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Ballon d’Or: Jorginho, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski among nominees for award

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Chelsea’s Jorginho, Paris St-Germain’s Lionel Messi and and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski are on the shortlist for the men’s Ballon d’Or award.

Messi was the 2019 winner for a record sixth time.

The forward picked up a first major international title when he helped Argentina win the 2021 Copa America.

Italy midfielder Jorginho helped Chelsea win the Champions League last season before victory at Euro 2020 with his country in the summer.

Poland striker Lewandowski won the 2020-21 European Golden Shoe, having scored 41 Bundesliga goals as Bayern Munich won the German league title last season.

There are 14 Premier League players on the 30-man 2021 shortlist and five members of Italy’s European Championship-winning squad.

The Ballon d’Or, organised by France Football, is awarded annually to the world’s best footballer.

The prize was not given out in 2020 – for the first time since 1956 – because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The winner of the award will be announced on 29 November at Paris’ Theatre du Chatelet.

England’s Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) and Bakayo Saka (Arsenal) are among the 10 nominees for the Kopa Trophy, which is for players under the age of 21.

The Yashin Trophy is for the best goalkeeper and the four Premier League players on the 10-man shortlist are Chelsea and Senegal’s Edouard Mendy, Manchester City’s Brazilian Ederson, Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel, of Denmark, and Aston Villa’s Argentine Emiliano Martinez.

Ballon d’Or nominees

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea, Spain)

Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan, Italy)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France)

Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus, Italy)

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium)

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus, Italy)

Ruben Dias (Manchester City, Portugal)

Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG, Italy)

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United, Portugal)

Phil Foden (Manchester City, England)

Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund, Norway)

Jorginho (Chelsea, Italy)

Harry Kane (Tottenham, England)

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, France)

Simon Kjaer (AC Milan, Denmark)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland)

Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, Belgium)

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, Algeria)

Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan, Argentina)

Kylian Mbappe (PSG, France)

Lionel Messi (PSG, Argentina)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)

Gerard Moreno (Villarreal, Spain)

Mason Mount (Chelsea, England)

Neymar (PSG, Brazil)

Pedri (Barcelona, Spain)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Portugal)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, England)

Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid, Uruguay)

What is the Ballon d’Or?

The Ballon d’Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with England’s Stanley Matthews the first winner.

It was only for European players until 1995, when it expanded to become open for any player at a European club. From 2007 it opened up to the rest of the world.

The 30-man list of nominees is compiled by the editorial staff of the French magazine, with the winner voted for by journalists from around the world, with one representative per nation.

From 2010 to 2015 it merged with Fifa’s awards, but they split and the world governing body set up its own awards again in 2016.

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Steve Bruce sacked as head coach of Newcastle United

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His assistant Graeme Jones will lead the team on an interim basis with the support of the coaching team after Bruce left by “mutual consent,” the club said.

Steve Bruce has been sacked as head coach of Newcastle United.

Bruce, who leaves the club after more than two years in charge, is departing by “mutual consent”, the premier league club says.

The move comes 13 days after a Saudi-backed consortium completed its takeover at St James’ Park and three days after Bruce’s 1,000 game as a manager ended in a 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham during which disgruntled fans renewed calls for him to go.

A club statement said: “Newcastle United can confirm that Steve Bruce has left his position as head coach by mutual consent.

“He leaves the Magpies after more than two years in charge, having steered the club to 13th and 12th-place finishes in the Premier League and reaching the quarter-final stage in both the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup during his tenure.Advertisement

“Newcastle United would like to place on record its gratitude to Steve for his contribution and wishes him well for the future.”

Bruce, who pointedly did not thank the supporters, said: “I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football club.

“I would like to thank my coaching team, the players and the support staff in particular for all their hard work. There have been highs and lows, but they have given everything even in difficult moments and should be proud of their efforts.

“This is a club with incredible support and I hope the new owners can take it forward to where we all want it to be. I wish everyone the very best of luck for the rest of this season and beyond.”

Bruce’s assistant Graeme Jones will take charge of the team for Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace, with the Magpies still awaiting their first Premier League win of the season and sitting just one place off the foot of the table.

The statement continued: “Graeme Jones will lead the team on an interim basis, starting with Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace, and will be supported by the coaching team of Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence, Ben Dawson and Simon Smith.

“The process of recruiting a new head coach is under way and an appointment will be announced in due course. The club will not be making further comment at this time.”

During his tenure, Bruce steered the club to 13th and 12th-place finishes in the Premier League.

The team also reached the quarter-final stage in both the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup while he was head coach.

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Milovan Rajevac meets Edmund Addo after Champions League clash with Inter Milan

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Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac was in Milan to watch Edmund Addo feature for Sherrif Tiraspol against Inter Milan at the San Siro in the UEFA Champions League.

Sheriff suffered their first defeat of the competition losing 3-1 to the Serie A champions on Tuesday night.

Edmund Addo who shot to fame following his team’s impressive performance against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabau met the Black Stars coach after the game.

Milovan Rajevac was also at the stadium to watch the Ghanaian midfielder in action for the Moldovan club.

Edmund Addo played 74 minutes in the game for Sheriff Tiraspol before he was substituted.

The 21-year-old could be handed his maiden Black Stars call up for next month’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia and South Africa.

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Dogboe to make ring return against Diaz on November 20

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Ghanaian boxer Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe (22-2, 15KOs) will face Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz (26-3, 16 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, United States of America (USA) on November 20, 2021

The bout is an undercard of the main card bout where Terence Crawford defends his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Welterweight title against Shawn Porter.

Dogboe, whose last bout was against Adam Lopez, would make his return to the ring in more than two years against the 26-year-old Puerto Rican boxer.

The Ghanaian boxer was splendid his last outing having recorded a majority decision win against Adam Lopez in June, 2019.

Diaz, on the other hand, lost to WBO Featherweight Champion Emanuel Naverrete in April 2021 likewise Dogboe has suffered defeat twice against the ruthless Mexican boxer having lost his Super Bantamweight title in the process.

Dogboe would be looking to get his title ambitions back on track with a win while Diaz will be looking to get another shot at the title with a win.

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