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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…

Donovan: Gerrard and lampard misjudged mls

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Landon Donovan believes Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard may have been unaware of the difficulties of adapting to Major League Soccer after joining Los Angeles Galaxy and New York City FC,
respectively, in the summer.Gerrard signed for Galaxy in an 18-month deal that started in July and
Lampard agreed a two-year deal at NYC FC that began the same month. However neither has made an impact as, despite being designated players, neither of their respective franchises reached the play-offs.
Donovan, a former United States captain who played for Galaxy, Bayern Munich and Everton, said of Gerrard and Lampard: “They have been perceived well but it’s not easy. Sometimes people have this impression that you can go there and it will be easy – people from the outside. The players will tell you ––and I think Steven has spoken about it openly – it’s quite difficult. Not because there is more quality from Liverpool but it’s difficult to travel and the pace of the game is fast.”
Donovan, who retired …
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