Featured Matches
Previous
Modena
Cittadella
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
SpVgg Greuther Furth
St Pauli
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Brest
AS Nancy Lorraine
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Lanús
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Banfield
10:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Tigre
Quilmes
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
La Equidad
Atlético Nacional
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Modena
Cittadella
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
SpVgg Greuther Furth
St Pauli
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Brest
AS Nancy Lorraine
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Rio Ave
Boavista
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
OFI Crete
Veria
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Hobro IK
FC Vestsjaelland
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Lucerne
FC Aarau
Postp
Game Details
Lanús
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Banfield
10:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Tigre
Quilmes
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
La Equidad
Atlético Nacional
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next

Whittaker: Deserved win at Man City

Stoke 22 hours ago
Read
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Mar 18, 2011

Beckenbauer fears for FIFA unity

Franz Beckenbauer has warned that the FIFA presidential election battle could split the world governing body apart.

Asian football chief Mohamed Bin Hammam has confirmed he will stand against Sepp Blatter - and that he will offer national associations significant financial incentives to support his challenge.

Beckenbauer, who is stepping down as a FIFA executive member in June, believes the 61-year-old Qatari will find it tough against the veteran Blatter.

He said: ''I think this is a dangerous situation because it could split FIFA into two camps. One of its strengths has been its unity. It would be sad if that were to happen.

''I think it will be difficult for Bin Hammam. Blatter knows FIFA inside out and he has done a very good job until now.''

Bin Hammam revealed he will double the financial support handed out to each of FIFA's 208 member associations to 500,000 US dollars. He also announced plans to create 17 more executive committee positions on a new 41-strong 'FIFA board' - currently each member receives 100,000 US dollars a year plus handsome expenses.

Bin Hammam, once a loyal Blatter ally, told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur: ''I believe my chances are 50-50. Sepp Blatter is an experienced person, he has made significant contribution to football worldwide but I believe there is a time limit for everything. There is now a time for a new face and a new heir.''

Blatter has not had a challenger since 2002 when he beat Cameroon's Issa Hayatou in a landslide victory by 139 votes to 56.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.