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Luis Figo takes name out of running for FIFA president, blasts the organization

Bitter pill to swallow, unaccustomed to politicking or simply another victim of corruption? Either way, former Real Madrid and Portuguese star Luis Figo announced he was stepping down from his run to become FIFA president. It means a clear path for incumbent president Sepp Blatter, and it means the change so badly needed isn’t going to be coming anytime soon. However, Figo wasn’t...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Luis Figo drops out of presidential race, slams FIFA's Sepp Blatter

LISBON, Portugal -- Luis Figo dropped out of the FIFA presidential election on Thursday, calling soccer's governing body a dictatorship under Sepp Blatter. The Portugal great and former FIFA world player of the year said in a statement sent to The Associated Press that he refuses to go along with an election process that is designed ''for the delivery of absolute power to one man...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Figo tells AP he is quitting FIFA presidential race

LISBON, Portugal (AP) Luis Figo is dropping out of the election for president of FIFA, saying the May 29 ballot is ''not a normal electoral act.'' The Portugal great and former FIFA world player of the year says in a statement sent to The Associated Press that he refuses to go along with an election process that is designed ''for the delivery of absolute power to one man'' - indicating...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Iconic el Clasico Moments: Fans throw pig’s head at Luis Figo in Camp Nou

Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid, November 23, 2002 For a supporter, there aren’t many greater acts of treachery a player can commit than leaving for a massive rival. But there are few more high profile than when Luis Figo swapped the iconic Blaugrana jersey for the all white of their eternal rivals Real Madrid. Amidst all the controversy that engulfed Figo in the wake of the fractious...
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March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

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

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 ex-Barcelona and Real Madrid player stated he would like the World Cup format to be expanded to as many as 48 teams – with...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Figo launches FIFA manifesto, proposes expanded World Cup

LONDON -- Luis Figo would consider expanding the World Cup, possibly to 40 or even 48 teams, if he is elected FIFA president in May. The former Portugal winger, who played at two World Cups, said Thursday that the current 32-team tournament could be increased to 40 teams or FIFA could stage two 24-team competitions simultaneously on two continents followed by a knockout phase in...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

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

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 current FIFA boss – who has been in office for the past seventeen years. “I am worried for football and the image of FIFA...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Luis Figo enters FIFA presidential race against Sepp Blatter

GENEVA -- Luis Figo wants to become FIFA president and claims he has the nominations needed to be an official candidate against Sepp Blatter. The former Portugal, Barcelona and Real Madrid playmaker announced his campaign in a statement on Wednesday timed for release with an interview with CNN. ''I look at the reputation of FIFA right now and I don't like it. Football deserves better...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Yannick Djalo Seeks Fresh Start in San Jose

  The halls of Sporting Club de Portugal’s academy are famed, their graduates plentiful. Over the last two decades wingers have been of consistent emergence. Luis Figo, Simao, Ricardo Quaresma, and Cristiano Ronaldo have all graduated from the academy in Alcochete, Portugal. Anyone who emerges from Sporting’s academy will draw comparisons and some pressure, just ask Yannick...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

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