Chelsea win, but Sydney FC can hold heads high

Sebastian Hassett 10:22 PM   If Sydney FC fancy themselves as the Chelsea of the A-League, this marked a reasonable opportunity to measure up back-to-back with the real thing.

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FIFA shift bribe blame to dead man

Julio Grondona, late president of the Argentine Football of Association.

12:13 AM   In the latest twist to the FIFA corruption scandal, the governing body have shifted the blame for a $10 million payment from South Africa to Jack Warner to a recently deceased finance committee chief.

Sydney were Loic, stoic and barrelled

Chelsea's Loic Remy, centre, is congratulated by teammate's John Obi Mikel, second right, John Terry, right, and Jeremie Boga after scoring a goal against Sydney FC during their friendly soccer match in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Dominic Bossi 10:55 PM   Graham Arnold kicked his boot through an advertising board in frustration of coming so close to getting a result against the English champions.

Simon's mental rebuild tougher than knee op

Ready to roll: Kyah Simon was rattled by nerves, doubt and concern for her body.

Dominic Bossi 12:41 AM   Matildas star Kyah Simon opens up on the horror knee injury that threatened her career and cast doubt over her 2015 World Cup hopes.

Blatter faces internal revolt at FIFA

In the eye of the storm: FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Jeremy Wilson and Ben Rumsby 8:00 AM   Sepp Blatter is facing intensifying internal pressure, with a second Football Association official resigning yesterday and other senior administrators now openly considering their positions.

Chiellini not afraid of biter Suarez

Giorgio Chiellini will face his biter, Luis Suarez, for the first time in the Champions League final since that infamous World Cup moment.

Mark Ogden, Turin 11:51 AM   Giorgio Chiellini breaks into a disarming smile when the subject of his first meeting with Luis Suarez since that bite in Brazil is raised with the Juventus defender.

Leicester probe 'race orgy' allegations

Leicester players

English Premier League side launch an internal investigation after a newspaper report said three players, including the manager's son, were filmed in an orgy with a Thai woman, who was racially abused.

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Live: Sydney FC v Chelsea

Premier League player of the year Eden Hazard of Chelsea.

Stephen Samuelson 10:05 PM   The English Premier League champions take on Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium.

'A bit of a yawn' - let's hope Chelsea play better than they did 50 years ago

Future champ: Chelsea's Peter Osgood, who toured Australia in 1965, heads the ball against Leeds  during the 1970 FA Cup final.

Fifty years ago to the day, Chelsea played in Australia. However, their performance didn't receive rave reviews.

The roubles behind the rise of Chelsea and Sydney FC

Big bucks: David Traktovenko presents Sydney FC football hall Of fame recipient Terry McFlynn with his pin earlier this year.

Sebastian Hassett   If you ever you wanted to find two clubs who embody the new face of 21st century football, Chelsea and Sydney FC – the aspiring kings of Europe and Asia – might well be it.

South Africans say FIFA payment not a bribe

Thabo Mbeki and Sepp Blatter at the draw for the 2010 World Cup in 2009.

A South African soccer official on Sunday admitted the country had paid out $10 million in 2008 but denied it was a bribe to FIFA to host the 2010 World Cup.

Wilshere rains on Arsenal's FA Cup parade

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere enjoys the FA Cup parade.

England midfielder Jack Wilshere marred Arsenal's open-top bus parade to celebrate their victory in the FA Cup final by taking to the microphone to mock rival club Tottenham in a foul-mouthed outburst.

UK could back World Cup boycott to oust Blatter from FIFA

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is greeted by delegates after being re-elected to the FIFA presidency on Friday.

Andrew Osborn and Alice Baghdjian   Britain says Europe should consider boycotting future World Cups if Sepp Blatter doesn't quit as head of soccer's governing body over a corruption scandal.

Prince William wades into FIFA row

Prince William.

Patrick Sawer and Jason Burt   Prince William intervened in the FIFA corruption scandal on Saturday night with an unprecedented speech criticising world football's governing body.

Arnold looks to establish link with Mourinho

Boys in blue: Jose Mourinho and Graham Arnold.

Dominic Bossi   The "Special One" could become Sydney FC's coaching mentor with Graham Arnold set for a private meeting with Jose Mourinho to establish a link

Mourinho steals the limelight as Chelsea arrive

Star power: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho edges past fans at Sydney Airport.

Dominic Bossi   Jose Mourinho steals the show in Sydney with the performance everyone was waiting for.

FBI will force Blatter out: FA chief

Greg Dyke.

Jason Burt and Ben Rumsby   Greg Dyke, the English Football Association chairman, has warned Sepp Blatter he will be brought down as FIFA president by the FBI and Swiss corruption inquiries that have left world football's governing body on the brink of meltdown.

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Wanderers boosted by Jamieson signing

Heading over: Scott Jamieson.

Sebastian Hassett   The overhaul of the Western Sydney Wanderers squad by coach Tony Popovic has taken a significant step forward with the signing of Perth Glory left-back Scott Jamieson and the upgrade of Australian under-20 international defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis.

Dream come true for Terry Antonis as Chelsea touch down in Sydney

Spurred on: Tottenham's Erik Lamela challenges Terry Antonis during the friendly match in Sydney on Saturday.

Sebastian Hassett   Don't be surprised if Sydney FC midfielder Terry Antonis starts sprinting in the directon of Chelsea's winger Eden Hazard at full-time on Tuesday night.

Victory miss out on glamour games as Sydney, Reds and Roar cash in

Main man: Harry Kane

Michael Lynch   Sydney FC is looking forward to facing English Premier League champions Chelsea in front of an 80,000 crowd at Stadium Australia on Tuesday night.

England may boycott World Cup soccer tournament

Greg Dyke.

Luke Heighton   England is considering boycotting the World Cup after Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as president of world soccer's governing body.

Putin hails Blatter's professionalism

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during an annual call-in show on Russian television "Conversation With Vladimir Putin"  in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, April 16, 2015. President Vladimir Putin sternly urged the West to respect Russia's interests in global affairs and defended his move to sanction the delivery of a long-range air defense missile system to Iran during a marathon TV call-in show with the nation. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated FIFA boss Sepp Blatter on his re-election as head of football's governing body, the Kremlin said on Saturday, despite a high-profile corruption scandal rocking the game.

FIFA vice-president rejects Blatter

FILE - In this Friday Aug. 10, 2012 file photo, David Gill, chief executive officer of Manchester United, listens during a television interview from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The FIFA executive committee might have the worst reputation of any international sports body, still many candidates want to sit at the high table of soccer?s world governing body, known as the Exco. David Gill is among nine men who formally join the Exco at FIFA?s congress on Friday May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Jin Lee, File)

FIFA vice-president David Gill boycotted an executive committee meeting on Saturday in protest at the election of Sepp Blatter, the Swiss football supremo branding the Englishman's snub as 'irresponsible' behaviour.

Blatter slams Europe's 'hate' campaign

Defiant as always: Re-elected FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures during news conference on Saturday after an extraordinary Executive Committee meeting in Zurich.

Tim Witcher   FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Saturday he was "shocked" at the way the US judiciary has targeted football's world body and slammed what he called a "hate" campaign by Europe's football leaders.

Dortmund farewell too painful for Juergen Klopp after Cup loss

Dortmund's Mats Hummels comforts head coach Juergen Klopp.

Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp battled to contain his emotions on Saturday after his final game on their bench saw his team lose 3-1 to VfL Wolfsburg in the German Cup final.

Italian champions Juventus draw at Verona

Juventus' Roberto Pereyra, right, celebrates with his teammate Fernando Llorente after scoring against Verona.

Alberto Cagliano   Serie A champions Juventus closed the season drawing 2-2 at Verona Saturday, who had veteran striker Luca Toni on target to stay top of the scorers' table.

Messi leads Barca to Cup triumph against Bilbao

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 30: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on during the Copa del Rey Final between Athletic Club and FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on May 30, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Tim Hanlon   A magical Lionel Messi goal, the first of a brace, set treble-chasing Barcelona up for a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao to lift the King's Cup on Saturday and complete a domestic double.

Arsenal claim record 12th FA Cup with 4-0 drubbing of Aston Villa

Theo Walcott celebrates scoring the first goal for Arsenal during the FA Cup final against Aston Villa at Wembley on Saturday.

Mike Collett   Theo Walcott ended a frustrating season by scoring the first goal as Arsenal won a record 12th FA Cup on Saturday with a dominant 4-0 victory over Aston Villa.

Sydney FC gallant but outclassed by Tottenham: Arnold

Left boot to ball: Nabil Bentaleb lets rip against Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium.

Sebastian Hassett   On paper, Sydney FC might have nearly clinched a draw with Tottenham Hotspur but Graham Arnold conceded the gulf in class between the two sides on Saturday night was hard to ignore.

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