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.

France, Spain bookStade de France date

France will welcome Spain to the Stade de Francefor an intriguing friendly on 28 March – a few days


after the teams play Luxembourg and Israel in

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying.

Les Bleus head Group A, three points clear of the

Netherlands and Spain. La Roja are first in Group

G, above Italy on goal difference and Israel by a

point.

The Stade de France was inaugurated in January

1998 with a friendly between France and Spain.

Zinedine Zidane netted the only goal after Andoni

Zubizarreta failed to hold a fizzing Youri Djorkaeff

strike, with now Bleu coach Didier Deschamps

facilitating it with a finely-executed pass. Six

months later Zidane headed two goals in the same

stadium as France downed Brazil 3-0 in the World

Cup Final.

Both teams have had periods of dominance in the

fixture. France went unbeaten in it between 1983

and 2000, winning six of eight. Spain won four and

drew one of five meetings between 2008 and ’13.

In the Brazil 2014 preliminaries, a last-gasp Olivier

Giroud equaliser earned France a point in Madrid,

but Pedro’s unanswered goal at the Stade de

France ultimately helped Spain finish top of Group

I and send their opponents into the playoffs, where

they overcame a 2-0 first-leg loss to edge

Ukraine.

The sides have met once in the World Cup. David

Villa fired Spain ahead from the spot in the Round

of 16 at Germany 2006, but goals from Franck

Ribery, Patrick Vieira and Zidane earned France a

3-1 success.

Full steam ahead inpreparation for the FIFAConfederations Cup

A few hours before the final FIFA Confederations

Cup match schedule is known at the Kazan Tennis

Academy, FIFA, the Local Organising Committee

(LOC) and the Host Country provided an update on

the preparations for the Tournament of Champions

taking place from 17 June to 2 July next year.

During the media briefing held at the same venue

as the Official Draw, Russia’s Deputy Prime

Minister, Vitaly Mutko, FIFA President Gianni

Infantino and Local Organising Committee (LOC)

CEO, Alexey Sorokin, went through details of some

of the main operational aspects of the event, such

as infrastructure, security, ticketing, and

volunteering.

FIFA.com brings you the main quotes of the press

conference.

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Vitaly Mutko

I would like to welcome you to the wonderful city

of Kazan. We did not have any doubts where to

hold the FIFA Confederations Cup draw as Kazan is

a very hospitable city with more than 1,000 years

of history. It’s a city that has been growing and

evolving very fast recently and the capital of

Tatarstan has truly become a major sports city in

Russia and has held a lot of big sports events over

the last few years.

For today, two stadiums are fully operational and

100 per cent ready – it is the Spartak Stadium in

Moscow and the Kazan Arena which FIFA President

Gianni Infantino and myself visited today.

Fisht Stadium in Sochi will be commissioned in

November and we plan to arrange a friendly match

there in March involving the Russian national

football team. Saint Petersburg Stadium will be

commissioned in December and hopefully in March

or April we will arrange a test event there as well.

Apart from that, 12 venue specific training sites

will be used during the tournament. This

infrastructure is to be handed over to the youth

sports academies afterwards and this is the legacy

of the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Part of our obligations as Host Country was visa-

free entrance to Russia during the tournament for

all football supporters who bought tickets. In this

regard, to simplify all the procedures and to

provide additional security guarantees, we plan to

implement FAN ID cards for each supporter

planning to visit the stadium. The FAN ID portal

was launched simultaneously with the FIFA

Confederations Cup tickets Visa pre-sale. There’s

a direct link on FIFA.com that leads to the

dedicated portal with a detailed explanation of all

the procedures on application process. FAN IDs

are to be delivered via post worldwide, but the

electronic confirmation letter would also allow

people to enter Russia. We will be communicating

information on FAN ID as much as possible to all

the parties involved: supporters, teams and

commercial affiliates. Apart from that, we plan to

implement additional services into the FAN ID card.

For example, free ground transportation within the

cities.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino

I am happy and pleased being here in Kazan, the

capital of Tatarstan, a city and region which has

incredible cultural and historical heritage, a city

where different cultures and religions are living

peacefully side by side. These are things which are

not really known to the world and football can also

can make these elements and facts known to the

world. That’s why I am happy to be here in Kazan.

Stadiums in Russia are progressing very well, will

be ready in time; perfect status. I know that there

are challenges in Saint Petersburg, but the stadium

will be ready on time – President Putin assured

me.

Also I would like to remind you that the general

phase of ticketing starts on 1 December and you

will be able to buy tickets to all 16 matches. They

will be available on FIFA.com/tickets.

The FIFA World Cup™ in Russia will the first where

we officially will use Video Assistant Referees,

subject to be approved by IFAB in March 2018.

The World Cup is the biggest competition and we

can help referees not to make mistakes. We are

now making tests and will test the system during

the Confederations Cup.

Local Organising Committee (LOC) CEO, Alexey

Sorokin

We have been preparing the FIFA Confederations

Cup Official Draw for a year. In general, we are

deep in the operational phase, after the

Confederations Cup Draw we actively will start to

promote the tournament. We are now working hard

on preparations of it, this is our focus currently.

Another aspect I would like to touch on is the

volunteers programme, which already became the

biggest in Russia’s volunteer movement history.

On Monday we received our 150,000th application

and today we already overcame the level of

153,000 applications. I would like also to add that

during the Confederations Cup, around 5,500

volunteers will be used and also a reserve of 40

per cent prepared. We are happy that the

tournament is so popular.​