Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Gianluigi Buffon top 24-man list of Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year

Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to be named Best FIFA Men’s Player for the second year running after being included among the nominations for the 2017 award.

Madrid dominate the list of nominees given their successful 2016-17 campaign, boasting seven players in total.

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Alongside Ronaldo sits Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal and Keylor Navas.

Barcelona are next in line with four nominees, with Neymar — now of Paris Saint-Germain — Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta joining Messi on the list.

Real Madrid star Ronaldo, who won the inaugural award last year, is one of 24 players to have been nominated for the accolade.

The award, which covers the period of Nov. 20, 2016, to July 2, 2017, is voted for by national team coaches, captains, selected media and fans and will be handed out at the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony on Oct. 23 in London.

Ronaldo’s nomination comes after a year that saw him help Madrid to a third Champions League crown in four seasons and a first La Liga title in five years, as well as the FIFA Club World Cup.

Ronaldo scored twice as Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final, while also finishing top scorer in the competition with 12 goals.

Ronaldo faces competition from long-time rival Lionel Messi, who finished up as La Liga’s top scorer with 37 goals — 12 ahead of Ronaldo — and helped Barcelona to Copa del Rey success in what was a largely disappointing season for the club.

Tottenham forward Harry Kane is the only British player named on FIFA’s player of the year shortlist for 2017.

Kane scored 38 goals in all competitions last season, 29 in the Premier League, winning the golden boot in the process.

While he is the only British player on the shortlist, Kane is joined by several other Premier League stars – Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, Chelsea’s title winners N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard and Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon will also be vying for the award after guiding his club to a Serie A and Coppa Italia double as well as a place in the Champions League final.

Voting closes on 7 September and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 23 October.

Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year :

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB – Borussia Dortmund)

Leonardo Bonucci (ITA – Juventus/AC Milan)

Gianluigi Buffon (ITA – Juventus) Dani

Carvajal (ESP – Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo (POR – Real Madrid)

Paulo Dybala (ARG – Juventus)

Antoine Griezmann (FRA – Atlético Madrid)

Eden Hazard (BEL – Chelsea)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE – Manchester United)

Andres Iniesta (ESP – FC Barcelona)

Harry Kane (ENG – Tottenham Hotspur)

N’Golo Kante (FRA – Chelsea) Toni Kroos (GER – Real Madrid)

Robert Lewandowski (POL – FC Bayern Munich)

Marcelo (BRA – Real Madrid)

Lionel Messi (ARG – FC Barcelona)

Luka Modric (CRO – Real Madrid)

Keylor Navas (CRC – Real Madrid)

Manuel Neuer (GER – FC Bayern Munich)

Neymar (BRA – FC Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain)

Sergio Ramos (ESP – Real Madrid)

Alexis Sanchez (CHI – Arsenal)

Luis Suarez (URU – FC Barcelona)

Arturo Vidal (CHI – FC Bayern Munich)

Conte, Zidane and Low in list of twelve coaches for Best FIFA Men’s Coach of the year

Antonio Conte is nominated following Chelsea’s Premier League title win in May.

He goes up against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

They face competition from La Liga and European title-winning Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and Germany’s national coach Joachim Low.

Best FIFA Men’s coach of 2017

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA – Juventus)

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA – FC Bayern Munich)

Antonio Conte (ITA – Chelsea)

Luis Enrique (ESP – FC Barcelona)

Pep Guardiola (ESP – Manchester City)

Leonardo Jardim (POR – AS Monaco)

Joachim Low (GER – German national team)

Jose Mourinho (POR – Manchester United)

Mauricio Pochettino (ARG – Tottenham Hotspur)

Diego Simeone (ARG – Atlético Madrid)

Tite (BRA – Brazilian national team)

Zinedine Zidane (FRA – Real Madrid)

Emma Hayes, Florence Omagbemi and Sarina Wiegmann on list for Best FIFA Women’s coach of the year

Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes has been nominated for the women’s coach award, after leading her side to the Women’s Super League One Spring Seriesin June.

She goes up against six national team managers: Austria’s Dominik Thalhammer, France coach Olivier Echouafni, Denmark manager Nils Nielsen, North Korea’s Hwang Yong-bong, Nigeria’s Florence Omagbemi and Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman.

Also nominated are Barcelona boss Xavi Llorens, Lyon’s Gerard Precheur and Wolfsburg coach Ralf Kellermann.

The Best Fifa Women’s Coach 2017:

Olivier Echouafni (France)

Emma Hayes (Chelsea Ladies)

Ralf Kellermann (VfL Wolfsburg)

Xavi Llorens (FC Barcelona)

Nils Nielsen (Denmark)

Florence Omagbemi (Nigeria)

Gerard Precheur (Lyon)

Dominik Thalhammer (Austria)

Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)

Hwang Yong-bong (North Korea)

Kerr, Llyod and Bronze on nominees for Best FIFA Women’s Player of the year

Manchester City defender Lucy Bronze and Arsenal forward Jodie Taylor are nominated for the women’s player of the year award.

They are joined by last year’s Fifa award-winner, Houston Dash midfielder Carli Lloyd,who had a short-term loan spell with City last season.

Also on the list are Barcelona forward Lieke Martens and Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema, both Women’s Euro 2017 winners with the Netherlands.

The Best Fifa Women’s Player 2017:

Lucy Bronze (Manchester City and England)

Deyna Castellanos (Santa Clarita Blue Heat and Venezuela)

Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg and Denmark)

Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue FC and Australia)

Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash and USA)

Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lyon and Germany)

Lieke Martens (Barcelona and Netherlands)

Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal and Netherlands)

Wendie Renard (Lyon and France)

Jodie Taylor (Arsenal and England)

Former FIFA Exco Chuck Blazer dies at 72

Disgraced US football official Chuck Blazer has died at the age of 72, his lawyers say.

Blazer, who was banned from all football activities for life in 2015, had been suffering from cancer.

In 2013 he pleaded guilty to bribery, money laundering and tax evasion but agreed to help investigators expose corruption in Fifa.

A larger-than-life character, he was ex-boss of Concacaf, North and Central American football’s governing body.

His information led to charges against 14 other current or former Fifa officials, and contributed to the downfall of Sepp  Blatter, the organisation’s president.

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“We are truly saddened by the passing of our client and friend, Chuck Blazer,” his lawyers said in a statement.

“His misconduct, for which he accepted full responsibility, should not obscure Chuck’s positive impact on international soccer.”

The official served on Fifa’s executive committee from 1997-2013, during which time he pocketed millions to fund a globe-trotting VIP lifestyle.

A 2013 report by Concacaf’s integrity committee said he had received more than $20.6m (£16m) in commissions, fees and rental payments from the organisation between 1996 and 2011.

His personal excesses included two apartments in New York’s Trump Tower, one of which was exclusively for his cats.

FIFA Confederations Cup – Russia 2017: Portugal edge Mexico in extra time to finish third

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Adrien Silva scored an extra-time penalty as Portugal recovered from a goal down to beat Mexico 2-1 in the third-place play-off in Moscow.


The European champions were within seconds of losing in normal time after central defender Luis Neto had put through his own goal after 54 minutes.


But Pepe equalised after the clock had ticked past 90 minutes before Adrien Silva converted from the penalty spot at the end of the first period of extra time.


Both sides were reduced to 10 men in the final stages as Portugal defender Nelson Semedo and Mexico substitute Raul Jimenez were sent off for two bookable offences.
Portugal were without their talisman after Cristiano Ronaldo had been excused duty to see his new twins, and his presence was sorely missed as Portugal passed up a raft of chances, including missing yet another penalty following their spot-kick misery during the semifinal defeat to Chile.

FIFA Confederations Cup: Russia 2017 – Germany win their first Confederations cup title courtesy of Lars Stindl strike

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​Lars Stindl’s first-half strike saw Germany beat Chile 1-0 in Sunday night’s Confederations Cup final in St Petersburg.

The Borussia Monchengladbach striker took advantage of some woeful defending by Chile to fire the world champions ahead after just 20 minutes.

In a disjointed and bad-tempered second period, the South Americans could have found themselves down to 10 men after the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee just past the hour-mark.

Gonzalo Jara’s stray elbow caught Timo Werner flush in the face, but after consulting his monitor on the touchline, Serbian referee Milorad Mazic controversially handed out a yellow, rather than a red.

Thereafter, Germany saw the match out to add a first-ever Confederations Cup title to the European U21 crown they won on Friday night, although Chile will wonder how they failed to level matters late on.

Arturo Vidal had said in the lead-up to the game that Chile could prove they are the world’s best team by beating Germany, and Juan Antonio Pizzi’s team started as though they meant business.