Soccer Break Wednesday – It’s FIFA …again

May 25, 2011

You just can’t keep FIFA out of the news and the latest in the almost daily unfurling of allegations is perhaps the most devastating yet.

But just how seismic are the latest round of accusations and is there any way back Mohamed bin Hammam now?

One bonus for non-Manchester United and Barcelona fans is that the latest FIFA news has distracted everyone from the round-the-clock build-up to the Champions League final.

Saturday’s showpiece is looming on the horizion and the diminutive Lionel Messi is looming largest for Manchester United.

Midfielder Park Ji-sung has opted for honesty and doesn’t fancy his chances of being able to tame the world’s best player.

The fearless Nemanja Vidic on the other hand has fashioned the perfect rod for his own back by seeming to play down the 52-goal forward’s potential impact.

The final will be goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar’s last outing for United, but out with the old (in footballing terms) and in with the new.

It seems Alex Ferguson has moved quickly to replace his ageing keeper with Atletico Madrid’s David De Gea. Will he be another Peter Schmeichel or another Massimo Taibi?

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Picture: West Ham United’s players react after their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City in Manchester, northern England May 1, 2011. West Ham became the first team to be relegated from the top flight in the 2010/11 season. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

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