He Kane, he scored, and Spurs conquered...

Michael Lynch 10:19 PM   He's the man who has taken the Premier League by storm this season, the striker most  of the 70,000 fans who turned up at ANZ Stadium on Saturday were keenest to see when Sydney took on Tottenham in the first of two huge friendlies the Sky Blues are playing in three days.

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Sydney FC gallant but outclassed: Arnold

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

Sebastian Hassett 1:07 AM   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.

Spurs edge Sydney as Kane delivers for fans

Main man: Harry Kane

Sebastian Hassett 10:39 PM   They came in their thousands - 71,549, to be exact - to see one of the great clubs of English football, but, more than anyone, they came to see one man: Harry Kane. And he delivered.

Sepp Blatter wins another term

FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures as he is re-elected in Zurich.

Nick Miller 7:53 AM   Sepp Blatter has been forced into a second round of voting in his bid for another four-year term as FIFA president, at the end of a week in which his organisation was plunged into a major corruption scandal.

Blatter wins fifth term as FIFA president

FIFA president Sepp Blatter applauds after his re-election.

Sam Borden 7:54 AM   Sepp Blatter concluded a difficult week by handily winning a fifth term as president of world soccer's governing body on Friday.

'I'm the president of everybody': Blatter

"I am president of everybody." FIFA chief Sepp Blatter is re-elected.

Tom Cowie 10:27 AM   FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given a truly bizarre re-election speech, as sport fans everywhere wonder how the man who presided over a major corruption scandal managed to keep his job.

US official 'confident' of more indictments

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

3:10 PM   A senior US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official said he is "fairly confident" there will be another round of indictments in the criminal investigation into alleged corruption within soccer's governing body FIFA.

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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 1:16 AM   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.

Chelsea sweat a 1-0 victory over Thais

Sea of blue: Chelsea supporters react in Bangkok.

12:11 AM   Chelsea's up-and-coming youngsters got a chance to shine in sweltering Bangkok on Saturday as the Blues survived a brief second-half scare to dispatch the Thai All Stars 1-0.

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)

11:50 PM   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.

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)

11:11 PM   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.

England may boycott World Cup soccer tournament

Greg Dyke.

Luke Heighton 8:40 PM   England is considering boycotting the World Cup after Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as president of world soccer's governing body.

Lowy backing Prince Ali in FIFA showdown could mean blowback from Asia

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and UEFA president Michel Platini attend the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich on Friday.

Michael Lynch   ¬†Australia's decision to move against Sepp Blatter will give its enemies in the Asian Football Confederation another reason to try to kick it out.

Spurs and Chelsea tours to give Sydney $18m boost

Meeting the stars: Andros Townsend (carrying water bottle) and other Tottenham Hotspur players conducted a coaching clinic at Birchgrove Oval with players from the Special Olympics football team.

Dominic Bossi   The tours of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to Sydney are set to inject $18 million into the NSW economy as a result of a major influx of interstate and international tourists travelling specifically for the match.

Loan man no more, Andros Townsend proves his worth

Andros Townsend and Selected Tottenham Hotspur players attended Birchgrove Oval to  conduct a coaching clinic with players from the Special Olympics football team.
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Sebastian Hassett   With temporary stints at nine different clubs in four years, Tottenham's Andros Townsend spent more time on loan than the most popular book at a public library.

Wenger chasing FA Cup history

Arsene Wenger.

Arsene Wenger would love to silence his critics by making history when holders Arsenal take on Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Soccer: Confessions from the heart of a long-standing Spurs fan

Spurs star Glenn Hoddle.

Michael Lynch   I can't remember when I began to support Spurs. Properly support them I mean.

The biggest scandal in the history of the most popular sport on Earth

FIFA president Sepp Blatter remains defiant.

Rick Feneley   Bribery, racketeering, money-laundering ‚Ķ It's not the mafia but football, and Australia will not escape the scandal that taints two generations of the world's most popular game. Rick Feneley reports.

FIFA president faces World Cup boycott if elected

FIFA President Sepp Blatter

Ben Rumsby   A defiant Sepp Blatter refused to accept blame for FIFA's biggest ever crisis.

Glib, but glamour friendlies remain a necessary evil

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is greeted by fans waiting at Sydney's international airport for their team to arrive prior to the game against Sydney FC.

Sebastian Hassett   Throwing money at major European clubs to visit Australia, as Tottenham and Chelsea are doing this week, isn't the devil many think it is. As it stands, we still need them.

Aloisi better for his failings as comes to rescue Roar

Learning on the job: John Aloisi during his time as coach of the Melbourne Heart.

Phil Lutton   If nothing succeeds like success, then John Aloisi begins his second coming as an A-League head coach wiser for his failings.

From problem child to leader, how Lisa De Vanna will lead the Matildas at the World Cup

Sydney.  Matildas soccer player Lisa de Vanna, pictured before her game against China. Photo: Peter Rae Tuesday  November 26 2013.

Dominic Bossi   Lisa De Vanna would storm off training fields and fly into challenges with a temper politely described as "confrontational." Next month she will lead the Matildas at the World Cup in Canada.

Will Qatar lose the right to host the World Cup in 2022?

Under fire: FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Dominic Bossi   Willl Russia and Qatar lose their right to host the World Cup? And if they did, would Australia attempt to make another bid for the event?

New Indonesia coach Huistra waits as FIFA crisis unfolds

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Jason Dasey   As the newly appointed interim head coach and technical director of Indonesia, former Dutch international Pieter Huistra has one of the toughest jobs in football.

FIFA Congress opening gives off florid stench of corruption

President of UEFA Michel Platini is urging Sepp Blatter to quit.

Nick Miller   With buckets of champagne on ice, much cheery flag-waving, a well-catered dinner, and a floorshow featuring lederhosen, yodelling and the heavy stench of corruption, FIFA's scandal-riven Congress began.

The 'Hurri-Kane' breezes into Sydney

Striker Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspurs is greeted by fans waiting at Sydney's international airport for there team to arrive prior to the game against Sydney FC.

Sebastian Hassett   Barely a few days ago, Harry Kane was wrapping up his breakout EPL campaign with his 31st goal of the season for Tottenham. Now he's in Sydney.

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