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Oct 28, 2015

Mathematician says he has devised ideal tournament format

AARHUS, Denmark (Reuters) – A Chilean mathematician says he has devised a tournament format in which every match will count and which solves the problem of how to organise a 24, 36 or even 50-team competition.

The search for an ideal format is one which has perennially troubled organisers.

Oct 28, 2015

Soccer-Mathematician says he has devised ideal tournament format

AARHUS, Denmark, Oct 28 (Reuters) – A Chilean mathematician says he has devised a tournament format in which every match will count and which solves the problem of how to organise a 24, 36 or even 50-team competition.

The search for an ideal format is one which has perennially troubled organisers.

Oct 26, 2015

Champagne, Nakhid say backers want to remain secret

AARHUS, Denmark (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidates Jerome Champagne and David Nakhid both declined on Monday to say which football associations (FAs) had backed them, saying the FAs themselves feared reprisals if they were named.

Both men said they had obtained the written backing of five FAs, the number required for candidates to enter the race under FIFA electoral rules. But they said FAs were wary of lending their support and being identified.

Oct 26, 2015

Soccer-Champagne, Nakhid say backers want to remain secret

AARHUS, Denmark, Oct 26 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidates Jerome Champagne and David Nakhid both declined on Monday to say which football associations (FAs) had backed them, saying the FAs themselves feared reprisals if they were named.

Both men said they had obtained the written backing of five FAs, the number required for candidates to enter the race under FIFA electoral rules. But they said FAs were wary of lending their support and being identified.

Oct 24, 2015

Sexwale to stand for FIFA presidency

By Simon Evans and Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – South African businessman and former political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale is to run for the presidency of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, a spokesman said on Saturday as the deadline for nominations neared.

Sexwale is the fifth candidate to declare that he will bid to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter in the Feb. 26 election.

Oct 24, 2015

Soccer-Sexwale to stand for FIFA presidency

Oct 24 (Reuters) – South African businessman and former political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale is to run for the presidency of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, a spokesman said on Saturday as the deadline for nominations neared.

Sexwale is the fifth candidate to declare that he will bid to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter in the Feb. 26 election.

Oct 23, 2015

Candidate Champagne says FIFA must iron out inequalities

ZURICH (Reuters) – Alarmed at the financial gulf between soccer’s haves and have-nots, FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne says a more even distribution of riches will be a priority if he wins election in February.

Making his pitch for the top job at the governing body of a multi-billion dollar sport courted by household name sponsors and broadcasters alike, he says strong governance to spread the wealth is vital for the body engulfed in corruption allegations.

Oct 23, 2015

Soccer-Candidate Champagne says FIFA must iron out inequalities

ZURICH, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Alarmed at the financial gulf between soccer’s haves and have-nots, FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne says a more even distribution of riches will be a priority if he wins election in February.

Making his pitch for the top job at the governing body of a multi-billion dollar sport courted by household name sponsors and broadcasters alike, he says strong governance to spread the wealth is vital for the body engulfed in corruption allegations.

Oct 23, 2015

Champagne to make another bid for FIFA presidency

ZURICH (Reuters) – Frenchman Jerome Champagne is to make another bid for the FIFA presidency, saying that soccer’s governing body needs to be saved from collapse and the World Cup protected.

Champagne, who held four different posts at FIFA, including deputy secretary general, between 1999 and 2010, said the organisation was “in danger” after being buffeted by a wave of scandals over the last few years.

Oct 23, 2015

Soccer-Champagne to make another bid for FIFA presidency

ZURICH, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Frenchman Jerome Champagne is to make another bid for the FIFA presidency, saying that soccer’s governing body needs to be saved from collapse and the World Cup protected.

Champagne, who held four different posts at FIFA, including deputy secretary general, between 1999 and 2010, said the organisation was “in danger” after being buffeted by a wave of scandals over the last few years.