June 8, 2011
FIFA, SOCCER'S world governing body, would like to take some time out from all of its alleged backdoor dealings and scandals to make the following decree: Islamic headscarves are a violation of the outfit's dress code and are now banned from all competitions. However, the kicker here is not FIFA's decision, but its timing. Just prior to kickoff in a women's Olympic qualifier between Iran and Jordan last Friday, officials decided that the Iranian players' little white headscarves were illegal and disqualified the team.
June 1, 2015 |
I WOULD LIKE TO CARE about the FIFA scandal. But it's hard. I care about a lot of things, and they currently take up all the space in my brain. If I start caring about the racketeering, corruption and conspiracy charges that are rocking the Federation Internationale de Football Association, something else will have to go. What should I get rid of? I'd love to stop caring about ISIS. The crazies blew up a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia yesterday, the group's second attack in two weeks.
November 15, 1996 |
FIFA, forced to play the role of Solomon in the fight between Japan and South Korea over the 2002 World Cup, may have succeeded. The difference is that it actually did cut the baby in half - but very, very carefully. If the settlement that FIFA brokered last week works - and with bitter rivals such as Japan and Korea involved, there's no guarantee that it will - the key seems to have been giving the biggest prize to one of the rivals, and then both of the next two to the other.
June 20, 1994 |
In an uncommonly strong move toward cleaning up rough play at the World Cup, soccer's ruling body yesterday suspended key players from the Bolivian and Spanish teams for the rest of the first round. Miguel Nadal, of Spain, and Marco Etcheverry, of Bolivia, each drew red card ejections during separate games Friday, the opening day of the World Cup. In the past, such expulsions meant suspension for only the following game. However, FIFA's disciplinary board stiffened the punishment by extending the suspension for another game.
December 3, 2010 |
In the end, it was only about the money. How else do you explain that the two oil-rich nations bidding to host World Cups in 2018 (Russia) and 2022 (Qatar) won the voting yesterday in Zurich? Russia finished last in the technical study done by FIFA among the European contenders for 2018 (with England, Belgium/Netherlands and Spain/Portugal), and Qatar, which beat out the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea, was the only country named as a "high-risk" location by the technical group.
June 18, 2010 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - While the majority of South Africans, as well as invading soccer fans, are oblivious to the minority's growing frustration, there is a definite undercurrentof anti-FIFA sentiment. And it seems to be spreading. South Africans are discouraged by FIFA's "domination of the country" its "draconian branding rules" and "mafia-like control of the country's public space" - this according to the Mail & Guardian, a Johannesburg newspaper. Earlier this week, police detained a group of Netherlands fans, all women, for "ambush marketing.
August 4, 2000 |
A proposal for the World Cup soccer tournament to be rotated among six continents was approved unanimously yesterday by the FIFA executive committee, which affirmed that Germany would remain the venue in 2006. FIFA, the sport's international ruling body, rejected a request from the South African Football Association to submit to an arbitration panel the decision to award the competition to Germany. The vote on a system of rotation came three weeks after Germany was chosen.
July 8, 2004 |
The United States advanced to an all-time high No. 7 in FIFA's rankings yesterday while Greece jumped 21 spots to No. 14 after its dazzling run to the European Championship title. Brazil remained No. 1 for the 25th straight month, and France and Spain stayed at second and third. The United States twice had climbed as high as eighth - in September 2002 and again in May. The Americans beat Grenada in a home-and-home series in June to reach the semifinals of World Cup qualifying in its region.
June 1, 1995 |
FIFA, soccer's governing body, approved the use of sudden-death overtime for the 1998 World Cup in France. Until now, when games were tied at the end of regulation, teams played a full 30 minutes of overtime. Under the new rule, if games still are tied at the end of 30 extra minutes, they will be decided by penalty kicks. "We don't know of any other solutions," FIFA general secretary Sepp Blatter said in Zurich, Switzerland. Brazil beat Italy on penalty kicks after 120 scoreless minutes in last summer's World Cup final.
June 19, 2010 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - While the majority of South Africans, as well as invading soccer fans, are oblivious to the minority's growing frustration, there is a definite undercurrent of anti-FIFA sentiment. And it seems to be spreading. South Africans are discouraged by FIFA's "domination of the country," its "draconian branding rules," and the "mafia-like control of the country's public space" - this according to the Mail & Guardian, a Johannesburg newspaper. Earlier this week, police detained a group of Netherlands fans, all women, for "ambush marketing.