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Soccer Power Index: Daily update

Explanation of SPI

ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) is a rating system which uses historical data on both the international and club level to predict the outcome of a match. The algorithm uses several years of data, taking into account goals scored and allowed, quality of the lineup fielded, and the location of the match. In addition, SPI weights recent matches more heavily, and also takes into account the importance of the match, so a World Cup match counts much more than a Friendly.

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FIFA dismiss allegations that Infantino plotted to remove Scala as 'ludicrous'

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino and King Felipe VI of Spain at Saturday's Champions League final.

MILAN -- An alleged plot by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to oust the official who oversaw the salary offer he refused to accept has been dismissed as "ludicrous" by world football's governing body.

FIFA responded to reports in Saturday's edition of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung which the German daily said were based on leaked details of FIFA Council meetings held this month.

Infantino told council members a proposed salary of 2 million Swiss francs was insulting, the newspaper claimed.

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FIFA deputy secretary general Kattner sacked for financial wrongdoing

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Markus Kattner, shown addressing the latest FIFA Congress, was sacked for financial wrongdoing.

ZURICH -- FIFA has sacked deputy secretary general Markus Kattner after allegedly uncovering financial wrongdoing during an internal investigation.

Kattner, who joined FIFA as director of finance in 2003, has been temporarily filling the top administrative job of world soccer's governing body since Jerome Valcke was suspended last year before being fired himself.

FIFA said "Markus Kattner has been dismissed from his position effective immediately. FIFA's internal investigation uncovered breaches...

 By PA Sport

Wales boss Chris Coleman signs new two-year contract

Chris Coleman says it would be pointless beating England if they were not to get out of Group B at Euro 2016.

Wales manager Chris Coleman has signed a two-year contract extension to take in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The deal, which was announced at a Football Association of Wales news conference on Monday afternoon, ends uncertainty over Coleman's future ahead of Euro 2016 in France next month.

Coleman succeeded the late Gary Speed in January 2012 and has guided Wales to their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

Coleman had been linked with Aston Villa and Swansea over the last...