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Qatar World Cup in Nov-Dec 'done deal': report

Staging the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November and December to avoid blazing summer heat is "a done deal," Sports Illustrated reported on its website Wednesday. Citing multiple sources, the magazine's report sai…

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  • Soccer-Blatter calls on Iran to allow women into stadiums Reuters Middle East - Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    (Fixes headline) By Brian Homewood ZURICH, March 6 (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has asked Iran to end its ban on women watching football matches, describing the situation as intolerable. "When I travelled to Iran in November 2013, I was not only confronted with huge popular enthusiasm from football but also a law forbidding women from attending football matches," he wrote in FIFA's weekly magazine. A collective "stadium ban" still applies to women in Iran, despite the existence of a thriving women's football organisation. More »

  • Soccer-Attention European leagues - it's the World Cup Reuters Middle East - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Mitch Phillips LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Europe's leading soccer leagues, flush from spiralling TV deals and inflated to bursting by their own importance, found this week that, for all its recent problems, FIFA at least recognises the literal meaning of the World Cup. Tuesday's recommendation by a task force of soccer's world governing body to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup outside of the European summer for the first time brought about the predictable European wailing about "disruption" and "tradition." It also led to an immediate demand by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Clubs' Association, for compensation for his members being forced to release their players during the season for the first time. This plea came two weeks after the English Premier League secured a TV rights deal worth five billion pounds ($7.75 billion) over three years from 2016 with no indication that the next deal will be anything other than similarly lucrative. More »

  • Qatar World Cup in Nov-Dec 'done deal': report
    Qatar World Cup in Nov-Dec 'done deal': report AFP - Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    New York (AFP) - Staging the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November and December to avoid blazing summer heat is "a done deal," Sports Illustrated reported on its website Wednesday. More »

  • Prince Ali attacks FIFA's 'culture of intimidation'
    Prince Ali attacks FIFA's 'culture of intimidation' AFP - Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein criticised the organisation's "culture of intimidation" and challenged incumbent Sepp Blatter to a public debate as he kick-started his campaign on Tuesday. More »

  • Soccer-I'll protect players and listen to fans - Prince Ali Reuters Middle East - Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH, Jan 30 (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein wants soccer's governing body to protect players' rights and pay more attention to fans and sponsors, he said on Friday. The Jordanian suggested a revision of the number of slots allocated to each continent at the World Cup and added the hierarchy should be shaken up so "the FIFA president is there to serve...and protect the game". The 39-year-old also wants to "make FIFA a model of good ethics", he said on his new website (www.worldsgame.com). "There is a critical need to rebuild public confidence in FIFA and show fans we have football's best interests at heart," said Prince Ali, a member of the executive committee. More »

  • Ebola Concerns: Should the 2015 African Nations Cup be going ahead?
    Ebola Concerns: Should the 2015 African Nations Cup be going ahead? Sport360 - Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been overshadowed by Ebola-phobia, with the football itself falling out of focus due to the unrelenting spread of the disease. The 2014 FIFA Club World Cup recently ended with no communication concerning the spread of the Ebola virus to the host country Morocco, where locals, non-Africans and even Africans from the most affected West African region gathered across 10 days – from December 10 to 20 – to watch the club champions of the various continental confederations compete for the title. The crowds were certainly enough to trigger the fear of an Ebola outbreak in North Africa, yet not one single case was reported. More »

  • Daei and Al-Jaber among AFC inductees in Hall of Fame
    Daei and Al-Jaber among AFC inductees in Hall of Fame Saudi Gazette - Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Former South Korean defender and coach Hong Myung-bo, Iran's Ali Daei and ex-Australian international Harry Kewell were among the first 10 players to be inducted into the Asian Football Confederations' Hall of Fame on Friday. More »

  • Al-Jaber among AFC inductees
    Al-Jaber among AFC inductees Saudi Gazette - Fri, Nov 21, 2014

     Former South Korean defender and coach Hong Myung-bo, Iran's Ali Daei and ex-Australian international Harry Kewell were among the first 10 players to be inducted into the Asian Football Confederations' Hall of Fame Friday. More »

  • FIFA moves closer to winter World Cup in Qatar
    FIFA moves closer to winter World Cup in Qatar Associated Press - Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    GENEVA (AP) — FIFA is targeting two options for holding the 2022 World Cup in the winter in Qatar, and organizers think that is "ideal" for the Middle East. More »

  • Blatter seeks to stay as FIFA president into his 80s; backs Qatar again
    Blatter seeks to stay as FIFA president into his 80s; backs Qatar again Reuters - Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    By Mike Collett MANCHESTER England (Reuters) - The prospect of Sepp Blatter continuing as FIFA president into his early 80s came a step nearer on Monday when he confirmed he was standing for a fifth term of office next year. More »