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Thierry Henry 'equal to the very best such as Pele and Michel Platini'

Footballers took to social media Tuesday to pay tribute to Thierry Henry who has officially hung up his boots to become a media pundit.

Thierry Henry deserves to be regarded on the same level as Pele and Michel Platini after the former Arsenal striker announced his retirement from the game, according to Euro 2000-winning France coach Roger Lemerre.

Henry, 37, called time on his playing career on Tuesday following the expiration of his contract with MLS franchise New York Red Bulls earlier this month.


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Clubs and goals: Total - 411 goals in 917 games
Monaco (28), Juventus (3), Arsenal (228), Barcelona (49), New York Red Bulls (52)

Internationals: France - 51 goals in 123 games

Trophies: Ligue 1 (1); Trophee des champions (1); Premier League (2); FA Cup (3); FA Community Shield (2); Spanish La Liga (2); Copa del Rey (1); Supercopa de España (1); UEFA Champions League (1); UEFA Super Cup (1); FIFA Club World Cup (1); MLS Supporters' Shield (1); MLS Eastern Conference (2); World Cup 1998; Euro 2000; Confederations Cup 2003.

In addition to becoming Arsenal's all-time leading scorer in his eight-year spell in north London, Henry also surpassed Platini as...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA rejects whistleblower complaints over World Cup bid report summary

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke rules out staging the 2022 World Cup in January as he spoke ahead of the Club World Cup in Marrakech, Morocco.

FIFA has rejected complaints from whistleblowers over the conduct of Hans-Joachim Eckert alleging that the Ethics Committee chairman deliberately breached anonymity clauses in a summary of a report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

Phaedra Almajid, who worked for the Qatar 2022 bid team before losing her job in 2010, and Bonita Mersiades, who worked for Australia's 2022 bid, separately lodged formal complaints against Eckert's 42-page summary of Michael Garcia's independent inquiry.


FIFA: No indications football is involved in Russian sports 'doping' scandal

FIFA says there are "no indications" that football is implicated in alleged widespread doping and corruption in Russian sports.

World football's governing body says it "monitors carefully the reports concerning doping in Russia and is in close contact" with the World Anti-Doping Agency.

German broadcaster ARD and French sports daily L'Equipe reported on Wednesday that there was systematic doping in athletics, linked to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Moscow and Russian Anti-Doping Agency.

An IAAF...

 By Ian Holyman

French Football Federation: Thierry Henry may not play for country again

After announcing his departure from the New York Red Bulls, the Gunners legend went into his old dressing room to say goodbye to his teammates and his choice of hat can be seen as somewhat controversial.

The French Football Federation (FFF) has vowed to "do something" to honour Thierry Henry, but hinted the former Arsenal star will not play again for his country.

Henry, 37, ended his international career on the sour note of France's catastrophic 2010 World Cup after scoring a record 51 goals in 123 appearances for Les Bleus.

Following the end of Henry's contract with New York Red Bulls this month, which may signal the end of the striker's playing career, France's main sports daily L'Equipe launched...

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Avram Grant: Ghana face tough draw at 2015 African Nations Cup

The ESPN FC crew discuss the last of the teams to qualify for the African Nations Cup tournament which will be hosted by Equatorial Guinea in January.

Ghana officially unveiled Avram Grant as the new Black Stars coach on Thursday, with the former Chelsea boss stating that his side face a tough group at the 2015 African Nations Cup in Equitorial Guinea in January.

Grant, 54, agreed a two-year deal with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) last week after a lengthy negotiation period.

The Israeli coach -- who previously managed his country at at international level -- was introduced to the press in Accra, and believes the Black Stars have a chance...