Sepp Blatter resignation a relief for World Cup sponsors: Experts
Sepp Blatter resignation a relief for World Cup sponsors: Experts

 FIFA president Sepp Blatter`s decision to resign amid corruption allegations at soccer`s governing body is a relief for corporate sponsors who have called for more transparency at the organization, sports marketing experts said on Tuesday. 

Germans don't want World Cup boycott, says DFB president
Germans don't want World Cup boycott, says DFB president

Germany does not want a boycott of soccer`s World Cup tournament, the president of the German Football Association (DFB) Wolfgang Niersbach told Reuters on Tuesday.

FIFA claims innocence in $10 million transfer
FIFA claims innocence in $10 million transfer

FIFA on Tuesday admitted that it had processed a USD 10 million payment from South Africa to a disgraced football official but denied that the world body's secretary general Jerome Valcke was involved.

Organiser of 2010 World Cup in South Africa admits paying $10 million to FIFA
Organiser of 2010 World Cup in South Africa admits paying $10 million to FIFA

The former president of the local organising committee for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Danny Jordaan, admitted that the organisation he headed paid $10 million in 2008 to FIFA, although he denied that it was a bribe.

No change in distribution of FIFA World Cup places
No change in distribution of FIFA World Cup places

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 Blater said on Saturday.

Taiwan FA head accused of betting on his side to lose
Taiwan FA head accused of betting on his side to lose

The head of the Taiwan Football Association (CTFA) is being investigated by authorities after allegedly betting on his side to lose a World Cup qualifier against Brunei, local media reported on Thursday.

Brazil eyes German youth football model
Brazil eyes German youth football model

The old saying goes that if you can't beat them, join them. And the adage has struck a chord with Brazil's football federation (CBF) in the aftermath of the national team's 7-1 World Cup semifinal defeat to Germany in July last year.

Ukraine urges allies to consider boycotting Russia's 2018 Football World Cup
Ukraine urges allies to consider boycotting Russia's 2018 Football World Cup

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged his country`s allies to consider boycotting the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia if Moscow does not pull all its troops out of his territory, in a German newspaper interview published on Monday.

Japan fire head coach Javier Aguirre
Japan fire head coach Javier Aguirre

 Japan fired their national coach Javier Aguirre on Tuesday because of fears the Mexican`s alleged involvement in an ongoing match-fixing case could effect the team`s bid to qualify for the next World Cup.

Iraq icon Mahmoud targets `dream` World Cup
Iraq icon Mahmoud targets `dream` World Cup

Iraq icon Younis Mahmoud dismissed speculation over his retirement and said he was targeting a "dream" World Cup spot after their Asian Cup campaign came crashing to a halt.

2022 FIFA World Cup in winter, says AFC boss
2022 FIFA World Cup in winter, says AFC boss

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar looks increasingly likely to be played in November and December to avoid the region`s blazing summer heat, Asia`s football supremo said.

Uzbeks driven by 2014 World Cup play-off heartache
Uzbeks driven by 2014 World Cup play-off heartache

Uzbek coach Mirdjalal Kasimov on Friday said their World Cup play-off defeat to Jordan still rankled as the Central Asians prepare to open their Asian Cup against North Korea.

New look South Korea hope to turn the page at Asian Cup
New look South Korea hope to turn the page at Asian Cup

 After 55 years without continental soccer success and on the back of a dire World Cup campaign in Brazil, all the talk in South Korea has been of a "Time for Change" in the buildup to the Asian Cup in January.

Next World Cup too soon for ASEAN champions Thailand
Next World Cup too soon for ASEAN champions Thailand

 AFF Suzuki Cup winning coach Kiatisak Senamuang pleaded for patience from Thai fans, who have been left talking up their chances of a first World Cup finals berth following their Southeast Asian title triumph.

Pele off dialysis, remains in intensive care
Pele off dialysis, remains in intensive care

Brazil legend Pele is making good progress and does not require dialysis but remains in intensive care as he battles kidney problems, the Sao Paulo hospital treating him said Monday.

Eyeing U-17 WC, AIFF to hold first U-15 tourney next year
Eyeing U-17 WC, AIFF to hold first U-15 tourney next year

Aiming to prepare a strong squad for the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, the All India Football Federation today said that the inaugural edition of the proposed AIFF U-15 tournament for I-League clubs will be held next year.

FIFA may see World Cup corruption report
FIFA may see World Cup corruption report

Details of the investigation into allegations of widespread corruption in the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups could be made available to FIFA, the governing body said Thursday.

Sepp Blatter hits back at demands to publish World Cup report
Sepp Blatter hits back at demands to publish World Cup report

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday rejected demands to publish the potentially explosive report into long-standing allegations of corruption surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

Get your mind off World Cup ceremonies, Joachim Loew tells Germans
Get your mind off World Cup ceremonies, Joachim Loew tells Germans

 Germany have seen a dip in form since winning the World Cup in July and a 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Gibraltar on Friday was proof the players need to get their mind off the awards and start playing again, coach Joachim Loew said.

India not bidding for 2015 and 2016 FIFA Club World Cups
India not bidding for 2015 and 2016 FIFA Club World Cups

 India has pulled out of mounting a bid for 2015 and 2016 FIFA Club World Cups, according to All India Football Federation officials. A decision on the host city of the 2015 and 2016 editions of Club World Cup will be taken in Morocco next month.