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UEFA

Platini wants to “formally resign” at September 14 UEFA congress

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Paris (AFP) Michel Platini, currently serving a four-year ban from all football, wants to "formally resign" as UEFA president at the organisation's elective congress on September 14 when his successor will be named, the Frenchman said Wednesday.

The former French national team skipper quit his post on May 9 after his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his ban failed.

Platini wants to “formally resign” at September 14 UEFA congress

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Paris (AFP) Michel Platini, currently serving a four-year ban from all football, wants to "formally resign" as UEFA president at the organisation's elective congress on September 14 when his successor will be named, the Frenchman said Wednesday.

The former French national team skipper quit his post on May 9 after his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his ban failed.

UEFA picks Israel to host U21 European Championships in 2013

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NYON, Switzerland — UEFA has chosen Israel to host the Under-21 European Championships in 2013. UEFA's Executive Committee voted for Israel's bid ahead of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England and Wales. Israel's victory comes after it was edged by Denmark in the contest to host the 2011 edition. Compensation for that defeat was offered when UEFA [.

Platini set to remain UEFA chief for 4 more years

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NYON, Switzerland — UEFA president Michel Platini is set to be re-elected for another four-year term after being confirmed as the only candidate in next year's election. European football's governing body announced Thursday that no rivals submitted their candidacy by the previous day's deadline. The former France captain, who will be formally re-elected at the [.

FIFA

FIFA names woman as secretary general for first time

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA named a Senegalese UN diplomat as its first ever female secretary general on Friday, a surprise and historic move announced at a congress to overhaul the scandal-plagued organization.

Fatma Samoura, 54, comes from outside the football world, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years.

FIFA names woman as secretary general for first time

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA named a Senegalese UN diplomat as its first ever female secretary general on Friday, a surprise and historic move announced at a congress to overhaul the scandal-plagued organization.

Fatma Samoura, 54, comes from outside the football world, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years.

Watch FIFA’s ExCo Meeting press conference at 9am ET [LIVESTREAMING]

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke will participate in a press conference today in Zurich, which will be streamed live beginning at 9am ET.

The extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee meeting is taking place today. During the meeting, the agenda for the elective Congress will be finalized and approved.

Watch FIFA’s ExCo Meeting press conference at 9am ET [LIVESTREAMING]

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke will participate in a press conference today in Zurich, which will be streamed live beginning at 9am ET.

The extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee meeting is taking place today. During the meeting, the agenda for the elective Congress will be finalized and approved.

Jeffrey Webb confirmed as CONCACAF leader

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Cayman Islands FA president Jeffrey Webb is now the 4th president of the CONCACAF confederation. He was the lone candidate for the position (29 nominations out of the 40 members) and was voted by acclamation at the CONCACAF congress in Budapest today. Webb has the administrative experience from years of service at the national FA, CFU, CONCACAF, and FIFA committees, and has accumulated the contacts that go along with such service.

Webb Elected CONCACAF President

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Jeffrey Webb is now officially the president of CONCACAF. Webb was elected on Wednesday in Budapest during CONCACAF's meeting as part of FIFA's Congress. Webb ran unopposed. Representing the Cayman Islands, Webb was previously president of the Caribbean Football Union, a subsidiary of CONCACAF. "Over the last year our mission and our vision have been blurred, from lawyers, to audit reports to compensation, we have deviated from our mission," Webb said in his acceptance speech.

FIFA notes the election of new Indonesian FA (PSSI) President and Exco

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The world football body, FIFA, has acknowledged the elections of a new Executive Committee of the Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) on 9 July 2011 and the election of Djohar Arifin Husin as the new PSSI president. According to a statement published on the FIFA website, the "elective congress, observed by FIFA, AFC and AFF, was conducted in accordance with the PSSI statutes and the FIFA

More Dates Than A 16 Year Old Prom Queen

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They're at it again. Indonesian football seemingly can't make up its mind when it really wants to be kicked out of FIFA and has now delayed the elections for a new head until 9 July, pushed back from 30 June. The election, and accompanying congress, will be overseen by up to 1,400 security personnel!

Australia: little merit 'making an empty gesture' at FIFA congress.

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According to the 7.30 program of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Football Federation Australia has "issued a statement saying it has expressed concern about the World Cup bid process being flawed, and that while major reform of FIFA is overdue, it didn't see much merit in making an empty gesture alongside a small minority at the congress.

The FIFA System

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 26, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It should be a tough weekend for FIFA. With more media intensity than they should've expected directed towards next week's Congress and the FIFA presidential elections, they now have an Ethics Committee meeting as the opening act. Depending on the version of the story, either corruption is rampant among senior officials on the Executive Committee including a presidential candidate, or this is.

Blog on: uefa.com: Executive Committee agenda for Paris meeting: The agenda for the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Paris on 20/21 March includes…

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uefa.com Executive Committee agenda for Paris meeting: The agenda for the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Paris on 20/21 March includes club competition regulations for 2011/12, FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the 2012 UEFA Congress. - http://d3w.io/glm4C5 7 hours ago from PULSE - Comment - Like

No New Coach...Still

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It's not only our maker who moves in mysterious ways. The Indonesian FA, known locally as the PSSI, are known for their unconventional decisions.

Alfred Riedl has yet to be confirmed as Under 23 coach. Apparently he was faxed a contract which he couldn't make head nor tail of and now the FA are asking for the government to stump up part of his salary.

United States

Miguel Aguilar officially able to re-join team

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Thanks to some help from members of Congress, D.C. United's first round pick is available for selection.

D.C. United's first round draft pick, Miguel Aguilar, missed the last MLS game because of what was officially called "personal reasons" but which were widely acknowledged to be an issue with his work permit.

The Ginge Has Lost His Mind: Episode 06

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Episode 06: Soccer and SOPA

In this episode, Ginge discusses how the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills currently in Congress are dangerous legislation that could have far reaching implications for the soccer community here in the United States.

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coach

Mourinho Fires Real Madrid Youth Director For Praising Guardiola

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This animosity between Real Madrid and Barcelona is getting out of hand. Yesterday I wrote how Barcelona chief Sandro Rosell said that Ronaldo would not get in the Barcelona first team.

Well today we learn that Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has fired the club's academy youth director, Alberto Giraldez, for praising former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

Mexico camp in disarray?

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"We cannot coach by congress. When it comes to setting up the national team, it's my responsibility and we'll see how far we can take it."

- Mexico coach Javier Aguirre replies to criticism by fans and media, and some players refuse to speak to reporters after loss to Uruguay.

CONCACAF

Caribbean asserts its numerical advantage in CONCACAF presidential race

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CONCACAF announced a few days ago that Jeffrey Webb, a banker and current president of the Cayman Islands FA, will be the only candidate for the CONCACAF presidency. The vote won't occur until CONCACAF's Extraordinary Congress in Budapest in late May, but given that Webb received endorsements from 25 of the 40 member associations, something significant would have to happen for him to lose support.

News from the CONCACAF Congress

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The CONCACAF Congress has been taking place in Miami this week, and the proceedings have been dominated by the CONCACAF executive elections and the impending FIFA elections. To the surprise of no one, Jack Warner ran unopposed for a sixth term as CONCACAF President, and he was elected unaminously. The other positions on the executive committee were contested, and here are the results: CONCACAF VP North America: Justino Compeán (Mexico) CONCACAF VP Central America: Ariel Alvarado (Panama) CONCACAF VP Caribbean: Lisle Austin (Barbados) FIFA Executive Committee, Central American region: Rafael Salguero (Guatemala) The Executive Committee also approved its own expansion.

Mid-Day Ticker: UEFA rejects Madrid's claims, Blackburn bids for Cisse and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It looks like Real Madrid could enter the second leg of the Champions League semifinals against Barcelona in worse shape than it is already in.

UEFA rejected Real Madrid's new complaints on Barcelona on Monday, and has instead opted to examine six combined charges on the two teams later this week, five of which are against Real Madrid.

Warner To Seek Another Term

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CONCACAF president Jack Warner hopes to remain president of CONCACAF, announcing he will run for another term in 2011. Warner was speaking to the CONCACAF Extraordinary Congress in Port of Spain, Trinidad where he also threw his support behind another term for FIFA president Sepp Blatter who was in attendance.

Brazil

Selecao Bootcamp : Brazil National Team Visits Qatar & Prepares For Egypt Friendly

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Felizzzz Segunda-Feira! It's Match day today as Brazil prepare to take on Egypt tonight in Doha, Qatar! Aaah, Doha, we remember the PAIN you put us through with our luggage and your never-ending steps that needed climbing in the coldness of Doha Airport.

Kaka not interested in Chelsea once again.

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Of course the link between Kaka and Carlo Ancelotti for the most part, maybe started the rumours of Kaka coming to Chelsea in the first place when the player was looking to leave Milan. Now that things in Madrid haven't exactly gone as planned for the 29 year old Brazilian since his move there two years ago, Chelsea were once again linked with the player back in the summer and again this week.

Pele needs to calm down

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Here's Pele with Brazilian President Lula at the opening ceremony of the 121st IOC session and XIII Olympic Congress in the Opera house in Copenhagen on Thursday. Note that Lula is clearly wary of the easily excitable Pele. He tries not to look at him as the legendary footballer eyes him up while going in for a handshake with another man.

US Men's National Team

Is Najar’d to Decide

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Andy Najar is the 18-year old winger, already believed by some to be one of DC United's best players. He had an impressive first season, making 28 appearances and scoring 5 goals. That performance created a lot of buzz, particularly because he is a US resident on a path to citizenship and could play for the USMNT or for his home country, Honduras.

State of the Disunion (Part I)

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Nearly two weeks ago, the President's State of the Union Address struck a hopeful and at times confrontational tone. Informing both the ineffective Congress and an impatient country that there remained much work to be done, the President also... Read more

Obama

Fear Loses Out … and the Beat Goes On …

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Thanks, Gary, for sending along Paul Krugman's excellent piece (see below) re. the defeat of the GOP's and Teabaggers' fear tactics ... FINALLY! And also an enjoyable read is David Frum on Waterloo! And my third favorite tidbit? The University of Ottawa telling Ann Coulter to watch her mouth .

You’d Think …

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... that the Euros were pretty much all there is that's newsworthy in the world, if you limited yourself to JordanCornblog. It's just that with healthcare denial the apparent top priority of Congress, and Obama dangerously on the prowl, accosting schoolchildren with his socialist ideas ... I'm basically too discouraged and/or angry to write about anything other than England's history-making run on the soccer pitch.

The Rest

Europe’s top clubs call to limit internationals to six per year

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Europe's top clubs call to limit internationals to six per year

"It's a reduction but still gives the right balance to the requirements of the national teams and what the clubs want," says at David Gill European Clubs' Association's (ECA) annual congress

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FIFA Stooge Calls For Sepp Blatter To Step Down

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By Chris Wright

Would you trust this man?

FIFA ExCo member and grand high wizard of the Asian Football Confederation Mohamed Bin Hammam has called for FIFA president Sepp Blatter to stand from his post, claiming that 35 years in the job may just may have left ol' Unkie Sepp susceptible to the odd bit of corruption hither and thither.

Who runs Persija?

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This is a story that has been running for a while but I haven't bothered touching it because I'm not always sure of my translation skills! This piece comes from the Jakarta Globe and covers the problem pretty well.
Two groups have come forward claiming management control over Persija Jakarta, the latest in a series of internal disputes that has plagued the capital club.

How safe is Riedl?

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Indonesia's new Austrian coach Alfred Riedl hasn't even got his Welcome Home mat down at his apartment yet and people are wondering if he has a future here. And this despite just signing a two year contract.
Politicians are now wondering why Indonesia is unable to succeed at any level in football given the passion that exists for the game here and the quality players out there.

CFU Club Championship -- Adventures in Improvisation

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I had thought that this year's CFU club championship would keep the same format as last year, which was a combination of two-legged early rounds and single-match semifinals and final (and third-place game). I had also hoped that there wouldn't be any cancellations and last minute changes to the competition.

Soccer Cat Fights: Is 2 Officially a Trend?

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My brothers from another mother, Unprofessional Foul, pointed out today that this whole girlfight thing is getting well out of hand in ladies soccer at the moment. If a magical third incident occurs in the next 10 days you can be damn sure Oprah will do a show on it, Judy Foudy will have to testify before congress and Lil Jon will have a go at reigniting Brooke Valentine's "career" with a remix of "Girlfight" featuring 16 bars from Elizabeth Lambert.

A rare moment where the "corporate clones" and American soccer fans will help each other

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From Pitch Invasion:
Quote: What would happen to American soccer if influential anti-immigration lobbying organisation FAIR had had their way in the past thirty years of their campaigning? As the debate on immigration reform heats up again in DC with FAIR lobbying Congress this week on their near-zero immigration platform, Imagine 2050 considers the potential impact on diversity in soccer.