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Mbappe, Modric on 10-man list for FIFA best player award

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Geneva, Jul 25 (AP) - World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric will lead the challenge against a dec-ade-long dominance of FIFA's best player award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Mbappe, the teenage star of France's World Cup-winning team, and Modric, the Croatia captain who was named the tournament's best player, joined five-time winners Ronaldo and Messi among 10 candidates announced by FIFA on Tuesday.
For the first time, FIFA has opened voting within days of the World Cup...

Turkey’s Erdogan decries ‘racist attitude’ against Ozil

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Istanbul, Jul 25 (AP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he spoke with Mesut Ozil after the mid-fielder's retirement from playing for Germany. He decried the "racist attitude" Ozil faces.
Ozil announced his international retirement on Sunday, weeks after Germany's first-round World Cup...

Ozil’s angry Germany departure draws mixed response at home

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Berlin, Jul 24 (AP) - Mesut Ozil's angry departure from Germany's national team amid accusations of racism drew mixed reactions at home Monday, prompting both sharp criticism of the player and concern over the country's attitude toward Germans with foreign roots.
The Arsenal star announced his...

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