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  • Blatter gets ovation at FIFA as corruption storm grows

    FIFA staff gave Sepp Blatter a standing ovation on Wednesday even as his resignation failed to quell a corruption storm that could yet touch world football's fallen leader. About 400 staff at the FIFA headquarters applauded the 79-year-old Swiss official the day after Blatter announced he would…

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  • 5 Barcelona players to watch in Champions League final

    The ''best player in history'' for his coach, an ''extraterrestrial'' for his rivals, Lionel Messi is the undisputed leading man of the Champions League final in Berlin on Saturday. Facing Juventus, the Barcelona forward can become the first player to score in three Champions League finals as he…

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  • Seven teams who have won the European treble

    A look at the seven teams to have completed the European treble of domestic cup, league and Champions League titles in a season. Both Juventus and Barcelona, who meet in Saturday's Champions League final at Berlin's Olympic Stadium, can claim the treble of trophies having already won their domestic…

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  • Global reaction to Sepp Blatter's decision to resign

    Reaction from around the globe to Sepp Blatter's sudden announcement Tuesday that he will step down as FIFA president amid a corruption scandal: --- ''It was a difficult decision, a brave decision, and the right decision.'' - Michel Platini, president of European soccer federation UEFA. --- ''A…

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    2022 Qatar World Cup Will Never Happen: Fry

    June 3 -- Former Chairman of the English Premiere League Anthony Fry discusses what's next for FIFA after president Sepp Blatter's resignation. Fry speaks on “Market Makers.”

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  • Russia forges ahead with World Cup plans despite Blatter's exit

    Russia insisted Wednesday that it was pushing on with preparations for the 2018 World Cup despite the shock resignation of FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, who is fiercely backed by the Kremlin despite a corruption scandal. "The main thing is Russia is continuing preparations for the 2018 World Cup," said…

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  • Sepp Blatter back at work at FIFA headquarters amid crisis

    ZURICH (AP) — A day after announcing his decision to resign, Sepp Blatter was back at work at FIFA headquarters on Wednesday as the worst corruption crisis in the governing body's 111-year history continued to unfold.

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  • Wilshere charged over anti-Spurs chants

    Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has been charged with misconduct after leading the club's supporters in chants against Tottenham Hotspur during their FA Cup victory parade, the Football Association announced on Wednesday. Wilshere, 23, took to the microphone and led fans in two crude chants about their…

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  • Emotional Benitez named Real Madrid coach

    Rafael Benitez was overcome with emotion as he was presented as the new coach of Real Madrid on Wednesday. The former Liverpool boss has signed a three-year deal to take charge of the club where he began his coaching career in the youth ranks during the early nineties. Madrid president Florentino…

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  • Soccer-Players' union says Blatter's successor not most pressing issue

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH, June 3 (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter's successor as FIFA president is not the most urgent issue facing football and the sport should no longer exist in a "bubble", the world players' union FIFPro said on Wednesday. "The election of a new FIFA President is not the most pressing…

    Reuters
  • Blatter's 17-year rule in soccer marked by growth, scandal

    GENEVA (AP) — Sepp Blatter governed the biggest sport on Earth for nearly two decades, for years untouched personally by allegations of corruption, but never sharing the game's popularity.

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  • Blatter's resignation means U-20 World Cup can kick on

    By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter's shock resignation as FIFA president should allow people to now focus on events on the pitch at the under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, according to the country's soccer boss and the man heading the local organizing committee. Soccer has been…

    Reuters
  • Centenary Copa America tournament in U.S. in 2016 in doubt

    A 16-team soccer tournament to be played in the United States next year to celebrate 100 years of South America's Copa America has been cast into doubt by the arrest of top FIFA officials on multi-million dollar bribery charges. Jose Luis Meiszner, general secretary of the South American Football…

    Reuters
  • Soccer-Berbatov keen to return to England after leaving Monaco

    Dimitar Berbatov is keen to return to England after being released by League 1 club Monaco, the former Manchester United player has said. "It'll be a pleasure (to return to England)," the 34-year-old, who also had a successful spell at Tottenham Hotspur, told reporters in Sofia. Former Bulgaria…

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  • South Korea's Chung considering FIFA presidency run

    By Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Chung Mong-joon, the billionaire scion of South Korea's Hyundai conglomerate, says he will "carefully consider" running for the FIFA presidency, following Sepp Blatter's unexpected decision to resign as the head of world soccer's governing body. Chung, a former member…

    Reuters
  • What next for the 7 men detained in the FIFA raids in Zurich

    ZURICH (AP) — One week after an American investigation of soccer corruption erupted at FIFA, seven men remain detained in Zurich prison cells.

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