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  • FIFA official says England had best bid for 2018 World Cup 3 days ago

    London: England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup "was by far the strongest contender", FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying on Sunday. "How could England have only got two votes? It was a big surprise," Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying in The Sunday Times. The 53-year-old, a former...
  • FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes 5 days ago

    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...
  • Qatar will host FIFA World Cup 2022, says defiant Sepp Blatter November 30, 2014

    A defiant FIFA President Sepp Blatter said there would be no moving the 2022 World Cup from Qatar, despite widespread concerns about the bidding process that took the tournament to the Middle East for the first time. "2022, it is Qatar, and ladies and gentleman, believe me, with all that has...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Away goals rule has become outdated, says Blatter October 10, 2014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...
  • 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...
  • Asia chief pledges support for Blatter re-election bid September 27, 2014

    The head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has pledged his support for FIFA president Sepp Blatter in next year's election at which the 78-year-old Swiss is expected to win a fifth term as soccer's most powerful administrator. After UEFA president Michel Platini ruled out taking on the incumbent FIFA boss,...
  • 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 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...
  • Jerome Champagne to run against Sepp Blatter for FIFA presidency September 16, 2014

    Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne formally announced on Monday that he will stand against incumbent Sepp Blatter in next year's election for president of the world soccer body. "I have the honor of informing you that I have just written to the FIFA adhoc Electoral Committee and its president, Mr. Domenico...
  • Jerome Valcke favours 'goalline' but opposes video replay September 12, 2014

    Panama City: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said he is against the use of video replay during games because it takes away the essence of football. Valcke on Thursday praised the use of goalline technology, which helps referees determine whether the ball actually crossed the goal line as it was brought...
  • Sepp Blatter aims to give coaches right to 'challenge' referees September 9, 2014

    Manchester: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Monday he wants to start trials on giving coaches the right to "challenge" referee decisions during a match. The system, backed by television monitors, could be tried at the Under20 World Cup in New Zealand next year and Blatter said he would like to...
  • Sepp Blatter to seek fifth term as FIFA president September 8, 2014

    Sepp Blatter will stand for reelection as FIFA president next year, he confirmed on Monday. The 78yearold Swiss, who was first elected in 1998, confirmed his candidature for a fifth term as president in a recorded interview transmitted to delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention. "You see a mission is never finished....
  • FIFA opens talks on 2022 World Cup dates in Qatar September 1, 2014

    FIFA will host its first consultation meeting next week to agree dates for playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. FIFA says its six confederations plus clubs, leagues and players' unions from around the world will be represented at talks led by Asian Football Confederation President Sheik Salman bin Ebrahim al...
  • Sepp Blatter calls India football 'market', endorses ISL August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: In a bid to awaken the "sleeping giant" of world football, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has called India "another market" for the beautiful game and endorsed the upcoming franchisebased Indian Super League (ISL). Blatter, during a visit to the country in 2007, had termed India a "sleeping giant and...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil symbolically hands over World Cup to Russia July 15, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday symbolically handed over the World Cup to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, whose country will host the 2018 tournament. The two leaders were joined by FIFA president Sepp Blatter for the ceremony inside the legendary Maracana Stadium before the GermanyArgentina final in Rio...
  • Sepp Blatter gives Brazil World Cup 9.25 rating July 15, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rated Brazil's organisation of the World Cup as 9.25 out of 10. Speaking during a World Cup media debriefing on Monday, Blatter revealed the body had used social media to gauge the tournament's success,as reported by a news agency. "We have improved on four...
  • World Cup 2014: Blatter says 'fair play' to Suarez after bite apology July 3, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA President Sepp Blatter praised Uruguay striker Luis Suarez on Wednesday after he apologised for biting an Italian defender during the World Cup. Suarez was banned for nine competitive internationals and cannot take part in any soccer activities for four months after he sank his teeth into the...
  • World Cup 2014: Blatter says Luis Suarez bite 'not fair'; keeps mum on ban June 28, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA President Sepp Blatter believes Luis Suarez's biting offense was "definitely not fair" though he won't say the player's name. "It is not fair what he has done," Blatter said Friday in a video interview on FIFA's website. In his only scheduled media commitment during the World...
  • FIFA earmarks USD 38 million for U17 World Cup in India June 20, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: It's not just the All India Football Federation but the sport's governing body FIFA is also doing its bit to ensure a smooth conduct of the Under17 World Cup, earmarking around USD 38 million for the marquee event to be hosted by the 'sleeping giant' in 2017. A...
  • FIFA boss Sepp Blatter predicts interplanetary World Cup June 11, 2014

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter fancifully suggested that soccer could one day be played on other planets when he made his opening address to delegates at the start of its 64th Congress on Wednesday. Making his opening remarks to delegates from all of FIFA's 209 member nations, before his presidential address later...
  • 64th FIFA Congress opens in Sao Paulo June 11, 2014

    Sao Paulo: The twoday 64th FIFA Congress opened here with proposals for amendments to the FIFA statutes, regulations governing the application of the statutes, and standing orders of the Congress figuring high on the agenda. Highranking officials from world football's governing body, its six confederations and 209 member associations attended the...
  • FIFA World Cup: Brazil's president snubs FIFA gathering June 11, 2014

    Rio De Janerio: If it were a marriage, the divorce papers would've been filed already. But with the spotlight now turned on Brazil and the opening of the World Cup, the nation's embattled president and the head of soccer's governing body have no choice but to play nice. If and when...
  • Sepp Blatter slams critics who want 'to destroy FIFA' June 9, 2014

    Sao Paulo: FIFA President Sepp Blatter has hit out at critics who he says want "to destroy FIFA." Blatter told Asian football leaders on Monday "I don't know what the reasoning is" behind The Sunday Times' allegations of corrupt payments by Mohamed bin Hammam. The newspaper has reported Bin Hammam paid millions...
  • FIFA confident ahead of World Cup despite problems June 6, 2014

    Sao Paulo: FIFA is 'not afraid' things will go wrong at the start of the World Cup despite preparation problems in Brazil. Football's governing body said on Thursday it's 'in control' of what needs to be done to get the tournament off to a good start in a week. "The general...
  • Platini says 'somebody, something' out to hurt him June 5, 2014

    Paris: Michel Platini says "somebody, something" is out to discredit him. The UEFA president told sports newspaper L'Equipe he's hurt by British media reports that cast doubts on his links to now disgraced Qatari official Mohamed bin Hammam. Platini said: "For a year now, everything is being done to discredit me." He added,...
  • Brazil in lastminute rush to be ready for World Cup 2014 June 4, 2014

    With just over a week to go before the World Cup kicks off, Brazil is racing to get its stadiums, airports, roads and phone networks ready before hundreds of thousands of soccer fans descend on the country. Airports in nearly all 12 host cities are swarmed with construction workers laying parking...
  • Brazilian President assures safety for World Cup visitors June 3, 2014

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has reiterated her pledge to ensure the safety of competing teams, officials and fans during the FIFA World Cup starting next week. The government earlier this year announced plans to spend 800 million dollars on the largest ever security operation for football's premier tournament. More than 170,000 soldiers,...