Time to scrub the stench of sleaze from FIFA

Michael Lynch 7:30 PM   Enough is now surely enough. The stench of sleaze and corruption has hung over world soccer's governing body FIFA for so long, the organisation surely cannot continue in its current form.

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FIFA corruption: 2018, 2022 bids targeted

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Michael Lynch 10:12 PM   FIFA insists the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will still go ahead in Russia and Qatar despite a dramatic early morning swoop by Swiss authorities to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them.

Swiss authorities confirm FIFA arrests

FIFA

4:54 PM   Six football officials were arrested in Zurich early on Wednesday upon request from US authorities, suspected of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars, Swiss authorities said.

Mulvey set to sue Brisbane over payout

Former Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey is set to sue the club.

Sebastian Hassett 1:54 PM   The crisis engulfing three-time A-League champions Brisbane Roar is set to get even worse, with ex-coach Mike Mulvey about to sue the club for unpaid wages.

Corruption arrests at FIFA meeting

FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Matt Apuzzo, Michael S. Schmidt, William K. Rashbaum, Sam Borden 4:43 PM   Swiss authorities conducted an extraordinary early-morning operation in Zurich on Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials.

Chelsea tour to set record attendance

Chelsea's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba celebrates scoring at Stamford Bridge in London.

Dominic Bossi   Forget State Of Origin, the British and Irish Lions' tour, or an NRL grand final, the new record attendance for ANZ Stadium could be set by a game of football involving an A-League club.

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John Aloisi named Brisbane Roar coach

John Aloisi.

Beth Newman   Brisbane Roar has appointed John Aloisi as its new coach.

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Napoli to hold news conference amid Benitez speculation

Rafael Benitez

8:54 AM   Napoli coach Rafael Benitez will hold a news conference on Thursday amid speculation that the Spaniard is set to take over at Real Madrid, the Italian club announced on Tuesday.

Milligan may leave Victory for Middle East

Victory captain Mark Milligan (right) may be movng on to fresh pastures.

Just a week after he was voted best afield in Melbourne Victory's grand final win, Mark Milligan could be set to leave the A-League club.

Man United return Falcao to sender

Radamel Falcao is leaving Manchester United.

Manchester United have sent Radamel Falcao back to Monaco after a disappointing season-long loan in which the Colombia international failed to show the predatory instincts that once made him one of the world's top strikers.

Postecoglou backs Asian Cup heroes to fire again on road to Russia

Tim Cahill.

Sebastian Hassett   Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou won't take any chances at the first step on the road to the 2018 World Cup, naming a full-strength line-up for Australia's opening qualifier against Kyrgyzstan on June 16.

Luongo's Swindon Town thrashed in playoff

Preston North End players celebrate after winning the League One play-off final.

Socceroos duo Bailey Wright and Neil Kilkenny have earned promotion to England's Championship with Preston North End following a one-sided League One playoff final against Australian star Massimo Luongo's Swindon Town.

Brisbane Roar board to shuffle as chairman steps down: reports

After destroying the Mariners, Brisbane Roar are in the hunt for a finals spot.

Beth Newman   Brisbane Roar chairman Chris Fong has reportedly stepped down as head of the club's board.

Marc Janko says farewell to Sydney FC

Fond farewell: Marc Janko will not be in sky blue next season.

Matt Bungard   Sydney FC's marquee striker will not return for the 2015-16 season, Marc Janko announced on Twitter on Sunday night.

Final goals for Gerrard, Lampard but contrasting fortunes on farewells

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard applauds fans after playing his last game for Liverpool.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has scored in his final Premier League appearance but it proved a bittersweet moment as the Reds were thrashed 6-1, while Chelsea stalwart Frank Lampard bowed out after scoring Manchester City's opener in their 2-0 win.

Drogba chaired off in last Chelsea game

Hail to the king: Didier Drogba is chaired off by his team mates.

Didier Drogba's final Chelsea game has ended in unique fashion when he was carried off by his team mates mid-match.

EPL: Hull relegated as Newcastle survive on final day of drama

Going down: Steve Bruce watches on as Hull are relegated after a 0-0 draw against Manchester United.

Hull City were relegated and Newcastle United survived the drop on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season.

Middlesborough ready for huge payday

Ben Gibson (left) and Connor Ripley of Middlesbrough celebrate reaching the playoff.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka finds it almost impossible to believe he will be taking part in the world's most lucrative match when his side face Norwich for a place in the Premier League on Monday.

Ancelotti to take sabbatical if sacked

Set for a sabbatical? Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said he will take a year out if he is dismissed by the Spanish giants in the coming days after failing to win a major trophy this season.

Socceroos keeper won't rush EPL offers

Mat Ryan

Daniel Lane   While Socceroos' goalkeeper Mat Ryan continues to be linked to an English Premier League deal after being named the best goalie in the Belgian league for the second consecutive season his agent insisted they're not rushing into anything.

Hull boss Bruce hoping for a favour in survival fight

Battle for survival: Steve Bruce chats with players Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone.

Michael Hann   Hull City manager Steve Bruce is desperate for a favour in the fight for Premier League survival but friend and West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce may not be the man to offer it in the final round of matches on Sunday.

Heyman says Matildas can win World Cup

Michelle Heyman scored a hat-trick of goals in 18 minutes against Vietnam on Thursday.

Matthew Elder   Canberra United striker Michelle Heyman says the Matildas can win next month's World Cup in Canada, the 26-year-old determined to prove herself on the international stage.

Top Victory award for Ben Khalfallah

Raised in France, Ben Khalfallah knew little about Australian soccer before he was recruited to Melbourne Victory.

Larissa Nicholson   Fahid Ben Khalfallah made an extraordinary impact in his first A-League season.

Hersi granted release from Perth Glory

Short-lived stint: Youssouf Hersi is leaving Perth Glory.

Dominic Bossi   The player exodus from Perth Glory continues after star winger Yossouf Hersi was granted a request to be released early from his deal in order to explore other options. 

Lowy legend enhanced – but will succession process cloud it?

Top contender: The Victory’s Anthony Di Pietro has sound credentials.

Michael Lynch   Frank Lowy only enhanced his legend when he bounced back up with the sprightliness of a man half his age on Sunday after he fell from the presentation dais before presenting Melbourne Victory with the A-League trophy following their comprehensive grand final rout of Sydney.

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