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Russia backs Gianni Infantino for FIFA presidency

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has thrown his support behind Gianni Infantino in the FIFA presidential race.
Star support including Jose Mourinho were on hand for FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino at his event in London.
FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino says he wants responsibility of restoring football's image as FIFA president.

Gianni Infantino has won the backing of Russia for the election for the FIFA presidency.

Infantino is one of five candidates standing to succeed Sepp Blatter and the endorsement of Russia, which is hosting the 2018 World Cup and has considerable influence in eastern Europe, is significant.

The Russia football federation announced its backing for Infantino, currently UEFA's general secretary, saying in a statement: "He will be able to unite the football family."

Infantino has been picking up support...

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Sepp Blatter deserves Nobel Peace Prize for FIFA work - Vladimir Putin

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses Sepp Blatter protesting his innocence regarding multiple accusations in a letter to FIFA.
Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter has received support from election hopeful Jerome Champagne.
Vladimir Putin has repeatedly lent his support to Sepp Blatter amid the corruption scandal engulfing FIFA.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has reaffirmed his belief that suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize despite the corruption scandal engulfing world football's governing body.

Blatter faces a FIFA hearing on Thursday before FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert in Zurich over a two million Swiss franc (£1.35m) payment made to UEFA president Michel Platini by FIFA in 2011, with a decision expected on Monday next week.

Blatter, who decided he will step...

Adidas casts doubt on World Cup deal if FIFA reforms fail

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses Sepp Blatter protesting his innocence regarding multiple accusations in a letter to FIFA.

BERLIN -- The CEO of World Cup sponsor Adidas says it will re-evaluate its FIFA deal if the scandal-hit governing body fails to change.

Herbert Hainer tells German business daily Handelsblatt "if FIFA manages to reform itself -- and from my point of view they are on the right track -- we will continue."

If FIFA falls short, Adidas "will consider what the alternatives are," Hainer said.

Adidas is FIFA's longest-standing sponsor. It signed up to provide the ball for the 1970 World Cup and renewed...

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Swiss officials probing 133 suspicious financial reports linked to World Cup

Switzerland's attorney general office is reviewing 133 reports of suspicious financial activity in connection to Russia and Qatar's successful bids for to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals.

The number has increased since August, when the office reported it was investigating 103 suspected cases of corruption at FIFA, world football's organising body that is based in Zurich.

Both nations have denied wrongdoing, but Switzerland's Money Laundering Reporting Office is continuing to look into...

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Euro 2016, Group B: England vs. Gareth Bale's Wales, plus Russia and Slovakia

ESPN FC's Ian Darke is not counting out England after they went unbeaten in Euro Qualifying.
ESPN FC's Ian Darke feels this could be a perfect time for England to triumph at the Euro's with Wayne Rooney as captain.
A look at Group B following the Euro 2016 draw.
England manager Roy Hodgson shares his thoughts on facing Wales and England's other opponents in Group B following the Euro 2016 draw.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Dan Thomas give their reactions to the Euro 2016 draw.

The draw has been made for the group stage of the 2016 UEFA European Championship

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F

Predicted finish: 1. England, 2. Wales, 3. Russia, 4. Slovakia


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England (SPI odds to win group: 53.4 percent)

They won all of their qualifying matches, yet the English football nation is still unconvinced by its team, especially after a disastrous 2014 World Cup. Manager Roy Hodgson will have a young squad -- much changed from two years ago -- to...