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 By Tim Vickery

Venezuela players revolt as World Cup dream dies once again

Venezuela players trudge off after defeat to Brazil in October.

Venezuela missed the optimum chance to make their World Cup debut when they failed to reach Brazil 2014. With the hosts qualifying automatically there was an extra place available for a South American team -- and Venezuela had their best-ever group of players, good enough to beat Argentina in one of the early rounds.

But their campaign fell away as they failed to score enough goals, and the chance was gone.

Russia 2018 always looked difficult. A generation of players are coming to the end of their...

Ex-Brazil federation president Marin having difficulty raising $1m bond

Jose Maria Marin was extradited to the United States on Nov. 3.

NEW YORK -- Former Brazilian football federation president Jose Maria Marin is having trouble coming up with the $1 million he is to post as part of his bond on federal corruption charges.

Arrested in Switzerland in May while preparing to attend at the FIFA Congress, the 83-year-old was extradited to the United States and pleaded not guilty on Nov. 3 to charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie set bond at $15...

Brazil FA president Marco Polo del Nero investigated for marketing deals

The head of the Brazilian football federation (CBF) is under investigation.

SAO PAULO -- The embattled president of the Brazilian football confederation is under investigation for marketing deals with a major carmaker.

The office of former Barcelona star Romario, now a federal senator, confirmed the contract probe involving Marco Polo del Nero on Monday. It is part of an ongoing senate investigation looking into how the sport is run by the Brazilian football body.

The investigation involves contracts negotiated with more than 20 state federations when Del Nero was vice...

Soccer Power Index: Daily update

Explanation of SPI

ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) is a rating system which uses historical data on both the international and club level to predict the outcome of a match. The algorithm uses several years of data, taking into account goals scored and allowed, quality of the lineup fielded, and the location of the match. In addition, SPI weights recent matches more heavily, and also takes into account the importance of the match, so a World Cup match counts much more than a Friendly.



Bayern Munich president defends Franz Beckenbauer

Politician Ozcan Mutlu has said Beckenbauer 'buried his head in the sand' by not talking about the German football scandal.
Franz Beckenbauer has been linked to the 2006 World Cup scandal, which Raphael Honigstein says stains Franz's legacy.

Bayern Munich defended Franz Beckenbauer from criticism over his role in the scandal concerning Germany's 2006 World Cup bid on Friday.

Bayern president Karl Hopfner told the club's annual general meeting that it had Beckenbauer to thank for a "hell of a lot" as player, coach and president, and that the club would not have its new stadium without the 2006 World Cup.

"Beckenbauer is rightly our honorary president -- and so will it stay," said Hopfner, who suggested Beckenbauer was being "condemned...