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Jan 15, 2014

Soccer-Webb included as FIFA name World Cup referees

BERNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) – World Cup final referee Howard Webb is among the 25 named by FIFA on Wednesday for this year’s tournament in Brazil.

The list included nine referees from Europe, five from South America, four from Asia, three each from Africa and CONCACAF and one from Oceania. Each referee was selected as a part of a team including two linesmen.

Jan 13, 2014

Soccer-Emotional Ronaldo ends Messi run

ZURICH, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo was overcome with emotion after being voted the world’s best player for 2013 on Monday, ending his great rival Lionel Messi’s dominance of the award.

Although he failed to win any major titles with Real Madrid last season, Ronaldo was rewarded for his immense goal-scoring prowess as he swept aside Messi, winner for the last four years, and Frenchman Franck Ribery.

Jan 13, 2014

Ronaldo wins World Player of the Year for second time

ZURICH (Reuters) – A tearful Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best footballer for the second time on Monday, preventing his great rival Lionel Messi from winning the award for a fifth year in a row.

The Portugal and Real Madrid forward was so overcome with emotion he could barely complete his acceptance speech.

Jan 13, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo wins World Player of the Year for second time

ZURICH (Reuters) – Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best footballer for the second time on Monday, preventing his great rival Lionel Messi from winning the award for a fifth year in a row.

Argentine Messi, hampered by uncharacteristic injury problems at Barcelona late in the year, and Frenchman Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich were the other candidates for the prize, officially known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Jan 13, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo wins World Player of the Year for second time

ZURICH, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best footballer for the second time on Monday, preventing his great rival Lionel Messi from winning the award for a fifth year in a row.

Argentine Messi, hampered by uncharacteristic injury problems at Barcelona late in the year, and Frenchman Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich were the other candidates for the prize, officially known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Jan 13, 2014

Ronaldo says he has cleared the air with Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo has patched up his rift with Sepp Blatter following the FIFA president’s hairdresser jibe and apparent imitation of the Portuguese international.

“The matter is in the past,” the Real Madrid forward told a news conference ahead of Monday’s Ballon d’Or awards ceremony. “We had a telephone conversation to clear up everything that had to be cleared up.”

Jan 13, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo says he has cleared the air with Blatter

ZURICH, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo has patched up his rift with Sepp Blatter following the FIFA president’s hairdresser jibe and apparent imitation of the Portuguese international.

“The matter is in the past,” the Real Madrid forward told a news conference ahead of Monday’s Ballon d’Or awards ceremony. “We had a telephone conversation to clear up everything that had to be cleared up.”

Jan 13, 2014

Rule-making body IFAB to have more room to experiment

ZURICH (Reuters) – Soccer’s rule-making body will have more freedom to experiment with proposed changes to rules of the game, such as sin bins, following the reforms which were finalised on Monday, its members said.

However, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) will still maintain its cautious attitude to change, emphasising that the beauty of the sport lies in the simplicity of the rules.

Jan 13, 2014

Soccer-Rule-making body IFAB to have more room to experiment

ZURICH, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Soccer’s rule-making body will have more freedom to experiment with proposed changes to rules of the game, such as sin bins, following the reforms which were finalised on Monday, its members said.

However, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) will still maintain its cautious attitude to change, emphasising that the beauty of the sport lies in the simplicity of the rules.

Jan 6, 2014

Brazil’s World Cup work has begun too late – Blatter

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter cannot remember a World Cup host nation falling as far behind with their preparations as Brazil have, he said in an interview.

However, he later backtracked by tweeting that the tournament would be a success after Brazil President Dilma Rousseff said her country would stage the “Cup of Cups”.