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FIFA chief Blatter "invigorated" after Marrakech meeting

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.


No retirement in sight for evergreen Socceroo Cahill 5:06am GMT

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.


South Korea light on strikers for Asian Cup 2:30am GMT

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.


Analysis - Club World Cup still a hit outside Europe 21 Dec 2014

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.


FIFA official says England had best bid for 2018 World Cup 21 Dec 2014

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.


Independent panels lack consistency, says Mourinho 21 Dec 2014

LONDON - Allowing independent panels to punish players retrospectively for diving and other infringements would be a "disaster", according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Perth go six points clear after City win Melbourne derby 21 Dec 2014

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.


Japan send mission to Spain to probe Aguirre allegations 21 Dec 2014

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.

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