Sepp Blatter

  • 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 franchise-based 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 Germany-Argentina 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 U-17 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 Under-17 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 two-day 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. High-ranking 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 last-minute 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,...
  • 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...
  • Mistake to award World Cup 2022 to Qatar, says Sepp Blatter May 16, 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...
  • Japan joins India in race to host FIFA Club World Cup May 9, 2014

    In the race to host the FIFA Club World Cup in 2015 and 2016, India will face tough competition from Japan as the Asian heavyweight has also expressed interest in organising the prestigious tournaments. All India Football Federation president Praful Patel on Thursday met FIFA President Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome...
  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter drops another hint he will stand again May 9, 2014

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has dropped another hint that he intends to stand for a fifth term as the head of soccer's governing body in next year's election. "I want to do it because it's not over yet," he said during an event in Zurich, according to the Swiss newspaper Blick. "My...
  • European leagues to oppose winter World Cup in Qatar May 8, 2014

    Paris: Europe's top leagues have stated their clearest opposition yet to changing the 2022 World Cup dates in Qatar. The European Professional Football Leagues group says "all scenarios on the rescheduling of the World Cup in Qatar are damaging the domestic competitions and leagues' business interests." Top-tier leagues face taking an eight-week...
  • Dani Alves slams 'backward' Spain, wants banana-thrower shamed April 29, 2014

    Dani Alves has hit out at Spain for being "very backward" in its approach towards racism and believes the fan who hurled a banana on the pitch in Barcelona's game away to Villarreal on Sunday should be publicly shamed. Images of the Brazilian picking up the banana and taking a bite...
  • Be optimistic about Brazil, says Sepp Blatter May 20, 2014

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has encouraged fans to be optimistic that the World Cup in Brazil will be a success, amid growing concerns over security and public unrest as workers scramble to finish stadiums on time. The Swiss said similar public scepticism had accompanied preparations for previous World Cups and yet...
  • I am the only one who can beat Blatter, says Platini March 27, 2014

    UEFA president Michel Platini said on Thursday that he was the only person capable of beating Sepp Blatter in an election battle for the FIFA presidency. The 58-year-old emphasised that he is yet to decide whether or not to stand for world soccer's top job next year, but he told Reuters...
  • No comment on Qatar 2022 payment claims: Blatter March 22, 2014

    Zurich: FIFA president Sepp Blatter refused to comment on allegations linking Qatar's winning World Cup bid to payments received by voters. Blatter said at a news conference on Friday "I have not even the right" to discuss claims published this week by the Daily Telegraph. The British newspaper said it had evidence...
  • 'Stupid' rule cost Arsenal, not referee, says Platini February 23, 2014

    UEFA president Michel Platini has repeated his call for the "triple punishment" of red card, penalty and suspension to be dropped following two controversial dismissals in the Champions League this week. The triple punishment follows when the referee dismisses a player for an offence in the penalty area which he judges...
  • Use video to punish divers, injury fakers: Blatter February 21, 2014

    Video evidence should be used to punish footballers who dive, fake injuries or waste time, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Friday. Seeking to eradicate cheating from the game, Blatter questioned why disciplinary bodies are not using existing rules to take retrospective action. "Video evidence can contribute greatly to fair play,...
  • Sepp Blatter gives huge hint he'll run for office again February 7, 2014

    Berne: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given the strongest hint yet that he is ready to stand for a fifth term, telling Swiss public radio he would not say no if member associations asked him to stand. "I'm in good health and I don't see why I should now think about...
  • Sepp Blatter rift settled in telephone call: Cristiano Ronaldo January 13, 2014

    Zurich: Cristiano Ronaldo's rift with FIFA President Sepp Blatter was settled in a telephone call. "This is no longer an issue, neither for us nor for football," the Ballon d'Or favourite from Portugal said ahead of Monday's award ceremony. Last October, Blatter was filmed telling a student audience in England he preferred...
  • 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,"...
  • Political influence impinges on every sporting event December 19, 2013

    Berlin: The year 2013 may prove to be a watershed for sports politics with every major event and decision during the last 12 months impacted by lawmakers. Whether it was the presence of prime ministers and royalty at the International Olympic Committee vote for the 2020 summer Games or FIFA blaming...
  • India in spotlight after getting to host U-17 football WC December 6, 2013

    The other countries that were in the contention to host the competition were South Africa, Uzbekistan and Republic of Ireland. ...