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FIFA president Sepp Blatter backs rule to keep 2026 World Cup out of Europe

E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world football.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants a rule on World Cup hosting that would prevent Europe from bidding for the 2026 tournament.

The FIFA executive committee could agree this month to block continental confederations from bidding for the next two World Cups after hosting.

"It should be this way," Blatter told reporters on Friday, adding that the proposal is "more than an option."

Because Russia will host in 2018, a UEFA country would next be eligible for the 2030 World Cup. Russia defeated...

Afghanistan, Myanmar pick neutral venues for World Cup games

ZURICH -- FIFA says Afghanistan will host its first 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Iran, and Myanmar chose Thailand as its home venue.

FIFA had ruled Afghanistan unsafe to stage World Cup matches for security reasons. FIFA has confirmed that Afghanistan will play Syria on June 11 at the Samen Stadium in Mashhad, near Iran's border with Afghanistan.

Myanmar is barred from hosting qualifiers by a FIFA disciplinary decision after crowd violence in a 2014 World Cup preliminary round match at Yangon.


 By John Duerden

How 'Korean Gerrard' became Swansea star and Liverpool target Ki

Swansea fans will be glad to see Ki Sung-yeung back in action.
It would not be a surprise if South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yeung is chosen Swansea City's player of the EPL season.

There was once a time when the South Korean media referred to Ki Sung-yeung as 'The Korean Gerrard' or 'Kirrard' -- a comparison once welcomed by the player himself. No longer though -- the 26 year-old deserves more than to be called the Korean version of anything.

He is simply Ki, a cultured talent who has been one of the stars of the English Premier League this season and is currently the best Asian midfielder.

Fans of the more advanced and offensive Omar Abdulrahman would have something to say...

Michael van Praag seeking South Korea support for FIFA election

Michael van Praag is hoping to receive the backing of the South Korean FA.

FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag has visited South Korea's football leaders seeking support for his challenge to Sepp Blatter.

Van Praag's visit to Seoul comes days after tension was exposed at an Asian Football Confederation election meeting between its leaders, who support Blatter, and the South Korean delegation.

Van Praag said: "I feel that the Korean FA has a very clear vision on the future of FIFA and that many of our ideas truly match."

The Dutch official was joined by Guus Hiddink,...