Guilty or not, Platini should not be FIFA's next president

It has been, by all accounts, a good year for FIFA.    Or, to be more specific, it has been a very bad year for the power structure at FIFA, and as a result a very good year for everyone else.     After nearly two decades, FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s stranglehold on the organization has been loosened. In June, in response to an on-going corruption scandal and FBI...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Luis Figo: Blatter's presidential re-election dark day for FIFA

One-time FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo was scathing in his criticism of Sepp Blatter after the Swiss was voted in for a historic fifth time as the head of world football's governing body. Figo withdrew his candidacy last week and the former Portugal international was in an angry mood after Blatter beat off sole challenger Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan despite not claiming...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

FIFA president Blatter hits back at Figo's 'dictator' claims

Sepp Blatter hit back at claims from Luis Figo that he is a dictator and expressed confidence that he will be re-elected for a fifth term as FIFA president on Friday. Blatter, 79, is facing Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan in Friday's election at the FIFA Congress in Zurich, after former Portugal international Figo and Dutch FA president Michael van Praag pulled out of the race...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

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

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

Figo defends Ronaldo's decision to host party after Real Madrid loss

Portugal legend Luis Figo has come to the defense of Cristiano Ronaldo following the anger surrounding his decision to throw a 30th birthday party after Real Madrid's 4-0 defeat at the hands of city rival Atletico. Ronaldo had already planned to celebrate the milestone on Saturday evening, but has been criticized by supporters and sections of the media who have questioned his professionalism...
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February 10, 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

Figo adamant Messi, Ronaldo would not have been best in his time

Luis Figo believes Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo and his Barcelona nemesis Lionel Messi would not have been the best players around during his time as a footballer. The former Portugal international feels the Fifa Ballon d'Or holder and the Argentine forward are head and shoulders above everybody else at the moment, but has questioned whether this would also have been the...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

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