Tag Archives: football politics

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Copa America 2016: Foot in the Door

Let me start by simply sharing the big announcement: Habemus Copa. Today, in a meeting of Federation presidents and Executive Committee members in Buenos Aires, CONMEBOL announced that the “Copa América Centenario” will take place in July 2016 in the United States. The tournament will feature all 10 members of …

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Geofixing, Revisited: Imposed Fairness

Last year, shortly after Monterrey won their maiden CONCACAF Champions League title, club president Luis Miguel Salvador presented CONCACAF with a list of proposals for improving the competition. At the time, I found his suggestion of reducing the number of group stage fixtures incompatible with the goal of introducing that …

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A One-Time Deal?

The recent falling out between Brazilian authorities and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke served to expose serious, justifiable concerns about Brazil’s preparedness for hosting the 2014 World Cup. The problem only becomes more amplified when one considers the glut of international competitions that Brazil had been slated to host in …

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Part II: Bill Archer Weighs In

No discussion of football in our region is complete without the input of my colleague Bill Archer. For longer than I have been a member of BigSoccer, he has diligently and thoroughly uncovered the political entrails of CONCACAF, exposing far more about how Jack Warner and co. ran things than …

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Part I: Alfredo Hawit, In His Own Words

When various Spanish-language news outlets published articles based on comments by interim President Alfredo Hawit, they latched onto his remarks concerning an expanded 2016 Copa América in the United States, a topic of clear interest to every football fan in the New World. However, Hawit differed with Ecuadoran Football Federation …

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CONCACAF’s New Plan: Make Even More Money

The last time I wrote about the potential Copa Panamericana, I based it entirely on comments from Ecuadoran Football Federation (FEF) President Luis Chiriboga. Fortunately, more officials have affirmed the rumors: CONMEBOL President Nicolas Leoz talked up a commemorative, expanded 2016 Copa América in an interview with ESPN, in which …

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On the Potential Panamericana

Last Friday, Simon Borg stirred up no small amount of excitement by reporting on comments from Ecuadoran Football Federation (FEF) President Luis Chiriboga, concerning a special competition that could be organized in 2016 for CONMEBOL’s 100th anniversary. The tournament would count with six CONCACAF teams alongside all 10 CONMEBOL members, …

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Glass Half-Something: FIFA Ethics Committee Issues Temporary Bans, Fines for CFU Officials

In the aftermath of bin Hammam’s ill-fated campaign stop in Port-of-Spain, and the outright refusal of the majority of Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials to corroborate the claims that bribery took place in spite of all the supporting evidence (including their own cameos in a certain video making rounds this …

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Choosing Your Battles

Today I am going to temporarily depart from my normal subject matter, although the current topic is very much CONCACAF-related. When Chuck Blazer announced that he would resign as CONCACAF General Secretary at the end of 2011, most of us presumed that his issues lay with the Caribbean. From his …