Sepp Blatter

  • Brazil will stage best World Cup, Blatter tells Rousseff 11-04-2014 08:29 AM

    Three stadiums and several airports are not ready, and other promised infrastructure has been shelved, but the 2014 World Cup will "be the most successful of all time", the head of FIFA told Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on Thursday. Rousseff said she spoke with Sepp Blatter on the phone for...
  • Brazil will be a well-done World Cup, says Sepp Blatter 04-04-2014 09:57 AM

    San Jose: FIFA President Sepp Blatter said the World Cup will be "well done", but he criticised Brazilian authorities for starting late on stadium projects and for not providing enough worker's safety. Blatter spoke on Thursday in the Costa Rican capital, where he was attending the Under-17 Women's World Cup....
  • I am the only one who can beat Blatter, says Platini 27-03-2014 06:06 PM

    UEFA president Michel Platini said on Thursday that he was the only person capable of beating Sepp Blatter in an election battle for the FIFA presidency. The 58-year-old emphasised that he is yet to decide whether or not to stand for world soccer's top job next year, but he told...
  • No comment on Qatar 2022 payment claims: Blatter 22-03-2014 09:11 AM

    Zurich: FIFA president Sepp Blatter refused to comment on allegations linking Qatar's winning World Cup bid to payments received by voters. Blatter said at a news conference on Friday "I have not even the right" to discuss claims published this week by the Daily Telegraph. The British newspaper said it...
  • 'Stupid' rule cost Arsenal, not referee, says Platini 23-02-2014 04:10 PM

    UEFA president Michel Platini has repeated his call for the "triple punishment" of red card, penalty and suspension to be dropped following two controversial dismissals in the Champions League this week. The triple punishment follows when the referee dismisses a player for an offence in the penalty area which he...
  • Use video to punish divers, injury fakers: Blatter 21-02-2014 09:56 PM

    Video evidence should be used to punish footballers who dive, fake injuries or waste time, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Friday. Seeking to eradicate cheating from the game, Blatter questioned why disciplinary bodies are not using existing rules to take retrospective action. "Video evidence can contribute greatly to fair...
  • Sepp Blatter gives huge hint he'll run for office again 07-02-2014 07:08 PM

    Berne: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given the strongest hint yet that he is ready to stand for a fifth term, telling Swiss public radio he would not say no if member associations asked him to stand. "I'm in good health and I don't see why I should now think...
  • Sepp Blatter rift settled in telephone call: Cristiano Ronaldo 13-01-2014 10:03 PM

    Zurich: Cristiano Ronaldo's rift with FIFA President Sepp Blatter was settled in a telephone call. "This is no longer an issue, neither for us nor for football," the Ballon d'Or favourite from Portugal said ahead of Monday's award ceremony. Last October, Blatter was filmed telling a student audience in England...
  • 2022 Qatar World Cup will not be in summer, says FIFA secretary general 08-01-2014 05:23 PM

    Paris: The 2022 football World Cup in Qatar will not be played in the summer months, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Wednesday. "The dates of the World Cup will not be in June or July. I think it will be played between November 15 and January 15 the...
  • Brazil far behind in FIFA World Cup 2014 preparations: Sepp Blatter 06-01-2014 09:34 PM

    Geneva: FIFA President Sepp Blatter has criticized Brazil's slow preparations for the World Cup, saying the South American nation is further behind than any other country has been during his time with the organization. Brazil have completed only six of the 12 World Cup stadiums even though FIFA had set...
  • Vanishing spray to be used at World Cup: Sepp Blatter 19-12-2013 08:44 PM

    Marrakech, Morocco: Referees will use the recently-developed vanishing spray at the World Cup next year to stop defensive walls creeping forward at free kicks, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Thursday. Blatter said the spray, developed in Brazil and Argentina, had received a positive reception after being used at the...
  • Political influence impinges on every sporting event 19-12-2013 10:13 AM

    Berlin: The year 2013 may prove to be a watershed for sports politics with every major event and decision during the last 12 months impacted by lawmakers. Whether it was the presence of prime ministers and royalty at the International Olympic Committee vote for the 2020 summer Games or FIFA...
  • India in spotlight after getting to host U-17 football WC 06-12-2013 10:12 PM

    The other countries that were in the contention to host the competition were South Africa, Uzbekistan and Republic of Ireland. ...
  • Will have to ensure good team at U-17 WC: Bhutia 06-12-2013 05:03 PM

    New Delhi: As Indian football rejoices after winning the bid to host the Under-17 World Cup, former captain Baichung Bhutia on Friday said the more difficult task for the country would be to put together a good team to compete in the mega-event and develop the infrastructure. Thanking the All...
  • India to host the Under-17 Football World Cup in 2017 05-12-2013 09:55 PM

    It was a historical moment for Indian sports as FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Thursday announced that India will be hosting the Under-17 Football World Cup in 2017. The other countries that were in the contention to host the competition were South Africa, Uzbekistan and Republic of Ireland. As per...
  • FIFA sticks with World Cup kickoffs times 03-12-2013 11:54 PM

    COSTA DO SAUIPE: FIFA says it won't switch early World Cup kickoff times in tropical cities despite concern by the international players' union. FIFA President Sepp Blatter says the match schedule will remain as it was made in October 2011. He spoke Tuesday after a meeting of the governing body's...
  • Sepp Blatter condemns 'racist' Real Betis supporters 26-11-2013 07:35 PM

    Madrid: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has condemned the Real Betis fans who apparently directed racist chants at their own player Paulao after he was sent off in Sunday's 4-0 derby defeat at Sevilla. A group of Betis fans were briefly shown on Spanish TV making what appeared to be monkey...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo could give Ballon d'Or awards a miss 22-11-2013 07:16 PM

    There are speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo might give the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich in January a miss to upset FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Ronaldo has become one of the favourite to win the 2013 best footballer award after he scored a hat-trick in Portugal's World Cup play-offs against Sweden...
  • World Cup drama beckons despite Blatter's reservations 13-11-2013 11:22 PM

    London: FIFA president Sepp Blatter might want an end to the World Cup playoffs but the excitement, drama, tension, joy and despair they will generate over the next week are unrivalled in the two-year qualifying process. The final 11 spots for next year's finals in Brazil are about to be...
  • Sepp Blatter rules out January World Cup in Qatar 09-11-2013 09:02 AM

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter ruled out a January World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and said on Friday November/December was the only alternative to a summer tournament. "The FIFA World Cup can only be played in November/December 2022, no way it's going to take place in January/February," he said. We...
  • Ancelotti ticks off Blatter for comment on Ronaldo 30-10-2013 01:28 PM

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has labelled FIFA president Sepp Blatter's comments on Cristiano Ronaldo's demeanour on the field as disrespectful. Blatter described the Portuguese as being "like a commander on the pitch" and joked he spent more money on his hairstyle than Barcelona rival Lionel Messi, in an...
  • Real Madrid ask Blatter to rectify Ronaldo comments 29-10-2013 09:22 PM

    Madrid: Real Madrid have asked FIFA to rectify comments from its president Sepp Blatter that appeared to mock their Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday. Blatter was asked at the Oxford University Union on Friday to give his opinion of Ronaldo and Barcelona's World Player of...
  • Russia will still stage World Cup despite racist incidents 27-10-2013 11:56 PM

    London: Russia will still stage the 2018 World Cup finals despite the continuing blight of racism in the country's soccer, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Sunday. Asked at a media round table event if Russia risked losing the World Cup, Blatter replied: "We have never said we will take...
  • Africa should get more spots at the World Cup: Blatter 25-10-2013 04:45 PM

    Zurich: FIFA President Sepp Blatter says Africa should get more spots at the World Cup, giving teams from the continent more chances to win the tournament. For the 2014 World Cup, 53 European nations have been competing for 13 spots at the tournament. But the 54-nation Confederation of African Football...
  • No decision on Qatar World Cup before next year: Blatter 04-10-2013 07:13 PM

    Zurich: FIFA has launched a consultation process to decide whether to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar outside the traditional June-July slot and will not make a decision until next year, president Sepp Blatter said on Friday. "The executive committee decided to launch a consultation process among main stakeholders...
  • European politicians pressured for Qatar to get Football WC: Blatter 19-09-2013 08:49 AM

    Berlin: Top European politicians pressured world soccer's governing body (FIFA) to award the 2022 soccer World Cup to Qatar, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday. The tiny and energy-rich Gulf state was awarded the World Cup three years ago in a surprise decision which Blatter said was partly because...
  • Awarding Qatar World Cup may have been 'mistake': Blatter 10-09-2013 08:36 AM

    Awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar may well have been "a mistake", FIFA president Sepp Blatter said for the first time on Monday. Staging the tournament in the Middle East has caused much controversy because if it is held over its traditional dates in the middle of the year,...
  • Sepp Blatter doubts if Gareth Bale was worth 100 million euros 03-09-2013 06:31 PM

    Zurich: FIFA President Sepp Blatter doubts whether Gareth Bale was worth a world-record 100 million euros ($132 million). Real Madrid made the Welsh winger the most expensive footballer in history when he was signed on Sunday from Tottenham. Blatter says "if a player is the value of that, I doubt,...
  • FIFA set to move 2022 World Cup from summer: Blatter 25-08-2013 09:17 PM

    Ulrichen, Switzerland: FIFA president Sepp Blatter expects his executive committee to decide soon that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be switched from the searing heat of summer. Blatter told The Associated Press on Sunday that an October 3-4 meeting in Zurich should approve the change, and begin consultation...
  • 2022 World Cup in Qatar a mistake: FIFA member Theo Zwanziger 24-07-2013 11:18 PM

    Berlin: A member of FIFA's executive committee says awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a "blatant mistake" and that even moving it to avoid searing summer temperatures wouldn't be ideal. Former German soccer federation president Theo Zwanziger told SportBild that a suggestion by FIFA president Sepp Blatter to...