Tag Archives: Fifa

UEFA’s justice

When I moved to Barcelona in 1989 one of the first things that struck me about Barça’s followers was an apparent paranoia towards football’s authorities. Leagues had been lost due to biased refereeing and the powers that be were constantly … Continue reading

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Catching up with the news

Apologies for the lack of posts over the last two weeks. I’m now back in Barcelona and with my batteries recharged I’m ready for the new season. There has been a fair bit of news since my last post so … Continue reading

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Why you should hate FIFA

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FIFA suspend Barça transfer ban (temporarily)

So we didn’t even have to wait for May 6 meeting with FIFA. Barça can sign players this summer. This morning the Appeal Commission of FIFA has decided to freeze the one-year transfer ban imposed for irregularities in signing foreign … Continue reading

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La Masia no es toca

A huge banner was unfurled before today’s game with Betis which bore the message “La Masia no es toca” (hands off La Masia). While I applaud the pride being shown in our fantastic football academy I’m afraid I can only … Continue reading

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Barça reply to FIFA ban

Barça have just released a press statement in response to FIFA’s transfer ban announced earlier today. What is most noticeable immediately is press statement there is no mention of article 19 which is the article that FIFA have accused Barça … Continue reading

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Barça banned from transfer market for one year

Shock news this morning as FIFA announce that Barça have been banned from signing or selling any players during the next two transfer windows, summer 2014 and winter 2014/15. The punishment is a result of irregular dealings in signing 10 … Continue reading

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Messi versus Ronaldo and Ribery for 2013 Ballon D’Or

There were no surprises today as FIFA revealed the three finalists for this year’s Ballon d’Or award as Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in Zurich on January 13.

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Fifa Ballon d’Or Awards 2012

No surprises as Leo Messi lifted his fourth Ballon d’Or in Zurich tonight after polling 41.60% of the votes, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo on 23.68% and Andrés Iniesta on 10.91%. Barça were the best represented team along with Real Madrid in … Continue reading

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Leo Messi wins fourth Ballon d’Or

Ok, I know there are still a few hours to go before tonight’s gala in Zurich for the 2012 Fifa Ballon d’Or, but there can be little doubt remaining that Leo Messi is going to win his fourth consecutive award. … Continue reading

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