Author: Manos Staramopoulos

FIFA has revealed the candidates shortlisted for four of the individual trophies that will be presented at The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 23 September 2019. Two panels of experts – one for men’s football and one for the women’ s game  – named the candidates for each category.  The nominees are listed below in alphabetical order: The Best FIFA Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Juventus) Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands/Ajax/Barcelona) Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands/Ajax/Juventus) Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea/Real Madrid) Harry Kane (England/Tottenham Hotspur) Sadio Mané (Senegal/Liverpool) Kylian Mbappé (France/Paris Saint-Germain) Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona) Mohamed Salah…

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With the continental finals of Africa, South America, and North, Central America and the Caribbean reaching a crescendo in the past month, the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking has seen a number of significant changes. Unsurprisingly, the regional kings are some of the primary beneficiaries in the July update. New South American champions Brazil (2nd, up 1) leapfrogged France (3rd, down 1) in second place and trail leaders Belgium by a narrow margin of 20 points. Other sides in the Copa América have improved their ranking positions substantially, namely quarter-finalists Uruguay (5th, up 3), Colombia (8th, up 5),…

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Brazil’s legendary 2002 FIFA World Cup™ winning captain Cafu has officially joined Qatar’s journey on the road to 2022 after being unveiled as an SC Ambassador. Established by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) – the organisation responsible for delivering tournament infrastructure for the FIFA World Cup 2022™ – the ambassador programme works alongside some of the game’s most iconic stars to help deliver and promote the numerous legacy programmes and infrastructure projects associated with the Arab world’s first FIFA World Cup™. One of the game’s most respected and iconic stars, in 2002 Cafu joined an elite group…

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A new country has emerged on the European continent. At least on  football level. And we refer to Azerbaijan, the country of natural gas and expensive caviar coming from one of the world’s oldest fish, the sturgeon. A country with many oil and gas fields that recently hosted the Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal (4-1) at its beautiful and modern Olympic stadium in its capital, Baku.  Baku, also known as the city of fire, since natural flames emerge from gas burning in pipelines within the earth, is located on the east of the counrty, on the coast of the…

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With seven of the eight quarter-finalists at the FIFA Women’s World Cup coming from Europe, the solid development foundations that have been laid by UEFA, its national associations and clubs seem to be bearing fruit. Women’s football in Europe is flourishing. With the FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-finals due to get under way on Tuesday, the continent boasts three teams in the last four, having also provided seven of the eight quarter-finalists. UEFA has been doing its part by actively promoting the development of women’s football. The UEFA women’s football development programme (WFDP) has been running since 2012, with each…

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Today (July 2) , at the 53rd Joint Advisory Group session of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the UEFA Foundation for Children and ITC announced their joint involvement in ‘football for development’ programmes in Guinea and The Gambia. The letter of intent was signed by UEFA Foundation for Children secretary general Urs Kluser and International Trade Centre executive director Arancha González. Globally, over 59 million young people are unemployed and nearly 136 million are working yet living in poverty. Youth access to decent employment opportunities and their potential for creating their own enterprises are often hindered by external factors, such…

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Dugout surpasses landmark 30 million monthly users /127 million monthly video views -Football clubs are the most trusted institutions in society with 30% of fans trusting clubs ahead of governments (3%) –  55% of fans are in favour of branded content because it provides greater access to players and exclusive content –   49% of fans are open to receiving more football content from brands    New research released  by Dugout, the world’s only football club-owned media company, reveals that global football fans feel even more connected to clubs and players through a growing amount of digital content.   39% of global football fans surveyed as part of the 2019…

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English soccer’s Premier League has turned to a new headhunting firm as it attempts to finally end its lengthy search for a new chief executive, according to The Telegraph. The UK daily newspaper reports that the top-flight league has brought in recruiter Russell Reynolds to replace rival firm Spencer Stuart. The Premier League is still yet to appoint a replacement for Richard Scudamore, who announced in June last year that he would be stepping down from the organisation’s top role at the end of 2018 after nearly 20 years at the helm. In November, the Premier League named Susanna Dinnage…

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The President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, was a special guest at the Home of   FIFA this Sunday (30 August) , when he became the first-ever recipient of the Living Football Award: an accolade bestowed by the FIFA President to honour those who contribute to the growth and development of the beautiful game. Mr Macri was the president of Boca Juniors for 12 years (1995-2007), a period during which the club amassed 17 trophies, including 11 international titles. As the mayor of Buenos Aires, he was at the helm of the city’s successful bid to host the Youth Olympic Games in…

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Qatar reached a major milestone on the road to 2022 – the opening of its second tournament-ready venue, and the first to be built from scratch; the magnificent Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah City. Al Duhail ran out 4-1 victors against Al Sadd on the night, to lift the Amir Cup for the second consecutive season. Before the game got under way, the stadium was launched in the presence of His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Also in attendance on the night were some of the biggest names in FIFA World Cup™ history – as…

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