JEROME VALCKE

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • FIFA lauds IMG-Reliance for starting the ISL in India October 15, 2014

    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 October 15, 2014

    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 October 15, 2014

    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...
  • U-17 Football World Cup: FIFA, government assure help to AIFF October 15, 2014

    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 October 15, 2014

    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...
  • 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...
  • World Cup 2014: FIFA official 'amazed' by Brazil drunkenness July 2, 2014

    Rio De Janeiro: FIFA's number two official has said he's "amazed" by the levels of drunkenness in Brazil's World Cup stadiums, reviving a debate over whether alcohol sales should have been allowed at matches in the first place. In an interview with Brazil's sports television network SporTV, Jerome Valcke acknowledged on...
  • World Cup 2014: Magazine claims Cameroon vs Croatia match was fixed, FIFA concerned July 2, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has expressed concern over match fixing in international football. In an interview with Brazilian television channel Sportv, Valcke said there was no way of knowing if games played during the World Cup had been manipulated, reports Xinhua. "It exists and it's something that we...
  • World Cup 2014: 2.83 goals scored per game in World Cup group stage June 29, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA has announced its satisfaction about the performances delivered in the World Cup group stages. An average of 2.83 goals were scored per game in the 48 first round matches while fan turnout reached an average of 98 percent with 2,454,377 spectators who went to see the matches,...
  • World Cup 2014: Luis Suarez needs treatment, says Jerome Valcke June 27, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, who has been kicked out of the World Cup for biting an opponent, needs treatment to overcome his disciplinary problems, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said on Friday. "He should go for a treatment," Valcke said when asked by reporters about the Suarez case....
  • 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...
  • FIFA takes final look at Brazilian host cities May 26, 2014

    FIFA is beginning its final tour of World Cup host cities ahead of football's showcase event. With kickoff less than 20 days away, the governing body is having one last look at the cities' often troubled preparations across Brazil. FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke starts the second half of his inspection tour...
  • Mistake to award World Cup to Qatar, says Blatter May 17, 2014

    Awarding the 2022 soccer World Cup to Qatar was a 'mistake' and the tournament will probably have to be held in the winter because of the heat, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said. "Of course, it was a mistake. You know, one comes across a lot of mistakes in life," he...
  • Soccer fans face the biggest challenge in Brazil: Valcke May 9, 2014

    Brazil's huge distances, shaky infrastructure, security problems and varying climate have turned the World Cup into a logistical nightmare for teams, officials and the media. But the secretary general of world soccer's governing body FIFA, Jerome Valcke, admitted nobody will face as many difficulties as the hundreds of thousands of visiting...
  • 2022 Qatar World Cup will not be in summer, says FIFA secretary general January 8, 2014

    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 latest,"...
  • Sao Paulo will be ready for World Cup: FIFA August 20, 2013

    Sao Paulo: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said he has no doubt Itaquerao stadium here will be ready in time for next year's World Cup. Earlier this year, Valcke warned Sao Paulo could be taken off the tournament's schedule if construction work was not stepped up at the venue, reports...
  • We are doing good things for Brazil: FIFA June 25, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has moved to defuse antiWorld Cup sentiment in Brazil, insisting world football's governing body is "doing good things" for the South American nation. Brazil President Dilma Rousseff met with state governors and city mayors Monday to seek an end to the unrest which...
  • FIFA 'not ashamed' of Brazil World Cup, no Plan B June 24, 2013

    Rio De Janerio: FIFA has defended keeping the 2014 World Cup in Brazil despite civil unrest during the test event, and says no "official offers" have been received from countries to step in to host the tournament. More than a million Brazilians have taken to the streets during the Confederations Cup...
  • Jerome Valcke wants Sepp Blatter to stand again June 18, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke wants Sepp Blatter to reverse a previous pledge and stand again for the presidency of world football's governing body. The 77yearold Blatter, who has been in office since 1998, was handed a fourth, fouryear term in 2011 after saying he would stand aside...
  • FIFA says Sao Paulo stadium will be ready on time May 16, 2013

    Sao Paulo's World Cup stadium will be ready on time, FIFA said on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after warning the city it could lose the right to stage matches because of delays in building the new arena. Soccer's governing body said it had reached a settlement with stadium owners Corinthians...
  • Sao Paulo could lose World Cup matches: FIFA May 15, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA has warned that Sao Paulo could be stripped of its status as a 2014 World Cup host city due to stadium construction delays. Local officials last week said the Itaquerao Stadium would not be ready until at least March next year, more than two months after the...
  • Debrecen keeper says he is clean amid Liverpool fix probe February 6, 2013

    London: Debrecen goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic has denied attempting to fix his Hungarian side's Champions League match with Liverpool in 2009, saying his performance should speak for itself. European police said on Monday that about 680 suspicious matches including qualifying games for the World Cup and European Championships, and the Champions...
  • 'Hosting U17 WC will change Indian football' September 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Keen to see India as host of the Under17 World Cup in 2017, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has reportedly told Sports Minister Ajay Maken that organising the event will bring about a "big change in Indian football." "The sports minister was very positive and extended full support to...
  • India set to host U17 football WC in 2017 September 6, 2012

    FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke is in India with a view to improving football in the country. ...
  • Ireland participation in World Cup impossible: FIFA December 2, 2009

    Cape Town: Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) dashed any lingering Irish hopes of playing in next year's World Cup finals on Tuesday by declaring it would be impossible to add a 33rd team to the tournament. FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke told a news conference three days before the...