Posts Tagged South America

Victims of FIFA’s scandal: small clubs, youth, local leagues

America's soccer player Russo heads the ball as teammate Marlon watches during practice at the America Football club on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 29, 2015. "The majority of soccer clubs in Brazil have big problems," said fellow player Braz. "Players aren't paid, and then you see how the CBF benefits with so much money and luxury," referring to the Brazilian Football Confederation. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The accused in the FIFA scandal are easy to spot: globe-trotting executives charged with diverting millions meant to build the game to their personal accounts. Those who feel victimized aren’t as obvious: Youth players with hand-me-down equipment, semi-pro clubs that can’t afford to travel and developmental leagues that can’t pay referees.

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What would happen if Western powers boycotted World Cup?

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, right, with UEFA President Michel Platini, left, after announcing his withdrawal during the 65th FIFA Congress at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015. Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption. The 209 FIFA member federations gave the 79-year-old Blatter another four-year term on Friday after Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan conceded defeat after losing 133-73 in the first round. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — What would happen if Sepp Blatter hosts a World Cup and most of Europe, several South American powers and the United States don’t show up?

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Panama holds Argentina to draw at Under-20 World Cup

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Argentina captain Angel Correa scored both his team’s goals as the tournament favorites were held to a 2-2 draw by Panama on Saturday in their opening match at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

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FIFA scandal reverberating across soccer-crazy South America

In this Nov. 24, 2014 file photo, Sergio Jadue, president of the Chilean Football Association, shows a ballot with Chile’s name as the first pick for group 1, during the draw for the 2015 Copa America tournament in Vina del Mar, Chile. Within hours of the FIFA scandal breaking in late May 2015, Jadue was declaring his innocence, comments that raised eyebrows because he wasn’t formally accused of anything. He was referring to a part of the sweeping U.S. Justice Department indictments that, without specifying them by name, said the 10 presidents of the South American Football Confederation were to receive bribes in exchange for transmission rights to games of the Copa America. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo, File)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Within hours of the FIFA scandal breaking, Sergio Jadue, the president of Chile’s soccer federation, was declaring his innocence even though he wasn’t formally accused of anything.

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Biblical soap opera enjoying ungodly success in Brazil

In this May 13, 2015 photo, Brazilian actresses perform on the set of the Brazilian prime-time soap opera, "The Ten Commandments" at a RecNov studio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Set in ancient Egypt and loosely based on the story of Moses, “The Ten Commandments” is billed as Brazil’s first Biblical soap opera. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The actress agonizes on her deathbed, her hair and makeup impeccable, as the hunky male lead clutches her hand. Tears pour down his face while her eyelids flutter to a final close.

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