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  • FIFA defers decision on continental rotation for WCup bids 6 hours ago

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has deferred a decision on potentially limiting which continents can bid to host the 2026 World Cup. More »

  • Former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti 7 hours ago

    Factbox on former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked on Monday after the La Liga club finished the season without major silverware: PLAYING CAREER * Born Reggiolo, Italy, June 10, 1959. * A midfielder for Parma, AS Roma and AC Milan, Ancelotti helped Roma win the 1983 Serie A title and four Italian Cups before joining AC Milan in 1986. * At Milan, he added two more league championships, as well as back-to-back European Cup triumphs in 1989 and 1990. More »

  • Toure to stay at Manchester City - agent
    Toure to stay at Manchester City - agent 9 hours ago

    Yaya Toure's agent performed a U-turn on Monday by declaring that the Ivory Coast midfielder would remain at Manchester City for next season. More »

  • Russia plans to use prison labour for 2018 World Cup
    Russia plans to use prison labour for 2018 World Cup 10 hours ago

    Labour will be used to work at factories with a focus on driving down costs of building materials for WC projects. More »

  • Blatter misled us all, says Platini
    Blatter misled us all, says Platini 13 hours ago

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter misled the world of football by reneging on a commitment to step down in 2015, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Monday. Platini backed him in the 2011 election on that basis but is angry that Blatter, 79, is seeking re-election on Friday for a further term. "I am mostly disappointed for the European federations, whom I had asked to support Sepp in 2011, on the basis of a promise he had made," the former French international told the sports newspaper L'Equipe. More »

  • Palestinians to push forth with bid to oust Israel from FIFA 14 hours ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The head of the Palestine Football Association says he is pressing forth with his bid to oust Israel from FIFA despite efforts from its president to diffuse the crisis. More »

  • Blatter-led FIFA will always lack credibility: Platini
    Blatter-led FIFA will always lack credibility: Platini 16 hours ago

    UEFA president criticises Blatter ahead of football governing body's elections this week. More »

  • Platini: FIFA led by Blatter will always lack credibility
    Platini: FIFA led by Blatter will always lack credibility 18 hours ago

    GENEVA (AP) — FIFA lacks credibility while Sepp Blatter is president, according to UEFA leader Michel Platini, saying his former mentor fears the "emptiness" of life after leaving soccer's world governing body. More »

  • 'Mountain goat' Blatter keeps going and going
    'Mountain goat' Blatter keeps going and going Sun, May 24, 2015

    Sepp Blatter, who is expected to be re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term on Friday, likened himself to a Swiss mountain goat on Sunday, famed for their stubborn endurance. Blatter will face a challenge for the presidency from Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al Hussein at the FIFA Congress on Friday after contenders Michael van Praag of the Netherlands and Luis Figo of Portugal pulled out of the contest on Thursday. More »

  • Blatter set to polarize opinion for 4 more years at FIFA Sat, May 23, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) — Sepp Blatter divides opinion so much even his opponents are charmed by him. More »

  • Israel jails Palestinians for Facebook comments
    Israel jails Palestinians for Facebook comments Sat, May 23, 2015

    Activists say Israeli authorities are "watching social media closely and targeting Palestinians" for online postings. More »

  • Burundi street children caught up in clashes
    Burundi street children caught up in clashes Sat, May 23, 2015

    Children traumatised from hearing gunshots and tear gas on daily basis find temporary reprieve at activity centre. More »

  • Indonesian football hit with sanctions for qualifiers
    Indonesian football hit with sanctions for qualifiers Sat, May 23, 2015

    Crown ban for World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers against Iraq and home tie against Thailand at neutral venue. More »

  • ‘We’re a small nation so you want to make the pool of players as wide as you …
    ‘We’re a small nation so you want to make the pool of players as wide as you … Sat, May 23, 2015

    Ireland U17s manager Tom Mohan spoke to us about recruiting players born outside Ireland, their exit from the European Championships and the new National League. More »

  • ‘I didn’t get a fair crack but I now have to pick up the pieces and prove myself …
    ‘I didn’t get a fair crack but I now have to pick up the pieces and prove myself … Sat, May 23, 2015

    Stephanie Roche was clearly emotional as she spoke about a difficult week. More »

  • Indonesia hit with World Cup penalties by AFC Sat, May 23, 2015

    Indonesia, already facing the prospect of a FIFA ban for government interference, have been forced to play their World Cup and Asian Cup qualifier against Iraq in an empty stadium and their home tie against Thailand at a neutral venue. The decision was taken by the Asian Football Confederation after crowd trouble during two under-23 matches in March against East Timor and South Korea in Jakarta. Indonesia, who were also fined $20,000 by the AFC and warned of heavier sanctions should such incidents recur, are scheduled to host Iraq on June 16 after they start their joint qualifying campaign in Taiwan on June 11. More »

  • FIFA candidates targeted in blackmail scam: report
    FIFA candidates targeted in blackmail scam: report Sat, May 23, 2015

    Two men who launched challenges to Sepp Blatter for the leadership of world football body FIFA have been targeted in an attempted blackmail scam, a report said on Saturday. More »

  • Israel appeals to Platini to sway FIFA from Palestinian suspension bid
    Israel appeals to Platini to sway FIFA from Palestinian suspension bid Fri, May 22, 2015

    The Israel Football Association appealed to UEFA president Michel Platini on Friday to speak out "loud and clear" against the Palestinian bid to vote the IFA out of FIFA next week. More »

  • CAS hears Gibraltar's appeal to join FIFA Fri, May 22, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Gibraltar's appeal to become a FIFA member has been heard at world sport's highest court, with no timetable set for a ruling. More »

  • Greece escapes soccer suspension, FIFA happy with changes Fri, May 22, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — FIFA says it is satisfied with changes made to sporting law in Greece, and has dropped a threat to suspend the country from international competition. More »

  • Bid to topple Blatter from FIFA rests with Jordanian prince
    Bid to topple Blatter from FIFA rests with Jordanian prince Fri, May 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — In soccer, the only certain winner seems to be Sepp Blatter. More »

  • Israel briefly detains travelling Palestine player Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Palestine Football Association (PFA) has complained to world football's governing body FIFA that Israeli authorities held up a national team player as the squad travelled from the West Bank to Tunisia on Thursday. The PFA said player Sameh Maraabah was temporarily detained by Israeli authorities at Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan late on Thursday. More »

  • Palestinians complain to FIFA over detained player
    Palestinians complain to FIFA over detained player Fri, May 22, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The head of the Palestine Football Association has complained to FIFA that one of its players was detained by Israel, an incident he says illustrates his demand that the Israelis be suspended. More »

  • Osaka, Yokohama picked as 2015 Club World Cup host cities Fri, May 22, 2015

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says Osaka and Yokohama will be host cities for the 2015 Club World Cup in Japan. More »

  • FIFA scandals while Sepp Blatter has been president
    FIFA scandals while Sepp Blatter has been president Fri, May 22, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has been routinely called "scandal-plagued" for much of Sepp Blatter's 17-year presidential reign. More »

  • Only One Challenger Left As Figo Pulls Out
    Only One Challenger Left As Figo Pulls Out Fri, May 22, 2015

    Luis Figo has become the second candidate to withdraw from the race to become the president of FIFA in the space of a few hours, leaving only two people in contention. The former Real Madrid and Barcelona player ended his campaign after Dutch federation chief Michael van Praag pulled out on Thursday morning. Only current president Sepp Blatter - who is aiming for a fifth term in office - and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein are now in contention ahead of the vote involving 209 national federations next week. More »

  • Figo tells AP he is quitting FIFA presidential race
    Figo tells AP he is quitting FIFA presidential race Thu, May 21, 2015

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Calling FIFA a dictatorship under Sepp Blatter, presidential candidate Luis Figo dropped out of the election race on Thursday. More »

  • FIFA Presidential Election Candidates
    FIFA Presidential Election Candidates Thu, May 21, 2015

    ZURICH (AP) — A look at the candidates in the FIFA presidential election on May 29 in Zurich: More »

  • Blatter challengers down to one after Figo, Van Praag withdraw
    Blatter challengers down to one after Figo, Van Praag withdraw Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - Luis Figo and Michael van Praag pulled out of the FIFA presidential election race on Thursday, leaving Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein as the only challenger to incumbent and runaway favourite Sepp Blatter. Figo went out with a bang as he launched a blistering attack on the electoral system of soccer's governing body, saying it was a "plebiscite for the delivery of absolute power to one man -- something I refuse to go along with." The former Portugal forward added: "Over the past few months I have not only witnessed that desire (for change), I have witnessed consecutive incidents, all over the world, that should shame anyone who desires soccer to be free, clean and democratic. "I have seen with my own eyes federation presidents who, after one day comparing FIFA leaders to the devil, then go on stage and compare those same people with Jesus Christ. More »

  • Detractors must unite to oust Blatter - Van Praag Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The only chance of unseating Sepp Blatter and reforming the governance of world football is to unite all those unhappy with his leadership, Dutch FA chief Michael Van Praag said after he dropped out of the FIFA presidential race. Van Praag and his rival, former Portuguese international Luis Figo, threw their backing behind Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein on Thursday after concluding that he had the best chance of unseating Blatter, who is running for a fifth term. "It is impossible that FIFA moves on with its current presidency," Van Praag told a joint news conference with Ali in Amsterdam, adding that Ali had agreed to implement his and Figo's human rights and governance reform agendas if elected. More »

  • Figo Blasts Blatter's FIFA 'Dictatorship'
    Figo Blasts Blatter's FIFA 'Dictatorship' Thu, May 21, 2015

    Luis Figo has withdrawn from the FIFA presidential election, describing the process as "shameful" and designed to deliver power to Sepp Blatter, who he said presides over a "dictatorship". In a statement Figo said he had been shocked by the duplicity of senior FIFA figures, condemned Mr Blatter's refusal to take part in a public debate, and said his experience "should shame anyone who desires soccer to be free, clean and democratic". Figo's withdrawal followed that of Dutch FA President Michael Van Praag, leaving Prince Ali of Jordan as the only challenger to Mr Blatter, who is almost certain to win when FIFA's 209 member nations vote on 29 May. More »

  • Analysis - Blatter's blushes spared as just Prince Ali remains
    Analysis - Blatter's blushes spared as just Prince Ali remains Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - Michael van Praag and Luis Figo's decisions to pull out of FIFA's presidential race are unlikely to alter the outcome, apart from sparing Sepp Blatter an uncomfortable 15 minutes in Zurich and forcing Suriname to choose another candidate. Like the other three candidates, including Swiss incumbent Blatter, Dutch FA president Van Praag and former Portugal forward Figo have never let on how many of the 209 votes he expected to garner at the May 29 election. The only promise of a vote Van Praag ever revealed was from the former Dutch colony perched on the north of South America, which in football terms is part of Central America and the Caribbean. More »

  • Poland soccer chief Boniek wants World Cup taken from Russia Thu, May 21, 2015

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland football federation president Zbigniew Boniek says FIFA should be able to take the 2018 World Cup away from Russia because of conflict in Ukraine. More »

  • Figo, Van Praag pull out of FIFA's presidential race
    Figo, Van Praag pull out of FIFA's presidential race Thu, May 21, 2015

    Jordan's Prince Ali now remains the only challenger to Sepp Blatter's bid for a fifth term as Fifa president. More »

  • Figo pulls out of FIFA presidential race
    Figo pulls out of FIFA presidential race Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - Former Portugal forward Luis Figo pulled out of the FIFA presidential election race on Thursday, hours after Dutchman Michael van Praag had also withdrawn. "My decision is made, I will not stand in what is being called an election for the FIFA presidency," he said on his Facebook page. "There has not been a single public debate about each candidate's proposals," said the 42-year-old Figo in announcing his decision. More »