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FIFA World Cup

By ESPN Staff
7 hours ago

Blatter: 'Fifa must restore credibility'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says football's world governing body needs to restore its credibility following the acrimonious fall-out from the decision to award the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

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 By PA Sport

Sepp Blatter 'has no plans' to step down as FIFA president - report

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says football's world governing body needs to restore its credibility following the acrimonious fall-out from the decision to award the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is committed to standing for a fifth term in office despite another turbulent year which has seen his leadership questioned time and again, reports Press Association Sport.

Blatter, 78, has been FIFA president since 1998 and is determined to stand in May's presidential elections as he seeks to maintain power at the top of football's world governing body.

Candidates have until the end of January to declare their intention to stand, with former FIFA official Jerome Champagne...

By ESPN Staff
2 days ago

Garcia's findings will be released

The ESPN FC team react to Michael Garcia's 430-page report which will be released, but Craig Burley cannot help but crack a few jokes about Sepp Blatter's comments on 'bringing back FIFA.'

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA sets Russia World Cup dates from June 14-July 15, 2018

FIFA president Sepp Blatter released a statement saying that FIFA will release Michael Garcia's report but that the bid process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will not be revisited.

MARRAKECH, Morocco -- FIFA says the 2018 World Cup final will be played on Sunday, July 15.

Confirming the tournament dates on Friday, the FIFA executive committee agreed that the opening match will be played on a Thursday, June 14.

Meanwhile, FIFA also agreed on Friday that a final decision on the timing of the 2022 World Cup will be taken in March of next year. The November-December 2022 time-frame remains the most likely time in order to avoid the extreme heat of the summer.

The 2018 World Cup...

 By Tony Mabert

Thierry Henry quits, Qatar eyes Prem club, FIFA to publish World Cup report

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains that Thierry Henry may be one of the best French players ever, after amassing 20 trophies in a 21-year career.

This week's biggest news stories of the week saw a true great of the modern game bow out, Manchester United step closer to another big-money deal and FIFA and Qatar do yet more wonders for their respective reputations.

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1. Henry deserves a big hand (Tuesday, Dec. 16)

Thierry Henry calling time on his playing career was widely expected, and that allowed him the time to stage-manage his announcement perfectly. The striker picked what could be predicted as a quiet news day to make...