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Neymar: CL final a childhood dream come true

Neymar: CL final a childhood dream come true

London, June 6 - Barcelona striker Neymar believes that he would be fulfilling his childhood dream of being a part of a Champions League final against Juventus in Berlin on Saturday.

Neymar said that he had played many finals, but this was the most important one of his career to date, adding that it has been his dream since he was a child, and he really hopes to enjoy the game, the BBC has reported.

He also said it was the most important match of his life.

FIFA unable to protect itself, says ex-investigator

FIFA unable to protect itself, says ex-investigator

Wellington, June 6 : Nicholas Davidson, a former investigator of FIFA ethics committee, claims that the world's football governing body is no longer capable of protecting itself from corruption.

According to him, the US-led investigations into corruption at FIFA had pierced the veil of secrecy that protected football's top power-brokers and more dominoes could be expected, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Blatter would be arrested and forced out of Fifa soon, claims Dyke

Blatter would be arrested and forced out of Fifa soon, claims Dyke

London, June 6 - Football Association chairman Greg Dyke believes that Sepp Blatter will be arrested and forced out of Fifa within a "couple of months".

The 68-year-old also said England would not stage the 2018 or the 2022 World Cups, in case they were taken away from Russia and Qatar should corruption claims linked to the awarding of either tournament be proven, the Independent reported.

Blatter is said to have known about a 10 million dollars payment, which was sent to former vice-president Jack Warner from a Fifa bank account.

Southampton FC plays world`s longest soccer match

Southampton FC plays world`s longest soccer match

London, June 6 - A new world record was set at St. Mary's as Southampton FC played the longest continuous game of football.

102-hour long charity match was played by 36 players from the Testlands Support Project, a Southampton charity, thereby breaking the previous record of 101 hours.

During the course of the match, the players took turns for meal breaks, physiotherapy and sleep, the BBC reported.

Each squad was allowed 18 players, but if the number on the pitch at any point of time fell below eight, their successful attempt to set the new official world record would have failed.

Now,'sponsor-free' English Premier League from 2016-17

Now,'sponsor-free' English Premier League from 2016-17

Johannesburg, June 5 - The English Premier League will have no sponsors from the 2016/17 season onward, suggesting that it wants to emulate major American sports leagues like the NBA and NFL in presenting and projecting a 'clean' brand image.

The league, which has been sponsored by Barclays since 2004, will simply be known as 'The Premier League'.

Blatter congratulates Mohun Bagan on I-League win

Sepp Blatter

New Delhi, June 5 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who stepped down from the post after his recent re-election, has congratulated Mohun Bagan A. C. on winning the 2014-15 season of the Hero I-League.

He said that it was because of their "exceptional performance" that the Kolkata giants have achieved this success.

Mohun Bagan snatched a draw against Bengaluru FC in the dying minutes of the second half at the Kanteerva Stadium to win their maiden I-League trophy.

Blatter working on 'comprehensive program of reform' despite quitting

Sepp Blatter

London, June 5- Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said that he is working on reform programmes for the football governing body despite quitting from the top post.

In a statement issued on Thursday evening from FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Blatter said that he had a good, constructive meeting with Audit and Compliance Committee independent chairman Domenico Scala to establish a framework for action and a timetable and was pleased to take advice and guidance from him, the BBC reported.

Qatar says FIFA scandal will not affect its 2022 World Cup preparations

Qatar says FIFA scandal will not affect its 2022 World Cup preparations

Johannesburg, June 4 : Qatar's FIFA World Cup organisers have said that the recent troubles within world football's governing body would not impact the country's preparations for hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

The statement came after Sepp Blatter announced his resignation as FIFA president and ex-FIFA official Chuck Blazer admitted that he accepted bribes for World Cup votes.

A direct statement issued by Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said that recent events at FIFA would not impact on their preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Fiji makes history winning its first FIFA Under-20 game

Fiji makes history winning its first FIFA Under-20 game

Wellington, June 4 : Fiji has registered a historic 3-0 victory over Honduras in an under-20 FIFA game, thereby, achieving their first ever win in a FIFA competition.

Fiji struck the first goal in the 14th minute through an excellent deflection from striker Losefo Verevou after Honduras failed to marshal an attack down the left, stuff. co. nz reported.

Saula Waka scored the second goal for his team in the 19th minute of the match. Kevin Alvarez diverted a headed pull-back into his own net at the stroke of half-time.

English Premier League clubs soar with record revenues

English Premier League clubs soar with record revenues

London, June 4 - Barclays Premier League clubs generated record combined revenues of six billion dollars in 2013-14 season, as increased TV monies and Financial Fair Play rules took effect.

According to the new reports submitted by business firm Deloitte, combined revenues soared by 29% to six billion dollars, and the clubs made pre-tax profits of 187 million pounds, the first since 1999, the BBC reported.

The report also said that out of 20 clubs in the league, 15 of them had made profit in 2013-14.



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