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Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar up for 2017 Best FIFA Men's Player award

The FC crew assess Real Madrid's slow start to the season and the growing concerns surrounding the club.

Cristiano Ronaldo could be named Best FIFA Men's Player for the second year running after being included in the final shortlist for the 2017 award along with Lionel Messi and Neymar.

The trio had been named in an initial 24-man list of nominees last month and will now battle it out for the prize when it is handed out at the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony on Oct. 23 in London. The award, which covers the period of Nov. 20, 2016, to July 2, 2017, is voted for by national team coaches, captains,...

Brazil call up Danilo, Fred, Diego Tardelli for final World Cup qualifiers

Danilo has returned to the Brazil squad for next month's qualifiers.

Brazil coach Tite has brought defender Danilo, midfielders Fred and Diego, and striker Diego Tardelli for the last World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Chile next month.

Danilo, who has not been in a Selecao squad since March 2016, joins his Manchester City teammates Ederson, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus in the team, while Liverpool's duo of Phillippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are also included.

Shakhtar Donetsk's Fred and Shandong Luneng's Diego Tardelli return for the first time since...

Germany back at FIFA World Ranking summit as Brazil slip after draw

Germany's manager Joachim Low admits his side were very unconvincing in their 2-1 win over Czech Republic.
Joachim Low believes the German fans who sung offensive chants during his side's win over the Czech Republic were an embarrassment to the country.

ZURICH -- Germany have returned to the top of the FIFA rankings, taking over from Brazil after a busy World Cup qualifying programme.

The world champions beat Czech Republic and Norway in World Cup qualifying, while former No. 1 side Brazil beat Ecuador but surrendered their place at the summit after being held to a 1-1 draw in Colombia.

European champions Portugal, meanwhile, are up three places to No. 3, while Argentina fall one to No. 4 and Belgium climb to No. 5.

Portugal match their highest-ever...

Neymar 'free and happy' after joining PSG from Barcelona - Filipe Luis

Brazil's Tite believes Neymar will have the freedom he enjoys at Ligue 1 side PSG following his blockbuster move.
Kylian Mbappe says he has admiration for PSG teammate Neymar and wants to help the Brazilian unleash his best on the pitch.

Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis says Brazil teammate Neymar "made the right decision" to leave Barcelona for Paris Saint Germain this summer.

Neymar agreed a surprise €222 million move to Ligue 1 this summer but has settled quickly at PSG, providing four goals and four assists in his first four games for his new club.

Filipe Luis rejected suggestions the 25-year-old had left Barca for financial reasons, telling Spanish football magazine Panenka: "[Neymar] made the right decision joining...

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Liverpool to take caution with Philippe Coutinho's fitness - Jurgen Klopp

Paul Mariner says Philippe Coutinho must honor his contract now that he'll remain with Liverpool.
Brazil have fun at the expense of a mascot, Marcelo dazzles in training and plenty more in The Sweeper.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Philippe Coutinho are among the surprise UCL inclusions for Manchester United and Liverpool respectively.

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool need to be careful with the fitness of Philippe Coutinho after he returned to Merseyside following international duty with Brazil.

Coutinho did not appear in any of Liverpool's first five games of the season with what the club say was a back injury and then illness, having handed in a transfer request as he sought a move to Barcelona.

However, the playmaker appeared as a second-half substitute on two occasions for Brazil over the recent international break, scoring against...