Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $28,247
32%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 32% is in!! Please keep it coming in, folks. July is almost funded--now we need to cover August and September.

Keyword: soccer

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Clint Dempsey stars as USA hammer Cuba 6-0 to reach Gold Cup semis

    07/19/2015 9:50:18 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 19 July 2015 | Les Carpenter
    One of the joys of watching US soccer as it rises in prominence is to see Clint Dempsey in his prime. There are days, like Saturday, when he seems to run effortlessly down the field, diving and sprawling and scoring from almost any angle. In a 6-0 Gold Cup quarter-final vanquishing of Cuba that could easily have been 10, Dempsey scored three goals in three completely different ways. It was his first hat-trick for USA, and he probably could have scored at least three more – that’s how dominant he was in victory that seemed far too easy for a...
  • Women’s Soccer Doesn’t Deserve Equal Pay

    07/09/2015 11:30:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | July 9, 2015 | D.C. McAllister
    Pay equality activists are at it again. This time they’re using the success of the U.S. women’s soccer team in the World Cup final to push their agenda. According to Politico, what we really need to be talking about is the players’ paychecks. “Pay for professional women’s soccer players is at best paltry and at worst outright shameful compared to those of their male counterparts. (The U.S. men’s team is currently ranked 27, compared with the world-champion women),” Mary Pilon writes. “Yet the total payout for the Women’s World Cup this year will be $15 million, compared with the total...
  • Abby Wambach, Wife Sarah Huffman Share Kiss After U.S. World Cup Win

    07/06/2015 7:09:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 65 replies
    CNN ^ | July 6, 2015 | Wilfred Chan
    Abby Wambach, Wife Sarah Huffman Share Kiss After U.S. World Cup Win By Wilfred Chan, CNN July 6, 2015 So when her squad's memorable 5-2 triumph over Japan was sealed, she chose an unforgettable way to celebrate. With the crowd roaring, as cameras flashed, Wambach -- one of the greatest players in the history of women's soccer -- ran to the stadium's edge and leapt into the stands to kiss her wife, Sarah Huffman.
  • Abby Wambach, wife Sarah Huffman share kiss after U.S. World Cup win

    07/06/2015 1:36:09 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 99 replies
    CNN ^ | July 6, 2015 | Wilfred Chan
    (CNN)Before tonight, Abby Wambach had everything but the World Cup. So when her squad's memorable 5-2 triumph over Japan was sealed, she chose an unforgettable way to celebrate. With the crowd roaring, as cameras flashed, Wambach -- one of the greatest players in the history of women's soccer -- ran to the stadium's edge and leapt into the stands to kiss her wife, Sarah Huffman.
  • Stupid British vs. Japan soccer

    07/02/2015 6:39:30 PM PDT · by djf · 54 replies
    Alright I must have seen this clip a hundred times... a woman, dressed in white, kicks a soccer ball - it hits the bar, but then seems to go in, then bounces out. The goal is defended by a woman in a dark uniform with dark hair, I'm assuming she's Japanese. Now everyone is making a big deal of this saying she "scored her own goal" or some other BS and I'm sick of it can someone PLEASE explain to me what happened?
  • USA beats Japan 5-2, wins first Women's World Cup title since 1999

    07/05/2015 6:07:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 07/05/2015 | By Jamie Goldberg
    The U.S. Women's National Team won its first Women's World Cup title since 1999, beating Japan 5-2 Sunday. The USA is the only country to ever win three Women's World Cup titles. Check out a summary of updates from the game in the comments thread below.
  • Carli Lloyd Nets Hat Trick in 16 Minutes vs. Japan in Women's World Cup Final

    07/05/2015 5:02:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | Jul 5, 2015 | Kyle Newport
    Playing in a big game, United States women's national team star Carli Lloyd was ready for the spotlight yet again. Lloyd got the United States off to a fast start in the Women's World Cup final against Japan, scoring two goals in the first five minutes. ... Lauren Holiday joined the fun with a goal in the 14th minute, but moments later, Lloyd struck again. This time, it was on an unbelievable shot from near midfield. ... With her third goal of the match, Lloyd became the first American to record a hat trick in the Women's World Cup final
  • Check Out The Graphic On Google

    07/05/2015 5:02:27 PM PDT · by Retired Chemist · 49 replies
    Vanity
    Appropriate?
  • FIFA WOMEN's WORLD CUP FINAL (USA VS JAPAN AT VANCOUVER) LIVE

    07/05/2015 3:05:20 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 62 replies
    Today's World Cup Final - USA vs. Japan On Fox.
  • Copa America 2015 Final preview: Start time, schedule..

    07/04/2015 10:37:42 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 1 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 07.04.2015
    The Copa America 2015 Final between Argentina and Chile takes place on Saturday, and both teams will be desperate to claim the win to end their long wait for international honors. Today's game takes place from Santiago, Chile with a kick off time of 4 p.m. ET.
  • OMG! The US Women's soccer team, lacks diversity (bunch of white chicks in shorts kicking a ball)

    07/01/2015 11:40:49 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 50 replies
    one man's opinion...
    The US Women's National Soccer team played a superb, thrilling game against powerhouse Germany yesterday, coming away with a 2-0 win, and a spot in the finals this weekend. And coming on the 4th of July weekend, it couldn't be a better all around-feel-good story. The huge crowd sported every form of red, white, and blue attire imaginable, and displayed their colors proudly at every opportunity. Cheers of "USA!, USA" filled the stadium. But if you take a closer look, beyond the excitement of the game, you'll notice that something's very wrong, and very lacking, at USA soccer.
  • Women's World Cup Soccer: United States Roars Into the Final [Defeats Top-Ranked Germany]

    06/30/2015 7:27:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06/30/2015 | Andrew Keh
    MONTREAL — The United States advanced to the World Cup final on Tuesday with its most impressive performance in recent memory, notching a 2-0 victory over a top-ranked German team that had steamrolled its way to the semifinals. The Americans, who looked discordant in the early parts of the tournament, seem to be peaking at the perfect time. They looked harmonious and controlled play against the favored Germans for large stretches of the match at Olympic Stadium. Carli Lloyd, who had scored in the team’s two previous wins, put her stamp on yet another night, scoring on a penalty kick...
  • Women's World Cup: USWNT vs Germany is last-four clash of the titans

    06/30/2015 9:40:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 8:47 AM ET, Tue June 30, 2015 | Chris Borg
    )It's a showdown between the two top teams in women's football -- and according to United States star Alex Morgan, it is "virtually a final." Morgan and her USWNT teammates take on favorite Germany in Montreal for a place in the Women's World Cup final against either England or Japan on July 5. It's hard to pick a winner from two nations which have each triumphed at the tournament twice -- even though the USWNT have not lifted the trophy since 1999 and Germany have won two of the last three tournaments. So far, neither team has had an entirely...
  • Croatia could face sanction for swastika pattern on field vs. Italy [VIDEO]

    06/14/2015 2:42:10 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 15 replies
    ESPN FC U.S. Edition ^ | June 12, 2015 | ESPN Staff
    The pitch in Split, Croatia, appeared to show the pattern of a swastika during Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier.SPLIT, Croatia -- Croatia could face punishment by UEFA after a swastika pattern could be seen on the pitch for its European Championship qualifying match against Italy. The Nazi symbol was clearly marked in the middle of the half Italy was attacking in the first period of Friday's 1-1 draw. Ground staff attempted to cover the symbol up during the half-time interval but were unable to do so and the Croatian Football Federation expressed its regret over the incident and confirmed the symbol...
  • 2015 Women’s World Cup: Game, TV schedule as USWNT chase glory in Canada

    06/06/2015 3:25:29 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 535 replies
    prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com ^ | Jun 5, 2015 | Joe Prince-Wright
    The 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada is the biggest tournament ever for women’s soccer. Expanded to 24 teams for the first time in history, the action begins on Saturday, June 6 and the final is on July 5. It promises to be a spectacular month of soccer north of the border. ... Below is a look at the day-by-day schedule for each group game, including where you can watch the games in the U.S. on TV, followed by the schedule for the knockout stages. All times listed are Eastern Time.
  • The Women’s World Cup Is Still Oppressively Sexist

    06/11/2015 11:11:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    WBUR ^ | Wed, Jun 10, 2015 | Cloe Axelson
    This week, the U.S. women begin their quest to win the World Cup, a feat they haven’t accomplished since July 10, 1999. More than 90,000 people attended the match that day at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, while 40 million watched on TV. I watched, too, from a stuffy, third-floor apartment in a Somerville triple-decker; I covered my eyes as Brandi Chastain buried her penalty kick in the goal’s top-right corner, lifting the U.S. to victory over China. As a player, I didn’t have one thousandth of Mia Hamm’s talent, but how her team captured my imagination. Sally Jenkins,...
  • To All Soccer Fans: American soccer is on fire

    06/11/2015 8:24:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/11/2015 | Tony Manfred
    These are good times for United States national soccer teams of all genders and ages. 1. The U.S. women's team is on top of Group D (the Group of Death!) in the Women's World Cup after a 3-1 win over Australia. The USWNT is still one of the tournament's two big favorites. 2. The U.S. men's team just beat Germany (the reigning World Cup champions and No. 1-ranked team in the world) and the Netherlands (the team that finished 3rd at the World Cup) on the road in the same week, scoring six goals in the process. 3. The U.S....
  • Obama says FIFA should 'operate with integrity and transparency and accountability' trunc

    06/08/2015 12:01:34 PM PDT · by Sergio · 23 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | 8 June 2015 | David Martosko
    ...it is very important for FIFA to be able to operate with integrity and transparency and accountability,' Obama told reporters at a news conference after the G7 summit.
  • Hope Solo’s half-sister, new documents reveal ugly details of domestic violence incident

    06/07/2015 3:17:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | By Cindy Boren June 7 at 4:26 PM
    A day before the U.S. women’s national team opens its World Cup play, the sister of goalie Hope Solo has spoken up and documents reveal new details about a domestic violence incident involving the family last June. On ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Mark Fainaru-Wada reports that police records, depositions and an interview with Teresa Obert, Solo’s half-sister and one of the alleged victims in the incident, are at odds with Solo’s comments on what happened on “Good Morning, America,” on Facebook and in a new ESPNW story. Charges against her in Kirkland, Wash., were dismissed last winter, but prosecutors have...
  • FIFA Scandal: Interpol Issues 'Red Notices' For Six Mentioned in Indictment

    06/03/2015 6:17:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    www.nbcnews.com ^ | 06-03-2015 | by Alexander Smith
    Interpol issued wanted-person notices Wednesday for six people accused by the Department of Justice of being involved in a vast corruption network surrounding soccer's FIFA governing body. The so-called "red notices" — which do not have the power of an international arrest warrant — were issued at the request of U.S. authorities, Interpol said in a statement. Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner and former FIFA executive committee member Nicolás Leoz were the top names on Interpol's list, followed by Alejandro Burzaco, Hugo Jinkis and Mariano Jinkis, all heads of marketing businesses based in Argentina, and José Margulies, who runs...
  • The myth that America doesn't like football

    06/02/2015 12:18:49 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 155 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2nd June 2015 | Nick Bryant
    'True, football, or soccer as it is known here, is not as central to American as it is to European, African or South and Central American life. Nowhere near. Up until recently, the game has been unloved by the major US television networks, which have long bemoaned the lack of breaks in play, the paucity of goals and the glut of draws. Absent from the US game are big-name male stars and big-name clubs. The New York Red Bulls will never rival the New York Yankees. Real Salt Lake pales, rather risibly, alongside Real Madrid. However, football is no longer...
  • FIFA Scandal: Alleged Payments Suggest Link to Top Officials

    05/31/2015 12:07:49 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 22 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 30, 2015 | By MATTHEW FUTTERMAN
    Size of 2008 transfers outlined in indictment said to require approval from a small group at FIFA’s highest levels Ten million dollars in transfer payments were sent from FIFA bank accounts in Switzerland to a Caribbean soccer organization in 2008 and used to pay bribes to secure votes for South Africa’s bid to host the World Cup in 2010, the Department of Justice’s indictment alleges, in what could emerge as the most direct connection between the Zurich-based organization’s executive offices and the corruption probe shaking the world’s most popular sport. The size of the transfers, allegedly sent in three installments,...
  • Breaking: FIFA members reelect president Sepp Blatter amid league corruption charges

    05/29/2015 10:39:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 56 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | FoxNews.Com
    The embattled head of FIFA Sepp Blatter was reelected Friday as president of the organization, amid allegations of the worst corruption crisis in the world soccer league’s 111-year history.
  • Russia plans to use PRISON labour to drive down the cost of World Cup

    05/26/2015 3:22:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 May 2015 | CHRIS PLEASANCE
    Lawmakers in Russia have announced plans to use prison labour to help drive down the cost of hosting the 2018 World Cup by forcing them to take jobs that ordinary Russians won't do. Politician Alexander Khinshtein, from the ruling United Russia party, has said he is drawing up proposals which would see inmates taken to work in factories producing materials for the games. Meanwhile Alexander Rudy, head of Russia's prison service, has said that he was keen to use prisoners for 'tasks that, let's say, wouldn't appeal to the ordinary citizen.'
  • Putin: These FIFA charges are a US plot to steal the 2018 World Cup from Russia

    05/28/2015 8:46:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/28/2015 | Ed Morrisey
    Actually, it’s the Swiss who are probing the 2018 World Cup award to Russia, and the US bid was for the 2022 World Cup that went to Qatar.  Vladimir Putin won’t let those facts get in the way of a good anti-American rant, of course. The Russian strongman publicly questioned why the US would have any interest or jurisdiction over a legal argument that doesn’t involve its own citizens, which also turns out to be … not true: Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in FIFA’s affairs and hinted that it was part of an...
  • The Clinton Foundation received $100K from scandal-tarred FIFA (the Hillary connection)

    05/28/2015 4:38:05 AM PDT · by Liz · 9 replies
    NYPOST.COM ^ | 5/28/15 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON — The embattled Clinton Family Foundation received as much as $100,000 from FIFA--the scandal-tarred world soccer federation, available records revealed....the Clinton Foundation is under fire for accepting undisclosed multimillion-dollar contributions from foreign nations while Hillary was Secy of State. Bill was honorary chair of the effort to bring the soccer event to the US in 2018 or 2022 and hobnobbed with FIFA President Sepp Blatter at the World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2010..... the tiny Gulf emirate of Qatar prevailed for the 2022 competition.
  • Soccer's Embattled Governing Body Made Donation To The Clinton Foundation [Foundation: RICO?]

    05/27/2015 9:56:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 27, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    Soccer's Embattled Governing Body Made Donation To The Clinton Foundation By Malia Zimmerman May 27, 2015 Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and FIFA President Sepp Blatter attend the 2010 World Cup Group C soccer match between the United States and Algeria at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria June 23, 2010. The Clintons, already under scrutiny for accepting foreign donations to their family foundation and keeping them secret from the Obama administration while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, have received money from another controversial source: the Federacion Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Soccer’s governing body, which donated between $50,001...
  • Fifa scandal: Why the US is policing a global game

    05/27/2015 5:54:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 27, 2015 | Paul Blake
    America does not even like football, or so many people think. Why is it leading the charge against alleged Fifa corruption? At dawn, Swiss police rounded up seven Fifa officials at the behest of US authorities who have conducted a massive investigation into corruption at football's governing body. So how did a country where football is more niche than entrenched come to police the world's beautiful game? "Too many countries are cowed by Fifa," said Alexandra Wrage, a former Fifa anti-bribery adviser who resigned in protest from the organisation. "As with international bribery more generally, the US Department of Justice...
  • Corrupt FIFA Has Clinton Foundation Ties; World Cup Host Qatar Gave Millions

    05/27/2015 2:34:30 PM PDT · by drewh · 10 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05.27.1510:00 AM ET | Jackie Kucinich
    Corrupt FIFA Has Clinton Foundation Ties; World Cup Host Qatar Gave Millions Both Bill Clinton and his family’s charity have been tied to soccer’s governing body, as well as Qatar’s disastrous World Cup bid. And just like that, another Clinton Foundation donor is in the news. The Clinton global charity has received between $50,000 and $100,000 from soccer’s governing body and has partnered with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association on several occasions, according to donor listings on the foundation’s website. Several top FIFA executives were arrested Wednesday in Zurich and face corruption charges stretching back two decades, according to...
  • FIFA and the Clintons in Cahoots on Typical Socialist-Style Corruption

    05/27/2015 2:02:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: FIFA. When I first heard about this, I was stunned. We've got a new attorney general, and how long has this investigation been going? She didn't do this. Did she start this? How many moons ago has this been going on? Holder started this or some -- not that that matters. The thing about this that blows my mind, of course FIFA is corrupt. They're a bunch of Western socialist guys. Of course it's corrupt. That's the story of the world before the United States of America came along. It's just another opportunity here to define American exceptionalism in...
  • FIFA Officials, Including 2 VPs, Arrested on Corruption Charge [Obama Targets FIFA, not ISIS]

    05/27/2015 3:52:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | 5/27/15
    .....FIFA, the powerful and polarizing governing body for soccer, came under prosecutorial assault from two fronts Wednesday. Acting on an indictment by the U.S. Justice Department, Swiss police arrested several top FIFA officials, including two vice presidents, during an overnight raid in Zurich on charges of corruption Wednesday. The U.S. investigation targets alleged wrongdoing that spans 24 years. U.S. prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 14 people, on charges ranging from money laundering to fraud and racketeering.
  • 2018 World Cup Emblem Reflects Russia’s Soul And Heart — FIFA chief

    10/28/2014 4:34:53 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 10/28/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, October 28. /TASS/. Russia’s official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, to be unveiled late on Tuesday night in Moscow, reflects the soul and heart of Russia, Sepp Blatter, the president of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), said. The official emblem of the 2018 World Cup will be unveiled late on Tuesday night in the Russian capital during the Evening Urgant television talk show by FIFA President Blatter and Secretary General Jerome Valcke, jointly with Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and Fabio Cannavaro, captain of...
  • Clinton Foundation took at least $1,250,000 from Qatar and World Cup committee...

    05/28/2015 6:42:49 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5-27-15 | David Martosko
    'Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee' is the entity responsible for organizing the Gulf state's 2022 World Cup bid and the resulting preparations FIFA itself is also listed as a donor to the foundation, giving up to $100,000 Clinton Foundation website discloses donations from the committee of between $250,001 and $500,000, including a donation in 2014 Qatar itself has donated between $1 million and $5 million to the foundation, and did it before 2014 The tiny Middle Eastern country won the rights to host the 2022 global soccer tournament in December 2010 Clinton Foundation later said Qatar worked toward 'utilizing its research...
  • Clinton Foundation took at least $1,250,000 from Qatar and World Cup committee embroiled in bribery

    05/28/2015 2:28:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/27/15 | David Martosko
    Clinton Foundation took at least $1,250,000 from Qatar and World Cup committee embroiled in soccer bribery scandal - and up to $100,000 from FIFA itself The fast-moving FIFA bribery scandal now has a Clinton connection, after news that the nation of Qatar and its 2022 World Cup organizing committee - and even FIFA itself - donated between $1.3 million and $5.55 million to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The scandal-hit football world authority is listed by the foundation as having handed over at least $50,001 and as much as $100,000 to the Clinton's controversial organization in a direct...
  • U.S. Indicts Nine FIFA Officials, Five Others on Corruption Charges

    05/27/2015 3:20:31 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 20 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 27, 2015 5:53 a.m. ET | By ARUNA VISWANATHA, JOSHUA ROBINSON and CHRISTOPHE M. MATTHEWS
    Charged defendants include Jeffrey Webb and Jack Warner Nine soccer officials and five others were charged in the U.S. on broad corruption charges accusing them of a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the sport’s top governing body, FIFA, authorities said Wednesday. Charged defendants include Jeffrey Webb, the head of the regional body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, and Jack Warner, his predecessor. Mr. Webb is also a FIFA vice president. Six individuals have pleaded guilty in connection with the case, the U.S. Justice Department said. It added that Swiss authorities in Zurich had earlier Wednesday arrested...
  • U.S. Prepares Criminal Indictment Alleging Corruption at Soccer Body FIFA

    05/27/2015 1:39:55 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 20 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 27, 2015 | By ARUNA VISWANATHA And CHRISTOPHER M. MATTHEWS
    Six soccer officials arrested in Switzerland U.S. authorities are preparing to unveil a criminal indictment against officials of soccer’s international governing body that will detail allegations of widespread corruption, according to people familiar with the matter. The indictment against officials of the International Federation of Association Football, known as FIFA, was expected to be unsealed in Brooklyn federal court against multiple individuals as early as Wednesday, the people said. Early Wednesday morning six soccer officials were arrested in Zurich, Switzerland, the country’s Federal Office of Justice said in a statement, adding that they had been detained pending extradition. The FOJ...
  • Loretta Lynch's Justice Department Just Launched a Full-Blown Offensive Against FIFA

    05/27/2015 8:07:40 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 122 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 27, 2015 | Nora Kelly
    May 27, 2015 Loretta Lynch's Justice Department unsealed a 47-count indictment Wednesday morning laden with racketeering, corruption and conspiracy charges against 14 people associated with FIFA, the world soccer association, and international soccer organizations.
  • FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Face Extradition to U.S.

    05/26/2015 10:09:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 5-27-2015 | MATT APUZZO, MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and SAM BORDENMAY
    Swiss authorities began an extraordinary early-morning operation here Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges. As leaders of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, gathered for their annual meeting, more than a dozen plain-clothed Swiss law enforcement officials arrived unannounced at the Baur au Lac hotel, an elegant five-star property with views of the Alps and Lake Zurich. The officers went to the registration desk to get keys, then headed upstairs toward the hotel rooms. One FIFA official was led by the authorities from his room to a side-door exit...
  • Soccer players applauding the fans: does that look more than a little gay? [vanity]

    05/23/2015 5:11:00 AM PDT · by foreverfree · 57 replies
    foreverfree's curiosity | 5/23/15 | foreverfree
    I posted this question in another thread but got no response so...Who else has been watching the Barclays Premier League for the last 5 years on "the networks of NBC Universal" (and before that, ESPN)? Anyone else notice that when a player comes off for a sub (or after the game), they applaud their team's fans? Who besides me thinks that looks a little gay?I'm considering stopping watching soccer for that reason (although I'll watch Newcastle try to stave off relegation tomorrow [only recently did I tire of the returned applause gesture (just a wave will do IMO)]).ff
  • Italian Official Under Fire For Allegedly Calling Female Footballers ‘A Bunch of Lesbians’

    05/16/2015 10:30:28 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 49 replies
    Guardian(UK) ^ | May 16, 2015 | Marcus Christenson
    Italian Official Under Fire For Allegedly Calling Female Footballers ‘A Bunch of Lesbians’ Marcus Christenson 16 May 2015 An Italian football official is under pressure to resign after allegedly referring to female players as a “bunch of lesbians”. Felice Belloli, the president of the county’s amateur football association, allegedly made the comments when discussing funding for women’s football in the country. The Italian Football Association (FIGC) opened an investigation on Friday after it was sent the minutes of the meeting of the Lega Nazionale Dilettanti (LND). Belloli allegedly said: “That’s enough, we can’t always talk about giving money to this...
  • Terrorist presses to boot Israel's soccer team

    05/12/2015 10:44:43 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    WND ^ | 6 hours ago
    TEL AVIV – A Palestinian previously convicted of multiple terrorism charges is the official currently leading the dialogue with a prestigious international soccer federation from which the Palestinian Authority is seeking to get Israel expelled. If the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, suspends or boots the Jewish state, the move would have a dramatic impact on Israel’s ability to compete in international soccer competitions. As part of a larger boycott movement against Israel, the PA’s Palestinian Soccer Association has filed a formal complaint with FIFA to have Israel’s membership suspended. The PA’s main complaint is that Israel does...
  • Report: Israelis Banned from Buying French Soccer Tickets

    04/30/2015 12:57:56 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/15 | Moshe Cohen
    Israelis appear to have been banned from buying tickets to see the Paris St. Germain soccer team in action, NRG reported Sunday night. The discovery was made by an Israeli couple planning a trip to Paris who wanted to attend a game – and could not find a listing for Israeli orders on the group's ticket ordering web site. Guy Schleider of Ramat Gan perused the team's web site and went to the ticket buying area, where a drop-down list allowed residents of countries around the world to choose their home countries where tickets would be sent to. Included on...
  • Outrage as Dutch Soccer Fans Chant ‘Jews Burn the Best’

    04/07/2015 3:41:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    INN ^ | 4/7/2015, 9:02 PM | Ari Yashar
    Anti-Semitism has been rampant in Holland, but a new incident has taken the Jew hatred to new levels as Dutch soccer fans chanted anti-Semitic slogans during a match on Sunday, calling for Jews to be burned and sent to gas chambers. Dutch police have launched an investigation, after video footage captured fans belting out the anti-Semitic slurs and clapping during FC Utrecht’s 1-1 draw with Ajax, reports The Independent. Dutch media revealed the chants included “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas,” and a longer one filmed by someone in the stands and viewable below, in which the fans roared “my...
  • OK Soccer fans - The BYU comedy crew hits it out of the park!

    03/30/2015 8:03:09 AM PDT · by Baynative · 11 replies
    Facebook ^ | Unk | BYU Studio C
    I'm not a soccer fan, but I am a big fan of humor and well done parody. If this doesn't make you laugh, nothing will! (I clicked excerpt to make the link easy)
  • Montenegro-Russia abandoned after scuffle

    03/27/2015 7:15:44 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 28 replies
    Soccerway ^ | 27 March 2015 | Soccerway
    Russia's Euro 2016 qualifier in Montenegro was abandoned after multiple violent incidents in Podgorica on Friday. Just seconds in, Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was struck in the back of the head by a flare thrown from the stands at Stadion pod Goricom. While the teams played on, a second incident during the second half led to the abandonment. Roman Shirokov had a penalty saved by Montenegro goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic in the 66th minute. The ball went out for a throw-in, which Dmitri Kombarov went over to take – only to refuse to when he appeared to be struck by an...
  • Boy, 15, arrested over 'racist' Danny Welbeck tweet

    A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of sending a racist tweet aimed at Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck. SNIP The 15-year-old boy SNIP
  • Insider notes: Qatar set for winter World Cup, [truncated]

    02/18/2015 1:33:24 PM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    SI ^ | February 18, 2015 | Grant Wahl
    Multiple sources say it's a done deal that World Cup 2022 will take place in November and December of 2022 in Qatar. A FIFA task force will meet in Doha next week and make that recommendation, and the FIFA Executive Committee is set to make the decision final at its meeting in Zurich next month.
  • Chilean soccer team's plane finally found 54 years after doomed flight crashed in Andes

    02/09/2015 6:34:20 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | February 09, 2015
    Fifty four years after a Douglas DC-3 crashed in Chile’s Andes – killing all 24 people aboard, including members of a Chilean soccer team and three referees – a team of mountaineers discovered the remains of the crash. The 1961 LAN 301 air crash was deemed at the time one of the world’s major air disasters involving athletes – surpassed maybe only by the 1972 Uruguayan plane crash that stranded members of a rugby in the high Andes. The plane’s whereabouts has been one of the great unsolved aerial mysteries.
  • Officials: 25 people killed in Egyptian soccer match riot

    02/08/2015 3:16:56 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 2/08/15 | MERRIT KENNEDY
    **SNIP** What caused the violence wasn't immediately clear. Security officials said Zamalek fans tried to force their way into the match without tickets, sparking clashes. Fans have only recently been allowed back at matches and the Interior Ministry planned to let only 10,000 fans into the stadium, which has a capacity of about 30,000, the officials said. Zamalek fans, known as "White Knights," posted on their group's official Facebook page that the violence began because authorities only opened one narrow, barbed-wire door to let them in. They said that sparked pushing and shoving that later saw police officers fire tear...
  • ISIS executes 13 teens for watching soccer

    01/23/2015 10:20:52 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 32 replies
    NY POST ^ | 1/19/2015 | By Yaron Steinbuch and Jamie Schram
    ISIS jihadists publicly executed 13 teenage boys for watching a soccer match. The young fans were reportedly watching an Asian Cup match between Iraq and Jordan on TV last week when they were caught by the militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which ISIS, or the Islamic State, controls. The group of teens was executed in public by a firing squad that used machine guns, according to Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, an activist group that exposes ISIS atrocities. Before the kids were killed, their “crime” was announced over a loudspeaker, reports said. “The bodies remained lying in the...