Soccer

  • With Blatter's exit, calls for new face, fresh start for FIFA

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter's shock resignation as FIFA president, hours before it emerged he was under investigation by U.S. authorities, prompted widespread calls for root-and-branch reforms at soccer's world governing body on Wednesday. The Swiss national, who has led FIFA for 17 years, is…

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  • NY Cosmos defeat Cuba 4-1 in friendly amid detente

    The New York Cosmos have made history before, just not in this manner. The Cosmos defeated Cuba's national team 4-1 Tuesday in a friendly that was the first visit to the island by a U.S. professional team since the two countries began their detente effort in December. ''I felt like the atmosphere…

    The Associated Press
  • Brazil prosecutors investigating ex-football confederation leader

    Prosecutors have launched an investigation against Ricardo Teixeira, former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president, for alleged crimes including money-laundering and fraud, officials said Monday. The charges stem from alleged corruption toward the end of Teixeira's presidency, between…

    AFP
  • Lessons for embattled ex-FIFA official: The Onion isn’t real, and the Internet never forgets

    Jack Warner, one of the nine FIFA officials indicted last week, took to Facebook over the weekend to defend himself against the charges. It was an impassioned, and unintentionally hilarious, plea.

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    Sepp Blatter through the years (30 photos)

    Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s long-time president, announced on Tuesday that he will be resigning as soon as an extraordinary FIFA congress has elected a successor. Blatter had won a fifth term as president just last Friday and seemed to feel vindicated in two victory speeches, after yet another round of…

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  • Former SAfrican president issues denial in WCup bid scandal

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Former South African President Thabo Mbeki denied his government paid bribes to secure the 2010 World Cup as the bid scandal began to encroach on the very top of the country's leadership on Monday.

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  • U.S. Saves Soccer, Becomes Most Popular Country In World

    Earlier this week, an excited John Oliver carefully dissected the U.S.-led investigation into FIFA, the most powerful sports organization in the world. The investigation found massive amounts of evidence of corruption and bribery within the organization, but nothing directly tied to the infamous…

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  • CONCACAF executive says organization is working with DOJ

    CONCACAF's acting general secretary said the organization is cooperating with the U.S. Justice Department while it investigates allegations of corruption in FIFA. Ted Howard, who became the acting general secretary for CONCACAF on Thursday, said the organization continues to work with the U.S.…

    The Associated Press
  • Top FIFA aide linked to money transfer key to indictment -source

    (Updates with further details of pending probe) By Nate Raymond NEW YORK, June 1 (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors believe FIFA President Sepp Blatter's top lieutenant made $10 million in bank transactions that are central to the bribery investigation of the world soccer body, a source familiar with the…

    Reuters
  • Soccer-World Youth Championship group D results and standings

    June 3 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the World Youth Championship Group D matches on Wednesday Wednesday, June 3Mexico 2 Uruguay U-20 1 Serbia U-20 2 Mali U-20 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Serbia U-20 2 1 0 1 2 1 3 2 Mali U-20 2 1 0 1 2 2 3 2 Uruguay U-20 2 1 0 1 2 2 3 4 Mexico…

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  • Soccer-FIFA vice president suggests sinister U.S tactics

    (adds dropped letter in headline, no change to text) CAPE TOWN, June 2 (Reuters) - FIFA vice president Issa Hayatou said the arrest of officials from world soccer's governing body in Zurich last week at the behest of the U.S. Justice department should have been carried out on American soil. "When…

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  • New-look England seek World Cup breakthrough

    With a new coach and a revamped squad, England go into the Women's World Cup seeking to atone for the disappointment of their group-stage exit at the 2013 European Championship. England have reached the quarter-finals at the last two World Cups, but they failed to win a single game at the Euro in…

    AFP
  • Australian football chief says 2022 Qatar process not clean

    The chairman of Football Federation Australia says bidding for the 2022 World Cup awarded to Qatar was not clean, explaining in an extraordinary open letter Wednesday how he felt Australia never had a chance to be given hosting rights. The day after FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced he was…

    The Associated Press
  • Brazilian club Cruzeiro hires coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Cruzeiro has hired Vanderlei Luxemburgo to replace Marcelo Oliveira, the coach who led the team to the Brazilian league titles for the last two seasons.

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  • Ex-South American soccer chief in FIFA scandal under house arrest

    The former head of South America's soccer federation was under house arrest on Monday evening, a senior police official said, five days after he was accused by the United States of involvement in a corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer. Earlier in the day a judge ordered the detention of…

    Reuters
  • Text of statement by FIFA official Domenico Scala

    Text of statement Tuesday by Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, following Sepp Blatter's announcement that he will step down as FIFA president: --- Before I begin, I would like to thank the President. By making this announcement, he has created an opportunity for us…

    The Associated Press
  • Ghana midfielder Essien signs for Panathinaikos

    By Graham Wood ATHENS (Reuters) - Ghana midfielder Michael Essien's joined Panathinaikos on a two-year contract as a free agent on Tuesday at the end of an 18-month deal with AC Milan. “I am very happy to be here and I’m very much looking forward to starting my new career with Panathinaikos,” the…

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