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New ExCo member Tashiro says 'pus' must be squeezed out of FIFA

New FIFA executive committee member Kozo Tashima said on Monday that the committee is not planning to ask president Sepp Blatter to step down, but the Japan Football Association vice president believes the “pus” must be squeezed out of soccer’s world governing body. “He is responsible for oversight, but no ...

Halilhodzic places hopes in Usami for Japan's World Cup qualifier

Jun 1, 2015

Halilhodzic places hopes in Usami for Japan's World Cup qualifier

Red-hot Gamba Osaka striker Takashi Usami was among 25 players named by manager Vahid Halilhodzic on Monday for Japan’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Singapore and a friendly versus Iraq. Japan launches its World Cup qualifying campaign on June 16 at Saitama Stadium, five ...

West weighs FIFA options

May 31, 2015

West weighs FIFA options

by Ronald Blum

What would happen if Sepp Blatter hosts a World Cup and most of Europe, several South American powers and the United States don’t show up? Blatter was voted to a fifth term as FIFA president on Friday, but the governing bodies of soccer’s wealthiest ...

Walcott sparks Arsenal flurry in F.A. Cup final

May 31, 2015

Walcott sparks Arsenal flurry in F.A. Cup final

Theo Walcott ended a frustrating season by scoring the first goal as Arsenal won a record 12th F.A. Cup title Saturday with a dominant 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the final at Wembley Stadium. Walcott, who missed most of 2014 with a knee ...

Blatter to continue FIFA reign

May 30, 2015

Blatter to continue FIFA reign

Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after his only challenger conceded defeat in an election overshadowed by allegations of rampant corruption in world soccer. Blatter won despite demands that he quit in the face of a major ...

May 30, 2015

Tashima elected to FIFA exec board

Japan Football Association vice president Kozo Tashima was formally approved as an executive committee member of soccer’s world governing body FIFA on Friday at the FIFA congress. Tashima, 57, is the first Japanese to serve on the executive committee since former JFA president Junji ...

May 29, 2015

FIFA boss Blatter refuses to resign

As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer’s world governing body. “We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time,” Blatter said in his first ...

Calls for FIFA's Blatter to quit as global anger builds

May 28, 2015

Calls for FIFA's Blatter to quit as global anger builds

FIFA president Sepp Blatter Thursday faced angry demands to step down after American indictments and the dawn arrests of top officials engulfed world soccer in the biggest crisis yet in his 17-year reign. Stunned by the arrests of senior FIFA figures, top sponsors who ...

May 28, 2015

Sevilla nabs Europa League title

Sevilla won the Europa League for a record fourth time on Wednesday, with two goals from Carlos Bacca earning a 3-2 win over Ukraine’s Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the final. The Spanish club came back from a goal down early in the first half to ...

Ex-FIFA Vice President Warner arrested in Trinidad, granted bail

May 28, 2015

Ex-FIFA Vice President Warner arrested in Trinidad, granted bail

Police said former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner would spend Wednesday night in jail after surrendering to face an arrest warrant issued at the request of U.S. authorities, who filed corruption charges against him and 13 others tied to international soccer. Warner appeared in ...