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Jul 29, 2015

Platini announces FIFA presidency bid

BERNE (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini ended weeks of uncertainty on Wednesday when he announced that he would stand for the presidency of FIFA in place of outgoing Sepp Blatter.

The former French international, who has been UEFA president since 2007 and a FIFA executive committee member since 2002, said he wanted to “to give FIFA back the dignity and the position it deserves.”

Jul 29, 2015

Platini, romantic or pragmatist?

BERNE (Reuters) – One of the most exquisitely gifted soccer players of his generation, FIFA presidential candidate Michel Platini likes to portray himself as an old-fashioned romantic with a mission to maintain the game’s purity.

“There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands,” he said on Wednesday, announcing his bid to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of the beleaguered world soccer body.

Jul 29, 2015

Soccer-Platini announces FIFA presidency bid

BERNE, July 29 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini ended weeks of uncertainty on Wednesday when he announced that he would stand for the presidency of FIFA in place of outgoing Sepp Blatter.

The former French international, who has been UEFA president since 2007 and a FIFA executive committee member since 2002, said he wanted to “to give FIFA back the dignity and the position it deserves.”

Jul 25, 2015

FIFA as opulent as ever at World Cup draw

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – When it boils down to it, making a draw for a major soccer tournament involves little more than pulling balls out of plastic pots. But, around that apparently simple act, FIFA has managed to build a two-day event featuring a banquet in a palace, a high-level security operation and a glitzy extravaganza.

Saturday’s draw in St Petersburg, two hours long and featuring various musical interludes, was typical of the opulence that soccer’s governing body and its leaders have been increasingly criticized for.

Jul 25, 2015

Soccer-FIFA as opulent as ever at World Cup draw

ST PETERSBURG, July 25 (Reuters) – When it boils down to it, making a draw for a major soccer tournament involves little more than pulling balls out of plastic pots.

But, around that apparently simple act, FIFA has managed to build a two-day event featuring a banquet in a palace, a high-level security operation and a glitzy extravaganza.

Jul 25, 2015

South America the toughest group, says Pekerman

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – South America is still the most difficult continent to qualify for the World Cup from, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said after draw on Saturday.

Teams face long journeys and must play in heat, cold and high altitude during the marathon 18-match, two-year campaign but Pekerman said it was also the quality of the opposition which made qualifying from South America such a challenge.

Jul 25, 2015

Soccer-South America the toughest group, says Pekerman

ST PETERSBURG, July 25 (Reuters) – South America is still the most difficult continent to qualify for the World Cup from, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said after draw on Saturday.

Teams face long journeys and must play in heat, cold and high altitude during the marathon 18-match, two-year campaign but Pekerman said it was also the quality of the opposition which made qualifying from South America such a challenge.

Jul 24, 2015

FIFA to meet sponsors after reproaches from Coke, Visa, McDonald’s

ST PETERSBURG, July 24 (Reuters) – FIFA will meet its leading commercial partners next month after three of them increased pressure for major reforms to soccer’s governing body following a series of corruption scandals.

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said that Coca-Cola , Visa and McDonald’s had written asking for information about what was being done to clean up governance of the sport. He admitted that scandal had made it difficult to attract new sponsors.

Jul 24, 2015

Brazil’s Hulk pulls out of World Cup draw

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – Zenit St Petersburg’s Brazilian striker Hulk has pulled out of Saturday’s World Cup qualifying draw, only days after complaining of “gross and ugly” racism in Russian football.

The Brazilian international will be replaced by former Russia captain Alexey Smertin as one of the draw assistants for Saturday’s event in St Petersburg, FIFA said in a statement, adding that Hulk had withdrawn due to club commitments.

Jul 24, 2015

Soccer-Brazil’s Hulk pulls out of World Cup draw

ST PETERSBURG, July 24 (Reuters) – Zenit St Petersburg’s Brazilian striker Hulk has pulled out of Saturday’s World Cup qualifying draw, only days after complaining of “gross and ugly” racism in Russian football.

The Brazilian international will be replaced by former Russia captain Alexey Smertin as one of the draw assistants for Saturday’s event in St Petersburg, FIFA said in a statement, adding that Hulk had withdrawn due to club commitments.