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  • Europe's rift with FIFA deepens with Blatter's re-election

    Relieved and elated at being re-elected, Sepp Blatter seized on his fresh mandate to remind world soccer: ''I am the president of everybody.'' Across Europe, many hoped the 17-year reign of Blatter would be over by Friday night. Instead, it was extended to 2019 by defeating Prince Ali bin…

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  • Europe vows to fight for reform despite Blatter's win

    Europe's top soccer officials have vowed not to give up their fight to reform FIFA despite failing in their bid to oust Sepp Blatter as president of the sport's world governing body. UEFA president Michel Platini, one of the driving forces behind Europe's push to get rid of Blatter, said he was…

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  • New fight with UEFA looms if Blatter threatens World Cup slots

    By Mike Collett ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA may be involved in a battle for its reputation in the wake of the corruption charges raised against some of its officials this week, but it could become embroiled in a civil war with UEFA over World Cup places next. Newly-re-elected president Sepp Blatter,…

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  • What lies ahead for FIFA and Sepp Blatter in his 5th term

    ZURICH (AP) -- The FIFA election is won and done. Sepp Blatter's problems, however, are far from over.

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  • No sweeping changes for Bayern insists Sammer

    Bayern Munich's sports director Matthias Sammer insisted Friday his side is not past its peak and that there is no need for sweeping changes. Speaking with Sky Sport News, Sammer refuted recent claims by the Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbaur that fresh blood was needed in an ageing…

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  • Ronaldinho's star fading fast in Mexico

    Ronaldinho quickly became Mexico's biggest football star when he signed with Queretaro last year, helping to sell thousands of jerseys with his famous name printed on the back. It's their way of complaining that the 35-year-old former Barcelona playmaker has not performed anywhere near the level…

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  • Wenger, Arsenal eye FA Cup history

    Arsene Wenger would love to silence his critics by making history when holders Arsenal take on Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Wenger heads to Wembley on the cusp of an historic double achievement that would go some way to answering the doubters who claim he has lost his touch in…

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  • Dortmund hope to send off Klopp with German Cup win

    Borussia Dortmund hope to bring down the curtain on Jurgen Klopp's seven years as head coach by lifting the German Cup on his swansong in Saturday's final against VfL Wolfsburg. All that remains is the cup final at Berlin's Olympic Stadium as Dortmund hunt their fourth major trophy under Klopp…

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  • Barca target second leg of treble in home Cup final

    Barcelona can move another step closer to just the second treble in the club's storied 115-year history when they host Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday. It is the third meeting between the two sides in the final in the past seven years with Barca emerging…

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  • Canada's Scotiabank reviews soccer sponsorship after FIFA arrests

    By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - Bank of Nova Scotia, an official partner of the governing body of soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, said on Thursday it would review sponsorship ties following the indictment of several soccer officials on corruption charges. The…

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  • FIFA probe shines light on middle-man sports marketing firms

    The U.S. Justice Department's targeting of FIFA, soccer's global governing body, has put a spotlight on the powerful role that marketing firms play in the global sports arena. Big names in the United States include IMG, which was acquired last year by talent agency William Morris Endeavor, and…

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  • Emotional Platini says Blatter must go for good of FIFA

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - UEFA president Michel Platini delivered one of his most emotional and animated performances since his playing days when he said it was time for Sepp Blatter to quit as president of FIFA with world football's body facing yet another corruption crisis. Platini…

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  • Barca aims for 2nd title of season vs. Bilbao in Copa final

    Barcelona will vie for the second of three possible titles this season when it hosts Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey on Saturday. In his first season in charge, head coach Luis Enrique has guided Barcelona to the Spanish league title, and can now add two more major titles, if they…

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  • Ancelotti mulling AC Milan offer

    AC Milan are bidding to lure back Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked this week by Spanish giants Real Madrid, the Italian club's vice-president Adriano Galliani confirmed on Thursday. Ancelotti lead Real to their 10th elite European title last season but was sacked after the club finished runners-up…

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  • 12 schemes outlined by prosecutors in soccer indictment

    The indictment of soccer officials and marketing and TV executives Wednesday alleges 12 schemes:

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  • Lazio and Napoli face off for Champions League spot

    All eyes will be on the game in Naples to see which club will reach the final playoff round with the aim to advance to the lucrative group stage of the competition. Combining UEFA prize money and projected ticket sales, qualifying for the group phase of the Champions League could be worth more…

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  • Arsenal looks to retain FA Cup to salvage season

    With Champions League and Premier League titles still seemingly way beyond the team, Arsenal is again relying on an FA Cup triumph to salvage some silverware from its season. For the second straight year, Arsenal heads into the final of the world's oldest club competition as the big favorite…

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