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Kolkata to host final of FIFA U-17 World Cup

Following a week-long inspection tour of the six venues chosen for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, and with less than 200 days to go until the footballing talents of the future compete on the pitch, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have released the official match schedule and unveiled the tournament slogan.

The tournament will start in New Delhi and Navi Mumbai with the first double headers being held on 6 October. The quarter-finals will be in Goa, Guwahati, Kochi and Kolkata, while Guwahati and Navi Mumbai will host the semi-finals. The final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 will be held in Kolkata’s iconic Salt Lake Stadium.

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Netherlands sack Head Coach Danny Blind

The Dutch football association, KNVB has fired head coach Danny Blind following a 0-2 defeat against Bulgaria in the World Cup qualifiers.

After the Dutch national team arrived back in Amsterdam from Sofia on Sunday, Blind already skipped the training and had a meeting with KNVB's director of professional football Jean-Paul Decossaux and technical director Hans van Breukelen.

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Bafana Bafana quartet doubtful for Angola clash

South Africa’s 3-1 over Guinea-Bissau on Saturday, 25 March 2017 in Durban came with a price as four Bafana Bafana players are doubtful for the international friendly match against Angola on Tuesday, 28 March 2017.

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Canada earns 1-0 win over Uzbekistan in U-23 series

Octavio Zambrano has a "W" from his first match in charge of Canada Soccer's Men's National Team Program. Zambrano and team led Canada to a 1:0 victory over Uzbekistan in the first of two matches at a U-23 series in Qatar.

Caniggia Elva was the goalscorer just before the hour mark. Captain and goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau posted the clean sheet while Jordan Schweitzer earned man of the match honours. 

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Erasmus, Tau and Jali on target for South Africa in International Friendly

Kermit Erasmus, Percy Tau and Andile Jali were on target for Bafana Bafana as the home side routed Guinea Bissau 3-1 in an international friendly played at Moses Mabhida stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Playing in drizzling rains, the home team were too powerful for Guinea Bissau and with good finishing; the scoreline could have been much higher. So dominant was Bafana Bafana that they spent most of the afternoon camped in the visitors’ own half. But interim coach Owen da Gama will be pleased with the team’s showing going into Tuesday’s friendly with Angola.

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Germany new leaders in FIFA Women's Rankings

The FIFA Women’s World Ranking has a new team at the top for the first time since March 2015, with Germany back at the summit. The European champions have dethroned ranking stalwarts the USA – who now sit in second – in a table that has been shaped by an eventful three months of friendly matches and invitational tournaments.

Shock results at the recent SheBelieves Cup have done the most to end the Stars & Stripes’ reign, with the hosts losing twice to finish bottom of the standings – leading to their lowest number of points (2105) since the ranking’s inception. That has allowed Germany to leapfrog them into top spot, although the new leaders also lost ranking points at the same tournament, having been the only side to lose to the USA before eventually finishing second.

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Ellis Names 24 Players for U.S. Friendlies against Russia

U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 24-player training camp roster for two matches against Russia, taking place on April 6 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (7:30 p.m. CT; FS1 with the pre-game show starting at 7 p.m. CT) and April 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston (1 p.m. CT on ESPN).

Ellis will choose 18 players for the game roster for each match. These will be the final U.S. WNT matches before the National Women's Soccer League kicks off its fifth season with four games on April 15.

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India edge Cambodia 3-2 in International Friendly

India made heavy weather of their 3-2 win over lower-ranked Cambodia in a FIFA international football friendly at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday. India will play Myanmar in their AFC Asian Cup qualifiers opener on March 28, and this game was billed as a dress rehearsal.

The visitors took time to dust the rustiness off their play after missing out on international football for almost six months. India last played in September against Puerto Rico, a match they won 4-1. 

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Marc Wilmots appointed new Head Coach of Ivory Coast football team

Former Belgium football team head coach Marc Wilmots has signed a two-year contract to be in charge of the Ivory Coast national team.

Ivorian football federation head Augustin Sidy Diallo on Tuesday specified that the contract of the 48-year-old Belgian coach will be for two years. During a press conference, Diallo described the appointment as the right decision.

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Khune to captain Bafana Bafana vs Guinea-Bissau and Angola

Itumeleng Khune will captain Bafana Bafana in the upcoming international friendly matches against Guinea-Bissau and Angola. The announcement was made on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 at the squad’s base camp in Durban.

Thulani Hlatshwayo, Dean Furman and Hlompho Kekana have been appointed as vice captains.

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