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Luka Modric beats Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah to best male player gong at FIFA awards

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Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luke Modric scooped the world’s best male player award at the Best Fifa Football Awards in London last night.

Modric, 33, beat his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now with Juventus after a £99 million summer move, and Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah to the award.

This was the first time in 11 years that one of Ronaldo and Barcelona star Lionel Messi didn’t take the award.

But Modric took the award for a year of stellar performances, where he helped Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title and was at the heart of the Croatia side that reached the World Cup final in July – including beating England in the semi-final.

Meanwhile the best female player award was won by Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta.

The best men’s coach was Didier Deschamps, who guided his France side to World Cup glory in July – beating Modric’s Croatia 4-2 in the final.

Salah had some solace for missing out on the best player award by taking the Puskas award for the best goal, his strike against Everton in the Premier League at Anfield last December.

All the factz on Morocco v Iran at the World Cup, including which TV channel its on

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The first match in group B sees Morocco take on Iran, with both sides looking for an early win to boost their chances of getting to the knockout phase. The match kicks off at 4pm BST and it is live on ITV. Here are the factz you need to know:

• It took Iran 18 matches to qualify for the World Cup – but in those matches they conceded just 5 goals
• Morocco had a similarly impressive record, although they played fewer matches – just one goal conceded in 8 games.
• Iran’s main goal threat comes from Sardar Azmoun, who has scored 23 goals in just 33 appearances.
• This is Morocco’s first appearance at the World Cup finals since France 98. It is the fifth time they have made it to the finals.
• This is also Iran’s fifth appearance at the World Cup finals, and the first time they have qualified for successive tournaments.
• Iran have only won one match at the World Cup finals – 2-1 against USA in 1998 in a politically-charged match.
• Morocco’s record isn’t much better – just two wins in 12 matches, with 7 defeats.
• Morocco’s best showing at a World Cup came in 1986 in Mexico when they reached the last 16.
• Morocco have won 5 of their last 6 international matches, drawing the other.
• Iran are similarly in form, having won 4 of their last 6 matches, losing the other two.

England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland ask FIFA permission to wear poppies

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The Home Nations are to ask FIFA for permission to wear poppies during the international matches to be held in November.

Last year, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were all fined by football’s governing body for wearing poppies during games as it contravened FIFA’s rules on the wearing of political symbols.

However, FIFA has since changed the law on this, and teams can wear a poppy if the opposing team and the competition organiser agree to it.

All 4 Home Nations are in action in the days leading up to Remembrance Day. Northern Ireland play Switzerland in the first leg of their play-off for qualification for the 2018 World Cup. Meanwhile England, Scotland and Wales play friendlies against Germany, Netherlands and France respectively. All matches come under FIFA’s jurisdiction.

In a joint statement, the nations said they plan to wear poppies to “remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the First and Second World Wars.

“In any year when there are international matches in the week leading up to and including Remembrance Sunday, it is the intention of all four home nations to seek permission from the opposition team and FIFA to display the poppy on armbands,” the statement added.