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France Lose Top Spot to Belgium in FIFA Rankings

World Cup winners France dropped one place to second in the FIFA rankings on Thursday as Belgium moved up to claim top spot.

England and Uruguay were the only other movers in the top 10, Gareth Southgate's men moving up one place to fifth and Uruguay moving the other way, to sixth.

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Marcelo Delivers Real Boost ahead of Clasico against Barcelona

Real Madrid defender Marcelo trained on Thursday, according to pictures posted by the club, and could be fit to face Barcelona in La Liga on Sunday.

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FIFA Chief Heading for Trouble over Pet Projects

FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to ignite new opposition Friday over his ambition to introduce two money-spinning pet projects -- a revamped global club cup and a bold new international championship.

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Sarri Says Chelsea Will Accept Punishment over Mourinho Fracas

Chelsea will accept the punishment the Football Association (FA) sees fit to impose over assistant coach Marco Ianni's provocative celebration after their late equalizer against Manchester United last Saturday 'Blues' manager Maurizio Sarri said on Wednesday.

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Qatar World Cup 2022 Will be 'Carbon-Free'

Qatar's football World Cup 2022 will be a "carbon-neutral" tournament with zero harmful emissions, the country's environment minister told a sustainability conference on Wednesday.

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Returning Ronaldo Out to Heap Pressure on Old Club United

Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to pile more pressure on his old club Manchester United and put allegations of rape to one side when he steps out for Italian giants Juventus at Old Trafford in the Champions League Tuesday. 

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Houllier Lauds Klopp but Picks Out PSG for Champions League Glory

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has praised Jurgen Klopp for his work at the Anfield club but told AFP he feels Paris Saint-Germain are the favorites to win the Champions League this season.

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Resistance to USA Game is 'Cultural', Says La Liga President

La Liga president Javier Tebas on Tuesday claimed that resistance to the controversial plans to hold a Spanish top-flight game in the United States is "cultural".

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Let's Miss Messi while We're Winning, Says Valverde

Ernesto Valverde has challenged Barcelona to miss the injured Lionel Messi while they are winning without him. 

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Mourinho Bats Off Real Return to Focus on Stopping Ronaldo

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gave short shrift when quizzed on the possibility of a sensational return to Real Madrid as he prepares for a reunion with one of his old pupils, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday.

A run of five games without a win has left Real boss Julen Lopetegui on the brink of the sack just four months after accepting the thankless task of replacing Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu after three straight Champions League titles.

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