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Archives: FIFA

FIFA’s Qatar decision will face backlash of growing club power

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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FIFA’s pending announcement to officially announce that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be moved to November-December has already caused shockwaves throughout the sport. Most importantly perhaps is its impact on the European club calendar and the knock-on impact the … Continue reading

Concerns about switching World Cup 2022 to winter are overblown

Posted on by Steve Davis
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I don’t like the idea of a World Cup in Qatar any more than … well, any more than about 99 percent of the globe’s soccer fans, as far as I can tell. This apparent shift to a winter event … Continue reading

World Cup 2022 in Qatar edges closer to November and December

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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World Cup 2022 in Qatar has taken a step closer to being held in late November and late December after a FIFA task force recommended shifting the global event from summertime to winter. The task force’s recommendations will be taken … Continue reading

Instant replays not the solution after poor weekend of Premier League officiating

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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The case for some sort of instant replay in the Premier League was made by Jose Mourinho on Sunday’s surprising appearance on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday program. Following Kevin Friend’s shocking first half performance in Southampton’s loss at St … Continue reading

Unsavory racist incidents plaguing European soccer demand strict response

Posted on by Amadi Tidiane
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European soccer has a distasteful history of racism from inappropriate comments by high-profile officials, to public displays by fans, to on-field altercations between players.  Perhaps more glaring than the incidents themselves is how they no longer seem shocking.  A front … Continue reading

Luis Figo proposes expanding the World Cup to as many as 48 teams

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Former Ballon d’Or winner Luis Figo released his manifesto at a Wembley press conference today as he prepares to challenge Prince Ali Bin Hussein, Michael van Pragg and incumbent Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA. During his press conference, the … Continue reading

ESPN and Univision confirm FIFA excluded them from World Cup 2026 bidding

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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ESPN and Univision have officially confirmed what World Soccer Talk revealed earlier today that neither TV network had been notified that the FIFA TV rights for 2023-2026 (including FIFA World Cup 2026) were being handed to FOX Sports and Telemundo instead … Continue reading

FIFA sentences USA to 4 more years of FOX World Cup coverage

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Eleven years. Let that sink in for a second. Eleven long years of FIFA coverage from FOX Sports. It’s as if a dark cloud has swept across the United States with the knowledge that for the next 11 years, FOX … Continue reading

FOX Sports and Telemundo acquire FIFA World Cup 2026 TV rights

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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FIFA has decided to extend the TV rights to FOX Sports and Telemundo through until the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Both FOX and Telemundo already had the TV rights to the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, but FIFA … Continue reading

U.S Soccer president Sunil Gulati needs to take a stand against Sepp Blatter and FIFA

Posted on by Abe Asher
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On April 19th, 2013, Sunil Gulati – at least in theory – became one of the most powerful men in soccer. No one remembers the razor-thin margin of his victory – an 18-17 vote victory over Mexican Federation President Justino … Continue reading

FIFA confirm three opponents to Sepp Blatter’s presidency

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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FIFA have confirmed the three candidates who will oppose Sepp Blatter’s presidency are Portugal legend Luis Figo, Dutch FA chief Michael Van Praag and Asian Football Confederation vice-president Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan. Former France international David Ginola and ex-FIFA deputy … Continue reading

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Can Luis Figo and co smash the Blatter system?

Posted on by Simon Evans
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So for a few months at least, FIFA will become a multi-party democracy. After former Portugal international Luis Figo joined the list of those challenging incumbent Sepp Blatter, there is now a broad range of candidates offering change. The big … Continue reading

Luis Figo announces intention to run against Sepp Blatter for FIFA presidency

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Luis Figo has announced his intention to stand against Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA. The legendary Portuguese footballer joins Jerome Champagne, Dutch FA chief Michael van Pragg and former France international David Ginola as a challenger to the … Continue reading

FIFA confirms investigation into Real Madrid’s signing of youth players

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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FIFA have confirmed that Real Madrid is currently under investigation for irregularities in their signing of youth players. Should it be deemed that the Spanish club have breached the governing body’s regulations, the reigning Club World Cup and European champions … Continue reading

Barcelona Believes It Has Found Loopholes to Circumvent Transfer Ban

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Barcelona officials are currently examining options that would allow the La Liga giant to sign players this year, despite a FIFA-imposed embargo that prevents the club from buying players until January 2016. The Catalan daily SPORT claims that Barcelona lawyers have uncovered two … Continue reading

Real Madrid Facing Possible FIFA Sanctions For Signing Of Underage Players

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Real Madrid is currently under investigation into how the club conducted its signing of underage players. Should it be deemed that the Spanish side have breached FIFA regulations, the reigning world and European champions could face similar sanctions to those which … Continue reading

MLS to Adopt New Technology to Curb Concussions in Soccer

Posted on by Spenser Davis
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A mild traumatic brain injury, commonly referred to as a concussion, is most commonly defined as a head injury that results in temporary loss of brain function. Concussions have been quite visible in the press over the last decade, after … Continue reading

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins 2014 Ballon d’Or Award

Posted on by Alex Muller
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Cristiano Ronaldo has won the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the second year in a row. Ronaldo, aka CR7, defeated Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer to win the top honor, and is now officially recognized as the best player … Continue reading