soccer

Emirati Abdulrahman Named Asia Player of the Year

Dec 2 – United Arab Emirates playmaker Omar Abdulrahman’s disappointment at failing to win the Asian Champions League with Al Ain last weekend was tempered when he was named the continent’s best player on Thursday night. Abdulrahman’s club were beaten 3-2 on aggregate by South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors with the midfielder nonetheless named the tournament’s

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Rights Group Wants Settlement Soccer Clubs to Relocate Inside Israel

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Sept 26  – A human rights group urged soccer’s governing body, FIFA, on Monday to move matches being played by Israeli teams in the occupied West Bank to Israel, saying that playing in Jewish settlements meant they were playing on stolen land. The six clubs named by Human Rights Watch are

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GCC Football: Fair Game

Gulf rivals eye the big prize By Ali Khaled March 29, 2016. Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi had rarely experienced such an eruption of noise. Omar Abdulrahman, the darling of the mostly Emirati crowd, had just scored the UAE’s equalizer against Saudi Arabia, and the home team had just under 40 minutes to

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FIFA Must Step Up Human Rights Commitment: U.N. Report

By Scott Malone BOSTON, April 14  – Soccer’s embattled world governing body must make human rights one of its primary goals, on a par with promoting the sport and making money, according to a set of recommendations by a top U.N. official released on Thursday. FIFA should be prepared to use its negotiating leverage to

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Women Can Help Solve FIFA’s Problems, Infantino Told

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, March 8 – Recently-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino was told on Monday that “women are part of the solution” to the problems that have plagued soccer’s scandal-plagued world governing body. FIFA executive committee member Moya Dodd also suggested to Infantino that women’s football was an untapped asset as the federation looks

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Soccer-2026 World Cup Bid Must Be “Bullet-Proof”: FIFA’s Infantino

LONDON, March 6 – FIFA must make the 2026 World Cup bidding process “absolutely bullet-proof” because the entire organization’s credibility is at stake, new president Gianni Infantino said on Friday. Infantino, elected Fifa boss last week, hopes to start 2026 bidding within three months after it was delayed by the wide-reaching corruption scandal that rocked

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FIFA President Being Paid Salary Despite 8-Year Ban

By Simon Evans MIAMI, Jan 19 – FIFA’s Sepp Blatter may have been banned for eight years from the game but he is still receiving his president’s salary from world soccer’s governing body, a spokesman for FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee told Reuters on Monday. Blatter was suspended for 90 days by FIFA on Oct

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FIFA Inspector Was Banned for Seeking Personal Favours

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, Jan 14 – FIFA’s ethics committee said on Thursday that former World Cup bid inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls repeatedly asked for personal favours from one of the countries that bid to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Mayne-Nicholls, who was banned for seven years on July 6, “ignored his responsibility as

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Zidane a Change for the Better at Real, Modric Says

MADRID, Jan 10 – Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric believes Saturday’s 5-0 drubbing of Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga in Zinedine Zidane’s debut as coach shows the former Real and France great is the right man for the job. Modric, a Croatia international, said he was sorry for Rafa Benitez, sacked and replaced by

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Switzerland Freezes Millions of Swiss Francs in FIFA Case

ZURICH, Dec 17 – The Swiss Justice Ministry has frozen millions of Swiss francs related to world soccer body FIFA, a spokesman said on Thursday, confirming a media report. World soccer’s governing body is suffering the worst corruption scandal in its more than 100-year history, with 41 entities and people including soccer bosses from throughout

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