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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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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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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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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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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.
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
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
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FIFA/COCA-COLA MENS WORLD RANKING
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