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Algeria

 By Chris Wright

The Algerian Premier League title race is ridiculously tight

If you think the English Championship title race has been a close-run thing this year, then we urge you to have a quick glance at the Algerian Championnat Premier Division.

You may notice that there are only 11 points between ES Setif at the top of the table and NA Hussein Dey at the very bottom with four games left to play.

Indeed, the Premier Division is so tight that with 12 points still left to play for, a bad run could see Setif go from title challengers to relegation contenders in the...

Gabon chosen as host of 2017 African Nations Cup

CAIRO -- Gabon will host the 2017 African Nations Cup in place of war-torn Libya.

Gabon, which co-hosted the tournament in 2012, was chosen on Wednesday in a vote by the Confederation of African Football's executive committee in Cairo.

Gabon was selected over rival bids from Algeria and Ghana.

Libya was initially scheduled to host the event in 2013, but swapped that tournament with South Africa to give it more time to be ready.

The North African nation conceded...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Radamel Falcao scores penalty in Colombia's victory; Qatar win again

Radamel Falcao scored his third goal in two games to help Colombia defeat Kuwait.

Radamel Falcao went within one goal of Colombia's scoring record by netting a penalty on Monday to complete a 3-1 victory over Kuwait in a friendly.

Abel Aguilar opened the scoring with a volley in the 22nd minute, but Mesaed Al Enzi equalised following a corner on the stroke of half-time.

After the break, Edwin Cardona put Colombia ahead with a 30-yard blast, and Falcao, who also scored twice against Bahrain last week, drew a penalty on the edge of the box before converting the final goal.

Falcao's...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Brazil rally to win in France while Radamel Falcao brace lifts Colombia

Goals from Neymar and Luiz Gustavo led Brazil's second-half charge as the Selecao overcame France on their way to a 3-1 victory.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the difference makers and talking points from Brazil's 3-1 comeback victory over France.

Oscar and Neymar scored as Brazil rallied past France 3-1 in a friendly on Thursday.

Raphael Varane scored following a corner kick in the 21st minute to give France the lead, but Oscar equalised shortly before half-time by poking home after a one-two with Roberto Firmino.

Brazil took full control after the break, and Neymar provided the lead in the 57th minute with a blast from the corner of the six-yard box following a counter-attack.

Luis Gustavo made the lead comfortable in the 69th minute...

 By Ian Holyman

Nabil Fekir initially chose Algeria over France call-up - Christian Gourcuff

Lyon head coach Hubert Fournier admits he didn't expect his sides 5-1 win at Montpellier on Sunday.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the heated title race between Lyon, PSG and Marseille in Ligue 1.

Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff has told L'Equipe that Nabil Fekir initially chose to play for the African nation over France before changing his mind.

In an interview with L'Equipe on Tuesday, Lyon midfielder Fekir, 21, declared France coach Didier Deschamps had convinced him to opt to represent the country of his birth at international level.

He also admitted his family, who hail from Algeria, had hoped to see him play for the Fennecs. He was even called up by Gourcuff, 59, last week for upcoming...