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Valcke says reputation destroyed as he appears before tribunal

Valcke says reputation destroyed as he appears before tribunal

The Frenchman, whose job was to ensure the smooth running of FIFA, and in particular the World Cup, was right-hand man to now banned president Sepp Blatter before both were embroiled in a corruption scandal.

Xavi open to being Qatar World Cup 2022 coach

Xavi open to being Qatar World Cup 2022 coach

The Barcelona great, 37, who currently plays in Qatar for Al Sadd, told AFP he is "90 per cent" certain to retire at the end of this season and then launch his coaching career.

29 hurt as French stadium barrier collapses

29 hurt as French stadium barrier collapses

Twenty-nine fans were hurt, five of them seriously, when a barrier collapsed Saturday at a stadium in the northern French city of Amiens as away supporters celebrated their opening goal.

Egypt jails 14 over deadly stadium stampede

Egypt jails 14 over deadly stadium stampede

An Egyptian court jailed two people for life on Sunday and 12 to between two and 10 years over violence that led to a deadly football stadium stampede in Cairo.

China out of World Cup despite victory

China out of World Cup despite victory

China's faint hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup finals in Russia finally ended on Tuesday, despite securing the victory they needed in Qatar with just 10 men.

War-torn Syria on verge of World Cup fairytale

War-torn Syria on verge of World Cup fairytale

Against all odds, Syria's footballers have overcome more than six years of civil war and internal political rifts to raise hopes of qualifying for their first ever World Cup.

US links Mexico football captain Marquez to drug cartel

US links Mexico football captain Marquez to drug cartel

The US Treasury on Wednesday accused Rafael Marquez, captain of Mexico's national football team and a former FC Barcelona player, of being a ‘front person’ for a major drug trafficking organization.

Neymar in China as transfer rumours grow

Neymar in China as transfer rumours grow

Neymar greeted fans in Shanghai on Monday as speculation mounted that the Brazil star could be set to quit Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record 222 million euros.

Qatar allowed to play in 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Qatar allowed to play in 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Qatar's national football team will be permitted to play in the preliminary qualifying rounds of the 2022 World Cup despite being given an automatic berth in the finals as tournament hosts, the Asian Football Confederation has said.

Barcelona extend Messi contract until 2021

Barcelona extend Messi contract until 2021

Spain's FC Barcelona extended the contract of star striker Lionel Messi until June 30, 2021, the club announced Wednesday, just days after he wed his childhood sweetheart in Argentina.

No impact on World Cup preparations, says Qatar

No impact on World Cup preparations, says Qatar

Qatar said the rift with some fellow Gulf Arab states, which includes economic sanctions on Doha, has not affected its preparations to host the 2022 World Cup ...

FIFA wants ‘more playing time’ as video reviews get Confed Cup test

FIFA wants ‘more playing time’ as video reviews get Confed Cup test

Longer periods of stoppage time are likely at the Confederations Cup as world football governing body FIFA seeks ‘more playing time’ amid the testing of video reviews to help referees.