FIFA

  • Stephen Constantine announces 32-member probables for World Cup qualifier 3 days ago

    New Delhi: National football coach Stephen Constantine today announced the list of 32 probables for India's forthcoming home and away matches for the preliminary joint qualification round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Nepal. The matches would be played on a home and away format and India first host...
  • Clubs to get no compensation for a 2022 winter World Cup : FIFA 4 days ago

    Soccer clubs will not be offered compensation for losing players to a 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar, FIFA's secretary general Jerome Valcke told reporters on Wednesday. The proposed dates for the event, over November and December, are set to be ratified by FIFA next month. They would cause a disruption...
  • Sunil Chhetri not automatic choice for captaincy: Stephen Constantine 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Set to begin his second stint as Indian football head coach with a match against Nepal next month, Stephen Constantine on Tuesday said that he is yet to decide on who will captain the national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. India play Nepal on March...
  • FIFA task force recommends shorter Nov-Dec World Cup for Qatar 2022 5 days ago

    Doha: The FIFA task force looking into dates for the Qatar World Cup has recommended a shorter tournament to be staged in November and December 2022, the head of the Asian Football Confederation told reporters on Tuesday. Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa said all options would be reviewed at the FIFA...
  • Luis Figo proposes expanded World Cup, spreading more FIFA cash February 19, 2015

    London: Luis Figo says he would consider expanding the World Cup if he is elected FIFA president in May. Figo says the 32-team World Cup could be expanded to 40 teams or FIFA could stage two 24-team tournaments simultaneously on two continents followed by a knockout phase in one nation. The former...
  • David Beckham welcomes Luis Figo's FIFA presidential bid February 17, 2015

    London: David Beckham has welcomed former Real Madrid teammate Luis Figo's bid to unseat Sepp Blatter, saying FIFA needs candidates "passionate about the game." Figo is the only former player standing in May's election, which also features FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and Dutch football association chairman Michael van...
  • Government puts weight behind AIFF for hosting FIFA U-17 World Cup February 12, 2015

    New Delhi: The Government of India on Thursday pledged full support to All India Football Federation (AIFF) for hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2017 and also urged the private sector to help in strengthening the existing football base in the country. At FICCI's 'Goal 2015', the 3rd International Convention...
  • Ivory Coast, Australia leap up FIFA rankings February 12, 2015

    Zurich: Ivory Coast and Australia both leapt up the FIFA rankings after winning the African Nations Cup and Asian Cup respectively, while tiny Equatorial Guinea moved into the top 50 for the first time. Equatorial Guinea, who hosted the Nations Cup, leapt 69 places and are joint 49th with Congo after...
  • Sepp Blatter, 3 rivals approved as FIFA presidential candidates February 9, 2015

    Zurich: The FIFA presidential election will officially be a four-candidate campaign. FIFA says its election oversight panel validated the proposed candidacies of four-term president Sepp Blatter and his three rivals. They are: Michael van Praag of the Netherlands, former Portugal great Luis Figo and FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of...
  • India to play FIFA World Cup qualifiers Round 1 in Guwahati February 9, 2015

    New Delhi: The Indian senior national football team will play their home match of the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium at Sajusarai in Guwahati. The Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 will be played on...
  • West Ham fined by FIFA for using Sakho in FA Cup match February 4, 2015

    West Ham United have been fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($108,061) by FIFA following a dispute with the Senegalese FA over Diafra Sakho who played in an FA Cup match having withdrawn from the squad for the African Nations Cup. West Ham claimed Sakho, who was issued with a reprimand, could not...
  • FIFA elections: FIFA confirm four candidates to stand for president February 3, 2015

    FIFA confirmed that incumbent Sepp Blatter, Luis Figo, Michael van Praag and Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan have bid to stand for president. ...
  • FIFA confirm four candidates to stand for president February 2, 2015

    Zurich: FIFA have confirmed that incumbent Sepp Blatter, former Portugal forward Luis Figo, Dutch FA president Michael van Praag and Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan have bid to stand for president. Soccer's governing body said in a statement that the four would be subject to integrity checks carried out by...
  • Jerome Champagne out of FIFA presidential race February 2, 2015

    Berne: FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne is out of the race after failing to win sufficient backing for his bid, saying that national associations feared "reprisals" if they supported him. Champagne, needing the backing of five national associations for his bid, said in a statement that he had won the backing...
  • FIFA chief Sepp Blatter booed at Asian Cup final January 31, 2015

    Sydney: FIFA chief Sepp Blatter often talks about being the head of the "football family" but if the boos that greeted his appearance at the Asian Cup final on Saturday are anything to go by, he is not too popular with his Australian cousins. The Swiss, who is expected to win...
  • David Ginola withdraws FIFA presidency bid January 30, 2015

    Former France winger David Ginola has abandoned his bid to stand in the FIFA presidential elections after failing to secure the five FA nominations needed, he said on Friday. The 48-year-old launched his surprise attempt to oust Sepp Blatter as head of world soccer's ruling body under the slogan "Rebooting Football"...
  • Sepp Blatter joins FIFA election race without naming nominees January 29, 2015

    Geneva: Beating the entry deadline by hours on Thursday, Sepp Blatter formally joined a FIFA presidential contest he is widely expected to win. Blatter published a low-key message on Twitter confirming an expected bid to extend his scandal-scarred, 17-year leadership of football's wealthy governing body by four more years. "Today is a...
  • Sepp Blatter confirms he has submitted re-election bid January 29, 2015

    Zurich: FIFA President Sepp Blatter confirmed that he had submitted his bid to run for re-election on Thursday, the deadline day for nominations to be handed in. "Today is a key date in the electoral calendar. I've made my submission, now the electoral committee follow a process," the 78-year-old said on...
  • English clubs dominate international transfer deals: FIFA January 28, 2015

    English clubs are spending more money in the international transfer market than any other country in the world according to a FIFA report published on Wednesday. The findings of the 2015 FIFA/TMS Global Transfer Market Systems Report, covering the last 12 months, shows English clubs spent more than $770 million on...
  • FIFA to investigate Real Madrid for transfer rule violation January 26, 2015

    Madrid: Real Madrid could face the same transfer ban imposed on Barcelona after FIFA opened an investigation into their signings of under-age players. The suspicion in Spain is that the club is preparing for the worst after FIFA's exclusion of Barcelona from the transfer market for the next 12 months, reported...
  • Franck Ribery blasts FIFA Ballon d'Or as 'political' January 24, 2015

    Munich: Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has blasted the Ballon d'Or process, saying FIFA's top individual award is "purely political". Ribery watched his team-mate Manuel Neuer finish third in the ceremony earlier this month, the same spot the Frenchman himself finished a year earlier, reports espnfc.com. In both cases, the Bayern player...
  • Reformists launch coalition to change FIFA January 21, 2015

    FIFA faces potentially the greatest challenge to its authority since it was formed 111 years ago following the launch on Wednesday of the 'New FIFA Now' coalition of reformists calling for change. Following years of controversies and endless allegations of bribery and corruption directed at the highest levels of FIFA governance,...
  • Brazil need time to benefit from World Cup stadiums, says FIFA January 21, 2015

    Sao Paulo: Brazil will need time to get the full benefit from the stadiums they built for the 2014 World Cup, FIFA's general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday, responding to criticism that the venues had become white elephants. Brazil built five new stadiums and renovated seven for the tournament, including...
  • Ex-France winger David Ginola enters FIFA presidential race January 16, 2015

    London: Former France winger David Ginola will announce on Friday that he is entering the race to become president of world soccer's governing body FIFA, The Sun reported on Thursday. But the ex-Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur player has no chance of winning the election and is unlikely to get the...
  • Regret voting for Ronaldo in FIFA Ballon d'Or, says Lewandowski January 13, 2015

    Munich: Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has regretted his decision to vote Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the FIFA Ballon d'Or ahead of teammate Manuel Neuer. The Poland skipper picked Ronaldo ahead of his Bayern teammates Neuer and Bastian Schweinsteiger, but reflected the German goalkeeper would have been a better...
  • FIFA announces World XI 2014 January 13, 2015

    Arjen Robben, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi all included in the team of the year announced by FIFA while David Luiz, rather surprisingly, made it to the team. ...
  • Part of original World Cup trophy found in FIFA basement January 13, 2015

    Zurich: A piece of the original World Cup trophy, which was stolen in Brazil in 1983 and never recovered, has been found in a basement at FIFA's headquarters. Part of the base of the Jules Rimet trophy, it is engraved with the names of the first four World Cup winners who...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2014 January 13, 2015

    Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2014 on Monday, earning the title of world's best football player for a third time. He easily beat four-time winner Lionel Messi and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in a vote of national team captains and coaches from FIFA's 209 member countries, plus...
  • Manuel Neuer aims to end Ronaldo, Messi grip on FIFA player award January 12, 2015

    World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer stands as the only barrier to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi extending their six-year domination of FIFA's player of the year award on Monday. Germany's Neuer is the latest third man on the shortlist trying to break the free-scoring superstars' grip on football's highest individual...
  • Prince Ali to stand for FIFA presidency January 6, 2015

    Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Tuesday that he would stand for the presidency of world soccer's governing body FIFA later this year. The current FIFA vice-president and head of the Jordanian and West Asian Football Federations said he had been encouraged to stand in the May elections...