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  • 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 · 8 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). Soccers 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 · 30 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 familys charity have been tied to soccers governing body, as well as Qatars 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 soccers governing body and has partnered with the Fdration Internationale de Football Association on several occasions, according to donor listings on the foundations 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 · 4 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 Russias 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/. Russias 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 · 22 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 sports 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 soccers 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 countrys 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 · 121 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, soccers 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 countys amateur football association, allegedly made the comments when discussing funding for womens 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: Thats enough, we cant 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 Fdration Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, suspends or boots the Jewish state, the move would have a dramatic impact on Israels ability to compete in international soccer competitions. As part of a larger boycott movement against Israel, the PAs Palestinian Soccer Association has filed a formal complaint with FIFA to have Israels membership suspended. The PAs 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 Utrechts 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 Chiles 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 worlds 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 planes 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...
  • ISIS Execute 13 Football Fans By Firing Squad For Watching Iraq Play Jordan On TV...

    01/19/2015 5:21:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    DailyMail(UK) ^ | January 18, 2015 | SARA MALM
    ISIS Execute 13 Football Fans By Firing Squad For Watching Iraq Play Jordan On TV in Islamist-Controlled Mosul By SARA MALM 19 January 2015 ISIS militants have executed 13 teenage boys for watching the Asian Cup football match between Iraq and Jordan last week. The young football fans had been caught watching the game on television in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which is controlled by the Islamic State. The teenagers were rounded up and publicly executed by a firing squad using machine guns, anti-ISIS activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reports. Horrifying: ISIS militants rounded up the 13...
  • ISIS executes 13 teens for watching soccer

    01/19/2015 5:11:41 PM PST · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    nypost.com ^ | january 19, 2015 | Yaron Steinbuch
    ISIS jihadists publicly executed 13 teenage boys for watching a soccer match. The young fans were 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 the Islamic State controls,the Daily Mail reported. Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, an activist group that exposes ISIS atrocities, reported that the teens were executed by a firing squad. The bodies remained lying in the open and their parents were unable to withdraw them for fear of murder by terrorist organisation, the group posted on its website....
  • Haitian welder turned amputee soccer star: 'It's the best life'

    01/11/2015 1:54:33 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | January 10, 2015 | Elise Harris
    A member of Team Zaryen plays soccer. Credit: Daniel Ibanez / CNA. Vatican City, Jan 10, 2015 / 02:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After losing a leg during Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, Wilfrid Macena became a prosthetic technician and founded an amputee soccer team--and says his life can’t be topped years after the disaster. “The process has really helped me because I was only welding before the earthquake. I never could have believed that I would be a technician making prosthetics and helping the children in Haiti,” Macena told CNA Jan. 9. “Every time they came to check our prosthetics, I...
  • Barcelona soccer team set to cut ties with terror-financing Qatar

    12/20/2014 1:59:25 PM PST · by Randall_S · 5 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | December 20, 2014 | Times of Israel staff
    Spanish soccer team FC Barcelona has reportedly decided not to renew its sponsorship deal with a Qatari group linked to the countrys royal family because of Qatars alleged involvement in funding Islamic extremist terrorist groups. Israels Channel 2 reported Friday night that Barcelona, arguably the worlds most popular soccer team, will not renew the deal, which has so far brought in close to $200 million, because of mounting concerns related to the gulf states involvement in financing terrorism. Israeli leaders have frequently charged that Qatar funds Hamas, the terror group that rules Gaza, and the TV report also cited alleged...
  • Champions League Round of 16 Draw

    12/15/2014 9:26:52 AM PST · by dfwgator · 8 replies
    First leg dates: 17 February: PSG v Chelsea; Shakhtar v Bayern Munich 18 February: Schalke v Real Madrid; Basel v Porto 24 February: Man City v Barcelona; Juventus v Borussia Dortmund 25 February: Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid; Arsenal v Monaco Second leg dates: 10 March: Real Madrid v Schalke; Porto v Basel 11 March: Chelsea v PSG; Bayern Munich v Shakhtar 17 March: Atletico Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen; Monaco v Arsenal 18 March: Barcelona v Man City, Borussia Dortmund v Juventus
  • Funny penalties...greatest goalkeeper ever!

    11/23/2014 10:51:45 AM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 22, 2014 | Uploaded by My Best ViDeoS
    Funny penalties...greatest goalkeeper ever!
  • Turkish football club declares war on beards

    11/15/2014 4:59:59 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Hrriyet Daily News ^ | Saturday, November 15 2014 | unattributed
    A Turkish football club has decided to issue a hefty fine for beards, after its chairman claimed some footballers look like students of imam-training schools. "I am 80-year-old and I shave every single day," Gençlerbirliği chairman İlhan Cavcav explained the reasoning of his club's decision to start issuing a fine of 25,000 Turkish Liras ($11,200) to any of its footballers with beards. "Man, is this an imam-hatip school? You are a sportsman. You should be a model for the youth," he added in an interview with the Doğan News Agency on Nov. 15, while complaining that that his own grandson...
  • Early Euro roundup: Welbeck shines for England; Minnows earn points

    11/15/2014 11:31:34 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 27 replies
    NBC - ProSoccerTalk ^ | Nov. 15, 2014 | Nicholas Mendola
    Saturdays round of Euro 2016 qualifiers are neatly broken up into five matches at Noon and five more at 245pm ET. Macedonia/Slovakia, Spain/Belarus, Switzerland/Lithuania and Montenegro/Sweden are still on the schedule, but lets take a quick run through the matches that just finished up. There will be parties in Liechtenstein and San Marino as the minnows picked up points against superior competition. The latter picked up its first result in more than a decade
  • 13 U.S. senators write to Sunil Gulati, Sepp Blatter opposing WWC turf (Women's World Cup)

    11/07/2014 12:36:49 PM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    SI ^ | November 7, 2014 | Grant Wahl
    Thirteen U.S. senators have signed letters to U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati and FIFA president Sepp Blatter urging them to support the use of natural grass fields at next years Womens World Cup in Canada, SI.com has learned. As of now, all six WWC venues are set to have artificial turf fields. It would be the first time a senior mens or womens World Cup was not played on natural grass. A group of top womens players from around the world, led by U.S. forward Abby Wambach and Germany World Player of the Year Nadine Angerer, has brought a case...
  • Europe Is Rising against Islamisation

    10/31/2014 4:23:06 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 14 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 31 October 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    You can watch a video related to this article by clicking on the "Enza Ferreri Blog" link above Maybe the tide really is turning. I remember when, in the late '60s and the '70s, hardline socialist and communist groups were still struggling to get their message accepted in Europe and the West generally. They were a tiny minority then, and their agenda seemed very far-fetched and out-of-synch with ordinary people and mainstream views. It also looked liked it was going to remain that way. When, later on, I heard them screaming "Free Nelson Mandela", I didn't think it was going...
  • Captain Of South Africa's National Soccer Team Has Been Shot Dead

    10/26/2014 6:09:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/25/2014 | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) The goalkeeper and captain of South Africa's national soccer team was fatally shot when armed men broke into the house where he was staying, police said Monday. Senzo Meyiwa was killed Sunday after two gunmen entered a house in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg while an accomplice waited outside, the national police force said on its Twitter account. The three assailants then fled, according to the police service, which offered a reward of nearly $14,000 for information leading to arrests in the case. South African soccer club Orlando Pirates confirmed Meyiwa's death, saying in a statement that it...
  • SOCCER TIFOS FROM AROUND THE WORLD (Awesome ones commemorating Operation Market Garden)

    10/24/2014 9:03:57 AM PDT · by C19fan
    SI ^ | October 23, 2014 | Staff
    Here are some of the best fan banners and displays from around the world.
  • Footballer Dies After Unsuccessful Bakflip Goal Celebration (video)

    10/20/2014 1:44:37 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 42 replies
    Naij.com ^ | 10-20-2014 | Clement Ejiofor
    An Indian footballer has died after a backflip goal celebration went tragically wrong during a match last week innorth eastern India. Peter Biaksangzuala attempted to perform the acrobatic celebration after scoring for Bethlehem Vengthlang FC against Chanmari West FC in the 62nd minute. Biaksangzuala fell on his head badly damaging his spinal cord. Team-mates immediately rushed to his aid and he was immediately rushedto local hospital. Unfortunately, after five days of intensive treatment,as doctors attempted to heal his injuries, the footballer passed away on Sunday morning after being put on a ventilator.
  • Turkish football coach attacked by fans after trainers anti-ISIL tweets

    10/16/2014 4:58:38 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    hurriyet daily news ^ | October/15/2014
    A group of Sarıyer supporters attacked coach Turhan Özyazanlar on Oct. 14 outside the club’s facilities as he was trying to defend trainer Erdal Elgörmüş (L). The coach of Sarıyer, a third-division football team headquartered on Istanbul’s Bosphorus, was beaten by fans after the team’s goalkeeper trainer posted messages on social media decrying atrocities committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Kobane. A groups of Sarıyer supporters attacked coach Turhan Özyazanlar on Oct. 14 outside the club’s facilities as he was trying to defend trainer Erdal Elgörmüş. Ergörmüş, who was born in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern...
  • Serbia v Albania Abandoned Following Mass Brawl (Euro Soccer Qualifier)

    10/14/2014 2:59:56 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 18 replies
    Guardian ^ | 10/14/2014 | Telegraph Sport
    Serbia's Euro 2016 qualifier against Albania was abandoned on Tuesday evening after a drone flown over the Partizan Stadium pitch carrying the pro-Albanian banner led to a clash between the two sets of players.
  • African Cup to go ahead despite Morocco's Ebola fears [January and February 2015]

    10/11/2014 10:10:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Organisers of next year's African Nations Cup have no intention of postponing the event even though hosts Morocco called for a delay of the finals because of fears over the Ebola virus. However, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said in a statement on Saturday it would meet the Moroccan government next month, sending a high-powered delegation to discuss the issue in Rabat led by its president Issa Hayatou. The host nation's government made a shock announcement on Friday, saying it wanted the 16-team tournament from Jan. 17-Feb. 8 postponed following a report by its health ministry into the possible...
  • San Francisco wants to put turf on four public soccer fields, insanity ensues

    09/26/2014 9:00:34 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 18 replies
    HotAir ^ | 9/25/14 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Heres the deal. Theres a park in San Francisco with a couple of soccer fields in it. They dont get nearly as much use as they could because theyre grass fields. San Francisco is kinda rainy, it takes a lot of money and resources to maintain real grass fields, and they dont hold up as well as turf under frequent use. So, after about 19 times the due diligence necessary for determining the relative safety and environmental impact of turf athletic fields in any other city on planet Earth, most of San Franciscos leaderscovering the spectrum from Democrats to progressivesdecided...
  • Ghana captain denies ritual sacrifice murder

    09/25/2014 12:56:59 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    ninemsn.com ^ | Sep 24 2014 | WWOS staff
    Ghanas national football captain and former English Premier League player Asamoah Gyan has been forced to deny he murdered a local rapper in a ritual sacrifice.
  • U.S. Soccer Stands by Decision to Allow Hope Solo to Play Despite Domestic Violence Charges

    09/23/2014 6:47:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    NBC ^ | Sep 23, 2014 | ANNE M. PETERSON
    U.S. Soccer is standing by its decision to allow goalkeeper Hope Solo to continue to play while she faces domestic violence charges. Solo is charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault in Washington state stemming from a June 21 altercation with her sister-in-law and 17-year-old nephew at a family gathering. ... U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Monday the organization will let her play until the legal matter is settled. ... According to the court documents in the abuse case, Solo's 17-year-old nephew told police Solo was upset and appeared to have been drinking when she arrived...
  • Concha: Media Apathetic on Abuse Charges Against Soccer Star Hope Solo

    09/18/2014 3:45:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 18th, 2014 | Joe Concha
    Solo is the starting goalie for the U.S. national soccer team and has amazingly held this position since Bill Clinton was president (2000). Along the way, shes won two gold medals and has recorded the most shutouts in U.S. womens soccer history. She can add some distance to that record when the U.S. hosts Mexico in Rochester tonight. Solo is also a 33-year-old woman charged with two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence in the assault of her sister and teenage nephew. The Washington native has pleaded not guilty. Her trial is set to begin in two months. But unlike Rice...
  • Groom organises Manchester United wedding, bride is definitely not happy

    09/08/2014 12:43:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Thursday 4 Sep 2014
    Ever dreamed of having a wedding based around your favourite football team? No? Well this Manchester United fan did. And this week he made his dream come true. The supporter, based in Kenya, went to great lengths to organise a United themed wedding for him and his bride to enjoy, but on the basis of these photos, it didnt go down well. In truly mad scenes, the groom wore a United shirt complete with Just Married on the back while every detail was replicated, including a cake slapped with the same sponsors as the Red Devils. But while...
  • Security fears block Germany-Israel match

    08/31/2014 1:09:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 Aug 2014 15:41 GMT+02:00
    A friendly soccer match against Israel marking 50 years of diplomatic ties has been called off amid security concerns and the escalation of the Middle East conflict, the German Football Federation (DFB) said on Friday. The game had been scheduled for March 25 but was canceled at the request of Israel, the DFB announced on its website. The move resulted from postponements in the calendar arising from the recent developments of the conflict in the Middle East and resulting security conditions.
  • Star Player in Algeria Dies; Hit by Object at Game

    08/28/2014 12:03:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 24, 2014
    <p>A star soccer player has died after he was hit in the head by an object thrown from the crowd during a game in Algeria's top league.</p> <p>The Confederation of African Football says 24-year-old striker Albert Ebosse of Cameroon died in the hospital Saturday night.</p>