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Del Bosque: Spain stubborn on Costa

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1 day ago

Nigeria avoid 'lengthy' FIFA suspension deadline after court case is dropped

Nigeria have avoided the deadline for a "lengthy suspension" from FIFA after a court case against the nation's football federation was dropped on Thursday.

After months of uncertainty, Amaju Pinnick was elected as president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) on Sept. 30, with FIFA confirming its recognition of the elections on Oct. 2.

However, a group led by Chris Giwa took the matter to court -- despite statutes forbidding football issues to be deliberated in a civil court -- as he alleges...

2 days ago

Vicente del Bosque: Spain will remain 'stubborn' over Chelsea's Diego Costa

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe analyses Diego Costa's first goal in a Spain jersey and the pressure he has been under to produce for La Roja.

Vicente del Bosque says he will be "stubborn" over calling up Diego Costa for international duty, even as Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho continues to blame Spain for the striker's continuing injury issues.

Costa, 26, has missed his club's four most recent games since the international break due to a hamstring issue, although he is expected to return to face Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Saturday. The former Atletico Madrid player was also briefly hospitalised due to a stomach virus during...

 By Ben Gladwell
3 days ago

Arkadiusz Milik leads Raheem Sterling in unofficial poll for Golden Boy award

Luis Suarez and former Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto were not among the nominees for the FIFA Ballon d'Or and Coach of the Year awards.

Parallel to the announcement of the 23-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2014, Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport has revealed the state of voting for the Golden Boy award.

The prize, awarded to the best young up-and-coming player in European football, is voted for in December by a selection of 30 sports writers from around Europe, representing 20 nations.

Football fans can have their own say in an online poll on which, albeit not decisive in terms of the final outcome, is indicative...

3 days ago

Sepp Blatter: FIFA World Cup Golden Ball award for Lionel Messi 'incorrect'

FIFA president Sepp Blatter talks about the controversial Golden Ball prize given to Argentina's Lionel Messi, for being the best player during the tournament.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Monday that it was "incorrect" to have given Lionel Messi the Golden Ball as best player in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Messi led Argentina to the final against Germany with four goals in the tournament, though none came beyond the group stages.

Blatter admitted his "surprise" at the time that Messi was awarded the honour after the Albiceleste were defeated by Joachim Lowe's side, and now admits the Barcelona star was fortunate to be picked as the tournament's...

 By PA Sport
Oct 22, 2014

English footballer Thomas Morgan found dead in Norway

Englishman Thomas Morgan, a footballer playing in Norway, has died aged 23.

His club, Gjovik-Lyn, announced his passing on their official website.

The second division side said: "Our beloved Thomas Andrew Morgan was found dead on Tuesday afternoon.

"We have learned to know Thomas not only as a great football player but an exceptionally good man. We will miss his warm smile and everything he was to us."

Cardiff midfielder Mats Moller Daehli was a one-time teammate of Morgan and wrote on Instagram:...