November 29th, 2011
09:20 PM ET

Poland and Ukraine primed for Euro 2012 kick-off

Euro 2012 is a huge moment in the footballing histories of both Poland and Ukraine.
Euro 2012 is a huge moment in the footballing histories of both Poland and Ukraine.

Editor's note - Pedro Pinto will be interviewing UEFA president Michel Platini on Friday and we want your questions. Whether you want to quiz him on his expectations for Euro 2012 or the quality of this year's Champions League, leave your questions below and we'll put the best to him.

When UEFA picked Poland and Ukraine to co-host Euro 2012, there were those who questioned the decision. After all, Eastern Europe had never organized a tournament of such magnitude and there were concerns the duo would struggle to deliver the necessary infrastructure to make the event a success. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Football
November 28th, 2011
08:10 PM ET

Resurgent Federer still hungry for major titles

Roger Federer won a record sixth ATP World Tour Finals title in London.
Roger Federer won a record sixth ATP World Tour Finals title in London.

Think Roger Federer's chances of winning another major title are over? Think again!

The 30-year-old father of two looks ready and raring to go after a fine finish to the 2011 season.

While his main rivals, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, whimpered out of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London, the Swiss maestro sauntered through his round-robin group, beating Nadal 6-3 6-0 en route, before taking out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final for the third time in two weeks. FULL POST

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November 22nd, 2011
05:59 PM ET

AVB job safe despite Chelsea's wobbles

On the brink? Reports in the British media have suggested Andre Villas-Boas' position at Chelsea is under threat.
On the brink? Reports in the British media have suggested Andre Villas-Boas' position at Chelsea is under threat.

So, the English media has started to speculate about the future of Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Many of the tabloids have already hinted that his job is in jeopardy and that Guus Hiddink is being lined up as a replacement.

Don’t believe the hype. There is no way AVB will be shipped out anytime soon. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Football
November 17th, 2011
03:04 PM ET

Pedro Pinto: My crazy day with Sepp Blatter

Before the storm: CNN's Pedro Pinto interviews FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Zurich on Wednesday.
Before the storm: CNN's Pedro Pinto interviews FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Zurich on Wednesday.

Wow. What a day. When it started, at 7 a.m. in Zurich, I had no idea our interview would be the most talked about sports news headline of the day.

Last week, we had arranged an interview with FIFA president Sepp Blatter to talk about the new reforms against corruption at football's world governing body and the countdown to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Football
November 15th, 2011
05:17 PM ET

How should football tackle racism?

Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand has accused Chelsea captain John Terry of racial abuse.
Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand has accused Chelsea captain John Terry of racial abuse.

Is there racism in football? My first instinct is to say yes, because football is a reflection of society and, unfortunately, racism is present in many societies around the world.

Furthermore, taking into account the various cases where fans have abused players during matches, this is obviously still a serious issue in some parts of the globe.

What really concerns me now, however, is investigating whether there is racism on the field of play. In light of what has happened in England recently and in other nations such as Spain and Portugal, where players have allegedly abused each other, football authorities must step up and take action. FULL POST

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November 12th, 2011
05:47 PM ET

Should Djokovic have risked his reputation in Paris?

Novak Djokovic plays a return during his third round win over Victor Troicki in Paris.
Novak Djokovic plays a return during his third round win over Victor Troicki in Paris.

To play, or not to play, that was the question facing Novak Djokovic – or so some thought!

As World No.1, the Serb was entitled to a $2 million bonus if he played all eight World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and $1.6 million if he played seven of the eight.

Having already missed the Shanghai tournament because of a back injury, Djokovic had to play in Paris, or else he’d end up with nothing -– but then there was that reoccurrence of a shoulder injury in Basel. . FULL POST

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November 5th, 2011
11:46 PM ET

Should 'idiot' caddy be punished for Woods remark?

Under-fire caddy Steve Williams has been supported by his new employer, Australian golfer Adam Scott.
Under-fire caddy Steve Williams has been supported by his new employer, Australian golfer Adam Scott.

Tiger Woods' erstwhile bagman, whose brain has clearly not engaged with his mouth since being set free by his old employer, has done it again - but this time it’s way more serious.

It was almost forgivable when caddy Steve Williams lost the plot last August, letting his emotions get the better of him in the aftermath of new boss Adam Scott’s impressive victory at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. FULL POST

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November 2nd, 2011
01:53 PM ET

Can football chants ever go too far?

Chelsea fans were condemned by their own club for chants during a game against Belgian team Genk on Tuesday.
Chelsea fans were condemned by their own club for chants during a game against Belgian team Genk on Tuesday.

Football stadiums can be more than just arenas for the many who frequent the stands to watch their team. Like a church for believers of the faith, supporters flock to the communal ground of the terrace to cheer on the side, reaffirm identity with their "tribe" and to bond with their brothers in arms through shared experience and song.

The sight of individuals acting as a collective is as awe-inspiring in 2011 as one imagines it was in the Coliseum in Ancient Rome; when 10,000 souls sing in unison it is hard – nigh on impossible - not to be affected.

It is why sport, and football in particular, creates such a compelling spectacle for television - the drama on the pitch and the reaction of the crowd spilling forth from the screen to corrupt and convert the viewer, who may well be on the other side of the planet but can no longer ignore the significance of the event. FULL POST

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November 1st, 2011
04:44 PM ET

Is Messi only candidate for Ballon d'Or?

Will Barcelona star Lionel Messi and team coach Josep Guardiola be named the world's best in January?
Will Barcelona star Lionel Messi and team coach Josep Guardiola be named the world's best in January?

There is little doubt in my mind that Leo Messi will be the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner when the award is handed out in Zurich in January of next year. As much as it would be interesting to speculate about who else could win it, there is no point.

Messi heads 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or shortlist

There are a lot of fantastic footballers in the list of finalists unveiled on Tuesday, but Messi is the master.

This is a man who is head and shoulders above everyone else in the world of football right now. This is someone who is probably, along with Diego Maradona, Pele and Zinedine Zidane, one of the best players who has ever walked the earth. FULL POST

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