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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
2 hours ago

Sony unlikely to back FIFA, but not due to bid concerns, says Jerome Valcke

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insists talk of boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia is nonsense.

BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke acknowledged on Tuesday that it will take "years to rebuild our reputation'' following the World Cup bidding corruption investigation.

But Valcke insisted that Sony and Emirates Airlines are not ending their FIFA sponsorships to protest against allegations of bribery and favour-seeking that have engulfed world football in the four years since Russia was awarded the 2018 World Cup and Qatar was voted the 2022 hosts.

Emirates has...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
7 hours ago

Report: Sony to end FIFA sponsorship

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insists talk of boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia is nonsense.

Sony Corp. does not plan to renew its World Cup sponsorship contract with FIFA because of a priority of restructuring within the company as well as concerns over the transparency of the bidding process for 2018 and 2022, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

The move by the Japanese electronics maker would follow Emirates airlines' announcement this month that it was ending its FIFA sponsorship, a blow to the governing body as it investigates whether there was corruption in the bidding...

1 day ago

Most important USMNT players for '15

Next year will be key for Jozy Altidore and John Brooks in terms of their USMNT outlook.
Next year will be key for Jozy Altidore and John Brooks in terms of their USMNT outlook.

The new World Cup cycle poses numerous questions about the United States' lineup, not just in terms of depth and quality at certain positions but also in terms of overall talent that can significantly influence games against the world's best teams.

As U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann builds toward his 2018 World Cup roster, he will use the 2015 calendar year as an opportunity to establish a core group that he can trust in critical situations. And while his most meaningful evaluation will come in the summer's Gold Cup, the manager will also be keeping a close eye on which players are built to thrive in the 2016 Copa America and Olympics, as those players will also be essential to the team's qualification and success in the next World Cup.

Which USMNT players should we keep a close eye on next year? Here's a look at nine players who need a strong 2015 in order to stabilize the core of the U.S. team. These are players who either need to bounce back and return to previous form, continue to show potential or make a positive step forward to provide the U.S. with a strong foundation as the team moves further into the 2018 World Cup cycle.

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 By PA Sport
2 days ago

Jerome Champagne demands FIFA transparency over World Cups bids

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insists talk of boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia is nonsense.

The bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups must be looked at again if even one vote was improperly influenced, FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne has told the Mail On Sunday.

FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert said on Tuesday that a criminal complaint had been lodged with the Swiss attorney general over the possible misconduct of individuals in connection to the awarding of the hosting rights for those finals.

However, FIFA president Sepp Blatter insisted that despite...

By ESPN Staff
3 days ago

Valcke: World Cup boycott 'nonsense'

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insists talk of boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia is nonsense.

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