People like Sepp Blatter deserve Nobel prize: Vladimir Putin
People like Sepp Blatter deserve Nobel prize: Vladimir Putin

People like FIFA President Sepp Blatter deserve the Nobel prize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast on Switzerland`s RTS television news on Monday. 

FIFA reform plans in doubt as Domenico Scala backs away from task force
FIFA reform plans in doubt as Domenico Scala backs away from task force

Reform plans by scandal-plagued FIFA were thrown into doubt on Monday when its choice to head a task force, Swiss businessman Domenico Scala, said he would not take on the job unless he was guaranteed full independence.

FIFA hopeful Chung Mong-joon meets potential rival Michel Platini in US
FIFA hopeful Chung Mong-joon meets potential rival Michel Platini in US

South Korea`s Chung Mong-joon, who is expected to announce his candidacy for the FIFA presidency next month, met potential rival Michel Platini in the United States on Sunday and called for a `fair competition` should he enter the race.

2018 World Cup to show an open Russia: Vladimir Putin
2018 World Cup to show an open Russia: Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin has said the football World Cup to be held in Russia in 2018 was a good opportunity to show the world an open and multifaceted country.

FIFA puts troubles aside at glitzy World Cup draw
FIFA puts troubles aside at glitzy World Cup draw

FIFA put its problems to one side and began the countdown to the 2018 World Cup finals on Saturday when Russian president Vladimir Putin and FIFA chief Sepp Blatter re-assured the nation the tournament would go ahead as planned.

Sepp Blatter promises `total support` for 2018 Russia World Cup
Sepp Blatter promises `total support` for 2018 Russia World Cup

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Saturday vowed "total support" for Russia`s World Cup preparations in a meeting with Russian head of state President Vladimir Putin.

World Cup 2018 qualifying draw underway
World Cup 2018 qualifying draw underway

The qualifying draw involving 141 nations from five continents for the 2018 World Cup in Russia got underway in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.

Russia ready for World Cup launch
Russia ready for World Cup launch

A total of 141 countries spanning five continents will learn their fate for the World Cup 2018 qualifiers on Saturday as the tournament is officially launched with the preliminary draw in Saint Petersburg.

Sepp Blatter is a victim and a brave person: 2018 Russia World Cup chief
Sepp Blatter is a victim and a brave person: 2018 Russia World Cup chief

FIFA`s embattled president Sepp Blatter is "a victim" and "a very brave person", the chief executive of the 2018 Russian World Cup organising committee said on Friday.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke all but says he's leaving
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke all but says he's leaving

Jerome Valcke, FIFA`s often-outspoken secretary general, all but confirmed on Friday that he will be leaving his job when Sepp Blatter is replaced as president of world soccer`s governing body next February.

FIFA to meet sponsors after reproaches from Coke, Visa, McDonald's
FIFA to meet sponsors after reproaches from Coke, Visa, McDonald's

FIFA will meet its leading commercial partners next month after three of them increased pressure for major reforms to soccer`s governing body following a series of corruption scandals.

Chung Mong-joon to announce candidacy for FIFA presidency next month
Chung Mong-joon to announce candidacy for FIFA presidency next month

Former FIFA Vice President Chung Mong-joon plans to officially announce his candidacy for president of soccer's world governing body during a visit to Europe next month.

Sepp Blatter arrives in Saint Petersburg for 2018 draw
Sepp Blatter arrives in Saint Petersburg for 2018 draw

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter arrived in Saint Petersburg on Thursday to attend 2018 World Cup draw in his first trip out of Switzerland since his organisation was engulfed by a corruption scandal.

Possible FIFA rivals Michel Platini, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein meet for talks
Possible FIFA rivals Michel Platini, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein meet for talks

Potential FIFA presidential election rivals Michel Platini and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein met for the first time on Wednesday since Sepp Blatter announced his exit.

Prince Ali of Jordan tells Sepp Blatter to stay away from FIFA reform process
Prince Ali of Jordan tells Sepp Blatter to stay away from FIFA reform process

Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who failed in an attempt to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president in May, says Blatter should not be handling the reform process at world football`s scandal-hit governing body and that the task should be left to his successor.

Prince Ali backs reforms but not under Sepp Blatter
Prince Ali backs reforms but not under Sepp Blatter

FIFA needs reforms but they should be proposed and implemented not under embattled incumbent Sepp Blatter but by his successor, former vice-president Jordanian Prince Ali bin Hussein told AFP on Wednesday.

UN sports adviser says non-European should lead FIFA reform
UN sports adviser says non-European should lead FIFA reform

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon`s sports adviser said on Wednesday he felt the person charged with chairing the reform of FIFA should come from outside Europe, while it would be "fantastic" if the successor of President Sepp Blatter, stepping down amid a graft scandal at world soccer`s governing body, was a woman.

Vladimir Putin, Sepp Blatter put troubles aside for 2018 World Cup
Vladimir Putin, Sepp Blatter put troubles aside for 2018 World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA`s president Sepp Blatter will put aside their troubles when they take centre-stage and kick-off the countdown to the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.

England's Sol Campbell backs ex-player to fix FIFA
England's Sol Campbell backs ex-player to fix FIFA

Former England defender Sol Campbell believes a retired player would be the ideal candidate to take charge of FIFA and lead a successful cleaning up operation at the corruption-tainted world governing body.

FIFA's latest reform initiative follows many previous attempts
FIFA's latest reform initiative follows many previous attempts

FIFA announced on Monday that it would set up a new task force to propose reforms aimed at cleaning itself up, a move critics said was an inadequate response to a corruption scandal that has created the worst crisis in the 111-year history of soccer`s governing body.