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 ...

Aug 30, 2014

Putin opposed to FIFA venue advice

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ruled out cutting any of the 11 host cities for the 2018 World Cup despite repeated recommendations from FIFA head Sepp Blatter. Russia’s tournament organizers were surprised when Blatter suggested at the World Cup in Brazil that two stadiums ...

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 ...

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, ...

May 17, 2014

Blatter admits FIFA mistake in Qatar

Awarding the 2022 soccer World Cup to Qatar was a “mistake” and the tournament will may have to be held in the winter because of the heat, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said. “Of course, it was a mistake. You know, one comes across ...