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May 8, 2015

Jordan World Cup a significant milestone for women

AMMAN (Reuters) – Long constrained by cultural and religious conservatism, women’s football could make rapid advances in the Muslim world with the holding of the first female World Cup in the Middle East.

Such is the expectation of Samar Nassar, the inspirational chief organiser of the 16-nation Women’s Under-17 World Cup. Women from across the globe as well as in host country Jordan itself could win greater recognition and acceptance of a game proved to thrive in diverse cultures and even in adversity.

May 8, 2015

Soccer-Jordan World Cup a significant milestone for women

AMMAN, May 8 (Reuters) – Long constrained by cultural and religious conservatism, women’s soccer could make rapid advances in the Muslim world with the holding of the first female World Cup in the Middle East.

Such is the expectation of Samar Nassar, the inspirational chief organiser of the 16-nation Women’s Under-17 World Cup. Women from across the globe as well as in host country Jordan itself could win greater recognition and acceptance of a game proved to thrive in diverse cultures and even in adversity.

May 4, 2015

Prince Ali says one FIFA challenger could be best

DEAD SEA, Jordan (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein suggested on Monday that one candidate rather than three might have a better chance of beating FIFA president Sepp Blatter in this month’s elections but said he had no intention of withdrawing from the race.

Earlier media reports suggesting that was he was considering stepping aside were wide of the mark, the 39-year-old Jordanian royal told Reuters and other media in a face-to-face meeting later on Monday.

May 4, 2015

Soccer-Prince Ali says one FIFA challenger could be best

DEAD SEA, Jordan, May 4 (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein suggested on Monday that one candidate rather than three might have a better chance of beating FIFA president Sepp Blatter in this month’s elections but said he had no intention of withdrawing from the race.

Earlier media reports suggesting that was he was considering stepping aside were wide of the mark, the 39-year-old Jordanian royal told Reuters and other media in a face-to-face meeting later on Monday.

May 4, 2015

Maradona says time has come for ‘anarchy’ at FIFA to end

DEAD SEA, Jordan (Reuters) – Argentina’s World Cup winning captain Diego Maradona launched a blistering attack on FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday saying that world soccer’s governing body had descended into anarchy with the 79-year-old Swiss in charge.

With the FIFA presidential election less than a month away, Maradona, one of the greatest players to ever grace the game and the inspiration behind Argentina’s 1986 World Cup victory, said the time was long overdue for Blatter to go.

May 4, 2015

Soccer-Maradona says time has come for ‘anarchy’ at FIFA to end

DEAD SEA, Jordan, May 4 (Reuters) – Argentina’s World Cup winning captain Diego Maradona launched a blistering attack on FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday saying that world soccer’s governing body had descended into anarchy with the 79-year-old Swiss in charge.

With the FIFA presidential election less than a month away, Maradona, one of the greatest players to ever grace the game and the inspiration behind Argentina’s 1986 World Cup victory, said the time was long overdue for Blatter to go.

May 4, 2015

Prince Ali hints he might pull out of FIFA election campaign

DEAD SEA, Jordan (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein said on Monday he would consider withdrawing from the FIFA presidential election race to allow a single candidate to challenge Sepp Blatter when the votes are cast at the FIFA Congress on May 29.

The 39-year-old Jordanian royal, who is president of the Jordan FA and a member of the FIFA executive committee is standing against Blatter along with Michael van Praag, the president of the Dutch FA and former Portugal World Player of the Year Luis Figo.

May 4, 2015

Soccer-Prince Ali hints he might pull out of FIFA election campaign

DEAD SEA, Jordan, May 4 (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein said on Monday he would consider withdrawing from the FIFA presidential election race to allow a single candidate to challenge Sepp Blatter when the votes are cast at the FIFA Congress on May 29.

The 39-year-old Jordanian royal, who is president of the Jordan FA and a member of the FIFA executive committee is standing against Blatter along with Michael van Praag, the president of the Dutch FA and former Portugal World Player of the Year Luis Figo.

May 4, 2015

Real Madrid, Barca ‘must work harder’ following new TV law

DEAD SEA, Jordan (Reuters) – Real Madrid and Barcelona will have to work harder to maintain their dominance following new Spanish rules affecting TV rights, the Spanish League’s marketing expert said on Monday.

Mario Bayarri, the vice-president of Mediapro, the media marketing company that works in partnership with La Liga clubs told delegates at the Soccerex Asian Forum that clubs will now have to think differently following the change.

May 4, 2015

Soccer-Real Madrid, Barca “must work harder” following new TV law

DEAD SEA, Jordan, May 4 (Reuters) – Real Madrid and Barcelona will have to work harder to maintain their dominance following new Spanish rules affecting TV rights, the Spanish League’s marketing expert said on Monday.

Mario Bayarri, the vice-president of Mediapro, the media marketing company that works in partnership with La Liga clubs told delegates at the Soccerex Asian Forum that clubs will now have to think differently following the change.