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Emirati Abdulrahman Named Asia Player of the Year

Dec 2 – United Arab Emirates playmaker Omar Abdulrahman’s disappointment at failing to win the Asian Champions League with Al Ain last weekend was tempered when he was named the continent’s best player on Thursday night. Abdulrahman’s club were beaten 3-2 on aggregate by South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors with the midfielder nonetheless named the tournament’s

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Soccer-Real’s Ramos and Benzema Return for Madrid Derby

By Richard Martin Nov 18 – Injury-hit Real Madrid welcome back influential captain Sergio Ramos and forward Karim Benzema as the league leaders target a first La Liga win in more than three years against Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Ramos, who scored against Atletico in Real’s Champions League final victories in 2014 and 2016, had

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Unidentified Gunman Kills Nine Soccer Fans in South Sudan

JUBA, Nov 7 – At least nine people were killed and 11 wounded in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, when an unidentified gunman opened fire on people watching a football match on television at the weekend, a police spokesman said on Monday. The motive for the attack on Saturday night in Juba’s southwestern suburb of Gure

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Brexit: England’s Own Goal

The business of European football faces an uncertain future post-Brexit BY Bilal Aziz Some say football and politics should never mix. Others say that football is political in its nature, but on English fans in Marseille, Brexit had evidently had an impact. As rowdy England football fans paraded their flags, bruises and scabs through Marseille

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France: Rainbow Dreams

France is holding its Arab, Muslim young to different standards By Nabila Ramdani I was still at school when France’s so-called “Rainbow Team”—a collection of black, white and Arab footballers—won the World Cup in 1998. It was a time of immense optimism and hope for those of us living on the same kind of suburban

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GCC Football: Fair Game

Gulf rivals eye the big prize By Ali Khaled March 29, 2016. Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi had rarely experienced such an eruption of noise. Omar Abdulrahman, the darling of the mostly Emirati crowd, had just scored the UAE’s equalizer against Saudi Arabia, and the home team had just under 40 minutes to

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Women Can Help Solve FIFA’s Problems, Infantino Told

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, March 8 – Recently-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino was told on Monday that “women are part of the solution” to the problems that have plagued soccer’s scandal-plagued world governing body. FIFA executive committee member Moya Dodd also suggested to Infantino that women’s football was an untapped asset as the federation looks

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Saudi Row Could See Iran Clubs Quit Champions League

By Patrick Johnston Feb 16 (Reuters) – Iran may withdraw its teams from Asia’s biggest club tournament if they are blocked from hosting matches against Saudi Arabian clubs because of the diplomatic dispute between the rivals, an official with Iranian soccer champions Sepahan told Reuters. The Asian Football Confederation is considering playing matches between Saudi

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FIFA President Being Paid Salary Despite 8-Year Ban

By Simon Evans MIAMI, Jan 19 – FIFA’s Sepp Blatter may have been banned for eight years from the game but he is still receiving his president’s salary from world soccer’s governing body, a spokesman for FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee told Reuters on Monday. Blatter was suspended for 90 days by FIFA on Oct

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FIFA Inspector Was Banned for Seeking Personal Favours

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, Jan 14 – FIFA’s ethics committee said on Thursday that former World Cup bid inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls repeatedly asked for personal favours from one of the countries that bid to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Mayne-Nicholls, who was banned for seven years on July 6, “ignored his responsibility as

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