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Austrian football chief probed over Blatter re-election

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Vienna (AFP) – Austrian prosecutors said Wednesday they are investigating the country’s national football federation head Leo Windtner over a payment made at the time of the disgraced Sepp Blatter’s re-election as FIFA president in 2015.

“We are investigating because of the suspicion of breach of trust and corruption,” the public prosecution office for economic and corruption affairs (WKStA) said.

Russian doping whistleblower free to pass evidence to FIFA

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Paris (AFP) – Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, who says he has information on doping in Russian football, is now free from legal restraints and can give evidence to FIFA, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) told AFP on Tuesday.

“The fact is that Dr. Rodchenkov has only recently become available to testify in legal proceedings being undertaken by IFs (international federations), which he was unable to do previously due to restrictions put in place by US law enforcement as a result of an ongoing investigation in the United States,” a WADA spokeswoman explained.

FIFA claims attempt to contact doping whistleblower Rodchenkov

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Paris (AFP) – FIFA tried to contact Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov over accusations of doping in Russian football and will do so again after samples have been re-tested by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), world football’s governing body told AFP.

In an interview to the Associated Press, Rodchenkov’s lawyer said his client had information that could be of interest but claimed FIFA had not made any attempt to contact the man who was the source of revelations about state-sponsored doping in the host nation of the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA claims attempt to contact doping whistleblower Rodchenkov

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Paris (AFP) – FIFA tried to contact Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov over accusations of doping in Russian football and will do so again after samples have been re-tested by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), world football’s governing body told AFP.

In an interview to the Associated Press, Rodchenkov’s lawyer said his client had information that could be of interest but claimed FIFA had not made any attempt to contact the man who was the source of revelations about state-sponsored doping in the host nation of the 2018 World Cup.

Mutko steps down as 2018 World Cup organising committee chief

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned for life from the Olympic Games this month over doping, said on Wednesday that he is stepping down as chairman of the 2018 World Cup organising committee.

“(Organising committee director Alexei) Sorokin will be the chairman,” Mutko was quoted by Russian agencies as saying, two days after suspending his role as president of the Russian Football Union.

Mutko steps down as 2018 World Cup organising committee chief

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned for life from the Olympic Games this month over doping, said on Wednesday that he is stepping down as chairman of the 2018 World Cup organising committee.

“(Organising committee director Alexei) Sorokin will be the chairman,” Mutko was quoted by Russian agencies as saying, two days after suspending his role as president of the Russian Football Union.

FIFA trial: New York jury acquits former Peru soccer boss

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New York (AFP) – A US jury on Tuesday acquitted a Peruvian former soccer boss at the FIFA corruption trial in New York, just days after convicting two South American co-defendants.

The panel found 60-year-old Manuel Burga, who led football in Peru until 2014 and once served as a FIFA development committee member, not guilty on one count of racketeering conspiracy, a spokesperson for the US Attorney’s office in Brooklyn confirmed.

FIFA trial: US jury convicts two ex-soccer bosses

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New York (AFP) – A US jury convicted two South American ex-soccer bosses of corruption on Friday but will return after Christmas to deliberate on the fate of a third defendant in the FIFA trial in New York.

The panel returned guilty verdicts against Jose Maria Marin, former head of Brazil’s Football Confederation and Juan Angel Napout, former head of Paraguayan football, on the sixth day of deliberations following an extraordinary seven-week trial.

Manchester City sign second FIFA eSports player

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London (AFP) – Manchester City on Friday announced the signing of FIFA eSports player Marcus “ExpectSporting” Jorgensen, who will represent the club around the world on the PlayStation 4 (PS4) console.

Jorgensen, 18, becomes the Premier League leaders’ second eSports signing, following Xbox player Kieran “Kez” Brown, who joined the club in 2016.

Manchester City sign second FIFA eSports player

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London (AFP) – Manchester City on Friday announced the signing of FIFA eSports player Marcus “ExpectSporting” Jorgensen, who will represent the club around the world on the PlayStation 4 (PS4) console.

Jorgensen, 18, becomes the Premier League leaders’ second eSports signing, following Xbox player Kieran “Kez” Brown, who joined the club in 2016.

Romario runs for head of Brazilian federation

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian former international star turned senator Romario said Wednesday he wants to run for the presidency of the country’s corruption-tainted football governing body.

Romario, a striker in the 1994 World Cup winning side, said he wants to clean up the Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF) after FIFA’s suspension of the current head Marco Polo Del Nero, who is accused of graft.

Romario runs for head of Brazilian federation

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian former international star turned senator Romario said Wednesday he wants to run for the presidency of the country’s corruption-tainted football governing body.

Romario, a striker in the 1994 World Cup winning side, said he wants to clean up the Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF) after FIFA’s suspension of the current head Marco Polo Del Nero, who is accused of graft.

Brazilian football chief Del Nero gets 90-day FIFA ban

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Paris (AFP) – FIFA handed Brazilian football confederation (CBF) president Marco Polo Del Nero a 90-day provisional ban from all football activities on Friday.

The 76-year-old, a former member of the FIFA Council, is the latest prominent South American official to be banned by the sport’s governing body as part of its investigation into a vast corruption scandal.

Peru striker Guerrero has doping ban extended

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Lima (AFP) – Peru striker Paolo Guerrero has had a 30-day ban for doping extended by a further 20 days, Peru’s football federation announced Tuesday.

Federation president Edwin Oviedo told reporters in Lima that FIFA had informed them of the extension at the weekend.

The extension means the Flamengo player will miss the final of the Copa Sudamericana against Argentina’s Independiente, the first leg of which is being played on Wednesday.

Peru striker Guerrero has doping ban extended

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Lima (AFP) – Peru striker Paolo Guerrero has had a 30-day ban for doping extended by a further 20 days, Peru’s football federation announced Tuesday.

Federation president Edwin Oviedo told reporters in Lima that FIFA had informed them of the extension at the weekend.

The extension means the Flamengo player will miss the final of the Copa Sudamericana against Argentina’s Independiente, the first leg of which is being played on Wednesday.

Kuwait passes new sport law aimed at ending FIFA, IOC bans

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Kuwait City (AFP) – Kuwait’s parliament on Sunday endorsed a new law on sport which it hopes will end bans from international competitions over alleged government interference.

World sports bodies led by FIFA and the International Olympic Committee suspended Kuwait in October 2015 for the second time since 2010 over alleged government meddling in sports.

Morocco and USA/Canada/Mexico confirm 2026 bids

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Lausanne (AFP) – Morocco and the three-nation ticket of the United States, Mexico, and Canada formally confirmed their bids to host the 2026 World Cup on Thursday’s deadline.

That World Cup will be the first to include 48 teams, rather than the 32 who will compete in Russia next year and in Qatar in 2022.

Palestine overtakes Israel in FIFA football rankings

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Palestine’s football team achieved its highest ranking in history Thursday, rising above Israel in the FIFA world rankings for the first time.

The head of the Palestinian football association labelled it an “historic achievement” as the team rose two spots to 82nd in FIFA’s latest rankings.

FIFA bans three disgraced officials for life

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Geneva (AFP) – FIFA’s ethics committee on Tuesday slapped lifetime bans on three former world football executives who have all pleaded guilty to corruption charges in US courts.

Rafael Esquivel, a former head of the Venezuelan Football Association, Nicaragua’s Julio Rocha, a former FIFA development officer, and Richard Lai of Guam, who served on FIFA’s auditing body, have all been barred from any further involvement in the sport.

FIFA bans three disgraced officials for life

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Geneva (AFP) – FIFA’s ethics committee on Tuesday slapped lifetime bans on three former world football executives who have all pleaded guilty to corruption charges in US courts.

Rafael Esquivel, a former head of the Venezuelan Football Association, Nicaragua’s Julio Rocha, a former FIFA development officer, and Richard Lai of Guam, who served on FIFA’s auditing body, have all been barred from any further involvement in the sport.

Former heads of FIFA ethics committee launch consultancy

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Lausanne (AFP) – The two judges who formerly ran the FIFA Ethics Committee announced on Thursday that they have started a company to advise on good governance in sports.

Cornel Borbely, who is Swiss, was chairman of the FIFA committee’s investigatory arm, while Hans-Joachim Eckert, a German, presided over the adjudicatory chamber which banned former president of the governing body of world football Sepp Blatter and UEFA head Michel Platini, among others.

Argentina football official commits suicide over FIFA trial claims

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New York (AFP) – A former Argentine football official has reportedly committed suicide after he was accused of bribe-taking in testimony to a trial of top former FIFA figures in New York.

Jorge Delhon threw himself under a train in a Buenos Aires suburb on Tuesday, Argentine newspapers Clarin and La Nacion reported on their websites.

Argentina football official commits suicide over FIFA trial claims

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New York (AFP) – A former Argentine football official has reportedly committed suicide after he was accused of bribe-taking in testimony to a trial of top former FIFA figures in New York.

Jorge Delhon threw himself under a train in a Buenos Aires suburb on Tuesday, Argentine newspapers Clarin and La Nacion reported on their websites.

Global media paid bribes, FIFA trial hears

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New York (AFP) – A former executive who cut a plea deal with US prosecutors told the FIFA trial in New York Tuesday that media companies including Fox Sports paid bribes to secure television rights to soccer matches.

Alejandro Burzaco, the former chairman of an Argentine sports marking company, pleaded guilty in November 2015 to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies and agreed to pay $21.

2018 World Cup

News roundup: Curtin a Hall of Famer, MLS trades, Carli Lloyd makes cut — THURSDAY

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The Fall of Rome 2017

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THE AZZURRI'S ABSENCE FROM RUSSIA IS A LOSS TO THE GAME

"Here sighs and lamentations and loud cries were echoing across the starless air...strange utterances, horrible pronouncements, accents of anger, words of suffering and voices shrill and faint, and beating hands." Canto III, The Inferno, Dante
Russia 2018 has already written itself into the history books.

Fears that Australia can be stripped of its place in 2018 World Cup

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FIFA is threatening to sack the current Football Federation Australia board and replace it with a committee to run the sport on an interim basis. The FFA board’s failure to appease A-League clubs and the nine-state associations could soon result in the extraordinary sacking of the board.

FIFA has the power to scrap the board under its statutes regarding member association.

World Cup

Unified 2026 World Cup bid targeting 15-18 cities as bid process continues

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There are roughly three months remaining before the unified 2026 World Cup bid is officially submitted by the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Throughout those three months, the bid team will have to dot plenty of I's and cross a series of T's, but there are still some big decisions to be made in the years to come.

Another December to care about the FIFA Club World Cup

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The FIFA Club World Cup began on Wednesday with Al-Jazira knocking out Auckland City 1-0 in the playoff game. FIFA's unloved world championship for clubs resumes in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday with the quarterfinal round. That's when CONCACAF's representative makes their debut.

The World Cup draw starts the story

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 4, 2017) US Soccer Players – The World Cup draw is set. What comes next is six months of speculation. Which teams will advance? Can Germany repeat as champion? Can Brazil capture a sixth World Cup trophy? Will newcomers Iceland and Panama make any impact?

Tuesday Kickoff: Colombian official testifies on Qatar bribes, Everton after Allardyce and more

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A South American official testified regarding 2022 World Cup bribes while Everton is reportedly closing in on a manager.

Former president of Colombia's football federation Luis Bedoya saysthat an executive told him up to $15 million in bribe money was available for South American officials ahead of the vote to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup.

World Cup Play-Offs: Peru Secure 32nd And Final Qualification Spot With 2-0 Win Over New Zealand (Photo & Video)

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That's it. As of last night, we now know which 32 teams will be competing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia after Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 on aggregate to shore up the final qualification berth on offer.

After the first leg in Wellington finished goalless, a goal apiece from Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos was enough to seal a 2-0 aggregate victory in Lima, thus sending the Peruvians to their first World Cup in 36 years.

No Italy, no Holland, no Chile, no problem – Why a 48-team World Cup is still bad for football

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Qualification for World Cup 2018 in Russia is over. FIFA's football showpiece is supposed to be a showcase for the best of the best, but with Italy, the Netherlands, Chile and the United States...

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Fifa rankings

USMNT up to 24th in latest FIFA rankings

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Despite not qualifying for the World Cup and only playing a low-stakes friendly against Portugal, the U.S. Men's National Team is on the rise through the FIFA ranks once again,

The USMNT climbed three spots up to 24th in the world in the latest batch of FIFA Rankings released on Thursday. That has them second overall in the CONCACAF region, behind only Mexico at 16, where they also were last rankings period.

Italy Move Above England In FIFA World Rankings Despite Failure To Qualify For 2018 World Cup

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Trying to make sense of the FIFA World Rankings is very much like trying to plait smoke, but nevertheless the system persists.

Germany remain top of the shop with Brazil tucked in second place. Euro 2016 winners Portugal make up the podium, while Argentina and previous table-toppers Belgium are in fourth and fifth spot respectively.

CONCACAF

Moving past friendlies in UEFA and CONCACAF

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By J Hutcherson (Nov 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - Peru finally gave the World Cup playoffs what it needed, a game worth watching. With all due respect to Australia's win over Honduras much earlier in the day on Wednesday, that game quickly became an obvious conclusion.

Todas las selecciones del mundo - All national teams in the world

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Todas las selecciones del mundo - All national teams in the world

Toutes les sélections dans le monde - Tutte le nazionali del mondo

Alle nationalen Teams der Welt - Все сборные в мире

Todas as seleções do mundo - 世界中のあらゆる代表チー

Alla landslag i världen - 所有的国家队世界

جميع المنتخبات الوطنية في العالم - Dünyadaki tüm milli takımlar

Բոլոր հավաքականները աշխարհում - Alle nationale teams in de wereld

כל הבחרות הלאומיות בעולם - Wszystkie drużyny narodowe świata

Όλες οι εθνικές ομάδες στον κόσμο - oate echipele naționale din lume

ทั้งหมดทีมชาติในโลก - Minden nemzeti csapat a világon

세계의 모 국가 대표팀 - Všechny národní týmy na světě

تمام تیم های ملی در جهان - Timu zote kitaifa katika dunia

Seguir a @arogeraldes Todas mis notas en Periodismo de fútbol mundial

The Rest

News Roundup: Union pre-season dates, Perry Kitchen back in MLS, Pulisic’s sob story

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News roundup: Noonan to Union, players fleeing Columbus, and Eric Lichaj’s weekend

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CONCACAF’s Club World Cup run ends early

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We may be seeing the beginning of the end of the Club World Cup, at least as we know it. FIFA is reportedly considering a revamped summer tournament held every four years with 16 clubs. It's in part a response to the unlikeliness of the Confederations Cup continuing since they can't reasonably hold it in Qatar in the summer of 2021.