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Sep 8, 2014

Soccer-Blatter praises Brazil for great World Cup

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 8 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter always believed this year’s World Cup would not be affected by the civil disturbances that blighted the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil and he said he was delighted his prediction came true.

Blatter, 78, described the tournament on Monday as “great” and the “best World Cup” he had been involved in during an interview recorded for delegates at the Soccerex Global convention.

Sep 8, 2014

Soccer-Blatter seeks to stay as FIFA president into his 80s

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 8 (Reuters) – The prospect of Sepp Blatter continuing as FIFA president into his early 80s came a step nearer on Monday when he confirmed he was standing for a fifth term of office next year.

Blatter, who will be 79 when the votes are cast next June and who was first elected 16 years ago, confirmed his candidature for another term as president in a recorded interview transmitted to delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention.

Sep 8, 2014

Blatter to seek fifth term as FIFA president

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter will stand for re-election as FIFA president next year, he confirmed on Monday.

The 78-year-old Swiss, who was first elected in 1998, confirmed his candidature for a fifth term as president in a recorded interview transmitted to delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention.

Sep 8, 2014

Soccer-Blatter to seek fifth term as FIFA president

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter will stand for re-election as FIFA president next year, he confirmed on Monday.

The 78-year-old Swiss, who was first elected in 1998, confirmed his candidature for a fifth term as president in a recorded interview transmitted to delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention.

Aug 29, 2014

Soccer-Sevilla coach plays down Europa League favourites tag

MONACO, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Sevilla coach Unai Emery played down talk of them being favourites to retain the Europa League title this season after they were drawn to play Standard Liege, Feyenoord and HNK Rijeka in Friday’s group stage draw.

“Its great to be back in Europe again. We have a difficult group but an interesting one,” he told a news conference in Seville.

Aug 29, 2014

Platini rules out running for FIFA presidency

MONACO (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini ruled himself out of the running for the most powerful job in football on Thursday, saying he “could not convince himself” that opposing incumbent Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency was the right thing to do.

Instead, the former France international told a packed news conference in Monte Carlo that he would offer himself instead for re-election as UEFA president, a role he has held since 2007.

Aug 28, 2014

England organise prestige friendly versus world champions

MONACO (Reuters) – England’s great football rivalry with Germany will be rekindled over the next two years after the English FA announced on Thursday it had organised four high profile friendlies against Germany, Spain, Italy and France.

The matches would come as a counterpoint to a series of low-key Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Switzerland in the same timeframe.

Aug 28, 2014

Soccer-England organise prestige friendly versus world champions

MONACO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – England’s great soccer rivalry with Germany will be rekindled over the next two years after the English FA announced on Thursday it had organised four high profile friendlies against Germany, Spain, Italy and France.

The matches would come as a counterpoint to a series of low-key Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Switzerland in the same timeframe.

Aug 28, 2014

Holders Real face Liverpool in Champions League

MONACO (Reuters) – Champions League holders Real Madrid will face former European champions Liverpool, FC Basel and debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria following the group stage draw on Thursday.

The eagerly-awaited event, held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, had a distinct air of deja vu about it.

Aug 28, 2014

Soccer-Holders Real face Liverpool in Champions League

MONACO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Champions League holders Real Madrid will face former European champions Liverpool, FC Basel and debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria following the group stage draw on Thursday.

The eagerly-awaited event, held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, had a distinct air of deja vu about it.