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Nyon (Switzerland): The UEFA Executive Committee on Thursday chose Germany to host the EURO 2024 over Turkey, which failed for the fourth time to become a venue for the continental national teams' football tournament.

Germany, which hosted the EURO 1988 and the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, prevailed over Turkey by 12 votes to four, reports Efe news.

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London: Lionel Messi's leave of absence from Argentina's national team will extend to at least November, the Albiceleste's interim coach Lionel Scaloni has said.

Speaking to reporters at FIFA's The Best awards ceremony in London on Monday, Scaloni said Messi would not return for friendlies against Iraq and Brazil in Saudi Arabia next month, Xinhua news agency reported.

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(L-R) Brazil and PSG defender Dani Alves, Presenter Former Brazil and Barcelona player Ronaldinho, Real madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, Chelsea and Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard, presenter former Germany captain Michael Ballack, Paris Saint-Germain and France forward Kylian Mbappe and Chelsea, France midfielder N’Golo Kante, Brazil's defender Marcelo, France and real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David De Gea with their trophies at the presentation for the FIFA FIFPro World11 award 2018 during The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, on September 24, 2018 in London.

London: Croatian footballer Luka Modric was named the world's best male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards here.

The Real Madrid midfielder, 33, beat former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, now with Juventus, and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah to the award, BBC reported on Monday.

Modric won his third Champions League title in a row in May and guided Croatia to their first World Cup final in July.

Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta won the best female player award.

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Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (down) reacts after receiving a red card during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Valencia CF and Juventus FC at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on September 19, 2018.

Valencia: Juventus believe they can win the Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo, but they had to start by beating Valencia without him after he was controversially sent off on his debut in the competition for the Italian champions on Wednesday.

A tearful Ronaldo left the pitch in disbelief in the 29th minute, having aimed a petulant, but seemingly harmless, kick at Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.

The Portuguese player then made contact with Murillo's head while urging him to get up.

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Kolkata: Legendary former footballer I.M. Vijayan and defender Debjit Ghosh will take part in a charity match at Kalyani on Saturday to raise funds for the victims of the devastating Kerala floods.

Vijayan, who was one of the victims of the Kerala floods, will lead a Red Star team with the likes of Sandip Nandy, Jo Paul Ancheri, Alvito D'Cunha and Denson Devadas, among others.

Vijayan, who lives in the flood-hit Thrissur district, had to flee to his wife's place after his house was inundated.

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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions' League group B football match FC Barcelona against PSV Eindhoven at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 18, 2018.

Paris: Roberto Firmino's last-gasp strike gave Liverpool a 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in a thrilling encounter on the opening night of the UEFA Champions League group stage, after Lionel Messi's latest hat-trick handed Barcelona a winning start.

There were dramatic late goals around Europe, including for Inter Milan against Tottenham Hotspur, and winning starts for several of the leading contenders, with Atletico Madrid battling back to beat Monaco.

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Turin (Italy): Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first Serie A goal on Sunday, then went on to make it a brace as he led Juventus to a 2-1 win against Sassuolo, extending the Italian league leader's winning streak.

Ronaldo had not scored in his first three Serie A games with Juventus, but on Sunday did not disappoint coach Massimiliano Allegri, who had said at a press conference on the eve of the clash that the former Real Madrid forward would score against Sassuolo, reports Efe news.

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New Delhi: Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who is one of the co-owners of the Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Kerala Blasters Football Club, has sold his stakes in the franchise before the start of the new season.

The decision might come as a blow for the Blasters as Tendulkar had always been an integral part of the set-up and seen cheering the team from the stands in home and away games.

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Dhaka: The Indian football team lost 1-2 to much-lower ranked Maldives in the final of the SAFF Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Saturday.

Maldives scored in either half, and the only Indian goal came in the added extra time of the second half courtesy a Sumeet Passi strike.

India, coached by Stephen Constantine, started on a positive note but a couple of counter attacks and a resilient defensive display from Maldives shattered the defending champions' dream of clinching their record eighth SAFF title.

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Dhaka: Striker Manvir Singh scored twice as 10-man defending champions India got past arch-rivals Pakistan 3-1 to enter the final of the SAFF Cup at the Bangabandhu Stadium here on Wednesday.

After a goalless first-half, Manvir scored his first in the 49th minute only to double the score-line twenty minutes later.

Substitute Sumit Passi sealed the fate of the match in the 83rd minute.

For Pakistan, Hassan Bashir reduced the margin in the 88th minute.

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