March 22nd, 2011

gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal

sepp to stepp down??

Sepp Blatter will make way for a successor as FIFA president in four years' time if he is re-elected in June, he has announced.

Blatter is seeking a fourth term as FIFA president and is being challenged by Asian confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam.

The 75-year-old told UEFA's Congress in Paris on Tuesday that if he wins he will definitely stand down in 2015, saying: "You know very well that I am a candidate for the next four years as FIFA president but these will be the last four years for which I stand as a candidate."
He added: "Together we have the task of bringing together the adventure we have started.
"We want to ensure a better future for our youth."

The new president will be elected at a Fifa Congress which starts on 31 May.

With Bin Hammam vowing to increase Fifa's decision-making power and spread its considerable wealth, Blatter is facing his first challenge since Issa Hayatou took him on - and lost - in 2002.

Bin Hammam is also currently attending the Congress for European football's governing body, Uefa, as they lobby federation presidents for their vote on 1 June in Zurich.
Uefa members make up more than one quarter of the maximum 208 Fifa voters that Blatter and Bin Hammam will attempt to woo.
The winner needs a two-thirds majority of valid votes cast in the first ballot, or a majority in the second.

Fifa has set an 1 April deadline for other candidates to be nominated by a single member federation.
"We are in extra time," said Blatter, referring to the time left before the election. "Let's wait and see what the outcome will be."

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i could have sworn there was a "blatter infection" tag, maybe i just made that up

captain America (otherpictures)

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Interesting article in the Torygraph about how the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) in England is making action plans in case a player comes out. Link just above to the sauce, and full text below the cut for the link-phobic:

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For myself, I'm glad they've got an action plan, but I'm wondering just how much power Taylor and the PFA actually have to take action in the event that a player comes out, and subsequently gets abuse from teammates, competitors, or the terraces.
FB: Raul and Guti

Why yes this is a Spanish National team post


So, the NT is back together again in Madrid today but as well as getting together to compare who has the worst DSquared clothing they also attended a few functions this morning.

Fernando went to his hometown of Fuenlabrada to be awarded the Medalla de la Ciudad de Fuenlabrada for winning the WC and also went to visit a sports centre that is being built and will be named after him.

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Andres Iniesta and David Villa were at the wax museum in Madrid to unveil the new waxworks of themselves that are going on display
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And most of the players - Sergio, Iker, Pepe, Capdevilla, Arbeloa, Llorente, Marchena, Javi, Xabi, Mata, Silva and Villa - and VDB were at the Chocrón jewelers to recieve their watches that they were promised for winning the WC - they helped choose the design and each one is personalized with an engraving of their name and the date of the WC

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Later on this morning the players all headed to La Rozas to meet up with the other late arrivals and to allow Sernando to reunite settle in before their training session that started about 15 minutes ago

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flying the NZ flag

New Zealand squad list for friendly v China

Herbert names All Whites squad for China match

All Whites coach Ricki Herbert has included three uncapped players in the New Zealand squad of 18 players for the one match tour of China later this month.

Included in the squad are mercurial midfield talent Marco Rojas, new Major League Soccer player Jake Gleeson and J-League fullback Michael Fitzgerald, who all feature in Ricki Herbert’s senior squad for the first time as the All Whites take on China in a game which has been moved from Nanning to Wuhan.

no, no one knows how to crack a smile

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Cheerful - Moonangelchan


I found this demo of a documentary that I thought some of you might be interested in. It's a documentary about Title IX and one of the focus in the film is an inner-city girls' high school soccer team.

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Miscellaneous Women's Football News
When I was putting the post together I remembered some of the women's football posts from the past few days and thought it would be best to include them here as well:

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this is more than my road to redemption

this is a german nt post, and it is trampling all over the previous one sry2say

whilst the spaniards are off dressing badly and not knowing the meaning of proper hair styling, a certain flawless german national team gathered in mainz to look classy and good! oh and to train also. but you know, priorities. dfb team have been kind enough to supply us with some photos, the rest are from dear tumblr. there is no reason for this post, except that fanny_keats wanted me to do it. and toni kroos is back in the nt. well, anyway.

manuel neuer with his hand down his pants welcomes u in

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