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Former FIFA president Joao Havelange dies at 100

Joao Havelange, who expanded soccer’s global reach as FIFA president from 1974 to 1998 but also was found to have profited greatly from bribes related to World Cup television contracts, has died at the age of 100, according to multiple reports out of Brazil. Havelange, a native of Rio de Janeiro who competed as a […]

Joao Havelange: FIFA dictator and World Cup globalist passes away

FIFA as an illiberal and corrupt kleptocracy? That is the legacy of Joao Havelange who ruled FIFA from 1974 to 1998 with an iron fist, transforming the organization into a institution of unsurpassed financial and political clout. Football morphed into a global brand with kickbacks and vote buying as part of that ceaseless commodification. Under […]

Trevor Noah Knows Vuvuzelas Sound Terrible, But He’s Here to Defend Them

Are Brazilian crowds too noisy at sporting events? At the 2014 FIFA Men's World Cup, viewers could barely hear the games over the leafblower-like buzz of vuvuzelas. Now, two years later, Brazilian fans are again in the news for being too noisy, this time at the Olympics, where they have ... More »

Brain-machine interface triggers recovery for paraplegic patients

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, a young Brazilian man, paralyzed from the chest down, delivered the opening kickoff. He used a brain-machine interface, allowing him to control the movements of a lower-limb robotic exoskeleton. This...Show More Summary

Gorgeous photos of the streets of Brazil in its time of crisis

Brazilian documentary photographer Alexandre Amaral has been capturing the streets of his home country during an interesting time in its history. Between the 2014 FIFA World Cup, protests for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff,...Show More Summary

Russia worried over World Cup stadium dispute

2 weeks agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Moscow (AFP) – The Russian authorities and FIFA are concerned over a dispute that has halted construction of a key World Cup 2018 stadium, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Wednesday.  Work on the futuristic 68,000-seater arena in Saint...Show More Summary

26 Nigerian Footballers Reportedly Fail Age Test After FIFA U17 World Cup Win

Nigeria's 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup-winning squad has been rocked ahead of an U17 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier after almost half of their 60 tested players reportedly failed a mandatory MRI screening that establishes squad members'Show More Summary

Can Marta and Cristiane Fire Brazil to Olympic Gold This Summer?

When Brazil hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there was an expectation that the Selecao would go on to lift the famous trophy. Their 7-1 destruction by Germany was an embarrassment to the nation. It's not just about the defeat, it wasShow More Summary

Burning Questions for US Women's National Team at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Fourteen months after capturing their first FIFA Women's World Cup title in 16 years, the United States women's national team travel to Brazil in search of an Olympic gold medal repeat. Some of the stars from the 2015 title-winning side...Show More Summary

Former Guatemalan Soccer Federation Head Pleads Guilty to Corruption

The US Department of Justice said that former president of the Guatemalan soccer federation (FENAFUTG) Brayan Jimenez has pleaded guilty to receiving bribes in exchange for media and marketing contracts to FIFA World Cup qualifying games.

Russia on Schedule in Security Preparations for 2018 FIFA World Cup

The Russian Ministry of Emergencies undertook works in large numbers for preparations of sites, which will be involved in the FIFA World Championship in 2018, completely reequipped all crisis management centers, conducted drills and trainings, according to Head of the Ministry Vladimir Puchkov.

Two more African places for World Cup - Infantino

Africa will get two extra World Cup places should the tournament expand to 40 teams from 2026, says Fifa boss Gianni Infantino.

FIFA bans Wolfgang Niersbach for World Cup scandal

4 weeks agoSports / Football : Soccerlens

FIFA bans Wolfgang Niersbach for World Cup scandal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com Wolfgang Niersbach, a member of Fifa’s ruling council, was banned from football for one year on Monday after Fifa's ethics committee found him guilty in the investigation into Germany’s 2006 World Cup bid. From Soccerlens.com - Football News | Football Blog

FIFA president hopes Africa gets two more World Cup slots

last monthSports / Football : EPL Talk

Abuja (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Monday he hopes Africa gets two more spots at the World Cup if his proposal for the tournament to be expanded to 40 teams goes through.  There are presently 32 finalists for the World...Show More Summary

FIFA bans ex-German football boss Niersbach over World Cup bid

last monthSports / Football : EPL Talk

Geneva (AFP) – FIFA’s ethics committee on Monday banned Wolfgang Niersbach, former president of the German Football Association (DFB), for one year over misconduct surrounding the country’s successful 2006 World Cup bid.  “Mr. Niersbach...Show More Summary

FIFA bans ex-German football boss over 2006 World Cup bid

last monthSports / Football : EPL Talk

Geneva (AFP) – FIFA’s ethics committee on Monday banned Wolfgang Niersbach, former president of the German Football Association, for one year over misconduct surrounding the country’s successful 2006 World Cup bid.  “Mr. Niersbach has...Show More Summary

No Reason to Deprive Russia of World Cup Amid Doping Scandal - Minister

The Russian sports minister said he saw no reasons do cancel the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the country amid the ongoing doping scandal.

FIFA says Russia'a Alfa Bank is first regional World Cup sponsor

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA, which has struggled to find commercial partners since it was battered by a corruption scandal last year, named a Russian bank as its first regional World Cup sponsor on Monday. The global soccer...Show More Summary

Jordan women take to football pitch to end stereotypes

last monthSports / Football : EPL Talk

Amman (AFP) – Line’s dream is about to become a reality, the 14-year-old Jordanian girl will make history later this year when she takes part in her first ever football world cup. FIFA’s U-17 Women’s World Cup will kick off on September 30 in Jordan, the first time a Middle Eastern country hosts an international women’s football competition. Show More Summary

Didier Deschamps Is the Right Man to Lead France to 2018 World Cup in Russia

With the 2016 UEFA European Championship now over, beaten finalists France can turn their attention towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Les Bleus qualified automatically for this summer’s tournament as hosts and will need to advance...Show More Summary

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