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Football News - Blatter, 2010 & Lineker 27/10/02

'King Blatter' To Abdicate in 2006

Employing regal language befitting his status as the most omnipotent figure in world football, FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced he would step down in 2006. Blatter was re-elected for a second term in office in May this year, easily defeating Cameroon's Issa Hayatou 139 votes to 56 . Blatter, who will be 70 when his second term expires, said in an interview with Sports Business Magazine, that he would hand-pick his successor in 2004 - FIFA's centenary year. 'At that time I will be able to foresee who should or could be in such a position.'
Blatter still faces a legal challenge initiated by former FIFA General Secretary Secretary, Michel Zen-Ruffinen, alleging corruption and malfeasance during his autocratic reign. However, only two of the initial 11 signatories - Italy's Antonio Mattarese and South Korea's Chung Mong Joon - appear interested in persuing the case.

Brazil's To Mint World Cup Coins

Brazil's Central Bank will mint a special series of gold and silver coins in celebration of the national team's fifth World Cup win in Korea/Japan this year.
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World Cup 2010 Bidding

FIFA has written to the 52 member countries of the African Soccer Federation (CAF) informing them that they have until the end of this year to declare an interest in hosting the 2010 tournament. Interested nations will then be asked to reconfirm by April 30, 2003 with the final decision to be taken in May 2004. South Africa are the front-runners to host Africa's first World Cup after narrowly missing out to Germany for the 2006 competition.

Turkey Joins 2003 Confederations Cup

Turkey has accepted an invitation from FIFA to join holders, France, World Cup winners, Brazil, South American champions Colombia, New Zealand, Cameroon, the USA and Japan in the 2003 Confederations Cup to be played in Lyon, Pais and St. Etienne, France June 18-29.

J.League/K.League

Jubilo Iwate are three points clear of Gamba Osaka at the top of the J.League Second Stage following a 3-1 win over Yokohama F. Marinos. Urawa Reds fell to third after losing their second straight game 1-0 at home to Tokyo Verdy 1969. Kyoto Purple Sanga ended a three match losing streak with a 2-1 extra time win over Nagoya and remain in eigth place.Consadole Sapporo became the first club to be relegated following a 3-2 over-time loss to fourth-place Kashima Antlers.
The Chunnam Dragons closed the gap at the top of the K.League to four points with a 2-1 win over Busan I.cons while leaders Songnam Chumna fell 1-0 away to the Anyang Cheetahs. The Cheetahs, Ulsan Tigers and Pohang Steelers are all tied for third place on 32 points.

Leicester City Go Into Administration

Leicester City is the latest English club to go into financial administration with debts of over US$70 million. Players have already agreed to a wage deferment deal at the Division one club, which was relegated from the Premiership last season. Former striker and home-town boy, Gary Lineker is heading a new consortium bidding to take charge at Leicester. Liverpool striker Emile Heskey, who began his career at 'The Foxes' has also pledged around US$160,000 to Lineker's appeal. The Lineker consortium faces a rival take-over bid from another 'mystery' consortium.
Derby County, who were also relegated from the Premier League along side Leicester, have asked their players to take a 25% pay-cut in addition to a 20% cut at the end of last season. Life outside the Premiership is becoming increasingly precarious following the collapse of ITV Digital and their multi-million pound TV rights deal with Nationwide Football League clubs.

Colombian Player Killed by Lightening

Herman Gaviria, a member of the ill-fated 1994 Colombian World Cup squad, was killed by a bolt of lightening during training with his team Deportivo Cali this week. Another player, Giovany Cordoba, remains in critical condition.

MLS Cup

League-leading scorer Carlos Ruiz netted a golden goal in sudden death overtime as L.A. Galaxy won their first ever MLS Cup championship with a dramatic 1-0 victory over New England Revolution in front of a 60,000 crowd. Four days later L.A. Galaxy were on the receiving end of a 1-0 scoreline in the U.S. Open Cup as they went down to Columbus Crew in Ohio.

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