Wednesday, October 1st 2014 - 07:00 UTC

UEFA member Gibraltar will appeal FIFA decision rejecting its incorporation

Gibraltar will play Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland on 11 October in a Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Gibraltar's football association has announced it will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after FIFA rejected its bid to become a member. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the “FA of Gibraltar cannot be accepted as a member of FIFA” because it contravened the world governing body's statutes regarding independent territories.

Tuesday, September 30th 2014 - 22:47 UTC

Blatter assures Asia (and Africa) votes for his fifth bid as FIFA president

”Our growth in world football can also be credited to the dynamic relationship that the AFC has with FIFA under the guidance of Mr. Blatter.”

Asian Football Confederation chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has joined his African counterpart in officially backing Sepp Blatter’s bid for re-election. Last week Issa Hayatou and the Confederation of African Football executive committee “unanimously resolved” to support Blatter for a fifth term as FIFA president.

Thursday, September 18th 2014 - 06:08 UTC

Emma Watson draws hundreds of young fans in Montevideo during the UN goodwill visit

During the conference promoting women at the Uruguayan parliament, sitting next to Vice-president Danilo Astori.

British actress Emma Watson drew hundreds of young fans on Wednesday as she visited Uruguay's Legislative Palace to promote women's participation in politics in her new role as a UN goodwill ambassador.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 05:10 UTC

Blatter has a challenger for next year's FIFA president election: Champagne

“I am happy that the debate about the future of FIFA and football has finally begun with the prospect of various candidates”, said Champagne

Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne has formally announced that he will stand against incumbent Sepp Blatter in next year's election for president of the world soccer body.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 04:08 UTC

FIFA vice-president has called for 'corruption' report to be published

Webb said that “if there is proven bribery or corruption” FIFA should either run a revote or the hosting rights should “go to the runners-up”.

FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb has called for Michael Garcia’s report into the corruption-tarnished World Cup bidding process to be published. The CONCACAF president made his declaration at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester on Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 10th 2014 - 04:55 UTC

Blatter will run for a fifth term, despite ongoing corruption scandals

”Yes I will be ready. I will be a candidate” said Blatter in a pre-recorded interview

Sepp Blatter has confirmed he will run for a fifth, four-year term as FIFA president. Buoyed by a successful World Cup in Brazil and UEFA President Michel Platini opting not to stand in next year’s election, the 78-year-old Blatter believes he has the backing to win again.

Wednesday, September 10th 2014 - 04:29 UTC

Paraguay argues that soccer was first played by Guarani tribes, according to Jesuit reports

Jesuit chroniclers from the 17th, 18th Century wrote about a ball game played on foot called “mangai”.(Pic Conmebol)

The Guarani tribes that lived in South America in the 17th century used to play a sport similar to soccer when the Jesuits arrived to establish their missions, claims a video based on historical documents released by Paraguay’s Secretary for Culture. Entitled “The Guaranies invented soccer,” the video collects findings made by anthropologists who studied the Jesuits’ legacy in the country.

Monday, September 8th 2014 - 06:15 UTC

Gibraltar's debut in the 2016 European Championship ends in 7-0 loss with Poland

The Sunday match was played in the Portuguese city of Faro

Gibraltar's competitive football debut ended in a predictably one-sided 7-0 loss to Poland on Sunday when the team predominantly made up of amateurs started 2016 European Championship qualifying.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 06:57 UTC

Interreligious soccer match had Maradona as one of the outstanding stars

“Today two powers were brought together, the hand of God and that of the Pope,” Maradona said.

Diego Maradona and Roberto Baggio were among a host of former soccer stars who played in an interreligious charity match backed by Pope Francis on Monday night. The Argentine pope, an avid soccer fan, did not attend the match but had an audience with both teams earlier in the day and also broadcast a message on the big screens at Rome's Olympic Stadium ahead of kickoff.

Thursday, August 21st 2014 - 06:26 UTC

Soccer fan Pope Francis receives San Lorenzo, South America's best team

“In a very special way, I greet South America's champions San Lorenzo. They are part of my cultural identity,” said the pope

Soccer took center stage at the Vatican Wednesday morning when members of Argentina's San Lorenzo visited their most famous fan, Pope Francis, to share the joy of winning the Copa Libertadores last week.


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