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Army chief advised PM to resolve football conflict

ISLAMABAD -UNS: An initiative for resolving Pakistan’s football conflict had been taken at the highest level even before the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) was suspended by the FIFA in the second week of this month. The sources said that Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa had …

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FIFA strips Qatar of 2022 World Cup demanded

SWITZERLAND -UNS: The six Arab countries who last month cut ties with Qatar are reported to have written to world soccer’s governing body FIFA to demand it be stripped of hosting the 2022 World Cup because they consider the Gulf state to be a “base …

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‘Pakistan is peaceful & loving’, says Ronaldinho

LAHORE-UNS – The international footballers, who were in action in ‘Ronaldinho and Friends’ exhibition matches played in Karachi and Lahore, have given the message to the world that Pakistan is peaceful country. Brazilian legend and current club ambassador for FC Barcelona, Ronaldinho took to Twitter …

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‘Thanks Pakistan’, tweets Ronaldinho

KARACHI -UNS : Renowned Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho has thanked football fans in Pakistan for their love and support. He posted a minute long video on his Twitter profile with caption reading “Thanks Karachi! Thanks Pakistan! #RonaldinhoAndFriends In the video we see the Brazilian footballing legend …

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Eight international footballers including Ronaldinho reach Islamabad

ISLAMABAD -UNS– The wait of fans is finally over as eight popular international footballers including Brazilian legend and current club ambassador for FC Barcelona, Ronaldinho have on Saturday reached Islamabad. The other international players include David James, George Botang, Luis Bova, Nicolas Anelka, Robert Pyres, …

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Eight int’l footballers to arrive in Pakistan today

ISLAMABAD -UNS : Eight international footballers, including former Brazilian footballers Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos, are arriving in Pakistan today (Thursday). Brazilian football celebrity Ronaldinho will be accompanied by Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning teammate, Roberto Carlos, former French midfielder Robert Pires, France’s Nicolas Anelka, Portugal’s …

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Football, showbiz stars gather for Messi’s wedding

ROSARIO (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars gathered in Argentina for Latin America’s celebrity wedding bash of the decade as Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday. Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, were …

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Gulf crisis ties global soccer governance into knots

By James M. Dorsey International soccer governance is tying itself up in knots with football associations grappling with the fallout of the Gulf dispute between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Qatar that lays bare the contradictions embedded in their insistence that sports and politics …

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FIFA scandal: Argentine firm agrees to $112.8 mn settlement

NEW YORK: Argentine sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias S.A. agreed Tuesday to pay $112.8 million to settle charges in the United States stemming from a massive FIFA corruption scandal, authorities said. Torneos “admitted to its role in the 15-year scheme, including its role in …

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FIFA chief wants video refs for next World Cup

PARIS: FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is in favour of introducing video refereeing for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, after previously expressing fears it would break up games too much. The head of world football’s governing body told Tuesday’s Le Parisien newspaper that …

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