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In Iraq town, Real fans gather in ‘challenge to IS’

BAGHDAD, May 30, 2016 - Wearing a pink Ronaldo tee-shirt, Ali Qais stares nervously at one of the Al-Furat cafe’s TV screens to watch his beloved Real Madrid in the Iraqi town of Balad. Facing a poster of Real coach Zinedine Zidane, the sofa he is sitting on has two bullet holes in its back. Two weeks ago, gunmen sprayed gun fire and tossed grenades inside the cafe during a raid officials said killed a total of 16 people, including at least 10 on the cafe’s premises. “Tonight, it’s much more than just watching a football match, it’s a challenge to Daesh,” said Qais, using an Arabic ...


Ronaldo stabs decisive penalty to kill off Atletico as Real triumph for 11th time

By Keir Radndedge
MILAN, May 28, 2016 - Cristiano Ronaldo, largely anonymous throughout the entire two hours of the Champions League then stepped up like the winner he is to shoot home to decisive shootout kick which brought Real Madrid their record-extending 11th cup at the expense of bitterly luckless neighbours Atletico.At one point Real had appeared capable of winning comfortably within the 90 minutes after an early strike from skipper Sergio Ramos. But Atletico chased them down relentlessly, should have levelled 90 seconds into the second half when Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty then deservedly forved ...
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Official mascot, draw procedure announced for Jordan 2016

Please scroll down for ArabicAMMAN, May 30, 2017 - The draw for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2016  will take place in the Jordanian capital Amman on 30 May. In the run-up to the eagerly awaited event, which will determine the make-up of the group stage at the next U-17 Women’s World Cup, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and FIFA held a press conference to discuss the details of the draw, while the tournament's official mascot was also revealed. In front of a large media presence, Tatjana Haenni, Deputy Director of FIFA’s Competitions Division and Head of Women’s Competitions, ...


FIFA sanctions seven football associations after discriminatory chants by fans

Please scroll down for SpanishZURICH, May 28, 2016 - FIFA has confirmed sanctions imposed on several football associations for discriminatory and unsporting conduct of fans in relation to chants during 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying matches as well as international friendly matches. Following match reports and additional evidence generated by the Anti-Discrimination Monitoring System, FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against the associations of Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Croatia. Chile was sanctioned with a ban on playing at the Estadio Nacional Julio ...
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