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FIFA Disciplinary Committee sanctions Paolo Guerrero with a one-year suspension

On 7 December 2017, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided, after analysing all the specific circumstances of the case, to suspend the Peruvian international player Paolo Guerrero for one year. The player tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, a substance included in WADA’s 2017 Prohibited List under the class “S6. Stimulants”, following a doping control test conducted after the match of the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ played in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 5 October 2017.

By testing positive for a prohibited substance, the player has violated article 6 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations and, as such, contravened article 63 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.


Canada Soccer Women’s National Team set to take on Norway in final match of 2017

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will take on Norway in its final match of 2017 on Tuesday, 28 November at 13:00 ET/10:00 PT.

Coming off an exciting series against the world’s No.1 team USA earlier this month, Canada’s squad for the international friendly match against Norway has been fine tuned to include players who were unavailable against the USA due to professional commitments.


Sanchez nicks it at the death for Arsenal

An injury time penalty gifted to Arsenal by an unnecessary push by James Tarkowski on Aaron Ramsey enabled the Gunners to clinch an unexpected 1-0 victory over a competitive Burnley side that went toe to toe with Arsenal for the better part of the contest.

It was a case of deja vu at Turf Moor with Alexis Sanchez stepping up to the spot like he did in the 98th minute last season, and with only 2 minutes of injury time allotted at the end of this game, it was a case of Sanchez scoring again from the penalty spot, despite Nick Pope going the right way, with what was almost the last kick of the game.


Canada Soccer holds final National EXCEL U-17 camp of 2017 in Burnaby

Canada Soccer has invited 27 players to the final U-17 women’s camp of 2017 being held from 22 – 29 November, as it continues to prepare for next April’s CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Nicaragua, which serves as the qualification tournament for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.

The camp will continue to focus on the development of this age group through Canada Soccer’s National EXCEL Curriculum and provide National EXCEL Director Bev Priestman a final opportunity to assess the players before heading into the qualification tournament for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.


FIFA Men's World Ranking: Senegal soar as top five hold firm

The concluding 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifiers have left their mark on the latest FIFA World Ranking, with Senegal and the winners of the European zone play-offs among the biggest climbers.

The Lions of Teranga have, in fact, risen to 23rd – their highest-ever position on the global ladder – on the back of securing their first World Cup place since 2002. They are now the top-ranked African nation, having leapfrogged fellow Russia 2018 qualifiers Tunisia (27th, up 1) and Egypt (31st, down 1).


Milan eyeing Europa League progression, Arsenal target top spot

theo walcott2There's still plenty to play for in the Europa League, with just five teams securing their places in the round of 32 so far.

Steaua Bucharest, Dynamo Kiev, Arsenal, Lazio and Zenit St Petersburg are definitely through to the next stage, while the likes of Villarreal, AC Milan and Marseille are amongst the teams still aiming to qualify.


Martial nicks it late on for Man United against Spurs

Anthony Martial came off the bench to keep Manchester United on the coattails of local rivals Manchester City as the Red Devils came out victorious in the battle between the Premier League's second and third placed teams, 1-0 at Old Trafford.

While the absence of Tottenham star striker Harry Kane dominated the pre-game headlines, it was the way team that enjoyed the better of a poor first half that saw virtually no goal mouth action.


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