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June 5, 2016

FIFA Conditionally Lifts Benin Suspension

FIFA conditionally lifts Benin suspension

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

The small west African country of Benin have had their FIFA ban conditionally lifted allowing them to compete in a key qualifier for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. The qualification Group C match between Benin and Equatorial Guinea was originally scheduled to take place on the 5th of June but will now take place on the 12th of June. Benin currently sit second in their group on 8 points, 2 behind the leaders Mali.

FIFA placed the ban on the Benin Football Association last month following a local court injunction that was preventing elections for the football association taking place. The decision to ban Benin announced at the inaugural meeting of the FIFA Council in Mexico last month. Benin must conduct a new round of elections before the 11th of June otherwise the game will be cancelled and the organising committee for the Africa Cup of Nations will rule on the case.



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June 4, 2016

Fifa headquarters raided by Swiss authorities

FIFA headquarters raided by Swiss authorities

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On Thursday, Swiss officials carried out a surprise search of Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland. The raid was conducted as a part of the investigation into corruption regarding the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bids.

The raid was conducted by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of Switzerland with the aim of “confirming existing findings and obtaining further information”, according to a statement.

Since the seized documents and electronic data were examined reports have since linked FIFA with giving secret pay rises to high-ranking former FIFA officials Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner, totaling 79 million Swiss francs (£55 million).

Bill Burck of the United States law firm, Quinn Emanuel, stated “The evidence appears to reveal a coordinated effort by three former top officials of FIFA to enrich themselves through annual salary increases, World Cup bonuses and other incentives totaling more than 79m Swiss francs in just the last five years.”

The evidence presented by FIFA lawyers will be handed to Swiss federal prosecutors and the US justice department for their ongoing investigations into the financial scandal.

This was the second search relating to FIFA officials this year, as Swiss police raided Union of European Football Associations’ headquarters in Nyon in early April following the outbreak of the Panama Papers. The previous search linking the current FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, with two businessmen who have since been associated with the corruption scandal. Infantino has denied all allegations of wrongdoing in regards to the seized documents and no action has been taken against him as yet.



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May 6, 2016

FIFA ethics committee recommends lifetime ban of former FIFA vice-president

FIFA ethics committee recommends lifetime ban of former FIFA vice-president

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Friday, May 6, 2016

The adjudicatory chamber of FIFA (International Federation of Association Football)’s independent ethics committee has opened up proceedings against former FIFA Vice-President Jeffrey Webb. In a statement released on Wednesday the ethics committee recommended Mr Webb receive a lifelong ban from all footballing activities for multiple violations of the articles of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

Mr Webb was indicted on corruption charges by the United States Department of Justice, and pled guilty in November to one count of racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three of money laundering conspiracy. He is the former President of CONCACAF, the confederation for North America, Central America and Caribbean footballing associations, Vice-President of FIFA, and President of the Cayman Islands Football Association.

Mr Webb is to be given the opportunity to submit his position before a ruling by FIFA is handed down.


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May 5, 2016

Former FIFA Vice-President facing lifetime ban

Former FIFA Vice-President facing lifetime ban

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

The adjudicatory chamber of FIFA (International Federation of Association Football)’s independent ethics committee has opened up proceedings against former FIFA Vice-President Jeffrey Webb. In a statement released on Wednesday the ethics committee has recommended Mr Webb receive a lifelong ban from all footballing activities for multiple violations of the articles of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

Mr Webb was indicted in May 2015 on corruption charges by the United States Department of Justice and in November plead guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three of money laundering conspiracy.

Mr Webb is the former President of CONCACAF, the confederation for North America, Central America and Caribbean footballing associations, Vice-President of FIFA, and President of the Cayman Islands Football Association.

Mr Webb will have the opportunity to submit his position before a ruling by FIFA is handed down.


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January 14, 2016

Luis Enrique wins 2015 FIFA World Coach of the Year

Luis Enrique wins 2015 FIFA World Coach of the Year

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On Monday, Luis Enrique won the 2015 FIFA World Coach of the Year in Zürich, Switzerland.

In his first year as manager of FC Barcelona, Enrique won five trophies, including the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup. The other finalists were Pep Guardiola, a former Barcelona coach and current manager of the German giants Bayern Munich, and Argentine Jorge Sampaoli, the coach of Chile’s national football team.

Cquote1.svg The staff, the president, the board, the fans and our players. This is an incredible dream team that has pushed us forward. Cquote2.svg

—Robert Fernandez (On Luis Enrique’s behalf)

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Guardiola led Bayern to the Bundesliga title and under Sampoli, Chile won their first ever-Copa América, defeating Argentina 4–1 on penalties. Enrique won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Champions League — just the second time the club has won that treble — the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. Barcelona also defeated their arch-rivals Real Madrid 4–0 in November.

Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez attended the ceremony and collected the award on behalf of Enrique, who did not attend the function. Fernandez said “It must have been a very difficult choice because the other candidates [are of] very, very high quality,”. He also added that Enrique wanted to share the award with all those people who “who have supported him in difficult times and good times. The staff, the president, the board, the fans and our players. This is an incredible dream team that has pushed us forward.”

Earlier in the ceremony, Jill Ellis, who coached the United States’s women’s football team to win the World Cup, was announced as the FIFA Football Women’s Coach of the year.



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January 12, 2016

FIFA Ballon d\’Or 2015 goes to Lionel Messi

FIFA Ballon d’Or 2015 goes to Lionel Messi

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Yesterday, Argentina and FC Barcelona football star Lionel Messi won the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or in the FIFA event, hosted in Zürich, Switzerland. The Ballon d’Or is an annual award given to the player voted to be the best of the year.

Cquote1.svg It’s incredible that it’s my fifth. Much more than anything I would have dreamed of as a kid.((es)) Cquote2.svg

—Lionel Messi

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Messi along with his Barcelona teammate Neymar and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo were shortlisted by FIFA back in November. Having won five major trophies in the 2015 calendar year, which included the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup in December in Japan against Argentine club River Plate in which he scored the first goal, Messi won 41.33% of the votes.

Winner in previous years Ronaldo secured 27.76% of the votes, and Messi’s teammate Neymar won 7.86%. 2007 Ballon d’Or winner and Brazilian player Kaká announced the winner of the Gala. Messi played 61 games in 2015, and scored 52 goals. He also provided 26 assists. He also scored in each of the six tournaments.

At the ceremony, Messi said “It’s a very special moment for me, after watching as Cristiano Ronaldo won for two years. It’s incredible that it’s my fifth. Much more than anything I would have dreamed of as a kid.”((es))

Messi previously won the La Liga best player of the year; and UEFA Best Player in Europe Award with 49 votes out of 54, leaving behind his teammate Luis Suárez and Ronaldo who got three and two votes respectively. He also won a silver medal in the 2015 Copa América when Argentina lost to the hosts Chile on penalties.

Messi previously won the award for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. Ronaldo and Messi between them have won the trophy for the past eight years. Neymar this year became the first top-three Brazilian since Kaká‘s 2007 win.

Messi voted for his teammates Neymar, Suárez, and Andrés Iniesta; Neymar voted for Messi, Suárez, and Ivan Rakitić. Neymar at the ceremony said “It is a dream for me to be here, it’s a victory”.



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…And the 2015 FIFA Ballon d\’Or goes to Lionel Messi

…And the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or goes to Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi with Carli Lloyd at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala yesterday.
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Yesterday, Argentina and FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or in the FIFA event, hosted in Zürich, Switzerland. Ballon d’Or is an annual award to the best player of the year via voting.

Messi along with his Barcelona teammate Neymar and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo were short listed by FIFA back in November. Having won five major trophies in the 2015 calendar year, which included the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup in December in Japan against an Argentine club River Plate in which he scored the first goal, Messi won 41.33% votes in the Gala.

Previous years’ winner Ronaldo secured 27.76% of votes, and Messi’s teammate Neymar won 7.86%. 2007 Ballon d’Or winner and former Brazilian player Kaká announced the winner of the Gala. Messi made 61 appearances for his club and the country in 2015, and scored 52 goals. He also provided 26 assists. With these stats, he also scored in each of the six tournaments.

In the ceremony, Messi said “It’s a very special moment for me to be back here on this stage, winning again another Ballon d’Or after seeing Cristiano win it…” “It’s incredible that it’s my fifth. Much more than anything I would have dreamed of as a kid.”((es))

Messi previously won the La Liga best player of the year and UEFA Best Player in Europe Award with 49 votes out of 54, leaving behind his teammate Luis Suárez and Ronaldo who got three and two votes respectively. He also gathered a silver medal in the 2015 Copa América when Argentina lost to the hosts Chile over penalties.

Messi previously won the award for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. Ronaldo and Messi have won the trophy for the past eight years and Neymar became the first Brazilian to be in the top three after 2007, when Kaká won in ahead of Ronaldo and Messi.

Messi had voted for his teammates Neymar, Suárez, and Andrés Iniesta; Neymar voting for Messi, Suárez, and Ivan Rakitić. Neymar at the ceremony said “It is a dream for me to be here, it’s a victory”.

Cquote1.svg It’s incredible that it’s my fifth. Much more than anything I would have dreamed of as a kid.((es))
—Lionel Messi
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January 11, 2016

Wendell Lira wins the FIFA Puskás Award 2015

Wendell Lira wins the FIFA Puskás Award 2015

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Wendell Lira, a Brazilian striker, won the 2015 FIFA Puskás Award in Zürich on Monday. The Puskás Award is given to a football player voted by the public to have scored the best goal of the year.

Lira, who now plays for Vila Nova, scored a bicycle kick goal for Goianésia in a 2–1 victory on March 11. His goal won 46.7% of the vote, with about 1.6 million people voting for him. He won the award ahead of his idol, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, whose solo goal against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final won 33.3% of the vote. Alessandro Florenzi, who plays for AS Roma, scored a 50m long-range goal against FC Barcelona in a UEFA Champions League group stage match, came third with 7.1% of the vote.

When Lira’s name was announced he broke into tears. He said “It honestly feels like a dream.” Only 297 spectators were present in the stadium when Lira scored the goal in a regional championship of the second division. He added “I could never have guessed that it would change my life forever.”

He had never been to Europe before. As a player of a second division football club, he said “I’ve been struggling to get my head around meeting so many stars, let alone being up for [the] award with Messi and then having my goal beat his in the vote.” Lira also thanked his family, and all those who had voted for him.

Messi praised the goal and said “The fact is it’s a great goal and he deserved it. The award is in good hands”.


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Wendell Lira wins FIFA Puskás Award 2015

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Wendell Lira, a Brazilian striker, won the 2015 FIFA Puskás Award in Zürich on Monday. The Puskás Award is given to a football player voted by the public to have scored the best goal of the year.

Lira’s goal was a bicycle kick, in a 2–1 victory for Goianésia on March 11; he has since moved to Vila Nova. His goal won 46.7% of the vote, with about 1.6 million people voting. He won the award ahead of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, whose solo goal against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final won 33.3% of the vote. Alessandro Florenzi, who plays for AS Roma, scored a 50m long-range goal against FC Barcelona in a UEFA Champions League group stage match, came third with 7.1% of the vote.

When Lira’s name was announced he broke into tears. He said “It honestly feels like a dream.” Only 297 spectators were present in the stadium, Lira said, when he scored the goal in a regional championship of the second division. He added “I could never have guessed that it would change my life so much”.

This was his first time in Europe. As a player of a second division football club, he said “I’ve been struggling to get my head around meeting so many stars, let alone being up for [the] award with Messi and then having my goal beat his in the vote.” Lira also thanked “my family and all those who voted for me.”

Messi praised the goal. “The fact is it’s a great goal and he deserved it. The award is in good hands”.


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Luis Enrique wins 2015 FIFA Football Coach of the Year

Luis Enrique wins 2015 FIFA Football Coach of the Year

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Today, Luis Enrique won the 2015 FIFA FIFA World Coach of the Year in Zürich, Switzerland.

Enrique, the manager of current FIFA Club World Cup winners FC Barcelona won five trophies in 2015 calendar year, with a successful treble in his first year as the manager. He won the award ahead of former Barcelona coach and current manager of the German giants Bayern Munich Pep Guardiola and Argentine Jorge Sampaoli, the coach of Chile’s national football team.

Guardiola lead Bayern to the Bundesliga title and under Sampoli, Chile won their first ever Copa América, defeating Argentina 4–1 on penalties.

Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez attended the ceremony and collected the award on the behalf of Enrique, who did not attend the function. Fernandez said “It must have been a very difficult choice because the other candidates very, very high quality,”. He also added that Luis wanted to share the award with all those people who supported him in the difficult and good times.

Enrique won the La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and recently, the FIFA Club World Cup hosted in Japan in the first year. Fernandez also added “The staff, the president, the board, the fans and our players. This is an incredible dream team that has pushed us forward.” Not only with the trophies, Enrique’s Barcelona defeated their arch rivals Real Madrid 4–0 in the El Clásico earlier in November.

Earlier in the ceremony, Jill Ellis, coach of the United States’s women’s football team won the FIFA Football Women’s Coach of the year for winning the World Cup.

Cquote1.svg The staff, the president, the board, the fans and our players. This is an incredible dream team that has pushed us forward.
—Robert Fernandez (On Luis Enrique’s behalf)
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