Brazil’s Adriano released


Atletico Paranaense have released former Brazil striker Adriano after simply 4 video games, dealing a blow to the striker's bold hopes of returning to high type and enjoying in the World Cup this year.

Adriano Atletico Paranaense bench

GettyImagesAdriano has had a turbulent career.

The 32-year-outdated former Internazionale forward had returned from two years out of the game attributable to harm and off-discipline issues and signed a productivity contract with Atletico which allowed the club to launch him at any moment if he failed to meet his skilled duties.

Atletico Paranaense launched a press release on Friday saying Adriano was released after solely four matches ''in mutual agreement with the participant'' following a meeting in the southern city of Curitiba. It did not specify why the player was leaving, but native media said the departure was prompted by the striker's absence from two follow classes this week.

There have been additionally reviews that membership administrators have been upset after Adriano was videotaped at a popular concert in a nightclub the night time before he missed coaching.

Atletico said the meeting with Adriano had already been scheduled after the staff's elimination in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday, when the striker scored his solely aim for the club.

Adriano wrote on Twitter late on Friday that ''his purpose was achieved'' with Atletico Paranaense. He wished to return to football and that occurred, he said.

''My time with the club was very gratifying,'' he said. ''Now I can keep doing what I like doing essentially the most, which is to play football.''

Earlier than being released, Adriano had said he was nonetheless hopeful of taking part in for Brazil on this 12 months's World Cup. He was a starter for the five-time champions within the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Just two matches into his return, nevertheless, Adriano attracted headlines for the fallacious causes after showing his disappointment for being requested to enter a match with the group shedding 2-zero and only some minutes left.

He was launched by Corinthians in 2012 for allegedly not committing to a restoration program after Achilles tendon surgery. He signed for Flamengo later that 12 months, but left without enjoying a single match after repeated absences from coaching and workforce activities.

Adriano gained four Serie A titles with Inter Milan early in his career, and with Brazil he won the 2004 Copa America and the 2005 Confederations Cup. He missed out on the 2010 squad in South Africa regardless of leading Flamengo to the Brazilian title a yr earlier.

Atletico Paranaense in its assertion that it ''wished Adriano luck in his new initiatives.''

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Former Brazil World Cup captain Bellini dies at 83


Hilderaldo Bellini, Brazil's captain after they won their first World Cup in 1958, died on Thursday from complications following a heart attack. He was eighty three.

VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty PicturesBellini started the observe of lifting trophies over one's head. A statue in Rio de Janeiro now features his pose from the 1958 World Cup.

The Hospital 9 de Julho confirmed Bellini's death in an announcement.

The central defender turned extensively known for being the primary captain to raise the World Cup trophy above his head as a symbol of triumph. The gesture became immortalised with a statue of Bellini in front of Maracana Stadium.

He had a heart attack on Tuesday and had been hospitalised since then. Native media said he had additionally been affected by Alzheimer's.

Bellini also received the 1962 World Cup and appeared in the 1966 match. He played for Brazilian golf equipment Vasco da Gama, Sao Paulo and Atletico Paranaense.

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Cameron: 2018 vote sorted in advance


British Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed doubts that the 2018 World Cup bidding process was performed fairly.

David Cameron had suggested a longer ban for Suarez would be 'very understandable'

David Cameron was a part of the bidding course of for the 2018 World Cup.

Cameron led England’s bid to host the match together with David Beckham and Prince William in 2010, which ended in frustration when Russia won.

FIFA has opened an investigation into the process which noticed Russia and Qatar awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. 9 members of the decision-making committee have resigned, but 13 stay in office, including FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

One of many members who resigned, Jack Warner, denied fresh allegations of corruption that had been levelled at him this week.

Speaking to The Solar, Cameron claims the end result was "sorted" prematurely and that plenty of promised votes didn't materialise.

He mentioned: "I might be very cautious what I say … It was a mad 24 hours of intensive lobbying which David Beckham and Prince William and I were doing collectively. We thought we were making progress. I feel the whole thing was … You choose your phrases rigorously. I might say 'sorted' earlier than we went into it. All I can let you know is there are a lot of people who promised they have been going to vote for me. And in the long run, I think we received one vote."

Cameron also said that despite frustrations at his experience, he will likely be glad to be concerned in the bidding course of to host matches at Euro 2020.

He said: "I'm going to attempt to assist the authorities in Scotland, Wales and England who want to bid for packages. Because the Olympics we've got a fantastic document of competitions coming here. I feel they are good to your economic system … They're a terrific advert for Britain."

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FIFA makes $72M profit; reserves to $1.4B



The game's governing physique had revenue of $1.386 billion and spending of $1.314 billion within the third yr of a four-12 months industrial cycle linked to the 2014 World Cup.

FIFA's financial results typically peak in a World Cup 12 months, which might be reported next March.

FIFA paid $17 million in tax linked to its subsidiary firms, together with Early Warning System, which screens playing on football, and financial belongings.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter's wage and benefits weren't detailed.

Blatter is among the many FIFA leaders and executives who shared bonus payments totalling $36.three million.

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FIFA aware of Warner reports


FIFA has confirmed that investigators from its ethics committee are conscious of the newest allegations of funds between former executive committee members.

FIFA's Michael J. Garcia has a history of combatting international terrorism.


The Daily Telegraph reported this week that the FBI is investigating funds from an organization owned by Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam to Jack Warner and his family.

Both men left FIFA in disgrace following a 2011 corruption scandal.

A press release from chief investigator Michael Garcia was read out at a news convention in Zurich.

It mentioned: “The ethics committee is aware of the material identified in the article. As with all allegations of misconduct the ethics committee will take whatever actions it feels acceptable.”

FIFA president Sepp Blatter refused to touch upon the latest claims, including: “I am comfortable now that we now have an unbiased committee for ethics and this is now to be dealt with by this committee.”

Blatter might nevertheless make a private visit to 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar over the issue of the therapy of migrant workers.

In the meantime, FIFA's secretary normal Jerome Valcke said he hopes for positive information from this year's World Cup hosts Brazil over two stadiums, in Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre, which have experienced severe delays.

Valcke will have a gathering with tournament organisers in Rio de Janeiro on Monday and he said: “We're eighty days away from the World Cup and other people in the two areas with the principle issues – Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo – have stated that we should always receive some constructive data. The main considerations ought to disappear, and we should always really feel (we are in a) more comfortable state of affairs by next week.”

He added: “Ticket gross sales and hospitality sales are an excellent success – it's greater than we've got completed previously.”

FIFA additionally revealed it had record revenues of $1.38 billion U.S. dollars (849 million pounds) and a surplus of $seventy two million (forty three million pounds), leaving it with reserves of $1.four billion (850 million pounds).

However Valcke warned: “We nonetheless need to face crucial time and the ultimate price of the World Cup will not be but clear.”

Also, FIFA's top monetary watchdog says he'll hold a close eye on everybody in next yr's presidential election.

Domenico Scala informed The Associated Press a grant just like the $1 million Blatter awarded CONCACAF in Might 2011 may now provoke an ethics investigation.

Scala, who has chaired FIFA's modernized audit panel since 2012, says "that might not work anymore."

The Swiss industrialist cautions against candidates promising money to continental and national our bodies with out FIFA improvement committee approval.

Four years in the past, FIFA gave $one hundred forty four.four million in "extraordinary payments" from World Cup profits. Blatter's opponent, Mohamed bin Hammam, pledged to double annual grants.

Scala says "that won't be attainable" earlier than the May 2015 vote.

Potential candidates embrace Blatter, UEFA pPresident Michel Platini and former FIFA official Jerome Champagne.

Data from The Related Press was used in this report.

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Japan name squad for New Zealand friendly


TOKYO – Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni has named Milan's Keisuke Honda and Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa to a 23-man squad for subsequent week's World Cup warm-up against New Zealand.

Shinji Kagawa was named to Japan's roster for the tune up towards New Zealand.

Honda and Kagawa were amongst 11 Europe-primarily based gamers named for the match in opposition to New Zealand; Japan's first as they prepares for his or her fifth-straight World Cup appearance.

"New Zealand are a physical workforce so this will likely be a good problem," Zaccheroni stated. "I want to examine on varied issues we've been working on for the final three years."

Defender Yuto Nagatomo of Inter Milan and ahead Shinji Okazaki of German side Mainz were additionally named.

Japan face New Zealand on March 5 at Tokyo's National Stadium within the final match on the venue earlier than it is demolished and rebuilt for the 2020 Olympics.

The reigning Asian champions are drawn in Group C for this summer's World Cup to face Colombia, Greece and Ivory Coast.

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Customary Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)

Defenders: Yuichi Komano (Jubilo Iwata), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover), Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart)

Midfielders: Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Hajime Hosogai (Hertha Berlin), Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Keisuke Honda (AC Milan), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nuremberg), Manabu Saito (Yokohama F Marinos), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka)

Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Mainz), Yoichiro Kakitani (Cerezo Osaka), Masato Kudo (Kashiwa Reysol), Yuya Osako (1860 Munich)

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Curitiba stays 2014 World Cup venue


FIFA has introduced on Tuesday that Curitiba will keep on the listing of host cities for the World Cup despite delays in building of the Arena de Baixada stadium.

The Arena de Baixada in Curitiba was just a shell of a ground when pictured on Jan. 21.

The Enviornment de Baixada in Curitiba was only a shell of a ground when pictured on Jan. 21.

Curitiba had lengthy been the venue which has concerned the FIFA Organising Committee more than every other, and with less than 4 months to go till Iran are responsibility to take on Nigeria on June sixteen little appeared to have modified to counsel the constructing work – which ought to have been completed by December – shall be completed at the forty two,500-capability arena. However FIFA secretary common Jerome Valcke has given his backing to the city.

Valcke and his inspection group are again in Brazil for another tour of the World Cup venues, whereas representatives of all 32 qualifying international locations have landed in Brazil for a workshop forward of the finals and he tweeted:

Last week Valcke stated those involved within the city's preparations "are seeking and finding solutions to assist them catch up and hopefully be certain that" the stadium will be able to host its four matches at the World Cup.

Valcke added in his FIFA column last week that the Brazilian authorities and officials in Curitiba and the state of Parana have been working with FIFA and the local World Cup committee to make sure "a particular metropolis when it comes to sustainability and passion for football will remain part of the FIFA World Cup lineup."

Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte had all been mentioned as potential various venues for Curitiba's four matches. The opposite three video games as a result of be held in the city are Honduras v Ecuador (June 20), Australia v Spain (June 23) and Algeria v Russia (June 26). It does not have any video games in the knockout rounds.

Development has but to be accomplished on 5 of the 12 stadiums in Brazil. Arena de Sao Paulo, where the hosts will take on Croatia in the World Cup curtain-raiser on June 12, won't be completed until April.

England coach Roy Hodgson – on a tour of the venues through which his team will play – believes FIFA will ensure all the pieces is true by the time the event begins.

"FIFA and the Brazilian government has put in numerous work," Hodgson stated. "So I don't see any reasons for us technicians to doubt them."

England will tackle Italy in the heat of the Amazon in Manaus, but Hodgson rejected strategies it might be overly problematic.

"It's hot here, however World Cups are played in the summertime," he advised BBC Sport. "It was hot in South Africa [for the 2010 World Cup] and it was very hot in America in '94.

"Will probably be scorching here however that's one thing you have to come to phrases with. What we are interested in now could be getting a really feel for the slightly extra completely different, more tropical climate within the north of Brazil vis-a-vis Rio, the place we have now been and played."

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NHL’s decision on 2018 may come in six months


Gary Bettman, Rene Fasel and Donald Fehr in Sochi. (Getty Images)
Donald Fehr, Rene Fasel and Gary Bettman in Sochi.

Whereas hockey followers enjoy every minute of this Olympic hockey match in Sochi, it's hard to ignore the distinct possibility that that is the final time we see NHL players in the Olympics.

The NHL's participation in the Olympics is all the time a hotly contested difficulty, especially when the Video games aren't in North America as would be the case once more in 2018 when the Olympics head to South Korea. Flyers owner Ed Snider made his place identified and it was hardly favorable towards the Olympic Video games; the league and its teams get very little benefit if any.

It's why Gary Bettman and the NHL have been talking about a return of the World Cup of Hockey, which at this point appears sure to happen. That was reaffirmed when Bettman, NHLPA head Donald Fehr and IIHF President Rene Fasel spoke in Sochi.

Different news: Fehr indicated official World Cup announcement is coming in the not-too-distant future…— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 18, 2014

Most have assumed that this means the NHL would be achieved with the Olympics and the World Cup would be a replacement for a global best-on-finest match that right now solely the Olympics truly gives. Nevermind that it's nearly unimaginable to exchange the Olympics, it would be something that the NHL would have more say in and simply as importantly, it wouldn't overlap with the NHL season.

However one may not preclude the other. No choice has been made but on 2018 even when the World Cup is all however a go at this level, the Olympics aren't out of the question but. It does not seem seemingly but the sport isn't over.

Bettman mentioned a decision may very well come within the next half 12 months relating to 2018 but it surely won't be coming now. It hasn't been a dialog in Sochi. He also explained the continued considering.

"I do not need to get into what the professionals and cons are for participating," Bettman said. Everyone is aware of them, and so they've been debated ad nauseam. We are here because we predict it is great to be here at present at this event. What comes next we'll all have to figure out, as we've executed each of the other instances that the NHL players have participated."

Practically everyone who is not involved in workforce administration loves the NHL in the olympics. Heck, even Red Wings GM Ken Holland continues to be in favor of the NHL being in the Video games. And we all know how the gamers feel about it.

With the NHL in the Olympics, hockey has really turn out to be the game of the Winter Games. The question is that if that would be the case again in Pyongyang four years from now. We'll find out






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Blatter keen on 2022 winter World Cup

Klinsmann checks out World Cup venue

Dozens arrested in new Brazil protests



Masked protesters make their feelings know in Sao Paulo. Approximately 2, 500 people marched through Sao Paulo holding banners and chanting “There will be no Cup, ” while some celebrations arranged to mark the city’s 460th birthday had to be cancelled.

"We are contrary to the millions and millions of dollars being spent for the Cup, " university student Leonardo Pelegrini dos Santos told the Associated Press news agency.


"It is money that ought to be invested in better health and education services and better transportation and housing. "


Fifteen people were also reportedly arrested in another host city, Natal, though elsewhere there were more peaceful protests – including in Rio de Janeiro, where the World Cup final will take put on July 13.


Pitbull Was The Choice For Official 2014 World Cup Song

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FIFA, continuing with its custom of incredible tone deafness, has chosen Pitbull’s “We Are One” as the 2014 World Cup’s official track, to not be confused with the official World Cup Anthem which shall be carried out by Jessie J. The song also options Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, an actual Brazilian. The trio be part of a group containing such luminaries as Ricky Martin, Shakira, Il Divo and R. Kelly.

Sepp Blatter getting his Tom Brady on in Brazil in entrance of a camera, please. I don’t ask for a lot.


Sources: USA hoops pool to feature new names

resources told ESPN. com that the formal announcement Thursday early morning from USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach paul Krzyzewski will be headlined simply by well-known stars such as wayne, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony – none of who are expected to compete at the 2014 World Cup associated with Basketball in Spain – but will also include a number of the game's increasing talents while also maintaining injured Team USA vets Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook in the fold.

ESPN. possuindo has obtained a copy of the complete 28-man list from which Colangelo and Krzyzewski will certainly choose 12-man rosters for both the World Cup which begins in late August and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The other national-team veterans to make the reduce alongside James, Paul, Anthony, Rose and Westbrook are usually Kevin Durant, Kevin really like, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Stephen Curry, Deron Williams, Tyson Chandler, Andre Iguodala and Anthony Davis.
Kyle KorverDurant plus Love committed last summer time to playing in this year's tournament in Spain – which usually runs from Aug. 30-Sept. 14 – with solidify also expected to join them. Davis is considered another young foundation within USAB and is broadly seen as another lock to be on the 12-man squad certain for Spain after going to the 2012 Olympics as a twelfth man before he had actually played an NBA sport. Yahoo! Sports, meanwhile, documented Wednesday that Howard has also registered "an intent" to play in the World Cup later this summer after back surgery pushed him to pull out of the greater london Games.

To go with those 14 gamers who have all already performed for Krzyzewski at possibly the 2010 World competition in Turkey or the Olympics – or both — ESPN. com has learned that USAB will also name fourteen players Thursday that have however to appear in a game in senior national-team level.

Paul George, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard are the standouts from that group, but USAB offers thrown in a few surprises simply by naming Cousins and Detroit's blossoming big man Andre Drummond to the pool along with perimeter specialists Bradley Beal, Gordon Hayward, Klay Thompson and Korver, high-flying ahead Kenneth Faried, versatile swingman Kawhi Leonard and the skilled David Lee. Griffin, although, would have been on the this year Olympic squad if not for an injury in practice that summer time that opened the door with regard to Davis.

The only member of Kryzewski's this year Olympic roster who will not really continue in the program will be Kobe Bryant, who reiterated earlier this week what he is been saying for two many years now that London was usually earmarked to be his group USA swansong. The ohio duo of Dwyane sort and Chris Bosh, that helped the United States win precious metal as far back as the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, are both going for free agency this summer plus were likewise not expected to be part of the national-team swimming pool.


group USA will get the summer associated with 2015 off only if this wins the World Cup in Spain. If the Americans finish 2nd or worse, they will have to participate in the 2015 being qualified for the 2016 Olympics.


Bulls trainer Tom Thibodeau is positive that Rose will be able to take part as a part of Team USA this summer. Thibodeau, the Team USA associate, wants Rose to have the experience of playing among the world's greatest again.


"I'm hopeful that he will certainly participate and he'll become selected, " Thibodeau stated after the Bulls' win over the particular Cleveland Cavaliers on wed night. "But a lot depends on where his health will be. But I thought it was a great experience for him in the past. I know how much he loved it. I know USA golf ball feels about him. I think it's a great honor and an opportunity and hopefully it will work out. "


Rose tore the inside meniscus in his right leg on Nov. 22nd plus was ruled out by the Bulls after having surgery to repair the injury on november. 25. He has only performed in 50 games over the past three seasons.


Loew still holds Khedira World Cup hope

Klinsmann: I'd love to beat philippines

philippines coach Joachim Loew will be refusing to rule out the possibility of Sami Khedira returning through injury in time to play at the World Cup.

“Three days ago, I spoken to Sami on the phone. this individual feels fine, does gentle training on the treadmill, and has not suffered any challenges, ” Loew told portrait. “All is fine, Sami will be on schedule. ”


The Germany manager has had to deal with a number of injuries blows this season. Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been struggling with ankle problems throughout the campaign, while Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has not played since August due to a back injury.


“There is no deadline day. But naturally we’ll have to look at how the players are in form and how fit they are, ” Loew said. “To call up a player for the globe Cup, who has not performed a competitive game, that would be difficult. I want every gamer to cover the full work load throughout our preparation for the term Cup. ”


Should Khedira not really return to fitness in time for the World Cup, Loew will be considering moving his chief Philipp Lahm into the keeping midfield role.


“It’s always a question of alternatives, ” Loew said. “Philipp has to and will know where I’ll perform him before the World mug. ”



Ronaldo named Ballon d’Or winner


Voting was created by nationwide team captains as well as instructors, plus selected media, inside FIFA's 209 fellow member nations around the world who chose their particular best 3 preferences.


In a low competition, Ronaldo received the, 365 points, Messi possessed just one, 205 and Ribery received 1, 127.

U. le. instructor Jurgen Klinsmann identified Ribery first, followed by Gareth Bale and Radamel Falcao, while American captain Clint Dempsey had Ronaldo earliest followed by Messi in addition to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Paul Kennedy regarding Soccer America the very best cr7 first, followed by Messi as well as Ribery.

Pele, following a dramatic temporarily halt in addition to smile, read out and about Ronaldo's name. The this city star rolled back the head and closed the eyes, grinning, then kissed his girlfriend, model Irina Shayk, before going upward to the point. "People who else know me recognize how numerous people helped me, inch the particular emotional winner mentioned within Portuguese. "If We have ignored anyone, I actually do apologize considering that I am deeply moved. inches

Pele greeted Ronaldo minutes soon after he also cried on stage when collecting an honorary Ballon d'Or for his own outstanding career. Pele at last received a Ballon d'Or trophy which he can for no reason get during his / her occupation when the authentic prize produced by France Sports magazine around 1956 has been restricted to even more than participants.

Typically the only player to triumph the World Cup 3 times you need to in 1958, '62 and also '70 – was given a good standing ovation at the Zurich Kongresshaus. "I promised my family members I might not cry but We are emotional, " Pele mentioned. "Thank God, We extensive my trophies at home. inch cr7 had in order to wait five many years since first winning often the honor as a Manchester unified player, as Messi uncovered a way to overshadow him within each of the past four decades – despite the England winger's prolific scoring for this town. However, Ronaldo was intensely favored this time after timore expanded the balloting deadline day past the World Cup playoffs in November and authorized voters to change preferences.
The particular vilela, portugal star's display inside Stockholm was so impressive that seemed certain to swing voters at a time when Messi was sidelined by his or her third injury of the entire year. nevertheless, FIFA spokesman Walter para Gregorio said Monday typically the standings were unchanged by the voting rules adjustment, in which raised the turnout by around 50 to 88 percent.

Ronaldo said earlier friday that he made peace together with FIFA president Sepp Blatter, whose stated personal option last October for Messi sparked speculation that will the later winner would snub the exact ceremony.


Meanwhile, the particular other honours were also introduced:


FIFA the female World Gamer of the entire year:

Nadine Angerer

FIFA Men’s Sports Coach of the every 12 months:

Jupp Heynckes


FIFA typically the female Football Coach regarding the halloween:

Silvia Neid

FIFA usa president Honor:

Jacque Rogge


timore Reasonable Play Award:

Afghanistan Football Federation


Zlatan Ibrahimovic — Sweden v England


Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur:




Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich



Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich


Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid

Defensive player:Thiago Silva – PSG
Defender:Dani Alves – FC Barcelona
Midfielder:Andres Iniesta – FC Barcelona
Midfielder:Xavi Hernandez – FC Barcelona
Midfielder:Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich
Forward:Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrd
Forward:Zlatan Ibrahimovic – PSG


Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona

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Qatar: 2022 WC can be held in summer


The general secretary of the 2022 World Cup local organising committee in Qatar has insisted the tournament can still be held in its usual summer slot despite the claims of Jerome Valcke, which have caused consternation throughout the game.

"Also look at the World Cup scheduled for this year in Brazil and you cannot deny that the question of very hot weather, sometimes comparable to that here, has never been an issue in Word Cup history. Hasn't the tournament passed off normally each time? And to again bring up this question of the temperature is to ignore the cooling technology that we'll be installing in stadia and fan zones. "

Though the Qataris have consistently claimed they will be able to cool venues to allow games to be played in acceptable conditions, a number of influential football figures have called for the tournament to be staged in winter when the thermometer drops to around 25°C. UEFA president Michel Platini has been one of the loudest of those voices, though he was reported as saying by L'Equipe that he failed to comprehend the timing of Valcke's comments given FIFA's Executive Committee had agreed to look into the feasibility of making the change before deciding on whether or not to do so.

"During the Executive Committee meeting at the start of October, it was decided to launch a consultation process throughout the whole of football, and that no decision would be taken before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, " Platini said. "It was also agreed upon not to speak about this subject, so I don't see why it's being talked about publicly. "

Reaffirming his own beliefs, he added: "It's a personal position that I already expressed three years ago. But all the football families have to be consulted before a decision is taken. "

Platini's sentiments were echoed by European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who told the dpa news agency he was "very surprised by the statements of the FIFA general secretary, " adding: "Sepp Blatter personally told me in Marrakech that during the year 2014 there will be a consultation process and only after that will the FIFA Executive Committee make a decision. "

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Walcott out for six months


Arsenal’s Theo Walcott will be away for six a few months with a knee injuries he sustained inside Saturday’s FA Cup third round gain against Tottenham.


Widespread reviews in Monday’s papers suggested Walcott would encounter a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he was stretchered off subsequent his impressive performance as Arsenal’s prospect forward, filling in for the wounded duo of Olivier Nicklas and Giroud Bendtner. However it had been not expected that he would miss the season and probably the summer's World Cup.

A declaration on the Arsenal website read: "After arriving off wounded in Saturday's 2-0 earn against Tottenham Hotspur, the Golf club regrettably announces that Theo Walcott provides sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his still left knee. Theo will have surgical procedure in London in the near long term and is expected to end up being out for at minimum six months, consequently missing the remainder of the time of year and the World Cup in Brazil in the summertime.

"Everyone at Arsenal wishes Theo a speedy recuperation and we look forwards to seeing him back on a football pitch as soon as possible."

After the video game, Arsene Wenger had mentioned: “Theo has a knee problem. We don’t know if it will be a stretched ligament or simply a kick, he obtained two kicks on his knee.

“We nevertheless have got [Lukas] Podolski and [Mesut] Ozil on the bench. [Olivier] Giroud has been sick, he has been not injured, therefore for the next video game he should be obtainable. Of program if we reduce Theo for a lengthier period, it is a nagging problem.”

Bendtner is definitely also expected to be out for around a month after injuring his ankle against Cardiff on New Year’s Time, leaving Arsenal alarming short of striking options heading into a condensed period of actions that will include crucial Premier League, FA Champions and Cup League games.

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Barry backs Barkley to shine for England in 2014

Gareth Barry has backed Everton teammate Ross Barkley to force his way into the England squad for next summer’s World Cup finals.

GettyImagesRoss Barkley celebrates his fine, match-winning free-kick in front of the Everton fans.Ross Barkley has had an impressive season to date.

Barkley has emerged as one of the rising stars of the English game with his energetic displays and fizzing free-kicks this season, with the experienced Barry believing he can also become a star at Brazil 2014.

“Ross should absolutely be nailed on to be on that plane for me, ” Barry told reporters. “I’m sure the England manager knows enough about Ross to know that he could go out there and surprise a lot of teams, because he has that natural ability.

“Ross has just grown in confidence as the season has gone on. I think working with this manager is going to have that sort of impact on him. The more he learns about the game and his position, the more he’s going to improve. Confidence will come with that.

“He has got that natural ability and as he learns the game and his confidence grows and grows, he will turn into a better player. ”

Barry went on to insist he is focused on regaining his own place in the England side as he continues to impress for Everton during his season-long loan move from Manchester City.

“I’m not too worried about that at the moment, ” he added of his own World Cup ambitions. “I’m just looking forward to the second half of the season with Everton. I’ve not been involved with England for 18 months. ”

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Djibril Cisse not giving up on World Cup call

By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

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Djibril Cisse has told L’Equipe “few players would have come back” after suffering the setbacks that have punctuated his career as he sets his sights on a return to the French national side.

However, he believes those disappointments, coupled with the broken leg he suffered while playing for Liverpool in October 2004 and a similar injury sustained in June 2006, have given him faith he can overcome any obstacle.

“It has taught me that after every failure, if you want to do it and you give yourself every chance, nothing can stop you. Technically, I’m perhaps not the most gifted, but mentally, few players would have come back after the two serious injuries and such disappointments with the French national team. It’s given me mental strength. I never give up, ” Cisse explained, adding he hopes to prove the doubters wrong.

“If I know that I can do something and people doubt me, I do everything I can to prove to them they’re mistaken. “

Though Cisse has not played for France since October 2011, his ambition of once again pulling on the blue shirt of his country is not entirely unrealistic. While Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema are, injury permitting, certain to go to Brazil, Deschamps could take a third recognised forward.

Loic Remy, Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre-Pierre Gignac appear to be ahead of Cisse in the pecking order. Previously, Deschamps has criticised players, notably Lassana Diarra, for moving to Russia, favouring a high salary over their international career. After leaving Kuban Krasnodar to return to France and – by his own admission – more than halving his salary, Cisse is confident he can upset the odds.

“They have the advantage of knowing the squad. I’m coming from a long way behind, but perhaps that’s better. I’m motivated, that’s for sure, at 100 percent, ” the former Marseille, Panathinaikos and Lazio striker, who has struck nine times in 41 international appearances, explained.

“With Bastia, I’ll have better exposure than in Greece. It’s now up to me to show myself. I don’t think there is a black list and I don’t think I’ve shown a lack of respect to the national team coach. “

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Brazilian president Rousseff hits back at Blatter

“No country has been so far behind in its preparations since I have been at FIFA even though it is the only host nation which has had so much time – seven years – in which to prepare. ”

Following Rousseff’s rebuttal, the Blatter also took to Twitter to claim: “I concur with the comments of dilmabr (Rousseff) about the World Cup. The whole world is awaiting the Cup of Cups. Brazil will be a great host. Brazil 2014 will be a great success. “
Three of the stadiums are not likely to be finished until April, including the Itaquera Arena in Sao Paulo, which will host the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12. The Brazilian government said it would be completed in February, only for FIFA to confirm another deadline of April 15.
However, Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo assured that Brazil would be ready in time.

“Brazil has been working in preparation for the World Cup since it was chosen to host the tournament. Ticket sales, the biggest out of any World Cup, shows that fans all over the world are confident that the World Cup of 2014 will be the best ever, ” Rebelo told the Associated Press.

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Brazil creates special riot force for World Cup

SAO PAULO – Officials in Brazil have created a particular “riot pressure” to assist police management the demonstrations expected to be staged through the World Cup later this year.

Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty PhotographsBrazil is making a riot power for the World Cup.

Colonel Alexandre Augusto Aragon, who heads the country’s National Safety Pressure, instructed the G1 Web portal that 10,000 riot troops selected from state police forces all through Brazil will be deployed in the 12 cities internet hosting World Cup matches between June 12 and July thirteen.

Violent road demonstrations broke out through the Confederations Cup in Brazil last June, with hundreds protesting against issues together with corruption and poor public services.

The Black Bloc anarchist movement has introduced plans for demonstrations through the World Cup, starting at the opening match in Sao Paulo.

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