Sepp Blatter

Come at the king: Sepp Blatter challenges FIFA presidential rivals


What? You think you can beat Sepp Blatter in a FIFA election?

You come at the king, you best not miss.

The FIFA president brushed aside the concept of anyone usurping his post via vote in a “Bring it on” moment that sounded about as intense as Blatter, 79, could sound.

From the Associated Press’ Graham Dunbar:

“Don’t speak – go out and fight, then you will see,” Blatter told reporters Saturday at his annual charity football tournament. “People, they say I should not be a candidate or I should not be elected – they can take the risk to be in the election.”

I hope he put a cap on backwards and posed with his arms crossed upon completion of that quote.

FIFA’s presidential election will go down in 2015, with UEFA boss Michael Platini amongst those expected to make a run at the seat. Blatter had previously said he would step down in 2015, and it’s not something Platini and others are willing to let him forget as they beg for change atop FIFA.

Yet Blatter is expected to put his name in the mixer again:

“Now I say (to) other people, if they want to take the risk, then take the risk,” Blatter said. “That is good. And I am happy to fight. But if you take the risk you also have the chance to lose.”

Tell me true: Did you read those Blatter quotes and hear them as, “Don’t you know how much money I have access to? You know about the bribes, right? Are you not entertained?”

His parting quote in the AP article is particularly tough:

“If I would not be criticized, I would have no value,” he said.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.