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Two African players in Liverpool Club, Senegal’s Sadio Mane, Egyptian Mohamed Salah on the shortlist of 11 players for the best FIFA men’s player award unveiled Wednesday.

European player of the year Robert Lewandowski is one of players along with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Besides Polish striker Lewandowski, one other winner of the Champions League with Bayern Munich made the list, Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who joined Liverpool in September.

Apart from Sallah and Mane, one other member of Liverpool and English champions, Dutchman Virgil van Dijk, is on the shortlist

Paris Saint-Germain stars, Mbappe and Neymar also make the list.

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos complete the list.

Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui headline a list for the men’s coach award, which also feature Bayern’s Hans-Dieter Flick and Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa, who led Leeds into the English Premier League.

Three finalists from categories also including men and women’s goalkeepers, and women’s players and coaches will be announced on December 11, with the award handed out on December 17.

Shortlists for Best FIFA awards

Men: Thiago Alcantara (ESP/Bayern Munchen/Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Juventus), Kevin De Bruyne (BEL/Manchester City), Robert Lewandowski (POL/Bayern Munich), Sadio Mane (SEN/Liverpool), Kylian Mbappe (FRA/Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona), Neymar (BRA/Paris Saint-Germain), Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid), Mohamed Salah (EGY/Liverpool) and Virgil van Dijk (NED/Liverpool)

Women: Lucy Bronze (ENG/Lyon/Manchester City), Delphine Cascarino (FRA/Lyon), Caroline Graham Hansen (NOR/Barcelona), Pernille Harder (DEN/Wolfsburg/Chelsea), Jennifer Hermoso (ESP/Barcelona), Ji So-yun (KOR/Chelsea), Sam Kerr (AUS/Chelsea), Saki Kumagai (JPN/Lyon), Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER/Lyon), Vivianne Miedema (NED/Arsenal), Wendie Renard (FRA/Lyon)

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Saudi Arabia to host 2024 CAF Super Cup final

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Saudi Arabia to host 2024 CAF Super Cup final

African football governing body, CAF, has announced that the 2024 CAF Super Cup final between Al Ahly SC of Egypt and Zamalek SC of Egypt will be played in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on September 27 as part of Riyadh Season 2024, the body announced in a statement on Friday.

“CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe and HE Turki Alalshikh announce Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as hosts of the TotalEnergies CAF Super Cup Final 2024 as part of ‘Riyadh Season 2024’,” the statement said.

In the all-Egyptian club final, the current winners of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League, Al Ahly SC and the current winners of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup, Zamalek SC will face off far away from home in the Middle East.

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“The TotalEnergies CAF Super Cup Final 2024 will feature the current winners of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League, Al Ahly SC and the current winners of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup, Zamalek SC and will be played on Friday 27 September 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,” the statement added.

It is not the first time that CAF has hosted the Super Cup final outside of the continent. From 2019 to 2021, the one-off game was played in Qatar before it returned to the continent in the following year when Morocco hosted the 2022 edition.

The CAF Super Cup was hosted in the Middle East when Saudi Arabia staged the game in 2023 and will again return to the country.

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PSG stake €200m for Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia

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PSG stake €200m for Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia

French giants PSG have launched a shock €200 million bid for Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen and his Napoli teammate Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Osimhen has been available in the summer transfer market with a €130 million release clause, but Napoli is willing to lower their asking price to €100 million, as it is no longer a secret that Napoli intends to sell the Nigerian international.

The deal is said to be worth €110 million for Osimhen and €90 million for the Georgian.

According to Corriere dello Sport, PSG and Saudi powerhouse Al Ahli are the most interested parties in Osimhen.

However, Osimhen is not considering a move to the Saudi Pro League, while he also harbours a dream of playing in the Premier League.

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The French giants have now made an offer to lure the striker and Kvaratskhelia to France, offering the Serie A club the opportunity to break the deadlock that has emerged with Osimhen in recent weeks.

While Osimhen is available for sale, the Italian club has repeatedly stated that no deal is possible for Kvaratskhelia, who Napoli have reiterated on numerous occasions is not for sale. In June, PSG put €110m offer for the Georgia international winger, but this was knocked back for the 2022/23 Serie A champions.

Arsenal and Chelsea have both been linked with a move for the 25-year-old Nigeria hitman, yet Napoli’s insistence that they would have to pay the full value of his €130m release fee to secure his services has put both Premier League giants off.

As per Corriere dello Sport, De Laurentiis could accept a lower offer as long as it arrives quickly, allowing Napoli to sign Conte’s primary target, Romelo Lukaku.

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Anthony Joshua set to break Tyson Fury record

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Anthony Joshua set to break Tyson Fury record

Anthony Joshua is set to break Tyson Fury’s British attendance record in his upcoming world title fight against Daniel Dubois.

Joshua will face Dubois for the IBF title on September 21 at Wembley Stadium, where promoters expect over 100,000 fans.

Fury set a British attendance record in April 2023, when 94,000 people packed Wembley Stadium to watch him defeat Dillian Whyte. In an interview with talkSPORT, promoter Frank Warren expressed confidence that the upcoming bout would exceed that figure.

“Oh, it is massive. I mean, we will apply to increase capacity, just as we did when Tyson Fury fought Dillian Whyte. And I think we’ve got it; I believe we’ll break the record. So, it looks really good.”

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Joshua, 34, is no stranger to huge sell-out stadium shows, having drawn over 90,000 fans at Wembley in 2017 when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko. He has also attracted 75,000 at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and another 62,000 at Tottenham’s football ground.

However, his last two bouts took place in Saudi Arabia, where he secured knockout wins over Otto Wallin and ex-UFC champion Francis Ngannou.

Warren acknowledged the challenge Joshua posed but remained optimistic about Dubois’ chances.

“A lot of people are making Joshua a favourite, and they’re saying AJ is a big puncher and so forth and I hope he comes out and comes to fight because if he lets those big punches go I know that will leave him exposed. If Daniel clips him, it will knock him out. I think Daniel is the bigger puncher,” Warren said.

“I genuinely think that Daniel can win this, he’s a young man, he’s fought better opposition in his last three fights than AJ has. And by the way, AJ has looked good in his last few fights but not against as good opposition as what Daniel has been in with.”

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