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Germany have added their name to the list of Confederations Cup champions thanks to a 1-0 victory over Chile in the final, joining five other teams to have lifted the trophy. Brazil (four titles), France (two), Argentina, Mexico and Denmark (one each) are the other nations to have tasted success at the competition. As the curtain came down on the Tournament of Champions, it was time to hand out the individual awards – and it was no surprise to see Germany pick up the majority of them.  Follow #ConfedCup  ✔@FIFAcom #ConfedCup | @adidas Golden Ball Julian Draxler @adidas Golden Glove Claudio Bravo @adidas Golden Boot Timo Werner …

World champions Germany secured a first Confederations Cup title after victory against Copa America winners Chile in Sunday’s final in St Petersburg. Lars Stindl hit the first-half winner following a mistake by Marcelo Diaz. Chile’s Arturo Vidal and Angelo Sagal both blazed over the bar in the closing stages. Germany’s Timo Werner was elbowed by Gonzalo Jara, who escaped with a yellow card despite the use of the video assistant referee (VAR). Earlier, Adrien Silva scored an extra-time penalty as Portugal recovered from a goal down to beat Mexico 2-1 in the third-place play-off in Moscow. Luis Neto bundled into…

Former Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu says the recent death of Ivory Coast’s Cheick Tiote should be a wake up call to act over heart problems in Africa. Tiote, who was 30, died earlier this month after collapsing as he trained his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises. Kanu battled heart problems during his career says it is time to address heart related problems on and off the field. “I’m talking to friends so we can do something to create awareness to try to help children in Africa,” Kanu said. “Tiote’s death was not good news. It’s not the first time it is…

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was the hero as Chile reached the Confederations Cup final by beating Portugal on penalties. Bravo denied efforts from Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani as Chile converted all their spot-kicks. It was perhaps justice for Chile, who had a strong claim for a penalty denied deep in extra time and also hit the post twice in quick succession. They will play either Germany or Mexico in Sunday’s final in Kazan.

Jose Mourinho said an emotional goodbye to his father Felix on Tuesday morning as he attended his funeral in Setubal, Portugal. The Manchester United manager confirmed that his father had passed away on Sunday evening at the age of 79 after suffering with ill health for several months. Mourinho, who helped carry the coffin into the church, was joined by wife Matilde, son Jose Jnr and United assistant coach Silvino Louro for the service. Jose Mourinho attended the funeral of his father Felix in Setubal, Portugal on Tuesday  Manchester United manager Mourinho helped carry his father’s coffin into the church Mourinho’s father…

Once capped by Portugal, the former goalkeeper has passed away, with his son leading the tributes via an Instagram post. Felix Mourinho, father of Manchester United boss Jose, has passed away aged 79, former club Belenenses have confirmed. He spent a lengthy playing career as a goalkeeper, even turning out once for Portugal, and thereafter he spent two decades in the dugout, during which time he would ask his son to compile the scouting reports that ultimately led to Jose being recognised as one of the world’s top coaches. Mourinho responded to his father’s death by posting a picture of…

Mario Balotelli has signed a one-year contract extension at Nice that keeps him at the club next season. Nice announced the news on the team’s website on Sunday with a photo of Balotelli signing his contract alongside president Jean-Pierre Rivere and general manager Julien Fournier. The club credited the 26-year-old for not prioritising the financial aspect of the deal, saying: “We are proud to have convinced the superstar to join us last year and to have seen him flourish on and off the field. Mario Balotelli scored 15 Ligue 1 goals in his debut season at Nice “The Italian international…

Gianluigi Donnarumma “wished to reiterate my absolute love for Milan. As soon as the Euros are finished, I’ll meet the club to discuss my renewal.” The goalkeeper has been absolutely silent on his future for weeks while representative Mino Raiola gave interviews accusing Milan directors of “threats and mobbing behaviour.” This afternoon, Donnarumma tweeted a denial that he was ready to fire Raiola, which prompted many to assume he was indeed walking away. However, this evening he took to Instagram with a new message. “Today my tweet sparked a real firestorm, which I did not wish to generate, so for…

Juventus have confirmed they will release right-back Dani Alves from the final year of his contract. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is known to be interested in the 34-year-old, whom he knows from their time together at Barcelona. Speaking to Italian media on Wednesday, Juventus chief executive Beppe Marotta said that Alves had “expressed a desire to try a new experience”. Marotta said Juventus hoped to reach a “mutual termination” with Alves. He wished the Brazilian good luck for the future. Alves has only been with Juve for a year, winning Serie A and reaching the Champions League final. Prior…

Antonio Conte is due to hold talks with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, with the Premier League champions optimistic that the Italian will extend his contract. Claims emerged from Italy last week that Conte was considering his future regarding Chelsea’s transfer strategy and a desire to have greater power. As reported by Telegraph Sport, Conte will be fighting a losing battle if he tries to take full control at Stamford Bridge but there have since been positive conversations between the head coach and club officials. Now Conte will speak to Abramovich regarding this summer and the future, when it is hoped that, barring any…

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