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USA names 20-Player Roster for 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named the 20-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which doubles as the team's 2017 World Cup qualifying tournament, running Feb. 17-March 5 in Costa Rica.

The USA has been drawn into Group B along with Panama, Haiti and Saint Kitts and Nevis. The U.S. opens against Panama at 4 p.m. ET on Feb. 18, followed by Haiti at 5:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 21 and Saint Kitts and Nevis at 5:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 24. All three of the USA's matches will be broadcast in the United States on Univision networks.

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Real Madrid refuse to host Copa del Rey Final

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has said the Spanish footbtall club's home ground, the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, would not be available for the King's Cup final. The final will be played between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Alaves on May 27.

Perez said on Thursday the final could not be played in Real Madrid's ground, which is the largest neutral ground available for the game "because there's work going on ... there's no other issue".

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Brazil to face Argentina in an International Friendly at the MCG

Brazil and Argentina will meet in an international football friendly in Australia on June 9, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has said.

The match will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has the capacity to seat more than 1,00,000 spectators, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Diego Maradona to join FIFA

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has announced he will take up an official post with the world governing body FIFA.

Maradona made the announcement on his Facebook account along with a photo of him with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, reports Efe. Maradona declared: "Now it's official. Finally I can fulfill one of the lifelong dreams; to work for a clean and transparent FIFA alongside people who really love football. Thanks to all who have encouraged me to face this new challenge!"

The 1986 World Cup winner has said he will join FIFA as a sporting ambassador and that his aim is to clean up the Argentine Football Association.

UEFA wants 16 spots at 2026 FIFA World Cup

European football's governing body UEFA will ask for 16 places for European teams in the expanded 48-team 2026 World Cup 2026, its President Aleksander Ceferin has said.

Last month, FIFA agreed to increase the number of World Cup participants to 48 nations instead of 32, from 2026 onwards, reports Efe.

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Argentina National Team Coach delighted with Messi's form

Argentina football coach Edgardo Bauza, presently touring Europe, has praised the professional level his team's talisman Lionel Messi has reached in recent months.

After attending a training session of Atletico Madrid on Thursday, Bauza said Messi seems to be doing well as he led his club FC Barcelona to reach the Cop del Rey final, and emphasised the player's steady development over the last two months, reports Efe.

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Canada announces squad for CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship

Canada Soccer have announced their roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship. Coach Rob Gale has selected 20 players for the international competition that runs 17 February to 5 March in San José, Costa Rica.

The 12-nation CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship equally serves as the qualification route for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017. Only four CONCACAF nations will qualify for the biennial event, which runs this 20 May to 11 June.

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