FIFA Ballon dOr Manager of the Year Candidates : Football

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Sir Alex Ferguson, FIFA Ballon d’Or

FIFA Ballon d’Or Candidate – Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United

Former Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson is one of 10 football managers named by FIFA’s Football Committee and a group of experts from France Football as top contenders for the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or Award. The three names with the most votes will be announced in early December, with the winner due to be crowned in January.

Jupp Heynckes is favored to win the accolade having guided his former club, Bayern Munich, to their treble-winning campaign in 2013.

Premier League managers Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and the recently departed Rafael Benitez are also on the shortlist. Former Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova was not on the list despite the Catalan’s La Liga triumph last season.

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2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or Candidates

Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Paris Saint-Germain FC/Real Madrid CF), Rafael Benítez (Spain/Chelsea FC/SSC Napoli), Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus), Vicente Del Bosque (Spain/Spain national team), Sir Alex Ferguson (Scotland/Manchester United FC former coach), Jupp Heynckes (Germany/FC Bayern München former coach), Jürgen Klopp (Germany/Borussia Dortmund), José Mourinho (Portugal/Real Madrid CF/Chelsea FC), Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil/Brazil national team), Arsène Wenger (France/Arsenal FC).

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Summer Transfer Rumors - Torres, Cavani, Carroll, Villa

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Fernando Torres, FC Chelsea

Summer Transfer Rumors - Torres, Cavani, Carroll, Villa, Bale, Ronaldo, Levandowski

Barcelona reportedly hope to recruit Chelsea superstar Fernando Torres. Barca boss Tito Vilanova has been impressed with Fernando's performances for Chelsea. He'll replace David Villa, who is off to a Premiership club.

Chelsea and Man City, are favourites to land the 26-year-old Uruguayan, but have both refused to meet the £53 million buy-out clause in the striker’s contract that Napoli insist has to be met in full.

“It would certainly be a great honour to join one of the illustrious teams that are looking at me because I dreamed about doing that as a child,” said Cavani.

Paris Saint-Germain is interested in £85m Gareth Bale. In fact they're going to pay £10m in compensation and hire André Villas-Boas to replace Carlo Ancelotti as manager as well.

Meanwhile, Spurs are hopeful that £36m will lure Leandro Damião and Roberto Soldado away from Internacional and Valencia.

Now in the "big-time" action, David Moyes wants Cristiano Ronaldo or Robert Lewandowski added to his squad at Manchester United. The newly hired Man United boss may have to pay a couple of million euros the way of Bayern Munich to snag Lewandowski, due an agreement with the Poland striker. Moyes plans to sign the Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay for £15m.

Andy Carroll is close to completing a £15.5m move from Liverpool to West Ham, where Sam Allardyce is hoping to bring Demba Ba back on loan from Chelsea.

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FC Celtic Boss Neil Lennon Handed 3-match Touchline Ban

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Neil Lennon, Manager FC Celtic

FC Celtic Boss Neil Lennon Handed 3-match Touchline Ban

FC Celtic face Hibernian in the upcoming Scottish Cup Final on May 26th at Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow, United Kingdom. 

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been given a three-match touchline ban after being found guilty of swearing and misconduct during Celtic's 1-1 draw with St Mirren on March 31. 

The ban, carried over from last season, came into action after a disciplinary tribunal found Lennon had breached Disciplinary Rule 203 in his use of offensive language towards St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin.

Lennon will be in the stands for FC Celtic's matches against Motherwell, Ross County and St Johnstone.

Neil Lennon is a former pro footballer from Northern Ireland. He is the manager and former captain of Celtic, and is currently the longest continuous serving manager in the Scottish Premier League.

Lennon will be on the pitch for his weekend's clash with Inverness as Lennon has five days to appeal the ban.

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Ibra Makes History in Sweden's Friends Arena


Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Captain Sweden and PSG

Ibra Makes History in Sweden's Friends Arena

Joe Hart came out of his goalie area to head off a shot. 

"I saw him come out and had to decide whether I should go in a duel in the air or wait for him to head it out," Ibrahimovic said. "When he headed it I had it in my mind to try to score. I hit it in mid-air and, when I landed, saw their defender running back to try to clear but it bounced over him. It was a good try, that is all. When it comes off it looks fantastic but, for me, I liked the first goal more because it was history: the first in the new arena."

"Sometimes, when he does these things in training or in a match, you don't think it's possible," said Sweden Manager Erik Hamren.

"Sometimes you feel you're looking at a computer game where you can do all these incredible things, because that's not possible to do that, that fourth goal. When you're working with him, often you can be surprised in training, too, because sometimes things happen that you've never seen before. I'm really lucky to have the opportunity to see him often.

"He's a true captain these days, taking care especially of the young guys. They've had him as a hero as they grew up, and now they're sitting beside him in the training camp. I saw him sitting yesterday with three of the least experienced players in the squad, after lunch, talking with them. They were just eating up his words. Listening."

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England National Squad Named: England v Sweden Tickets

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool & England National Team

England National Squad Named: England v Sweden

Hodgson may have to do without England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who is up to win his 100th cap. Gerrard injured his knee in his side’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday and he may not be available for England duty due to ligament damage. Gerrard will undergo a precautionary scan after being injured during Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.

Gerrard is still expected to travel with the England squad to Stockholm and, should he recover in time, would become the sixth player to reach a milestone of 100 international caps after Bobby Moore, Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Bobby Charlton and Billy Wright.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was confident about Gerrard's fitness for the Sweden match.

"He has just opened up his medial ligament a bit. He has got some ice on his knee and we'll find out the full extent later on," remarked Rodgers.

Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon (Spurs), Theo Walcott (Arsenal) and Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool) all withdrew due to injury.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha was drafted into the squad to replace Theo Walcott who has a muscle injury.

England Squad

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic/SCO), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)

Midfielders: Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham Hotspur), Leon Osman (Everton), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Forwards: Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United)

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