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Archives: FIFA

France Football Prepares Three Ballon d’Or Covers Ahead Of Today’s Announcement

Posted on by Peter Quinn
FranceFootball

France Football magazine has prepared three possible front covers ahead of today’s 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich which is scheduled to begin at 20:00 CET (2:00pm EST). Each cover features the three nominees for World Player of the … Continue reading

FIFA Vice-President Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein Set to Challenge Sepp Blatter

Posted on by Thariq Amir
blatt prince

“I am seeking the Presidency of FIFA because I believe it is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to sport”.  FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has announced that he will challenge Sepp … Continue reading

Barcelona Transfer Ban Upheld By Court Of Arbitration For Sport

Posted on by Peter Quinn
Barca

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected Barcelona’s appeal of FIFA’s 14-month transfer ban, which means the Catalan club will not be allowed to sign players until January 2016. “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the … Continue reading

Decision On Barcelona Transfer Ban Appeal Delayed By Court Of Arbitration For Sport

Posted on by Peter Quinn
Barca

According to the Spanish publication AS, an announcement from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Barcelona’s appeal of their FIFA-imposed transfer ban has been delayed after the court requested further documentation from the Catalan club. It was believed … Continue reading

Investigator Michael Garcia Resigns Citing FIFA’s Lack Of Leadership

Posted on by Peter Quinn
Michael Garcia

US lawyer Michael Garcia has resigned from his position with FIFA, 24 hours after the governing body dismissed his complaint regarding the handling of his investigation into World Cup corruption. Garcia’s findings – which he detailed in a 430-page investigation – were … Continue reading

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Watch Announcement of 3 Ballon d’Or Finalists at 11am ET/8am PT [LIVE STREAM]

Posted on by Christopher Harris
The FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy is displayed

The three finalists for the 2014 Ballon d’Or will be announced at 11am ET/8am PT today via a special live stream made available by FIFA, France Football and YouTube. Watch the live presentation via the video below. In addition to … Continue reading

6 Potential Consequences of UEFA Pulling Out of FIFA

Posted on by Thariq Amir
platini-blatter

You know things are bad in the FIFA house when even the normally vocal Sepp Blatter is keeping a ‘dignified’ silence. In retrospect, it was probably too much to expect FIFA to get its act together and publish a full … Continue reading

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FIFA’s Ethics And Principles Nothing Short of Disgraceful

Posted on by Abe Asher
fifa-world-cup

FIFA was back in the news this week, which almost always means a good hearty laugh followed by a sustained period of crying. This week, we found out that the report conducted by American investigator Michael Garcia into the awarding … Continue reading

Is It Time to Consider a Boycott of FIFA and World Cups 2018 and 2022?

Posted on by Matt Jones
putin-blatter

FIFA’s latest revelations regarding the bidding processes for the World Cups in 2018 and 2022 have done little to shift the air of corruption that has emanated from the organization for an uncomfortably long stretch. It was a process that … Continue reading

FIFA Report Clears Qatar To Host World Cup; Report Contains Erroneous Details, Says Investigator

Posted on by Peter Quinn
FIFAQatar

FIFA today announced that after an 18-month investigation by former New York district attorney Michael Garcia, there is not sufficient evidence to justify stripping either Russia or Qatar of the 2018 or 2022 World Cups. German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert ruled … Continue reading

FIFA Hand Italian FA President Six-Month Ban For Alleged Racist Comments

Posted on by Peter Quinn
Tavecchio

FIFA has imposed a six-month ban on Carlo Tavecchio, the president of the Italian Football Association, for an alleged racist comment he made in August. The sanction from the governing body means the 71-year-old is barred from holding any position … Continue reading

Analyzing How The World Cup Bidding Process Works

Posted on by Paul Bestall
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For many people, whilst football has continued to grow around the world, one thing still seems to be shrouded in mystery. How do you bid to host the World Cup? As viewing figures continue to grow across the world, the … Continue reading

The Middle East Growing And Beginning To Assert Itself On The World Soccer Stage

Posted on by Paul Bestall
sepp-blatter

It seems that the ramifications of the FIFA vote in December 2010 to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar are still being felt across the football world. Whilst there was no denying it was a left field decision by … Continue reading

Carlo Ancelotti Believes It Is Impossible For Sepp Blatter ‘To Shut His Mouth’

Posted on by Peter Quinn
Ancelotti

Speaking at his press conference ahead of his club’s match against Cornella, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has responded to comments made by FIFA president Sepp Blatter while the head of world football’s governing body was speaking to local press … Continue reading

FIFA Club World Cup To Continue As Planned Despite Ebola Concerns

Posted on by Peter Quinn
FIFA

FIFA has confirmed today that preparations for the Club World Cup in Morocco are continuing “as planned” despite concerns over the Ebola epidemic. The governing body has stated that it remains in contact with Moroccan authorities and are taking advice … Continue reading

Ballon d’Or 23-Man Shortlist Revealed; Suarez Omitted And Gareth Bale Sole British Player Nominated

Posted on by Peter Quinn
The FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy sits on show

FIFA has released the 23-man shortlist of contenders for this year’s Ballon d’Or award. In what will come as a surprise to some fans of the sport, the world organization has omitted former Liverpool and Uruguay international striker Luis Suarez from the … Continue reading

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World Cup 2022 Matches Could Start At 1am, Says Official

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who is considering challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, has suggested that some 2022 World Cup matches in Qatar kick-off as late as 1am; meaning matches could end as late as 3:30am local time. The ex-Chilean football … Continue reading

Africa Cup Of Nations Will Go Ahead Despite Ebola Virus Fears, Say Officials

Posted on by Peter Quinn
AFCN

Today, the African Football Confederation (CAF) insisted that there will be no change to the schedule of the Africa Cup of Nations, which is to be held in Morocco from January 17 to February 8 next year. On Friday, it … Continue reading