FIFA

  • FIFA chief Sepp Blatter booed at Asian Cup final 18 hours 46 minutes ago

    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 Yesterday

    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 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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' 1 week ago

    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...
  • CAS upholds FIFA transfer ban imposed on Barcelona December 30, 2014

    Lausanne: The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed Barcelona's appeal and upheld the transfer ban FIFA imposed on the club for infringing regulations on registering minors as youth players. CAS says Tuesday that Barcelona "breached the rules" governing the protection of minors and the registration of those attending football academies. The...
  • Indian football team drops to worst-ever FIFA ranking of 171 December 27, 2014

    New Delhi: In a year when the cash-rich ISL created waves and brought Indian football to the notice of the world, its national team slumped to its worst-ever FIFA rankings dropping to 171st in the 209-nation chart. The world's second most populous country now lies below little-known nations Montserrat in the...
  • India's football dreams get a boost, Brazil's shattered at home - football in 2014 December 25, 2014

    Passionate little Brazilian boys cried their last during the semi-final of the 2014 Football World Cup, while little Baichungs in India witnessed the dawn of a brand new footballing era in their nation. For a 10-year-old, his emotions are threatened by the virtue of his birth, by the wavering national...
  • FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes December 19, 2014

    Marrakech: Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and that the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts. The decision...
  • Equal pay for women many World Cups away, says FIFA December 6, 2014

    Women should not expect to be paid the same as men for many World Cups to come, said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Friday, adding that any comparisons between the two tournaments was not worth debating. Valcke, who will conduct the 2015 women's World Cup draw on Saturday, noted that...
  • New app to prevent sudden cardiac arrest on football field December 3, 2014

    The recent increase in the number of accidents on the field of sports that have led to on-field deaths has prompted FIFA to come up with something that will help tackle such freakish happenings in a more advanced way. According to a report in FIFA.com, keeping the above occurrences in...
  • FIFA bans former AIFF Gen Secy Colaco on bribery charges November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Former All India Football Federation General Secretary Alberto Colaco was on Thursday banned by FIFA for three years from any activity related to the game for taking a bribe in a controversial election of an executive committee member of the world body in 2009. Colaco was handed the ban...
  • Germany lead FIFA rankings as minnows move up November 27, 2014

    Zurich: Germany still lead the FIFA rankings, while two of Europe's smallest nations made big gains after upset results. World Cup winner Germany stayed ahead of Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and the Netherlands in an unchanged top five. Further down, the Faeroe Islands climbed 82 places to No. 105 after beating Greece 1-0...
  • Hard to quantify damage done by non publication of report: Jerome Valcke November 26, 2014

    FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday he did not know how much damage had been done to the organisation by the row over the non-publication of the Garcia report in full. "It's very difficult to say" he told a news conference in Belfast following a two-day annual meeting of...
  • Casillas shock inclusion on shortlist for FIFA award November 25, 2014

    London: Iker Casillas was the surprise inclusion on the goalkeeping shortlist for FIFA's 2014 World XI on Monday after enduring a difficult year for both Real Madrid and Spain. Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer, who won the World Cup with Germany in Brazil, has also been nominated, along with Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois,...
  • Banned FIFA official charged with fraud, money-laundering November 21, 2014

    A member of the financial watchdog committee at soccer's ruling body FIFA has been charged with fraud, money-laundering and breach of trust by police in the Cayman Islands. Canover Watson, a vice-president of the Caribbean Football Union and member of FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee, was charged with five offences by...
  • FIFA lodges criminal complaint re 2018 and 2022 World Cups November 18, 2014

    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 November 14, 2014

    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...