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Three key sponsors left the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Sepp BlatterThree of Fifa’s sponsors during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil have joined Sony and Emirates in declining to renew their contracts with the scandal-hit world governing body.

Castrol, Continental Tyres and Johnson & Johnson – so-called second-tier sponsors that had a high-profile presence in Brazil – have confirmed they have not renewed their deals.

The companies were among eight second-tier FIFA partners who collectively paid $524 million to be associated with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which earned more than $4 billion for the governing body.

The 2018 tournament is expected to earn at least $5 billion with improved broadcasting deals, and a new FIFA marketing strategy to include more sponsors.

Though sponsors have been urged to speak out against claims of corruption and FIFA’s unwillingness to reform, none of the three departing backers voiced public criticism.

In a statement on Friday, FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil said their leaving was normal.

“Rotations at the end of a sponsorship cycle are commonplace in the sports industry,” Weil said. “It is natural that as brands’ strategies evolve they reassess their sponsorship properties.”

Five of FIFA’s top 14 commercial partners have left in the past six months. Top-tier sponsors Sony and Emirates declined to renew for a two-tournament deal also covering the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

It is widely expected that Samsung and Qatar Airways will step in as replacements. Russian energy company Gazprom has also signed a top-tier deal.

Weil cites “advanced negotiations” with potential partners for the 2018 World Cup, where FIFA intends having more sponsors than in 2014.

FIFA plans for 20 third-tier sponsors on regional deals worldwide instead of eight national sponsors in the host country.

Of the eight second-tier sponsors, Budweiser and McDonalds already renewed for 2018.

Sponsor deals cover a four-year cycle of tournaments, and would typically include the Women’s World Cup kicking off in June in Canada.

Still, FIFA has not committed to a timetable to confirm new contracts.

“We expect interest to grow even more as the Confederations Cup 2017 and 2018 World Cup draw closer.” Weil said.

Jaimie Fuller, the chairman of the SKINS sportswear company who has previously campaigned for reform of cycling, announced he will be writing to all FIFA sponsors.

Candidates for the FIFA presidency must secure five nominations from national associations by January 29, with the contest in May expected to be a battle between long-term incumbent Blatter, former director of international relations Jerome Champagne and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein from Jordan.

China team’s prospect will be affected by the injury of ZhengZhi

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China’s hopes of prolonging their Asian Cup run and upsetting Australia in the quarter-finals have been dealt a blow after captain Zheng Zhi went down with a back injury.

Influential skipper Zheng 34, had risked suspension by starting the game against DPR Korea having already received a yellow card in their tournament opener against Saudi Arabia but although he avoided a second booking of the competition he was substituted in the 53rd minute as a precaution.

Perrin warned his players against a backlash from the Socceroos after they were beaten 1-0 by South Korea in their final group game on Saturday, giving them an extra day’s rest.

” Zheng Zhi is very important for the team, a key player. ” coach Alain Perrin told reporters. ”  He is a good organiser in midfield and a very experienced player. ”

One of China’s most successful players, Zheng now plies his trade at Chinese champions Guangzhao Evergrande having had stints in Scotland with Celtic and the Premier League with Charlton Athletic.

” We have one day less recovery time than Australia, and we also need to spend one day on a trip from here [Canberra] to Brisbane. ” said the former Portsmouth manager.

” The pitch there is not very good, ” said Perrin. ” But we have to play the match there – I think it’s a pity for a knockout stage game. “

Australian is always ready !

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Massimo Luongo is confident of being in top shape when Australia plays China in the Asian Cup quarter-finals despite playing out his first full Socceroos performance at a steamy Brisbane Stadium on Saturday.

The Socceroos went into the match only needing a draw to top the group, but the Australians could not find a way past the resilient Korean defence and goalkeeper, who pulled off some exceptional saves throughout the match.

New York Red Bulls striker Cahill agreed with Australia coach, Ange Postecoglou’s claims that the team switched off at vital times throughout the match, but praised by the spirited performance by his teammates.

Cahill told reporters, “ I think we can reflect well. Even though we lost, the scoreline doesn’t reflect the full picture. Overall when you watch the game, and I watched the game last night, we did really penetrate them and moved the ball well. We went for it. We’re not going to sit back and in the second half they didn’t know what hit them. ”

“ But if you don’t score it’s going to look worse than it looks… just a bit of quality in the final ball and we know we’re going to hurt teams. Unfortunately one lapse in concentration and you concede a goal. ”

Everton legend Cahill assured that the team are recovering well after the sweltering conditions experienced in Brisbane on Saturday night.

“ We’ve recovered really well. We’ve got a really fit squad. We’ve been preparing weeks before in this [type] of heat in Melbourne. We’re definitely not going to make excuses about the weather. We’re a fit young team and we know we can back up games. ”

The Australian forward stated that the team remain focused and are ready for the quarter final match-up against an up-and-coming Chinese side.

“ For us it’s about keeping switched on. We know what we can do and that one loss won’t make us take a step back. ”

“ Maybe it’s fate, maybe we are meant to play China in the quarter-finals and stay in Brisbane. ”

“ It’ll certainly be one of the most watched games globally and in Asia. ”

“ If we can press them and get in their faces and run them into the ground and play the football we know, then we’ll definitely cause them problems. ”

“ We will respect them, but I want us to focus on us. ”

China coach Alain Perrin has predicted a “very difficult” test when his side face host nation Australia in theAsian Cup quarter-finals.

The Socceroos face China on Thursday in a do or die quarter final encounter.

David Ginol wants make a difference in FIFA presidency bid

aFormer France winger David Ginola will announce on Friday that he is entering the race to become president of FIFA.

It took a 250,000-pound payment from a stunt-prone bookmaker to persuade former France international David Ginola to launch an improbable bid to unseat FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder Ginola, 47, plans to challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter for the top job in world football, with the 78-year-old Swiss — who has been in office since 1998 — having indicated he will seek a fifth term.

“It is time that football was refreshed,” the the Sun newspaper’s website quoted him as saying. “We have to be brave and deal with what is going on in this game we love.”

“I’m not interested in dwelling on the sins of the past, this is about taking football forward and putting supporters at the centre of the game.”

“Football belongs to the people and they deserve to have a voice. We want transparency so that everyone knows where every penny goes.”

“People need to be able to trust the decisions being made by those in charge.”

Breaking news!Ronaldo want back to the field!

qBrazilian star Ronaldo will attempt to make a playing comeback this spring with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the second-tier North American Soccer League.

World player of the year in 1996, 1997 and 2002, Ronaldo is now 38 and hasn’t played since February 2011 with Corinthians.

At a news conference called to announce that he has become a part-owner of the Strikers, Ronaldo was asked whether he would play. He said: “That is not easy.”

“I love to play. That was my big love. But when I retired, it was because of my body. I had so much pain and so many injuries. It isn’t easy to get fit. I will try. I will train a lot.”

Since retiring as a player, Ronaldo has become a part-owner of a marketing company called 9ine Sports and Entertainment, which represents Barcelona forward Neymar and mixed martial arts fighter Anderson Silva.

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Football’s fat flops or chubby champions?

21 Oct 2014
He joins a team that lost to San Antonio in last year’s NASL final last season. Fort Lauderdale averaged 3,092 for home games, almost half the league average of 5,989.

Former Spain and Real forward Raul recently joined the New York Cosmos, who also play in the NASL, at the age of 37.

The Strikers were part of the original NASL in the 1970′s when George Best, Gordon Banks and Gerd Mueller played for the club.

They play in the 55-year-old Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Ricardo Geromel, one of the team’s owners, insists a new stadium is planned.

The team, who open their season on April 4 against the New York Cosmos, will try to bring in players from Brazil, using the connections of Ronaldo and their other Brazilian owners.

“We want to have all the best players,” Ronaldo said. “But we don’t have the money yet. We have a budget.”

Ronaldo wants to play again as part of owning NASL’s Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.