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  • Bayern captain Lahm to retire at end of season

    Bayern captain Lahm to retire at end of season

    Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm, who captained Germany to their 2014 World Cup victory, will retire at the end of the season a year before his contract with the German champions expires, the 33-year-old defender said on Tuesday. Youth product Lahm, who has played 501 matches for Bayern since his senior debut in 2002, said that while he could continue playing at the top level to the end of this campaign he would not be able to keep doing it. "I will end my career at the end of season," Lahm told reporters after Bayern's German Cup last 16 win over VfL Wolfsburg. More »

    Tue, Feb 7, 2017 22:56 GMT
  • Seol joins South Korea national team as assistant coach

    Seol joins South Korea national team as assistant coach

    The Korea Football Association have appointed former Fulham forward Seol Ki-hyeon as assistant coach to national team manager Uli Stielike, the KFA said on Monday. Seol was part of the 2002 World Cup squad that reached the semi-finals on home soil, scoring the equalizer against Italy in the last 16 before Ahn Jung-hwan gave the Koreans a stunning 2-1 win with a 'golden goal'. South Korea's qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup finals under German Stielike has been far from plain sailing, and while they are second in Group A behind Iran they are just a point ahead of Uzbekistan in third. More »

    Mon, Feb 6, 2017 02:42 GMT
  • FIFA rejects Bolivian appeal against docked points

    FIFA rejects Bolivian appeal against docked points

    (Reuters) - Bolivia’s appeal against being docked points for fielding an ineligible player in two World Cup qualifiers has been rejected, FIFA said on Friday. FIFA docked points from the Bolivians and gave them to Chile and Peru in a Nov. 1 decision after Paraguayan-born Nelson Cabrera’s inclusion in their team for the South American qualifiers. “The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) and to confirm in its entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the cases relating to the fielding of an ineligible player,” FIFA said in a statement on its website (www.fifa.com). More »

    Fri, Feb 3, 2017 21:53 GMT
  • Trump policies cloud potential U.S. World Cup bid

    Trump policies cloud potential U.S. World Cup bid

    President Donald Trump's controversial immigration policies could hurt an expected U.S. bid to host the 2026 World Cup although plenty of time remains for concerns to ease before the decision by world soccer's governing body FIFA. The United States hosted the World Cup in 1994 and is viewed as the favourite to host the 2026 tournament since the 2018 and 2022 finals were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively. FIFA has said that neither Europe nor Asia will be able to bid for 2026, leaving the CONCACAF region, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, as the clear frontrunner. More »

    Tue, Jan 31, 2017 22:05 GMT
  • Rummenigge says balance of power shifting towards clubs

    Rummenigge says balance of power shifting towards clubs

    European Club Association (ECA) president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge described FIFA's 48-World Cup as "nonsense" on Monday and warned soccer's governing body that the balance of power in the sport was shifting towards his members. "At the end of the day, there are the top clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, the big Spanish and English clubs, Paris St Germain, Juventus," said Rummenigge, who is also Bayern's chief executive. More »

    Mon, Jan 30, 2017 20:25 GMT