Brazilian club Chapecoense have been named 2016 Copa Sudamericana champions by CONMEBOL
06.12.2016 : Brazilian club Chapecoense have been named 2016 Copa Sudamericana champions by CONMEBOL after losing 19 of their players in a plane crash as they travelled to the tournament's final on November 28. Colombian outfit Atletico Nacional, who were set to play Chapecoense in the first leg of the final on November 30, asked that the Brazilian club be named honorary champions. There were 71 fatalities in the plane crash, including playing staff, club officials, journalists and flight crew. South American football writer Rupert Fryer confirmed the news on Monday
A number of players have offered to turn out for Chapecoense as they start the process of rebuilding their club, including Eidur Gudjohnsen has joined Ronaldinho and Juan Roman Riquelme, as per BBC Sport
Neymar is currently the most valuable player in the world
06.12.2016 : According to the France Football, Brazilian and FC Barcelona Mega Star Neymar is currently the most valuable player in the world France Football, using data from CIES Football Observatory shows the 50 most valuable footballers in the world where six of the seven most expensive players in the world are from Spain.
Neymar is top of the list, valued at 250m euros, beating Lionel Messi (190m) and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, (135m). Off the podium but fourth on the list is Cristiano Ronaldo (130m). FC Barcelona are represented on the list by Luis Suarez (95m), Sergio Busquets (60m) and Ivan Rakitic (50m) too. FULL LIST - READ HERE
1.Neymar Barcelona 2.Messi Barcelona 3.Griezmann Atletico 4.Cristiano Real Madrid 5.Pogba Manchester United 6.Gareth Bale Real Madrid 7.Luis Suárez Barcelona 8.Aguero Manchester City 9.Higuain Juventus 10.Muller Bayern Munich
COCA COLA CUP TO AUGMENT AIFF’S SCOUTING FOR U-17 WORLD CUP
06.12.2016: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : With less than a year left, All India Football Federation is providing talented kids all over the Country another chance to give it a shot to get selected for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 in the Coca Cola Cup. AIFF in association with Coca Cola will be scouting talent from the Tournament which will be held across eleven States – namely Assam, Delhi, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Punjab & West Bengal in December/January 2017.
“I am sure the Coca Cola Cup will help us to unearth talent for the World Cup squad. The Tournament offers all perhaps the last chance to get selected for the World Cup Team,” Abhishek Yadav, Director, Scouting, AIFF told. Boys born on or after January 1, 2000 are eligible to participate in the Tournament.
Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF said that the Coca Cola Tournament has helped in “getting youth football organised in India.” Among other things, the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will be a culmination of our partnership and work that we have jointly put in Youth Football Development in India over the years,” Mr. Das stated.
“Coca Cola has been a partner of AIFF for over 7 years and their contribution has helped us immensely in getting Youth Football organized,” he added. Keeping in mind the 2017 U-17 World Cup, AIFF has been relentlessly scouting all over the country for potential talent. Barely a week back, Abhishek Yadav, Director, Scouting, AIFF scouted four promising boys who have been called for further trials by Head Coach Nicolai Adam.
Yadav, a former Indian captain has scouted 11 boys, all of whom represented India in the AFC U-16 Finals and the BRICS Cup held earlier this year. Schools interested to participate in the Coca Cola Cup can either get in touch with their State Football Federation or directly register themselves on: www.the-aiff.com/cocacola by December 10, 2016.