FIFA

  • 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...
  • India not bidding for 2015 and 2016 FIFA Club World Cups November 13, 2014

    New Delhi: India has pulled out of mounting a bid for 2015 and 2016 FIFA Club World Cups, according to All India Football Federation officials. A decision on the host city of the 2015 and 2016 editions of Club World Cup will be taken in Morocco next month. Morocco has hosted the...
  • English FA rejects FIFA ethics report over 2018 bid November 13, 2014

    England's Football Association has rejected the FIFA ethics committee report released on Thursday which said it harmed the image of world soccer's ruling body during the World Cup 2018 and 2022 bidding process. FIFA criticised England's bid for the 2018 tournament and suggested the FA had behaved improperly when trying to...
  • FIFA clears Russia and Qatar to host World Cup November 13, 2014

    The soccer World Cups of 2018 and 2022 are set go ahead in Russia and Qatar as planned after FIFA's ethics committee said on Thursday it could find no grounds for reopening the controversial bidding process. In a long-awaited report, the committee said that "the various incidents which might have occurred...
  • FIFA to release statement on World Cup probe November 13, 2014

    Zurcih: FIFA says its ethics committee chairman will release a statement on Thursday on the investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. FIFA says ethics chief Hans-Joachim Eckert will issue a statement at 0900 GMT following an investigation by prosecutor Michael Garcia into the process that led...
  • FIFA bars Italian FA chief over 'banana' comment November 5, 2014

    Italian football federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio has been barred from holding any position with world governing body FIFA for six months over an alleged racist comment he made in August. European soccer's governing body UEFA has already imposed a similar sanction on the 71-year-old and the FIFA decision announced on...
  • Men's FIFA World Cup could also be played on artificial turf October 30, 2014

    FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has dismissed allegations of gender discrimination over the decision to play the women's World Cup on artificial turf, saying the surface could also be used for the men's tournament in the future. "It could well be that sooner rather than later the men's World Cup will...
  • 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...
  • India drop to 159 in FIFA rankings October 24, 2014

    Zurich: The Indian football team dropped one place to be ranked 159th in the latest FIFA rankings released on Friday. The Sunil Chhetri-led side got 119 points and went a place below as Liechtenstein gained 17 points to reach 155th position in the rankings which continue to be headed by World...
  • Indian Super League gets off to strong start with FIFA endorsement October 19, 2014

    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...