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  • WWW.FIFA.COM/MAGAZINE JUNE 2017ENGLISH EDITION

    DREAMING BIG

    BLUE STARS / FIFA YOUTH CUP

    FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUPTHE TOURNAMENT WITH TRADITION

    EDINSON CAVANI GOALS FULFIL ME

    MADAGASCAR COACH DUPUIS DELIVERS

    AUSTRALIA HIGH HOPES FOR THE MATILDAS

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  • EDITORIAL

    GIVING SOMETHING BACK TO FOOTBALLThe annual FIFA/Blue Stars Youth Cup in Zurich sparks interest for two reasons.

    Firstly, its international aspect demonstrates the opportunities that football

    can open up for young players. Secondly, it helps the youngsters find out if they

    have what it takes to forge a professional career. Fans watching the action

    closely at the Buchlern sports ground might be lucky enough to glimpse one

    or two future stars in action (see report from page 8).

    A professional career wont be an option for everyone, but even for those who

    dont make it, football can still continue to play a big part in their lives: the

    emotions it arouses, the joy of playing, the physical exercise, the team spirit and

    sense of community on and off the pitch these memories will stay with the

    youngsters for their whole lives.

    The best way to help those memories live on is to give something back to

    football whether that means volunteering behind the scenes or coaching a

    youth team, using ones free time to help boys and girls to play football and

    thereby enrich their lives can be a hugely rewarding experience.

    FIFA believes strongly in giving something back. With its development projects

    which are designed to do just that, FIFA also endeavours to ensure that football

    reaches as diverse a range of people as possible, and that all forms of discrimi n

    ation are avoided. Because investing in football means investing in people.

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    CONTENTS

    COVER PICTUREIndependiente Santa Fe youngsters at the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup 2017 in Zurich.Photo: Vera Hartmann / 13 Photo

    4 FIFA NEWSFIFAs most recent investments in world football.

    6 FIFA/COCA-COLA MENS WORLD RANKINGUnder coach Nicolas Dupuis, Madagascar have risen nine places.

    8 BLUE STARS/FIFA YOUTH CUP 2017The annual tournament in Zurich shows the high standard that can be achieved by young exponents of the beautiful game. We also take a look at football as played by children and their dreams of making it to the top.

    16 SNAPSHOTThe FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 has kicked off in spectacular fashion.

    19 SOCIAL MEDIAWho will win the FIFA Confederations Cup and why? Our readers reply.

    20 FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP 2017 Reigning champions Portugal were unable to prevent Brazil from winning their fifth World Cup after an eight-year gap.

    24 FIRST LOVEHerat, Afghanistan.

    26 INTERVIEWPSGs Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been one of Europes top attackers for some time now. We caught up with the nature lover in Paris.

    30 AJAX AMSTERDAMThe Dutch club that took Europe by storm in the early seventies are on their way back to the top.

    34 THEN AND NOWFrom Durham to Martigny.

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    FIFA 1904 appFIFA 1904 appears monthly in four languages and is also available as an app for smartphones and tabletshttp://www.fifa.com/mobile

    36 WOMENS FOOTBALLThe Matildas are aiming high: Australias womens team are gunning to win the 2023 World Cup, no less.

    40 DEBATE PRESIDENTS MESSAGEThe FIFA Congress 2017 in Bahrain in his monthly column, President Gianni Infantino says: What I saw over the course of the week in Manama makes me very confident for the future. However, I will not refrain from pointing out just how much remains to be done as we continue to move forwards.

    42 FIFA WORLD FOOTBALL MUSEUM Stories of extraordinary folk who happen to love football: eight inspirational short films await museum visitors.

    46 FA CUPSMany national cup competitions produce matches that go down in football folklore.

    50 PHOTO ARCHIVEThe Belgian team stretch their legs on a Montevideo beach after three weeks at sea (1930).

    52 STATISTICS Facts and figures on Russian football.

    54 HISTORYThe FIFA Confederations Cup has been thrilling crowds and viewers for many a year with pure football enjoyment.

    58 FIFA MEMBER ASSOCIATIONSSnippets from around the world.

    62 CELEBRATIONCarlos Valderrama is generally acknowledged to be the best footballer that Colombia has ever produced.

    64 PUBLICATION DETAILS

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  • FIFA NEWS

    Qatar Airways is

    a new Official Partner and

    the official airline of FIFA until

    2022. Qatar Airways understands the

    power of sport in bringing people together

    in the spirit of friendly competition. FIFA, as

    the governing body of the worlds most

    popular sporting tournament, understands

    the power of footballs popularity, and

    as such is a natural partner for Qatar

    Airways, said His Excellency Akbar

    Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group

    Chief Executive.

    FIFA President

    Gianni Infantino recently

    visited Rwanda to lay a ceremonial

    stone for one of the first projects under

    the FIFA Forward Programme, a hotel that

    will generate income for development activ

    ities for the Rwandan FA. It is an innovative

    project which, with good investment and proper

    management, will yield benefit to Rwandan

    football. FIFA will continue to support

    Rwanda in its plans to take the game

    to another level, said the FIFA

    President while in Rwanda.

    FIFA has

    published its Financial,

    Governance and Activity Reports

    for 2016. 76% of the forecast revenue

    for the 20152018 cycle has already been

    contracted, and a positive net result in the

    region of USD 100 million is expected by the end

    of the cycle. Continued revenue growth alongside

    focused cost containment measures have allowed

    direct investment in football development to

    be tripled through the new FIFA Forward

    Programme, with 82% of the total invest

    ments over the 20152018 period

    going directly back into

    football.

    The FIFA Confederations

    Cup 2017 will take centre stage in

    Kazan, Moscow, Saint Petersburg and

    Sochi from 17 June to 2 July. The tourna

    ment will also see the use of video assistant

    referees (VARs) who will be able to support

    referees with gamechanging decisions. The

    VARs will be given access to all broadcast

    feeds inside a video operations room,

    enabling them to provide information to

    the referee on the field of play in

    order to correct any clear

    mistakes.

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    1 Brazil 0 1672

    2 Argentina 0 1603

    3 Germany 0 1464

    4 Chile 0 1411

    5 Colombia 0 1348

    6 France 0 1294

    7 Belgium 0 1281

    8 Portugal 0 1259

    9 Switzerland 0 1212

    10 Spain 0 1204

    11 Poland 0 1183

    12 Italy 0 1165

    13 Wales 0 1119

    14 England 0 1103

    15 Uruguay 0 1097

    16 Mexico 0 1076

    17 Peru 0 1044

    18 Croatia 0 1016

    19 Egypt 0 910

    20 Costa Rica 0 902

    21 Iceland 0 872

    22 Turkey 0 863

    23 USA 0 847

    24 Slovakia -1 846

    25 Ecuador 0 839

    26 Northern Ireland 0 823

    26 Republic of Ireland 0 823

    28 Iran 0 820

    29 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 815

    30 Senegal 0 805

    31 Hungary 0 801

    32 Netherlands 0 792

    33 Cameroon 0 779

    34 Sweden 0 768

    35 Burkina Faso 0 765

    36 Austria 0 762

    37 Ukraine 0 761

    38 Paraguay 0 738

    39 Greece 0 730

    40 Nigeria 0 726

    41 Congo DR 0 712

    42 Tunisia 0 701

    43 Korea Republic 0 700

    44 Japan 0 685

    45 Ghana 0 682

    46 Czech Republic 0 679

    47 Romania 0 676

    48 Cte d'Ivoire 0 672

    49 Serbia 0 671

    50 Australia 0 661

    51 Denmark 0 657

    52 Saudi Arabia 0 646

    53 Morocco 0 633

    54 Algeria 0 628

    55 Slovenia 0 614

    55 Bulgaria 0 614

    57 Panama 0 607

    58 Venezuela 0 595

    59 Scotland 0 589

    60 Uzbekistan 0 586

    61 Russia 0 561

    62 Montenegro 0 560

    63 Israel 0 557

    64 South Africa 0 539

    65 Haiti 0 537

    66 Albania 0 533

    67 Armenia 0 527

    68 Honduras 0 524

    69 Mali 0 504

    70 Curaao 0 492

    71 Guinea 0 474

    72 Uganda 0 463

    73 Bol