Nov 13, 2014

Sanfrecce's Sato makes shortlist for FIFA goal of year award

Sanfrecce Hiroshima forward Hisato Sato was named as a candidate to win FIFA’s Puskas Award for the world’s best goal this past year. Sato joins World Cup sensation James Rodriguez of Columbia and the Netherlands’ Robin van Persie on the 10-man shortlist. Sato was ...

Aug 10, 2014

Blatter issues challenge to critics

FIFA president Sepp Blatter challenged his critics to “take a risk” and run for election against him next year. “Don’t speak — go out and fight, then you will see,” Blatter said Saturday at his annual charity soccer tournament. “People, they say I should ...

Jul 3, 2014

FIFA asks magazine for proof of World Cup game match-fixing

FIFA expressed “substantial doubts” Wednesday about a German magazine’s claims that a World Cup game could have been fixed and asked the publication to provide evidence to back up its report that a renowned match-fixer accurately predicted details of the match hours before it ...

Jun 27, 2014

Chiellini says Suarez ban 'excessive'

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has said the ban FIFA handed down to Luis Suarez is “excessive” and that he feels no anger toward the controversial Uruguay striker. Suarez was given the longest sanction imposed at a World Cup by soccer’s governing body on Thursday, ...

Jun 26, 2014

FIFA gives Suarez four-month ban for biting opponent

FIFA on Thursday banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all soccer activities for four months for biting an opponent at the World Cup, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season. The ban also ...

Beckenbauer ready to cooperate with FIFA investigation

Jun 15, 2014

Beckenbauer ready to cooperate with FIFA investigation

Franz Beckenbauer has told FIFA he will answer the questions put to him as part of a corruption investigation by June 27 at the latest. Beckenbauer’s management said in a statement published Sunday that the commitment to answer questions means there is “no longer ...

Jun 14, 2014

FIFA investigating Argentina action

FIFA said Saturday it has launched an inquiry into Argentina’s “provocative” unfurling of a banner laying claim to the Falkland islands at a friendly game just before the World Cup. The head of FIFA’s disciplinary committee said the gesture was an “apparent breach” of ...

Jun 11, 2014

Ogura calls for truth over World Cup bribery allegations

A good majority of FIFA’s executive committee wants the truth to come out about bribery allegations against Qatar despite president Sepp Blatter’s attempt to dismiss them as racist and discriminatory, former vice president Junji Ogura said Tuesday. Blatter, as well as the African confederation, ...

Europe calls for Blatter to step down

Jun 11, 2014

Europe calls for Blatter to step down

On a tough day in his 16-year FIFA presidency, Sepp Blatter even found time to shimmy on stage with a glamorous Brazilian model. Blatter’s shuffling steps with Fernanda Lima, FIFA’s favorite big-event host during Tuesday’s gala opening of its annual congress, suggested he was ...

Chaos reigns for FIFA as World Cup looms

Jun 10, 2014

Chaos reigns for FIFA as World Cup looms

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who said in 2011 he would steer soccer’s ruling body through troubled waters, isn’t anywhere near land. Brazil is readying for street protests over $3.6 billion of public spending on the 2014 World Cup, which starts in two days in ...

Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar bribe claims

Jun 9, 2014

Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar bribe claims

Sponsors Adidas, Sony, Visa and Coca-Cola called on soccer’s rulers Sunday to deal thoroughly with allegations that bribery was used to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue overshadowing this week’s kickoff in Brazil. With its showpiece event only four days away, ...