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Mar 23, 2015

European leagues’ alone in opposing 2022 Cup timing – UEFA

VIENNA (Reuters) – The association which represents European football’s professional leagues is alone in its opposition to the settlement reached last week over the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, UEFA said on Monday.

FIFA confirmed on Thursday that the tournament would be held in November and December, forcing the European club season to take a break.

Mar 23, 2015

Soccer-European leagues’ alone in opposing 2022 Cup timing – UEFA

VIENNA, March 23 (Reuters) – The association which represents European soccer’s professional leagues is alone in its opposition to the settlement reached last week over the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, UEFA said on Monday.

FIFA confirmed on Thursday that the tournament would be held in November and December, forcing the European club season to take a break.

Mar 23, 2015

Europe deserves another World Cup place, says UEFA

VIENNA (Reuters) – Europe deserves at least one more place at the World Cup and is optimistic that will be granted for the 2018 tournament in Russia, European football’s governing body UEFA said on Monday.

UEFA was allocated 13 slots at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and wants a 14th next time around, in addition to Russia who qualify automatically as hosts.

Mar 23, 2015

Soccer-Europe deserves another World Cup place, says UEFA

VIENNA, March 23 (Reuters) – Europe deserves at least one more place at the World Cup and is optimistic that will be granted for the 2018 tournament in Russia, European soccer’s governing body UEFA said on Monday.

UEFA was allocated 13 slots at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and wants a 14th next time around, in addition to Russia who qualify automatically as hosts.

Mar 20, 2015

FIFA announces $2 billion revenue for 2014

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA raked in more than $2 billion in revenue in 2014 while its rainy day cash reserves rose to $1.523 billion, soccer’s governing body said in its annual financial report on Friday.

Meanwhile, revenue for the 2011-2014 cycle, which included the Brazil World Cup, was $5.718 billion while expenditure also rose to $5.380 billion, leaving a surplus of $338 million.

Mar 20, 2015

Soccer-FIFA announces $2 billion revenue for 2014

ZURICH, March 20 (Reuters) – FIFA raked in more than $2 billion in revenue in 2014 while its rainy day cash reserves rose to $1.523 billion, soccer’s governing body said in its annual financial report on Friday.

Meanwhile, revenue for the 2011-2014 cycle, which included the Brazil World Cup, was $5.718 billion while expenditure also rose to $5.380 billion, leaving a surplus of $338 million.

Mar 20, 2015

My 17 years as president is my manifesto, says Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not be publishing a manifesto in his bid for re-election, saying on Friday that he wanted to be judged on his 17 years in charge of soccer’s governing body.

“My manifesto is the work I have done in the last years in FIFA,” he told a news conference after an executive committee meeting.

Mar 20, 2015

Blatter tells politicians to ‘leave sport alone’

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter told politicians to leave football alone on Friday and said the 2018 World Cup could stabilise the situation in host nation Russia.

“There has been increasingly more interference (in football) with cases in Africa, in Europe, in South America… and that is why I made the executive committee take a decision which means, in a nutshell, stop this political interference in sport,” Blatter told a news conference.

Mar 20, 2015

Soccer-My 17 years as president is my manifesto, says Blatter

ZURICH, March 20 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not be publishing a manifesto in his bid for re-election, saying on Friday that he wanted to be judged on his 17 years in charge of soccer’s governing body.

“My manifesto is the work I have done in the last years in FIFA,” he told a news conference after an executive committee meeting.

Mar 20, 2015

Soccer-Blatter tells politicians to ‘leave sport alone’

ZURICH, March 20 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter told politicians to leave football alone on Friday and said the 2018 World Cup could stabilise the situation in host nation Russia.

“There has been increasingly more interference (in football) with cases in Africa, in Europe, in South America… and that is why I made the executive committee take a decision which means, in a nutshell, stop this political interference in sport,” Blatter told a news conference.