Tears flow as Cheick Tiote’s body arrives in Ivory Coast


Former Man city striker Wilfried Bony (wearing white shirt) was among the pallbearers
Wilfried Bony was among the pallbearers as a coffin containing Cheick Tiote’s body returned back to his native Ivory Coast on Thursday afternoon.

Tiote’s body arrived at Port Bouet airport in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital, after being flown from Beijing where he tragically passed away.


Manchester City forward Bony and other former team-mates of Tiote’s with the Ivory Coast national team carried the casket on their shoulders.
Cheick Tiote’s coffin is carried by his former Ivory Coast team-mates at Port Bouet airport
Bony wore a t-shirt paying tribute to the late midfielder as he attended the sombre occasion
Bony wore a t-shirt emblazoned with Tiote’s face – which read ‘an elephant never dies’ in reference to the Ivory Coast national team’s nickname.
Former Ivory Coast national team coach Herve Renard was also in attendance along with the president of the Ivorian Football Federation, Augustin Sidy Diallo.
Family members displayed their grief as Tiote’s coffin was carried through the airport, where fans also came to pay their respects.

Tiote’s casket is carried through arrivals at the Port Bouet airport, the largest in the Ivory Coast

Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor confirmed for August 26


The long-anticipated boxing match between the great prize-fighter Floyd Mayweather and UFC star Conor McGregor will go ahead on August 26 in Las Vegas, the two fighters confirmed on Wednesday.The contest will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with the Nevada State Athletic Commission having approved the date for a Mayweather Promotions fight, Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett confirmed.

Bennett did not confirm as yet that McGregor will a get a boxing license from the state administrators, though that now seems a formality.

17 killed, several injured inAngola’s football match stampede


At least 17 people have been killed and    several others injured in a stampede at a soccer stadium in the northern Uige city of Angola.The tragedy occurred on Friday evening,

seven minutes into a first division match between Santa Rita de Cassia and Libolo when hundreds of local fans stormed one of

the gates of the stadium to watch the match,news agency Xinhua reported.

Mourinho transformingManchester United quicker thanexpected – Peter Schmeichel

Former Manchester United goalkeeper, PeterSchmeichel says the arrival of Jose Mourinho has
been “fantastic” for the club with the Portuguese
helping to restore feeling of confidence to Old
Trafford.
Schmeichel believes the former Inter Milan boss
has turned things around, and even quicker than
expected.

Griezmann joinsRonaldo & Messi inbattle to be The Best

The three nominees for The Best FIFA Men’sPlayer Award have been revealed, with perennial


rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi joined

by Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann in the

final three. The list of 23 names has been trimmed

down to the elite trio after voting by captains and

coaches of national teams, select members of the

media and fans voting on FIFA.com , with the

winner to be crowned at the ceremony on 9

January in Zurich.

Cristiano Ronaldo had an outstanding year in

continental competitions, securing his third UEFA

Champions League title, his second for Real

Madrid, finishing as top scorer with 16 goals on

the way to the final – in which the Portuguese

scored the winning penalty in the shootout against

Los Blancos’ rivals Atletico Madrid. Six weeks

later, he captained his country to their first major

trophy, scoring three goals to help his side to a

final where he was restricted to just 25 minutes of

action, but provided a memorable performance in

helping to cajole his team to victory from the

sideline.

After steadily improving in recent years, Griezmann

announced himself as one of the world’s

outstanding players this year thanks, in part, to his

performances on home soil at UEFA EURO 2016.

The diminutive forward, often found in a ‘9.5’ role

between the forward line and midfield, was top

scorer in the tournament as he helped his country

reach the final, only to be defeated by Ronaldo’s

Portugal. The Frenchman also ended the 2015-16

season as his club side’s top goalscorer, helping

Atleti to third in La Liga, and to a tight final defeat

to Ronaldo’s Real in the Champions League.

Argentina and Barcelona’s talisman Messi had yet

another phenomenal year, guiding his side to a

league and cup double, scoring 26 goals in an

incredibly tight La Liga title race, and captaining

his country to the final of the Copa America

Centenario. Ultimately, the national team glory with

Argentina he craves was denied him by Chile once

more, with La Roja defeating La Albiceleste on

penalties in the finale. It was, however another

fruitful year for the No10, who stepped past Gabriel

Batistuta as his country’s outright top goalscorer

during the Copa America Centenario.

Make sure to check back on FIFA.com and on

social media – @FIFAcom using #TheBest , on

Instagram and the official FIFA Football Awards

Facebook page – to see who is The Best Men’s

Player.

Hassan Al Thawadi: Qatar 2022 will be abenchmark for future mega events


Six years after Qatar was awarded the rights tohost the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, Supreme

Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) Secretary

General HE Hassan Al Thawadi is dynamically

leading preparations for a country in full swing

towards hosting the greatest football event in the

world.

The SC Secretary General sat down for an

exclusive interview with http://www.sc.qa to look back at

the most memorable moments along the way,

explain why 2017 will be a year of major progress

across stadium sites, and highlight his firm belief

that Qatar will set a new benchmark for hosting

major sporting events in the future.