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 By Mark Gleeson

Leicester's Mahrez should be shoo-in for 2016 African Footballer of the Year

Riyad Mahrez
After winning the 2015-16 Premier League title, Riyad Mahrez looks a safe bet for African Footballer of the Year.

Soon, the Confederation of African Football will begin to ballot its member associations for the African Footballer of the Year award. Both national team coaches (or in many cases technical directors) and team captains will have their say in a process that largely mirrors that of the FIFA Ballon d'Or.

Like the FIFA accolade, Africa's award was also started by France Football magazine in 1970. However, it was taken over by the CAF when the French lost interest in 1994 and has not been run well since.


 By Sid Lowe

Atletico Madrid prove, again, they're so much more than a great defence

The ESPN FC crew discuss the latest edition of Shaka's Power Rankings which see Bayern Munich lose the top spot.

"Bayern Munich are one of the best teams in the world and I can't remember the last time they lost," Diego Simeone said. No? Here's a clue: you were there. In fact, you had a pretty good view of the winning goal -- you said so yourself. You were in your usual place, dressed your usual way: all in black, on the touchline not too far away when Saúl set off through their defence.

The last time Bayern Munich lost was almost five months ago, against Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón. This week,...

 By Chris Wright

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis drops in on Barcelona training

With his band in town for two nights as part of their European tour, Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis took time out of his busy schedule to make a surprise visit to the Barcelona training complex.

Kiedis was accompanied by his young son Everly, who was presented with his very own personalised Barca shirt by Neymar as part of the deal.

How nice of Neymar to just... give it (the shirt) away.

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.

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Trending: Mourinho unhappy with coach, Klopp clears the air with Sakho

The FC crew evaluate Jose Mourinho's lineup choices after Manchester United's narrow win over Zorya in the Europa League.

Here are the latest stories for Friday.

MAN UNITEDJose Mourinho has said he was unhappy with Manchester United coach Giovanni Cerra ahead of Thursday's 1-0 victory over Zorya Luhansk because his instructions left Paul Pogba confused.

- Mourinho has called his side's packed October fixture list a "poisoned gift" in the wake of their 1-0 Europa League defeat of Zorya.

- Mourinho's pursuit of Paul Pogba last season was thwarted by an agreement between Juventus and the French midfielder's agent,...

 By Chris Wright

LA Galaxy icon Landon Donovan's son shows off nifty dribbling skills

Landon Donovan shares his thoughts on his return to MLS, the challenges of finding his fitness and the rivalry with Seattle.

While most babies are well versed in the art of excess saliva production, Landon Donovan's young son has shown early potential in an entirely different kind of dribbling.

With a tactical assist from his mum, Talon Donovan has already been filmed waltzing down the wing -- well, the living room hallway -- with the ball at his feet.

 By Chris Wright

Bayern Munich ace Arturo Vidal scores brilliant trick shot

Bayern Munich just love sharing little snippets of their players pulling off outrageous feats of skill and trickery on the training ground, as if to visibly demonstrate just how formidably talented their squad is.

The latest trick shot comes from Arturo Vidal, who somehow managed to put the ball in the back of the net despite being stood 10 yards behind the goal and there being a whopping great 20-foot fence in the way.

So much back-spin. That's some mightily impressive technique right there.