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Jan 27, 2015

Talks over transfer system stall after FIFPro demands rejected

BERNE (Reuters) – Talks aimed at reforming football’s transfer system have broken down after European clubs and leagues refused to accept proposals to protect unpaid players, the players union FIFPro said Tuesday.

The negotiations, which opened last March, have come to a standstill and FIFPro has called an extraordinary meeting of its Europe division in Athens on Wednesday to discuss the issue.

Jan 26, 2015

Dutchman Van Praag to bid for FIFA presidency

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) – Dutch FA president Michael van Praag is to stand as a candidate for the presidency of world soccer body FIFA, his association said.

“Michael van Praag is a candidate to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA,” said a statement. “On Tuesday, Praag sends his official candidacy with the required five letters from associations who support his candidacy to FIFA headquarters in Zurich,” it added.

Jan 13, 2015

Ronaldo wins another Ballon d’Or award

BERNE (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the second year running and the third overall on Monday and said he wanted to become “one of the greatest players of all time.”

The Real Madrid forward polled more than double the number of votes as his bitter rival Lionel Messi who only just edged Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer into third place.

Jan 12, 2015

Soccer-Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or award again

ZURICH, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the second year running and the third overall on Monday after a prolific, trophy-filled year with Real Madrid.

He was voted ahead of Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, his bitter rival, and Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the annual poll run jointly by soccer’s governing body and France Football magazine.

Jan 12, 2015

Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or award again

ZURICH (Reuters) – Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the second year running and the third overall on Monday after a prolific, trophy-filled year with Real Madrid.

He was voted ahead of Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, his bitter rival, and Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the annual poll run jointly by soccer’s governing body and France Football magazine.

Jan 8, 2015

Serbia and Albania appeal to CAS over UEFA sanctions

BERNE (Reuters) – Serbia and Albania have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the sanctions imposed on them following their abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier, the sporting tribunal said on Thursday.

Serbia were awarded a 3-0 walkover win following the stormy match in Belgrade but were also docked three points and ordered to play their next two home games in the competition behind closed doors.

Jan 8, 2015

Soccer-Serbia and Albania appeal to CAS over UEFA sanctions

BERNE, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Serbia and Albania have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the sanctions imposed on them following their abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier, the sporting tribunal said on Thursday.

Serbia were awarded a 3-0 walkover win following the stormy match in Belgrade but were also docked three points and ordered to play their next two home games in the competition behind closed doors.

Dec 29, 2014

Soccer-Brazil capitulate under 64 years of expectation

ZURICH, Dec 29 (Reuters) – This year’s World Cup was supposed to mark the moment Brazilian football emerged from the shadow of the 1950 Maracanazo and stamped its authority on the sport by winning a sixth world title on home soil.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told his team they had an “obligation” to win the tournament and any player who could not handle the pressure should go and work in a bank or “sit in an office and do nothing.”

Dec 22, 2014

FIFA chief Blatter “invigorated” after Marrakech meeting

BERNE (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter is “invigorated” after last week’s executive committee meeting in Marrakech and has every intention of standing in next year’s FIFA presidential election, a source close to the FIFA leadership said on Monday.

“He was invigorated by the whole event and he is finishing the year on a high note,” said the source, adding that he had not heard any suggestion that Blatter would change his mind about standing. “That is not our information at all,” he said.

Dec 22, 2014

Soccer-FIFA chief Blatter “invigorated” after Marrakech meeting

BERNE, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter is “invigorated” after last week’s executive committee meeting in Marrakech and has every intention of standing in next year’s FIFA presidential election, a source close to the FIFA leadership said on Monday.

“He was invigorated by the whole event and he is finishing the year on a high note,” said the source, adding that he had not heard any suggestion that Blatter would change his mind about standing. “That is not our information at all,” he said.