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World Cup 2018: Russia Shortlists Tiger, Wolf and Cat as Possible Mascots

Russia’s Ministry of Sport has announced the shortlist of mascot concepts for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, due to be hosted in Russia, the country’s state news agency Itar-Tass has reported. The ministry and the football tournament’s organization committee have been accepting submissions from art students and graphic designers since September 2015. Show More Summary

Wow, So This FIFA Exec Was An Even Bigger Corrupt Sleazeball Than We Thought, Huh?

9 hours agoSports : Deadspin

When Jérôme Valcke—formerly Sepp Blatter’s righthand man as FIFA secretary general—was suspended and investigated after documents tying him to a shady World Cup ticket reselling racket came out, we all thought we were dealing with your run-of-the-mill venal FIFA greaseball. Show More Summary

FIFA Bans Former Secretary General Valcke for 12 Years

Former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke encouraged the persons responsible for gaining "an undue advantage from the selling of FIFA World Cup tickets," according to the statement of FIFA.

Russia to Invite Blatter,Platini to 2018 World Cup Despite Corruption Probe

Moscow will send an invitation to FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia despite their suspension from sport amid a corruption investigation, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Sunday.

Kia Joorabchian’s growing involvement with MLS demands further scrutiny

last weekSports / Football : EPL Talk

Last Wednesday, the LA Galaxy announced the signing of defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong who started the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final for the Netherlands and won the 2012 Premier League title with Manchester City. De Jong is yet another prestige signing for MLS’ signature club but raises questions about how […]

Iker Casillas denies retirement rumours with a FIFA 16 screenshot

Real Madrid legend, and now Porto goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, posted a FIFA 16 screenshot on his Instagram page on Tuesday night, denying he is to retire any time soon, perhaps not even after the 2018 World Cup. Casillas has made a couple of mistakes at Porto but remains the likely first choice goalkeeper for Spain […]

Meeting International Obligations at All Costs: Rio 2016

The FIFA World Cup highlighted the rift between internationally oriented elites and average Brazilians. The post Meeting International Obligations at All Costs: Rio 2016 appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs.

Panini launches ‘FIFA 365,’ a new sticker collection that’s ideal for fans of club soccer

last weekSports / Football : EPL Talk

After Panini’s huge success with their 2014 FIFA World Cup sticker collection, Panini has returned with a brand-new collection. But despite the name ‘FIFA 365,’ which sounds like it’d be a collection focused on national teams, ‘FIFA 365’ instead focuses on the best club teams and their players from around […]

FIFA World Cup Champion Alex Morgan Talks Nike Tech Knit, Sneakers and More

Last July, Alex Morgan and the United States women’s national football team took home first prize at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, trumping Japan in the final and emerging with a 5-2 victory. Putting her team ahead against Columbia earlier in the tournament, Morgan has proved herself as instrumental to the U.S. women’s squad, while […]

FBI ‘also probing 2006 FIFA World Cup award,’ says report

2 weeks agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

The FIFA corruption scandal surrounding the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany looks set to widen after a report on Saturday said the FBI are also investigating. Munich-based newspaper the Sueddeutsche Zeitung quotes sources from FIFA who claim the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation is also looking […]

FBI probes Germany over 2006 World Cup payment

Suspect payment made by German football federation to FIFA before tournament was awarded, sources close to FIFA say.

Could the Litvinenko Murder Verdict See The 2018 World Cup Stripped From Russia?

3 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

A Russian protest group believes revelations that President Vladimir Putin “probably” approved the murder of Alexander Litvinenko will fuel calls to strip the country of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The group, which calls itself “X Soviet,” was formed in response to the imprisonment of anti-government protester Ildar Dadin on December 7, 2015. Show More Summary

Luis Suarez Reportedly Refused Ballon d'Or Invite over Biting Incident Treatment

Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez has implied that he hasn't forgiven FIFA for their treatment of him during the World Cup in 2014 after refusing an invitation to attend the Balon d'Or awards ceremony. In an interview with Uruguayan newspaper...Show More Summary

World Cup To Be Hosted In Multiple Countries If Gianni Infantino Is Elected FIFA President

The World Cup is set to go through a few significant changes if Gianni Infantino, one of the four candidates as president of FIFA, is elected as head of the football organization. One of Infantino’s key plans is to increase expenditures for football development from 20 percent to 50 percent. Show More Summary

Russia Hosting 2018 World Cup Logical, Fair – FIFA Presidential Candidate

FIFA’s choice of Russia as the host of the 2018 World Cub was logical considering its contribution to promoting football, FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne said Wednesday.

Infantino wants regional World Cup

Fifa presidential hopeful Gianni Infantino wants the World Cup to be held in a whole region rather than countries.

FIFA Presidential Hopeful Urges to Hold 'Best Ever' World Cup in Russia

The general secretary of the European football governing body and one of five eligible candidates for the FIFA presidency, Gianni Infantino, said Friday he wanted to focus on holding the "best World Cup ever" in Russia and Qatar, if elected next month.

FIFA World Champion: Messi Didn't Want to Play Because He Didn't Want to Lose

The winner of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2015 has revealed Lionel Messi didn't want to play him on FIFA because he didn't want to lose. Abdulaziz Alshehri attended the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday as a guest of honour...Show More Summary

FIFA fines five nations for fans’ homophobic chants during 2018 World Cup qualifiers

4 weeks agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

FIFA has handed out fines to the football associations of Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay for homophobic chants by supporters during qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup. World soccer’s governing body opened disciplinary proceedings against the associations of the respective countries after studying evidence gathered by their Anti-Discrimination […]

Homophobic chants lead to Fifa fines

Fifa has fined the football associations of five Latin American nations after homophobic chanting at World Cup qualifiers.

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