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KNVB leader Michael van Praag to run for FIFA president against Sepp Blatter

Netherlands football federation president Michael van Praag says he will run against Sepp Blatter in the upcoming FIFA presidential election.

In a statement, the Dutch federation (KNVB) said Van Praag already has the support of five national federations, a requirement for pursuing FIFA's top position.

"I'm very worried about the deteriorating situation at FIFA. The public opinion, the trustworthiness, is very bad, and with me a lot of people in the world believe so," Van Praag said.

At the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

David Ginola's FIFA presidential hopes could be sunk by gambling rules

FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne has labelled David Ginola's campaign a 'stunt'.
ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley sounds off on David Ginola's run for FIFA presidency, pleading for a credible candidate to emerge.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti sounds off on David Ginola's decision to run for the FIFA presidency, and Marcotti believes this is a colossal stunt who cannot name any of the FIFA executive committee.

David Ginloa's bid to stand against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency could fall foul of rules surrounding betting and gambling imposed by world football's governing body.

Ginola, a former France international and Newcastle and Tottenham player, is being funded by bookmaker Paddy Power to challenge incumbent Blatter, who is seeking a fifth term in charge.

He is being paid 250,000 pounds to seek the FIFA presidency, but the organisation's election guide says candidates must abide by its ethics...

 By Sam Crocker

Asamoah Gyan hands Ghana last-gasp victory

An injury-time winner from Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has ignited his country's Africa Cup of Nations hopes as they beat Group C rivals Algeria 1-0 in Mongomo.

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea -- Three thoughts on Ghana's 1-0 win vs. Algeria in Group C of the African Cup of Nations.

1. Gyan returns to save Grant

Asamoah Gyan, who missed Ghana's opening game vs. Senegal having contracted malaria, was the Black Stars' hero with an injury-time winner that secured Avram Grant's team their first points of the tournament, and very much saved the Israeli some blushes.

Ghana had seemed content with a 0-0 draw from the start, before Gyan's late, late strike -- a...

 By PA Sport

FIFA loses World Cup sponsors Castrol, Continental, Johnson & Johnson

Former Premier League footballer David Ginola has announced his intention to run in the FIFA Presidential elections this year.
Football's world governing body FIFA has set up a 100 million dollar World Cup Legacy Fund for Brazil, aimed at sports facilities, youth and women's football, and medical and health projects.
World Cup sponsorship is highly lucrative for FIFA.

Three major FIFA sponsors have ended their relationships with world football's governing body.

Oil manufacturers Castrol, tyre and car parts business Continental and healthcare company Johnson & Johnson have each chosen not to extend deals with FIFA.

The three companies were among a group of eight businesses identified as "World Cup sponsors" by FIFA, which also had six top-tier "partners" at the time of the 2014 tournament.

It was confirmed in November that two of the elite group of backers, Sony...

World Cup Arena Pantanal stadium in Brazil closed for repairs

Arena Pantanal is undergoing emergency repairs.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- A new stadium in the western Brazilian city of Cuiaba is being closed for "emergency repairs" just seven months after it held four World Cup matches.

The 42,000-seat Arena Pantanal, which cost about $230 million to build, was being shut to "fix many construction problems in order to provide security to users," officials in Brazil's Mato Grosso state said on Thursday.

The statement said among the stadium's...