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UEFA: Unopposed Ceferin Re-elected President

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin was on Thursday re-elected for a four-year term as head of European football’s governing body by acclamation. The 51-year-old Slovenian lawyer was the only candidate going forward for election at the UEFA Congress in Rome. Ceferin took over two and a half years ago after the corruption scandal that toppled his predecessor, Frenchman Michel Platini. “I am honoured,” said Ceferin, thanking members of UEFA’s 55 member associations for re-electing him, saying he was taking over with…

FIFA Members Back 48 Teams For Qatar World Cup

A “majority” of football federations support increasing the number of teams playing at the 2022 Qatar World Cup from 32 to 48, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in Doha on Thursday. At a press conference after a three-day FIFA summit in the Qatari capital, Infantino said the idea had widespread backing from associations across the globe. “We will see,” he said. “So far, of course the majority is in favour because 16 more teams to participate, not only means 16 more countries with World Cup fever but also 50 or 60…

AFCON: CAF Disqualifies Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone have been disqualified from the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifying competition, the Confederation of African Football said on Monday. Football’s world governing body FIFA had suspended the Sierra Leone Football Association in October due to “government interference”. CAF’s decision means Kenya and Ghana are assured of first and second place in Sierra Leone’s Group F and have therefore booked their place in next year’s finals. “Sierra Leone is disqualified from the qualifiers and all its matches are…

French Parents Who Named Their Children After World Cup Winners Face Prosecution

Football-obsessed parents in France have named their child after 2018 FIFA World Cup winners. A child (boy) who was born in the central town of Brive in November, less than four months after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, was named “Griezmann Mbappe” in honour of two of French national team’s heroes – Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe. But French authorities tasked with ensuring children’s names are in their interests, have flagged the case to prosecutors, and are praying the court to order the couple to change the…

2018 AWCON: Super Falcons Will Fight Back — Coach Dennerby

Super Falcons Coach, Thomas Dennerby has turned his focus on Wednesday’s second leg fixture in the ongoing 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ghana. Recall that South Africa’s Bayana Bayana had beat the eight-time African champions, Falcons in Cape Coast on Sunday through an 85th-minute goal by Thembi Kgatlana in their group B opening game. Nigeria will now have to win their next game against the dreaded Shepolopolo of Zambia to boost their hopes of making it to the semi-finals of the biennial competition.…

Super Falcons Coach Names Final Squad For Women’s AFCON

Super Falcons coach, Thomas Dennerby has named her 21-player squad for the upcoming Women's Africa Cup of Nations, to be played in Ghana. Director of Communications, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire, named the strong squad during a press conference in Abuja. “The eight-time champions are presently at Sol Beni in Abidjan, which is the academy of 1998 African champions ASEC Mimosas FC, for an eight-day final camping programme. “They will depart for Ghana on Wednesday, Nov. 14,’’ Olajire said.…

How Plan To Destroy Champions League Was Uncovered

The documents unveiled last week offer, in all kinds of detail, how and when the project of a European League was born, and its evolution until everything is ready for its execution, plus how the so-called Big Four (Bayern, Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid) used it as a weapon against UEFA to reform the Champions League. A real threat exists that the most powerful clubs will blow up the current competition. The documents reveal a labyrinth of interests in search of the best business. As an example, suffice it to…

La Liga Game In Miami: FIFA Council Opposed To The Idea

La Liga's hopes of holding a game in the United States look less likely after the FIFA Council said it was opposed to the idea. The Spanish top flight wants Girona's home game against Barcelona to be held in Miami on 26 January. But the move cannot go ahead without the approval of the Spanish FA, which has consistently objected to the proposal, FIFA and two other bodies. One of the men behind the plan said earlier this month it may not happen. American businessman Charlie Stillitano told BBC Sport they would need…

FIFA Ranking: Super Eagles Move Up By 4 Spots

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved up by four spots to 44th position in the new ranking by World football governing body, FIFA. In the ranking table published on FIFA website on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1431 points in October, placing it third on the continental stage. The coach Gernot Rohr defeated the Mediterranean Knights of Libya 4-0 (home) and 3-2 (away) earlier this month, in the African Nations Cup qualifiers to top the group fixtures. The movement has now placed Nigeria as the third in Africa behind…

UEFA Bans Russian Club Rubin Kazan From European Competition

Russian club Rubin Kazan have been banned from playing in the Champions League and Europa League if they qualify for either tournament in the next two seasons. European football's governing body UEFA handed down the punishment for the breach of financial fair play rules. The Russian Premier League side had a 'settlement agreement' with UEFA after initially breaking the rules. But it broke that arrangement, leading UEFA to open a new investigation. Financial fair play rules are designed to stop clubs spending more…
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