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FA Cup: United, Chelsea Draw Wigan, Brentford

Holders Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur were handed relatively easy fixtures in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup on Monday night. The draw pitted United at home against Championship side Wigan Athletic. Chelsea will host Championship team Brentford, while Tottenham will welcome League Two outfit Wycombe Wanderers to White Hart Lane. Arsenal will be on the road …

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Player selection for national team confidential – Basigi

Black Queens coach Yusif Basigi has revealed that coaches are not duty-bound to disclose factors that go into player selection during tournaments. The former Hassacas technical head opined that apart from those who are close to the team, the public might not be aware of procedures that coaches adopt to select a particular player ahead of the perceived one. Ghanaians …

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Cristiano Ronaldo will win FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award today

FIFA’s new award for the best player on the planet will be awarded to Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday, with president Gianni Infantino set to crown the Portuguese star at a ceremony in Zurich. The event will begin at 19:30 CET and Ronaldo will be joined in Switzerland by Real club president Florentino Perez and by teammates Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka …

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Jerome Boateng voted into UEFA Team of the Year

World champion Jérôme Boateng has been voted into the UEFA.com Team of the Year by users of the European governing body’s website. The centre-back was the only Bayern Munich player to make the XI. The 28-year-old and former FCB player Toni Kroos are the two Germans to feature in the selection. It is the first time Boateng has made the …

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Black Stars jersey numbers for AFCON 2017 revealed

Squad numbers for the 23 Black Stars players to feature in the 2017 African Nations Cup have been revealed. The team’s final list was submitted on January 4; 10 days to the start of the tournament in accordance with CAF’s rules, meaning that the numbers designated to the players had to be announced as well. The team’s two captains, Asamoah …

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Klopp defends team selection after draw

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says a 0-0 home draw with Plymouth Argyle could also have been the result had he picked his regular starting XI. The Reds made 10 changes to their line-up against their League Two opponents on Sunday, with only Emre Can keeping his place from their Premier League draw at Sunderland for the FA Cup third-round tie. …

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Mesut Ozil confirms his future at Arsenal depends on Wenger

Mesut Ozil has confirmed he will sign a new contract at Arsenal if Arsene Wenger signals his intent to stay on as manager. “I am very, very happy at Arsenal and have let the club know that I would be ready to sign a new contract,” Ozil told Kicker. “The fans want that I stay and now it is just …

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Pogba, Neymar & Buffon out of FIFA FIFPro World 11

Paul Pogba, Neymar and Gianluigi Buffon are all absent from the 2016 FIFA FIFPro World 11, Goal can confirm. Manchester United star Pogba became the most expensive footballer in history last summer following his €100 million transfer from Juventus, but Goal’s sources in Switzerland have learned that he missed out on the XI by just two votes. Pogba’s ex-Juve team-mate …

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Riyad Mahrez named African Footballer of the Year

Riyad Mahrez has become the first Algerian to be named African footballer of the year since the present-day awards began in 1992. The 25-year-old beat 2015 winner Patrick-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Senegal striker Sadio Mane. He received his award at Thursday’s ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria. Mahrez was a key player as English underdog Leicester City won the English Premier …

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Chelsea’s Mikel joins China gold rush with move to Tianjin

Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel has become the latest big name player to join the Chinese Super League gold rush after leaving Chelsea for Tianjin Teda. Mikel, who failed to make a single appearance for Antonio Conte’s side this season, had a medical in the port city some 130 kilometres from Beijing on Thursday and the Asian Football Confederation confirmed …

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