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  • Argentine executive to appear in U.S. court in FIFA case
    Argentine executive to appear in U.S. court in FIFA case 11 hours ago

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chairman of an Argentina-based sports marketing business who was among 14 people indicted in a federal corruption case involving the soccer world's governing body, FIFA, is expected to appear in U.S. court on Friday. Alejandro Burzaco, an Argentine businessman who was the former general manager and chairman of Torneos y Competencias SA, is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, the U.S. Justice Department said. A lawyer for Burzaco did not immediately respond to requests for comment. More »

  • Mutko set to take control of Russian football union 12 hours ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko is expected to take control of the country's football association in September. More »

  • WPP, Providence to buy Chime in sports marketing push
    WPP, Providence to buy Chime in sports marketing push 17 hours ago

    WPP Plc , the world's largest advertising group by revenue, has teamed up with U.S. buyout firm Providence Equity Partners LLC to buy Chime Communications Plc and make a big push into sports marketing. Chime said Providence and WPP would pay about 374 million pounds ($584 million) for the company founded by Margaret Thatcher's former media adviser, Lord Bell. The offer price is at a 33 percent premium to Chime's closing price on Wednesday, the day before the company revealed it was in talks. More »

  • New Zealand appeals Olympics disqualification 20 hours ago

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Football has appealed the disqualification of its Under-23 team from the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament for use of an ineligible player. More »

  • IOC kicks off proceedings for 2022 winter Games host vote
    IOC kicks off proceedings for 2022 winter Games host vote Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    The Chinese capital, banking on the country's financial clout and the city's past Olympic experience from hosting the summer 2008 Games, has emerged as the clear frontrunner as it looks to become the first city to be awarded both summer and winter Games. China's proposal will see the indoor ice sports taking place in venues around Beijing, including some that were used in 2008 such as the iconic Bird's Nest stadium and the Water Cube, while the outdoor skiing and sliding sports will be held at the mountain venues of Yanqing and Zhangjiakou. Beijing's biggest drawback, identified by the IOC, is a lack of snow at the mountain venues, which are some 90km and 160km respectively away from Beijing, forcing organisers to create tonnes of artificial snow. More »

  • No deal done to back Platini says CONCACAF powerbroker
    No deal done to back Platini says CONCACAF powerbroker Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Simon Evans ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA presidential hopeful Michel Platini has not secured the formal backing of the CONCACAF region, the head of the influential Caribbean Football Union (CFU) said on Thursday suggesting the claim was “just politics”. CONCACAF has 35 votes in February’s election to replace outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter and while there have been some media reports that the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean has backed Platini, CFU president Gordon Derrick told Reuters that is not the case. More »

  • Zico's FIFA bid gets lukewarm backing from CBF
    Zico's FIFA bid gets lukewarm backing from CBF Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Zico has been promised the backing of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) for his bid to run for the FIFA presidency if he can show he has the support of four other federations. The former Brazil international visited the CBF headquarters in Rio de Janeiro and met president Marco Polo del Nero on Thursday in an attempt to get his candidacy off the ground. "Zico has our support to look into a candidacy. More »

  • Barca’s youth eager to shine during transfer ban Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona’s famed youth academy has taken a back seat to big-name signings in recent years but as a result of the FIFA transfer ban imposed on the club, promising youngsters have been given a chance to shine in Luis Enrique’s side. During the pre-season tour of the U.S., at one point there were 10 homegrown youth players on the pitch against Chelsea on Tuesday. Rafinha and 20-year-old Sergi Samper have looked sharp in midfield while Sandro Ramirez, also aged 20, has been a threat in attack and took his goal well in the Chelsea clash they lost on penalties. More »

  • Italian federation backs Platini for FIFA president Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Italy's football federation (FIGC) will support Michel Platini's bid to take over at FIFA, president Carlo Tavecchio said on Thursday. “He is an experienced and knowledgeable executive, and the right person to implement the necessary reforms at FIFA," said Tavecchio in a statement published by the FIGC. "As I have said during the last few weeks, Italy would always back him for FIFA presidency. More »

  • Factbox on potential FIFA presidential candidates Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Factbox on potential FIFA presidential candidates following Chung Mong-Joon's announcement on Thursday that he plans to stand. The election to replace outgoing Sepp Blatter will take place at an extraordinary congress on Feb. 26 in Zurich. Candidates must formally declare their bids four months earlier, on Oct. 26, with the written backing of five national associations. Each of FIFA's 209 national associations holds one vote. The ballot is secret, making it difficult for continental confederations to enforce block voting. ZICO Age: 62 Nationality: Brazilian. ... More »

  • Platini kicks off political fight for future of FIFA
    Platini kicks off political fight for future of FIFA Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) — Michel Platini hopes he made a decisive move early in the seven-month campaign to become FIFA president. More »

  • Platini's FIFA candidacy fails to excite Africa
    Platini's FIFA candidacy fails to excite Africa Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Michel Platini’s bid for the FIFA presidency has garnered no immediate enthusiasm from Africa despite France’s strong footballing ties with the continent. A day after confirming he would stand to replace Sepp Blatter as leader of world football, the Frenchman has been criticised by one African association and given a lukewarm endorsement by one of his closest allies. “Platini would not represent change, he has been a FIFA vice-president for eight years. More »

  • Correction: FIFA-Zimbabwe Fined story Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    ZURICH (AP) — In a story July 29 about FIFA fining Zimbabwe's football association for failing to show up for a women's Olympic qualifier, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Zimbabwe had later withdrawn from the qualifying competition. Zimbabwe only withdrew from the first leg. More »

  • IOC president reminds members about responsibilities
    IOC president reminds members about responsibilities Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Julian Linden KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - With world football's governing body FIFA embroiled in a corruption scandal, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) sent a sobering reminder to global sports leaders on Thursday about their responsibilities. In a clear reference to the FIFA scandal, IOC President Thomas Bach devoted part of his opening speech at the 128th IOC Congress in Kuala Lumpur to the importance of transparency and credibility. "These are difficult times in sport, as recent events in other sport organisations have all too clearly shown," Bach told the delegates. More »

  • Thomas Bach: IOC must uphold ethical standards
    Thomas Bach: IOC must uphold ethical standards Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The International Olympic Committee needs to show it is serious about maintaining ethical credibility and staying free of corruption, IOC President Thomas Bach said Thursday. More »

  • Deep pockets and diplomacy, Korean Chung set for FIFA race
    Deep pockets and diplomacy, Korean Chung set for FIFA race Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Peter Rutherford SEOUL (Reuters) - A towering figure in Asian football and smooth operator in diplomatic circles, South Korea's Chung Mong-joon will need to sharpen his political elbows if he is to survive the vicious twists and turns of the upcoming FIFA presidential race. The sixth son of Hyundai conglomerate founder Chung Ju-young and the main shareholder in the world's biggest shipbuilder, Hyundai Heavy Industries, the 63-year-old told Reuters on Thursday he was the man to clean up the sport's governing body and give FIFA back its identity. Chung faces a huge task to beat UEFA chief Michel Platini in the race to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, but he has the deep pockets and international diplomatic skills necessary to sustain the challenge over the next seven months. More »

  • Brewer AB InBev reports sharp drop in profits
    Brewer AB InBev reports sharp drop in profits Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Sales of Budweiser were up six percent, with "particularly strong growth in China," brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev reported More »

  • S. Korea FIFA hopeful slams 'cannibal' Blatter and stooge Platini
    S. Korea FIFA hopeful slams 'cannibal' Blatter and stooge Platini Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    South Korean billionaire Chung Mong-Joon pushed his candidacy for the FIFA presidency in uncompromising terms Thursday, calling Sepp Blatter a corrupt "cannibal" and painting his main election rival Michel Platini as an untrustworthy stooge. More »

  • South Korea's Chung running for FIFA president
    South Korea's Chung running for FIFA president Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Peter Rutherford SEOUL (Reuters) - Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon, one of the most influential figures in Asian football, said on Thursday he is entering the race to replace Sepp Blatter as president of the sport's world governing body. Chung, the 63-year-old billionaire scion of South Korea's Hyundai industrial conglomerate, told Reuters in an interview he would make a formal announcement next month in Europe, which he called "the centre of world football". "I am going to stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency," he said, acknowledging he had a tough fight ahead of him. More »

  • Asia chief calls for unity on FIFA, hails 'unique' Platini Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Asia's football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa called for the region to unify behind one candidate in next year's FIFA presidential election and stopped short of endorsing UEFA president Michel Platini for the job on Thursday. Former France skipper Platini ended weeks of uncertainty on Wednesday when he announced that he would stand for the post with the mission of restoring "dignity" to football's world government in the wake of a major corruption scandal. South Korean Chung Mong-joon, a major power broker in Asian football, announced that he would also be joining the race soon after the Asian Football Confederation released their statement. More »

  • Asia football chief praises Platini as potential FIFA boss
    Asia football chief praises Platini as potential FIFA boss Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Michel Platini's chances of becoming the new president of FIFA received a boost Thursday when the Asian Football Confederation chief praised him as "a unique candidate" and urged his member nations to unite behind a single candidate. More »

  • 2022 Olympic host city vote at a glance
    2022 Olympic host city vote at a glance Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics will be decided Friday in a vote of the International Olympic Committee. The two candidates are Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Here's a quick look at the election: More »

  • Kaka powers MLS All-Stars over Tottenham 2-1
    Kaka powers MLS All-Stars over Tottenham 2-1 Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Brazilian star Kaka scored one goal and set up another as the Major League Soccer All-Stars edged Tottenham 2-1 Wednesday in an international friendly featuring the North American league's elite talents. More »

  • CONMEBOL outlines reforms after FIFA bribery scandal Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — The CONMEBOL soccer body will begin publishing the salary of its president and executive council members after being plunged into crisis by the FIFA bribery scandal. More »

  • Maradona says he wants to fight FIFA 'mafia'
    Maradona says he wants to fight FIFA 'mafia' Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Argentine football great Diego Maradona said on Wednesday he wants to fight the "mafia" responsible for the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA, but he stopped short of saying he wants to be the next president of global football's governing body. "I have to fight the mafia that still remains inside FIFA. Asked whether he would run for the FIFA presidency, the 54-year old replied ambiguously: "I really want to be in FIFA." In late May, federal prosecutors in New York indicted nine football officials, most of whom held or had held FIFA positions, and five sports media and promotions executives in schemes involving $150 million in bribes over a period of 24 years. More »

  • South America's football body announces reforms to fight graft Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    ASUNCION (Reuters) - South America's football confederation, CONMEBOL, unveiled a raft of reforms on Wednesday designed to root out corruption and clean up the organisation's image after the biggest graft scandal to hit the world's favourite sport. In a four-page document, CONMEBOL's Director General Gorka Villar said all commercial ties with bodies linked to criminal activities would be reviewed and that contracts would not be made with individuals facing legal charges, among other changes. ... More »

  • English FA back Platini's FIFA presidency bid
    English FA back Platini's FIFA presidency bid Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    The English FA have thrown their weight behind Michel Platini's bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president. "We support Michel Platini’s candidacy," FA chairman Greg Dyke said in a statement. "We have a good relationship with him and hope he can gain the necessary global backing to lead a new FIFA during the most difficult period in its history. More »

  • Michel Platini confirms he will run for FIFA president
    Michel Platini confirms he will run for FIFA president Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) — Michel Platini has launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body "the dignity and the position it deserves." More »

  • UEFA Boss Platini To Run For FIFA Presidency
    UEFA Boss Platini To Run For FIFA Presidency Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Michel Platini has revealed he will run for the FIFA presidency, saying he wants to restore dignity to the world governing body. The UEFA boss has written to all of FIFA's 209 member associations to inform them of his hopes of succeeding Sepp Blatter. Mr Platini, 60,  said in the letter: "There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands. More »

  • Platini announces FIFA presidency bid
    Platini announces FIFA presidency bid Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - UEFA president Michel Platini ended weeks of uncertainty on Wednesday when he announced that he would stand for the presidency of FIFA in place of outgoing Sepp Blatter. The former French international, who has been UEFA president since 2007 and a FIFA executive committee member since 2002, said he wanted to "to give FIFA back the dignity and the position it deserves." Platini, who played in three World Cups for France and led them to the European championship title in 1984, said he had written to the 209 member associations of FIFA, who each hold one vote in the presidential election, to inform them of his decision. "This was a very personal, carefully considered decision, one in which I weighed up the future of football alongside my own future," he said in the letter, according to a statement published on the UEFA website (www.uefa.org). More »

  • Prince Ali says Platini candidacy is 'not good for FIFA' Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan has described Michel Platini's decision to stand for the post in February's election as "not good for FIFA." UEFA president Platini announced earlier on Wednesday that he intended to stand in the election to choose a replacement for outgoing Sepp Blatter. "Platini is not good for FIFA," said Prince Ali, who also lost his place on FIFA's executive committee in May, in a statement. More »

  • Platini, romantic or pragmatist?
    Platini, romantic or pragmatist? Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - One of the most exquisitely gifted football players of his generation, FIFA presidential candidate Michel Platini likes to portray himself as an old-fashioned romantic with a mission to maintain the game’s purity. "There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands," he said on Wednesday, announcing his bid to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of the beleaguered world football body. "I am at one of those decisive moments, at a juncture in my life and in events that are shaping the future of FIFA." Some may wonder whether the moody Frenchman is the right man to clean up an organisation mired in a graft scandal reaching its top echelons. More »

  • Platini will stand for FIFA presidency
    Platini will stand for FIFA presidency Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    UEFA chief confirms decision to take part in elections scheduled for February 26 and replace Blatter. More »

  • FIFA fines Zimbabwe for missing women's Olympic qualifier Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has fined Zimbabwe and awarded Ivory Coast a 3-0 win after the Zimbabweans failed to show up for a women's Olympic qualifying game. More »

  • Michel Platini says he will run to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Michel Platini says he will run to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president. More »