Fifa

  • Michel Platini plans to keep luxury gift, make charity donation 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim 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 3 days ago

    Soccer's governing body FIFA has an exemplary ethics set-up 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 4 days ago

    After not much action barring the 2-2 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 sub-continent teams are...
  • Germany still ahead of Argentina in FIFA rankings 4 days ago

    Zurich: World Cup winner Germany are still No. 1 in the FIFA rankings despite losing to second-place 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...
  • Jerome Champagne to run against Sepp Blatter for FIFA presidency 6 days ago

    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 ad-hoc Electoral Committee and its president, Mr. Domenico...
  • FIFA, UN to cooperate in fight against Ebola September 13, 2014

    Madrid: FIFA, football's world governing body, said that it looks forward to cooperating with the UN to combat the Ebola virus outbreak that has killed over 2,000 in West Africa. The Antoinette Tubman stadium in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, will host two Ebola treatment units after the World Health Organisation (WHO)...
  • 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...
  • Barcelona to appeal to CAS against FIFA ban August 21, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish football giant Barcelona confirmed that they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) after FIFA upheld its decision to ban the club from signing for the next two transfer windows for irregularities over the signing of underage players. FIFA's decision on Wednesday means that Barcelona will...
  • FIFA rejects Barcelona appeal against transfer ban August 20, 2014

    Zurich: Barcelona will be barred from signing any players in 2015 after FIFA rejected the club's appeal against a oneyear ban for breaching rules over the transfer of youngsters. The Spanish giants will now ask sport's highest court to overturn the punishment, which resulted from the signing of 10 players under...
  • Luis Suarez appeals FIFA ban, bite verdict next week August 9, 2014

    Lausanne: Luis Suarez's appeal of his FIFA ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup will be decided next week. The Uruguay and Barcelona forward attended a sixhour hearing on Friday before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and gave a statement to the court. He is trying to persuade...
  • Hearing on Luis Suarez's ban appeal on Friday, verdict likely next week August 7, 2014

    Luis Suarez should find out next week whether he has won his appeal against a fourmonth ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says the decision is "likely to be rendered some days" after the closeddoor hearing in Lausanne on Friday. The fasttrack timetable...
  • FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup July 26, 2014

    Geneva: FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change." Some lawmakers in Germany want the hosting rights reviewed because of Russia's alleged involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week. Political pressure on Russia increased Friday when the...
  • FIFA lifts Nigeria Football Federation suspension July 18, 2014

    Zurich: FIFA has lifted Nigeria's suspension from international competition after the country's football leaders were reinstated. After Nigeria's secondround elimination at the World Cup, the country's government issued a legal order for the sports ministry to appoint new federation leaders. FIFA rules protect its 209 member federations from influence by third...
  • Mexico move to No.18 in FIFA ranking July 18, 2014

    Mexico City: Mexico climbed up two spots to No.18 in the latest world rankings released by football's world governing body, FIFA. Mexico earned a total of 930 points to rank third in the Concacaf confederation (North and Central America and the Caribbean), behind the United States, at No.15 with 989 points,...
  • Nico Rosberg changes World Cup helmet on FIFA complaint July 17, 2014

    Germany: Formula 1 drivers' championship leader Nico Rosberg has had to ditch plans to put an image of the World Cup on his helmet for the upcoming German Grand Prix following a complaint from FIFA. The German driver wanted to celebrate his country's World Cup win with a specially designed helmet...
  • FIFA rankings: Germany No.1 after World Cup triumph July 17, 2014

    Zurich: Germany have climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years. The fourtime champions, who beat Argentina 10 at the Maracana on Sunday, have replaced Spain in first place as well as succeeding them as world champions. Argentina and the...
  • Photo: Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio has a terrible rattail haircut but there are hilarious things you could do with it! July 15, 2014

    When it comes to the worst hairstyles of FIFA World Cup, Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio tops the list. His awful hairdo attracted memes on the internet and a lot of football fans found it annoying. Why would anyone do that to their hair? His rattail was highly condemned by everyone but...
  • World Cup 2014: ArgentinaGermany final breaks social media records July 15, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The hardfought thrilling World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set new Twitter and Facebook records as the encounter was trending on all social media platforms. The final set a new Twitter record of 618,725 tweets per minute discussing the match, according to a data. Facebook also said the...
  • 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...
  • Brazil 2014 strong contender as bestever World Cup July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The 2014 World Cup provided an unmatched level of football, outstanding individual moments, shocks, some controversy and it all took place in stadiums packed with knowledgeable and passionate fans. Taken as a whole, the 64 games in Brazil, were unparalleled as a World Cup in terms of quality...
  • How did this Twitter user know the exact sequence of events that happened during the World Cup final hours before the match? July 14, 2014

    Is FIFA really corrupt? How else did this Twitter user know all the details about the World Cup final result hours before the match? A Twitter account called @FifNdhs accurately predicted the sequence of events in just 4 tweets. Football users were amazed at how this could be possible. A...
  • World Cup 2014: This sadness will last for life, says Mascherano July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano said that the sadness caused by losing the World Cup final will last forever. "This sadness will be forever. It was our chance to win the title," Mascherano said after his team lost the World Cup final 01 to Germany in extra time, reports...
  • No presentation for Suarez at Barcelona, says FIFA July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA has told Spanish club FC Barcelona that they cannot hold any official presentation for new signing Luis Suarez due to his four month ban from football activities. FIFA spokesman Delia Fischer said that the player ban includes not taking part in any football activity including presentation conferences,...