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The Longform Guide to Soccer Corruption

Former Westchester Soccer Dad at Core of Sprawling FIFA Scandal — For more than two decades, Charles "Chuck" Blazer reveled in the perks of being general secretary of the confederation that oversees soccer in North and Central America. He lived in a Trump Tower apartment, flew on private jets, dined at the world's finest restaurants, and hobnobbed with celebrities and world leaders.

FIFA Raided by Swiss Authorities in 2018, 2022 World Cup Probe — Swiss investigators have seized data from soccer governing body FIFA's headquarters as part of a criminal probe into the controversial 2010 vote that delivered the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar. The raid on the soccer body's hilltop office in Zurich followed dawn arrests at a five-star hotel where FIFA's ruling executive was based ahead of President Sepp Blatter's re-election bid on Friday.

Blatter Seeks Re-Election as FIFA Raided on Corruption Charges — The man who presides over international soccer, FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, finds himself running an organization buffeted by repeated allegations of corruption as he seeks re-election once again. U.S. prosecutors Wednesday will charge at least 10 international soccer officials in an investigation of corruption, including vote rigging in the selection of host countries for World Cup tournaments, according to a person familiar with the matter.

FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland on U.S. corruption charges — Swiss police began making arrests as part of a U.S. Justice Department investigation of corruption involving individuals at FIFA, soccer's ruling body.

U.S. Starts World Cup Bribery Sweep as Swiss Police Raid Hotel — Swiss police began making arrests as part of a U.S. Justice Department investigation into corruption involving individuals at FIFA, soccer's ruling body. The raids come amid rising anger that the Zurich-based soccer body hasn't done enough to curb a culture of wrongdoing amid a constant stream of corruption allegations that reached their peak with the awarding of the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

FIFA Challenger Ali Went to Police About Offer of Blatter Data — Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, the lone challenger to FIFA president Sepp Blatter's re-election, went to police after being offered confidential information purporting to show financial details on global soccer's top official, according to an investigations agency working for his campaign.

Maldini Ahead of Ex-Teammate Beckham in Miami Soccer Race — While David Beckham continues to look for a Miami home for his planned soccer franchise, former AC Milan teammate Paolo Maldini is avoiding such efforts. Maldini, a five-time European Cup-winning defender, this week was announced as an investor in Miami Football Club of the North American Soccer League, widely considered U.S.

FIFA Candidates Opposing President Blatter May Cooperate — The candidates running against FIFA president Sepp Blatter's re-election to soccer's top post are discussing ways to join forces to stop the incumbent from a fifth term. The talks come as Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant reported that the head of that country's soccer federation, Michael van Praag, would withdraw his candidacy for the FIFA job.

Rio Doping Test Center Opened After World Cup Failure — The World Anti-Doping Agency said Rio de Janeiro's drug testing laboratory can resume its activities after the center failed to pass an inspection two years ago. The decision is a boost for the city ahead of next year's Olympics, the first to be staged in South America.
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May 27, 2015

@Marcotti @Tyrangiel Anyone listening to UEFA? CAF, AFC, Oceania and AFC ... Not sure

May 27, 2015

@LarsGredal @owen_g @m_christenson @SeppBlatter because the 209 people who matter don't really care about what's been reported.

May 27, 2015

Fantastic color piece by @VTSilver & Co- FIFA Busts at Baur au Lac: Inside Soccer’s Five-Star Takedown via @business

May 27, 2015

So many interweaving narratives in this FIFA story. 2 Traffic Group officials charged in U.S. A senior colleague is now gensec of Concacaf

May 27, 2015

@FilipeFDA business partners ... and now criminal conspiracy partners, according to the DOJ.

May 27, 2015

Qatar $200 Billion World Cup in the Crosshairs Amid FIFA Probe via @business

May 27, 2015

Amazing detail overlooked in all the noise is the Traffic Group's founder Jose Havilla pleaded guilty and agreed to pay >$151m to DOJ

May 27, 2015

Former Westchester Soccer Dad at Core of Sprawling FIFA Scandal: Rise and Fall of Chuck Blazer via @business

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