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US Soccer President Says Re-Election of FIFA President 'Disappointing'

Sunil Gulati says he is "embarrassed" by the allegations of corruption and bribery facing members of FIFA and expressed disap…

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Blatter Wins Fifth FIFA Term, But the Pressure Is Only Beginning

Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA…

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England Loses Against Canada in World Cup Warm-Up

England was defeated 1-0 by host nation Canad…

  • Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic plays a shot to Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris
    Kvitova eases into French Open last 16 5 minutes ago

    PARIS (Reuters) - Czech fourth seed Petra Kvitova cantered into the last 16 of the French Open with a 6-3 6-2 win against Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu on Saturday. The … More »Kvitova eases into French Open last 16

    Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic plays a shot to Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris

    PARIS (Reuters) - Czech fourth seed Petra Kvitova cantered into the last 16 of the French Open with a 6-3 6-2 win against Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu on Saturday. The double Wimbledon champion, a semi-finalist on the Roland Garros clay in 2012, had too much power for the 30th seed, who could not muster a break point on …

  • European countries eligible to bid for 2026 World Cup: FIFA 8 minutes ago

    ZURICH (Reuters) - European countries will be able to bid for the 2026 World Cup following a decision by world soccer's governing body FIFA on Saturday. FIFA president … More »European countries eligible to bid for 2026 World Cup: FIFA

    ZURICH (Reuters) - European countries will be able to bid for the 2026 World Cup following a decision by world soccer's governing body FIFA on Saturday. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said all continents could bid to host the event except for Asia, where Qatar will host the 2022 tournament. (Writing by Brian Homewood; …

  • Re-elected FIFA President Blatter arrives for a news conference after an extraordinary Executive Committee meeting in Zurich
    No change in distribution of World Cup places 15 minutes ago

    FIFA will not make any changes to the allocation of World Cup slots among the six continents for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar, president Sepp Blatter … More »No change in distribution of World Cup places

    Re-elected FIFA President Blatter arrives for a news conference after an extraordinary Executive Committee meeting in Zurich

    FIFA will not make any changes to the allocation of World Cup slots among the six continents for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar, president Sepp Blatter said on Saturday. Europe will have 13 places, Africa 5, S.America 4.5, Asia 4.5, Concacaf 3.5 and Oceania 0.5, while hosts Russia qualify automatically …

  • Gill rejects FIFA role after 'terribly damaging events' 28 minutes ago

    English Football Association vice-chairman David Gill confirmed on Saturday he will not take up his post on FIFA's executive committee following the re-election of Sepp … More »Gill rejects FIFA role after 'terribly damaging events'

    English Football Association vice-chairman David Gill confirmed on Saturday he will not take up his post on FIFA's executive committee following the re-election of Sepp Blatter as president of soccer's world governing body. "This action is not something I take lightly but the terribly damaging events of the last three …

  • Blatter hits out at U.S. authorities, UEFA 1 hour 12 minutes ago

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter has said that the events in the run-up to his re-election as FIFA president "do not smell right" and he was the victim … More »Blatter hits out at U.S. authorities, UEFA

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter has said that the events in the run-up to his re-election as FIFA president "do not smell right" and he was the victim of "hate" on the part of European soccer's governing body UEFA. Blatter implied that it was not just a coincidence that Swiss police arrested seven leading …

  • Barcelona's Neymar gestures to his teammates before a training session at the Barcelona training grounds Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi near Barcelona

    Brazilian soccer club Santos said on Friday it filed a suit with FIFA seeking compensation for a breach of contract in the transfer of forward Neymar to FC Barcelona, adding to the controversy that led to the resignation of the president of the Spanish champions. Modesto Roma, the president of Santos, said the team filed …

  • Barcelona's Luis Suarez reacts during their Spanish first division soccer match at El Arcangel stadium in Cordoba

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Luis Suarez is fit to face Athletic Bilbao as Barcelona bid to pick up their second trophy of a potential treble in Saturday's King´s Cup final, coach Luis Enrique said on Friday. Suarez has been in lethal form over the final months of the season, combining with Lionel Messi and Neymar …

  • Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion - Barclays Premier League

    Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes finishing in the Premier League's top four last season was essential for the record 20-times English champions. United came fourth in Louis van Gaal's first campaign in charge, improving on their seventh-place finish under David Moyes 12 months ago. "Top four was a must, …

  • By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Bribery scandals, arrests and a tempestuous presidential election that demonstrated a growing split within FIFA were put to the side on Saturday as the next generation of soccer's leading lights began the under-20 World Cup in New Zealand. More than 25,000 people in Auckland cast …

  • The Irish Open

    By Bernie McGuire NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy wasted little time after missing the cut for a third straight year at the Irish Open as he headed straight for his parents' Belfast home on Friday. It left McIlroy four shots outside the cut-off mark of five- over-par in the 2.5 million …

  • LPGA: ANA Inspiration-Third Round

    (Reuters) - Morgan Pressel, benefiting from a swing change made earlier this year, spectacularly eagled her final hole to seize a one-shot lead in the opening round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway, New Jersey on Friday. The 27-year-old American struck a driver off the tee, then a superb five-hybrid to within three …

  • Alize Cornet of France celebrates after beating Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia during their  women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris

    By Martyn Herman PARIS (Reuters) - Just after lunch Alize Cornet collapsed on her back in joy and several hours later as dusk arrived Gael Monfils danced a jig of delight as home hopes soared at the French Open on Friday. In between there were routine third-round victories for defending women's champion Maria Sharapova …

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram to FIFA President Sepp Blatter congratulating him on his re-election, the Kremlin said on Saturday. Russia was interested in co-operating with FIFA in general and in particular in preparation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, it said.

  • FIFA President Blatter reacts after he was re-elected at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter began his fifth term at the helm of soccer's governing body on Saturday facing the daunting task of restoring public faith in an organization tainted by allegations of corruption and deeply divided over his re-election. The 79-year-old Swiss comfortably …

  • FIFA President Blatter speaks after he was re-elected at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich

    By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after his only challenger conceded defeat in an election overshadowed by allegations of rampant corruption in world soccer. Blatter won despite demands that he quit in the face of a major bribery …