Posts Tagged Western Europe

Dutch FA chief wants one term as president to reform FIFA

Dutch football association KNVB leader Michael van Praag elaborates on his candidacy for the FIFA presidential election race during a press conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. In the biggest challenge yet to current president Sepp Blatter, van Praag became the first would-be Blatter opponent to announce he has the required nominations from five of FIFA's 209 member federations. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch football association chief Michael van Praag says he wants to serve a single four-year term as FIFA president to restore its credibility before handing the leadership to a new generation.

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Luis Figo enters FIFA presidential race against Blatter

In this Friday, June 30, 2006 file photo, Portugal's national soccer player Luis Figo eyes the ball during a training session in Marienfeld, Germany. Luis Figo said in an interview on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 that he wants to become FIFA president and has the nominations needed to be an official candidate against Sepp Blatter. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte, File)

GENEVA (AP) — Luis Figo wants to be FIFA president and claims he has the nominations needed for official challenge against Sepp Blatter.

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Voltaire book on tolerance climbs French best-seller lists

PARIS (AP) — A 250-year-old book by the Enlightenment anti-establishment writer Voltaire is climbing best-seller lists in France weeks after attacks by French-born Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen.

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French lottery joins IOC betting monitoring program

PARIS (AP) — The operator of France’s national lottery has signed up to the International Olympic Committee’s system for monitoring betting patterns during major sports events.

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FIFA says English teams spend most in $4.1bn transfer market

Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho, right, battles for the ball with Chelsea's Diego Costa during the English League Cup semifinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) — FIFA says English clubs are dominating international transfer spending, accounting for almost 30 percent of the $4.06-billion market.

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