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  • FIFA lodges criminal complaint re 2018 and 2022 World Cups 2 days ago

    Zurich: World soccer's governing body FIFA on Tuesday lodged a criminal complaint over the "possible misconduct of individual persons" in connection with the awarding of hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Last Thursday FIFA said there were no grounds to reopen the controversial bidding processes, following a long-awaited...
  • FIFA in limbo after latest twist in World Cup saga 6 days ago

    FIFA appeared to be in limbo on Thursday as a long-awaited report on the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was criticised by its own investigator while the soccer world watched on in a mixture of bewilderment and anger. The dramatic twist led to further calls for...
  • India not bidding for 2015 and 2016 FIFA Club World Cups 1 week ago

    New Delhi: India has pulled out of mounting a bid for 2015 and 2016 FIFA Club World Cups, according to All India Football Federation officials. A decision on the host city of the 2015 and 2016 editions of Club World Cup will be taken in Morocco next month. Morocco has hosted the...
  • English FA rejects FIFA ethics report over 2018 bid 1 week ago

    England's Football Association has rejected the FIFA ethics committee report released on Thursday which said it harmed the image of world soccer's ruling body during the World Cup 2018 and 2022 bidding process. FIFA criticised England's bid for the 2018 tournament and suggested the FA had behaved improperly when trying to...
  • FIFA clears Russia and Qatar to host World Cup 1 week ago

    The soccer World Cups of 2018 and 2022 are set go ahead in Russia and Qatar as planned after FIFA's ethics committee said on Thursday it could find no grounds for reopening the controversial bidding process. In a long-awaited report, the committee said that "the various incidents which might have occurred...
  • FIFA to release statement on World Cup probe 1 week ago

    Zurcih: FIFA says its ethics committee chairman will release a statement on Thursday on the investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. FIFA says ethics chief Hans-Joachim Eckert will issue a statement at 0900 GMT following an investigation by prosecutor Michael Garcia into the process that led...
  • FIFA bars Italian FA chief over 'banana' comment November 5, 2014

    Italian football federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio has been barred from holding any position with world governing body FIFA for six months over an alleged racist comment he made in August. European soccer's governing body UEFA has already imposed a similar sanction on the 71-year-old and the FIFA decision announced on...
  • Men's FIFA World Cup could also be played on artificial turf October 30, 2014

    FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has dismissed allegations of gender discrimination over the decision to play the women's World Cup on artificial turf, saying the surface could also be used for the men's tournament in the future. "It could well be that sooner rather than later the men's World Cup will...
  • 2018 FIFA World Cup logo unveiled October 29, 2014

    Moscow: FIFA President Sepp Blatter has revealed the logo for the 2018 World Cup in Russia - with the help of a crew of cosmonauts. The logo depicts the World Cup trophy in red and blue, colors from the Russian flag, with gold trim. Unveiling the logo on a Russian state TV...
  • India drop to 159 in FIFA rankings October 24, 2014

    Zurich: The Indian football team dropped one place to be ranked 159th in the latest FIFA rankings released on Friday. The Sunil Chhetri-led side got 119 points and went a place below as Liechtenstein gained 17 points to reach 155th position in the rankings which continue to be headed by World...
  • Indian Super League gets off to strong start with FIFA endorsement October 19, 2014

    The jury is still out on whether the Indian Super League (ISL) can wake the world's second most populous nation from its football slumber but the first week of the eight-team competition has at least made people sit up and take notice. Some 70,000 fans thronged the Salt Lake Stadium in...
  • FIFA rules out full publication of ethics probe October 17, 2014

    FIFA says it is "not legally possible" to publish the full report into alleged corruption in the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. FIFA ethics chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert says publishing prosecutor Michael Garcia's report in full "would actually put the FIFA ethics committee and FIFA itself in a very...
  • Sepp Blatter is not serving football anymore, says Platini October 17, 2014

    UEFA president Michel Platini hit out at FIFA chief Sepp Blatter on Friday, saying the Swiss has stopped serving the cause of football. "Sepp is not the president of FIFA anymore. He is FIFA," Frenchman Platini, whose book "Let's Talk About Football" was released this week, told sports daily L'Equipe. "Platini, Pele,...
  • Luis Suarez receives Golden Boot, eyes Barcelona debut October 16, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is looking forward to ending his FIFA ban and says he will be fit to face Real Madrid if selected later this month. "There's not long to go and my eagerness to play is always there," Suarez said Wednesday as he picked up a Golden Boot...
  • FIFA lauds IMG-Reliance for starting the ISL in India October 15, 2014

    FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke told CNN-IBN that India is no longer a sleeping giant of world football and the ISL is the way to bring more attention to Indian football. ...
  • ISL: Big names will grow Indian football, says FIFA secretary general October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: As far as football authorities are concerned, it's the names in the games that will drive the growth of the sport in India. FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says marquee players like Luis Garcia, Alessandro Del Piero and Robert Pires in the Indian Super League will help unlock the...
  • I-League is India's real league, ISL short-term booster: AIFF October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: With comparisons aplenty between I-League and the newly-started Indian Super League, FIFA and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said that the older league will always get priority. "I-league is the only league in India. You can not have two leagues in a country. We will not call ISL...
  • India may get to host FIFA Club World Cup October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Amidst the ISL fever prevalent among the country's football fans, an ambitious India are also eyeing to host the glamorous FIFA Club World Cup. "We will decide in the FIFA Executive Committee meeting in December in Morocco for 2015-16, 2017-18 Club World Cup," said FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke at...
  • U-17 Football World Cup: FIFA, government assure help to AIFF October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The All India Football Federation was on Wednesday assured of all help by the government as well as FIFA as far as hosting and successful conduct of the Under-17 Football World Cup in 2017 was concerned. The world sport was the talk of the town as all the stakeholders...
  • Grassroots not ISL should be focus for India: FIFA secretary general October 15, 2014

    While a glitzy new league may inspire youngsters to take up the sport, India's hopes of becoming a soccer power rest with its development at a grassroots level, according to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke. A host of veteran European players including World Cup winners Alessandro Del Piero, Marco Materazzi, Joan...
  • Away goals rule has become outdated, says Blatter October 10, 2014

    The away goals rule used for settling the outcome of two-legged knockout ties has "fallen behind the times" and needs rethinking according to FIFA president Sepp Blatter. The method under which the team that scores the most goals away from home wins the tie was introduced in the mid-1960s. It replaced...
  • English Premier League explores global expansion October 8, 2014

    London: English clubs' interest in playing matches abroad has prompted the Premier League to explore the possibilities of expansion overseas. The league was forced to scrap plans six years ago to add an extra 39th round of matches at venues across the world amid opposition domestically and from FIFA. But league...
  • FIFA's $27 Million World Cup film fails to inspire October 7, 2014

    Zurich: Funded with $27 million of FIFA money, the movie "United Passions" is acquiring almost mythical status in football circles. Mythical in the sense that the film, which was shown at the Zurich Film Festival on Sunday, has not been seen by many, and its relationship to documentary truth about FIFA's...
  • FIFA to ban third-party ownership of players September 27, 2014

    Soccer's governing body FIFA has agreed to ban the third-party ownership (TPO) of players, its president Sepp Blatter said on Friday, seven years after first promising to outlaw the practice. Blatter said a working group would be set up to implement the ban which would come into effect following "a transitional...
  • FIFA to adopt three-minute break for concussion September 23, 2014

    FIFA wants to improve football's concussion protocol by stopping matches for three minutes while team doctors assess players with head injuries. After high-profile incidents of injured players staying on the field at the World Cup, FIFA said Tuesday its executive committee will confirm a proposal that gives referees new powers to...
  • Michel Platini plans to keep luxury gift, make charity donation September 20, 2014

    UEFA president Michel Platini has said he intends to ignore FIFA requests and not return a luxury watch valued at 25,000 Swiss francs ($26,600), given to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). Instead, he said on Friday in British media reports, he will make a donation for the same amount...
  • Only four people have seen FIFA probe report, says judge September 19, 2014

    FIFA ethics judge HansJoachim Eckert, responsible for deciding whether there was corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, said only four people have seen the report following an investigation into the decisions. Eckert, who heads the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee, said he hoped to...
  • FIFA best in world for ethics, says president Blatter September 19, 2014

    Soccer's governing body FIFA has an exemplary ethics setup unmatched by any other sports organisation, its president Sepp Blatter said on Friday. "Since the reforms, we have had an exemplary organisation in ethics... we have two chambers... with independent chairmen," Blatter told the World Summit for Ethics in Sports. "We are the...
  • India slip to 158 in FIFA rankings September 18, 2014

    After not much action barring the 22 draw against Bangladesh in an international friendly in March this year, India slipped eights places to be ranked 158th in the lastest FIFA rankings headed by World Champions Germany. India though can take solace from the fact that all the other subcontinent teams are...
  • Germany still ahead of Argentina in FIFA rankings September 18, 2014

    Zurich: World Cup winner Germany are still No. 1 in the FIFA rankings despite losing to secondplace Argentina in a friendly rematch of their final this month. Colombia climb one place to No. 3 even though they lost to Brazil in a friendly, and trade places with the Netherlands which lost...