Apr 29, 2015

Tashima confident of gaining seat on FIFA executive committee

Japan Football Association vice president Kozo Tashima is confident he can finally win a seat on the FIFA executive committee at Thursday’s Asian Football Confederation Congress. Four years ago, Tashima failed in his bid to succeed compatriot and former JFA president Junji Ogura on ...

Apr 23, 2015

Japan picked to host 2015, '16 Club World Cup

Japan has been reappointed as host of the FIFA Club World Cup for the next two years, the sport’s world governing body announced on Thursday. FIFA said the annual tournament would be held in Japan in 2015 and 2016 with this year’s edition scheduled ...

Figo needs more than fame to unseat Blatter

Mar 13, 2015

Figo needs more than fame to unseat Blatter

As Luis Figo exited a hotel elevator on his way to breakfast, he was approached by a fan carrying a cardboard tube. The man, who had waited at least an hour for the one-time world’s best soccer player at the Bourbon hotel in Asuncion, ...

Figo wants expanded World Cup, more FIFA cash spread

Feb 20, 2015

Figo wants expanded World Cup, more FIFA cash spread

Out of his comfort zone, and being quizzed on soccer politics at Wembley Stadium rather than playing there, Luis Figo made his pitch to run the world game on Thursday. Despite little experience of FIFA, beyond playing in World Cups and winning its 2001 ...

Ronaldo wins FIFA Player of the Year award for third time

Jan 13, 2015

Ronaldo wins FIFA Player of the Year award for third time

Cristiano Ronaldo hopes his third FIFA Player of the Year award brought him closer to being remembered as one of soccer’s all-time greats. The Portuguese forward, who led Real Madrid to its record 10th European title, received 37.66 percent of votes of national team ...

Dec 13, 2014

FIFA punishes Croatia over fans

Croatia must partially close its stadium for a European Championship qualifying match as punishment for fans’ racist and hooligan behavior in Italy. Fans twice disrupted Croatia’s 1-1 draw at San Siro on Nov. 16 and threw lit fireworks. The teams left the pitch and ...

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, ...