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Mar 27, 2014

Nations League offers route to Euro 2020 finals

ASTANA (Reuters) – UEFA’s new Nations League competition will start from 2018 with successful sides from the tournament involving national teams able to earn places at the Euro 2020 finals, the Congress of European soccer’s governing body agreed on Thursday.

Although the exact format has yet to be finalised, four slots for the 2020 European Championship will be made available from the new competition for sides that may have not advanced through the usual qualifying route.

Mar 27, 2014

FA hit by £1.6 million funding cut as grassroots wither

ASTANA (Reuters) – The Premier League is booming, player car parks overflow with Ferraris and Bentleys and season ticket prices at top clubs have reached eye-watering levels, but grassroots football is withering, according to Sport England.

Participation levels are falling sharply in the country’s national sport, leading to 1.6 million pounds ($2.65 million)being slashed from the Football Association’s grassroots funding package from government agency Sport England.

Mar 27, 2014

Soccer-I’m only one who can beat Blatter, says Platini

ASTANA, March 27 (Reuters) – UEFA chief Michel Platini told Reuters on Thursday he was the only person capable of beating Sepp Blatter in an election battle for the FIFA presidency.

The 58-year-old Frenchman emphasised he had yet to decide whether to stand for world soccer’s top job next year but told Reuters in a briefing following the UEFA Congress in Kazakhstan: “There is only one person who can beat Blatter”.

Mar 27, 2014

Soccer-FA hit by £1.6 million funding cut as grassroots wither

ASTANA, March 27 (Reuters) – The Premier League is booming, player car parks overflow with Ferraris and Bentleys and season ticket prices at top clubs have reached eye-watering levels, but grassroots football is withering, according to Sport England.

Participation levels are falling sharply in the country’s national sport, leading to 1.6 million pounds ($2.65 million)being slashed from the Football Association’s grassroots funding package from government agency Sport England.

Mar 27, 2014

I am the only one who can beat Blatter, says Platini

ASTANA (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini told Reuters on Thursday he was the only person capable of beating Sepp Blatter in an election battle for the FIFA presidency.

The 58-year-old emphasized that he is yet to decide whether or not to stand for world soccer’s top job next year, but told Reuters in a briefing following the completion of the UEFA Congress in Kazakhstan, “There is only one person who can beat Blatter.”

Mar 27, 2014

Soccer-I am the only one who can beat Blatter, says Platini

ASTANA, March 27 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini told Reuters on Thursday he was the only person capable of beating Sepp Blatter in an election battle for the FIFA presidency.

The 58-year-old emphasised that he is yet to decide whether or not to stand for world soccer’s top job next year, but told Reuters in a briefing following the completion of the UEFA Congress in Kazakhstan, “There is only one person who can beat Blatter.”

Mar 27, 2014

Soccer-I am the only one who can beat Blatter, says Platini

ASTANA, March 27 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini told Reuters on Thursday he was the only person capable of beating Sepp Blatter in an election battle for the FIFA presidency.

The 58-year-old emphasised that he is yet to decide whether or not to stand for world soccer’s top job next year, but told Reuters in a briefing following the completion of the UEFA Congress in Kazakhstan, “There is only one person who can beat Blatter.”

Mar 27, 2014

Soccer-Nations League offers route to Euro 2020 finals

ASTANA, March 27 (Reuters) – UEFA’s new Nations League competition will start from 2018 with successful sides from the tournament involving national teams able to earn places at the Euro 2020 finals, the Congress of European soccer’s governing body agreed on Thursday.

Although the exact format has yet to be finalised, four slots for the 2020 European Championship will be made available from the new competition for sides that may have not advanced through the usual qualifying route.

Mar 27, 2014

Platini makes plea to FIFA to ban third party owners

ASTANA (Reuters) – The practice of players being owned by secretive agents, businessmen or investment companies out to make a quick buck is not only damaging soccer but is an affront to human dignity and must be halted, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Thursday.

He called on FIFA to outlaw the practice worldwide and praised the English FA for being the first to ban what are called “third party ownership” transfers.

Mar 27, 2014

Soccer-Platini makes plea to FIFA to ban third party owners

ASTANA, March 27 (Reuters) – The practice of players being owned by secretive agents, businessmen or investment companies out to make a quick buck is not only damaging soccer but is an affront to human dignity and must be halted, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Thursday.

He called on FIFA to outlaw the practice worldwide and praised the English FA for being the first to ban what are called “third party ownership” transfers.