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Understanding the futility of Sepp Blatter's promise of reforms in FIFA
Understanding the futility of Sepp Blatter's promise of reforms in FIFA

FIFA President Sepp Blatter wants to portray himself as one of the good guys trying to save FIFA The dramatic incident that delayed the FIFA press conference in Zurich last Monday served to reinforce our memory of the ethical bankruptcy of football’s international governing body. An English comedian, Simon Brodkin, was escorted outside FIFA premises and arrested by Swiss police for showering $600 on Blatter; cheekily adding

Jul 30 2015
Coach Stephen Constantine announces list of 28 probables for matches against Nepal and Iran
Coach Stephen Constantine announces list of 28 probables for matches against Nepal and Iran

India is set to play Nepal and Iran in the coming months NEW DELHI: National Coach Stephen Constantine on Thursday (July 30) announced the list of 28 Probables for India’s forthcoming Russia 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification match against Iran. Iran, as per the July 2015 FIFA Rankings, stay the highest Asian Team on 38. The match is slated to be played at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on September 8, 2015

Jul 30 2015
Vladimir Putin believes Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize for his contributions
Vladimir Putin believes Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize for his contributions

Putin’s unprecedented defence of Sepp Blatter continues In a recent interview with Swiss broadcaster RTS that was released on Monday, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Sepp Blatter, who recently resigned as the President of FIFA amid corruption charges, did no wrong and instead deserves a Nobel Prize. Putin’s statement comes after British comedian Simon Brodkin threw currency notes at Blatter last week. "

Jul 28 2015
Vladimir Putin, Sepp Blatter voice mutual support
Vladimir Putin, Sepp Blatter voice mutual support

The FIFA World Cup Draw was held at the Konstantin Palace in St Petersburg St. Petersburg, July 26 (IANS): Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sepp Blatter, chief of the world football governing body FIFA, have showed support for each other at the 2018 World Cup Preliminary Draw. Putin met Blatter at the historical Konstantin Palace on Saturday shortly before the draw as the latter travelled abroad for the first time to attend a cerem

Jul 26 2015
World Cup 2018 qualifying draw: Netherlands, France in European Group of Death
World Cup 2018 qualifying draw: Netherlands, France in European Group of Death

The road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup began with the draw for groups and qualifying matches. The five different zones – Europe, South America, Africa, North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF) and Oceania – have been divided into pots within themselves and each of them slightly differ in the structure of their qualifying procedure. The draw took place at Konstantin Palace in St Petersburg, Russia. 206 nations will wait wit

Thomas Muller: Modern football's Cerebral Assassin at the crossroads
Thomas Muller: Modern football's Cerebral Assassin at the crossroads

Thomas Muller is a priceless asset at Bayern Munich, but will he be in the long run? “There are some players who just don’t have any price tag” – Karl-Heinz Rummenigge So enthused King Kalle, the current Bayern Munich CEO, upon hearing Manchester United’s interest in Thomas Muller. For a club that has recently shown a worrying trend of selling off their prized assets – the likes of Toni Kroos,

Jul 25 2015
5 nations and their potential 2018 World Cup starting lineups
5 nations and their potential 2018 World Cup starting lineups

It seems just yesterday that a magical world cup campaign in Brazil reached its conclusion, culminating in an inevitable German triumph at the Maracanã. Fast forward twelve months and it seems ludicrous to even think about the next edition but, with pressure mounting on the organisation that runs the beloved tournament, it can be difficult to keep national football off the mind, especially as we look for something to fill the footballing v

Jul 23 2015
English comedian Simon Brodkin showers fake notes on FIFA chief Sepp Blatter
English comedian Simon Brodkin showers fake notes on FIFA chief Sepp Blatter

Simon Brodkin throwing fake notes at Sepp Blatter Zurich, July 20 (IANS) Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday had a bundle of fake banknotes thrown on him by a comedian who gatecrashed his press conference here. English comic artist Simon Brodkin -- also known as Jason Bent as well as Lee Nelson -- walked up to Blatter, placed a huge amount of money in front of him on the table, and said, "This is for North Korea 2026&qu

Jul 20 2015
Uruguay's 1950 World Cup hero Alcides Ghiggia dies exactly 65 years after Maracanazo
Uruguay's 1950 World Cup hero Alcides Ghiggia dies exactly 65 years after Maracanazo

Alcides Ghiggia was the last surviving member of Uruguay’s 1950 World Cup winning team Montevideo, July 17 Alcides Ghiggia, the footballer who scored the winning goal for Uruguay in the 1950 FIFA World Cup final, died exactly 65 years after the victory known as the Maracanazo. Ghiggia, the hero of the 2-1 final against Brazil, was admitted to a private hospital, Medica Uruguaya, in Montevideo and died of a cardiac arres

Jul 17 2015
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