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  1. The FIFA presidential candidates

    The five candidates vying for the votes of the 209 national football associations in the contest due to take place on February 26 in Zurich are surely the most impressively named candidates for any election ever: Gianni Infantino, Jerome Champagne, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale.

    On this page we briefly evaluate their campaigns, chances of success and public pledges of support. A candidate needs a two third majority of voters to win in the first round or a simple majority in subsequent rounds.

    The electorate is made up of the 209 Football Federations (46 from Asia, 54 from Africa, 35 from CONCACAF, 10 from CONMEBOL, 11 from Oceania and 53 from Europe).

    The latest odds can be found on a variety of football betting sites ...
  2. Which football laws would you change?

    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    I have been mulling over Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s proposals to give managers the opportunity to use television replays to challenge referees’ decisions during matches.

    Blatter told delegates via a video link at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester recently that such a system could be put on trial as early as next year.

    My initial reaction to the idea was - shouldn’t we be making sure that the current laws, or interpretations of those laws, are working as well as they could be before going off on such a radical tangent.

    At this point I have to declare myself a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to such things. Although the introduction of goal line technology was a long ...

    Updated 28th September 2014 at 11:32 AM by Veritas

  3. Chilean fans rampage through Maracana media centre (video)

    Chilean fans burst into the Maracana, before their team’s famous victory against World Cup holders Spain on Wednesday protesting against extortionate ticket prices and chanting “FIFA is a mafia.” Over 100 fans surged through the media centre, providing instant copy and photos for the press regarding the manifest failure of stadium security. FIFA and the Brazilian organisers issued a press release saying, they "condemn these acts of violence." "Ahead of the Spain versus Chile match at the Maracana a group of individuals without tickets violently forced entry into the stadium, breaking fences and overrunning security," the statement continued. "They were contained by the security and did not make it to the seats.” "A group of individuals without tickets violently forced entry ...

    Updated 19th June 2014 at 01:02 PM by 11v11

    World Cup , National Teams
  4. Russia's exit highlights differences between UEFA and FIFA's tie-breaker systems

    There is some confusion over Russia's exit from Euro 2012 in Group A. This isn't surprising as there are different systems for tie-breakers when teams are level on points in the group stages of international football tournaments - one operated by FIFA and the other by UEFA.

    Russia have been knocked out because the UEFA system gives priority to the head to head results between the teams equal in the points standings, rather than separating the sides on goal difference in all group games.

    So in the case of Russia their 4-1 victory against eventual group winners the Czech Republic, counts for nothing in deciding whether they or the Greeks go through to the next round.

    The system operated by UEFA leads to fairly complex calculations and bizarre results regarding ...
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