GENEVA (AP) — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are facing a more serious charge of fraud after Swiss federal prosecutors this week intensified a five-year investigation into the pair’s past...
BRUSSELS (AP) — France great Michel Platini, one of Diego Maradona's fiercest rivals in the Italian league during the 1980s, calls him “the greatest football lover there was."
SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — On a night when youth and experience aligned, striker Olivier Giroud scored twice on his 100th appearance for France and teenager Eduardo Camavinga celebrated his first...
SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Antoine Griezmann scored one goal and set up another for defender Dayot Upamecano on Tuesday as France staged a repeat of the World Cup final by beating Croatia 4-2 in...
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was questioned Tuesday by Swiss investigators about a $2 million payment he authorized in 2011 to then-UEFA president Michel...
GENEVA (AP) — Michel Platini was questioned at Switzerland’s federal prosecution office on Monday about a $2 million payment he received from FIFA in 2011.
GENEVA (AP) — French soccer great Michel Platini has been formally placed under investigation in Switzerland in relation to a $2 million payment he got from FIFA in 2011.
SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — Robert Herbin, a player and storied coach of Saint-Etienne during the French soccer club’s glory years in the 1960s and ’70s, has died. He was 81.
PARIS (AP) — For Michel Hidalgo, playing soccer the right way always meant playing the beautiful way.
The coach who led France to the 1984 European Championship title and the 1982 World Cup...
GENEVA (AP) — Michel Platini has lost his appeal at the European Court of Human Rights to overturn a four-year ban from soccer for taking a $2 million payment from FIFA.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Soccer players’ union FIFPro distanced itself Friday from reports Michel Platini will be advising the organization's president.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA filed court claims in Switzerland on Monday against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini to recover more than $2 million from an irregular payment that led to both men being banned...
LONDON (AP) — The FIFA governance committee has told the soccer body's leadership to pursue legal action against Michel Platini to recover the 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) that led to the...
PARIS (AP) — Olivier Giroud scored the winning goal from the penalty spot as a lackluster France rallied to beat Moldova 2-1 on Thursday to move ahead of Turkey in their European Championship...
GENEVA (AP) — A lawyer for Michel Platini says the former UEFA president is going to court to receive payments allegedly due in his employment contract worth $3 million annually.
PARIS (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps recalled left back Benjamin Mendy and kept faith with striker Olivier Giroud on Thursday for upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Moldova...
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Four years after a ban for financial wrongdoing thwarted his chances of becoming FIFA president, Michel Platini is free to work in soccer again on Tuesday.
PARIS (AP) — While Olivier Giroud fights to start for Chelsea, his France place looks rock solid heading toward the European Championship next year.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Qatar organizers of the 2022 World Cup say they have not been contacted by French authorities working on the investigation that led to the recent questioning of Michel...
PARIS (AP) — After a day of police questioning centering on his former role as a top decision-maker in soccer, Michel Platini was released from custody without charge in the early hours of...
Affectionately nicknamed Le Roi, or The King, Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world's best player of the early 1980s, helping to bridge the gap between the...
PARIS (AP) — French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s soccer superstar and former top executive Michel...
GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the arrest of soccer great Michel Platini as part of a French corruption probe lends weight to his version of how the United States lost the...
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French investigation involving Michel Platini (all times local):
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he insisted for years that a meeting...
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Lennart Johansson, who oversaw the introduction of the Champions League during a 17-year reign as president of European soccer's governing body, has died. He was 89.
PARIS (AP) — After years of turmoil for FIFA, Gianni Infantino this week will get a fresh four-year presidential term to lead world soccer in relative calm.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Aleksander Ceferin is set to be re-elected unopposed as UEFA president.
The Slovenian was elected in September 2016 to complete the four-year term of Michel Platini, who was banned by world soccer's ruling body FIFA for financial misconduct.
European soccer's governing body UEFA says the deadline for candidates ahead of the election in February passed on Wednesday and no challengers entered the contest.
PARIS (AP) — Convinced he was the victim of a plot, former UEFA president Michel Platini has filed a lawsuit in France in a bid to prove that former FIFA officials conspired to get him banned from soccer.
Platini's communications team told The Associated Press on Friday that the former France great has filed the suit. The Le Monde newspaper reported that Platini filed a complaint for "slanderous denunciation" and "criminal conspiracy to commit the offense of slanderous denunciation."
For many, the 1982 semifinal match between France and West Germany is the greatest World Cup game of them all.
It had everything — goals, high drama, arguably the worst foul in the tournament's history and, for the first time at the World Cup, a penalty shootout.
PARIS (AP) — Banned former UEFA President and FIFA vice president Michel Platini says he is planning to return to soccer after Swiss federal prosecutors confirmed he was not being charged in an investigation into possible financial wrongdoing.
Platini says in a statement it's "the end of a long nightmare for my family and those close to me."
GENEVA (AP) — France soccer great Michel Platini insists "a little trickery" in the 1998 World Cup draw ensured his home country would avoid playing Brazil until the final which it won in Paris.
Not so, according to Sepp Blatter, who as FIFA's then CEO-like general secretary conducted the draw in Marseille in December 1997.
PARIS (AP) — Henri Michel, who played for France at the World Cup and later coached the team to the semifinals at the 1986 tournament, has died. He was 70.
France's Professional Footballers Association wrote on Twitter that Michel died Tuesday morning.
Michel was an accomplished midfielder who played almost his entire career at Nantes and helped the club win three French league titles. He played 58 times for France, including two games at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has endorsed Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid while banned from soccer roles for financial misconduct.
Blatter tweeted on Thursday that "Morocco would be the logical host! And it is time for Africa again!"
GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims to have "new facts" and wants to re-open the financial misconduct case that led to his six-year ban.
"As new facts have appeared it's time to question the decision of the Fifa Ethics-Committee — my suspension of 6 years!" Blatter said Friday on his reactivated Twitter account.
Asked by The Associated Press for details of potential evidence, Blatter spokesman Thomas Renggli replied in a message: "We are working on it."
PARIS (AP) — Still trying to clear his name, Michel Platini has taken his appeal against a ban from soccer to the European Court of Human Rights.
Platini, the former France great who was banned by the FIFA ethics committee for financial wrongdoing while he was running for president of the world soccer body, told The Associated Press in an email that he wants his suspension lifted.
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Russia "would be glad" to see banned former soccer leaders Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini in Russia next year at the World Cup.
Though banned from soccer duty for six and four years, respectively, Blatter and Platini were the presidents of FIFA and UEFA when Russia won the 2018 hosting contest seven years ago.
FIFA ethics rules allow Blatter and Platini to attend games but not engage in official soccer business.
MOSFILOTI, Cyprus (AP) — Michel Platini's No. 1 fan lives in Cyprus.
The Guinness World Records has made it official.
A Cypriot man who idolizes the French soccer great has clinched two entries in the annual book for his stash of photos, jerseys, shoes, balls and more centered on Platini.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's supreme court has dismissed an appeal by former FIFA vice president Michel Platini against his four-year ban for financial wrongdoing.
The Swiss Federal Tribunal says the ban imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport "does not appear to be manifestly excessive."
The federal court is the fourth to find Platini was not entitled to $2 million in backdated salary in 2011 for working as Sepp Blatter's presidential adviser from 1998-2002.
MOSFILOTI, Cyprus (AP) — A Cypriot fan of former soccer player and administrator Michel Platini renewed a bid Sunday to be entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest collection of Platini memorabilia.
Philippos Stavrou Platini — yes, he legally adopted his sports hero's surname — said he has nearly doubled the number of items he owns from the Frenchman's days as a player and as president of European soccer's governing body, UEFA, to 41,630.
PRAGUE (AP) — There are only a few countries in Europe that would be able to host a 48-team World Cup, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said Tuesday.
FIFA decided in January to expand its biggest event from 32 to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament.
Speaking during a visit to the Czech soccer federation's headquarters, Ceferin pointed out that it will be hard to find many countries capable of providing a dozen suitable stadiums to host the tournament.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Sepp Blatter was "reckless" when he paid $2 million to Michel Platini in a transaction that led both to be banned from world soccer, according to a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling.
The former FIFA president also bypassed the body's executive committee to extend Platini's pension plan by four years — unlawfully adding more than $1 million to the former UEFA president's retirement fund.
GENEVA (AP) — Sepp Blatter lost his appeal against a six-year ban by FIFA on Monday, and now has more serious legal cases lined up against him.
Blatter said in a statement it was "difficult" to accept the Court of Arbitration for Sport's verdict, but that "the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected."
The verdict in former FIFA President Sepp Blatter's appeal against a six-year ban for unethical conduct will be announced on Monday.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Friday it will publish the ruling at 3 p.m. Swiss time (1400 GMT).
Blatter has repeatedly denied wrongdoing in authorizing a $2 million payment to Michel Platini in 2011. They claimed it was uncontracted salary for France great Platini advising Blatter from 1999 to 2002.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Entering rooms at UEFA headquarters, Aleksander Ceferin still finds it startling and unsettling when staff leap from their seats to greet him. The deference of the Michel Platini era is proving hard to shake off for the officials running European football.
"I don't pretend to be a king here," Ceferin says at the start of an interview with The Associated Press at the UEFA complex by the banks of Lake Geneva.
LONDON (AP) — Michel Platini is yet to discover whether he will receive a payoff from European soccer's governing body despite his UEFA presidential term being cut short by a FIFA ban.
The former France captain's third four-year term was due to run until 2019, but he was first suspended from UEFA duties last October and his presidential replacement was elected last week.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Michel Platini insisted his conscience was clear and he would continue the fight to overturn a FIFA ban in a farewell speech on Wednesday to European soccer leaders before his successor as UEFA president was elected.
Platini was allowed by FIFA's ethics judge to deliver the UEFA congress address as a "gesture of humanity," despite serving a four-year suspension from any role in soccer over an improper payment.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Michel Platini reluctantly handed over the reins of power in European soccer to Aleksander Ceferin, a little-known Slovenian lawyer who won the UEFA presidential election by a landslide on Wednesday.
Ceferin will complete Platini's four-year term through 2019 while the disgraced former France captain returns to his FIFA-imposed exile to continue serving a four-year ban over an improper payment.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — UEFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag says that countries have reneged on promises to back him in Wednesday's election to succeed Michel Platini.
The Dutch federation head has picked up four public endorsements, while rival Aleksander Ceferin says he is supported by more than 30 members from the 55-strong UEFA.
GENEVA (AP) — After declaring FIFA's image crisis over four months ago, questions are being raised about Gianni Infantino as he heads to world soccer's next big election.
The FIFA president will be a guest in Athens on Wednesday as his former UEFA colleagues vote to replace Michel Platini, who was ousted after the FIFA ethics committee banned him for taking a $2 million payment from Sepp Blatter.