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FIFA presidency: The candidates challenging Sepp Blatter

Dutchman Michael van Praag has announced he will stand against Sepp Blatter in the FIFA presidential election.
Former French international David Ginola explains his reasoning to run for the FIFA presidency, indicating he wants to help restore FIFA's image.

Nominations for the FIFA presidential election close on Thursday with five challengers vying to unseat the incumbent Sepp Blatter.

With world football's governing body blighted by a string of controversies, the race for the top post promises to be a highly charged affair that will culminate with its 209 member countries voting in Zurich on May 29.

Here, we take a look at who is in the running for the most important job in world football and assess their chances.

Sepp Blatter: After initially promising...

Sepp Blatter faces Figo, five others in FIFA election: What you need to know

Luis Figo opens up about his interest in running for the FIFA presidency.

Q: Plenty of FIFA talk out there. Let me guess, election time again?

A: Yep. May 29, to be exact, at the FIFA Congress. And yes, Sepp Blatter will be running for president again. For a fifth term. At 78 years of age.

Q: And I guess he's going to win again?

A: Well, there's a lot that can happen between now and May 29, but history suggests so. When FIFA last had their congress, before the 2014 World Cup, Blatter's opponents tried to introduce both term limits AND age limits and were resoundingly...

 By Sam Crocker

Group D stands for 'draw' in Africa Cup of Nations as drawing of lots looms

The drawing of lots is something that rarely happens in football, but it's exciting when it does.

Four matches in and it's neck and neck. In fact, it couldn't be closer. After four 1-1 draws in the first two matchdays in Group D of the Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast, Mali, Cameroon and Guinea all find themselves in the same situation.

That's the same points, same goals scored, same goals conceded. No wins, no losses -- just four draws in the opening two matchdays. At the moment the teams can't be separated: they all deserve to go through and all deserve to go out.

This, of course, means...

Sampdoria sign Eto'o, Muriel as part of revival led by Massimo Ferrero

In a signal of intent, Sampdoria made some ambitious signings at the striker position, including Luis Muriel, left, and Samuel Eto'o, middle, to boost their chances of making the Champions League.

Sinisa Mihajlovic didn't want Sampdoria's new signings to become a distraction. The manager wanted his team's focus to be on Sunday's game.

"There's nothing to celebrate," he said in his prematch news conference. "We'll only have a party in the event we win against Palermo. If we're third, it's credit to the players we already have on the team and their commitment and work on a daily basis."

But the fans, understandably excited, were beginning to dream. Upon walking to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris...

What happened to Steven Defour and Standard Liege's golden generation?

Steven Defour was sent off on his return to his old club as Standard Liege beat Anderlecht 2-0 in a heated Belgian Pro League encounter.

It would take a very hard heart indeed to not have sympathy for Steven Defour after his weekend. The Belgium midfielder has always been a forthright figure, to say the very least. If you skimmed a news summary noting that he had been sent off for kicking the ball into the crowd on his return to former club Standard Liege with his current team (and Standard's archrivals) Anderlecht, you might have silently nodded in recognition to yourself.

There was a pretty major footnote, though. Defour was greeted...

 By Tim Vickery

Juan Roman Riquelme: The master of his art will be missed by Argentina

The ESPN FC team reflect back on Juan Roman Riquelme's storied career and the crew is forced to pick which was the best professional footballer.

Towards the end of 2001, a tribute match for Argentine legend Diego Maradona was staged at Boca Juniors' famous stadium, La Bombonera, in Buenos Aires. The spectators included then-Argentina national team coach Marcelo Bielsa, who was roundly booed. However, the fans' ire had nothing to do with any falling out between Bielsa and Maradona, but rather the fact that the coach had no place in his team for Juan Roman Riquelme, the playmaker and idol of the Boca side of the time -- who announced his retirement...