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Lionel Messi crowned Best FIFA Men’s Player: should he win the Ballon d’Or again?

With Cristiano Ronaldo playing increasingly fewer games each season and Lionel Messi picking up more and more injuries, it would seem that a footballing era, one dominated by  quite possibly the two best players ever, is slowly coming to an end. Though both remain in the top three best footballers in the world, Ronaldo has […]

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Van Basten reignites debate about reform in football

One of the greatest footballers of all time, Marco van Basten, has opted for a set of proposals to revolutionise football. If implemented, the results could be sub-par. The Dutchman, who now works for Fifa, has expressed the desire to strip extra time and penalty shoot outs from knock-out matches – two adrenaline-pumping climaxes of […]

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World Cup update has been met with scepticism

It would be an understatement to say that football’s governing body Fifa have had a few controversies over the last few years. Claims of corruption arose from the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar; subsequently, the tournament will be played in cities and stadiums which have not even been built yet. This was […]

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Sport

The FA defy Fifa’s ruling on poppies as a political symbol

Fifa has recently denied a request to make an exception to the ban on political messages in the sport, which would allow English and Scottish players to wear armbands featuring poppies for their upcoming match at Wembley. In an act of defiance, the Football Association’s Greg Clarke stated that players in the November 11 game […]

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Off The Ball Sport

FIFA disbands anti-racism task force claiming job is done

In March 2013, FIFA opened a task force against racism and discrimination with the primary goal of “leading FIFA’s action in this key area”, according to a letter former President – and notable humanitarian – Sepp Blatter penned to the Executive Committee. Flash forward to September 2016 and FIFA has disbanded that same task force, […]

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Sport

It’s time to stop the personal attacks on Sepp Blatter

Now Sepp Blatter has stepped down as president of Fifa he has decided he is going to use all of his spare time to concentrate on improving his tennis game: rumour has it that his forehand is nothing special but his back-handers are amazing. He is the archetypal man we love to hate. From mercilessly […]

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Off The Ball Sport

Bernie Ecclestone endorses Sepp Blatter as “the best man for football”

This week in Off The Ball, Charles Nurick takes a sideways look at the news that F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has endorsed Sepp Blatter as “the best man for football”. Sepp Blatter leaving FIFA would be fantastic. But not for the reasons you might expect: Sepp Blatter is a comedy genius. There, I’ve said it, […]

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Editorial

Scandals in Fifa: the World’s most laughably corrupt institution

With fresh allegations and damning stories breaking every day, it seems we are still only scratching the surface of Federation Internationale de Football Association’s (Fifa) farcical story of corruption and deceit. Simply clouding football’s governing body even more, President Sepp Blatter, Secretary General Jerome Valcke and UEFA Chief Michel Platini have all been suspended for […]