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Asia football chief praises Platini as potential FIFA boss

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Michel Platini's chances of becoming the new president of FIFA received a boost Thursday when the Asian Football Confederation chief praised him as ''a unique candidate'' and urged his member nations to unite behind a single candidate. AFC President Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said Platini ''would bring stability and a smooth transition to normality...
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2022 Olympic host city vote at a glance

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) The host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics will be decided Friday in a vote of the International Olympic Committee. The two candidates are Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Here's a quick look at the election: --- WHAT: Selection of host city for 2022 Winter Olympics. WHEN: Friday. VENUE: Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. THE CANDIDATES: Beijing and Almaty...
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Platini confirms he will run for FIFA president

GENEVA (AP) Michel Platini has launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body ''the dignity and the position it deserves.'' Platini, the UEFA president and a FIFA vice president, wrote to member federations in Europe on Wednesday that he will stand in the election and counts on their support. The former France great...
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Michel Platini confirms he will run for FIFA president

NYON, Switzerland (AP) Michel Platini says he will run in the election to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president. Platini, the UEFA president and a FIFA vice president, has written to member federations in Europe saying he will stand and is counting on their support. The FIFA election is on Feb. 26 and would-be candidates must apply by Oct. 26. Platini has for years been the obvious...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Michel Platini says he will run to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president

NYON, Switzerland (AP) Michel Platini says he will run to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president.
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Is Michel Platini the right or convenient candidate for FIFA presidency?

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” — Lord Acton Why that quote? Well, that’s because on Tuesday BBC Sport revealed what was long speculated to be the case — current UEFA president and former Juventus star Michel Platini will run to replace the departing (at least that’s the plan as of now) Sepp Blatter...
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John Oliver Skewers Sepp Blatter, Vladimir Putin, FIFA Sponsors (Video)

John Oliver’s position as a comedic adversary to some of the world’s most powerful figures is secure. Oliver once again aimed his unique wit at FIFA on Sunday in the latest episode of “Last Week Tonight.” Sepp Blatter was the butt of Oliver’s jokes, as usual, but this time the popular comedian included Russia President Vladimir Putin and FIFA sponsor McDonald’s in his...
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Sepp Blatter deserves the Nobel Prize, Vladimir Putin says

MOSCOW (AP) Vladimir Putin and Sepp Blatter just can't stop praising each other. The Russian president, speaking with Swiss TV on Monday, said the embattled head of FIFA deserves a Nobel Prize for his work. Two days after Putin and Blatter hosted the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup, Putin said ''people like Blatter ... deserve special recognition.'' Blatter had opened the...
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FIFA's Blatter deserves Nobel Prize, says Putin

MOSCOW (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin has said embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize for his work in world sport. In an interview with Swiss TV broadcast on Monday, two days after Putin and Blatter hosted the preliminary draw for Russia's 2018 World Cup, Putin said ''people like Blatter ... deserve special recognition.'' Besides Blatter, Putin suggested...
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Vladimir Putin implies that Sepp Blatter merits Nobel Prize

"I think people like Mr Blatter or the heads of big international sporting federations, or the Olympic Games, deserve special recognition," Putin said in an interview on Swiss broadcaster RTS. "If there is anyone who deserves the Nobel Prize, it's those people." Putin appeared alongside the outgoing FIFA president during Saturday's World Cup qualifying draw, amid ongoing investigations...
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Vladimir Putin implies that Sepp Blatter merits Noble Prize

"I think people like Mr Blatter or the heads of big international sporting federations, or the Olympic Games, deserve special recognition," Putin said in an interview on Swiss broadcaster RTS. "If there is anyone who deserves the Nobel Prize, it's those people." Putin appeared alongside the outgoing FIFA president during Saturday's World Cup qualifying draw, amid ongoing investigations...
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Vladimir Putin: Sepp Blatter Deserves Nobel Prize, Not Personally Corrupt

Sepp Blatter’s not the popular figure in the soccer world right now, but the embattled FIFA president might take comfort in knowing he has Vladimir Putin’s support. Putin launched a timely defense of Blatter on Monday in an interview with Swiss broadcaster RTS, according to Reuters. Putin, Russia’s president, doubts Blatter had any personal involvement in the corruption and...
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FIFA alters compositions rules for reforms task force

ZURICH - FIFA has changed composition rules for a task force criticized as lacking credibility to drive reforms after a corruption crisis. An 11-member panel announced last week to propose ideas at a Sept. 24-25 FIFA executive committee meeting was widely judged to lack independence. Changes such as limiting terms in office, publishing salaries and stricter integrity checks can be...
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FIFA tweaks appointment rules for reforms task force

ZURICH (AP) FIFA has changed composition rules for a task force criticized as lacking credibility to drive reforms after a corruption crisis. An 11-member panel announced last week to propose ideas at a Sept. 24-25 FIFA executive committee meeting was widely judged to lack independence. Changes such as limiting terms in office, publishing salaries and stricter integrity checks can...
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John Oliver Goes After Sepp Blatter, Vladimir Putin and McDonald’s In Latest FIFA Rant

The greatest thing going in American television today is John Oliver’s relentless pursuit of exposing corruption in hilarious fashion, which means his near weekly screed against the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, better known to most citizens of Earth as the Evil Empire—wait, sorry, sorry, I mean FIFA. These commentaries are always a must see moment on HBO’s...
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John Oliver describes Blatter and Putin as a ‘vortex of concentrated evil’

FIFA and Sepp Blatter was the topic yet again for a segment on the hit HBO show ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.’ During Sunday night’s show, John Oliver tackled the topics of Sepp Blatter and Vladimir Putin standing on the stage together at the FIFA World Cup preliminary draw, and Jeffrey Webb paying for his $10 million bond with a Ferrari, 10 properties and 5 Rolex watches...
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Russia getting on with World Cup job as FIFA fights scandal

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) As he shared the stage with FIFA's departing president Sepp Blatter, Russian President Vladimir Putin's message was simple. FIFA may be in chaos, but Russia is getting on with the job. ''I'd like to emphasize again that all the plans to prepare for the World Cup will be fulfilled,'' Putin said, standing alongside the embattled Blatter at Saturday's preliminary...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Sepp Blatter, Vladimir Putin Attend 2018 World Cup Draw Together

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — FIFA and Sepp Blatter put their corruption crisis aside and got back to World Cup business at the 2018 tournament qualifying draw hosted by Vladimir Putin at a Russian state residence on Saturday. The two presidents joined on stage for speeches to open a draw ceremony that almost two hours later paired Spain and Italy, respectively the 2010 and 2006 champions...
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The Latest: Germany given relatively comfy qualifying draw

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) The latest on Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifying draw (times are local): 8 p.m. Defending champion Germany appears to have a relatively straightforward path to the 2018 World Cup after being drawn in Group C on Saturday with the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan, and San Marino. But the Netherlands, France, and Sweden were all paired...
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The Latest: New Zealand grouped with Fiji, Solomons, Vanuatu

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) The latest on Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifying draw (times are local): --- 7:25 p.m. In Oceania, the second round has two groups of four teams - and the top three in each group advance. Group A includes New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, and either American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa or Tonga. Heavy favorite New Zealand is in Group B with Fiji...
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The Latest: US opens WCup qualifying in group with Trinidad

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) The latest on Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifying draw (times are local): --- 7:10 p.m. The United States will open World Cup qualifying in November in a four-nation group that includes Trinidad and Tobago. The other opponents in Group C will be either Guatemala or Antigua and Barbuda, and Aruba or St. Vincent and the Grenadine. Mexico is in Group A...
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The Latest: Angola drawn to play South Africa

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) The latest on Saturday's World Cup qualifying draw (times are local): --- 6:55 p.m. Among the interesting pairings in Africa's second round were Angola vs. South Africa, the Chad-Sierra Leone winner vs. Egypt, the Comoros-Lesotho winner vs. Ghana, the Djibouti-Swaziland winner vs. Nigeria, the Liberia-Guinea-Bissau winner vs. Ivory Coast, the Somalia...
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FIFA, Blatter get back to World Cup business at Putin home

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) FIFA and Sepp Blatter put their corruption crisis aside and got back to World Cup business at the 2018 tournament qualifying draw hosted by Vladimir Putin in a Russian state residence on Saturday. The two presidents joined on stage for speeches to open a draw ceremony that is the FIFA leadership's first major public event since American and Swiss criminal...
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The Latest: 1st part of FIFA draw over

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) The latest on Saturday's World Cup qualifying draw (times are local): --- 6.30 p.m. The first part of the draw is over, and the pairings have been set for the two intercontinental playoffs: North and Central America and the Caribbean will play Asia, and Oceania will face South America. In the playoffs for the 2013 tournament, CONCACAF's Mexico beat Oceania...
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The Latest: Blatter to Putin: 'You make us happy'

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) The latest on Saturday's World Cup qualifying draw (times are local): --- 6:15 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the World Cup qualifying draw with a 3 1/2 -minute speech and promised fans with tickets will be able to enter the nation for the 2018 tournament without visas. Dressed in a dark blue suit and dark blue tie, Putin stood beside FIFA...
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