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May 24, 2015

Soccer-Hull relegated as Newcastle survive on final day of drama

LONDON, May 24 (Reuters) – Hull City were relegated and Newcastle United survived the drop on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season on Sunday when West Ham United announced that manager Sam Allardyce’s contract was not being renewed at Upton Park.

Newcastle’s 2-0 win over West Ham at a raucous St James’ Park, where Moussa Sissoko scored after 54 minutes and Jonas Gutierrez added a second in the dying minutes, meant they finished with 39 points while Hull ended on 35 and in the bottom three after drawing 0-0 at home with Manchester United.

May 21, 2015

Forty-five minutes that could change football’s world

LONDON (Reuters) – When Sepp Blatter is not comparing FIFA to a boat in calm or choppy waters he often uses football analogies to illustrate his point so it might amuse him to think he faces a tricky 45 minutes at this month’s Congress.

That is when he will have to sit back and listen to the three men challenging his right to remain FIFA president, with each being allowed 15 minutes to score, as it were, a goal that would send him crashing to defeat.

May 21, 2015

Factbox – FIFA presidential elections since 1904

LONDON (Reuters) – For the first time since 1961 the names of more than two men will be on the ballot paper when delegates cast their votes for the next president of FIFA in Zurich on May 29.

Three men contested the 1961 election with Englishman Stanley Rous winning, becoming the sixth president, a position he held until 1974.

May 21, 2015

Forty-five minutes that could change soccer’s world

LONDON (Reuters) – When Sepp Blatter is not comparing FIFA to a boat in calm or choppy waters he often uses football analogies to illustrate his point so it might amuse him to think he faces a tricky 45 minutes at this month’s Congress.

That is when he will have to sit back and listen to the three men challenging his right to remain FIFA president, with each being allowed 15 minutes to score, as it were, a goal that would send him crashing to defeat.

May 21, 2015

I can do what I have to do in four years – Van Praag

LONDON (Reuters) – Until he took aim at FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a meeting of European soccer’s rulers just before the World Cup last year, most people in the sport only knew Michael van Praag as a leading Dutch official.

That is not to diminish his contribution to both Dutch and European football in any way, but last June he put his head above the parapet and hit the headlines as never before.

May 21, 2015

Why Blatter will remain supreme as The Pope of Football

LONDON (Reuters) – Unless the world of soccer shifts on its axis at the end of this month, Sepp Blatter will be re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term at the annual congress of world soccer’s governing body in Zurich.

It is almost inconceivable that any of the 79-year-old’s three challengers, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan of FIFA’s executive committee, Dutch FA president Michael van Praag or former World Footballer of the Year Luis Figo will unseat him.

May 21, 2015

Victory or bust for Jordan’s charming Prince Ali

LONDON (Reuters) – A quiet, steely, determination runs through Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, the Jordanian royal who has brought a breath of fresh air to FIFA politics since he was elected to its executive committee four years ago.

Prince Ali, 39, has gained widespread support as something of a reforming influence on the executive but unless he wins the presidential election on May 29 in Zurich, that influence will end.

May 21, 2015

Soccer-FIFA presidential elections since 1904

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – For the first time since 1961 the names of more than two men will be on the ballot paper when delegates cast their votes for the next president of FIFA in Zurich on May 29.

Three men contested the 1961 election with Englishman Stanley Rous winning, becoming the sixth president, a position he held until 1974.

May 21, 2015

Soccer-I can do what I have to do in four years – Van Praag

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – Until he took aim at FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a meeting of European soccer’s rulers just before the World Cup last year, most people in the sport only knew Michael van Praag as a leading Dutch official.

That is not to diminish his contribution to both Dutch and European football in any way, but last June he put his head above the parapet and hit the headlines as never before.

May 21, 2015

Soccer-Victory or bust for Jordan’s charming Prince Ali

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – A quiet, steely, determination runs through Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, the Jordanian royal who has brought a breath of fresh air to FIFA politics since he was elected to its executive committee four years ago.

Prince Ali, 39, has gained widespread support as something of a reforming influence on the executive but unless he wins the presidential election on May 29 in Zurich, that influence will end.