Monday, January 25th 2016 - 08:29 UTC

Paraguay's Dominguez, expected to be confirmed Conmebol president on Tuesday

Alejandro Domìnguez, (43) is a Paraguayan economist, belonging to one of the richest families in the country is expected to be confirmed on Tuesday

Conmebol the South American football confederation rattled by corruption and massive arrests of its former members (except Uruguay's), involved in the major FIFA scandal, has a president, and if nothing happens from here to election day, 26 January, he is Alejandro Domìnguez, (43) a Paraguayan economist, belonging to one of the richest families in the country.

Friday, January 22nd 2016 - 12:41 UTC

Infantino proposes spreading FIFA' World Cup across regions and not limited to wealthy countries

Infantino has a plan to expand World Cup to 40 teams, allowing several countries to stage matches ensuring it is not limited to just a few wealthy potential hosts.

The World Cup could be spread across entire regions, emulating the continent-wide 2020 European Championship, if Gianni Infantino wins the FIFA presidential election next month. The UEFA secretary general used his manifesto to say FIFA should not limit the tournament to be being held in one or two countries. The 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea was the only time the event has been co-hosted.

Friday, January 22nd 2016 - 04:04 UTC

Infantino secures backing from several European federations for his FIFA presidency bid

German FA leader Reinhard Rauball said Infantino was the best-equipped candidate to replace Sepp Blatter in the Feb. 26 election.

Gianni Infantino has secured the backing of the German and Icelandic FAs and could end the week with significant support from Europe’s 53 federations after meetings in Nyon. The Iceland FA confirmed support on Thursday, with Infantino tweeting “Many thanks to the Football Association of Iceland for the support. Together we can take FIFA forward!”

Saturday, January 16th 2016 - 10:31 UTC

Dead fish and garbage in Rio's Guanabara Bay question Brazil's Olympic celebrations

“Officials found rubbish in the water and on the beach as well as a considerable number of dead fish all from the same species of sardine,” said city officials

Thousands of dead fish washed up on the shores of Rio’s Guanabara Bay during the week, not far from where events are being held at this year’s Olympic Games, environmental officials said. The incident was the latest involving water quality in the bay, where sailing, open water swimming, and triathlon races are due to take place during the Games in August.

Saturday, January 16th 2016 - 10:25 UTC

Tight budgets are forcing many Brazilian cities to cancel Carnival celebrations

Although Rio, Sao Paulo, Bahia make the spotlights, Carnival is celebrated in almost every Brazilian city, town and village

Cities across Brazil are cancelling carnival celebrations as increasing economic woes hit Latin America's largest economy. Local governments are citing tightened budgets, with lower tax revenues and more important projects in need of funding.

Friday, January 15th 2016 - 12:09 UTC

FIFA fines federations for homophobic remarks from fans, including Argentina, Chile and Uruguay

“Disciplinary proceedings alone cannot change behavior by certain groups of fans that unfortunately goes against the core values of our game,” says Sulser.

Anti-gay chants by fans have led to fines for six football associations. Match reports revealed that fans of Argentina, Chile, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay yelled homophobic remarks during qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.

Thursday, January 14th 2016 - 05:48 UTC

Rio mayor confident the city has the funds to host the 2016 Olympic Games

“We have enough money to make sure everything is presented as it is supposed to be, as you can see here,” Mayor Eduardo Paes told reporters

The mayor of 2016 Olympic host city Rio de Janeiro insisted authorities had the finances to avoid disruption to the summer Games despite Brazil’s recession. Latin America's largest economy is suffering from a deep recession and soaring inflation -- a contrast to the boom times of 2009, when Rio won the right to host the Olympics.

Thursday, January 14th 2016 - 05:37 UTC

Suspended FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke has been sacked

“The employment relationship between FIFA and Jérôme Valcke has also been terminated” announced FIFA

“The FIFA Emergency Committee decided on 9 January 2016 to dismiss Jérôme Valcke from the position of FIFA secretary general with immediate effect. Jérôme Valcke is therefore no longer the secretary general of FIFA,” a FIFA statement said on Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 12th 2016 - 07:10 UTC

Messi undisputed king of the 'beautiful game': fifth Ballon d'Or

”It’s incredible, much more than anything I dreamed of as a kid; I want to thank my team mates, without them none of this would have been possible” said Messi

Lionel Messi reclaimed the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the world player of the year on Monday, after watching his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo walk off with the prize for the previous two years. The Argentine Barcelona forward finished ahead of Ronaldo and Brazil forward Neymar as he scooped the award for a record fifth time overall, having previously won it four years in a row from 2009 to 2012.

Saturday, January 9th 2016 - 07:34 UTC

Platini drops out of FIFA presidential race; Infantino and Ebrahim Al Khalifa, leading candidates

”The timing is not good for me. I don't have the means to fight on equal terms with the other candidates. Bye, bye FIFA. Bye, bye FIFA presidency” admitted Platini

Suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini has withdrawn from the FIFA presidential race as he fights to clear his name following an eight-year ban. Platini was banned by FIFA's ethics judge in December over a “disloyal” $2 million payment he received from Sepp Blatter in 2011. It virtually ended his dreams of succeeding Blatter at the helm of FIFA in the Feb. 26 election.

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