FIFA http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24445/all en UPDATE 2-Soccer-Bulgaria and Hungary told to play behind closed doors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-2-soccer-bulgaria-and-hungary-told-play-behind-closed-do <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds details)</p> <p>BERNE, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Bulgaria and Hungary were ordered to play their next home World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors after their fans were found guilty of racist and anti-Semitic behaviour in recent games, FIFA said Tuesday.</p> <p>Bulgaria were sanctioned after a group of supporters racially abused Denmark substitute Patrick Mtiliga every time he touched the ball after entering the field in the second half of their 2014 World Cup qualifier in Sofia in October.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-2-soccer-bulgaria-and-hungary-told-play-behind-closed-do" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FIFA International Olympic Committee Labor Sports Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:00:29 +0000 5731769 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Indonesia minister threatens to disband rivals - report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/soccer-indonesia-minister-threatens-disband-rivals-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 15 (Reuters) - Indonesia's newly appointed sports minister has threatened to disband the country's two rival soccer factions unless a solution is found to end the rumbling row before FIFA's latest deadline.</p> <p>Soccer in the southeast Asian country has been long plagued by infighting between the Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) and the breakaway Indonesian Soccer Rescue Committee (KPSI), with FIFA threatening to suspend them if the dispute was not resolved by Dec. 10.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/soccer-indonesia-minister-threatens-disband-rivals-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business FIFA Football Association of Indonesia Football in Indonesia Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 06:45:19 +0000 5734552 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Rivaldo signs for new Brazilian club at age 40 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/soccer-rivaldo-signs-new-brazilian-club-at-age-40 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SAO PAULO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Former Brazil midfielder and 1999 World Player of the Year Rivaldo announced on Wednesday he had signed to play for Sao Caetano at the age of 40 until the end of the year.</p> <p>"I will dedicate myself fully to do the best possible on the field, as I've done until now. I hope to be an example for many," Rivaldo said on his Twitter account about returning to a Brazilian team after playing for Kabuscorp in Angola.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/soccer-rivaldo-signs-new-brazilian-club-at-age-40" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Brazilian footballers FIFA Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:30:38 +0000 5735358 at http://www.globalpost.com REFILE-Soccer-South Africa hand out first allocation of World Cup money http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/soccer-south-africa-hand-out-first-allocation-world-cup-money <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(corrects typo in second paragraph)</p> <p>JOHANNESBURG, Jan 18 (Reuters) - South Africa disbursed the first 56 million rand ($6.29 million)of its 2010 World Cup legacy fund on Friday to a variety of projects involving teenage soccer players, coaches and administrators.</p> <p>A total of 450-million rand was handed to South Africa by world soccer governing body FIFA in late 2010 as profit from hosting the finals. The money was placed in a trust and development projects seeking funding were invited to submit applications.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/soccer-south-africa-hand-out-first-allocation-world-cup-money" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FIFA Jérôme Valcke Sports Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 19:30:24 +0000 5736332 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Europeans propose 12-year limit for FIFA president http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/soccer-europeans-propose-12-year-limit-fifa-president <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Brian Homewood</p> <p>NYON, Switzerland, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Future FIFA presidents should serve an initial term of eight years and a maximum of 12 years overall, European soccer associations suggested on Thursday.</p> <p>The 53 member associations of European soccer's governing body UEFA also called for an age limit of 72 for all elected FIFA officials, including members of the executive committee.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/soccer-europeans-propose-12-year-limit-fifa-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football FIFA Sports Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:30:49 +0000 5738946 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-FIFA expects to deliver final ISL report in March http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/soccer-fifa-expects-deliver-final-isl-report-march <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ZURICH, Jan 24 (Reuters) - FIFA's anti-corruption chief is due to present his final report into the bribery case of former marketing partner ISL in March, soccer's governing body said on Thursday.</p> <p>U.S. attorney Michael Garcia, whose past responsibilities have included enforcing arms regulations and money laundering statutes, was elected in July to probe allegations of corruption as head of the investigative chamber of FIFA's ethics committee.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/soccer-fifa-expects-deliver-final-isl-report-march" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FIFA FIFA Issa Hayatou Labor Politics Sports Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:45:39 +0000 5739045 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Brazil poised to put Bebeto in charge of youth set-up http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/soccer-brazil-poised-put-bebeto-charge-youth-set <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Andrew Downie</p> <p>SAO PAULO, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Brazil are set to appoint former World Cup winner Bebeto as coach of their youth set-up after the youngsters finished ninth out of 10 in this month's South American Under-20s tournament.</p> <p>The 48-year-old said the team's poor showing would lead to widespread changes at youth-team level.</p> <p>"I am ready for a complete overhaul, to choose new coaches for the Under-20s, Under-17s and Under-15s," Bebeto told the sports newspaper Lance. "Everything is going to change."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/soccer-brazil-poised-put-bebeto-charge-youth-set" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football FIFA FIFA World Cup Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:15:50 +0000 5739632 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazil unveils official poster for 2014 World Cup http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/brazil-unveils-official-poster-2014-world-cup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 30 (Reuters) - Brazil presented the official poster for the 2014 World Cup at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, unveiling bright colors and fluid patterns that evoke the tropical nation's rich flora and fauna.</p> <p>Dsigned by the Crama agency, it shows a map of Brazil between two players challenging for a ball.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/brazil-unveils-official-poster-2014-world-cup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football FIFA FIFA World Cup Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:31:03 +0000 5741628 at http://www.globalpost.com Romario skeptical about legacy of Brazil World Cup http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/romario-skeptical-about-legacy-brazil-world-cup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Football great Romario, now a socialist lawmaker, has expressed skepticism about the benefits of the 2014 World Cup for Brazilians.</p> <p>In an op-ed carried in the Folha de Sao Paulo daily Saturday, the former FC Barcelona striker and 1994 World Cup winner said "Brazil will not take advantage of the full potential of the Cup."</p> <p>The 47-year-old former star pointed to a television commercial that highlights the frustration felt by the Brazilian public in the face of the country's daunting infrastructure problems.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/romario-skeptical-about-legacy-brazil-world-cup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Brazilian footballers FIFA Social Issues Technology AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 21:30:36 +0000 5744227 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Pato waits three minutes for his first Corinthians goal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/soccer-pato-waits-three-minutes-his-first-corinthians-goal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Pedro Fonseca</p> <p>RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Brazil striker Alexandre Pato took just three minutes to score his first goal for his new club Corinthians in a 5-0 rout of Oeste in the Paulista championship on Sunday.</p> <p>Pato, who joined the club world champions from AC Milan for a Brazilian record transfer fee of 15 million euros ($20.54 million) last month, came on in the second half and scored Corinthians' fifth goal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/soccer-pato-waits-three-minutes-his-first-corinthians-goal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brazilian footballers FIFA FIFA Confederations Cup Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Feb 2013 02:15:31 +0000 5744928 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Bulgaria and Hungary lose appeals against racism sanctions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/soccer-bulgaria-and-hungary-lose-appeals-against-racism-sanctio <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ZURICH, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Bulgaria and Hungary have lost appeals against the decision to make them play their next home World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors after their fans were found guilty of racist and anti-semitic behaviour respectively.</p> <p>"The appeals lodged by the Hungarian Football Federation (MLZS) and Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) were both rejected and the decisions of the FIFA disciplinary committee are confirmed in their entirety," FIFA said in a statement on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/soccer-bulgaria-and-hungary-lose-appeals-against-racism-sanctio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FIFA Labor Sport in Europe Sports Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Feb 2013 11:45:29 +0000 5746243 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: FIFA nixes Hungary, Bulgaria racism appeals http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/football-fifa-nixes-hungary-bulgaria-racism-appeals <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>FIFA on Tuesday said it had rejected Hungary and Bulgaria's attempts to overturn empty-stadium penalties they received after racist behaviour by fans last year.</p> <p>"The appeals lodged by the Hungarian Football Federation and Bulgarian Football Union were both rejected and the decisions of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee rendered on 20 November 2012, are confirmed in their entirety," the sport's world governing body said in a statement.</p> <p>As a result, Hungary will have to play their home 2014 World Cup qualifier against Romania on March 22 without the presence of fans.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/football-fifa-nixes-hungary-bulgaria-racism-appeals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FIFA FIFA Sports AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:46:13 +0000 5746327 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Corruption scandal hurts football, says Lahm http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/football-corruption-scandal-hurts-football-says-lahm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Germany captain Philipp Lahm has said the current corruption scandal rocking European football is damaging the game's image with politicians here calling on FIFA boss Sepp Blatter to act.</p> <p>European police announced on Monday that they have uncovered the biggest betting scandal in football history with 380 professional games having been manipulated world wide and 425 referees, players and officials involved.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/football-corruption-scandal-hurts-football-says-lahm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football FIFA Law Sports AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 19:00:56 +0000 5746764 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: AFC offers support in major graft probe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/football-afc-offers-support-major-graft-probe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Asian football's governing body offered its support Wednesday to an investigation by European police into a massive world-wide match-fixing scandal.</p> <p>European police announced on Monday that they had uncovered a massive global match-rigging network that targeted hundreds of professional games, drawing in players, referees and other officials.</p> <p>Police have said a crime syndicate in Singapore was liaising with criminal networks throughout Europe, with match-fixing having taken place in 15 countries, and 50 people arrested so far.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/football-afc-offers-support-major-graft-probe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FIFA International Olympic Committee Sports AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:01:09 +0000 5747562 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-FIFA launches hotline for reporting corruption, match-fixing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/soccer-fifa-launches-hotline-reporting-corruption-match-fixing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ZURICH, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Soccer's world governing body FIFA has launched a web page to enable individuals to make anonymous reports of corruption by officials and attempts at match-fixing, it said on Wednesday.</p> <p>FIFA had promised to set up the hotline before Monday's announcement by European police that about 680 suspicious matches, including qualifiers for the World Cup and European Championship and the Champions League, had been identified in a fix inquiry.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/soccer-fifa-launches-hotline-reporting-corruption-match-fixing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FIFA FIFA Match fixing Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:01:14 +0000 5747801 at http://www.globalpost.com