2016 on home soil.

The Blues enjoyed a 2-1 friendly defeat of Denmark in Copenhagen on Sunday thanks to a pair of Olivier Giroud goals and were the better team by far, regardless of Erik Sviatchenko's stunning late consolation for the home side.

However, Deschamps' men struggled in front of goal in the second half and wasted three glorious opportunities through Giroud and Anthony Martial, who was in fine form otherwise.

"We had to kill the game, since we had the chances t…

Robert Lewandowsk: poland fully deserve euro 2016 spot

The in-form Bayern forward  believes his country deserved to reach next summer's Euro tournament at the expense of Martin O'Neill's men after taking victory

Robert Lewandowski insists Poland earned their place at Euro 2016 after their decisive 2-1 victory against the Republic of Ireland.

The Bayern Munich star powered home a header late in the first half to give the hosts all three points in Warsaw on Sunday and send them through to the finals along with Germany.

Lewandowski paid tribute to the fans as Poland celebrated on the pitch after the final whistle and backed his side to keep improving ahead of next year's showpiece.

"We deserved to qualify. We were better than Ireland," he said to Polsat Sport.

"There are small details which can improve our game. But this bodes well for the future.

"I believed in these guys. Our goal was always to progress to France in these qualifiers. We deserved an automatic place, not the play-offs.

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The Selecao legend believes the current squad contains a number of talented players but says they are yet to mould into a team
Brazil legend Pele says the national team are a team of individuals after they began their World Cup qualification campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Chile.
The Selecao have suffered a fall from grace in recent years after their 7-1 defeat to Germany at World Cup 2014 was followed by a quarter-final exit at this summer's Copa America.
Pele dismissed suggestions the nation no longer had the same love for the game, but admitted the current side are not yet a tight unit.
"We have not lost passion for football. We have the best players for Brazil but unfortunately, we don't have time to prepare the team,

"Individual players are important but to have a good team you need to play together well as a team. That's the big problem. Individually we have the best players but as a team we've a lot of problems.
"In my time the players used to belon…


Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have been dealt another blow after Branislav Ivanovic picked up a hamstring injury playing for his country.The Serbian started the game against Albania in the Euro Qualifiers and has now been replaced after picking up an injury.Despite Ivanovic is going through a rough patch at the moment, the Serbian is a key player and has already captained the side for Mourinho, this season.Ivanovic was one of the finest full backs in the world last season and regardless of his dip in form, he is an asset to Chelsea.Furthermore, Chelsea’s lack of alternatives mean that Mourinho will have to field an inexperienced or makeshift back four against Aston Villa.The most obvious move in this situation would be to reinstate Azpilicueta as the right back and bring Baba Rahman into the first team as a left back.
The Augsburg full back impressed with the Blues, in the Champions League earlier this season and would relish the chance to prove himself in the Premier League.Furthermore, …


The Real Madrid striker suffered a hamstring injury during France's 4-0 win over Armenia, according to his coach who says he does not yet know the extent of the problemDidier Deschamps has confirmed that Karim Benzema picked up a hamstring injury in
France's convincing 4-0 friendly win over
Armenia.The Real Madrid forward netted a quickfire double late in the second half in Nice on Thursday, putting the result beyond all doubt after earlier strikes from Antoine Griezmann and Yohan Cabaye.However, the 27-year-old hobbled off in the 80th minute, feeling his left thigh, and Deschamps, who said prior to kick-off that he would not substitute Benzema in response to the striker being taken off in six of his eight matches for Madrid so far this term, has admitted that early indications suggest a hamstring problem."Benzema has felt some great discomfort behind the thigh, [that's why] we take him off straight away," he told reporters. "I hope that it is nothing seriou…

Uruguay get first ever win at high altitude in Bolivia

Uruguay made light of missing suspended strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani to secure their first ever away win over Bolivia in La Paz with a 2-0 scoreline to open their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign on Thursday.It was Uruguay's first victory in 10 World Cup qualifiers in the energy sapping thin air at the Hernando Siles stadium in the capital, 3,650 metres above sea level where they had lost 4-1 on their last visit in December 2012.Uruguay scored in each half through defenders Martin Caceres and Diego Godin and Bolivia finished the match with 10 men after Jair Torrico was sent off in the 71st minute for a second yellow card after a foul on Jose Maria Gimenez.
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