BERNE - Sepp Blatter is "invigorated" after last week's executive committee meeting in Marrakech and has every intention of standing in next year's FIFA presidential election, a source close to the FIFA leadership said on Monday.
SYDNEY - Australia's all time leading goal-scorer Tim Cahill is feeling as fit as ever and thinks he could continue playing for another four seasons into his 40th year.
SEOUL - There was no place for experienced forwards Park Chu-young, Kim Shin-wook or Lee Dong-gook in South Korea's squad for the upcoming Asian Cup as coach Uli Stielike went with just three out-and-out strikers for the Jan. 9-31 tournament in Australia.
MARRAKECH, Morocco - Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week.
LONDON - England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup "was by far the strongest contender", FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying on Sunday.
LONDON - Allowing independent panels to punish players retrospectively for diving and other infringements would be a "disaster", according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
SYDNEY - A stoppage time goal from Erik Paartalu gave City the spoils in a frenetic Melbourne derby that prevented Victory from closing on A-League leaders Perth Glory in Round 11 action over the weekend.
TOKYO - The Japan Football Association has sent a delegation to Spain to conduct a probe into the match-fixing scandal that has embroiled national team coach Javier Aguirre.