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Jul 9, 2015

Soccer-Don’t blame me, says FIFA’s Blatter

July 9 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he can handle the personal criticism he has faced over the organisation’s corruption troubles but has “no responsibility” over the body’s executive committee.

In his column in the FIFA Weekly magazine, to be published on Friday, Blatter says the upcoming election to replace him is a “sideshow” but reforms are needed because FIFA’s “future is at stake”.

Jul 8, 2015

Suspended FIFA official Webb was director of Warner’s company

MIAMI (Reuters) – Suspended CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb was a director 10 years ago of a Cayman Islands company controlled by Jack Warner, the former head of the Americas regional soccer body who is facing U.S. corruption charges, a court document shows.

The document links Webb, who is also facing U.S. charges and who pledged to fight corruption when he took over CONCACAF in 2012, to controversial television rights deals that were struck in the region during Warner’s 21 years at the helm of CONCACAF.

Jul 8, 2015

Soccer-Suspended FIFA official Webb was director of Warner’s company

MIAMI, July 8 (Reuters) – Suspended CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb was a director 10 years ago of a Cayman Islands company controlled by Jack Warner, the former head of the Americas regional soccer body who is facing U.S. corruption charges, a court document shows.

The document links Webb, who is also facing U.S. charges and who pledged to fight corruption when he took over CONCACAF in 2012, to controversial television rights deals that were struck in the region during Warner’s 21 years at the helm of CONCACAF.

Jul 8, 2015

CONCACAF choose Bien-Aime for FIFA executive committee

MIAMI (Reuters) – CONCACAF has chosen Sonia Bien-Aime of the Turks and Caicos to serve on FIFA’s executive committee, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean said on Wednesday.

Bien-Aime, who will represent the Caribbean region, becomes just the second woman to be a voting member of the executive committee after Burundi’s Lydia Nsekera.

Jul 8, 2015

Soccer-CONCACAF choose Bien-Aime for FIFA executive committee

MIAMI, July 8 (Reuters) – CONCACAF has chosen Sonia Bien-Aime of the Turks and Caicos to serve on FIFA’s executive committee, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean said on Wednesday.

Bien-Aime, who will represent the Caribbean region, becomes just the second woman to be a voting member of the executive committee after Burundi’s Lydia Nsekera.

Jul 6, 2015

U.S seek Gold Cup glory in shadow of women’s team

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – There are few countries where a men’s national team can be overshadowed by its women’s side but Juergen Klinsmann’s United States face the task of grabbing public attention back for this week’s CONCACAF Gold Cup start.

The Americans won the Women’s World Cup on Sunday with a 5-2 triumph over Japan, watched by a reported 25 million fans on television, but on Tuesday Klinsmann’s U.S. men’s team kick off their attempt to defend their regional title.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-U.S seek Gold Cup glory in shadow of women’s team

July 6 (Reuters) – There are few countries where a men’s national team can be overshadowed by its women’s side but Juergen Klinsmann’s United States face the task of grabbing public attention back for this week’s CONCACAF Gold Cup start.

The Americans won the Women’s World Cup on Sunday with a 5-2 triumph over Japan, watched by a reported 25 million fans on television, but on Tuesday Klinsmann’s U.S. men’s team kick off their attempt to defend their regional title.

Jul 6, 2015

Analysis – U.S. triumph caps truly global Women’s World Cup

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The United States returned to the pinnacle of women’s soccer with a 5-2 crushing of Japan in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final at the end of a riveting tournament that pushed the sport into new territory.

The Americans last triumphed in 1999 but women’s soccer is a vastly different sport than it was a decade-and-a-half ago with new nations forging their way into the elite amid an unprecedented level of global interest.

Jul 6, 2015

Set-piece surprises pay off for Americans

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The 2015 Women’s World Cup final will be defined by American Carli Lloyd’s outrageous goal from the half-way line but it was two early set piece strikes devised on the training ground that left Japan on the ropes in the blink of an eye.

Lloyd arrived late to finish off both moves inside the opening five minutes to capitalise on Japan’s defensive disarray and put the U.S. well on course for a thumping 5-2 victory.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-Set-piece surprises pay off for Americans

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – The 2015 Women’s World Cup final will be defined by American Carli Lloyd’s outrageous goal from the half-way line but it was two early set piece strikes devised on the training ground that left Japan on the ropes in the blink of an eye.

Lloyd arrived late to finish off both moves inside the opening five minutes to capitalise on Japan’s defensive disarray and put the U.S. well on course for a thumping 5-2 victory.

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