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Sepp Blatter is FIFA president, but don't assume business as usual

ESPN FC contributor Gab Marcotti assesses Blatter's continuing resilience at the helm of FIFA.

Sepp Blatter won re-election for an unprecedented fifth term as FIFA president on Friday after challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan conceded following the first round of voting. What does it all mean? And can there be any hope for real reform in football? We asked Gabriele Marcotti to assess the election and what could happen next.

Q: So, another four years?

A: Yep.

Q: All the corruption, bad-mouthing, scandals at FIFA -- it doesn't occur to them to give somebody else a shot at running...

FIFA's indicted members' jail time a world away from usual arrangements

ESPN FC's Craig Burley reacts to Sepp Blatter winning his 5th term as president.

BERN, Switzerland -- The immediate price that seven international soccer officials paid for their role in a U.S. corruption probe is perhaps best illustrated by their sudden change of accommodation.

On Tuesday night, they were staying at one of Switzerland's finest hotels, where top suites can cost more than $4,000 a night and a two-ounce dollop of caviar will set you back almost $400.

By Wednesday morning the men, who had come to Switzerland to attend the annual meeting of soccer's governing body...

Prince Ali unsettles Sepp Blatter, but FIFA status quo will continue

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein reacts to his FIFA election defeat at the hands of Sepp Blatter.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley reacts to Sepp Blatter winning his 5th term as president.
Newly elected Sepp Blatter addresses the FIFA congress after winning his fifth term as president.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein will return to his Jordanian palace this weekend knowing that in his quest to unseat football's very own king, he might not have seized his throne but he certainly gave him a bloody nose.

Sepp Blatter remains at the helm, securing an unprecedented fifth term as FIFA president, but he will have been left reeling by Prince Ali's determined campaign and recent events that leave world football's governing body stuck in the corruption quagmire.

Few analysts expected Prince...

FIFA could be brought to its knees by market it's long chased -- the U.S.

Former CONCACAF president Jack Warner has denied he will make a plea deal with the FBI over Sepp Blatter's involvements in FIFA corruption.

Looking at the assembled press corps swarmed around the downtown Brooklyn's U.S. Attorney's office on Wednesday morning, while the combined might of the attorney general, IRS and FBI unsealed their indictments against multiple FIFA and sports marketing executives, it appeared the answer to the question of how soccer would "make it" in the U.S. might be "rampant corruption."

I barely recognized anyone from the broadly insular world of U.S. soccer reporting; these were local, national and international...

Sepp Blatter wins FIFA election, but football is the real loser

Newly elected Sepp Blatter addresses the FIFA congress after winning his fifth term as president.

Can FIFA, the world governing body of football, possibly have any credibility right now with Sepp Blatter winning yet another election? More to the point, why did this happen amid the latest and most controversial FIFA crisis?

The reason Blatter will remain as FIFA president for a fifth term -- maybe more, who knows? -- was made evident in both his acceptance speech, shortly after challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein's concession and in his closing remarks to the congress. And it's all about what...

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On a day of #massivefootball, who will win the cup finals across Europe?

The FC TV panel have had their say. What do you think? Vote now!

Saturday sees a host of cup finals as Aston Villa take on Arsenal in the English FA Cup, Barcelona play Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Copa del Rey, Borussia Dortmund meet Wolfsburg in the German DFB Pokal and Auxerre clash with Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de France.


FA Cup final: Arsenal vs. Aston Villa (12:30 p.m. ET)
- LIVE on FOX Sports
DFB-Pokal final: B. Dortmund  vs. Wolfsburg (2 p.m. ET)
- LIVE on WatchESPN
Copa del Rey final: A. Bilbao vs. Barcelona (3:30 p.m. ET)
- LIVE on ESPN2 and WatchESPN
Friendly: Mexico vs. Guatemala (6 p.m. ET)
- LIVE on ESPNews and WatchESPN
Friendly: U.S. women vs. South Korea (7:30 p.m. ET)
- LIVE on ESPN and WatchESPN

You can follow the action on ESPN and tell us your views by using the hashtags #MassiveFootball or #FutbolMasivo during this great day of action. In the meantime, let us know who you think will win!

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UPDATE: The polls...