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Marcotti: Tall order for Benitez at Real

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Sepp Blatter's resignation - what it means and what happens next?

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop tie the bow on a monumental day in football with Sepp Blatter set to step down as FIFA President, where both agree it's an end of an era.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation on Tuesday amid the corruption scandal that has rocked world football's governing body. Gabriele Marcotti takes us through the Game of Thrones-style intrigue and what we might expect next.  

Q: So Sepp Blatter's gone. Just like that.

A: Well, not really. Not for another six to nine months, at which point a new FIFA president will be elected. But yeah, Blatter has resigned.

Q: Should I buy the reasons he gave? Like feeling that he didn't...

Rafa Benitez faces a big challenge as Real Madrid's new manager

ESPN FC analyst Stewart Robson says Rafa Benitez's appointment as Real Madrid coach will not guide them out of their slump.

In many ways, it would be easier to assess Rafa Benitez's prospects at Real Madrid if the last two years at Napoli had never happened. When you get a set of data that is so radically different from the rest of your available information, you need to weigh whether it's indicative of real change or whether it's just "noise," an error in measurement.

Benitez takes over at the Bernabeu after two seasons that were unlike any other in his career, not so much in terms of results, but in terms of how...

Sepp Blatter resigns: 'Blatt's all folks'; 'A new era opens up' for FIFA

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has resigned, and sparked a race for the next election to be held in the coming months. Here is what the world's media had to say.

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England

The Sun: GOT HIM.

The Guardian: Downfall: Blatter walks away

"Polish Benitez" Maciej Skorza working wonders at Lech Poznan

Maciej Skorza has Lech Poznan poised to claim the 2014-15 Polish Ekstraklasa.
Maciej Skorza has Lech Poznan poised to claim the 2014-15 Polish Ekstraklasa.

Here is a nice trivia question for you. Who was the first coach to have beaten Pep Guardiola at the start of his career at Barcelona in the summer of 2008? It might be tempting to name the wily Croat Sergio Kresic, who masterminded the famous Numancia win over Barca at the start of the season in Spain, but the right answer lies elsewhere. Maciej Skorza is the man -- his Wisla Krakow drew the Catalans in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, were thrashed 4-0 at Camp Nou, but proceeded...

FIFA change begins with Blatter resignation, but future is uncertain

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti and Craig Burley react to Sepp Blatter's resignation in Berlin ahead of the Champions League Final.

The rumors spread like lighter fluid on a barbecue from the moment it was announced, just before 4 p.m. local time: FIFA news conference at 6 at the self-described "home of football."

Such hastily called news conferences usually mean only one thing: Something big is going down. And common sense pointed to the fact that whatever was happening would involve Jerome Valcke, FIFA's general secretary.

Earlier in the day, documents emerged that he had authorized three bank transfers from FIFA accounts...

Sepp Blatter resigns, so who will become next FIFA president?

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop believes UEFA president Michel Platini is the favorite to become the next president of FIFA.
ABC News reported that Sepp Blatter is currently under investigation by the FBI.

Within minutes of FIFA president Sepp Blatter resigning Tuesday as the leader of football's ruling body, the race to succeed him had started.

According to FIFA rules, all potential candidates must have played an active role in football for at least two years and have the backing of at least five member associations. Blatter acknowledged Tuesday that FIFA needs an "overhaul," and here we take a look at just who might be the person to do it.

Odds according to William Hill. For more information on...