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Apr 21, 2015

Soccer-Montreal seek history in CONCACAF Champions League final

April 21 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact are seeking to end Mexico’s stranglehold on the CONCACAF Champions League when they take on Club America in the first leg of the tournament’s final on Wednesday.

Victory over the current Mexican champions and five-times CONCACAF champions would make Montreal the first Canadian team to win the competition and the first team from MLS to raise the trophy since the current format was introduced in 2008.

Apr 17, 2015

Warner’s long gone but CONCACAF’s pro-Blatter politics remain

NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) – On the surface, CONCACAF’s congress on Thursday looked very different to the last time the regional confederation had gathered before a FIFA presidential election.

Back in 2011, with Trinidadian Jack Warner still at the helm of the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, CONCACAF’s deliberations were held in a chain hotel in downtown Miami and were closed to the media.

Apr 17, 2015

Analysis – Warner’s long gone but CONCACAF’s pro-Blatter politics remain

NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) – On the surface, CONCACAF’s congress on Thursday looked very different to the last time the regional confederation had gathered before a FIFA presidential election.

Back in 2011, with Trinidadian Jack Warner still at the helm of the governing body for football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, CONCACAF’s deliberations were held in a chain hotel in downtown Miami and were closed to the media.

Apr 17, 2015

Soccer-Warner’s long gone but CONCACAF’s pro-Blatter politics remain

NASSAU, Bahamas, April 17 (Reuters) – On the surface, CONCACAF’s congress on Thursday looked very different to the last time the regional confederation had gathered before a FIFA presidential election.

Back in 2011, with Trinidadian Jack Warner still at the helm of the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, CONCACAF’s deliberations were held in a chain hotel in downtown Miami and were closed to the media.

Apr 17, 2015

There could be surprises in FIFA election – van Praag

NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) – CONCACAF’s congress witnessed an outburst of support for incumbent Sepp Blatter ahead of next month’s FIFA presidential election but one of his rivals Dutch FA chief Michael van Praag believes that does not tell the whole story.

Blatter’s electoral machine is in full-swing with Africa, South America and the CONCACAF regions already looking strong for him, though van Praag said many of those opposed to the Swiss may be keeping their heads down before the May 29 vote.

Apr 17, 2015

Soccer-There could be surprises in FIFA election – van Praag

NASSAU, Bahamas, April 16 (Reuters) – CONCACAF’s congress witnessed an outburst of support for incumbent Sepp Blatter ahead of next month’s FIFA presidential election but one of his rivals Dutch FA chief Michael van Praag believes that does not tell the whole story.

Blatter’s electoral machine is in full-swing with Africa, South America and the CONCACAF regions already looking strong for him, though van Praag said many of those opposed to the Swiss may be keeping their heads down before the May 29 vote.

Apr 16, 2015

Blatter says CONCACAF should get extra World Cup slot

NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s suggestion on Thursday that the CONCACAF region should be given an extra automatic qualification spot at the World Cup was met with a swift reply from UEFA president Michel Platini.

CONCACAF, the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, currently has three automatic places in the World Cup finals with a fourth team able to qualify through a playoff against a nation from another confederation.

Apr 16, 2015

Soccer-Blatter says CONCACAF should get extra World Cup slot

NASSAU, Bahamas, April 16 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s suggestion on Thursday that the CONCACAF region should be given an extra automatic qualification spot at the World Cup was met with a swift reply from UEFA president Michel Platini.

CONCACAF, the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, currently has three automatic places in the World Cup finals with a fourth team able to qualify through a playoff against a nation from another confederation.

Apr 16, 2015

Figo calls CONCACAF congress undemocratic

NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) – FIFA presidential hopeful Luis Figo has hit out at what he called a lack of democracy at CONCACAF’s congress on Thursday after incumbent Sepp Blatter was the only candidate given a chance to speak.

Before speeches by 10 federations from the North and Central America and Caribbean body, Blatter spoke to the congress and said CONCACAF should have an extra place in the World Cup.

Apr 16, 2015

Soccer-Figo calls CONCACAF congress undemocratic

NASSAU, Bahamas, April 16 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential hopeful Luis Figo has hit out at what he called a lack of democracy at CONCACAF’s congress on Thursday after incumbent Sepp Blatter was the only candidate given a chance to speak.

Before speeches by 10 federations from the North and Central America and Caribbean body, Blatter spoke to the congress and said CONCACAF should have an extra place in the World Cup.

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