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Russia to cut budget for 2018 World Cup amid economic woes

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says football's world governing body needs to restore its credibility following the acrimonious fall-out from the decision to award the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

MOSCOW -- Russia will cut the budget for hosting the 2018 World Cup as part of plans to slash state expenditure while recession looms, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday.

The Russian government is cutting its spending by 10 percent across the board after the central bank predicted last month that the economy could contract by between 4.5 and 4.7 percent this year, under pressure from low oil prices and international sanctions.

Mutko, who is a FIFA Executive Committee member, said in comments...

Sepp Blatter joins FIFA election race without naming nominees

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the latest challengers to Joseph Blatter's role as FIFA president.
ESPN FC's Dale Johnson looks at whether Luis Figo's candidacy for FIFA presidency will further dilute the vote against Sepp Blatter.
Dutchman Michael van Praag has announced he will stand against Sepp Blatter in the FIFA presidential election.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he is confident in his campaign for a fifth term in office.
Former Premier League footballer David Ginola has announced his intention to run in the FIFA Presidential elections this year.

ZURICH -- Sepp Blatter has confirmed his entry in the FIFA presidential contest without revealing which five national federations have nominated him.

Blatter posted a message on his Twitter account to say "I've made my submission."

Thursday is the deadline for entries. Voting by FIFA's 209 federations is May 29.

By ESPN Staff
7 hours ago

Cahill: The boys are ready

Australia's Tim Cahill was in a confident mood on Thursday ahead of the Socceroos' match against South Korea in the Asian Cup final in Sydney.

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By ESPN Staff
17 hours ago

Highlights: Chile 3-2 United States

Chile forward Mark Gonzalez scored the winning goal for his side to beat the United States 3-2 in Rancagua.

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17 hours ago

Chile exposes U.S. weaknesses in Rancagua

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik breaks down United States' 3-2 friendly defeat against Chile.

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