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The World Cup will be held in Middle East for the first time ever. The Doha Port stadium is pictured in this artists impression

De Boer urges winter move for 2022 World Cup

Ronald de Boer, who helped Qatar win the right to host the 2022 World Cup, is calling for the tournament to be moved to winter.

The World Cup will be held in Middle East for the first time ever. The Doha Port stadium is pictured in this artists impression

Calls grow for 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be staged in winter

The 2022 World Cup should be played in the winter, one of the men who helped Qatar win the bid to host it admitted today.

Roberto Mancini's team start at Real, then must play Dortmund and Ajax, all ex-champions

Manchester City face nightmare Champions League draw as others dream of Wembley

United, Arsenal and Chelsea should progress but Mancini's side get Real in tough group

John Terry clears the ball away

Goal-line technology 'a necessity' says Fifa president Sepp Blatter following Ukraine 'goal' against England

FIFA president Sepp Blatter today declared goal-line technology "a necessity" after Ukraine became the latest victims of its absence from the game.

Ms Tymoshenko shows bruises she claimed to have received in an attack by guards in the prison where she was being held

Tymoshenko languishes in prison as Euro 2012 unfurls

If Yulia Tymoshenko had won just a fraction more of the vote in a close-run election two years ago, she would probably have been watching Ukraine's Euro 2012 match with England tonight from the presidential box.

Spain won Euro 2008

Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland declare interest in hosting Euro 2020

Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have formally declared an interest in jointly hosting Euro 2020, as the Celtic nations scent a chance to challenge Turkey for one of sport's three mega events.

Glenn Hoddle, the 54-year-old former England manager, pictured near his home in Berkshire

Glenn Hoddle: 'I'm ready to be England's caretaker at the Euros'

Glenn Hoddle tells Patrick Barclay what it is like to manage England, why he wants to do it again, his run-ins with Beckham and those comments about the disabled

Time to go? From left: Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Paulo Ferreira, Hilario

So much for the coach, now what about the players?

Forget dressing-room intrigue, Chelsea's players are a Financial Fair Play headache

Goalline technology given green light for 2013

After years of foot-dragging, goalline technology – supported by the majority of fans, players, managers and even referees – moved a vital step forward yesterday, although not before the season after next, not in the Premier League at least.

Blatter favours goal-line tech

The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, insists he would "die" if he witnesses another World Cup goal-line blunder such as Frank Lampard's disallowed goal for England in 2010.

WINNER: Sepp Blatter
Following the World Cup bid debacle, the corruption and the interesting views on racism, it's fair to say Fifa president Sepp Blatter hasn't won many fans this year. But he has been winning. Having had his rival for the Fifa presidency suspended, Blatter won re-election unopposed to ensure he can lord over football for another four years.

Former Uefa president calls on 'dictating' Sepp Blatter to stand down

Former UEFA president Lennart Johansson has accused Sepp Blatter of "dictating" world football and called for the FIFA supremo to stand down.

Will Hawkes: Pearce provides champagne moments but Lawrenson needs a few beers

The View From The Sofa: Euro 2012 Draw, BBC2

Arsene Wenger concerned about Uefa fair play implementation

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger fears UEFA could be "scared" to force clubs to comply with the new financial fair play regulations.

Michel Platini is concerned by the 'growing' number of fixed matches and says the existence of national teams is 'threatened'

Michel Platini defends role of CAS in football

UEFA president Michel Platini has launched a passionate defence of the Court of Arbitration for Sport's role in football.

 

Blatter to reveal plan for restoring Fifa's battered reputation

Sepp Blatter will today reveal his proposed reforms to how Fifa is governed in a final attempt to restore credibility to an organisation he has led for the last 13 years. The depth of reform will depend on whether he can secure the backing of the Executive Committee (ExCo), a body that has been plagued by allegations of corruption.

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Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

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