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Watch Cristiano Ronaldo refuse to shake hands with the UEFA president

Michael Platini said he didn't think Ronaldo should get the Ballon d'Or. Ronaldo didn't appreciate that. Real Madrid won the Club World Cup on Saturday with a win over San Lorenzo. After the victory, Ronaldo opted to skip the hug and/or...Show More Summary

FIFA president rules out re-vote for 2018, 2022 World Cups

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won’t be revoked.

FIFA will publish report on 2018, 2022 World Cup investigation, but will not reopen Russia, Qatar voting

FIFA’s executive committee agreed Friday to publish the investigative report into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups “in an appropriate form,” but President Sepp Blatter said the organization would not reopen the bidding for the two tournaments, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar despite corruption claims. “There are no legal grounds […]

Spanish Soccer Official Bails On Meeting To Go To Real Madrid Game

last weekSports : Deadspin

One of the most pressing concerns in Spanish soccer today is how to deal with fan violence. Apparently, a more pressing concern is whether Real Madrid will win the Club World Cup that takes place this week, since the president of Spanish Soccer blew off a meeting addressing the violence to watch Los Blancos. Read more...

Why It’s Time For Everton To Replace Tim Howard According to an Evertonian

3 weeks agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Tim Howard was thrust into stratospheric standing amongst Americans with his heroic performances at the World Cup. Lauded by all, branded as the “Secretary of Defense,” indulging in nonchalant phone calls with the President and co-commentating Premier League games for NBCSN; … Continue reading ?

Did Putin Use a Picasso from the Hermitage as a World Cup Bribe?

3 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

Did Valdimir Putin get an assist from Pablo Picasso toward his goal of bringing the 2018 World Cup competition to Russia? According to a British report that has just been made public, former soccer star, UEFA president, and FIFA executive member Michel Platini received a Picasso painting as a bribe in return for supporting Russia's bid to host the 2018 soccer World Cup.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says FIFA is not responsible for welfare World Cup workers in Qatar

3 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

FIFA President Sepp Blatter eschewed responsibility for the well-being of migrant workers building Qatar’s World Cup facilities, saying instead that the obligation belongs to the companies who hired them, the Associated Press reports. Blatter made the remarks on Tuesday while visiting Sri Lanka. “Blatter said the workers are employed by companies from Germany, France and […]

The Prestigious Ryder Cup Task Force Still Hasn’t Met

Gary Williams asked new PGA of America President Derek Sprague on Morning Drive

Michel Platini denies Sunday Times Picasso claims

3 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

UEFA president Michel Platini told AFP on Sunday that rumours he was given a Picasso painting in return for voting for Russia to host the 2018 World Cup were "totally fictitious". British newspaper the Sunday Times claims to have access to a database of allegations compiled by the failed English bid team for the 2018 World Cup. Show More Summary

Vladimir Putin allegedly gave UEFA President Michel Platini a Picasso in exchange for a FIFA World Cup vote

3 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly offered a Picasso painting to UEFA president Michel Platini in exchange for World Cup votes, according to a new report from The Sunday Times. The allegations are being made by England’s 2018 World Cup bid committee, which, according to the Sunday Times, gathered intelligence “from a network of British embassies and […]

Platini Denies Being Given a Picasso Painting by Russia for World Cup Support

The controversy surrounding the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups shows no sign of slowing down. The latest standout claim comes from The Sunday Times, who reported that UEFA President Michel Platini was given a lucrative...Show More Summary

Ronaldo Hanging out with Nicolas Sarkozy at Paris St Germain Match with Nice

Two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo attended PSG 's game with Nice on Saturday. The Brazilian posted a picture on his Instagram account with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and a subtle hint that there could be a role at the Parc...Show More Summary

This Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon D'Or Campaign Is Getting Really Gross

4 weeks agoSports : Deadspin

UEFA president Michel Platini made a pretty reasonable comment in Madrid earlier this week, saying in his opinion the Ballon d'Or should go to a German player after the country's success in the World Cup. The statement set off the Real Madrid spin machine though, and the team took matters into their own hands. Read more...

Sepp Blatter Asked by UK Government to Release Report on World Cup Bidding

The British government has asked FIFA president Sepp Blatter to publicly release the evidence collected by Michael Garcia, which led to the exoneration of Russia and Qatar in the controversy surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process. Show More Summary

Sony won’t renew World Cup sponsorship, Coca-Cola lashes out at FIFA

Despite numerous questions surrounding FIFA’s handling of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding processes, FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s place atop world soccer’s governing body was deemed to be safe, so long as the money keeps rolling in. But on Tuesday came word that Sony, one of six “official partners” of FIFA, will not renew […]

The Things He Used: Taobao Store Offers Xi Jinping-Themed Cups, Umbrellas

Fancy drinking from cups similar to those used by China’s most powerful man? Want to shelter under somber black parasols of the same style as President Xi Jinping’s? If “Xi Dada” uses them, so can you.

Last year, Russia’s Putin gifted President Obama some tea cups and a DVD

last monthNews : BlogPost

This year, U.S.-Russia relations have been shrouded in acrimony and distrust. Washington and Moscow have butted heads over a range of geopolitical crises, from turmoil in Ukraine to resolving the bloody civil war in Syria. Read full article >>

Last year, Russia’s Putin gifted President Obama some tea cups and a DVD

last monthNews : BlogPost

This year, U.S.-Russia relations have been shrouded in acrimony and distrust. Washington and Moscow have butted heads over a range of geopolitical crises, from turmoil in Ukraine to resolving the bloody civil war in Syria. But away from the glare of the headlines, the delicate art of diplomacy continues. That's very much on display in the State Department's […]

Qatari Sports Minister Promises ‘Creative’ Solutions For Allowing Gay Fans At World Cup

FIFA's president has previously warned LGBT fans to "refrain from any sexual activities" while in Qatar for the World Cup. The post Qatari Sports Minister Promises ‘Creative’ Solutions For Allowing Gay Fans At World Cup appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Arsenal’s Mesut Özil tweets Silver Laurel Leaf, Germany’s highest award following World Cup win

Great honour: #silver #laurel #leaf for our @DFB_Team World Cup victory given to us by our president Joachim Gauck pic.twitter.com/I3AzgncZhv — Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) November 10, 2014 It was a busy day for the German national team yesterday, as they first received the Silver Laurel Leaf, before heading off to the premier of the film […]

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