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Figo finds favour and joins race for FIFA hot seat

Luis-FigoJanuary 30 - Six European federations have formally endorsed Luis Figo's bid to become FIFA president, sweeping away any doubts about whether Portugal's most capped footballer will meet one of the strict criteria for standing.

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News analysis: deadline signals end to phoney war, let battle commence

fifaBy Andrew Warshaw, chief correspondent
January 30 - The deadline for applications has passed. But the political manoeuvrings and strategic mind games have only just begun. Welcome to another tactical FIFA election process.

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Ginola breezes in and blows out of FIFA presidency race

David Ginola2By Andrew Warshaw
January 29 - David Ginola's unlikely bid for the FIFA presidency appeared to be on the brink of collapse even though his Team Ginola website insisted they were "still in it and fighting".

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They're off ... Blatter submits his candidacy in race for May election

Sepp Blatter6By Andrew Warshaw
January 29 - FIFA President Sepp Blatter has confirmed that he has submitted his bid to run for re-election a few hours before the deadline for nominations - but has not named the federations backing him.

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Mayne-Nicholls passes his manifesto on to Prince Ali and Van Praag

fifaJanuary 29 - Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who has announced his decision to pull out of the race to stand for FIFA president against Sepp Blatter, has presented a full explanation of his reasoning.

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Bookie makes Blatter a hotter favourite than Arkle

Sepp Blatter7By David Owen
January 29 – It has blossomed into the most densely-populated FIFA Presidential election for at least four decades. Yet for all the big names and razzmatazz it remains, to all intents and purposes, a one-horse race.

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Mayne-Nicholls pulls out of challenge for FIFA presidency

Harald Mayne-NichollsBy Andrew Warshaw
January 28 - Harold Mayne-Nicholls became the first prospective FIFA presidential candidate to pull of the race to take on Sepp Blatter today - 24 before the deadline for nominations. On the same day Portuguese icon Luis Figo announced his was standing, Mayne-Nicholls told a televised news conference that he had decided against doing the same because he simply didn't have the necessary credentials.

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Figo latest to bid for FIFA presidency as deadline approaches

Luis-FigoBy Andrew Warshaw
January 28 - Portuguese icon Luis Figo today become the latest surprise candidate – and the second ex- international player – to throw his hat into the ring to become FIFA president. The former Sporting, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan forward joins ex-French international David Ginola, very much a token contender, in a bid to replace Sepp Blatter at the end of May.

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Prince Ali gently breaks silence and welcomes van Praag to the race

Prince Ali 3By Andrew Warshaw
January 28 - FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein has reacted with deliberate diplomacy to this week's announcement by Dutch football chief Michael van Praag that he, too, is vying to take over from Sepp Blatter in May.

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