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Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring one of three goals against Sweden at Friends Arena in Stockholm. Photograph: Mario Cruz/EPA

Poor old Franck Ribéry. After weeks of exhaustive canvassing for Ballon d’Or votes on his own behalf, Cristiano Ronaldo took 38 second-half minutes i(...)

 Uefa president Michel Platini believes a 40-team World Cup is needed in the future. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Uefa president Michel Platini has called for the World Cup to be expanded from 32 to 40 teams.The Frenchman, who is expected by some to rival Sepp Bla(...)

Frenchman Philippe Piat, the only candidate in next week’s FIFPro presidential election, says players will take part in a summer World Cup in Qatar in 2022. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

The world soccer players’ union, FIFPro, will urge its members to boycott the 2022 World Cup if it is played in Qatar’s summer, vice-president Philipp(...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter  said a final decision on which months to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar might be delayed until 2015. Photograph: Getty

The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has told Qatari World Cup 2022 organisers that there is no way they will be stripped of the tournament whatever the (...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter addresses the media in Zurich. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says football cannot “turn a blind eye” to the deaths of hundreds of construction workers in Qatar as the country prepares(...)

Uefa president Michel Platini

Uefa president Michel Platini has said that he will make a decision on whether to run for Fifa presidency next year at the earliest.“I have not yet d(...)

Europe’s top leagues have warned Fifa not to rush a decision on moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter.The world governing body is due to de(...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter will recommend to the Fifa executive that the Qatar World Cup dates be  changed. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Europe’s leading clubs are tomorrow expected to accept that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have to be played in the winter - but only on the basis i(...)

Eufa chief Michel Platini: “I just have to assess if it’s a good thing for soccer. I’m not interested in the position for the sake of it. I have to persuade myself that it’s my destiny.” (Photo:  Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Michel Platini’s decision on whether to run for the Fifa presidency in 2015 will be made without considering the plans of incumbent Sepp Blatter, the(...)

 Sepp Blatter: “You can cool down the stadiums, but you can’t cool down the whole country.”

Fifa’s executive committee will convene in October to discuss the issue of playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the winter, the world governing body(...)

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