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Liverpool fail to get past Man United's parked bus at Anfield

A brilliant reflex save by David de Gea with his right boot to deny Joel Matip was the highlight of the game as Liverpool and Manchester United played out a second consecutive goal-less draw at Anfield.

The return of Premier League football after the international break brought with it plenty of promise as Liverpool vs Manchester United highlighted the matchday card to kickstart the weekend, but like last year the game promised plenty but offered little.

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FIFA suspends the Pakistan Football Federation

FIFA has decided to suspend the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council dated 10 October 2017 on account of undue third-party interference.

The Bureau took this decision as a result of the fact that the PFF offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator, which constitutes a violation of the PFF obligations to manage its affairs independently and without influence from any third parties in accordance with the FIFA Statutes.

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Trinidad & Tobago knock USA out of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

With an unlikely combination of results in the final Matchday of CONCACAF Qualifying, the U.S. Men's National Team was eliminated from contention for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

After falling 2-1 to Trinidad & Tobago, the doomsday combination of a Honduras victory against Mexico (3-2) and a Panama win over Costa Rica (2-1) dropped the U.S. from third to fifth place in the Hexagonal. Panama qualified directly with its third place finish, while Honduras will face off against Australia in the intercontinental playoff.

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Six provinces win multiple medals on Teck Finals Day at 2017 Toyota National Championships

With four medals across all competitions, Quebec led the way on Teck Finals Day at the 2017 National Championships.  Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario each earned three medals while Nova Scotia and British Columbia secured two medals.  Newfoundland & Labrador's single medal rounded out the hardware given out in Fredericton, Calgary and Surrey.

CS Lakeshore secured gold for Quebec in Fredericton, New Brunswick at the Girls' U-17 Cup for a third straight year (Note: U-16 Cup previously). Quebec also earned silver in Fredericton as CS Mistral Sherbrooke won the Boys' U-17 Cup. At the U-15 Cup in Calgary, Alberta, CS Longueuil won gold on the boys’ side and CS Monteuil Laval took home silver on the girls’ side.

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USA thrash hosts India 3-0 at Under-17 FIFA World Cup

The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team claimed a dominant 3-0 win against host India in their first Group A match at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

A raucous crowd of 46,312 turned out to support India for the nation's first FIFA World Cup game at any level, but the USA was unfazed by the boisterous atmosphere and through a wealth of possession carved out numerous chances throughout the first half before a clever move from captain Josh Sargent earned a penalty kick that he then converted in the 30th minute to give the U.S. a lead it would never relinquish. 

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Contenders begin to emerge on day two of 2017 Toyota National Championships

With the completion of match day two of the 2017 Canada Soccer Toyota National Championships, all teams have now played their first game of the competition. Contenders began to distance themselves from the pack while some women's teams have now guaranteed themselves a medal.

At the U-15 Cup in Calgary, AB, Quebec and Alberta have positioned themselves to win groups on both sides of the draw. Meanwhile, the U-17 Cup in Fredericton, NB, saw Quebec and Mantioba teams lead the way with Ontario teams having a big day.

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United Bid Committee moves into next stage of bid process for 2026 FIFA World Cup

The United Bid Committee announced today the 32 cities across North America that could serve as Official Host Cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. The 32 potential host cities include four cities in Canada, three in Mexico and 25 cities in the United States. The full list of cities is included below. The United Bid Committee also confirmed it will continue engaging with non-host cities in the further development of the united hosting concept.

“Having hosted every FIFA competition other than the FIFA World Cup™, Canada has built a strong foundation across the country from which we can now draw on as a member of the United 2026 bid,” said Steven Reed, United 2026 Board Member and Canada Soccer President.  “Canada has proven itself to be a soccer nation and we are confident Canadians will come together to show, once again, the wonderful Canadian hospitality that has helped make each of our previous FIFA tournaments successful.” 

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