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LNTUP 10 Hot Topics of The Day By the date 14th November 2017

1.Back to Premier League.
Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane has returned to the Premier League club earlier than scheduled after tweaking his hamstring on international duty, the Senegal Football Federation has said.

2. France won’t be easy.
France will have more firepower than England had in their goalless draw with Germany last week, Germany coach Joachim Loew said ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly against their neighbours.
The world champions are without a home win against the French in 30 years and Loew, whose experimental team drew 0-0 at Wembley against England in a friendly on Friday, warned his players that France was a “world-class strike force.”

3. To be or not to be.
Northern Ireland’s elimination from the World Cup playoffs via a fiercely debated Switzerland penalty has reignited the debate over whether technology should be used at next year’s finals in Russia.
The spot-kick awarded in Belfast against Corry Evans proved the difference between the sides over two legs, prompting angry words from the Irish players who believed the ball had hit the defender’s shoulder

4. Exit of Italy.
A desperate 0-0 draw at home to a defiant, belligerent and technically inferior Sweden ended the four-time world champion’s’ hopes of reaching next year’s finals in Russia and with it the international careers of several of Italy’s biggest names. Italy lost by an aggregate of 0-1.

5. Not resigning Piero.
After the scoreless draw in the second leg in Milan, it was a foregone conclusion he will be fired according to a contract stipulation in case of a failed qualification – unless he resigns.
“I’m not resigning because I haven’t spoken with the (federation) president,” Ventura said and added, “We need to evaluate things. We’ll see. I’ll talk with the federation and confront the problem.
“I feel I have to apologize to Italians for the result.”

6. A Drone Attack ?
Honduras accused Australia of spying on their training sessions with a drone on Monday, as tensions heated up ahead of Wednesday’s decisive World Cup playoff match.
The Honduran National Football Federation (FENAFUTH) posted on Twitter 18 seconds of footage of a drone flying above Sydney’s Olympic Stadium, where the team trained after their long flight from central America.

7. ‘The Wall’ now in football
Bengaluru FC announced former India captain Rahul Dravid as their ambassador for the upcoming ISL season. “It’s great to be an ambassador for Bengaluru FC, a team who I have been tracking across the last four seasons. Also, the connect is instant given I am a Bangalore boy,” said Dravid.

8. FIFA Bribery trials.
The FIFA corruption trial is to get underway with opening statements in New York on Monday, two and a half years after US prosecutors unveiled the largest graft scandal in the history of world soccer.
Forty-two officials and marketing executives, and three companies were indicted in an exhaustive 236-page complaint detailing 92 separate crimes and 15 corruption schemes to the tune of $200 million.

9. No problem with the Coach : Chetri.
“If I knew something about it, I would have commented. When this thing came, a lot of people called me. I didn’t take those calls because I didn’t want to speak about it because it’s not true,” Chhetri was quoted and added “When we joined the camp, we told the gaffer (Constantine) exactly what was (happened) there. He understands how much we want to play because he faces it everywhere. Anything else anywhere, I can’t help it because it’s not true,” Chhetri added.

10. Confident India taking on Myanmar.
Having made the cut, a buoyant Indian football team will fancy its chances when it lock horns with Myanmar in the return leg of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers. Stephen Constantine’s men will be buoyed by their 12-match unbeaten streak in international football.
India qualified for the continental showpiece after crushing Macau 4-1, in a qualifier last month, and a point at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda would take them to the top position.