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Rumours bubble of pressure on Tokyo Sexwale to enter FIFA race

Tokyo SexwaleBy Paul Nicholson
August 1 – The name of Tokyo Sexwale is being whispered as a potential candidate for the FIFA presidency with business leaders and politicians apparently encouraging the South African businessman to consider running for football's top job and bring about the global change the organisation needs.

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Platini gathers Euro support but Africa and Americas not convinced

Michel Platini11By Andrew Warshaw
July 31 - Claims that Michel Platini is already odds-on favourite to win the FIFA presidency on February 26 is being tested by some choice remarks from CONCACAF, purportedly one of four confederations behind him, and by Africa.

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Chung to take on Platini, as Prince Ali sours on former Euro ally

Chung Mong-joon2By Andrew Warshaw
July 30 - Twenty-four hours after declaring he was running for FIFA president, UEFA chief Michel Platini has learned the identity of his first rival for the job, with former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon saying he too intends to throw his hat into the ring to take over from Sepp Blatter on February 26.

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Head to head: Zico v Platini, a mouth-watering match-up

Zico and PlatiniBy Mark Baber
July 28 - The on-pitch rivalry between Zico and Platini, two of the greatest goalscoring midfielders ever to grace a football pitch, may be played out again in FIFA's halls of power if the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) accedes to Zico's request to put his name forward for FIFA president.

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Platini finishes early lobbying and declares he will run for FIFA presidency

Michel Platini ViennaBy Andrew Warshaw
July 28 - As anticipated, Michel Platini has confirmed he will run for FIFA president saying the corruption-battered organisation needs to "turn over a new leaf".

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Exclusive: Platini poised to hold UEFA and FIFA top jobs at same time

Michel Platini ViennaBy Andrew Warshaw
July 28 - Michel Platini could remain in temporary charge of UEFA even if he takes over from Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, Insideworldfootball has learned.

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FIFA Reform Task Force debate stuck on 'independent' criteria

Domenico Scala3By Andrew Warshaw
July 28 - The much-anticipated Reform Task Force set up by FIFA in response to its burgeoning corruption crisis appears to have hit a potentially serious snag after Domenico Scala (pictured), favourite to land the job as the body's chairman, said he would not take it on unless he was guaranteed full independence.

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Warner wins time and claims he is not getting a fair trial

Jack Warner3July 28 - Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has bought yet more time in his bid to avoid being extradited from his native Trinidad and Tobago to the United States to face corruption charges as part of the FBI probe into widespread corruption involving senior football officials.

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Putin lauds Blatter but questions US motivation

Putin and Blatter2By Andrew Warshaw
July 28 - Far from being in any way responsible for the corruption crisis that has embroiled FIFA, Sepp Blatter in fact deserves the Nobel Peace prize for the way he has run the organisation, according to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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