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.

Saturday, August 16th 2014 - 08:28 UTC

Ebola-affected region athletes involved in body contact disciplines banned from Youth Games

The rules will prevent three athletes from the region from competing in those events, the Nanjing organizing committee statement said.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Friday it was prohibiting young athletes from the Ebola-affected region of West Africa from participating in certain events at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Monday, August 11th 2014 - 07:55 UTC

Blatter challenges his critics to take the risk and stand for FIFA election

“If they want to take the risk, then take the risk; that is good. And I am happy to fight. But if you take the risk you also have the chance to lose”, said Blatter

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has challenged his critics to “take the risk” and stand for election against him next year. Although he did not identify potential rivals in the ballot scheduled in May, he appeared to target UEFA President Michel Platini.

Thursday, August 7th 2014 - 06:53 UTC

Argentine football has new president; HQ raided on court's order

Luis Segura has been confirmed AFA president until October 2015, when the late Julio Grondona's period would have ended

Argentinos Juniors and interim Argentine Football Association president Luis Segura has been ratified in the AFA post until October 2015, as confirmed following the first meeting of the body's executive committee since the passing of late chief Julio Humberto Grondona.

Wednesday, August 6th 2014 - 07:46 UTC

Briton involved in World Cup tickets scam released from jail but must remain in Rio

Whelan has been charged with fraudulently selling 1000 tickets per World Cup match, allegedly worth tens of millions of dollars

British World Cup ticketing executive who allegedly took part in a scam to sell millions of dollars worth of fraudulent tickets was ordered to be released from prison Tuesday while awaiting trial in Brazil.

Thursday, July 31st 2014 - 07:01 UTC

Argentine football decrees 7-day mourn for Grondona's death; Blatter expected for the funeral

A controversial but flamboyant character, Grondona was undisputed boss of Argentina football for 35 years

The head of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and second-in-command of the FIFA international football governing body passed away at the Sanatorio Mitre private medical center where he had been hospitalized for a cardiac failure earlier on Wednesday.

Saturday, July 26th 2014 - 05:45 UTC

FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of the 2018 World Cup over Ukraine crisis

“History has shown so far that boycotting sport events or a policy of isolation or confrontation are not the most effective ways to solve problems.”

Amid mounting criticism of Russia over the MH17 plane tragedy and conflict with Ukraine, FIFA rejects calls for the country to be stripped of 2018 World Cup hosting rights and says a boycott is no solution to the crisis.

Friday, July 25th 2014 - 21:22 UTC

“Malvinas banner” display costs Argentina 30.000 Swiss francs fine

'Las Malvinas son Argentinas', before kick-off in a friendly against Slovenia in La Plata on June 7.

FIFA has fined the Argentine Football Association 30,000 Swiss francs (£19,540) as punishment for the displaying of a provocative banner relating to the Falkland Islands.


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