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Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay to present joint 2030 World Cup bid

Santiago - Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay are to submit a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera announced on Thursday.

Footballer Sala's body to be returned to Argentina on Friday

Buenos Aires - Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala's body is to be returned to Argentina on Friday, the mayor of his hometown of Progreso, Julio Muller, told AFP Tuesday.Sala's body was recovered from plane wreckage in the English Channel last week.

Aussie legend hails #HakeemHome as win in battle for football's soul

Sydney - Ex-Socceroos captain Craig Foster was capped 29 times for his country, but believes the fight to free Hakeem al-Araibi was the most important battle of his life and vital for saving football's soul.

Flamengo fire victims were all aged between 14 and 17

Rio De Janeiro - The bodies of the 10 victims of a fire that ravaged accommodation for youth players at Rio club Flamengo have been identified, Brazilian media reported on Saturday, saying all were between 14 and 17.The fire struck early on Friday.

Argentine town remembers footballer Sala as modest local hero

Progreso - Emiliano Sala's hometown in rural Argentina is remembering him as a modest local hero who shied away from the flashy wealth of many South American footballers who make it big in Europe.

Brazil mourns after football training facility fire kills 10

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian football was in mourning on Friday after 10 people died when a fire ripped through a youth training facility at the country's most popular club, Flamengo, authorities said.

Body from wreckage of Sala's plane arrives in Britain

Kirkoswald - Investigators recovered a body underwater from the wreckage of a plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in the Channel and transported it to the British mainland on Thursday for identification.

Qatar says committed to labour reform after Amnesty criticism

Doha - Qatar said Wednesday it is committed to labour reform following an Amnesty International report that the 2022 World Cup host is failing to stop widespread labour abuse.

Australia PM ramps up pressure on Thailand to free refugee footballer

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ramped up pressure on Bangkok to release a refugee footballer held on a Bahrain extradition request, as sporting authorities cancelled two events in Thailand over his detention.

UK rescuers launch bid to recover body from Sala's plane

London - British crash investigators on Tuesday launched an underwater operation to recover a body from the wreckage of the plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in the Channel."We are attempting to recover the body.

Shipwreck hunter urges UK to urgently recover Sala's plane

London - The investigator who found the wreckage of a plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in the Channel called on the authorities Tuesday to urgently recover the unidentified body inside.

After World Cup, Russians flock to matches

Moscow - Many thought the football craze in Russia would not last and the shiny new stadiums built for the World Cup would rapidly become "white elephants" the country could not afford.

Body found underwater in wreckage of footballer Sala's plane

London - British investigators said Monday they had spotted a body in the wreckage of a plane that disappeared in the Channel two weeks ago carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot.

Mexican president brushes off Trump's latest tweets

Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador declined to comment Thursday on US counterpart Donald Trump's latest flurry of aggressive tweets, jokingly quoting a well-known line from football coach Velibor "Bora" Milutinovic: "I respect that.

Activists slam Asian Cup 'gagging' over torture-risk footballer

Al Ain - Activists for the detained Bahraini footballer who fears torture and even death if he is extradited from Thailand have criticised the "gagging" of talk about the case at the Asian Cup, warning it is harming his cause.

Arabian knights send Korea, Australia crashing out of Asian Cup

Al Ain - Asian Cup hosts UAE and Gulf rivals Qatar pulled off titanic upsets as they sent defending champions Australia and Son Heung-min's South Korea crashing out in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Investigators probe pilot of missing Sala flight

London - British investigators said Friday they were probing the licence held by the pilot of the small plane carrying Premier League player Emiliano Sala that went missing over the Channel this week.

Top African football official faces world war crimes court

Den Haag - A top African football official faced judges at the International Criminal Court Friday, with his lawyer complaining his "dignity was not respected" during his arrest and extradition from France.

Fans baffled as Liverpool star Mohamed Salah goes offline

Apo - Fans were left baffled on Wednesday after Liverpool's star Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah appeared to have deleted all of his social media accounts where his followers number in the millions.

Cardiff striker Sala 'concerned about plane' in final audio message

Nantes - Cardiff City's record new signing Emiliano Sala expressed concern about his plane shortly before the light aircraft disappeared over the Channel, according to an audio message sent to friends and relatives.

Slain Ghanaian journalist hailed as 'national hero' at funeral

Accra - Ghanaian journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who helped expose corruption in African football, was hailed a "national hero" on Friday, as his friends and family gathered for his funeral.

DNA request made in Cristiano Ronaldo rape case

Los Angeles - Las Vegas police have asked soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo to submit a DNA sample as part of their investigation into rape allegations made against him.

Syria take field in Asian Cup with fans divided by war

Damascus - Syria take the field this weekend for their first international football tournament in eight years of war, but not all fans are happy.

With help from diaspora, Palestinians hope for Asian Cup surprise

Ramallah - The Palestinian football team are taking part in their second-ever Asian Cup in the coming days, and team members born in various parts of the world are hoping to spring a few surprises.

Afghan football boss denies sex abuse claims

Kabul - Afghan football boss Keramuddin Karim on Monday rejected allegations he sexually and physically abused members of the women's national team, suggesting his accusers may have invented the claims to help their applications for asylum in Europe.

Football violence: South America's interminable problem

Montevideo - Argentina's problems with football hooliganism were thrown into the spotlight by the postponement of the historic Copa Libertadores final between Buenos Aires arch rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors.

Manchester United sack Mourinho in bid to turn season round

Manchester - Manchester United sacked manager Jose Mourinho on Tuesday after the club's worst start to a season in nearly three decades, hoping to bring about a radical change in atmosphere and the direction of the club.

C.Africa football boss held in France on war crimes charges

Den Haag - France on Wednesday arrested a member of Africa's top footballing body on war crimes charges in the Central African Republic, the International Criminal Court said.

Bahrain footballer to remain in detention: Thai court

Bangkok - A former Bahrain national footballer with Australian refugee status must remain in detention in Thailand as he awaits possible extradition, a Bangkok court said Tuesday, as campaigners say they fear he could be "tortured" if returned to the Gulf state....

River edge out Boca after extra time to win Copa Libertadores

Madrid - River Plate won the Copa Libertadores by beating their fiercest rivals Boca Juniors 3-1 after extra time on Sunday, bringing an end to a final tainted by violence and moved more than six thousand miles away from Argentina.
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