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Wednesday Kickoff: Messi, Webb, Bayern and more

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Lionel Messi's pre-Copa America schedule has been made clear, while a former FIFA executive is nearing a ban from the game.

Before the Copa America, Messi will train with Argentina in Buenos Aires prior to flying back to Spain to give evidence in his ongoing tax trial. Messi will then fly back to the U.

Wednesday Kickoff: Platini; Nainggolan; Sakho and more

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The head of UEFA expects to return to the game in the very near future, while one of Serie A's top midfielders may be on the move.

Michel Platini's lawyer believes the Frenchman will be cleared to resume his duties as UEFA president before Euro 2016. In February, Platini and former FIFA president Sepp Blatter had their bans reduced from eight to six years.

Thursday Kickoff: Benzema, FA Cup, Copa Libertadores and more

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While one French star will not play for his nation this summer, two other matches played out in England as UEFA Champions League stole the spotlight on Wednesday.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will not be selected to compete for France at Euro 2016 this summer. (REPORT)

Crystal Palace was held to a 0-0 tie by Everton in the English Premier League.

Tuesday Kickoff: FIFA, AC Milan, Verratti and more

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While a couple of clubs made managerial changes, a former president of CONCACAF pleaded guilty to charges of corruption.

Alfredo Hawit, who served as the interim president for CONCACAF in 2015, has pleaded guilty to four charges of corruption, admitting he had accepted bribes to sell marketing rights for tournaments.

World Cup

UEFA admits Kosovo in step toward World Cup

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Budapest (AFP) UEFA admitted Kosovo as its 55th member in a narrow vote Tuesday, boosting its hopes of competing in the 2018 World Cup despite warnings from former ruler Serbia.

The UEFA congress voted 28 to 24 with two votes declared invalid to accept Kosovo, which will also have a team at the Olympics for the first time at the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.

UEFA admits Kosovo in step toward World Cup

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Budapest (AFP) UEFA admitted Kosovo as its 55th member in a narrow vote Tuesday, boosting its hopes of competing in the 2018 World Cup despite warnings from former ruler Serbia.

The UEFA congress voted 28 to 24 with two votes declared invalid to accept Kosovo, which will also have a team at the Olympics for the first time at the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.

The Fight for Equal Pay, More Important Now than Ever Before

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On March 30th, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo, filed a federal complaint by means of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination. As a result of the collective bargaining agreement long ago negotiated between members of the U.

Soccer News: Klinsmann excited about Copa Centenario

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Friday's soccer news update has USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann stressing the importance of preparation for this summer's Copa Centenario.

Gianni Infantino speaks: Should Americans listen?

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Newly elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino made the media rounds in the United States, setting up a near future for an expanded World Cup.

More Potshots at the FIFA Prosecutions

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About a month ago, I penned a reported feature for VICE Sports about the FIFA prosecutions. Basically, I questioned the use of US resources to go after white collar criminals from other countries who, based on the legal theory of the case, only "hurt" a nonprofit that is organized in Switzerland.

Is Hosting the World Cup Worth it?

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Have you ever wondered why the bidding process for hosting the World Cup is so competitive and intense? FIFA has a pretty sophisticated process for compiling bids and ultimately deciding on a destination. The process begins with a simple request form that is sent out, and made available to every member association (MA).

FIFA told to get tough with World Cup rights abusers

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FIFA must show that it respects human rights and brandish the threat of withdrawing a World Cup to prove it means business, an independent review of football's world body said Thursday.

The report by former UN special representative on human rights and business John Ruggie is likely to intensify pressure on 2022 hosts Qatar, widely condemned for its treatment of migrant laborers.

FIFA told to get tough with World Cup rights abusers

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FIFA must show that it respects human rights and brandish the threat of withdrawing a World Cup to prove it means business, an independent review of football's world body said Thursday.

The report by former UN special representative on human rights and business John Ruggie is likely to intensify pressure on 2022 hosts Qatar, widely condemned for its treatment of migrant laborers.

Le manque de respect pour le football féminin de la FIFA

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Alison Cooney Jugeant par le traitement des footballeuses par la FIFA, le Coupe du monde de femmes est un tournoi de seconde zone, et le plupart des gens ne disputeront pas cela. C'est vrai: le football féminin (ou peut-être on devrait dire des sports féminins), ne reçoit pas souvent des fans comment le football masculin.

Quand les Bons Gens Se Comportent Mal : L’Histoire d’Abby Wambach

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Abby Wambach est «l'enfant chérie» et «la femme d'affiche» pour des athlètes féminins et le football américain de femme. Non seulement elle mène l'équipe les USA la victoire la Coupe du monde de femme, elle a aussi gagné la récompense pour le Joueur Mondial FIFA de l'Année en 2012 et a aidé le.

SPONSORED: FIFA Turns a New Page with New Headquarters

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Yes, I know. Sponsored posts are icky and make me feel sick to my stomach, but that annual server fees payment fast approaches. In large part, I blame my readers for having to resort to this crap. All of you had Adblock Plus and/or don't click enough on the banner ads. None of that is my doing.

Thus, to keep the lights on, another Sponsored Post from FIFA.

What Qatar 2022 Means for Female Fans

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The Iranian film Offside focuses on a group of dedicated female Iranian football fans desperately trying to get into a World Cup qualifier match. While the film misses much of the presumably exciting competition between Iran and Bahrain, it succeeds in emphasizing Iranian women's place in their society outside of the immediate football stadium.

Gianni Infantino

FIFA chief Infantino hails Leicester’s ‘beautiful football story’

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Budapest (AFP) FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Tuesday hailed Leicester City's unlikely English Premier League triumph as a "fairytale" come true.

"It's a fairytale. It's one of these beautiful football stories that only football can write and no one would have believed possible at the beginning of the season," Infantino told reporters on the sidelines of the UEFA congress in Budapest.

FIFA chief Infantino hails Leicester’s ‘beautiful football story’

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Budapest (AFP) FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Tuesday hailed Leicester City's unlikely English Premier League triumph as a "fairytale" come true.

"It's a fairytale. It's one of these beautiful football stories that only football can write and no one would have believed possible at the beginning of the season," Infantino told reporters on the sidelines of the UEFA congress in Budapest.

FIFA leader Infantino aims to name deputy within months

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Budapest (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Tuesday he is aiming to name a secretary general within months and already has "a couple" of names in mind.

Infantino, who was elected in February to take over leadership of football's scandal-tainted world body, said that his new deputy would not be European.

FIFA leader Infantino aims to name deputy within months

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Budapest (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Tuesday he is aiming to name a secretary general within months and already has "a couple" of names in mind.

Infantino, who was elected in February to take over leadership of football's scandal-tainted world body, said that his new deputy would not be European.

World Cup 2018 could be first with video technology, says Infantino

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday that testing is to begin on video technology that could be ready to use at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Speaking during a visit to Moscow to check on preparations for the 2018 soccer showpiece, Infantino also said the hard graft "starts now" in the crisis-hit country.

World Cup 2018 could be first with video technology, says Infantino

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday that testing is to begin on video technology that could be ready to use at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Speaking during a visit to Moscow to check on preparations for the 2018 soccer showpiece, Infantino also said the hard graft "starts now" in the crisis-hit country.

Michel Platini

Platini prepares for make-or-break CAS hearing

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Paris (AFP) Michel Platini appears before the Court of Arbitration for Sport to appeal his six-year FIFA ban for ethics violations, with his future in football hanging on the outcome.

The stakes could not be higher for the suspended head of European football.

A favourable verdict and the 60-year-old will take his place in the stands at the Stade de France for the Euro 2016 opener between hosts France and Romania on June 10.

Platini prepares for make-or-break CAS hearing

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Paris (AFP) Michel Platini appears before the Court of Arbitration for Sport to appeal his six-year FIFA ban for ethics violations, with his future in football hanging on the outcome.

The stakes could not be higher for the suspended head of European football.

A favourable verdict and the 60-year-old will take his place in the stands at the Stade de France for the Euro 2016 opener between hosts France and Romania on June 10.

History

Analytics in Soccer

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Right now, there is a trend developing in sports. It started in baseball, then made it's way to basketball, and has slowly integrated itself into football. Now, it is making it's way to soccer. What trend is this? Why, sports analytics of course! What people don't know, is that analytics have been a part of.

What If? An Exploration of Kobe Bryant’s Soccer Roots

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Despite a lackluster 17-65 farewell season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant caps off a stunning NBA careerwith authority on Wednesday April 14th. In front of a sold-out Staple Center crowd against the Utah Jazz, the Black Mamba ended the 1,346th and final game of his 20 year career with 60 points.

CONCACAF

Soccer News: Everton in trouble

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Everton faces criticism following their 4-0 loss to Liverpool but a trip to Wembley could make all the difference in the soccer news.

US judge releases Jeffrey Webb guilty plea transcript

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A US judge released transcripts of guilty pleas from three prominent defendants in the sweeping FIFA corruption investigation who confessed to crimes and agreed to pay $37.5 million in compensation.

Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, Argentinian-Italian marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco and Brazilian intermediary Jose Margulies pled guilty last year to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.

US judge releases Jeffrey Webb guilty plea transcript

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A US judge released transcripts of guilty pleas from three prominent defendants in the sweeping FIFA corruption investigation who confessed to crimes and agreed to pay $37.5 million in compensation.

Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, Argentinian-Italian marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco and Brazilian intermediary Jose Margulies pled guilty last year to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.

Discrimination

Une Explication de la Différence entre les Hommes et les Femmes Classements Nationaux

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Pourquoi est-ce qu'il y a des grands différences entre les classements féminin et masculin? Il y a seulement trois équipes en commun dans le top dix. Les femmes et les hommes Européen sont en général très bons. Il y a quatre équipes féminin et cinq équipes masculin dans le top dix, onze équipes féminin et.

Qatar 2022: Controversy Looms Large

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When FIFA awarded Qatar the 2022 FIFA World Cup in December of 2010, the general public responded with a mass outcry for answers as to why the FIFA executive committee decided to choose Qatar as the host nation. Among the many complaints by fans, players, and the media were... Read More »

Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter ‘available to defend FIFA’ at US corruption trial

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter told AFP Friday he "is available" to appear as a witness at a United States trial into mass corruption in world football.

"Yes. When they need me to defend FIFA, I will be available," Blatter said, when asked if he would be prepared to attend the trial into the sweeping bribery scandal that has sparked an unprecedented crisis at the top of the game.

Sepp Blatter ‘available to defend FIFA’ at US corruption trial

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter told AFP Friday he "is available" to appear as a witness at a United States trial into mass corruption in world football.

"Yes. When they need me to defend FIFA, I will be available," Blatter said, when asked if he would be prepared to attend the trial into the sweeping bribery scandal that has sparked an unprecedented crisis at the top of the game.

Sepp Blatter: Disgraced, Banned Former FIFA President To Appear On Panel To Discuss How FIFA Should Reform

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Who better to appear on a panel discussing the restoration of FIFA's integritythan the man who presided over the complete and total decimation of it?

That's right. It's been announced that Sepp Blatter, FIFA's disgraced and deposed ex-leader, is to take part in an upcoming debateat the University of Baselto discuss how football's beleaguered governing bodycan successfully transition through its current quagmire of corruption and make reforms in the future.

Raymond Dearie

Date proposed for start of FIFA trial to be held in New York City

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US prosecutors on Tuesday set a February 2017 target date for the start of the huge FIFA corruption trial that has ensnared dozens of world soccer's top executives.

"The proposed schedule set forth below contemplates that jury selection would commence on February 27, 2017," prosecutor Robert Capers wrote in a letter late Monday to federal Judge Raymond Dearie, who is presiding in the case.

Date proposed for start of FIFA trial to be held in New York City

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US prosecutors on Tuesday set a February 2017 target date for the start of the huge FIFA corruption trial that has ensnared dozens of world soccer's top executives.

"The proposed schedule set forth below contemplates that jury selection would commence on February 27, 2017," prosecutor Robert Capers wrote in a letter late Monday to federal Judge Raymond Dearie, who is presiding in the case.

The Rest

How the Video Game ranks its teams

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To the critics who question whether the FIFA video game is a fair representation of real life soccer: each year the game improves—whether it is an improvement in the graphical scenery, more realistic-looking players, or even the individuals styles of play. FIFA 15 made many changes to individual style of play.

« Panama papers » et la FIFA : un signe de corruption dans le monde de football ?

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Récemment, une collection de plus de 11,5 millions de documents confidentiels s'est publiée. Ces documents, appelés les «Panama papers», décrivent beaucoup d'information propos de 214.000 sociétés offshores qui sont facilitées par Mossack Fonseca, un fournisseur panaméen de services d'entreprise.

Soccer News: Real Madrid is up and down

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Real Madrid followed up their win at Barcelona in La Liga with a loss at Wolfsburg in the Champions League in the soccer news. Read More