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UEFA pushes for rank in the expanded World Cup

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UEFA is already positioning itself for spots in the expanded World Cup, looking ahead to 2026 in a way that is only good for Europe.

FIFA Announce Three-Man Shortlist For Best Player Award

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Interesting move by FIFA who have named their contenders for The Best FIFA Football Awards™. The winners will be crowned in Zurich on 9 January 2017.

The three nominees are Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (France/Atletico Madrid) and Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona).

News Update

UEFA pushes reforms, more DFB Pokal results

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UEFA's reform process moves to a final vote and more good performances from USMNT players in Germany's DFB Pokal in the soccer news.

The 2016-17 Europa League moves to the group stage

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The Europa League joins the Champions League as problems that UEFA seems to be making worse rather than better.

UEFA elects Ceferin as president

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for anyone who believes things don't change in soccer politics, UEFA elected an outsider as president in Wednesday's soccer news update.

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UEFA seeks to limit leaders’ terms

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – UEFA’s executive on Thursday voted in favour of limiting leaders to three four-year terms and guaranteeing two seats for Europe’s increasingly powerful clubs.

The moves were part of reforms that new leader Aleksander Ceferin has vowed to introduce since taking over from the scandal-tainted Michel Platini in September.

UEFA seeks to limit leaders’ terms

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – UEFA’s executive on Thursday voted in favour of limiting leaders to three four-year terms and guaranteeing two seats for Europe’s increasingly powerful clubs.

The moves were part of reforms that new leader Aleksander Ceferin has vowed to introduce since taking over from the scandal-tainted Michel Platini in September.

Sports court upholds Kosovo’s UEFA membership

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Lausanne (AFP) The world's top sports court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal by Serbia against Kosovo's membership in European football governing body UEFA.

Belgrade had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) seeking to annul a May decision by UEFA members admitting the Football Federation of Kosovo (FFK).

Sports court upholds Kosovo’s UEFA membership

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Lausanne (AFP) The world's top sports court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal by Serbia against Kosovo's membership in European football governing body UEFA.

Belgrade had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) seeking to annul a May decision by UEFA members admitting the Football Federation of Kosovo (FFK).

De Rossi set for 100-cap UEFA honour

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Milan (AFP) Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi will be honoured by UEFA on Thursday in recognition of having passed the 100-cap mark with the Azzurri.

Italy host Spain in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Turin in what will be the first meeting between the sides since Spain lost 2-0 in the last 16 of Euro 2016 at the Stade de France in June.

Legia Warsaw to host Real Madrid behind closed doors

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Lausanne (AFP) Legia Warsaw will play their next Champions League game against Real Madrid behind closed doors, European football's governing body UEFA ruled Thursday, following crowd trouble during their last home game.

The club was also fined 80,000 euros ($90,000) for the incidents which included racist behaviour and fighting among the home fans during the September 14 game in which Germany's Borussia Dortmund achieved their biggest European win 6-0.

Platini could receive UEFA compensation despite ban

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Berlin (AFP) Former UEFA president Michel Platini could receive a cash compensation from European football's governing body, even though he is serving a four-year suspension for corruption.

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Tuesday claims Platini could yet receive a pay-out as part of a severance and retirement package.

Platini could receive UEFA compensation despite ban

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Berlin (AFP) Former UEFA president Michel Platini could receive a cash compensation from European football's governing body, even though he is serving a four-year suspension for corruption.

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Tuesday claims Platini could yet receive a pay-out as part of a severance and retirement package.

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.

New UEFA head says Champions League mustn’t become exclusive club

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Brdo castle (Kranj) (Slovenia) (AFP) Newly appointed UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned Friday the Champions League should not become an exclusive club for the wealthiest, saying one of his priorities would be to examine the current system.

"The Champions League cannot continue in this direction because that would lead us towards an exclusive club," Ceferin told journalists at his first news conference in Slovenia after becoming the president of the most powerful football confederation on Wednesday.

New UEFA head says Champions League mustn’t become exclusive club

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Brdo castle (Kranj) (Slovenia) (AFP) Newly appointed UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned Friday the Champions League should not become an exclusive club for the wealthiest, saying one of his priorities would be to examine the current system.

"The Champions League cannot continue in this direction because that would lead us towards an exclusive club," Ceferin told journalists at his first news conference in Slovenia after becoming the president of the most powerful football confederation on Wednesday.

New UEFA president says Champions League mustn’t become elite

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Brdo castle (Kranj) (Slovenia) (AFP) Newly appointed UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned Friday the Champions League should not become an exclusive club for the wealthiest, saying one of his priorities would be to examine the current system.

"The Champions League cannot continue in this direction because that would lead us towards an exclusive club," Ceferin told journalists at his first news conference in Slovenia after becoming the president of the most powerful football confederation on Wednesday.

Kiev to host 2018 Champions League final despite rebel war

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Athens (AFP) The 2018 Champions League final will be held in Kiev despite Ukraine's conflict with Russian-backed separatist rebels, UEFA's executive committee decided Thursday, officials said.

The final will be held only a few weeks before rival Russia stages the World Cup.

Ukraine, which was co-host of the 2012 Euros with Poland, submitted its official bid to stage the final at the 70,000-seat Olympic stadium earlier this year.

High hopes and doubts for UEFA’s little known new leader

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Athens (AFP) Aleksander Ceferin went into his first day in charge of European football on Thursday facing big decisions, high hopes and some doubts over how a little-known official from Slovenia could become president of the most powerfulfootball confederation.

"It's too much right now, it's crazy," Ceferin said after presiding over his first UEFA executive meeting on Thursday.

Champions League

More pressure to fix the Champions League

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There's not a lot to play for in the final Champions League group stage games and lots of people are noticing in the soccer news.

Major Link Soccer: UEFA open to a Champions League final in New York

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The European governing body is talking about opening up the bidding process for hosting rights. Meanwhile, an American is charged in the ongoing FIFA corruption case.

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The Department of Justice continues its prosecution of fraud and racketeering conspiracy charges related to bribes paid to FIFA and other groups to secure marketing rights for major tournaments.

Playing the Champions League final somewhere else

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UEFA's president floats yet another contentious idea for the future of the Champions League in Friday's soccer news.

UEFA vs the soccer leagues

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The European Professional Football Leagues aren't happy with UEFA moving ahead with changes to the Champions League that favor the elite clubs.

Kiev to host 2018 Champions League final despite rebel war

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Athens (AFP) The 2018 Champions League final will be held in Kiev despite Ukraine's conflict with Russian-backed separatist rebels, UEFA's executive committee decided Thursday, officials said.

The final will be held only a few weeks before rival Russia stages the World Cup.

Ukraine, which was co-host of the 2012 Euros with Poland, submitted its official bid to stage the final at the 70,000-seat Olympic stadium earlier this year.

Wednesday Kickoff: UEFA, Reus, Walcott and more

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UEFA is officially under new leadership, while a pair of star wingers are battling injuries that are keeping them out of action for the time being.

Slovenian lawyerAleksander Ceferinwas named UEFA president on Wednesday after winning the federation's election in a landslide. Ceferin will complete Michel Platini's term, which lasts until 2019, after the French legend was banned due to improper payments.

World Cup qualifying

UEFA WCQ Rewind: France edges Netherlands, Andre Silva shines, and more

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Home has not been sweet for the Netherlands over the past 16 months, especially in qualifying.

The Dutch lost, 1-0, to France in UEFA World Cup qualifying, which marked the fifth loss in their last six games at home in all competitions. This latest defeat has knocked Holland out of the top two.

WCQ Rewind: Italy and Spain tie, Argentina loses again, and more

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World Cup qualifying resumed this past Thursday, and as always, there were some shocking results in Europe and South America.

In Europe, Italysecured a1-1 draw at home with Spain on Thursday after Sergio Ramos gifted the Azzurri with a late penalty. The Italians were nearly upset by Macedonia the following Sunday, but Ciro Immobile struck twice in the final 15 minutes to give them the victory.

CONCACAF to review World Cup qualifying format

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CONCACAFcouldbe implementingsignificant changes to its World Cup qualifying format.

PresidentVictor Montagliani has begun a review of CONCACAF's qualifying system, according to the Associated Press, which he says needs to be reformatted.

"Something needs to change because you can't have 85 percent of your members who are on the outside looking in two years before the World Cup," said Montagliani.

Soccer TV: UEFA and CAF World Cup qualifiers

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It's World Cup qualifying this weekend for UEFA and CAF, with those games in Europe and Africa taking over the soccer TV schedule.

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Matchfixing a vital battle to win: UEFA integrity chief

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Combating match-fixing in football is absolutely crucial for the integrity of the sport, says Emilio Garcia UEFA's head of disciplinary and integrity matters.

However, he concedes that it is not an easy task with the mafia behind a lot of corruption.

Garcia, who was speaking at the SoccerEx Global Football Convention, said it was crucial to get local authorities in different countries on board.

Matchfixing a vital battle to win: UEFA integrity chief

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Combating match-fixing in football is absolutely crucial for the integrity of the sport, says Emilio Garcia UEFA's head of disciplinary and integrity matters.

However, he concedes that it is not an easy task with the mafia behind a lot of corruption.

Garcia, who was speaking at the SoccerEx Global Football Convention, said it was crucial to get local authorities in different countries on board.

Euro 2020

UEFA Proudly Announce Euro 2020 Is Going To Be One Gigantic, Expensive Pain In The Arse For Fans

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UEFA have spent the morning proudly divulging details of Euro 2020 at a launch event in London.

As per Michel Platini's vision of a pan-continental celebration of football to mark the 60th anniversary of the finals, the tournament will take place in a slew host cities spread out across Europe.

UEFA Undermine Grand Launch Of Euro 2020 Logo By Posting Image On Their Own Website Beforehand (Photo)

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In their very own words, UEFA are crowing that themedia have turned out in force for the grand launch of the new Euro 2020 logoin London today.

Sadly, any keen-eyed members of the press horde will have already been privy to UEFA's latest tournament squiggle after theorganisationwent and published it on their very own website shortlybefore the big unveiling.

The Rest

Get Ready For The Nations League: UEFA Confirm Format Of New Sprawling 55-Team International Tournament

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Concerned about the dwindling appetite for meaningless friendlies, UEFA have decided to take a pro-active step byintroducing a brand new international competition.

Starting in 2018, European nations will compete in the UEFA Nations League a tournament featuring 55 teams, four leagues (split into mini-groups), promotion, relegation and a 'Final Four' showpiece.

UEFA ALL TIME TOP 10 COACHES

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Arsenal fans confused as Ramsey beats Ozil to award

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I am not one of the many Arsenal fans who thinks that Aaron Ramsey is not as good as Arsene Wenger seems to think he is (shown once again this week when he started an out of form Ramsey out wide against Man United) and that apart from that one fantastic season in 2013-14 when [...]

UEFA: Joe Allen, Gareth Bale And Aaron Ramsey Nominated For Team Of The Year But No Englishmen Included

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UEFA have released their list of 40 nominees for the 2016 Team of the Season, with Wales rewarded for their super Euro 2016 campaign by snaffling three inclusions, courtesy of Joe Allen, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

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England's dismal failure in the competition means that they miss out completely on the list, although the exclusion of Leicester City hitman Jamie Vardy is a bit of a surprise after his goals fired the Foxes to an unlikely Premier League title.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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World Cup qualifying resumes on Thursday as nations from Europe and South America jockey for positioning in their respective groups.

A jam-packed day begins with UEFA World Cup qualifying, highlighted by Italy and Spain in a rematch of their round of 16 meeting at Euro 2016 this past summer.

High hopes and doubts for UEFA’s little known new leader

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Athens (AFP) Aleksander Ceferin went into his first day in charge of European football on Thursday facing big decisions, high hopes and some doubts over how a little-known official from Slovenia could become president of the most powerfulfootball confederation.

"It's too much right now, it's crazy," Ceferin said after presiding over his first UEFA executive meeting on Thursday.