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FIFA Official Theo Zwanziger Claims Qatar Will Not Host The 2022 World Cup On ‘Life-Threatening’ Medical Grounds

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By Chris Wright

A member of FIFA's executive committee (ExCo) has gone on record as saying he doesn't believe the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar as scheduled.

German ExCo representativeTheo Zwanziger has stuck his head above the parapet and told Sport Bild that he believes that Qatar's fearsome 40°c summer temperatures will see the tournament nixed and shifted elsewhere on medical grounds.

The Greatest FIFA Quote of All Time

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My apologies for blogging about FIFA twice in the same month and, uggh, consecutively. However, Michel Platini just released a gem of a quote. First, let me fill you in on the background.

During the World Cup in Brazil, the Brazilian Football Federation gifted several valuable watches to important FIFA people.

Fifa World Rankings September 2014

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Fifa's World Rankings for August 2014 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland. The Fifa World Rankings are now published on Thursday and not Wednesday as before.

New world champions Germany remain at the top of the Fifa pile followed by Argentina, Colombia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, and France and Switzerland

England remain in a lowly 18th place up slightly after beating Switzerland away in Euro 2016 qualification.

CONCACAF President Speaks Out Against FIFA And Racism At Soccerex

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At the Soccerex Global Convention held Tuesday September 9th, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb spoke out against FIFA and racism, calling for a complete overhaul of FIFA's governing bodies. Following several controversies after the announcement of Russia and Qatar being selected as future sites for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively, Webb stated "With all due respect, I don't think FIFA has done a great job communicating its message over the years and its image and public perception is affecting the game.

The problem isn’t Sepp Blatter; it’s FIFA Within the...

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The problem isn't Sepp Blatter; it's FIFA

Within the murky waters that surround the FIFA executive committee wherever it roams, there was a bright moment three years ago when Sepp Blatter, in the midst of campaigning for a fourth-term as president of FIFA, vowed that if elected, he would not seek a fifth term.

FIFA To Suggest Two Winter Kick-Off Dates For 2022 World Cup In Qatar

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During a press conference held on Monday, FIFA suggested two alternative dates for a winter kick-off for the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar. The official dates suggested are November/December 2022 or January/February 2022. The talks to have a World Cup take place in the winter instead of the traditional June-August format comes from the sweltering heat during Qatar's summer months, where the average temperature reaches 120°F in most places with the lows around 86°F.

SBI Monday Rewind: Winter World Cup back on table; Albania beats Portugal in Euro qualifier; and more

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It seemed that detractors had successfully persuaded FIFA away from serious consideration of holding the 2022 World Cup in winter. At least until Monday. FIFA is again exploring the possibility of a World Cup kicking off in January or November of 2022 in Qatar, assigning its task force Monday to give the schedule change full consideration.

FIFA explore moving 2022 World Cup dates

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By DAN KARELL

FIFA is ready to talk about a winter World Cup once again.

A FIFA task force assembled by the FIFA Exexucitve Committee to "assess options for the international match calendar 2018-2024″ met on Monday in Zurich, Switzerland. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the main topic of discussion was the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and more specifically, whether to move it away from the usual time frame in June/July to either January/February or November/December.

FIFA President Sep Blatter Confirms 5th Consecutive Presidential Run

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Current FIFA President, Sepp Blatter has announced his bid for re-election, after first being elected as president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association in 1998 Blatter has served four consecutive terms for the past 18 years. Although Blatter hinted that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil would be his last, he recently announced his return to the FIFA presidential candidacy Monday in a pre-recorded interview shown at the SoccerEx conference.

New Rules Needed To Safeguard Players Health On International Duty

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The tug-and-pull situation the world's top soccer players find themselves in is an enviable one for 99% of the sport's players. These players have to balance between playing for their employer club and representing their country at the international level and, depending on the nation's success, the competition for both can be equally as fierce.

Carlos Bocanegra announces retirement at end of MLS season

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Carlos Bocanegra announces retirement at end of MLS season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Thursday Carlos Bocanegra announced, he will be retiring from the game of soccer at the end of 2014 Major League Soccer season. Photo provided by ISI Photos.

The 35-year-old former U.

Carlos Bocanegra announces retirement at end of MLS season

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Carlos Bocanegra announces retirement at end of MLS season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Thursday Carlos Bocanegra announced, he will be retiring from the game of soccer at the end of 2014 Major League Soccer season. Photo provided by ISI Photos.

The 35-year-old former U.

USMNT vs. Czech Republic TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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You thought the USMNT was done for the year after the World Cup? Nope! FIFA demands games! This is your gamethread as Klinsi's very young, experimental squad takes on an experienced but largely domestic-based Czech team.

After 2013's barrage of qualifiers and this summer's World Cup, I have a confession to make: I'm not really sure I see the point of FIFA having a friendly date on their calendar at this point.

International Soccer

Friday Kickoff: 2018, 2022 World Cup decision to come in Spring; Maradona discusses drug regrets; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the 2014 World Cup in the rearview mirror, FIFA will now begin assessing the controversy that surround the tournament's next two incarnations.

FIFA ethics chief Hans-Joachim Eckert says a decision regarding potential bidding corruption of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is unlikely to come until next spring as the organization will start reviewing the process in the near future.

Evening Ticker: Blatter discusses U.S. World Cup; Roma refute Benatia’s claims; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the unsuccessful bid for the 2022 tournament in the past, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has once again kindled hopes of a U.S.-based World Cup.

Fresh off the news of Blatter's intent to pursue a fifth term, the FIFA president agreed that the 2026 World Cup should take place on North American soil, withthe United States as the top candidate.

U.S. Women's National Team

Preview: USWNT squad gets last chance to impress Ellis before World Cup qualifying

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

ROCHESTER, N.Y. When the U.S. Women's Nation Team crushed Mexico a few days ago, it was a bit strange. Strange, not for the U.S. women to win 8-0 against a team, but because they hadn't been playing their best.

Artificial turf company endorsement heats up 2015 World Cup debate

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The battle over artificial turf at the 2015 Women's World Cup doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.

FieldTurf, the company providing artificial turf for the tournament in Canada next year, has signed Canadian national team midfielder Kaylyn Kyle to a three-year, $15,000 endorsement deal, according to a report from TSN.

NWSL to extend season, add World Cup break to weather loss of USWNT stars

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The executives at the National Women's Soccer League have had quite the quagmire on their hands for the 2015 season.

The World Cup will siphon players from the U.S., Mexico and Canada, the three federations that subsidize and allocate players in the league.

United States Men's National Team

Putting money where the mind is.

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Check out this interesting Forbes bit that reveals how Madison Avenue is waking up to the USMNT in a big way. Can you imagine how hot this attention would get if our boys threatened a final four run, as Klinsi aims to do in 2018?American loves winners. Now, they have finally come to really love the Nats.

Jurgen Klinsmann sets a goal for the USMNT

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Jurgen Klinsmann set a goal for the USMNT of making the semifinals of the next World Cup. Does this say more about him or the team? Read More

Soccer TV: Czech Republic vs USMNT and Germany vs Argentina

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The Czech Republic host the USMNT in a friendly in Prague while a revamped Germany host Argentina in a World Cup rematch in Dusseldorf. Read More

A look at a Best XI of Uncapped Americans

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By IVES GALARCEP

Jurgen Klinsmann will call in is first U.S. Men's National Team squad since the World Cup later today for next week's friendly against the Czech Republic, and there stands a good chance of being some new faces in the mix as Klinsmann starts working toward a new World Cup cycle.

English Premier League

Would a Winter Break Benefit the Premier League?

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Former FA and Arsenal F.C. vice-chairman David Dein has called on the Barclays Premier League to implement a winter break halfway through its season. Dein also suggested at the Soccerex Global Convention this week that the Premier League should enforce the break as soon as possible. Debate of a potential winter break from league matches comes with news that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will most likely be held in the winter, because you know, it's usually pretty hot in Qatar during the summer (the average high in the middle eastern country during July is 106 degrees Fahrenheit).

Blatter, Terry and Suarez Make GQ Magazine’s ’25 Biggest Sleazebags In Sports’ List

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter, FC Barcelona striker Luis Suárez and Chelsea captain are the footballing [...]

Which Big-Name Superstar Will Miss Out In The Manchester United Revolution?

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Which Big-Name Superstar Will Miss Out In The Manchester United Revolution? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It wouldn't be too wrong to say that Louis Van Gaal's time at Manchester United has got off to a disastrous start. Three games into the current Premier League season, the Red Devils have just two points on the board and find themselves in 14th position in the table.

Which Big-Name Superstar Will Miss Out In The Manchester United Revolution?

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Which Big-Name Superstar Will Miss Out In The Manchester United Revolution? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It wouldn't be too wrong to say that Louis Van Gaal's time at Manchester United has got off to a disastrous start. Three games into the current Premier League season, the Red Devils have just two points on the board and find themselves in 14th position in the table.

The Sweeper: 10 Soccer Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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Exhale. Savor summer's few remaining days. Fire up the grill. Slither down a slip n slide. Lay back in a hammock while cradling a watery beer. It's the September international break, and with options like Finland v Faroe Islands, Denmark v Armenia, and Bolivia v Ecuador, the emphasis is on "break.

Why Jack Colback’s call up isn’t so surprising

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Why Jack Colback's call up isn't so surprising - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Roy Hodgson named his first England squad since the World Cup, including four uncapped players: Calum Chambers, Danny Rose, Fabian Delph and Jack Colback. When I first saw the squad, the biggest surprise to me was the inclusion of Newcastle's Colback.

CONCACAF

Mexico starts the next cycle

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Luis Bueno looks at what Mexico might expect as they start the next World Cup Qualifying cycle with friendlies in the USA. Read More

Is Costa Rica for real?

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Clemente Lisi looks at the first test for Costa Rica since making the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup. Read More

US Soccer

New NWSL Schedule Changes To Accommodate Women’s World Cup

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The National Women's Soccer League has made significant changes to its 2015 schedule in order to accommodate the Women's World Cup next summer

The league announced the new schedule will feature 20 games and a two-week break for the group stages of the tournament. The season will keep its April kickoff date but conclude in September instead of its usual August date.

New NWSL Schedule Changes To Accommodate Women’s World Cup

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The National Women's Soccer League has made significant changes to its 2015 schedule in order to accommodate the Women's World Cup next summer

The league announced the new schedule will feature 20 games and a two-week break for the group stages of the tournament. The season will keep its April kickoff date but conclude in September instead of its usual August date.

The Rest

Yet Another FIFA Fail Post

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FIFA has this odd balancing act: on the one hand, they want to closely control major tournaments and host countries so that they can make a ton of money. On the other hand, when problems arise in world football, they want to shrug their shoulders and say it's not their business or responsibility. Basically, FIFA can't fix a problem if it doesn't want to.

Poor in the Ruhr

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Borussian Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

A few observations now that the dust of the Dortmund storm is settling (ha!)

World Cup focus?

I offer this as an olive branch to Messrs Mertesacker and (in particular) Ozil, neither of whom has started the season on fire.

Snapshot: Brazilian Fans Stay Behind To Help Tidy Stadium Up After Game…

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By Chris Wright

As modern World Cups go, when the tax-exempt FIFA circus rolls out of town the only lasting legacies afforded seem to a generous studding ofgigantic new stadiums being left to slowly rot as Podunk United are left to play out their games in front of 3,000 fans every week inside their cavernous new 90,000-seater white elephant.

Daniel Agger Does A ‘Zlatan’, Pays For Danish Homeless Team To Fly Out To World Cup

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By Chris Wright

Three cheers for Daniel Agger, who has once again proved that almost all Scandinavians are awesome by stumping up the cash to send the Danish homeless national side to the Homeless World Cup in Chile.

The eight members of the Danish side were 20,000 krone (around £2,100) short of the required funds to get themselves to Santiago for the tournament, with Agger hearing of their struggles and agreeing to top up their kitty from his own pocket.

International Breaks Make Homer Something Something

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Book Review: The Country of Football

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The Country of Football edited by Paulo Fontes and Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda Published by by Hurst Publishing 2014, £16.99 [H]aving reviewed David Goldblatt's Futebol Nation in June, here we are pleased to provide an appraisal of another book timed to coincide with the World Cup. Assisting us with this process by applying his thoughts to paper has been Stephen Brandt.

Brazil moves on from the World Cup

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Brazil tries to put their World Cup disappointment behind them as the Gillette Brazil Global Tour visits the USA. Read More

SBI Wednesday Rewind: Young USMNT beats Czechs; Revs top Sporting KC; and more

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With an experimental, young team in the first U.S. Men's National Team match since the World Cup, new ground was forged the U.S. beat the Czech Republic for the first time. Alejandro Bedoya's goal was the difference, but the match's highlight was a stellar performance from second-half substitute, goalkeeper Nick Rimando.