DONEGAL FIRE FIGHTERS RECEIVE AWARDS FOR A TOTAL OF 150 YEARS OF SERVICE!

first_imgSeven Donegal Fire Fighters have received Long Service Awards for which they have served a total of 150 years of service.The fire fighters received their awards from Mr. Paudie Coffey T.D., the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government at a ceremony in the Red Cow Morans Hotel, Dublin.These awards are presented every two years and include two awards, one for 20 years service and one for thirty years service. This year there were six members of Donegal Fire Service eligible for the 20 year awards and one member eligible for the 30 year award.The 20 Year Award was presented to Firefighter Vincent Butler, Carndonagh Fire Brigade, Firefighter Philip Doherty, Buncrana Fire Brigade, Firefighter Neil Gilliland, Bundoran Fire Brigade, Firefighter John Griffin, Stranorlar Fire Brigade, Sub Station Officer Don Magee, Buncrana Fire Brigade and Firefighter Robert Quinn, Killybegs Fire Brigade.The 30 Year Award was presented to Firefighter Ronnie White, Letterkenny Fire Brigade.Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Coffey said “The rationale behind these awards remains as valid as for their launch in 1992: it is the State’s way of honouring local authority fire service personnel for ‘being there’ over all the years, for being prepared to respond to calls for help, at all times, and in all weathers.” He added “I am mindful that the Fire Fighters here today provide a core frontline service which is critical to public safety and I am grateful to have this opportunity to personally express my appreciation to you for the vital contribution you make to the safety of our society.”Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Campbell also congratulated the Fire Service Personnel on reaching their respective milestones.“These awards are a great opportunity to say thank you to our own Fire Service Personnel for their commitment and dedication to keeping our communities safe in Donegal,” he said.Acting Chief Fire Officer Mr. Joseph McTaggart joined with the Cathaoirleach saying “on my own behalf and on behalf of Donegal Fire Service I would like to congratulate the recipients of the awards for their achievement and to thank them for their many years of service”. DONEGAL FIRE FIGHTERS RECEIVE AWARDS FOR A TOTAL OF 150 YEARS OF SERVICE! was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardsdonegalFIRE SERVICElast_img read more

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Kyoto Protocol extended at COP17

first_imgCOP17 president Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres (l) and UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon (r). (Image: GCIS) A solar-powered concession stand at the COP17.(Image: iisd Reporting Services) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nelson Kgwete  Media relations, Dirco  +27 12 351 1105 or +27 76 608 8567 RELATED ARTICLES • Call to action for a green economy • Dube solar project in time for COP17 • The Climate Train comes to town • Make a pledge to save our seasMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterThe 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) ended on a high note in Durban, with the announcement that governments have agreed to a second term of the Kyoto Protocol. The agreement will come into force in January 2013.The 194 parties to the UN’s Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took almost an entire extra day to thrash out the agreement, and it wasn’t until early morning on 11 December that the announcement finally came.The milestone was hailed by UN secretary-general Ban ki-Moon, who said the achievement will define the way nations will respond to climate change in years to come.The launch of the much-anticipated Green Climate Fund, after a year of waiting, was also announced. This, and the Kyoto Protocol extension, falls under a new set of decisions known as the Durban Platform.“Taken together, these agreements represent an important advance in our work on climate change,” said Ban, adding that nations should implement them as soon as possible, working together in the spirit of cooperation seen during COP17.In addition, delegates agreed to adopt a universal legal agreement on climate change no later than 2015.In her closing remarks, COP17 president Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South Africa’s minister of international relations and cooperation, said: “Climate change is our common problem which affects us all and the Durban Platform is the story we will take home with us.”“The decisions that we have taken here are truly historical – the amendment of the Kyoto Protocol; the Green Climate Fund; and the future of the climate change regime.”Nkoana-Mashabane thanked everyone involved in the successful hosting of the conference, including the UN, the City of Durban, the International Convention Centre, and all support staff. No time like the presentWork will begin immediately to put structures into place, under a new group called the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.“I salute the countries who made this agreement,” said Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC executive secretary. “They have all laid aside some cherished objectives of their own to meet a common purpose – a long-term solution to climate change,”Figueres said this is highly significant because the Kyoto Protocol’s accounting rules, mechanisms and markets all remain in action as effective tools to leverage global climate action and as models to inform future agreements.Delegates also agreed to a significantly advanced framework for the reporting of emission reductions for both developed and developing countries, while taking into consideration the common but differentiated responsibilities.Governments also agreed on the full implementation of the package to support developing nations, agreed last year in Cancun, Mexico.“This means that urgent support for the developing world, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable to adapt to climate change, will also be launched on time,” said Figueres.The package includes the Green Climate Fund, an adaptation committee aimed at improving the coordination of adaptation actions on a global scale, and a technology mechanism. These will become fully operational in 2012.“While it is clear that these deadlines must be met, countries, citizens and businesses who have been behind the rising global wave of climate action can now push ahead confidently, knowing that Durban has lit up a broader highway to a low-emission, climate resilient future,” said Figueres.The COP18/CMP8, will take place on 26 November to 7 December 2012 in Qatar, in close cooperation with the Republic of Korea.Details of key decisionsGreen Climate Fund– Countries have already started to pledge to contribute to start-up costs of the fund, meaning it can be made ready in 2012, and at the same time can help developing countries get ready to access the fund, boosting their efforts to establish their own clean energy futures and adapt to existing climate change.– A focussed work programme on long-term finance was set up. This will contribute to the scaling up of climate change finance going forward and will analyse options for the mobilisation of resources from a variety of sources.Adaptation– The 16-member adaptation committee will report to the COP on its efforts to improve the coordination of adaptation actions at a global scale.– The adaptive capacities of the poorest and most vulnerable countries are to be prioritised and strengthened. National adaptation plans will allow developing countries to assess and reduce their vulnerability to climate change.However, the most vulnerable will receive better protection against loss and damage caused by extreme weather events related to climate change.Technology– The technology mechanism will become fully operational in 2012. In mid-January 2012 the UNFCCC secretariat will call for proposals for hosts of the operational arm of the mechanism – the Climate Technology Centre and Network.Support of developing country action– Governments agreed a registry to record developing country mitigation actions that seek financial support, and to match these with support. The registry will be a flexible, dynamic, web-based platform.Other key decisions– A forum and work programme on unintended consequences of climate change actions and policies were established.– Under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, governments adopted procedures to allow carbon-capture and storage projects. These guidelines will be reviewed every five years to ensure environmental integrity.– Governments agreed to develop a new market-based mechanism to assist developed countries in meeting part of their targets or commitments under the convention.last_img read more

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De Villiers to lead Springboks in Rugby Championship

first_img4 August 2014Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has been included in the South African squad for the four-nation Castle Lager Rugby Championship after recovering from a knee injury. There are two newcomers, Cobus Reinach and Damian de Allende, in the 30-man squad named on the weekend.A number of other players have also returned from injury, including Tendai Mtawarira, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth and Pat Lambie.‘Great’“It’s great to have Jean back to lead the side in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship,” Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said in a statement.“Victor Matfield [as captain] and Jan Serfontein [at centre] both did superbly well in his absence, but he is our captain and I’m sure he will slot back into the side without any difficulty. The same goes for Eben, Frans and Patrick, all of whom have been part of the squad before.“We will medically assess all the players in the squad in Johannesburg next week. This will not only include the players who missed the June tests because of injury, but also someone such as Mtawarira, who has been out of action for a while. We will deal with every player and his needs individually.”RetainedFour players who made their debuts in June – Cornal Hendricks, Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje, Lood de Jager and Handre Pollard – kept their places in the Springbok squad.“These players have impressed from the first minute they joined us. This is a step up for all of them, but that is the kind of challenge we thrive on,” Meyer commented.“It’s never easy cutting a squad down in size and we’re fortunate that we have a number of experienced players who will be on stand-by should their services be needed,” he added.Kick offThe Castle Lager Rugby Championship kicks off on Saturday, 16 August, when Australia host New Zealand in Sydney and the Springboks tackle Argentina at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.Looking ahead, Meyer said: “We’ve been steadily improving over the past two years, but another step-up is needed this season.“It’s been a theme for us since the start of the season and we must simply keep on accelerating in the coming two months.“We’ve set ourselves some goals for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship and we’ll have to be focused and switched on from the moment we get together in Johannesburg.“Winning matches and scoring tries remain foremost in our minds. During the four matches in June, we scored 23 tries, which we were very happy with. I think we can be proud of the rugby we played against Wales and Scotland, but that is in the past now and we have a new competition to get ready for.“There are many good things we can build on from the June series, but also some things we need to work on if we’re going to be competitive in the coming months. It’s a challenge we relish, though, and I can’t wait to get going.”Not considered for selectionJapan-based JP Pietersen and Schalk Burger were not considered for selection as they have to report for duty with their clubs.“Obviously the squad can change during the course of the Rugby Championship and although JP and Schalk were not considered at this stage, they could still feature later in the competition,” Meyer said.A number of player, who have featured for the Springboks since 2013 were not considered for selection because of injuries, including Pieter-Steph du Toit, Flip van der Merwe, Pierre Spies, Fourie Jaque Fourie and Fourie du Preez.SPRINGBOK SQUADWillem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Schalk Brits, Marcell Coetzee, Damian De Allende, Lodewyk de Jager, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks, Francois Hougaard, Patrick Lambie, Willie le Roux, Francois Louw, Frans Malherbe, Victor Matfield Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Lwazi Mvovo, Trevor Nyakane, Ruan Pienaar, Handre Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Jan Serfontein, Gurthro Steenkamp, Morne Steyn, Adriaan Strauss, Duane VermeulenSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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2013 NYC Day One Summary

first_imgA beautiful Sunshine Coast day welcomed participants on day one of the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships. And the action was hot on the field, with plenty of exciting games taking place at Kawana’s Stockland Park. 2012 18’s Girls champions, Queensland Fire, started off their campaign for back-to-back titles in style, winning all three games on day one of the event. The New South Wales Touch Association Development team sits in second place, with two wins and one draw, followed by home team the Sunshine Coast Pineapples, with two wins and one loss, with New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges also undefeated, with two wins from their two games.Pool B sees New South Wales Combined High Schools on top of their pool with three wins on day two, followed by New South Wales Combined Independent Schools on two wins and one draw. The South West Queensland Swans sit in third place with two wins on day one, with the Brisbane City Cobras in fourth place following two wins and one loss. Last year’s 18’s Boys winners, New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges were also impressive on day one, with three wins to their name, sitting on top of the Pool A ladder. The South Queensland Sharks sit in second place with two wins and one loss, while the Central Queensland Bulls are undefeated after two wins on day one. The Brisbane City Cobras sit in fourth place with two wins and one loss. In Pool B, the Queensland Fire and New South Wales Combined High Schools are undefeated after day one of the event, with New South Wales Combined Independent Schools and the Western Tigers in third and fourth place respectively, with two wins and one loss a piece. There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC). Websiteswww.nyc.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.au Social MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nyc2013)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksDay One Summarylast_img read more

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9 months agoAinsley Maitland-Niles: My ideal position at Arsenal…

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ainsley Maitland-Niles: My ideal position at Arsenal…by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAinsley Maitland-Niles sees his future at Arsenal on the wing.The Gunners and England have high hopes for Three Lions’ U21 prospect.”I’d like to be a winger,” Maitland-Niles told Sky Sports. “I feel comfortable there and I’ve been playing there this season.”I was a striker growing up. Thierry Henry was the perfect role model at the time.”Then everybody started growing but I was still a bit short. As I was still quick, direct and could run at players they thought they would put me on the wing. So up until the age of 16 I was a winger.” last_img read more

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a month agoArsenal fullback Kolasinac talks for first time about car-jacking incident

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal fullback Kolasinac talks for first time about car-jacking incidentby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Sead Kolasinac insists he is focused on football again.The Bosnia international and teammate Mesut Ozil were the victims of an attempted carjacking last month, with both players only recently returning to action.Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Frankfurt, Kolasinac insisted he is ready to play.He said: “About what happened I don’t want to talk about it in details. It’s happened. It belongs in the past. The same with Mesut.”We are back and we focused on our jobs.”Well of course I’m happy to be back. Of course mentally this was hard, missing also training for a couple of days. I made up for it. “I’m back and happy to be back with the team and able to perform with them.” last_img read more

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a month ago​Man City midfielder Fernandinho: Let’s see how I perform against attacking teams

first_img​Man City midfielder Fernandinho: Let’s see how I perform against attacking teamsby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Fernandinho is not getting carried away regarding his centre-back performances.The defensive midfielder has needed to move further back in the starting lineup, given injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.But he knows that despite two wins and clean sheets against Shakhtar Donetsk and Watford, there are many tougher tests to come.”I’m still in an adaptation process,” he said to reporters.”It’s something new for me although I did know since the end of last season that playing as a centre-back was a possibility.”I’ve started training it from the beginning of this season so it’s still new, but I’m trying to learn from that experience.”The way we play makes it a bit easier because we keep the ball with us most minutes.”But when an opponent attacks more through crosses or behind-the-line runs… let’s see how I’m going to perform.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ohio State football seniors have plenty to play for in 2012

The Ohio State football team can’t play in a bowl game next year, but don’t tell the seniors on the team they have nothing to play for in their final season. Twenty-two senior Buckeyes will play their final game in Ohio Stadium next year and said they want to go out on a high note. After posting a 6-7 record in 2011, several seniors said they are looking for improvement and better results this season. Senior tight end Jake Stoneburner said the seniors have to make the most of their final campaign at OSU and are motivated by underachieving last fall. “We have to play to the best of our ability because we seniors only have eight games left in the ‘Shoe and then that’s it,” Stoneburner said. “We had a disappointing season last year, so we want to come out and prove we’re a better team and that last year was a fluke.” Going to a BCS or other high-profile bowl is out of the question in 2012 due to an NCAA-imposed bowl ban, so some players said the focus shifts to winning games. Senior punter Ben Buchanan said the bowl ban hasn’t changed his level of excitement for the upcoming season. “I know the bowl ban is probably on the back of everyone’s mind, but we seniors just want to go out and win 12 games, beat Michigan and all those great things that any Ohio State team would look for,” Buchanan said. “I know a lot of guys have personal goals, but our goal overall as a team is to pick up Ws.” The bowl ban, along with a reduction in scholarships, come as the consequences to an NCAA investigation that found that six players had received improper benefits in the form of tattoos in exchange for memorabilia. Of the six, former running back Daniel “Boom” Herron, former wide receiver DeVier Posey and former offensive tackle Mike Adams all moved on to the NFL this April. Former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who often found himself at the center of the scrutiny following the scandal, departed the university prior to the 2011 season to pursue a career in the NFL. Linebacker Jordan Whiting also received a one-game suspension and has since transferred to Louisville. Former coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign in May of 2011 after it became clear that he had known about the violations and failed to report them, thereby knowingly playing ineligible players during the 2010 season. With the hiring of coach Urban Meyer, the seniors will play for their third coach in three seasons after 2011 head coach Luke Fickell was moved to defensive coordinator and linebackers coach this season. Etienne Sabino, senior linebacker, said he also appreciates Meyer’s honesty when analyzing and criticizing the players. “It puts you in an uncomfortable position, but I think it’s good because he sees how you perform under pressure. It shows how you can react,” Sabino said. “I’ve learned there is no gray area. They’re going to tell you what they think of you.” The seniors will start their final year with OSU at home against Miami (Ohio) Sept. 1. read more

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Football No 10 Ohio State searches for revival opportunity against Nebraska

Ohio State sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (2) carries the ball downfield in the fourth quarter of the game against Minnesota on Oct. 13. Ohio State won. 30-14. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State needed a bye week more than pretty much any team in the nation.Following a 49-20 loss to Purdue, which came after disappointing outings against Minnesota and Indiana, the Buckeyes were left with various areas to improve before they had to face another opponent.Now, head coach Urban Meyer wants to move past the defeat and into his team’s next matchup.“We’re in the grind,” Meyer said. “This is all about getting ready for Nebraska, and moving forward.”Senior offensive tackle Isaiah Prince is not exactly forgetting about the loss to the Boilermakers: he is using his anger and taking it into Saturday.“If I lose, it’s a bad day for me. Whether it’s a video game, a rep, I don’t like losing. So yeah, I’m mad,” Prince said.  “I just want to see the Buckeyes play angry and pissed off, and let everybody know we’re still here.” Nebraska comes in with a two-game winning streak against Minnesota and Bethune-Cookman after losing its first six games to start the season.Head coach Scott Frost is in his first season with the Cornhuskers after leading UCF to an undefeated record, including a victory over then-No. 7 Auburn in the Peach Bowl.Frost has brought his offensive coaching ability to Nebraska, with the Cornhuskers ranking in the top 50 in the NCAA in rushing, passing and total offense.Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez has gained momentum as the season progressed, breaking 400 total yards in three of his past five contests. On the season, Martinez is up to 1,656 passing and 408 rushing yards, completing 66.3 percent of his throws for 15 total touchdowns and six interceptions.Meyer said Martinez is an “elite guy” that offers a dual-threat ability, and who has “done a great job” over his past two games.Martinez’s main weapon is redshirt sophomore wide receiver JD Spielman, who has 53 catches for 686 yards and seven touchdowns.Spielman has been compared to Purdue freshman wide receiver Rondale Moore, who caught 12 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns against the Buckeyes two weeks ago. Meyer said Spielman is “very close” to Moore, and a “very talented guy.”Junior safety Jordan Fuller covered Spielman often in Ohio State’s matchup with Nebraska last season in the nickel, and he said he remembers the talent the then-redshirt freshman could bring.“Really talented guy, quick and fast, so we definitely gotta keep our eyes on him,” Fuller said. “He enjoys space, though, so don’t give it to him.”Defensively, Nebraska has struggled in all fronts, but mostly in the passing game. The Cornhuskers allow the 20th-most passing yards with 272.0 per game. This has given teams the opportunity to light up Nebraska’s defense for 33.4 points a game, 29th-worst in the nation.The Cornhuskers had allowed 24 points or more in every game this year prior to their 45-9 win over Bethune-Cookman.PredictionNebraska has some playmakers to work with on the offensive end, and Spielman could find some space in the middle of the field if Ohio State has yet to make any adjustments since the Purdue loss.Martinez could find success in the option game, much like Penn State redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley did in his record-breaking performance against the Buckeyes a month ago.But Nebraska ran into Ohio State at the wrong time.After losing to Iowa by 31 last season, the Buckeyes came out a week later and annihilated a then-No. 12 Michigan State team 48-3, scoring 35 unanswered points less than 25 minutes into the game.If Ohio State squeaked out a close victory over the Boilermakers before the bye, maybe Nebraska had a chance. But as it stands, the Cornhuskers are running into a buzzsaw, coming up against a Buckeyes team that is both better on paper and incredibly angry.Even if all of that wasn’t enough, the lackluster pass defense will not do Nebraska any favors against redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, and only time will tell if sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior running back Mike Weber will finally break loose on a subpar Cornhusker rush defense.If Ohio State comes out as mad as it did against the Spartans last year, this will get ugly, fast. If not, the Buckeyes are still the much better team, and should be able to handle any scares the Nebraska offense could give.Wyatt Crosher: 52-10 Ohio StateColin Gay: 49-14 Ohio StateEdward Sutelan: 42-21 Ohio StateRachel Bules: 45-10 Ohio State read more

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UEFA announce Champions League team of the season

first_imgThe UEFA have announced their team of the season in the Champions League with Real Madrid unsurprisingly dominating the line-upFive-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo is naturally included after finishing as the competition’s top scorer for the sixth season in succession.Following him are seven of his Real teammates which include defenders Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo.Goalkeeper Keylor Navas and the midfield trio of Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos also make the squad.Runners-up Liverpool had three of their players make the list with forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino selected by UEFA’s technical observersMeanwhile, despite only having joined the club in January, Virgil van Dijk was rewarded for his excellent “composure and stability” at the heart of the Liverpool defence.Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, who scored four goals in the competition, was also named as the only other Premier League representative.Lionel Messi, who won a record fifth Golden Shoe this season, makes the list with AS Roma’s Alisson and eight-goal Edin Dzeko.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Bayern Munich duo James Rodriguez and Joshua Kimmich get the nod, along with Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini.The panel that decided the line-up included former West Ham manager David Moyes, Jerzy Engel, Thomas Schaaf, Mixu Paatelainen, Peter Rudbaek and Cristian Chivu.Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Alisson (Roma)Defenders: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich)Forwards: Edin Dzeko (Roma), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)(Obtained by UEFA).last_img read more

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