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FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, says he was surprised that Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball and expressed his appreciation for Luis Suarez's talent.
Pele, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo all scored decisive goals in World Cup finals, while Diego Maradona created the goal that settled Argentina's last triumph in 1986, but Messi found himself in the shadow of Maria Gotze on Sunday.
Blatter, who handed out the AC Mailand Fußballtrikot award for the best player of the tournament, admitted he was surprised to see Messi chosen ahead of players such as James Rodriguez, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller.
"I was myself a little bit surprised when I saw Messi coming up to collect the best player of the competition," said the 78-year-old on his post-World Cup briefing on Monday.
"If you compare the beginning of the tournament and why finally the Argentina team got into the final, they were decisive and I think it was a decision (based on that)."
Blatter also spoke of his appreciation for what Messi's new teammate, Luis Suarez, can do on the pitch, while empathising over the severity of the Uruguayan's ban.
"But as FIFA president I have to accept the decisions that are taken Juventus Fußballtrikot by our independent committees.
"I do hope that this player will come back to football because on the pitch what he has shown so far... I have seen his capacity technically and tactically to do what he can do - his smelling of the goal...
"I do hope he will be back, He is now in one of the greatest clubs in the world."
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The man at the centre of Barcelona's remarkable comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, Deniz Aytekin, may have taken charge of his last Champions League game this season, according to Marca. The German referee made a controversial late call at Camp Nou on Wednesday which allowed Barca to complete their stunning 6-1 fightback. Luis Enrique's side had entered the second leg of their last 16 encounter trailing 4-0 on aggregate, but hit back in style to book their place in the quarter-finals. After edging their way back into the game, the tie looked to be over for Barca when Edinson Cavani grabbed an away goal for PSG. There was, however, to be thrilling finish to the Fußballtrikots Kinder Manchester City encounter that delivered three goals in the final seven minutes. Of those, it was Aytekin's awarding of a stoppage-time penalty which sparked outrage within the PSG ranks _ having previously waved Angel Di Maria to his feet after tangling with Javier Mascherano. Luis Suarez, who had already been booked for diving, went down in the box late on under minimal contact, with the match officials eventually coming to the conclusion that a spot-kick should be awarded. While the celebrations in Catalonia promise to drag on for some time, Aytekin is facing up to the prospect of seeing his 2016-17 Champions League campaign brought to a close. Marca report that UEFA's head of refereeing, Pierluigi Collina, is considering taking the 38-year-old out of the firing line. The Spanish publication says: "UEFA sources have confirmed to Marca that it is Collina's way of cutting mistakes out from his team of officials. "However the body won't strictly punish the German official, although he could find himself demoted to lesser profile games for the time being or simply removed from action for a specific period." Fifa president Gianni Infantino has, however, backed UEFA's group of officials and their ability to make big decisions. He said: "Whether that particular case was an injustice or not, we can leave it to the judgement of the referee. "We saw was an incredible football match, Fußballtrikots Kinder whatever the result would have been at the end. This shows that football is really a fantastic game. When you feel you have seen everything, something else comes along. It's just amazing and incredible. "We have to really be careful in the International Football Association Board if we want to touch the rules, because football is such an incredible game. "In this case, I don't know if it was a clear mistake or not. But in future, when there are clear mistakes, this will be corrected by the video assistant referee so we can make sure decisive matches are not decided by mistakes made in good faith by the referee."
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Bilbao mayor Juan Mari Aburto has threatened to withdraw as a host city for Euro 2020 if UEFA fails to take action against football violence. A 51-year-old police riot officer died on Thursday from cardiac arrest while on duty after clashes outside Bilbao's San Mames Stadium ahead of the Europa League round-of-32 game between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow. "It's necessary that UEFA adopts measures against teams, whoever they may be, so that these disgraceful episodes no longer happen, " Aburto told Cadena Ser radio. "We, in Bilbao, are going to be hosts of Euro 2020 and there are people that are starting to say, 'What, for this?' "Well no, Schalke 04 Fußballtrikot we don't want to be hosts of Euro 2020 for this. We want to be an open city, do things well and these types of incidents and disgraceful situations require maximum firmness from everyone." San Mames Stadium and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin were assigned as joint venues for Euro 2020 by UEFA's Executive Committee in December. The Spanish Football Federation said the Basque police force officer, Inocencio Arias Garcia, suffered a heart attack and died in hospital. "The RFEF would like to express its strongest condemnation of all types of violent actions by groups of fans who use sporting events in order to provoke incidents and disturbances." The game was considered "high risk" by local authorities, with a total of 800 officers, including 200 private security hired by Athletic, placed on duty. "I feel profound sadness because the name of our city has been tarnished, but above all, because a 51-year-old doing his duty has seen his life cut short," Aburto said. "Yes, it was a cardiac arrest, but we cannot forget that he was taking part in a police operation. "We send our condolences to the family of the police officer and to the police force. We condemn violence -- those groups from either side that make violence part of their lives and that spread hate Atletico Madrid Fußballtrikot and clashes wherever they go, this has nothing to do with football." Police were escorting some Spartak fans into the stadium, but a stray group allegedly started igniting fireworks and throwing flares and objects toward Athletic supporters and police officers. Police said a Russian man was injured and five people -- three Russian nationals and two Spaniards -- were arrested. "La Liga profoundly regrets the death of a police officer and condemns violence following the incidents prior to the game between Athletic and Spartak Moscow," the Spanish league said in a statement. The RFEF has recommended that a minute's silence be observed in all competitions in Spain this weekend.
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Edmilson and Gerard Pique were invited to participate in the fourth international FCBEscola tournament this week, with the Spain international getting plenty of extra attention after a child collected a trophy from the Barcelona star and Napoli Fußballtrikot forgot to shake the hand that he had put out. jQuery(function()if(typeof KalturaUE==='object')var kalturaPlayer=new KalturaUE.Player('video-58efbbaee2704edf708b461b_summary_1',kalturaPlayerConfig);kalturaPlayer.setConfig(partnerId:110,opciones:responsive:'16/9');var tags="";kalturaPlayer.setTags(tags.split(","));kalturaPlayer.setTopic("futbol");kalturaPlayer.load('0_wp6u8gfb',''););Pique spent some time telling the youngsters about his experience as a youth player the club, with his presence designed to further help their development and progression. He wasn't expecting, however, to not receive a handshake from one of them. "When I was 10 years old, I started my dream here in Barcelona and 20 years later Wolfsburg Fußballtrikot the club is still continuing to form both players and people with values," he told spectators. "I feel proud to be part of this club and I believe that we are the best in using our academy."
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The Adidas Telstar 18, the official ball of the World Cup in Russia, started suffering technical malfunctions during the France - Australia match in Kazan, with the ball bursting during the first half.
The players were forced to stop play in the 29th minute, when Griezmann played the ball to Lucas, who was tackled by Sainsbury, with the ball apparently bursting under the pressure. The now flat Telstar was kicked into touch, and Griezmann restarted play with a new Telstar 18 which he sportingly threw to to Australia keeper Ryan.
In the 34th Fußballtrikots Kinder Wolfsburg minute, as Dembélé went to take a corner he was given a ball, which he tested and discovered was burst. He chucked that one away and got a new one. (There is a possibility it was the the ball that burst in the 29th minute that had somehow come back into circulation).
In the now standard ritual when a new ball is released, the goalkeepers had a good old moan about the ball for the World Cup in Russia as soon as they got their hands on it. "It's really strange" said De Gea at the time. Which was probably what Spain fans thought of his attempt to save Ronaldo's shot during the Portugal - Spain Group B match on Friday night, as the ball slipped through the Man Utd keeper's fingers and into the net to give Portugal a 2-1 lead at the time.
"The original Telstar is one of the most iconic footballs of all time and one which changed football design forever," Adidas' Roland Rommler declared at its official unveiling late last year. "So developing the Telstar 18 while Fußballtrikots Kinder Liverpool staying true to the original model was a really exciting challenge for us.
"The new panel structure and inclusion of an NFC chip has taken football innovation and design to a new level and offers both consumers and players a completely new experience."
But having far from earned universal approval for the balls that they have designed for recent World Cups - particularly 2010's infamous Jabulani - it appears that Adidas' 2018 effort is also in line for its fair share of controversy, and with today's bursting that's only adding to it.
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Chelsea have yet to sign a player so far this summer while most of their rivals have made moves in the transfer market. Deals for Willy Caballero and Tiemoue Bakayoko are close but Conte is understood to want more players in place by the time pre-season begins next month. Conte is also yet to put pen Fußballtrikots Kinder Liverpool to paper on a new contract with talks over an extension so far failing to conclude with an agreement. But according to The Times, Conte met with Abramovich last week to discuss the Italian's contract, his transfer demands and the make-up of his backroom staff. The report says following the talks there is now confidence Conte will commit his future to Stamford Bridge. Abramovich has also ready to sanction a 200million spending spree to ensure they capture their targets. Conte will also be allowed to sign a replacement for former assistant Steve Holland, who left at the end of the season to join the England national team. It is claimed Abramovich Fußballtrikots Kinder Chelsea and Conte have also agreed to let Diego Costa leave this summer. Costa was told by Conte in a text message that he was not wanted at Chelsea next season. The 28-year-old striker could rejoin Atletico Madrid but would not be eligible to play for the Spanish side until January due their transfer ban.
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Tottenham Hotspur flop Younes Kaboul has not been given a new number by Watford ahead of the news season.
The centre-back had previously worn the number four for the Hornets, but he was surprisingly omitted from Watford's 28-man squad, thereby not officially given a number.
The defender played just twice last campaign, such was his injury record,he's been dropped by Watford and lowered in the pecking Bayern München Fußballtrikot order.
Since making the move from Sunderland, Kaboul had made just 26 appearances for the side. The 32-year-old played for Spurs in two spells, playing for Portsmouth in between.
Speaking to the Daily Mail in 2016, the defender said that Mauricio Pochettino disrespected him greatly.
'The end was not OK,' said Kaboul. 'Because the manager disrespected me, 100 per cent. When Mauricio first came we had a very nice, human, man-to-man kind of respect. And then something happened and I don't know what it was.
'I got injured and then he didn't talk to me anymore. Then he was not putting me in the squad for no reason. One game, two games, three games, and that was strange for me because I am supposed to be his captain.
'I'm not saying Inter Fußballtrikot because I'm his captain I need to play, no, no, no. If I am not good enough to play I am not playing. But you have to respect players, to talk to them and explain why they're not playing.
From what we hear, Pochettino is a great man-manager, but Kaboul suggests otherwise.
Can Kaboul come back from this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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Of all the things that Stoke City have had to be unhappy about recently you wouldn't think that a new signing with European experience would give them much reason to shed a tear, but you'd be wrong.
This season hasn't gone according to plan for Stoke City. It's now their ninth season in the Premier League and Fußballtrikots Kinder Tottenham Hotspur previously they've rarely even flirted with the idea of relegation, never mind entered into a proper scrap over it.
However this term they've had to sack Mark Hughes because the Welshman, who has led them to their best Premier League finish, had dragged the club into the hardest battle for survival in the league in a long time.
Paul Lambert came in to steady the ship but despite four points in their last two games Stoke sit just one point above the relegation zone with only Huddersfield and Southampton between them and a bottom three place.
Last night they brought some cheer to the club by signing Senegalese midfielder Badou Ndiaye for 14 Fußballtrikots Kinder Bayern München million from Super Lig side Galatasaray. Optimism though was replaced with sadness this evening when the new boys number was announced:
The number 27 previously belonged to club favourite Bojan who is currently on loan with Spanish side Alaves and fans weren't happy with the redistributing of his number:
It doesn't look good for Bojan's return right now.
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The KHF is a heart non-governmental charity, providing life-saving heart treatments for children and adults in Nigeria and across Africa. On Sunday, live on Kwesé Free Sports from 15:45 CAT, Kanu's hand-picked team of African Masters will take on their Premier League counterparts at Barnet's Hive Stadium. Here are the continental greats set to roll back the years and take to the turf in this heavyweight showdown. During his playing career, he was one of the finest players Africa has ever produced, winning an Olympic gold with Nigeria as well as a swathe of club honours. He was a Champions League winner with Ajax, and also clinched Fußballtrikots Kinder Roma the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Cup later in his career. The coffee lover also featured for Cairene giants SC Zamalek earlier in his career, and spent time at Arsenal alongside Kanu. He was also a runner-up in the African Footballer of the Year award and won a host of honours at club and international level during his career as a rampaging right winger and then right-back. He won two Africa Cup of Nations and the Olympic gold with Cameroon, and was twice a Premier League winner with Arsenal. He's another Arsenal alumni, and while he missed out on the club's early successes under Arsene Wenger, he was a member of the side that were defeated Champions League finalists in 2006. He won three Super Lig titles with Galatasaray before falling on hard times more recently. He also made the Nigeria squad for two AFCON tournaments and the 2010 World Cup. The South African may have struggled with injuries, but he still managed 93 appearances for the Red Devils, offering excellent service in a variety of positions. He didn't enjoy his sibling's success, but still represented Ajax and was part of the Super Eagles squad at the 2000 summer Olympics. The playmaker may not have won all that much, but his mastery Fußballtrikots Kinder Tottenham Hotspur of a football went almost unparalleled in the sport. The Nigeria great was a member of the sublime Super Eagles side in the mid-1990s, and was named by Pele among the 125 greatest players in history. He represented the likes of Everton, Blackburn Rovers, Middlesbrough and Portsmouth, and is also the third highest scorer in the history of the Super Eagles. The 35-year-old may be remembered for his horror miss at the 2010 World Cup, but he has the quality to terrorise the Premier League Masters' defence on Sunday! He represented the Leopards at four AFCONs, and featured for 12 clubs during a nomadic career.
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Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone is understood to have given club chiefs the go-ahead to sell winger Yannick Carrasco in the January transfer window.
Carrasco would join expected departures Luciano Vietto and Nicolás Gaitán in leaving the LaLiga club.
Right-back Sime Vrsaljko had been tipped to exit the Wanda Metropolitano alongside Vietto and Gaitán, but Simeone has now opted to keep the Croat Inter Fußballtrikot at the expense of Carrasco, who has slipped down the pecking order in recent matches.
Carrasco has proved a problematic figure in the Atlético squad on several occasions, with the Belgian involved in bust-ups with team-mates Koke and Gabi, and fitness coach Óscar 'Profe' Ortega, in the past year alone.
And despite Carrasco's ability to bring a level of flair to the attack that is offered by few others in the Atleti first team, Simeone is said to be ready to admit defeat in his attempts to tame the 24-year-old.
What's more, the mid-season arrival of Spain international winger Vitolo offers 'El Cholo' a top-quality alternative in the same position.
It now remains to be seen whether an offer that tempts both Atlético and Schalke 04 Fußballtrikot Carrasco emerges in the upcoming window. Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have previously been linked with the former Monaco man, while there could also be bids from a number of potential Premier League suitors.
If the sale of Carrasco does not finally go through, Simeone's plan would be to use him as an impact substitute in the second half of the season.
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