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  • Russia scoops Europe’s 2018 World Cup

    Sports 03-12-2010

    FIFA awarded the 2018 World Cup finals to Russia yesterday (2 December), shattering the hopes of a bemused England and rejecting joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Belgium/The Netherlands.

  • Tripartite Bosnian representation exasperates FIFA and UEFA

    Sports 19-07-2010

    Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) could be excluded from playing international football. In football as in politics, the country is represented by its three ethnic entities, but international football bodies FIFA and UEFA have warned that the relationship is unmanageable.

  • World Cup victory ‘may offset recession in Spain’

    Sports 12-07-2010

    While the International Monetary Fund has predicted a 0.4% decrease in the Spanish economy this year, economists note that the euphoria generated by Spain winning the FIFA World Cup for the first time ever yesterday (11 July) may boost growth by up to 0.7%.

  • Euro 2012 cup could spur Ukraine’s EU application

    Europe's East 21-05-2010

    The successful preparation of Euro 2012 will be a moral application for Ukrainian EU membership, the country'se deputy foreign affairs minister, Konstantin Yelisieiev, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Football clubs to be compensated for losing young players

    Sports 17-03-2010

    European football clubs who train young players only to see them sign their first professional contract with another EU team can now claim compensation for the loss, European judges ruled yesterday (16 March).

  • Poland, Ukraine given thumbs-up for Euro 2012 progress

    Sports 09-02-2010

    Poland and Ukraine still have minor problems to solve but are otherwise making good progress as they prepare to host Euro 2012, UEFA President Michel Platini said last weekend.

  • Can football fever beat malaria in Africa?

    Sports 17-11-2009

    The 'United Against Malaria' campaign hopes to use the excitement of preparations for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa to help the continent win the fight against malaria, a preventable disease which kills a child every 30 seconds and nearly one million people per year.

  • Football World Cup offers homeless second chance in life

    Sports 11-09-2009

    The Homeless World Cup 2009, an international street soccer event for homeless people around the globe, is underway in the city of Milan, providing players from 48 nations with a unique chance to change their lives. 

  • Ukraine’s Euro 2012 organisation in doubt

    Sports 30-07-2009

    Due to the ongoing economic crisis, Ukraine is having difficulty financing the infrastructure needed to co-host Euro 2012 with Poland. According to UEFA's alternative plan, some matches may take place in the German cities of Berlin and Leipzig instead.

  • Football clubs need to better balance income and costs

    Sports 16-03-2009

    While football clubs have not been hit directly by the economic crisis, the time is right to take a closer look at clubs' balance sheets and oblige them to respect a safe ratio between income and cost, argued a representatiive of the European Clubs Association (ECA) in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • FIFA president defends ‘6+5 rule’ in Parliament

    Sports 07-10-2008

    Sepp Blatter, the head of the world football governing body FIFA, yesterday (6 October) defended a proposed rule according to which no more than five foreign players per team would be allowed to start a match.

  • UEFA urged to punish clubs, fans on racist behaviour

    Sports 15-09-2008

    Pressure is building on European football authorities to step up the fight against racism as the chair of the sports intergroup in the European Parliament called on UEFA to impose punishments on clubs, players and fans involved in racist acts.

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