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  • Former Germany coach Berti Vogts joins Klinsmann's US staff
    Former Germany coach Berti Vogts joins Klinsmann's US staff Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Berti Vogts has been pals with Jurgen Klinsmann for a long time, and now the German national team coach will work alongside his former player in a long-term role. More »

  • Hodgson prepared for Lithuania, on paper at least
    Hodgson prepared for Lithuania, on paper at least Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Unfolding a piece of paper listing the Lithuania players his England side will face in Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley, manager Roy Hodgson admitted he could not pronounce any of their names. "Despite being supposedly linguistically gifted as I am I still can't pronounce the names," Hodgson, whose side have won all four Group E matches so far, told reporters. "I hope we know enough but more importantly we hope our players are prepared to do what we want to do and play the game we want to play and hope that causes Lithuania the problems we intend to cause them." Hodgson was inevitably asked whether in-form Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane would get the chance to open his senior international account with a first cap against a nation ranked 94th in the FIFA rankings. With Daniel Sturridge ruled out by injury, there have been widespread calls from the likes of former England striker Alan Shearer to let Kane loose at Wembley. More »

  • FIFA taking the wrong approach to development, says Prince Ali
    FIFA taking the wrong approach to development, says Prince Ali Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan believes that world soccer's governing body is taking the wrong approach to development of the sport, leaving many national associations without basics such as kit and pitches. He said FIFA was “irresponsible” to decide the allocation of slots for the 2018 World Cup on the day after the presidential election in May and that spending $27 million on a film about itself was an example of poor management. FIFA said in its financial report published on Friday that it reinvested $1.052 billion of its revenue from 2011-14 in the development of football around the world, constituting 20 percent of its expenditure over the period. More »

  • Qatar prepare for fresh World Cup challenge
    Qatar prepare for fresh World Cup challenge Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Qatar and World Cups have been much in the news lately but it is the Gulf nation's football team that finally has the chance to make headlines from Thursday as they begin preparations for the 2018 tournament. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Everyone’s talking about people leaving. Jeremy Clarkson, Zayn Malik and (King) Henry Shefflin. More »

  • Sky's Kate Abdo will host Fox's Women's World Cup coverage Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sky Sports News' Kate Abdo will host Fox's coverage of this year's Women's World Cup along with Rob Stone. More »

  • Platini might go fishing but not while FIFA still beckons
    Platini might go fishing but not while FIFA still beckons Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Mike Collett VIENNA (Reuters) - It is not easy imagining Michel Platini with his rod and line fishing by a riverbank or playing rugby but the soon-to-be 60-year-old UEFA chief is keeping his options open. Nobody close to Platini, acclaimed as the president of European soccer's governing body for a third term at Tuesday's Congress, expects either of those things to happen of course. Reflecting on the immediate past as well as the future with a select group of football writers after the Congress, he was asked about the future for himself, UEFA and world governing body FIFA when his new term ends in four years' time. By then Platini will be 64 while Sepp Blatter will be 83, and perhaps ready to relinquish the FIFA presidential reigns if, as expected, he is re-elected for a fifth term in May. "It is impossible for me to say," Platini said of his future path. More »

  • Soccer-Platini might go fishing but not while FIFA still beckons Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Mike Collett VIENNA, March 25 (Reuters) - It is not easy imagining Michel Platini with his rod and line fishing by a riverbank or playing rugby but the soon-to-be 60-year-old UEFA chief is keeping his options open. Nobody close to Platini, acclaimed as the president of European soccer's governing body for a third term at Tuesday's Congress, expects either of those things to happen of course. Reflecting on the immediate past as well as the future with a select group of football writers after the Congress, he was asked about the future for himself, UEFA and world governing body FIFA when his new term ends in four years' time. By then Platini will be 64 while Sepp Blatter will be 83, and perhaps ready to relinquish the FIFA presidential reigns if, as expected, he is re-elected for a fifth term in May. "It is impossible for me to say," Platini said of his future path. More »

  • UEFA president Platini sees final challenge ahead in 2019
    UEFA president Platini sees final challenge ahead in 2019 Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — Michel Platini has his eye on one last challenge in 2019, the year FIFA will elect its president. More »

  • Fifa: Michael van Praag launches stinging attack on Sepp Blatter tenure as  …
    Fifa: Michael van Praag launches stinging attack on Sepp Blatter tenure as  … Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter was forced to sit through some stinging criticism of his leadership as his three rivals addressed an audience of European football leaders at the Uefa Congress on 24 March. Blatter sat stony faced as Michael van Praag, Luis Figo and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan outlined their plans for football's governing body. The Swiss had earlier addressed Congress as Fifa president but had declined to give a campaign speech. Van Praag was the most outspoken, saying there was a responsibility to "clean the mess". More »

  • RPT-WRAPUP 1-Soccer-Platini re-elected as Blatter sits through criticism Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    (Fixes signoff, no change to story) By Brian Homewood VIENNA, March 24 (Reuters) - Michel Platini was re-elected unopposed for a third term as UEFA president at the annual Congress on Tuesday, proudly proclaiming European soccer's governing body to be "the best". Sepp Blatter sat through the day-long proceedings as a guest and had to endure some stinging criticism from his challengers for the FIFA presidency who were invited to make presentations to delegates. While UEFA has basked in the financial success of the Champions League, FIFA has been hit by a wave of corruption scandals over the last few years. More »

  • Platini re-elected as Blatter sits through criticism
    Platini re-elected as Blatter sits through criticism Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Brian Homewood VIENNA (Reuters) - Michel Platini was re-elected unopposed for a third term as UEFA president at the annual Congress on Tuesday, proudly proclaiming European soccer's governing body to be "the best". Sepp Blatter sat through the day-long proceedings as a guest and had to endure some stinging criticism from his challengers for the FIFA presidency who were invited to make presentations to delegates. While UEFA has basked in the financial success of the Champions League, FIFA has been hit by a wave of corruption scandals over the last few years. More »

  • The game of soccer politics at UEFA's annual meeting
    The game of soccer politics at UEFA's annual meeting Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — In the game of international soccer politics, Europe lined up its attack against FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Tuesday. More »

  • Ukraine official doesn't rule out boycott of 2018 World Cup Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — Ukraine's top football official isn't ruling out a boycott by his country of the 2018 World Cup in Russia — but believes such action won't be needed. More »

  • Blatter listens to campaign speeches from 3 rivals
    Blatter listens to campaign speeches from 3 rivals Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter listened to campaign speeches from his three challengers on Tuesday, hearing how badly his rivals want to change the organization he has been running for 16 years. More »

  • Blatter forced to sit through stinging criticism of leadership
    Blatter forced to sit through stinging criticism of leadership Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Brian Homewood VIENNA (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter was forced to sit through some stinging criticism of his leadership as his three rivals addressed an audience of European football leaders at the UEFA Congress on Tuesday. Blatter sat stony faced as Michael van Praag, Luis Figo and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan outlined their plans for soccer's governing body. The Swiss had earlier addressed Congress as FIFA president but had declined to give a campaign speech. "I simply cannot accept that we leave FIFA in its current shape for the next generation," he said. More »

  • Soccer-Blatter forced to sit through stinging criticism of leadership Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Brian Homewood VIENNA, March 24 (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter was forced to sit through some stinging criticism of his leadership as his three rivals addressed an audience of European football leaders at the UEFA Congress on Tuesday. Blatter sat stony faced as Michael van Praag, Luis Figo and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan outlined their plans for soccer's governing body. The Swiss had earlier addressed Congress as FIFA president but had declined to give a campaign speech. "I simply cannot accept that we leave FIFA in its current shape for the next generation," he said. More »

  • Former Croatia striker Suker elected to UEFA Exco Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Mike Collett VIENNA (Reuters) - Croatia's all-time top scorer Davor Suker was elected to UEFA's executive committee on Tuesday and is now one of four former professional players on the European confederation's governing body. Suker played a key role in Croatia's third-place finish at their first World Cup as an independent nation in 1998, ending up as the tournament's leading marksman with six goals. He also played in Real Madrid's triumphant Champions League team that year, making a brief substitute appearance at the end of their final victory over Juventus. The 47-year-old, president of the Croatian FA since 2012, also had spells at Sevilla, Arsenal and West Ham United and joins fellow former professionals Michel Platini of France, Angel Maria Villar of Spain and Borislav Mihaylov of Bulgaria on the committee. More »

  • Michel Platini re-elected as UEFA president for 3rd term
    Michel Platini re-elected as UEFA president for 3rd term Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — Michel Platini was re-elected as UEFA president on Tuesday, and two critics of Sepp Blatter were chosen to join the FIFA executive committee. More »

  • Platini Gets Four More Years At UEFA
    Platini Gets Four More Years At UEFA Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Michel Platini has been re-elected as UEFA president for a third four-year term. He also retains his FIFA vice-presidency for four more years. The former France superstar and Ballon d'Or winner opted last year not to stand against Sepp Blatter in the forthcoming FIFA presidential election, which takes place on 29 May. Platini has made it clear he does not support Blatter standing for a fifth term, but used his acceptance speech to insist UEFA had "love and respect" for FIFA. More »

  • Platini warns of rising extremism, hooliganism in Europe
    Platini warns of rising extremism, hooliganism in Europe Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — UEFA President Michel Platini has warned that nationalism and hooliganism is threatening European soccer. More »

  • UEFA loves FIFA dearly, says re-elected Platini
    UEFA loves FIFA dearly, says re-elected Platini Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Mike Collett VIENNA (Reuters) - Michel Platini was re-elected by acclamation as UEFA president for a third term on Tuesday and immediately told Congress delegates not to believe everything they heard about the confederation's relationship with FIFA. UEFA and FIFA have been at loggerheads for years and European football's ruling body is supporting the three candidates standing against incumbent Sepp Blatter in the FIFA presidential elections in May. Platini, whose re-election means he continues as a FIFA vice-president for the next four years, said: "Europe's entire football community loves FIFA dearly. More »

  • UEFA agree in principle to allow stakeholders on executive committee
    UEFA agree in principle to allow stakeholders on executive committee Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    UEFA agreed in principle to give seats on its executive committee to stakeholders such as players, clubs or professional football leagues on Tuesday. "We are an organisation that is moving forward and lives with the times," UEFA president Michel Platini told delegates as the motion was presented for a vote. "It's a decision that will show that UEFA is a democratic, open organisation and that good governance is our everyday bread." Platini said the exact details would be ironed out over the next year and incorporated into the UEFA statutes pending approval by the next UEFA Congress. More »

  • Soccer-UEFA agree in principle to allow stakeholders on executive committee Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    (Drops extraneous world 'allow' from intro) VIENNA, March 24 (Reuters) - UEFA agreed in principle to give seats on its executive committee to stakeholders such as players, clubs or professional football leagues on Tuesday. "We are an organisation that is moving forward and lives with the times," UEFA president Michel Platini told delegates as the motion was presented for a vote. "It's a decision that will show that UEFA is a democratic, open organisation and that good governance is our everyday bread." Platini said the exact details would be ironed out over the next year and incorporated into the UEFA statutes pending approval by the next UEFA Congress. More »

  • French builder Vinci denies claims of forced labour in Qatar
    French builder Vinci denies claims of forced labour in Qatar Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    French construction giant Vinci on Tuesday denied claims of using forced labour on building projects for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. More »

  • Muted UEFA response as Blatter calls for unity
    Muted UEFA response as Blatter calls for unity Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Mike Collett VIENNA (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter received muted applause from UEFA delegates after he gave a low-key speech at the opening of their congress on Tuesday which included a less-than-subtle call for unity ahead of May's FIFA presidential elections. Most European delegates, including president Michel Platini, are against Blatter winning a fifth term of office as the head of world football's governing body, openly backing the men standing against him. The 79-year-old Swiss declined an invitation from UEFA to address delegates as a presidential candidate along with his challengers, Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, Dutchman Michael van Praag and Luis Figo of Portugal who were present in the auditorium when he spoke. More »

  • Soccer-Muted UEFA response as Blatter calls for unity Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Mike Collett VIENNA, March 24 (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter received muted applause from UEFA delegates after he gave a low-key speech at the opening of their congress on Tuesday which included a less-than-subtle call for unity ahead of May's FIFA presidential elections. Most European delegates, including president Michel Platini, are against Blatter winning a fifth term of office as the head of world soccer's governing body, openly backing the men standing against him. The 79-year-old Swiss declined an invitation from UEFA to address delegates as a presidential candidate along with his challengers, Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, Dutchman Michael van Praag and Luis Figo of Portugal who were present in the auditorium when he spoke. More »

  • FIFA boss Blatter seeks votes at crowning of rival Platini
    FIFA boss Blatter seeks votes at crowning of rival Platini Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter will make a rare pitch for re-election votes Tuesday at a congress where his adversary Michel Platini will secure unopposed a third straight term as head of European football. More »

  • Sao Paulo decision to come after release of Olympic schedule
    Sao Paulo decision to come after release of Olympic schedule Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Sao Paulo will not be able to guarantee its participation in the Olympic football tournament by the time the match schedule must be completed next week, local officials said Monday. More »

  • FA bid for permit change to improve homegrown development
    FA bid for permit change to improve homegrown development Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has unveiled a plan to encourage Premier League clubs to unearth their own homegrown stars by making it harder for foreign players to secure work permits. More »

  • Spain's prosecutor calls for trial, jail for Barcelona boss Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's prosecutor on Monday requested the National Court open a trial against Barcelona football club, its current president Josep Bartomeu and his predecessor Alexandre "Sandro" Rosell for alleged tax evasion, including in the signing of Brazil striker Neymar. More »

  • FIFA candidate Van Praag questions 'strange' Fox TV deal Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — FIFA extending Fox's World Cup broadcast rights to 2026 was "very strange," according to presidential candidate Michael van Praag. More »

  • A look at new English rules for foreign players Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association announced Monday that new British work permit rules are being introduced to restrict the number of non-Europeans in Premier League squads to promote the development of homegrown players. More »

  • New English work permit rules to curb foreign soccer imports
    New English work permit rules to curb foreign soccer imports Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The number of foreign players in English Premier League squads is set to be reduced under new rules designed to prevent the development of homegrown youngsters being stifled by imports. More »

  • Good news, Ireland fans! Uefa are confident of an extra World Cup place for …