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Palmeiras - Chapecoense play out 2-2 draw

A renewed Chapecoense played out a 2-2 draw against Brazilian champions Palmeiras in the first game since a plane crash in November in Colombia killed most of its footballers.

Tears were shed before the match here on Saturday at Arena Conda Stadium by families and friends of the victims of the accident which ended the dreams of a club that had unexpectedly reached the final of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana tournament.

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AFCON: Late goal helps Tunisia edge Algeria 2-1

Two goals in the second half were enough to give Tunisia a 2-1 win over Algeria in a tense Group B game at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament.

The arch-rivals went into the dressing room goalless after the first 45 minutes, but the Tunisian side returned strongly to pin Algeria. On 50 minutes, Tunisia benefited from an own goal by Algerian captain Aissa Mandi who deflected a Youssef Msakni shot at goal.

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Forward Alex Morgan and Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris Win CONCACAF Awards

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The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today that Alex Morgan is the 2016 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year and Ashlyn Harris is the CONCACAF Female Goalkeeper of the Year as winners in twelve different categories for the annual CONCACAF Awards were revealed.

In an equally-weighted vote among Men's and Women's National Team coaches and captains of all the Member Association, media and fans, Morgan captured the award for the second time. Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica earned the honor for the first time. Harris (Orlando Pride) won the award for the first time.

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AFCON: Gabon held to 1-1 draw by Guinea Bissau

The 2017 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) football tournament kicked off here with hosts Gabon held by debutants Guinea Bissau 1-1 at the Stade De l'amitie d'Angondje. Borussia Dortmund star striker Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang gave Gabon the lead in the 52nd minute. Guinea Bissau equalised in the 89th minutes when Juary Marinho Soares headed home for a draw.

It was a game in which Gabon predictably dominated but the results were not there to show. After the first half, the hosts piled pressure on the Guinea Bissau team that defended in numbers.

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Canadian trio Wilkinson, Tancredi, and Nault announce retirements

A trio of Canada Soccer heroes will hang up their boots after international careers that included back-to-back Olympic bronze medals in London and Rio. The three Canadian soccer stars - Rhian Wilkinson, Melissa Tancredi, and Marie-Eve Nault - will all be honoured this 4 February 2017 at Canada Soccer's Bronze Medal Celebration Match in Vancouver.

"On behalf of Canada Soccer, we thank these three players for their years of commitment and dedication and wish them nothing but the best in the future," said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. "They have helped Canada Soccer's Women's National Team become our country's most celebrated summer Olympic team sport of all time. For our fans, our Bronze Medal Celebration Match in Vancouver provides us all with one more chance to say thank you to these incredible women."

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Five U-23 American players retained for Women's National Team camp

U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has held over five players from the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team camp that ended this morning to train for several days with the full U.S. Women's National Team, which begins its camp today at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

"These players showed very well during the U-23 training camp, and this is a great opportunity to see how they perform in the highly competitive environment of January Camp," Ellis said. "Having a few more players in camp helps us in our 11v11 competition, and as I've said on many occasions, the majority of this year is about looking at new players so we can continue to expand our pool."

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India achieve best FIFA Ranking in a decade

India jumped six places to the 129th spot, their best football ranking in over a decade, according to world governing body FIFA on Thursday. It is India's best ever ranking since December, 2005, when they were at the 127th spot. They have now improved 42 places in less than two years up from 173rd in March, 2015.

India won nine of their last 11 international matches. A 4-1 win against Puerto Rico, ranked 114, in September last year, has been the highlight of the surge.

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Argentina stay top in latest FIFA Rankings

With only 12 “A” matches played since the final ranking of 2016, there are few big changes in the January edition of the FIFA World Ranking. The top 34 positions of the ranking table remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place respectively.

Despite the overall stability of the January table, two new teams have broken into the top 50. Saudi Arabia (48th, up 6) and Nigeria (50th, up 1) move up at the expense of Albania (51st, down 2) and Burkina Faso (53rd, down 3).

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Canada Soccer announces Men's U-20 camp and series against Panama

Canada Soccer's Men's National U-20 Team have announced a 24-player squad for an upcoming preparation camp in Canada and Panama. The camp supports the team's preparations for the upcoming CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship in February 2017.

Canada's camp will run from 12-22 January with away international matches against Panama on 19 and 21 January. From the group of 24 players in Toronto, only 20 will travel to Panama for the two matches.

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USA to Host SheBelieves Cup Featuring England, France and Germany

U.S. Soccer will host the SheBelieves Cup for the second year in a row as four of the world's top five ranked women's national teams meet in three doubleheaders from March 1-7 at three venues in the northeast.

Germany, France and England will once again join the USA in the most elite four-team women's international tournament of the year. The USA is currently ranked first in the world, defending Olympic champion Germany is second, France is third and England is fifth.

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