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Tag Archives: FIFA

Vicente del Bosque Announces Spain’s Provisional 30-Man Squad For FIFA World Cup 2010 Part One

Posted on by Andy Pineda

On Monday evening, Spanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque detailed the initial squad he will invite to Spain’s World Cup training camp.  The thirty-man team will be whittled down to twenty-three by May 19, and for the most part, … Continue reading

Starting In May On EPL Talk: World Cup Legends

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Last year, I was lucky enough to do a fabulous series on English football legends, which saw me delve back through history to cover 11 players that perhaps never get the credit they deserve. Football is such a fickle sport … Continue reading

5 Reasons World Cup South Africa Will Be the Best

Posted on by Jake Islas

The 2010 world cup in South Africa looks promising to be the best yet.  There’s huge quantities of talent spread out across the Groups.  In addition to the football being played on the pitch, here are five reasons this summer’s … Continue reading

Breaking News: Ireland Ask FIFA To Let Them Go To South Africa

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Well, you can’t blame them for trying, two weeks after that hand ball incident and FIFA and UEFA being as patronising as possible, the Football Association of Ireland have asked to be included in the World Cup draw on Friday … Continue reading

Transfer Ban for United?

Posted on by Adam Mikhail

It seems like this is all coming out of nowhere. Any fan of the game knows that the “tapping-up” allegations have always been prominent but rarely has it been so harshly punished. From United’s perspective, they were accused of tapping … Continue reading

FIFA Bans Chelsea From Buying Players Until 2011

Posted on by tyduffy

It’s funny how karma works.  Chelsea took an inhumanely stern line with Adrian Mutu, and now FIFA has taken a stern line with them. The Blues have been found guilty of “inducing” French midfielder Gael Kakuta to break his contract … Continue reading

Blatter, Garber out of touch with American sports fans

Posted on by Mitch Howard

FIFA President Blatter’s statement a couple weeks back regarding MLS and its schedule was way out of touch with the reality of the American sporting landscape.  Blatter said it was imperative for MLS to get on an August to May … Continue reading

Should FIFA Use Live Video Review?

Posted on by Ethan Armstrong

Yesterday, I considered the question of the name of our sport, football vs soccer. Today I jump on another question regarding the purity of the beautiful game: should we implement live video review? Please use the comment section to weigh … Continue reading

New Frontrunner For '09 FIFA World Player of the Year

Posted on by George Metellus

The FIFA World Player of the Year is the greatest individual honor a footballer can win in the sport. As it is well known, the ’08 award was won by Manchester United’s Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. After the award presentation, … Continue reading

Interview: Ján Figel’ (European Commission)

Posted on by Matthew Semisch

If you consider yourself a political junkie on top of being an EPL newshound, then we certainly have quite the interview for you today. With FIFA’s proposed ‘6+5’ rule to place limits on the number of foreign-born players in domestic … Continue reading

Arsenal Finances Paint Positive Picture While FIFA Wins Round One of the Six Plus Five Battle

Posted on by Johnathan Starling

So Arsenal’s half-year finances are out and in all fairness, for being in a recession, they did pretty damn good. When you generate more match day revenue (an increase of 3.3 million to 44.4 million pounds), more television revenue (an … Continue reading

The Transfer Window Needs To Be Shut Permanently

Posted on by Michael Timbury

When the transfer window was brought in to the Premier League (being the last of the major European leagues to take up this format) it was met with a very mixed reception. Although it makes for some interesting television in … Continue reading

FIFA And The Contest for World Football: Free Book

Posted on by Christopher Harris

The best things in life are free, and that even includes the football book “FIFA And The Contest For World Football,” courtesy of Google. Well, 20 percent of it that is. In Google Book Search, the search engine features thousands … Continue reading

FIFA Needs To Revamp International Football

Posted on by Christopher Harris

It’s time for FIFA to rethink international football. In 1992, UEFA changed the European Cup to the Champions League and transformed European club football into a more entertaining product that generates vast sums of money. It also didn’t hurt that … Continue reading

How Soccer Can Learn A Lot From Tennis

Posted on by Christopher Harris

It’s been years since I last watched a Wimbledon men’s singles tennis final on TV. By luck, it was one of the most extraordinary finals ever as Rafael Nadal narrowly defeated Roger Federer in five sets. As a sports fan … Continue reading

Mutu Ordered To Pay Chelsea £9.6 million

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Romanian striker Adrian Mutu has been ordered to repay Chelsea a staggering £9.6 million in compensation after his sacking in 2004. FIFA ruled on the decision following Chelsea’s attempt to sue Mutu to cover losses incurred by his transfer fee … Continue reading

The 6+5 Rule Would Radically Alter Football, But Not in a Good Way

Posted on by tyduffy

FIFA recently approved the “6+5 rule” in a 155-5 vote among member nations.  The rule would mandate that clubs field at least six players from the nation in which they play.  By targeting wealthy clubs, particularly English ones, buying foreign … Continue reading

FIFA Votes For Quotas On Foreign Players

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I’ve been meaning to do an in-depth piece on FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s proposal to introduce quotas on the number of foreign players that teams can field. Yesterday, FIFA held a vote and Blatter’s proposal cleared its first major hurdle. … Continue reading