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Tag Archives: FIFA

Ronaldo, Neymar, Messi on FIFA best player shortlist

LONDON: Neymar was named alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the three-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award, which was announced in London on Friday. Brazil superstar Neymar, 25, won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona last season before joining Paris Saint-Germain in a blockbuster 222 million ...

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Qatar says Garcia report ‘vindicates’ 2022 World Cup bid

DOHA: Qatar World Cup organisers said on Wednesday that the surprise publication of FIFA’s Garcia report “vindicated the integrity” of its successful bid to host the 2022 tournament. In a statement, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy also questioned the timing of the publication, which comes as Qatar faces ...

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Lionel Messi’s four-match FIFA ban overturned

ZURICH: Argentina’s hopes of reaching next year’s World Cup were given a huge boost on Friday after FIFA overturned Lionel Messi’s four-game ban for swearing at an assistant referee.FIFA said there was not enough evidence to support the stiff punishment meted out in March to the 29-year-old Barcelona striker, who ...

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In a video message, Ronaldinho confirms his visit to Pakistan

STAR Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho will visit Pakistan to play an exhibition match in Pakistan. The 36-year old ambassador of the Spanish football club Barcelona has confirmed his availability to visit Pakistan for the match, according to the report. It, however, didn’t mention date of the match and it was also ...

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FIFA approves 48-teams World Cup for 2026

ZURICH: FIFA’s ruling council Tuesday unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, in a major coup for the body’s president Gianni Infantino. In a bid to widen the game’s global appeal and enrich its coffers, the FIFA panel endorsed a format with 16 groups ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award for 4th time

ZURICH: Capping what he called the best year of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo won his fourth FIFA best player award on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The double European champion with Portugal and Real Madrid beat great rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to complete a sweep of top individual awards. ...

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British football teams fined for poppy war tribute

ZURICH: FIFA fined England 45,000 Swiss francs ($43,850, 42,000 euros) for wearing a poppy tribute to British war dead during their November 11 World Cup qualifier against Scotland. Scotland were fined 20,000 Swiss francs, while Wales and Northern Ireland were given 20,000 and 15,000 Swiss franc fines respectively for making ...

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Ronaldo strikes late as Real reach world final

YOKOHAMA: Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo were on target as Real Madrid eased past Mexico’s Club America 2-0 on Thursday to reach the Club World Cup final in Japan. The Spanish giants will face shock finalists and local favourites Kashima Antlers in Yokohama on Sunday as they look to capture ...

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