Football





Record-breaker Arsène Wenger finally goes - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the retiring Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger introduced broccoli and massage - and beautiful football !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "building players from scratch  ! - and modernising facilities  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Wenger has been at the forefront of substantial changes: blazing a trail for flair, beauty and the art of football !!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as the Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, said: "Arsène set a totally new standard - to make art out of football !!!!!!!""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Gazidis added: "it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsène has instilled in the club  !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "our fans want to see that - to continue to play exciting, progressive football !!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Arsène Wenger showed the game that not only could the circle be squared - but that beauty can be its own reward !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Wenger moved his attentions to developing players - from a younger age through the academy  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Wenger’s focus on development encompassed every aspect of the footballers in his charge  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the loyalty and affection in which he is held by those players is testament to this"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • building so much more than a football team:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "an enthusiasm for turning players into the finished product !!! - was matched in Wenger by a disdain for the inequities of the transfer market"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a trained economist, he saw little value in the majority of deals struck for players, transactions that were in his opinion unduly inflated by the involvement of agents"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "pumped up by broadcast revenue and the largesse of dilettante owners"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "from the very beginning of his time at Arsenal, Wenger focused instead on long‑term value !!!! - and not only in the playing staff  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is a legacy that Wenger leaves not just his successor as manager, and not just his club"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Arsène Wenger: "I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club !!!! - my love and support for ever !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Arsène Wenger: "the goal is to make people happy !!!!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "developing a creative, and high culture !!!!!!!!! - where playing becomes an art !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arsène Wenger changed the Face of modern Football - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • Lee Dixon: "my former manager Arsène Wenger may be feeling relief over his decision to step down - but should be remembered for rewriting the modern managerial handbook  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if he has his relief, so do we - we can now focus on how great he was, and the legacy he leaves !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is no doubt Monsieur Wenger changed the face of modern football !!!! - he was the first - his legacy is not only Arsenal based"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the physiology side of the game, the social side, training !!! - he came in and ripped up the handbook  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I have huge respect for Arsène’s integrity !!!!!! - he has gone through his 22 years with such grace !!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and, if he sometimes fell below the standards he set - that is the passion coming out !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "his loyalty to the club is massive - he has cherished that relationship  ! - I love and respect what Arsène has done !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the new Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin reviews Champions League Deal - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the new president, the Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, said Uefa must show Europe's big clubs who is in charge"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "his first priority will be to look again at the controversial recent deal !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to give more Champions League revenue to the continent’s biggest clubs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Ceferin won the support of smaller federations by complaining they were not properly consulted"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the plan was passed by the Uefa executive committee last month but caused outrage among other associations and the umbrella body for the 24 European leagues"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""we should show we are the ones who are the governing body," Ceferin said"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it will be one of Ceferin’s first big decisions. It hasn’t happened yet, so technically it can be unpicked !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in his first press conference as president, Ceferin insisted he would not be afraid to also revisit the financial fair play rules that were introduced by Platini"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "FFP should be enforced more strongly because the gap between the rich ones and the poor ones is wider and wider !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they (introduced to improve the overall financial health of European club football) should be enforced more strongly !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we have a lot to do"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Uefa: Europe's top four Leagues should get four Group-stage Spots in the Champions League - BBC: LINK ¤ B B C

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  • "the Uefa wants Europe's top four leagues (Spain, England, Italy, and Germany)"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to be guaranteed four places each in the group stages of the Champions League"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "from the 2018-19 season onwards"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Champions League would continue to have a 32-team group stage, but the four countries would have 4 fix places"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Europe's big clubs have lobbied Uefa for this changes"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this would be - of course - at the expense of the middle and smaller nations"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they see this as the excesses of the bigger countries and clubs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it would be at the expense of the suspense"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and therefore it is not in the interests of the fans and the spectators (who are the ones who count - at the end)"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • the chairman of the Austrian League Christian Ebenbauer: "unbelievable !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is pure capitalism"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "all things, which would widen the gap between richer und poorer clubs, are absurd"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blatter resigns as Fifa President - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football - the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football"

 

 

 

 

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  • "therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress"

 

 

 

 

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  • "I will continue to exercise my functions as Fifa president until that election"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Fifa needs a profound overhaul"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we need deep-rooted structural change"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the size of the Executive Committee must be reduced and its members should be elected through the Fifa Congress"

 

 

 

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  • "we need term limits not only for the president but for all members of the Executive Committee"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Michel Platini - the Uefa President: "it was a difficult decision. A brave decision"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the right decision"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Luis Figo: "a good day for Fifa and for football. Change is finally coming"

 

 

 

 

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  • "now we should, responsibly and calmly, find a worldwide solution"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to start a new era of dynamism, transparency and democracy in Fifa"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • David Gill: "I fully welcome today’s news as a major step forward for Fifa on the road to proper reform"

 

 

 

 

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  • "following the election at Fifa Congress, I simply could not countenance serving on the Fifa Executive Committee"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I respect his decision but am pleased he is standing aside and by the clear determination for real change within Fifa"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • David Ginola: "now it’s time to reboot Fifa and reboot the game of football"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • New-Fifa-Now: "a short-term independent reform commission"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "should completely transform the governance of world football"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "what is needed is systemic change to the governance arrangements, not shuffling of deck chairs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blatter finally lets go of Fifa - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "after 17 years as virtual head of state, addicted to the power from ruling football’s top body"

 

 

 

 

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  • "he accepted the inevitable and resigned - but he’s not going quite yet"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is testament to his record of Machiavellian manoeuvring down the years that even as he delivered his shock resignation"

 

 

 

 

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  • "senior figures in world football were starting to speculate on what his masterplan might be and whether he would work to shoehorn a favoured candidate into the role"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he had simply spent the weekend since a combative post-election press conference, at which he was forced to deny that he handled a US$ 10m bribe"

 

 

 

 

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  • "being told by those closest to him that the walls were closing in and it was time to go"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "existing in a bubble of private jets, five-star hotels and the endless, meaningless babble of Fifa"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he clung on to power at all costs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "through a jaw-dropping succession of scandals revealed by dogged investigative reporters"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "at times he appeared divorced from the reality of his organisation as the rest of the world sees it"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and his desire to retain at least a modicum of control over the organisation he sees as his own"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "world football now have to face up to the challenge of reforming an institution that is patently not fit for purpose"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Platini: Blatter should resign
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Michel Platini, the Uefa President, delivered a personal plea to Blatter to stand aside for the good of the game"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I said to him, "I’m asking you to leave""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Fifa’s image is terrible"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Uefa calls for Postponement of presidential Election - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Fifa was plunged into the most serious scandal in its history"

 

 

 

 

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  • "after a wave of arrests of football officials in Zurich on corruption charges"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "seven officials, including the Fifa vice-president Jeffrey Webb from the Cayman Islands, were arrested by Swiss authorities on behalf of the US Department of Justice"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which has indicted 18 people alleging bribery totalling more than US$ 150m"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Swiss attorney general also opened criminal proceedings over the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and seized documents and electronic data from Fifa’s headquarters"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the twin proceedings have cast Fifa into a state of crisis and Uefa wants the presidential election between incumbent Sepp Blatter and Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan to be postponed"

 

 

 

 

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  • Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino: "the Uefa believes that the Fifa Congress should be postponed"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and that the election for the president should take place within six months"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "today’s events are a disaster for Fifa and tarnish the image of football as a whole"

 

 

 

 

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  • "these events show, once again, that corruption is deeply rooted in Fifa’s culture"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is a need for the whole of Fifa to be "rebooted""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and for a real reform to be carried out"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fifa Officials pocketed US$ 150m from World Cup of Fraud - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "America’s top prosecutors accused nine senior current or former Fifa officials of "hijacking" international football"

 

 

 

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  • "to run a World Cup of fraud to line their pockets by US$ 150m"

 

 

 

 

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  • Loretta Lynch, the US attorney general: "the Fifa officials had allegedly run a "rampant, systemic and deep-rooted" scheme"

 

 

 

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  • "to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as she announced charges against the nine officials, seven of whom were arrested in dawn raids at a five-star hotel in Switzerland"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the nine Fifa officials, including former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, and five sports marketing executives"

 

 

 

 

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  • "had run a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the bribery and corruption extended from the sale of TV rights to voting for which countries should be awarded the right to hold the World Cup and other tournaments"

 

 

 

 

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  • "these individuals and organizations engaged in bribery to decide who would televise games; where the games would be held; and who would run the organization overseeing organized soccer worldwide"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and enrich themselves"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they did this over and over, year after year, tournament after tournament"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Football’s Game-Changer - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "it was the start of the ugliest day in the history of the beautiful game"

 

 

 

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  • "the choreography of the arrests brought to mind the climactic baptism scene in "the Godfather", except that on this occasion it was the mafia that was on the receiving end"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the victims had arrived, as they always do, travelling first-class. As usual they had checked into a grand five-star hotel in a country where their organisation is based but pays little tax"

 

 

 

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  • "but the arrests of seven Fifa bigwigs in Zurich, and the coordination of a raid on Fifa’s US$ 100m headquarters down the road caught everyone off their guard"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Fifa was still not thinking straight when it summoned a press conference a few hours later. "This for Fifa is good," pronounced the spokesperson Walter De Gregorio"

 

 

 

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  • "if this was one of Fifa’s good days, the mind boggles at what a bad one might look like"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Blatter sits atop this steaming mound of graft. He may indeed be calm. But he is finished"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "either he goes or Fifa collapses - or perhaps both"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "organised international soccer needs a new start"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fifa Corruption Crisis: the key Figures - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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Jeffrey Webb:
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  • "the 50-year-old is the president of Concacaf and a Fifa vice-president. He was arrested by the Swiss police. A former lawyer, Webb became president of the Cayman Islands Football Association at the age of 26"

 

 

 

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Eugenio Figueredo:
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  • "one of Fifa’s vice-presidents and an executive committee member, the former footballer, 83, was arrested. From 2013 to 2014 he was president of the South American football confederation, Conmebol"

 

 

 

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José Maria Marin:
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  • "the ex-president of the Brazilian Football Confederation is now a member of the Fifa organising committee for the Olympic football tournaments. The 83-year-old was arrested"

 

 

 

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Issa Hayatou:
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  • "the Cameroonian official, who heads the Confederation of African Football, has been a Fifa executive since 1990, sitting on a number of its committees including that concerning the 2018 World Cup in Russia"

 

 

 

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Ángel María Villar Llona:
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  • "the president of the Spanish Football Federation, 65, used to play for Athletic Bilbao and is a member of Fifa’s executive committee and organising committee for the World Cup. He led Spain-Portugal’s bid for the 2022 World Cup"

 

 

 

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Michel D’Hooghe:
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  • "the honorary president of the Belgium Football Association has been a member of Fifa’s executive committee since 1988. A trained doctor, the 70-year-old is Fifa’s chief medical officer"

 

 

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  • "D’Hooghe revealed in August 2011 that he accepted an expensive painting from an adviser to Russia’s 2018 bid"

 

 

 

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Senes Erzik:
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  • "the honorary president of the Turkish Football Association, has been a Fifa executive committee member for two decades. A banker, Erzik was also vice-president of Uefa’s referees committee"

 

 


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Worawi Makudi:
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  • "president of the Thailand Football Association, Makudi was expected to be questioned over his involvement in a gas deal between his country and Qatar, which was completed shortly before the vote for the 2022 World Cup was held in 2010"

 

 

 

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Marios Lefkaritis:
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  • "the businessman is the Cypriot member of Fifa’s executive committee and the honorary president of the Cyprus FA and a Uefa vice-president. An investigation alleged that Lefkaritis’s family was paid £ 27m for a strip of land by the Qatar Investment Authority"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Uefa may quit Fifa - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the president of the German Football League - Dr. Reinhard Rauball - has warned"

 

 

 

 

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  • "that the Uefa’s 54 member nations could take the ultimate step of quitting Fifa"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if Michael Garcia’s report into World Cup bidding is not published in full"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as a solution, two things must happen. Not only must the decision of the ethics committee be published"

 

 

 

 

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  • "but Mr. Garcia’s bill of indictment too, so it becomes clear what the charges were and how they were judged"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it must be made public"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that is the only way Fifa can deal with the complete loss of credibility"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fifa Investigator Michael Garcia attacks erroneous ethics Report - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Fifa’s investigation into the controversial bidding race for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has taken another twist"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "after Michael Garcia complained the summary of his report that cleared Qatar of substantive wrongdoing"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "misrepresented his conclusions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Garcia, a former New York district attorney, spent 18 months investigating the convoluted and controversial World Cup race"

 

 

 

 

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  • "that ended with the selection of Russia for 2018 and Qatar for 2022"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but when the German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert closed the investigation after ruling there was not enough evidence to justify reopening the process"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a furious Garcia said the summary he had published did not reflect his findings"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2022 World Cup: Qatari Bribery - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Fifa is facing calls to rerun the bidding competition for the 2022 World Cup"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "after allegations that a former top Qatari football official paid US$ 5m to win support for the nation's campaign to host the event"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there are millions of emails and other documents relating to payments made by Mohamed bin Hammam"

 

 

 

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  • "the then Fifa executive member for Qatar"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Bin Hammam, also the former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president, used slush funds"

 

 

 

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  • "to pay out the cash to top football officials to win a "groundswell" of support for Qatar's World Cup bid"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the allegations bring fresh scrutiny on the 2010 vote, which gave football's biggest tournament to the tiny desert state"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Uli Hoeness sentenced to three-and-a-half Years for Tax Evasion - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the former Germany international and president of Bayern Munich sat in silence"

 

 

 

 

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  • "as a judge sentenced him to three and a half years in jail for tax fraud"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "calculated to have cost the state more than28.5m"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Hoeness admitted to squirrelling large profits made on the stock market into a Swiss bank account"

 

 

 

 

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  • "opting for what German law calls "voluntary disclosure""

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but during the trial in Munich, it not only emerged that the sums Hoeness evaded were almost 10 times higher than previously assumed"

 

 

 

 

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  • "but also that he failed to disclose his accounts within the rules"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Hoeness said in 2005: I know it's stupid, but I pay all my taxes"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the details that have emerged over the last 15 months paint a different picture"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "between 2001 and 2010, he made more than 50,000 stockmarket transactions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Hoeness conducted most of his deals via a hand-held pager, often during matches or boardroom meetings"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jürgen Klopp - Borussia Dortmund - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "I left Mainz after 18 years and thought: "next time I will work with a little less of my heart""

 

 

 

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  • "I thought it's not healthy to work like this"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but after one week at Dortmund it was the same situation"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to find this twice, to be hit by good fortune, is very unusual"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "their wage bill is half that of Bayern's and a third of Madrid's and yet, in their semi-final first leg, they swept aside the Spanish club 4-1"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "just days before that unforgettable match, the 20-year-old Mario Götze"

 

 

 

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  • "their most gifted player who has been at Dortmund since the age of nine"

 

 

 

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  • "decided to activate his € 37m release clause and join Bayern this summer"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we work seriously and sensibly. We have this amount of money so we can pay that amount"

 

 

 

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  • "but we lose players. Last year it was Shinji Kagawa"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United - on the left wing !"

 

 

 

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  • "my heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes. Central midfield is Shinji's best role"

 

 

 

 

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  • "he's an offensive midfielder with one of the best noses for goal I ever saw"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if players are patient enough"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we can develop the team into one of the biggest in the world"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "when asked about his shock after he heard Götze would be gone this summer. "It was like a heart attack""

 

 

 

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  • "it was one day after Málaga, whom Dortmund beated with two desperately late goals in the quarter-final"

 

 

 

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  • "I had one day to celebrate and then somebody thought: "enough, go back down on the floor""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "at our training ground Michael Zorc, the general manager, walked in like somebody had died"

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "he said: "I have to tell you something. It's possible that …""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "some Dortmund players were so affected they could not sleep after hearing Götze's news"

 

 

 

 

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  • "I called six or seven players who I knew were damaged in the heart"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they thought they were not good enough"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they wanted to win together. That's the reason it hurt them so much"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Bayern told Mario: "it's now or never""

 

 

 

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  • "I told him they will come next year. They will come in two years, and then three years"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "beyond the relentless pressing"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and devastatingly quick transitions that define Dortmund"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Klopp found a way against Real to blunt Xabi Alonso and, in turn, Cristiano Ronaldo"

 

 

 

 

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  • "but, besides tactical acumen, his ability to connect emotionally with his players is telling"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he praises Lionel Messi"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as the most unbelievable player"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "because there's no weapon against him when he is fit"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "no tactic will work"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Klopp offers a startling insight. Rather than showing his team videos of Barça at their best - for displays of tika-taka"

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "are scarcely relevant to Marco Reus, the hugely energetic standard-bearer of Dortmund's lightning transitions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Klopp offers them photographs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he highlights the way in which Messi and his team-mates celebrate every goal"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "like it's the first they've ever scored"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it's the perfect thing to show my team. I do it very often. I show them photographs of how Barcelona celebrate"

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "I don't use videos because I don't copy Barça's style"

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "but you see them celebrate goal number 5,868 like they've never scored before"

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "this is what you should always feel - until you die"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sir Alex Ferguson retires as Manchester United Manager - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

_________________________________________

 

  • "the decision to retire after 27 years is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly"

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "it was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape"

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "the quality of this league winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level"

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long-term future of the club remains a bright one"

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "our training facilities are amongst the finest in global sport"

 

 

 

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  • "and our home Old Trafford is rightfully regarded as one of the leading venues in the world"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "my players and staff, past and present, I would like to thank them all for a staggering level of professional conduct and dedication"

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "that has helped to deliver so many memorable triumphs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "without their contribution the history of this great club would not be as rich"

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "in my early years, the backing of the board, and Sir Bobby Charlton in particular, gave me the confidence and time"

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "to build a football club, rather than just a football team"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • David Gill - chief exectutive: "the way he cares for this club"

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "his staff and for the football family in general is something that I admire"

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "it is a side to him that is often hidden from public view"

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "but it is something that I have been privileged to witness in the last 16 years"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Andrés Iniesta
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

_________________________________________

 

  • "sacrifice and redemption are central to Iniesta"

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "for a player whose game seems so effortless, so natural, so smooth"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "the story he tells is surprisingly tough"

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "so, in fact, is he. There is no other way to say this: Iniesta is small. Not just small-for-an-athlete small, but small: 5ft 7in and slight"

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "but there is a steel to him, a competitive edge too easily overlooked"

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "leaning back on a wooden bench, Iniesta speaks evenly and rationally"

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "but every now and then it comes through in his words too"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "Iniesta does not just represent a shift in perceptions of footballers"

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "but in perceptions of football"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "Barcelona and Spain have challenged preconceptions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "along with Xavi, Iniesta is the embodiment of the style"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "an ideologue - even if Xavi is a more vocal, more unwavering defender of the faith"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "we feel part of something"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "we generate the football"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the way Barcelona play and the way Spain play isn't the only way. Different styles make this such a wonderful sport"

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "but what we do is not easy, either"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "during Euro 2012 even Vicente del Bosque, a man normally so measured in his discourse, was critical of accusations that Spain were boring"

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "that people were not valuing what they had achieved"

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "in the final, Spain responded in the best possible way, defeating Italy 4-0"

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • ""we needed that," Iniesta admits"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "it was the most complete match we played"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "in the way we moved the ball quickly"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "the speed and the aggression"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "we showed getting forward"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Missed the Goal for Workers - ILRF - PDF:
LINK ¤ LABORRIGHTS

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  • "this report presents the key findings of the International Labor Rights Forum’s research"

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "in the four largest soccer balls producing countries: Pakistan, India, China and Thailand"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "despite multi-stakeholder initiatives and various monitoring programs at the company and countrywide levels"

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "ILRF found that child labor continues to exist"

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "non-permanent workers are the standard"

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "for the hand-stitched soccer ball industry"

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "workers are subject to frequent and serious violations of their labor rights"

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "workers are often paid below the legal minimum wage"

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "and their incomes can barely cover basic needs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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labor rights violations in the soccer ball industry:




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  • "the predominant use of precarious labor"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "wage violation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "health and safety violation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

  • "and lack of respect for freedom of association and the right to bargain collectively"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SOCCER - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ SOCCER

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  • "soccer is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball"

 

 

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  • "it is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world's most popular sport"
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