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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:59:22 -0400
EXCLUSIVE-Soccer-Asian sports chief hopes for election deal between AFC and UEFA

By Simon Evans WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the top powerbrokers in global sport, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, said a direct battle between Asian and European candidates for president of crisis-hit world soccer body FIFA should be averted by the striking of a deal between the pair. In an interview with Reuters, Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad said he still hoped that suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini would be able to stand as president in February to lead FIFA out of the worst corruption scandal of its 111-year histor

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:41:29 -0400
Soccer-Uruguayan Poyet appointed AEK Athens manager

If things get any worse, Jose Mourinho might not last much longer in the Chelsea dugout. Chelsea, which hosts Liverpool on Saturday, expressed its ''full support'' in its most successful manager at the start of October. The team has only one win in four games since and Mourinho's behavior has become increasingly errati

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:07:00 -0400
Soccer-Youthful Atletico ready to challenge again, says Simeone

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian hosts of the 2018 soccer World Cup will not make any further cuts to the budget for the tournament, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was quoted as saying on Thursday by TASS news agency. "The budget is final, it's protected, we're not going to make any more cuts," the agency quoted Mutko as saying. (Reporting by Alex Winning; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Lidia Kell

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 07:43:10 -0400
Javier Mascherano admits to unpaid taxes in Spain

LONDON (AP) -- Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney appeared to have a laser directed at his face during Wednesday's League Cup loss to Middlesbrough and the incident will be investigated by the English Football Associatio

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 07:02:12 -0400
Paul Gascoigne pleads guilty to harassing ex-girlfriend

Suspended UEFA head Michel Platini said on Thursday he was the only person with the vision to lead soccer's world governing body FIFA out of a corruption scandal but there were opponents who "don't want to give football back to the players". "I'm waiting for events to unfold." FIFA has been embroiled in a widening corruption scandal since 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives were indicted by the United States in May. Since then, Swiss authorities have opened their own investigation into FIFA's activities and FIFA's own Ethics Committee has suspended both President Sepp Blatter and Platini, who had been favorite to replace him. Platini denies wrongdoing and is fighting the suspensio

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 07:02:12 -0400
Paul Gascoigne pleads guilty to harassing ex-girlfriend

Suspended UEFA head Michel Platini said on Thursday he was the only person with the vision to lead soccer's world governing body FIFA out of a corruption scandal but there were opponents who "don't want to give football back to the players". "I'm waiting for events to unfold." FIFA has been embroiled in a widening corruption scandal since 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives were indicted by the United States in May. Since then, Swiss authorities have opened their own investigation into FIFA's activities and FIFA's own Ethics Committee has suspended both President Sepp Blatter and Platini, who had been favorite to replace him. Platini denies wrongdoing and is fighting the suspensio

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 03:21:56 -0400
Soccer-Aguero impossible to replace but City can cope - Pellegrini

Michel Platini still expects to be elected president of FIFA, despite his provisional ban from the game amid investigations of corruption in world soccer's governing body, the Frenchman told Swiss newspaper Le Matin. "People want to stop me from standing because they know I have every chance of winning," Platini -- the former French international who headed European soccer body UEFA before his suspension -- was quoted as saying in an interview. "I get the impression they don't want a former player running FIFA, as if they don't want to give football back to the player

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 02:51:32 -0400
Soccer-Liverpool - Klopp pleased after first win, Benteke boost

(Removes extraneous word in second paragraph) Oct 29 (Reuters) - Middlesbrough were lucky to win on penalties, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said after his side were knocked out of the League Cup by the Championship club on Wednesday. With captain Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all missing from the spot during the 3-1 loss, the Red Devils have now lost each of their last four penalty shoot-outs in all competitions. United have lost in three of their last four League Cup meetings against lower-league opposition and Van Gaal has criticised his side's poor finishing, especially after they missed a series of chances on Wednesda

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 01:43:49 -0400
Soccer-Defending MLS champions Galaxy crash out

(Reuters) - Seattle midfielder Erik Friberg scored the winner as the Sounders beat Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 to eliminate the defending champions from the Major League Soccer playoffs on Wednesday. Galaxy did not lack attacking firepower with Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos in their ranks but shaky defense proved their undoing. On the opposite coast, Chris Rolfe scored a late winner as D.C. United opened the playoffs with a 2-1 comeback victory over the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium to book their place in the Eastern Conference semi-final

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:18:25 -0400
Soccer-US championship results

Erik Friberg took advantage of a defensive mistake and scored in the 73rd minute, lifting the Seattle Sounders past the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 on Wednesday night in the knockout round of the MLS Cup playoffs. After getting eliminated from the playoffs by Los Angeles three times since 2010, Seattle finally got the better of its rival to the south and ended the year for the Galaxy, who had won three of the last four MLS Cup titles. Seattle scored twice in the first 12 minutes on goals from Clint Dempsey and Nelson Valdez, part of a wild first half that featured four goals in the first 22 minute

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 22:54:34 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila ii results and standings

(Reuters) - Chris Rolfe scored the late winner as D.C. United opened the Major League Soccer playoffs with a wild comeback 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium on Wednesday. With the knockout round victory, United booked their place in the Eastern Conference semifinals. A spectacular bicycle-kick goal by New England striker Juan Agudelo to open the scoring counted for nothing as the Revolution, last season's MLS Cup runners-up, fell at the first hurdle this tim

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:33:58 -0400
Soccer-US championship results

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chris Rolfe scored in the 83rd minute to help D.C. United beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on a rainy Wednesday night in the knockout round of the MLS Cup playoff

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:52:24 -0400
Soccer-Another surprise defeat for Juve as Roma go top

Manchester United was eliminated from the League Cup by second-tier Middlesbrough in a penalty shootout on Wednesday in the latest fourth-round shock. English trio Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all missed from the spot for United as Middlesbrough advanced 3-1 in the shootout after the game finished 0-0 after extra time. Middlesbrough's reward for winning at Old Trafford was being drawn to host Everton in the quarterfinals in a month's tim

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 17:30:25 -0400
Wambach didnt want retirement to overshadow victory tour

LONDON (AP) -- Juergen Klopp celebrated his first victory as Liverpool manager on Wednesday following three draws, with his new team reaching the League Cup quarterfinals by eliminating Bournemout

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:54:54 -0400
Soccer-Dutch Cup 3rd round results

Werder Bremen says American forward Aron Johannsson has undergone surgery on a hip problem, an injury that likely will force him to miss the Americans' opening World Cup qualifiers next month. Bremen's team physician Dr. Philip Heitmann says ''conservative methods'' (of healing) could not get rid of the pain. Johannsson joined Bremen at the start of the season and has scored two goals in six appearances for the Bundesliga clu

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:04:23 -0400
Revolution-D.C. United Preview

The first step toward another MLS Cup for the Los Angeles Galaxy is a familiar one. The Seattle Sounders would like to finally alter the script to have a chance at their first. The fourth-seeded Sounders will try eliminate the No. 5 Galaxy from the postseason for the first time Wednesday night in the Western Conference's knockout round in Seattl

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:49:35 -0400
Soccer-FIFA - Blatter planned for Russia and U.S. to host World Cups

FIFA president Sepp Blatter planned for Russia and the United States to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and blamed UEFA president Michel Platini for Qatar's bid victory over the Americans, a spokesman for Blatter said on Wednesday. "It was not an agreement, this was his proposal and of course it (then) went to the vote at the (FIFA) executive committee," he said. In an interview with Russian news agency TASS in which he took aim at Platini for playing a part in what he called attacks on him, Blatter portrayed the double World Cup vote, held in 2010, as the catalyst for crisis at global soccer's governing bod

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:20:10 -0400
A guide to the FIFA presidential candidates

Spain's national court has rejected Neymar's request to throw out a probe into his transfer to Barcelona two years ago. The court announced Wednesday it will look into a complaint made by a Brazilian investment group which claims it was financially harmed when Barcelona and Neymar allegedly withheld the real amount of the player's transfer fee from Brazilian club Santos in 2013. The complaint made in June by investment group DIS also names Barcelona and Neymar's father as defendants, along with former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and current president Josep Maria Bartome

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:03:00 -0400
Soccer-Brazil - ex-football chief agrees to U.S. extradition -Swiss

FIFA sponsor Visa has threatened to cut its ties with the scandal-tarnished governing body if the credit card company isn't satisfied with reforms. A Visa executive appeared Wednesday alongside representatives from McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch at a British parliamentary hearing into FIFA. Visa vice chair Ellen Richey says the company wants to see a more independent reforms proces

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:54:37 -0400
FIFA - Blatter blames Platini, England and U.S. for "attacks"

Blatter, who was suspended along with Michel Platini, made the comments during a wide-ranging and stinging interview published Wednesday by Russian state news agency Tass. ''And they wanted to say, 'We, ethics committee, we are not at the service of the president, we are totally independent.' This is wrong,'' Blatter said in the interview. The longtime FIFA president also railed against several perceived enemies, including Platini, American authorities, the European Union and media in England and his native Switzerlan

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:36:14 -0400
Seven ready to run for head of FIFA; Nakhid disqualified

Switzerland's justice ministry says 2014 World Cup organizing head Jose Maria Marin of Brazil has agreed to be extradited to the United States in the FIFA bribery case. The Swiss ministry says Marin agreed to the U.S request at a hearing on Tuesday. Marin ''must be placed in the custody of a U.S. police escort and taken to the USA within 10 days,'' the ministry say

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:45:12 -0400
Soccer-Mourinho still the right man for Chelsea, says Remy

Seven men are in the running to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, with Michel Platini's candidature accepted but pending because of his suspension from soccer. FIFA published the list of valid applications ''proposed in due time and form'' on Wednesday. It did not include former Trinidad and Tobago player David Nakhid, who did not have the five required nomination

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 05:36:00 -0400
Soccer-Community not cash centre to Man City - global plans

ZURICH (Reuters) - World soccer body FIFA on Wednesday named the seven confirmed candidates vying for the FIFA presidency at a Feb. 26 election. In a statement, Zurich-based FIFA said the candidates proposed were: Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Musa Hassan Bility, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Michel Platini, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale. UEFA chief Platini was suspended this month for 90 days. FIFA said that his candidacy would not be processed by its electoral committee as long as the ban was in force. (Reporting by Joshua Franklin; Editing by Michael Shield

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 03:45:36 -0400
Soccer-Liverpool - Benteke to miss Bournemouth tie with knee injury

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter, the suspended head of global soccer body FIFA, said on Wednesday that Russia will not lose its right to host the 2018 soccer World Cup, Russian news agency TASS reported. "It's ruled out," Blatter told TASS in an interview. "Russia will not lose the World Cup." (Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Christian Low

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:11:40 -0400
Abby Wambach, prolific U.S. women - soccer scorer, retires at 35

Before the season began, Seattle and Los Angeles were two of the most popular picks in the Western Conference to play for the MLS Cup title. The star-studded matchup between the Sounders and Galaxy highlights the opening of the MLS playoffs. D.C. United will host New England in the Eastern Conference, while Seattle and Los Angeles play the nightcap out west on Wednesda

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:01:14 -0400
Soccer-Brazil federation cautiously backs new cup contest

Abby Wambach is leaving her game just the way she wanted to - as a champion. The leading career scorer - male or female - in international soccer, Wambach announced her retirement on Tuesday shortly after the U.S. national team celebrated its Women's World Cup victory at the White House. The United States claimed its third overall World Cup title, and first since 1999, with a 5-2 victory over Japa

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 17:22:53 -0400
Soccer-German Cup 2nd round results

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Retired English soccer star David Beckham is considering a proposal to build a sports high school at a new soccer stadium in Miami as part of his quest to bring a Major League Soccer team to the city. Beckham's investment group is discussing a proposal by Miami's public education authority under which "Beckham High" would be part of the stadium development on a 10.5-acre city-owned site in the Little Havana neighborhood. Beckham's Miami Beckham United team would gain use of the land and an exemption from county property taxes, and it would pay the city $850,000 a year over 60 years for a total of $51 millio

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 17:22:53 -0400
Soccer-German Cup 2nd round results

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Retired English soccer star David Beckham is considering a proposal to build a sports high school at a new soccer stadium in Miami as part of his quest to bring a Major League Soccer team to the city. Beckham's investment group is discussing a proposal by Miami's public education authority under which "Beckham High" would be part of the stadium development on a 10.5-acre city-owned site in the Little Havana neighborhood. Beckham's Miami Beckham United team would gain use of the land and an exemption from county property taxes, and it would pay the city $850,000 a year over 60 years for a total of $51 millio

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:29:32 -0400
Soccer-Record U.S. scorer Wambach calls time on career

By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American Abby Wambach, who tallied more goals in international competition than any other soccer player in history, male or female, said on Tuesday she was retiring at age 35. Wambach, a native of Rochester, New York who has been a key member of the U.S. women's soccer team, announced her decision shortly after the squad was honored at the White House by President Barack Obama for winning the World Cup in July. "After much deliberation and talking with my friends, family, teammates and our coaching staff, I've decided to finally bring my soccer career to an end," Wambach said in a statemen

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:13:29 -0400
Soccer-Third tier Aue stun Bundesliga - Eintracht in German Cup

By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday lauded the World Cup champion U.S. women's soccer team for inspiring "millions of girls to dream bigger" and suggested that goal-scoring phenom Carli Lloyd might want to consider becoming his White House successor. Obama, a big sports fan with two teenage daughters, honored the team during a White House East Room ceremony for its World Cup victory in Canada in July, defeating Japan 5-2 in the tournament final behind midfielder Lloyd's three goals. "They've inspired millions of girls to dream bigger, and by the way, inspired millions of boys to look at girls differently, which is just as important," said Obama, who was joined by Vice President Joe Biden at the ceremon

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:13:29 -0400
Soccer-Third tier Aue stun Bundesliga - Eintracht in German Cup

By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday lauded the World Cup champion U.S. women's soccer team for inspiring "millions of girls to dream bigger" and suggested that goal-scoring phenom Carli Lloyd might want to consider becoming his White House successor. Obama, a big sports fan with two teenage daughters, honored the team during a White House East Room ceremony for its World Cup victory in Canada in July, defeating Japan 5-2 in the tournament final behind midfielder Lloyd's three goals. "They've inspired millions of girls to dream bigger, and by the way, inspired millions of boys to look at girls differently, which is just as important," said Obama, who was joined by Vice President Joe Biden at the ceremon

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 15:51:51 -0400
Soccer-German Cup 2nd round results

Abby Wambach, the leading career scorer - male or female - in international soccer, announced her retirement from soccer on Tuesday shortly after the U.S. national team celebrated its Women's World Cup victory at the White House. Wambach, who grew up in Rochester, New York, has appeared in 252 international matches with 184 goals. ''After much deliberation and talking with my friends, family, teammates and our coaching staff, I've decided to finally bring my soccer career to an end,'' Wambach said in a statemen

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:47:00 -0400
Soccer-Barca and lower league Villanovense want one-off cup decider

By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - In the midst of Brazil's deepening economic crisis, its cash-strapped capital may not have the money to fulfill a promise to host Olympic soccer games next year, leaving unused the most expensive stadium built for the 2014 World Cup. The Rio 2016 organizing committee has given Brasilia until mid-November to sign a contract or be stripped of the seven games set to be held there next year, a spokesperson said. Tickets for matches in Brasilia have already been on sale for months and it remains unclear how fans, many of whom may have bought flights and booked hotels, would be reimburse

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:47:00 -0400
Soccer-Barca and lower league Villanovense want one-off cup decider

By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - In the midst of Brazil's deepening economic crisis, its cash-strapped capital may not have the money to fulfill a promise to host Olympic soccer games next year, leaving unused the most expensive stadium built for the 2014 World Cup. The Rio 2016 organizing committee has given Brasilia until mid-November to sign a contract or be stripped of the seven games set to be held there next year, a spokesperson said. Tickets for matches in Brasilia have already been on sale for months and it remains unclear how fans, many of whom may have bought flights and booked hotels, would be reimburse

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:03:24 -0400
IOC bans Kuwait over government interference

President Barack Obama welcomed the U.S. women's 2015 World Cup champion soccer team to the White House Tuesday, saying the team's victory with class, excitement and style inspired the whole country. ''They've inspired millions of girls to dream bigger and, by the way, inspired millions of boys to look at girls differently, which is just as important,'' Obama said. Obama said his youngest daughter Sasha was able to cheer on the team when she attended the game with Vice President Joe Biden and his granddaughter Mais

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:38:55 -0400
Soccer-Richards charged by FA over tunnel incident

Britain's fraud office has received new information about money laundering as part of its investigation into soccer's world governing body FIFA, the head of the agency said on Tuesday. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said in May it was examining information relating to possible corruption at the governing body after the United States charged FIFA officials with fraud, bribery and money laundering. Giving an update on the UK investigation to a committee of British lawmakers, SFO director David Green said the agency was still examining issues around possible money laundering but that he did not think it could examine FIFA under bribery law

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:35:27 -0400
Russia ready to support Infantino in FIFA election

GENEVA (AP) -- FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale will travel to Cairo on Tuesday to seek support from African soccer leader

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:33:56 -0400
UK fraud office receives new money laundering details in FIFA investigation

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will support Gianni Infantino's bid to become FIFA president if UEFA President Michel Platini is unable to run for the post, the President of the Russian Football Union (RFU) and Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Tuesday. "Russia will support the UEFA General Secretary, Infantino, in the FIFA presidential elections, if the head of UEFA Platini is unable to take part," Mutko told R-Sport news agency.  On Monday, the UEFA executive committee supported Infantino's candidacy to take part in the FIFA presidential election

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:27:52 -0400
Soccer-Russia ready to support Infantino in FIFA election

Britain's fraud office has received new information about money laundering as part of its investigation into soccer's world governing body FIFA, the head of the agency said on Tuesday. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said in May it was examining information relating to possible corruption at the governing body after the United States charged FIFA officials with fraud, bribery and money laundering. Giving an update on the UK investigation to a committee of British lawmakers, SFO director David Green said the agency was still examining issues around possible money laundering but that he did not think it could examine FIFA under bribery law

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 05:30:25 -0400
Soccer-FIFA presidency candidate Salman hits out at nasty lies

(Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has dismissed accusations of human rights abuses during his time as Bahrain Football Association head as nasty lies, in comments to the BBC on Tuesday. Salman, head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), submitted his papers on Monday to stand in FIFA's Feb. 26 election to decide upon a new leader of the world governing body, engulfed in a corruption crisi

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 14:36:51 -0400
FIFA money transfer a mistake but no votes bought: Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer said Monday it was his mistake to make a payment to FIFA in return for a financial grant to Germany's 2006 World Cup organizing committee. In a brief statement published by German media late Monday, Beckenbauer gave little details about the case that has shaken German football. Beckenbauer, president of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee, reiterated his denial from last week that there was vote buying before Germany won the bid to stage the World Cu

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:48:49 -0400
Soccer-UEFA - Infantino to bid for FIFA presidency

By Joshua Franklin ZURICH (Reuters) - UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino entered the race for FIFA president on Monday as Asian soccer chief Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain declared he had also put himself forward. The surprise announcement from the executive committee of the European soccer authority that it was backing Infantino came ahead of the midnight CET deadline for candidates to register nominations for the presidency of world soccer's crisis-torn governing body. The FIFA election is scheduled to take place in Zurich on Feb. 2

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:03:05 -0400
Soccer-Greek championship fixtures

With Michel Platini expected to be ruled out of the FIFA presidential election because of his suspension, UEFA made a surprising last-minute decision Monday to throw its support behind the Frenchman's right-hand man. Gianni Infantino, the general secretary under Platini for the last six years, was given the go-ahead by an emergency UEFA executive committee meeting held via video conference to join a growing field of up to seven contenders. On a deadline day full of late tactical changes, Asian soccer confederation president Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain joined the field and Liberian soccer federation president Musa Bility also entered the rac

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:34:58 -0400
FA fines Arsenal for breaching agent rules over Chambers

Arsenal have been fined 60,000 pounds ($92,052) and warned about their future conduct for breaching agent regulations when signing defender Calum Chambers from Southampton in July 2014. The FA said in a statement on Monday that authorised agent Alan Middleton and unlicensed agent Philip Ercolano were both involved in the deal. "Alan Middleton has also been warned as to his future conduct and sanctioned for breaching the FA's football agent regulations in relation to the same matter," the FA adde

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 06:55:34 -0400
Soccer-La Liga strugglers Levante sack coach Alcaraz

ZURICH (Reuters) - South Korea's Chung Mong-Joon on Monday pulled out of the race for the presidency of global soccer body FIFA due to a ban from the sport. "Because of the ethics committee's unjust sanctions, I will have to miss the Oct. 26 deadline to file my candidacy," Chung said in a statement. "It is now time to officially withdraw my candidacy for the next FIFA president." (Reporting by Joshua Franklin; Editing by Michael Shield

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Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:26:48 -0400
Soccer-Columbus beat D.C. to secure first-round playoff bye

(Reuters) - The Columbus Crew locked up a first-round playoff bye when they hammered D.C. United 5-0 on a dramatic final day of the Major League Soccer regular season on Sunday. Columbus hardly missed prolific striker Kei Kamara, suspended after an accumulation of yellow cards, as his replacement Jack McInerney scored the opening goal in the 25th minute to set the Crew on the path to victory. United’s worst result in 18 years sent them plunging from second to fourth in the Eastern Conference, and into a knockout match against fifth-placed New England Revolution in the first round of the post season on Wednesda

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Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:02:31 -0400
Playoff picture set on MLS Decision Day

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Kekuta Manneh and Kendall Waston scored in the second half and the Vancouver Whitecaps beat the Houston Dynamo 3-0 on Sunday to finish second in the Western Conferenc

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Sun, 25 Oct 2015 21:26:46 -0400
Red Bulls beat Fire 2-1, win Supporters Shield

Clint Dempsey scored two goals and assisted on another, all in the first 20 minutes of the game, as the Seattle Sounders beat Real Salt Lake 3-1 to wrap up an MLS playoff berth Sunday. The Sounders (15-13-6, 51 points) ended the regular season on an eight-game unbeaten streak (4-0-4). With Sunday's other results, the Sounders are the No. 4 seed in the Western Conferenc

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Sun, 25 Oct 2015 21:16:04 -0400
Soccer-Sheikh Salman submits candidacy papers to FIFA - report

The president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, has formally entered the race to become FIFA president, the Bahrain News Agency reported on Sunday. The agency said Sheikh Salman had submitted his paperwork to FIFA headquarters on Sunday, a day ahead of the deadline for candidates to deliver the nominations from five soccer associations. The Bahraini, who is closely allied with Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, one of the most powerful men in international sports politics and a key figure in the Olympic movement, had canvassed opinion from Asian soccer associations last wee

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Sun, 25 Oct 2015 19:33:37 -0400
Soccer-Venezuelan championship results and standings

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- Sebastien Le Toux converted a penalty kick in the 41st minute and Andre Blake earned the shutout in the Philadelphia Union's 1-0 victory on Sunday that knocked Orlando City out of MLS Cup playoff contentio

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