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  • Indian Super League gets off to strong start with FIFA endorsement Yesterday

    The jury is still out on whether the Indian Super League (ISL) can wake the world's second most populous nation from its football slumber but the first week of the eight-team competition has at least made people sit up and take notice. Some 70,000 fans thronged the Salt Lake Stadium in...
  • FIFA rules out full publication of ethics probe 3 days ago

    FIFA says it is "not legally possible" to publish the full report into alleged corruption in the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. FIFA ethics chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert says publishing prosecutor Michael Garcia's report in full "would actually put the FIFA ethics committee and FIFA itself in a very...
  • Sepp Blatter is not serving football anymore, says Platini 3 days ago

    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,...
  • Luis Suarez receives Golden Boot, eyes Barcelona debut 4 days ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is looking forward to ending his FIFA ban and says he will be fit to face Real Madrid if selected later this month. "There's not long to go and my eagerness to play is always there," Suarez said Wednesday as he picked up a Golden Boot...
  • FIFA lauds IMG-Reliance for starting the ISL in India 5 days ago

    FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke told CNN-IBN that India is no longer a sleeping giant of world football and the ISL is the way to bring more attention to Indian football. ...
  • ISL: Big names will grow Indian football, says FIFA secretary general 5 days ago

    New Delhi: As far as football authorities are concerned, it's the names in the games that will drive the growth of the sport in India. FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says marquee players like Luis Garcia, Alessandro Del Piero and Robert Pires in the Indian Super League will help unlock the...
  • I-League is India's real league, ISL short-term booster: AIFF 5 days ago

    New Delhi: With comparisons aplenty between I-League and the newly-started Indian Super League, FIFA and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said that the older league will always get priority. "I-league is the only league in India. You can not have two leagues in a country. We will not call ISL...
  • India may get to host FIFA Club World Cup 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Amidst the ISL fever prevalent among the country's football fans, an ambitious India are also eyeing to host the glamorous FIFA Club World Cup. "We will decide in the FIFA Executive Committee meeting in December in Morocco for 2015-16, 2017-18 Club World Cup," said FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke at...
  • U-17 Football World Cup: FIFA, government assure help to AIFF 5 days ago

    New Delhi: The All India Football Federation was on Wednesday assured of all help by the government as well as FIFA as far as hosting and successful conduct of the Under-17 Football World Cup in 2017 was concerned. The world sport was the talk of the town as all the stakeholders...
  • Grassroots not ISL should be focus for India: FIFA secretary general 5 days ago

    While a glitzy new league may inspire youngsters to take up the sport, India's hopes of becoming a soccer power rest with its development at a grassroots level, according to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke. A host of veteran European players including World Cup winners Alessandro Del Piero, Marco Materazzi, Joan...
  • 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...
  • English Premier League explores global expansion October 8, 2014

    London: English clubs' interest in playing matches abroad has prompted the Premier League to explore the possibilities of expansion overseas. The league was forced to scrap plans six years ago to add an extra 39th round of matches at venues across the world amid opposition domestically and from FIFA. But league...
  • 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...
  • 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 to adopt three-minute break for concussion September 23, 2014

    FIFA wants to improve football's concussion protocol by stopping matches for three minutes while team doctors assess players with head injuries. After high-profile incidents of injured players staying on the field at the World Cup, FIFA said Tuesday its executive committee will confirm a proposal that gives referees new powers to...
  • Michel Platini plans to keep luxury gift, make charity donation September 20, 2014

    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 September 19, 2014

    FIFA ethics judge HansJoachim 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 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...
  • India slip to 158 in FIFA rankings September 18, 2014

    After not much action barring the 22 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 subcontinent teams are...
  • Germany still ahead of Argentina in FIFA rankings September 18, 2014

    Zurich: World Cup winner Germany are still No. 1 in the FIFA rankings despite losing to secondplace 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 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...
  • 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...