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Football: Champagne launches bid for FIFA presidency

Former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne on Monday launched his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of the organisation that runs the global game. The 55-year-old Frenchman, who worked closely with Blatter between 2002 and 2005, announced his campaign to become football's most powerful man at a press conference in central London. Champagne said he was eager to restore FIFA's reputation after accusations of corruption in recent years, acknowledging that the organisation had "an image deficit problem".

Football: Champagne launches bid for FIFA presidency

Former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne on Monday launched his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of the organisation that runs the global game. The 55-year-old Frenchman, who worked closely with Blatter between 2002 and 2005, announced his campaign to become football's most powerful man at a press conference in central London. "I'm here to announce and launch my candidacy for the FIFA presidency in the elections in 2015," he told reporters.

Ex-Blatter aide Champagne to stand for FIFA presidency

LONDON (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man Jerome Champagne declared his bid to succeed his ex-boss as FIFA president at a news conference on Monday. Frenchman Champagne, 55, a former diplomat, worked at FIFA for 11 years between 1999 and 2010 and is a former deputy Secretary General of world soccer's governing body. The presidential elections will take place in June 2015. (Reporting by Mike Collett, editing by Mitch Phillips)

Champagne wants reforms to halt elitist trend

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Reuters has interviewed Jerome Champagne who has announced his intention to stand as FIFA president in next year's election. The 55-year-old Frenchman, who worked at FIFA for 11 years between 1999 and 2010, is a former member of the French diplomatic corps and since leaving FIFA has worked as a consultant for a number of national football associations around the world. Reuters: Why have you decided to stand?

Rousseff to meet with Blatter on World Cup

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will meet FIFA president Sepp Blatter on the sidelines of next week's Davos World Economic Forum to discuss World Cup preparations, Rousseff's office said Friday. The pair will meet after Blatter earlier this month slammed Brazil for being further behind schedule than previous host nations in the 16 years that he has been head of world football's governing body. Blatter accused Brazilian organizers of having begun preparing too late after being awarded the event in 2007.

Football: Champagne set to launch bid to succeed Blatter

Former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne will hold a press conference in London on Monday in which he is expected to announce his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of world football's governing body. "I will not make any comment until Monday," Champagne, 55, said when asked by AFP on Friday if he would be announcing his candidacy to succeed Blatter in 2015.

Champagne set to announce bid for FIFA presidency

LONDON (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man Jerome Champagne seems certain to announce a campaign to succeed Blatter as the most powerful man in world soccer after inviting the world's media to a news conference in London on Monday. FIFA observers have been speculating for months about his plans following the publication of a far-reaching 20,000-word document in 2012 outlining his vision of the future governance and direction for world soccer.

Football: FIFA signs new Visa sponsorship deal until 2022

FIFA has extended its sponsorship deal with Visa until the 2022 World Cup, Sepp Blatter, president of world football's governing body, announced on Tuesday. The deal, sealed five months before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, secures Visa global marketing rights for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 edition in Qatar. Visa first became a FIFA partner in 2007 ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Blatter, welcoming the deal, said: "We're delighted to have reached this agreement with our valued partner, Visa." nr/ak

Football: FIFA signs new Visa sponsorship deal until 2022

FIFA has extended its sponsorship deal with Visa until the 2022 World Cup, Sepp Blatter, president of world football's governing body, announced on Tuesday. The deal, sealed five months before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, secures Visa global marketing rights for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 edition in Qatar. Visa first became a FIFA partner in 2007 ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Blatter, welcoming the deal, said: "We're delighted to have reached this agreement with our valued partner, Visa."

Football: Kosovo allowed to play friendly matches

Kosovo was on Monday given permission by FIFA to stage friendly matches despite not being a member federation of football's world governing body. The decision, taken by FIFA's emergency committee chaired by FIFA president Sepp Blatter after talks between Kosovo and Serbian football chiefs last week, came with certain restrictions. FIFA said sides from Kosovo "may not display national symbols - flags or emblems - or play national anthems" but can "wear or display kit or equipment bearing the name 'Kosovo'" and a star symbol.
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