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Mauricio Pochettino recalls Michael Owen 'dive' after Dele Alli won penalty

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham will take a useful confidence boost from their dominant win over Swansea.

LONDON -- The South American culture of simulation has spread to English football, according to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who still feels he was a victim of Michael Owen's play-acting in World Cup 2002.

Tottenham opened the scoring with a penalty after Dele Alli appeared to dive in Saturday's 5-0 victory over Swansea in the Premier League, and Pochettino drew parallels between the incident and his challenge on Owen, which led to David Beckham's winner from the penalty spot in Japan.

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Marlone, Daniuska Rodriguez, Mohd Faiz Subri up for FIFA Puskas award

ESPN FC's Craig Burley feels the usual suspects will be atop the list of the 2016 FIFA Best Player Award.

Corinthians attacking midfielder Marlone, Daniuska Rodriguez and Mohd Faiz Subri are the three nominees for the FIFA Puskas award 2016 for the best goal of the year.

The three-player shortlist was whittled down from an original 10 goals, with the winner to be announced on Jan. 9, 2017.

Lionel Messi's long free kick in Argentina's Copa America 4-0 semifinal victory over the United States and Neymar's flick and volley for Barcelona against Villarreal were not included.

Spain boss Julen Lopetegui voted for Lionel Messi for FIFA The Best award

Lionel Messi's brace against Celtic gives him nine goals in just four Champions League games this campaign.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley feels the usual suspects will be atop the list of the 2016 FIFA Best Player Award.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui says he has voted for Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi to win The Best FIFA Men's Player of 2016

Lopetegui selected Messi, 29, ahead of Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos for the new aware.

The 50-year-old told Cadena Cope: "I've never met a player like Leo Messi. I don't like to compare eras. I've never seen and nor do I think I will ever see someone with Messi's consistency."

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Lionel Messi, Argentina's media boycott backed by Diego Maradona

Lionel Messi scored a stunning free kick and provided two assists to lift the Albiceleste to a much needed win over Colombia.
Alejandro Moreno talks how Brazil and Argentina are looking following the latest round of World Cup qualifiers.
Craig Burley doesn't put much stock into FIFA's world rankings and says it doesn't necessarily evaluate nations accurately.

Diego Maradona has come out in support of Lionel Messi and the Argentina players over their decision to boycott the media.

Argentina captain Messi announced after last week's 3-0 home win over Colombia in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in San Juan that he and the rest of the squad would not speak to the press until further notice because they felt they were mistreated -- with an allegation made by one journalist about Ezequiel Lavezzi the final straw.

Asked about Messi's decision, the 1986 World Cup...