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Cameroon on the charge, Côte d'Ivoire drop in latest FIFA Rankings

The most significant changes in the February edition of the FIFA World Ranking have occurred courtesy of matches played in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Cameroon’s triumph at the tournament helped them climb 29 places into 33rd position, while Egypt’s second-place finish secured them a spot in the top 25. The Pharaohs (23rd, up 12) are now the highest-ranked CAF team. Beaten semi-finalists Burkina Faso (38th, up 15) and Ghana (45th, up 9) have also enjoyed large gains while quarter-finalists Congo DR (37th, up 12) and Morocco (48th, up 9) plus hosts Gabon (87th, up 21) also have cause to celebrate.

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Schalke, Dortmund advance to German Cup quarters

Schalke crushed second-division side Sandhausen 4-1 while Dortmund edged past Berlin 3-2 on penalties in the last 16 of the German Cup.

Schalke showed no mercy for Sandhausen as three first-half goals sealed the deal on Wednesday. The Royal Blues assumed control from the start while Sandhausen focused on a well-positioned defence. 

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U.S. Soccer Names Mary Harvey 2017 Werner Fricker Builder Award Winner

Former U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Mary Harvey, a 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup champion, 1996 Olympic gold medalist and longtime advocate for the sport, has been named the 2017 winner of U.S. Soccer's prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award.

As U.S. Soccer's highest honor, the Werner Fricker Builder Award is given to an individual or group of individuals who dedicate at least 20 years of service to the sport, working to establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States. The award recognizes those who have developed programs that will outlast their own involvement in the sport. Harvey becomes the first woman to receive the award since its inception in 2002.

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ADO Den Haag sign Fons Groenendijk as Head Coach

ADO Den Haag on Wednesday appointed Fons Groenendijk as new head coach for the remainder of the 2016-17 Eredivisie football season. Groenendijk succeeds Zeljko Petrovic, who was fired on Tuesday after a series of bad results.

The 52-year-old Groenendijk signed a deal until the end of the season with an option for two more years.

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Mascherano ruled out for 2 weeks with thigh injury

FC Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano could be sidelined for a period of up to two weeks after it was confirmed that he has been injured in his left thigh.

After coming on to the field on Tuesday against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final, to replace Denis Suarez in the 62nd minute, the 32-year-old ended the game with physical problems, reports Efe.

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Henry finds coaching much harder than playing

French football great Thierry Henry believes that the work of a coach is harder than that of a player, judging from his current post as assistant coach of the Belgium national team.

In an interview with French newspaper L'Equipe on Wednesday, the former Arsenal and Barcelona player said that he is beginning to understand the priorities of a coaching post, as a simple mistake can have grave consequences, reports Efe.

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Berizzo, N'Zonzi win La Liga Awards for January

Celta Vigo coach Eduardo Berizzo and Sevilla's midfielder Steven N'Zonzi were named as La Liga's best coach and footballer for January.

Under the leadership of Berizzo, Celta Vigo won three matches out of four in January, in which the team scored on six occasions and conceded only two goals, reports Efe. The Argentine manager also led the team to the semi-finals of the Cop del Rey after eliminating Real Madrid.

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