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FIFA condoning football on ‘stolen’ West Bank land: HRW

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Jerusalem (AFP) FIFA has been condoning football matches played on "stolen" land in the occupied West Bank, Human Rights Watch saidMonday, calling for Israeli clubs based in settlements to be forced to relocate.

Six clubs in the Israeli football league play in West Bank Jewish settlements, which are considered illegal under international law, the report said.

FIFA condoning football on ‘stolen’ West Bank land: HRW

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Jerusalem (AFP) FIFA has been condoning football matches played on "stolen" land in the occupied West Bank, Human Rights Watch saidMonday, calling for Israeli clubs based in settlements to be forced to relocate.

Six clubs in the Israeli football league play in West Bank Jewish settlements, which are considered illegal under international law, the report said.

Dutch great Van Basten appointed to FIFA role

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Paris (AFP) Former Netherlands striker Marco van Basten has been named as FIFA's new Chief Officer for Technical Development, world football's governing body announced on Friday.

FIFA said the 51-year-old's new role will see him take charge of "all technical areas ranging from football technology innovation to refereeing".

Dutch great Van Basten appointed to FIFA role

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Paris (AFP) Former Netherlands striker Marco van Basten has been named as FIFA's new Chief Officer for Technical Development, world football's governing body announced on Friday.

FIFA said the 51-year-old's new role will see him take charge of "all technical areas ranging from football technology innovation to refereeing".

Iceland out of FIFA 17 game over money row

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Reykjavik (AFP) Iceland will not feature in the latest FIFA video game due to a financial row between the Euro 2016 quarter-finalists and American game manufacturers Electronic Arts (EA).

The Icelandic Football Association (KSI) has accused EA of showing them a lack of respect in their monetary offer to the European minnows.

Iceland out of FIFA 17 game over money row

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Reykjavik (AFP) Iceland will not feature in the latest FIFA video game due to a financial row between the Euro 2016 quarter-finalists and American game manufacturers Electronic Arts (EA).

The Icelandic Football Association (KSI) has accused EA of showing them a lack of respect in their monetary offer to the European minnows.

FIFA appoints PwC as new auditors

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Geneva (AFP) FIFA said Saturday that it had appointed accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to conduct its audits, after KPMG ended their decade-long association with the scandal-hit world football governing body in June.

"The Bureau of the FIFA Council has appointed PwC Switzerland as the new statutory auditors of FIFA," it said in a statement.

FIFA appoints PwC as new auditors

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Geneva (AFP) FIFA said Saturday that it had appointed accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to conduct its audits, after KPMG ended their decade-long association with the scandal-hit world football governing body in June.

"The Bureau of the FIFA Council has appointed PwC Switzerland as the new statutory auditors of FIFA," it said in a statement.

Ceferin’s UEFA win message for change – Infantino

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Zurich (AFP) The election of Aleksander Ceferin to succeed the disgraced Michel Platini at the head of UEFA was a clear message from within of a desire for change, FIFA supremo Gianni Infantino said Friday.

Ceferin is an accomplished lawyer with little record in football before he became head of the Slovenian federation in 2011.

Ceferin’s UEFA win message for change – Infantino

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Zurich (AFP) The election of Aleksander Ceferin to succeed the disgraced Michel Platini at the head of UEFA was a clear message from within of a desire for change, FIFA supremo Gianni Infantino said Friday.

Ceferin is an accomplished lawyer with little record in football before he became head of the Slovenian federation in 2011.

Ceferin favourite in UEFA presidential race

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Athens (AFP) UEFA on Wednesday elects a new president after the banning of Michel Platini with Slovenian football leader Aleksander Ceferin the favourite to take on the task of easing tensions with Europe's leading clubs.

The Slovenian Football Federation chief is in contention with Dutch rival Michael van Praag to complete the five-year term of Platini who is serving a four year suspension from all football activities imposed by FIFA over ethics breaches.

Ceferin favourite in UEFA presidential race

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Athens (AFP) UEFA on Wednesday elects a new president after the banning of Michel Platini with Slovenian football leader Aleksander Ceferin the favourite to take on the task of easing tensions with Europe's leading clubs.

The Slovenian Football Federation chief is in contention with Dutch rival Michael van Praag to complete the five-year term of Platini who is serving a four year suspension from all football activities imposed by FIFA over ethics breaches.

FIFA green light for Platini to attend key UEFA meeting

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Paris (AFP) World football's governing body FIFA has given the green light for disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini to address Wednesday's UEFA Congress in Athens, triggering anger in Germany.

A source close to Platini, currently serving a four-year ban,said last week he would attend the meeting of European football's governing body, when the UEFA executive committee will vote on his successor.

FIFA green light for Platini to attend key UEFA meeting

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Paris (AFP) World football's governing body FIFA has given the green light for disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini to address Wednesday's UEFA Congress in Athens, triggering anger in Germany.

A source close to Platini, currently serving a four-year ban,said last week he would attend the meeting of European football's governing body, when the UEFA executive committee will vote on his successor.

FIFA get 2018 World Cup stadium ‘guarantees’

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) FIFA have received "guarantees" from Russia that the stadium which will host the 2018 World Cup semi-final will be ready by the end of this year, world football's governing body said Saturday.

Construction of the new 68,000-seater stadium in Saint Petersburg one of the most expensive in the world had been stalled since mid-July because of a dispute between the former project manager and local authorities.

FIFA get 2018 World Cup stadium ‘guarantees’

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) FIFA have received "guarantees" from Russia that the stadium which will host the 2018 World Cup semi-final will be ready by the end of this year, world football's governing body said Saturday.

Construction of the new 68,000-seater stadium in Saint Petersburg one of the most expensive in the world had been stalled since mid-July because of a dispute between the former project manager and local authorities.

Blatter hit with FIFA bribery probe

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Zurich (AFP) Banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his chief lieutenants were under fresh investigation Friday over alleged illicit salaries and bonuses totalling $80 million (71mn euros), FIFA's ethics committee said.

Football's scandal-plagued ruling body said in June that Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner had skimmed off the eight-figure sum in "a coordinated effort" to "enrich themselves" between 2011 and 2015.

Blatter hit with FIFA bribery probe

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Zurich (AFP) Banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his chief lieutenants were under fresh investigation Friday over alleged illicit salaries and bonuses totalling $80 million (71mn euros), FIFA's ethics committee said.

Football's scandal-plagued ruling body said in June that Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner had skimmed off the eight-figure sum in "a coordinated effort" to "enrich themselves" between 2011 and 2015.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says transfer ban ‘absurd’

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Madrid (AFP) Coach Zinedine Zidane has slammed as "absurd" a one-year transfer ban imposed on Real Madrid by FIFA for irregularities in the signing of foreign players under 18.

The Frenchman's own children are among those part of the case against the European champions.

FIFA dismissed Real and local rivals Atletico Madrid's appeals against a two-transfer-window ban on Thursday, meaning they will not be able to register any new players until January 2018 unless further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport are successful.

Sepp Blatter faces new FIFA probe

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Zurich (AFP) Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his former chief lieutenants were under investigation Friday over illicit bonuses totalling $80 million (71mn euros), FIFA's ethics committee said.

Football's ruling body claimed in June that Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner had skimmed off the eight-figure sum in salaries and bonuses in "a coordinated effort" to "enrich themselves" between 2011-2015.

FIFA propose fine in 2006 World Cup bid probe

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA's ethics committee has recommended former German FA secretary general Helmut Sandrock be fined 50,000 Swiss francs (45,800 euros, $51,700) following an investigation into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany, world football's governing body said Thursday.

In a final report submitted by FIFA's investigatory chamber, the body called for Sandrock to perform "social work to be determined by the adjudicatory chamber" and to be fined for violations of FIFA's code of ethics.

Platini to attend key UEFA meeting despite ban

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Paris (AFP) Disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini will attend the UEFA Congress in Athens next week at the invitation of European football's governing body, but paying his own way for a final farewell.

Platini "will travel there by his own means and will not give a press conference" at the Congress, when the UEFA executive committee will vote on his successor, a member of his entourage told AFP.

Platini to attend key UEFA meeting despite ban

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Paris (AFP) Disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini will attend the UEFA Congress in Athens next week at the invitation of European football's governing body, but paying his own way for a final farewell.

Platini "will travel there by his own means and will not give a press conference" at the Congress, when the UEFA executive committee will vote on his successor, a member of his entourage told AFP.

FIFA head to delay-hit Worl Cup 2018 stadium

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Moscow (AFP) FIFA on Wednesday said work on Moscow's flagship Luzhniki stadium for the 2018 World Cup appeared to be on course, ahead of a visit to the delay-hit arena in Saint Petersburg.

"We're very pleased with the progress here in Luzhniki," the major stadium for the World Cup," Colin Smith, the FIFA chief competitions and events officer, said after checking up on construction.

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FIFA Ask Russian Fans To Vote For 2018 World Cup Mascot From Three Equally Uninspiring Options

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FIFA have opened the onlineballotfor the 2018 World Cup mascot, with the good people of Russia now able to vote which anthropomorphic animal they want to represent their home tournament.

The field is hardly what you might call diverse, with fans able to vote for, A) a cutesy cartoon tiger, B) a cutesy cartoon cat, or,C) a cutesy cartoon wolf.

FIFA: Where enough is never enough

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Men's World Cup expansion to 40 teams for '26 (8 groups of 5 teams) "likely" to be approved in Oct. Your preference? — Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) September 15, 2016 Competitively, this is lame. No explanation required there. From a fan standpoint, good luck to everyone battling with people from eight more countries for tickets, which will surely see their prices bumped further into the

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Have a look at D.C. United’s player ratings in FIFA 17

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From Bill Hamid to Collin Martin, we look at the home team's ratings in the game

EA Sports releases FIFA 17 on Tuesday, September 27th, and the FIFA Ultimate Team player database is now available, showing ratings for every player in the game. It should come as no surprise that players like Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa, and Andrea Pirlo are the highest rated MLS players, but how do DCU's players rate?

Megan Rapinoe ranked as second best women’s player in FIFA 17

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Seattle Reign star gets a 91 and a five-star weak foot.

For a second straight year, women players are being included in EA Sports' FIFA and once again Megan Rapinoe has been rated as the second best women's player overall. Rapinoe actually got a one-point bump from last year's game, earning herself a 91.

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The present and future of the EFL Cup

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The EFL Cup is on the Tuesday soccer schedule once again raising questions about England's secondary cup competition.

Mighty Manchester United loses in Rotterdam

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Manchester United's Europa League loss leads to another quote from Jose Mourinho that doesn't disappoint in Fridya's soccer news update.

FIFA 17: Player Ratings – A Complete Guide

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FIFA 17 is all set for its official launch later this month and here at Soccerlens we have put together a complete guide regarding the player ratings from the latest version of the game.

The demo version of the game will be available for download from the 13th of September and the full version comes out approximately two weeks later (27th September in US and 29th September in the UK).

FIFA 17: Career Mode, Frostbite and Gameplay

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FIFA 17 is all set for its official launch later this month and all eyes will be on the FIFA 17 demo which comes out early next week.

FIFA 17 is one of the most anticipated video games of the year and will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The official release date of the full version of FIFA 17 is on Thursday, 29th September (The UK and worldwide).

FIFA 17: Trailer, Cover Stars and Release Date

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FIFA 17 is all set for its official launch later this month and EA Sports are looking to provide a unique and unparalleled gaming experience this year.

FIFA 17 is available to pre-order on the EA Sports official website and the FIFA 17 demo will be launched next week.

Find out about the release details of FIFA 17 and its cover stars below.

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Review of FIFA 17 Demo: Rating the gameplay, graphics and The Journey

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On September 27 in North America (and September 29 for the rest of the world), we will get to see one of the biggest FIFA editions ever, so many gamers no doubt are wondering how it stacks up. If you are eager to get a taste of The Journey, Alex Hunter's story in FIFA 17, download the demo now. More on that in a moment, let's talk about the overall game first.

Review of FIFA 17 Demo: Rating the gameplay, graphics and The Journey

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On September 27 in North America (and September 29 for the rest of the world), we will get to see one of the biggest FIFA editions ever, so many gamers no doubt are wondering how it stacks up. If you are eager to get a taste of The Journey, Alex Hunter's story in FIFA 17, download the demo now. More on that in a moment, let's talk about the overall game first.

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Friday Kickoff: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, FIFA and more

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Two of Spain's powerhouses appear set for transfer bans, while FIFA has opened corruption charges against a trio of former executives.

The FIFA Appeal Committee rejected appeals from Real Madrid and Atletico Madridfor breaking rules regardingunderage players. The two clubs will now serve a one-year transfer ban, although both clubs plan to lobby further appeals throughthe Court of Arbitration for Sport.

FIFA Imposes Transfer Ban On Real Madrid And Atletico

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Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have lost their appeals to FIFA against one-year transfer bans for breaking rules protecting underage players.

FIFA said on Thursday that the Madrid clubs are blocked from registering new players in the next two transfer windows winter and summer in 2017.

The FIFA appeals committee dismissed challenges filed by both clubs after transfer embargoes were imposed in January.

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Caring about the Club World Cup

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Club America can win a game at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup and play Real Madrid, but does that really matter in the soccer news?

FIFA 17 Ultimate Team: News, Web App, Coins & Team Packs

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FIFA has built a cult following around FIFA Ultimate Team and this year’s much anticipated FIFA 17 release is no different – along with the clamour for the new game, fans are also looking for more information about the FIFA 17 Ulimate Team.

FIFA 17 is all set for its official worldwide launch next Thursday (September 29th).

USMNT rises four spots in latest FIFA rankings

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The U.S. Men's National Team's recent successes have been rewarded with a rise in the FIFA rankings.

Following World Cup qualifying wins over St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago, the USMNT rose four spots to 22nd in the latest FIFA rankings.