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British-Nigerian Footballer Pleads for Return of Missing Dad

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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British and Nigerian football player John Obi Mikel has appealed for the safe return of his father, who went missing in central Nigeria last week. Michael Obi, who runs a transport company, was last seen Friday in the city of Jos. Representatives for Mikel, who plays for the Chelsea football team, said Monday the father […]

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Father of British Footballer Kidnapped in Nigeria

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The father of British and Nigerian football player Mikel John Obi is missing in his homeland, Nigeria, and there are fears he has been kidnapped. Michael Obi, who runs a transport company, was last seen Friday in the city of Jos in Nigeria’s Plateau State. Representatives for the Chelsea football star say the senior Obi […]

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German Football Great Klinsmann Named US Men’s National Coach

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Former German football great Juergen Klinsmann has been named as the new coach of the U.S. national men’s team. U.S. Soccer said Friday that Klinsmann will immediately take over the American team, with his contract extending through the 2014 FIFA World Cup competition in Brazil. His first match coaching the U.S. team will be an […]

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FIFA Bans Qatari bin Hammam for Life in Bribery Attempt

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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FIFA has banned Qatar’s Mohamed bin Hammam from football for life after finding him guilty of trying to bribe Caribbean officials to elect him president of the sport’s world governing body. A FIFA ethics panel on Saturday ruled that bin Hammam conspired to pay the Caribbean officials $40,000 to support his bid earlier this year […]

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Asian Match Fixer Jailed as Football Scandals Spread

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Singapore man has been sentenced to two years in jail for bribing football (soccer) players in the Finnish football league, as international match-fixing scandals continue to spread and investigators point to organized crime networks based in Southeast Asia. Tuesday’s verdict in Helsinki against Wilson Raj Perumal and nine Finnish players is the latest example […]

Mexico Beats US in CONCACAF Final

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Mexico has rallied from a 2-goal deficit to beat the United States 4-2 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. Pablo Barrera broke a 2-2 tie with a goal in the 50th minute Saturday – his second goal of the game. Mexico had trailed the U.S. 2-0 after just 23 minutes. The title contest was played […]

Mexico Beats US in CONCACAF Final

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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Mexico has rallied from a 2-goal deficit to beat the United States 4-2 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. Pablo Barrera broke a 2-2 tie with a goal in the 50th minute Saturday – his second goal of the game. Mexico had trailed the U.S. 2-0 after just 23 minutes. The title contest was played […]

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Mexicans Blame Tainted Meat for Footballers Positive Drug Tests

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexican football officials are blaming contaminated meat for five of their national team players failing doping tests. The Mexican Football Federation said the players had all tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol from tests carried out in Mexico on May 21. Clenbuterol can be used to speed up and increase muscle mass in animals. […]

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South Korean Footballers Charged in Bribery Scandal

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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At least 10 South Korean football players have been charged in connection with a scheme to fix matches in exchange for money. Prosecutors in the southeastern city of Changwon have accused the players of accepting bribes from gambling brokers to fix games played in April. Eight of the players are from a single club, the […]

Iranian President Slams FIFA For Headscarf Ban

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called members football’s world governing body “dictators” for a headscarf ban that prevented Iran’s women’s football team from playing in an Olympic qualifier match. Mr. Ahmadinejad said Tuesday he has asked the country’s sports chief to follow up on the case with FIFA, the ruling body for international football . […]

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