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Friday Kickoff: Griezmann, Mane, FIFA and more

A number of the world’s biggest teams continue their pursuit of one of the world’s best forwards, headlining Friday’s news.

Antoine Griezmann’s adviser says the Atletico Madrid forward is a target of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid. (REPORT)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Sadio Mane is officially ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. (REPORT)

FIFA has lifted its ban on Qatar Football Association vice president Saoud al-Mohannadi. (REPORT)

Marc Bartra, Lukasz Piszczek, Shinji Kagawa and Julian Weigl are all doubtful for Borussia Dortmund’s match against Bayern Munich on Saturday. (REPORT)

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard has signed a new deal with the club. (REPORT)

Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi says is committed to the club despite rumors linking him with Manchester United. (REPORT)


The U.S. Men’s National Team jumped seven spots in the latest FIFA rankings. (READ)

After sputtering through the SheBelieves Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team cruised past Russia. (READ)

Despite their CONCACAF Champions League defeat midweek, FC Dallas remained atop the latest SBI MLS Power Rankings. (READ)

USL announced a deal with ESPN and Sirius XM to expand coverage of the league. (READ)

The latest round of CCL clashes showed the gap between MLS and Liga MX teams, but it also showed that that gap is shrinking year by year. (READ)

C.J. Sapong is taking his new role in stride as he leads the Philadelphia Union as a super sub. (READ)

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani says the U.S., Mexico and Canada are expected to submit a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. (READ)

Borussia Dortmund is looking to take advantage of Christian Pulisic’s marketability in the U.S. (READ)

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