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Football: Former FIFA boss paid millions by Qataris - report

A former senior official of FIFA and his family were paid almost $2 million (£1.2m) from a Qatari firm liked to the Gulf state's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup finals, according to a report in Tuesday's edition of Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper. The Telegraph said Jack Warner, the former vice-president of FIFA, appeared to have been personally paid $1.2 million (£720,000) from a company controlled by a former Qatari official shortly after the controversial decision to award the country the tournament.

Qatar 2022 World Cup committee denies wrongdoing

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar's 2022 World Cup organizing committee has denied being aware of any alleged payments by the disgraced former head of the country's soccer association to an ex-vice president of FIFA. Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Tuesday that a company under the control of Mohamed Bin Hammam paid $1.2 million to Jack Warner, the former president of North American soccer's governing body CONCACAF and a member of the FIFA committee which chose the 2022 World Cup hosts.

Brazil's Rivaldo calls it a career

Sao Paulo, Mar 15 (EFE).- Soccer star Rivaldo, the 1999 world player of the year and a key member of Brazil's 2002 World Cup-winning squad, announced Saturday that he is retiring from the sport at age 41. Rivaldo, who had been playing this season for lowly Mogi Mirim Esporte Club in the third division of the Brazilian league and also serving as the team's president, said on Instagram that he made the decision "with tears in his eyes" and thanked God, his family and everyone who supported him throughout his career.

Football: Brazil great Rivaldo announces retirement

Former Brazil star Ronaldo, the winner of the Ballon d'Or in 1999, announced his retirement from football on Saturday at the age of 41. "With tears in my eyes, I would like first to thank God, my family and all the support, the affection that I received during those 24 years as a player. Today I communicate to all my fans in the world, my history as a player came to the end," said the former Barcelona playmaker in a message posted on Instagram.

Football: Brazil great Rivaldo announces retirement

Former Brazil star Rivaldo, the winner of the Ballon d'Or in 1999, announced his retirement from football on Saturday at the age of 41. "With tears in my eyes, I would like first to thank God, my family and all the support, the affection that I received during those 24 years as a player. Today I communicate to all my fans in the world, my history as a player came to the end," said the former Barcelona playmaker in a message posted on Instagram.

Football: Brazil great Rivaldo announces retirement

Former Brazil star Rivaldo, the winner of the Ballon d'Or in 1999, announced his retirement from football on Saturday at the age of 41. "With tears in my eyes, I would like first to thank God, my family and all the support, the affection that I received during those 24 years as a player. Today I communicate to all my fans in the world, my history as a player came to the end," said the former Barcelona playmaker in a message posted on Instagram.

Football: Spain stay ahead in FIFA rankings

Latest FIFA world football rankings: 1. Spain 2. Germany 3. Argentina 4. Portugal 5. Colombia 6. Uruguay (+1) 7. Switzerland (-1) 8. Italy 9. Brazil 10. Belgium (+1) 11. Netherlands (-1) 12. England (+3) 13. Greece (-1) 14. United States (-1) 15. Chile (-1) 16. Croatia 17. France (+1) 18. Ukraine 19. Russia (+3) 20. Mexico (+1) afp

Football: Russian MPs want US excluded from World Cup

Two Russian lawmakers have called on FIFA supremo Sepp Blatter to expel the United States from the World Cup finals. Alexander Sidyakin and Mikhail Markelov sent their letter to Blatter a week after two US Republican lawmakers called on FIFA to take the 2018 World Cup finals away from Russia because of the military intervention in Crimea.

Football: FIFA prepares fresh tickets launch

Football's world governing body FIFA on Tuesday geared up for a fresh launch of World Cup ticket sales from Wednesday, with 345,000 up for grabs for 60 of the 64 matches. The tickets go on sale in what is the second window of the second sales phase from 1100 GMT although the opening match in Sao Paulo, the final in Rio and the semi-finals in Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo are already sold out. The sales allocation is on a first-come, first-served basis, FIFA said on its website, predicting "very high" demand through to the close of sales on April 1.

Cristiano Ronaldo tops soccer wealth rankings

Madrid, Mar 10 (EFE).- Portuguese international and Real Madrid dynamo Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's wealthiest active soccer player, Web site Goal.com said Monday. With 148 million euros ($205 million) in estimated assets, Ronaldo edged out FC Barcelona superstriker Lionel Messi for the top spot on the Goal Rich List 2014. The Web site calculated assets of 146 million euros ($202 million) for the Argentine international.
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