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Ex-FIFA committee member Aloulou dies

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Juan Riquelme -- ex-Argentina, Boca Juniors and Villarreal star -- retires

Juan Roman Riquelme announced his retirement after an illustrious career with Barcelona, Villarreal and Boca Juniors.

Legendary Argentina and Boca Juniors playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme has retired from football.

Speaking Sunday in an interview with ESPN Argentina, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist made it official: "I've made the decision to not play football anymore," said the 36-year-old Riquelme. "I have been clear since after [earning] promotion with Argentinos. I was clear that to continue playing it had to be something that interested me. I thought it best to take it calmly and communicate that I am not going...

 By Ben Gladwell

Agent Mino Raiola to run for FIFA presidency against Sepp Blatter

Mino Raiola is the agent of Mario Balotelli.

Football "super agent" Mino Raiola has announced his intention to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency this year.

Raiola, who represents some of the biggest names in the game from Mario Balotelli to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, told the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant on Friday that something must be done to prevent Blatter from being re-elected.

His idea is to stand for election himself, and he does not lack the funds to finance an election campaign.

"It makes me deeply sick just...

Latest deadline passes for Russian Football Union to pay Fabio Capello

Capello has previously managed Roma, Juventus, AC Milan, Real Madrid and England.

The latest deadline for the Russian Football Union (RFU) to pay national coach Fabio Capello has passed without action.

Capello last received his wages in June amid financial problems at the RFU, and Russian authorities set a deadline of Jan. 19 for him to be paid before pursuing possible legal action.

The RFU said at the end of December it was close to paying Capello, but the Russian Federal Labour and Employment Agency, known by its Russian abbreviation Rostrud, made no mention of any court case...

 By Ben Gladwell

Yaya Toure: Ivory Coast are not African Nations Cup favourites

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the African Cup of Nations and the favourites of the tournament, which include an experience Tunisia side, Algeria and none other than the Ivory Coast.

Yaya Toure has acknowledged Ivory Coast are not among the top sides at the African Nations Cup as they get their campaign underway on Tuesday.'

Toure, 31, will lead the Elephants into their Group D opener against Guinea in Malabo in the absence of Didier Drogba, who announced he would no longer play for his country last summer.

Twice runners-up in the past five tournaments, Ivory Coast remain one of Africa's biggest names, and with the likes of Gervinho and Wilfried Bony in their ranks, remain potent...