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Blatter: UEFA lacks courage to challenge his leadership

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has accused UEFA of lacking the "courage" to provide a challenge to his leadership, and called on the European governing body to be "respectful" of his wish to continue in the role. Blatter will be bidding for a fifth term in office at the election in May, with so far only three candidates - French former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne, Prince Ali Bin...
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2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bookmaker-funded Ginola campaign could breach FIFA rules

LONDON (AP) Even if David Ginola gains the nominations required by Thursday's deadline to stand against Sepp Blatter, his improbable bookmaker-funded campaign could be scuppered by FIFA's gambling rules. Ginola's campaign is being organized by stunt-prone Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, which is paying the former France international 250,000 pounds ($375,000) to seek the FIFA presidency...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Influential soccer agent Raiola to stand in FIFA presidential race

Mino Raiola has announced his intention to run for FIFA president and challenge current chief Sepp Blatter during this year's election. The influential agent - who represents players such as Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mario Balotelli, Gregory van der Wiel and Henrikh Mkhitaryan among others - feels world football's governing body desperately needs change and he is ready to lead...
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Overseer: FIFA presidential 'candidates' not official yet

ZURICH (AP) FIFA's presidential election overseer says no applicants should yet be regarded as official candidates. FIFA compliance chairman Domenico Scala says his election panel cannot confirm any contender's status ''regardless of whether any prospective candidate declares that he/she meets the requirements by the deadline.'' Would-be candidates, including former France player...
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Brazil's World Cup stadium closed for 'emergency repairs'

RIO DE JANEIRO -- A new stadium in the western Brazilian city of Cuiaba is being closed for ''emergency repairs'' just seven months after it held four World Cup matches. Officials in Brazil's Mato Grosso state said on Thursday the Arena Pantanal, which cost about $230 million to build, was being shut to ''fix many construction problems in order to provide security to users.'' The...
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“New FIFA now” group to pressure of the football organizing body

A new pressure group called ‘New Fifa Now’ launched today (Wednesday) at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium in a bid to reform football’s global governing body. The coalition, which has the apparent support of a number of influential politicians and sports administrators, could add a twist to the run-up to the Fifa presidential election in May, when incumbent Sepp...
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FIFA gives $100M back to Brazil for World Cup legacy fund

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Football's world governing body FIFA said Tuesday it had set up a $100 million World Cup Legacy Fund for Brazil, aimed at sports facilities, youth and women's football, and medical and health projects. FIFA President Sepp Blatter pledged two years ago to give back some of the 2014 World Cup income to grassroots programs in the South American country, which spent...
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FIFA returns $100M to Brazil; World Cup cost $15 billion

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Football's world governing body FIFA said Tuesday it had set up a $100 million World Cup Legacy Fund for Brazil, aimed at sports facilities, youth and women's football, and medical and health projects. FIFA President Sepp Blatter pledged two years ago to give back some of the 2014 World Cup income to grassroots programs in the South American country, which spent...
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Champagne struggles for nominations in race for FIFA top job

PARIS (AP) FIFA presidential contender Jerome Champagne is struggling to get the support required to challenge Sepp Blatter. With the deadline to present the bids only 10 days away, the Frenchman has sent an open letter to the presidents of FIFA's member associations asking for their backing. Under FIFA's rules, Champagne must convince five of the 209 national associations to endorse...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ginola paid $380K by Paddy Power to run for FIFA presidency

LONDON -- It took a $380,000 payment from a stunt-prone bookmaker to persuade former France international David Ginola to launch an improbable bid to unseat FIFA President Sepp Blatter. With the fee secured, Ginola started his campaign on Friday by decrying the credibility of Blatter's FIFA before admitting he knew little about the governing body's processes or institutions. The...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Putin reassures FIFA's Blatter that Russia can host 2018 World Cup

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he has received personal assurances from Russian President Vladimir Putin that the country's economic problems will not affect its ability to host the 2018 World Cup. Blatter said he was ''vigilant'' about Russia's economic situation after the ruble lost almost half of its value last year under pressure from the sinking world...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Former soccer player running for FIFA President, makes Blatter look competent

FIFA’s presidential elections are coming and people are lining up to challenge current FIFA President Sepp Blatter. We have profiled those who are exemplary and today, we’re profiling those who are potentially on the other end of the spectrum. Former French international David Ginola officially announced today that he is running for FIFA President. Based on this article from...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ginola paid $380k by bookmaker to seek FIFA presidency

LONDON (AP) It took a $380,000 payment from a stunt-prone bookmaker to persuade former France international David Ginola to launch an improbable bid to unseat FIFA President Sepp Blatter. With the fee secured, Ginola started his campaign on Friday by decrying the credibility of Blatter's FIFA before admitting he knew little about the governing body's processes or institutions. The...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Putin reassures Blatter that Russia can host 2018 World Cup

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he has received personal assurances from Russian President Vladimir Putin that the country's economic problems will not affect its ability to host the 2018 World Cup. Blatter said he was ''vigilant'' about Russia's economic situation after the ruble lost almost half of its value last year under pressure from the sinking...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ginola launches FIFA bid backed by bookmaker

LONDON (AP) Former France international David Ginola launched his improbable bid to unseat FIFA President Sepp Blatter with the backing of a stunt-prone bookmaker. Ginola pledged to be transparent and kicked off his campaign on Friday by admitting he knew little about FIFA's processes or institutions. The former Paris-Saint Germain and Tottenham player couldn't name a member of...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Newcastle star David Ginola plans to challenge FIFA boss Sepp Blatter

David Ginola Former France international David Ginola is set to announce Friday that he wants to stand against incumbent Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA, several British media outlets reported.The ex-Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur player is expected to confirm his wish to challenge Blatter during a news conference in London, with bookmaker Paddy Power and Twitter...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Newcastle star Ginola reveals plans to run for FIFA presidency

LONDON -- Former France player David Ginola wants to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency in a campaign backed by a bookmaker. M&C Saatchi PR, acting on behalf of Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, told The Associated Press that Ginola will launch his campaign in London on Friday. The 47-year-old Ginola has until Jan. 29 to show FIFA he has the support of five national associations...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Ginola seeks FIFA presidency in bookmaker-backed campaign

LONDON (AP) France great David Ginola wants to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency in a campaign backed by a bookmaker. M&C Saatchi PR, acting on behalf of Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, told The Associated Press that Ginola will launch his campaign in London on Friday. Ginola has until Jan. 29 to prove to FIFA he has played an ''active role'' in football for two of...
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Prince Ali promises more open FIFA if elected as president

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein says FIFA will be a more transparent and progressive governing body if he is successful in defeating incumbent chief Sepp Blatter. Prince Ali, 39, announced his presidential plans this week and vowed sweeping reforms to clean up an administration that he feels has become bogged down by bribery allegations...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Champagne pessimistic about nominations to challenge Blatter

FIFA presidential hopeful Jerome Champagne has admitted he is not sure he will be able to get the five nominations required to be able to stand against Sepp Blatter. French former FIFA official Champagne was the first man to declare he would stand against the Swiss president in his campaign for a fifth term while Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein threw his hat in the ring on...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA boss Sepp Blatter sends goodwill message to 16 AFCON finalists

FIFA president Sepp Blatter FIFA president Sepp Blatter has wished all 16 teams for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations the best of luck.He posted on Twitter: “Good Luck to all 16 #AC2015 nations. Look forward to attending Final. Winners will be 1st 2017 Confed Cup qualifier!The tournament will be played between 17 January and 08 February in Equatorial Guinea.The champions will represent...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter welcomes Prince Ali's challenge

GENEVA -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter has welcomed his election rival Prince Ali bin Al Hussein's challenge as good for debate. Blatter is quoted by Swiss daily Le Matin saying ''I can only be happy with this candidature.'' The 78-year-old Blatter, who is strongly favored to get a fifth mandate in the May 29 election, says ''we are in a democracy and this can only be beneficial for...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Blatter welcomes Prince Ali candidacy

FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes the challenge to his leadership from Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein will be beneficial for […]
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Olympic Council of Asia head says he'll back Sepp Blatter

SYDNEY (AP) The head of the Olympic Council of Asia, one of the continent's most powerful sports officials, says he will back Sepp Blatter for another term as FIFA president rather than his ''brother'' Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait told Fairfax Media on Thursday that he felt Blatter had earned the right to extend his tenure to a fifth...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA chief Blatter welcomes Prince Ali's election challenge

GENEVA (AP) FIFA President Sepp Blatter has welcomed his election rival Prince Ali bin Al Hussein's challenge as good for debate. Blatter is quoted by Swiss daily Le Matin saying ''I can only be happy with this candidature.'' The 78-year-old Blatter, who is strongly favored to get a fifth mandate in the May 29 election, says ''we are in a democracy and this can only be beneficial...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss
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