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Jan 28, 2015

Soccer-Penpix of likely FIFA presidential candidates

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – With Thursday’s 2300 GMT deadline approaching for candidates to declare their intention to enter the FIFA presidential election race, the following are penpix of those expected to enter the campaign which will be decided with a vote at the FIFA Congress in Zurich on May 29.

To be accepted as an official candidate, those wishing to run must have the nominations of five national football associations and prove they have been actively engaged in football for at least two of the last five years.

Jan 28, 2015

Soccer-Blatter faces serious challenge at last

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – If anyone had doubts that football believes the time is right for change at FIFA, the roll call of people ready to unseat incumbent president Sepp Blatter should dispel them.

With the deadline to submit candidatures for the FIFA presidential election closing at 2300 GMT on Thursday, four men are optimistic of getting their names on the ballot paper for the vote in Zurich on May 29.

Jan 28, 2015

Figo says has nominations to enter FIFA race

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Portugal international Luis Figo said on Wednesday he wanted to stand for the FIFA presidency revealing his plans one day before nominations close to enter the race.

The former Real Madrid and Barcelona forward announced his intention to run against incumbent Sepp Blatter in an interview with CNN and said he had the five nominations needed for an official campaign.

Jan 28, 2015

Soccer-Figo says has nominations to enter FIFA race

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Former Portugal international Luis Figo said on Wednesday he wanted to stand for the FIFA presidency revealing his plans one day before nominations close to enter the race.

The former Real Madrid and Barcelona forward announced his intention to run against incumbent Sepp Blatter in an interview with CNN and said he had the five nominations needed for an official campaign.

Jan 28, 2015

English clubs dominate international transfer deals – FIFA

LONDON (Reuters) – English clubs are spending more money in the international transfer market than any other country in the world according to a FIFA report published on Wednesday.

The findings of the 2015 FIFA/TMS Global Transfer Market Systems Report, covering the last 12 months, shows English clubs spent more than $770 million on foreign players — about $308 million (67 percent) more than their nearest rivals Spain.

Jan 28, 2015

Soccer–English clubs dominate international transfer deals-FIFA

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – English clubs are spending more money in the international transfer market than any other country in the world according to a FIFA report published on Wednesday.

The findings of the 2015 FIFA/TMS Global Transfer Market Systems Report, covering the last 12 months, shows English clubs spent more than $770 million on foreign players — about $308 million (67 percent) more than their nearest rivals Spain.

Jan 27, 2015

Prince Ali welcomes Van Praag’s FIFA bid

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has welcomed Dutchman Michael van Praag’s decision to enter the FIFA presidential race, describing him as a “credible candidate” who will add to the debate about the future of world soccer’s governing body.

Van Praag, the 67-year-old head of the Dutch FA, entered the race on Monday saying he had the necessary backing of five national associations to qualify as an official candidate.

Jan 23, 2015

New sponsors ready to replace old say beleaguered FIFA

LONDON (Reuters) – FIFA have rejected suggestions that major sponsors were cutting their ties with the organisation because it was a “toxic brand”, saying on Friday that they were in advanced negotiations with new sponsors eager to replace the old.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph revealed on Friday that three major sponsors, Continental, Castrol and Johnson & Johnson, were not renewing their contracts with world soccer’s governing body.

Jan 23, 2015

Soccer-New sponsors ready to replace old say beleaguered FIFA

LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – FIFA have rejected suggestions that major sponsors were cutting their ties with the organisation because it was a “toxic brand”, saying on Friday that they were in advanced negotiations with new sponsors eager to replace the old.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph revealed on Friday that three major sponsors, Continental, Castrol and Johnson & Johnson, were not renewing their contracts with world soccer’s governing body.

Jan 22, 2015

Soccer-New FIFA plan can help Blatter legacy – Mersiades

BRUSSELS, Jan 22 (Reuters)wins – Sepp Blatter has one last chance to change FIFA’s culture and leave a positive legacy of transparency and openness, according to Bonita Mersiades, a leading light in the newly-formed ‘New FIFA Now’ pressure group.

FIFA’s controversies, scandals and troubles since the early 2000s have been well documented but Mersiades, while critical of FIFA president Blatter, wants to speak to him if he wins a fifth term as expected in May.